This will be a short post with some pointers designed to help you quickly assess a gig opportunity and decide if it is right for you. I was told this information by someone much smarter than me and then I added to it with information from someone else equally as intelligent and talented. This is the Ms and Ps of the gig. Continue reading When To Take The Gig!
Last month my blog post was about what I did leading up to making my album. This month I will let you know what is in the works after having completed it. I’ll talk about some commonly forgotten about steps as well as things to think about with the new advancements in digital and social media. Continue reading Tips to Successfully Release Your Album (Without A Label)!
This month’s post will help set you up for success with regard to running a crowdfunding campaign. I will offer my helpful hints and tips that I used to run mine, and you can use them for yours. My medium was music and making an album, but this information can be used in so many other fields as well. It is based less on the music I created, but more on the planning, preparation and attention to detail. This would fall under the blanket of marketing. Knowing that the research into this topic can get extensive, and people can get a degree in this field, I will try to keep my information concise and this blog as short as possible, without skipping any steps.
The dictionary defines etiquette as the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave. The more complete definition is the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life. I am going to refer to how etiquette impacts the musician on the job (or gig). These are gentle reminders of how you should be conducting yourself as well as other things to think about. Continue reading Gig Etiquette Reminders!
With some of my students graduating college heading out into “real life”, and others graduating high school heading to college in the fall, it made me think about things I wish I had known ahead of time. Below are some tips that I either figured out during my college career or after I graduated that would have saved a bunch of time if I had known about them in advance. Continue reading 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending Music School
So you get the call to play with an artist. You are available to do the hit and now you need to learn the music. This post will help set you up for success so you can learn the music quickly and have more time for other tasks at hand. If you prepare correctly, you won’t be spending most of your time writing charts and you will only need a little daily maintenance to keep things in check until the gig.
I have been asked by fellow musicians how I come up with pricing for the different things I am hired to do. This could be anything from performing live, recording for a client, teaching lessons, giving a clinic/masterclass or anything that requires your time and your skills or expertise. This month’s post will help you figure out how to set your prices so when someone asks you to work for them you aren’t caught out fumbling around for numbers. Continue reading How Much Should You Charge?
After helping a lot of my students with their auditions, sight-reading is what instilled fear in almost all of them. I’m not saying you can’t be a great musician if you don’t know how to read music or read extremely well, but you will be missing out on many gigs and opportunities to make more money. There are plenty of heavy intensive reading gigs that you are saying no to if you choose not to get your reading chops up to speed. This post will give you things to think about when approaching your reading, as well as helpful methods to improving your reading quickly and efficiently.
Since tax time is approaching, I figured this would be a good platform to offer some pro-tips about filing your taxes as a self-employed musician. I didn’t go to school for any sort of math degree, and in no way am anything close to a C.P.A. What I can offer here are some things to think about and look into, as you get ready to file. I will try to keep this relatively brief, as I’m sure you don’t want to read about this for hours. Believe me, I would much rather nerd out about drum gear or recipes or hundreds of other things than taxes. However, the last thing you need is the IRS knocking at your door threatening to put you in jail. Just ask Wesley Snipes or Martha Stewart. Continue reading 8 Pro Tax Tips for Musicians to Make You Money! 2/15/14