Posted by David Cutler
on Dec 2nd, 2009 in Career
| 14 comments
If you have friends, students, colleagues, or family members who are musicians, why not give them a present this holiday season that helps them achieve greater professional success? Or maybe these ideas can be added to your own wish list:
- Success-Oriented Books. This inexpensive and helpful gift can range a number of topics: music business, entrepreneurship, marketing, money management, time management, personal happiness. To search a collection of books helpful specifically to musicians, click here. (Naturally, I highly recommend The Savvy Musician, and would be happy to inscribe it with a personalized message!)
- Trade Magazine Subscription. As musicians, it is imperative we stay current in our field. Following trade magazines is a great way to do this. For a list of music magazines, click here. Journals focusing on non-musical issues such as marketing, money, or entrepreneurship, also make great gifts.
- Trade Association Membership. Trade organization membership unlocks resources and provides access to a network of like-minded individuals. For a list of music organizations and societies, click here.
- Conference Dues. Professional conferences and conventions allow for networking and the acquisition of new ideas/information. And, if you choose a good one, great fun.
- Music Festival Tuition. Summer music camps and festivals provide intense playing experiences in addition to networking opportunities, access to new teachers, and more. For a list of music camps geared towards aspiring musicians, click here.
- Career Mentorship. Arrange an appointment with a music career counselor or mentor to address a variety of professional concerns, from “What should I do with my life” to creating additional income streams, marketing talent and products, distinguishing yourself, etc. (For information on my work in this area, click here.)
- Consultation. Give a gift certificate for a meeting with some kind of professional consultant: an accountant, marketing advisor, music manager, attorney, publicist, entrepreneur, etc.
- Promotional Item. Purchase a promotional item that will help spread the word about your musician friend: business cards, brochure, website design, bumper stickers, etc.
- Software. Financial management (i.e. Quicken, QuickBooks) and task/project management (i.e. Things) software can be extremely beneficial for savvy musicians. Or look into an e-mail marketing service like Constant Contact (the company through which this newsletter was created), helping musicians stay connected with fans.
- Career Fund. Make a contribution to a career fund, which can be used to buy an instrument, make a recording, hire a publicist, or help realize some other professional activity.
- Your Time. Donate a little of your time, energy, and expertise to helping with some aspect of their career.
- Great Music. There are few experiences more energizing than attending a great and note-worthy musical event! And in addition to personal fulfillment, an interesting show can provide inspiration about how to best approach our own projects.
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