Edna Landau
Ask Edna


For three and a half years (January 2011 to June 2014), I was privileged to write a career advice blog hosted by MusicalAmerica.com. It was the outgrowth of a casual conversation I had with their visionary publisher, Stephanie Challener, who shares my passion for helping young artists. After publishing my article Getting Noticed in the 21st Century in the 2010 directory, with the support and enthusiasm of its editor, Sedgwick Clark, she launched into this project with me and spared no efforts to give it great exposure. I am thrilled with the success of the column and grateful that Musical America continues to post the complete archive of blog offerings as a resource for students, artists, and arts administrators.

Some of the past columns include:

Over the years, we received wonderful responses from Ask Edna’s readers. Here are a few samples:

"I've been reading your column and it's terrific – congratulations! I love the range of topics you've handled and the thorough but concise answers—brava!"

Angela Myles Beeching, Director of Manhattan School of Music's Center for Entrepreneurship and Beyond Talent Consulting

"I have been meaning to write to you to say how wonderful this service is. You provide something extremely valuable that no one else can do."

Janet Rarick, Associate Professor of Music Career Development, Rice University, Shepherd School of Music

"Many thanks for your kind tip of the e-hat to my web presence in your wonderful Musical America blog! As you might imagine, the result has been many additional hits to my site. I'm very appreciative!"

Alex Shapiro, composer

"Congratulations on one of the most sensible blogs for artist management to date. Clearly your experience over the years plays well into your wise replies."

Atholl Swainston-Harrison, Executive Director, International Artist Managers' Association