Who am I to tell you this?
How do I know this? Because, in the not too distant past, I was you.
I was making a living with my music skills but I wasn’t really making music. I was working as a music teacher and choir director but I was afraid to step out beyond that safety net of school and church. I was afraid to test my wings in the competitive world of the music business. I knew there was more out there. I knew there was more in me and no matter how well I did with my students, no matter how many kudos I earned on Sunday morning, I wasn’t satisfied. I was deep in grief and disappointment, and I felt like a failure.
Then I got to sing with Bob Bowman. As I mentioned earlier, Bob was who generously guided me through the basics of the business side of making music. I was thrilled with the opportunities I now saw, but also frustrated at how much time I had wasted! If only I had known this stuff sooner! Plus, there was so much more still out there to learn!
Then I met Ray Archie. He had created an amazing platform where musicians could come together to collaborate and create but it wasn’t enough. What he was really looking for was a way share his knowledge about the music industry; to help musicians increase their revenue and take control of their business and life. Inspired, I shared my dream of gathering successful, business-savvy musicians in one place where they could share their knowledge with budding artists.
MusicMakers Workshop was born.
In 2017, MusicMakers began as a three-day intensive featuring keynote speeches, panel discussions, and hands-on breakout sessions. It’s a high-touch, high-impact, locally-focused career development conference that’s designed specifically to help musicians make a living in the real world.
Most importantly, it’s designed for you.
It’s designed to give you a place to ask the “dumb” questions. To meet people who are making this business work and to hear them say “You can do this, too.” It’s designed to be a safe haven where musicians gather, not to compete, but to support; not to hustle, but to rest and regroup; a place where they can come together and come away with a better vision; a solid plan.
If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels if you feel like you’ve got so much more you could be doing with your music, make an investment in what you want your future to be. Sign up now for MusicMakers Workshop.
Written by Jennifer White of Clearing for Launch