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Participants' remarks

"Music has been the means by which I've been fortunate to make a very positive living and, hopefully, leave a constructive mark on the world. My music has brought a lot of joy and peace to a lot of people and I am genuinely grateful for that opportunity" (pianist).

"The importance of music is as a way to express myself; it can also be incredibly therapeutic, because I have had tough times in my life and music has helped me through them a lot" (music student).

"I feel music has saved my life. I don't know what I would do without music. It has always been a part of me. I think music makes you a better person. As a child growing up, music gives you focus, gives you release; it's just healthy all the way around. It's something I am going to do for the rest of my life. If I couldn't play music, I don't know what I would do" (composer).

"Your [interview] questions are really thoughtful and they hit home. I couldn't think of a single thing that you didn't hit on" (rock musician and recording engineer).

"Excellent survey" (survey response).

"I think it's great this kind of study is being done" (survey response).

"The questionnaire was extremely well thought out and detailed" (survey response).

"I think you have been asking the right questions" (singer).

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