An Experiential Retreat on Music Entrepreneurship

The Savvy Musician in ACTION: An Experiential Retreat on Music Entrepreneurship & Leadership June 6-9, 2013 University of South Carolina, School of Music Please consider joining us for this life altering experience. A Retreat Like No Other… The Savvy Musician in ACTION is an intensive, experiential 3½-day retreat designed to cultivate music entrepreneurs and leaders. Think The Apprentice meets...

Home Recording Studio Success

This is a guest post from Barry Gardner the chief engineer who operates SafeandSound online mastering based in London in the UK. The home studio can be incredibly sophisticated these days, very much capable of recording, mixing and even self finalizing your tracks to a high standard in the comfort of your own tailored musical space. If you are willing to invest some money and time into learning some basic...

Re-Imagining Arts Higher Education

With classes out of session, hopefully the middle of summer provides some time for those of us involved with arts higher education to reflect on our curriculum, requirements, and goals. The educational model for the vast majority arts programs today is virtually identical (within each discipline) from university to university. Though each school certainly has unique strengths and weaknesses, most are...

The Future of the Arts

“The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.” The video...

The New Recording Paradigm

On May 31st 2012, a music conference focused on the future of the recording industry will take place in Maastricht, Netherlands. In preparation for this event, they interviewed a variety of musicians, bands, and thought leaders. To view all the responses, click here. Below are my thoughts about this quickly and ever evolving business. First of all, could you tell us a bit about yourself, and what it is...

The Dream Act

What kind of dreams do you have for your career? Take a moment to write down 2-3 top level priorities before reading on. This is a question I recently posed to a group of around 75 college freshmen. Some responded with noble goals, like bringing joy to audiences, educating middle school students, producing recordings by outstanding local artists.  Others were quite practical, naming a particular job,...

Why Arts Education Matters

Probably everyone reading this blog is an ardent advocate of arts education. But why? Is arts education truly necessary? For my next book, one chapter focuses on the importance of arts education. In researching what others have had to say about this issue, here are some videos I’ve come across. Do you agree with their points? Do you have additional arguments?         This one minute video...

9 Reasons Most Websites Fail

It goes without saying. If you’re an independent artist with career aspirations, having a website is non-negotiable. A professional without substantial web presence is an invisible one. Of course, merely putting up a domain isn’t enough.  Not by a long shot. Browsing through an assortment of typical artist websites immediately highlights numerous mistakes: too much text, not enough visuals, missing...

Tears, Elf Kings, and Michael Jackson

Anderson & Roe is not your typical virtuoso piano duo. In addition to breathtaking arrangements, they’ve built their career by making spectacular videos.  Though they’ve been featured on The Savvy Musician Blog before, their latest video productions have won another feature spot. (And on a personal note, I’m excited to be currently working on a commission for this duo inspired...

The Mistake that Topples Careers and Industries

During the second half of the 19th Century, rail transportation in the United States was a booming enterprise. Expanding to every corner of the land, this lucrative growth industry seemed unstoppable. Yet within 70 years of its heyday, rail companies tumbled. And today, their impact of is negligible (beyond Amtrak and lines of Thomas the Tank Engine toys).  What on Earth happened? Well, the world...

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