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  • Genre:MUSIC
  • SubGenre:Business Aspects
  • Language:English
  • Pages:65
  • eBook ISBN:9781624882852

You're a Musician. Now What?

How to Thrive in Creative and Financial Freedom as a Musician

by Janek Gwizdala

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How to Thrive in Creative and Financial Freedom as a Musician. Modern-Day Skill Sets Essential to Success in the Music Business.
I like to think that if Ludwig van Beethoven were alive today, he’d be a social media madman, bypassing his patrons and financers and independently reaching his audience. He’d be thriving in creative and financial freedom. I also like to believe that the hundreds—perhaps thousands—of artists who have gone broke from bad publishing deals and outrageous recoupables would have preferred the option of having direct access to their audience and cutting out the middle man. And yet, they didn’t have that option. Their artistic endeavors began in a time when other people in the music world held the keys to the castle. If you didn’t have access to the Royal Opera House or the record stores or your single wasn’t playing on every radio station, you had no choice but to sit in the back of a van and tour small venues year after year. Until now, that is. Technology and social media have transformed our musical landscape so that it is now possible for any musician to build and maintain a personal relationship with an audience in real time. I can’t promise you a Grammy nomination, but I can guarantee you that if you’re involved in the music business, have a product you’re trying to promote, or want to make a financial commitment to your art without going broke, there’s something in this book for you. Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And it’s the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future. I challenge you to begin today.
About the author
Janek Gwizdala is the creator and founder of videobasslessons.tv, livepracticetracks.com, and for the past 15 years has been on the international music scene working with some of the most influential people in the business. These include: John Mayer, Mike Stern, Marcus Miller, Pat Metheny, Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Jojo Mayer, Peter Erskine, and many more. Janek has toured not only as a musician but also as a university lecturer all over the world and has spoken at some of the worlds most prominent education establishments including: Berklee College of Music, NYU, UM, UT Austin, USC, Royal Academy of Music London, Musicians Institute Los Angeles, Los Angeles Music Academy, ICMP London, Academy of Contemporary Music UK, as well as school in Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Poland, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, and many more.