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Music Business Mentoring

March 29, 2018

When you are starting out in the music business, it is very challenging to know what advice is solid (and more importantly, what's not). You may get a lot of advice but it's difficult to know who to trust. You get so many different opinions that it is easy to get confu...

March 21, 2018

I was talking with a friend this morning about my time as a Nashville staff writer for a publishing house and reminiscing on the daily ritual of gathering at the long kitchen table with the other writers for a cup or two of kick-ass coffee. This was like family hour fr...

Concert & Festival Producer, Guitarist Doug Cox on how to make a winning Press Kit:

  1. WHAT and WHO is it for? I often develop different press kits for different situations – one that sells me as a session guy, one that sells me as a live performer and one that sells m...

To belt or not to belt, that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler on the gig to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous demands, or to take arms against a sea of laziness and bad habits, and, by opposing them, end them. I think you know where I stand on this one. I...

 

There is a persistent struggle that all artists and creators share: how to find time to create great work and still have time to earn a living. It really shouldn't be this way, right? We know that part of being human is this gift of art, music and literature that allo...

September 4, 2015

Los Angeles, the city of Angels, brings about images of pampered actors and musicians too self-absorbed to offer anything of substance outside of their personal universe. So, imagine my surprise to find myself in an oasis called Monrovia, one of a hundred small towns t...

July 29, 2015

So You Want to Be a Musician..Now What?!!

BEFORE Recording, Do THIS….

 

Obtain written agreements from everyone contributing to creation of the sound recording. Musicians, songwriters, vocals, engineers, producers, etc. all need to have either a Work-For-Hire arrangement...

March 4, 2015

Oftentimes I’ll find myself in the studio, working with a client, doing multiple takes of a performance.  Inevitably at some point in the tracking the client will say, “Can we go back to that take I did 18 times ago?  I really think that was the one.”   Inside I’m thin...

March 3, 2015

The Million Dollar Question, right? If you want to be playing original music full time, it’s a question that really needs answering. The short answer: find new fans, keep them and believe in the value of what you do.  This is a VERY short list of just some things you c...

February 11, 2015

As a vocalist, do you find yourself having ‘good’ days and ‘bad’ days? Have you filled your toolbox with special tricks like eating potato chips, bringing along your lucky grasshopper charm, whisky & cigarettes? I have my own funky tool box and have found that anything...

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