The First 100

It’s hard to believe, but here we are a year after this blog began, on post #101.  What a time we’ve had!  With our commitment to remaining your “Home Base for Music Careers and Entrepreneurship,” below is a summary of where we’ve been and what we’ve covered.  If you’re new to The Savvy Musician universe, here’s a...

Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

Music employers often receive 50, 100, or even 300+ applications for each job opening, making outstanding cover letters critical. With this kind of intense competition, search committees seek any excuse to purge a file and narrow the pool. Yet hopeful applicants make all kinds of mistakes that get their materials immediately thrown into the...

Dead Perhaps, But Filled With Life

On a trip to Bogota several years back, I began hearing about this incredible group from Medellin that blended Colombian music with jazz called Puerto Candelaria.  From the first listen I was hooked.  Pianist, composer, and bandleader Juan Diego Valencia inventively fuses modern musical elements with traditional Colombian rhythms and...

Structuring a Multi-media Concert

by Jeff Nytch As artist-presenters, we must have a clear idea of:       Who our audience is… and       What we want to say to them.   Why are these things so important? Because without a clear understanding of these two things we are not likely to make a meaningful connection with our audience. The hard, cold, truth is that all too...

It’s Virtually Music!

The Internet changed just about everything for musicians: how we market, connect with fans, distribute recordings, disseminate press releases, experience videos, network.  In fact, just about the only thing that hasn’t changed is the simple fact that musicians must physically be in the same location to create a unified musical sound. ...

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