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Selling Out

“People who focus on making a profit through their art are selling out.”  That’s a fairly common belief espoused by some aspiring artists.  Here are a few other variations: “Artists who focus on marketing are selling out.” “Artists who change what they do just to appeal to bigger audiences are selling out.”     As pure and...

The True Power of the Performing Arts

Please enjoy this passionate and bold look forward by arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron as he looks at the state of the live arts.  The central question: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? Ben Cameron is the Program Director, Arts, at the Doris Duke Charitable...

New (School) Year Resolutions

Believe it or not, it’s back to school time again!  Before things get too hectic, here’s a question for music students (and professors, and the rest of us): What specific actions will you take this academic year to advance your career?  Sure, you’ll improve playing and other artistic specialties.  But from a professional...

A Better Strategy for Your Recordings

“People just don’t buy music (recordings) anymore.  I poured my heart and soul into making this disk, along with a ton of money.  But 2000 CDs (or whatever number) are collecting dust in my basement, and download sales are just as pathetic.  The music business is completely broken!”  Now there’s a bitter cry of despair I’ve heard...

Why Entrepreneurial Musicians Take Less Risk than Non-Entrepreneurial Ones

Risk taking. Everyone knows that’s an essential trait for entrepreneurial musicians.  In fact, “takes risks and is willing to fail” is #5 of 20 essential characteristics describing entrepreneurs listed right on page 5 of my own book The Savvy Musician. But I can think of one group that takes much bigger gambles.  Epic risks, the...

The Success Equation Most Musicians Get Wrong

“People don’t buy what you do.  They buy why you do it.”  Such is the claim made by Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, in the compelling video below.  And the message couldn’t be more apropos to musicians.         I’ve asked musicians from all over the...

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...

Audience, Art, and Artists

Submitted by: Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School by Samantha Berry, Kaleb Chesnic, Caleb Madison, Kyle Schwartz (mentor: Todd Goodman) In response to The Savvy Musician Challenge #1  Are Musicians Truly Important? Most people immediately agree that doctors, farmers, and teachers provide essential services to our communities.  But...

Try Music

Submitted by: Owens Community College (OH) by the Music Business II Class (teacher: Denise Grupp-Verbon) In response to The Savvy Musician Challenge #1  Are Musicians Truly Important? Most people immediately agree that doctors, farmers, and teachers provide essential services to our communities.  But what about musicians?  Is our work...

Libretto for a Healthy Life

Submitted by: Duquesne University by Amy Gilman, Colette Hall, Steve Blumenthal, &  Kelly Myers (mentor: David Cutler) In response to The Savvy Musician Challenge #1  Are Musicians Truly Important? Most people immediately agree that doctors, farmers, and teachers provide essential services to our communities.  But what about...

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