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Empathy Is The Secret To Networking (ENCORE posting)

In Best Practices, Mission Statement, Music Advocate, Music Business, nashville, Networking, Try this, You HAVE to on July 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

What would life be like in these shoes?

An interviewer was once giving a lecture on the art of the the Q&A. He shared question strategies, tips and techniques he had carefully collected over the years. The overarching advice he offered to the intently listening crowd was empathy. That’s it – that’s all it takes to be a good interviewer. Interviewers are there to be the brush that asks the questions resulting in a beautiful self-portrait. The moment you take off your shoes and try theirs on for size, you will know what questions to ask that will take the discussion straight to the heart of the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

Webisode Wednesdays… What Are You Doing To Join In The Fun?

In #1, awards, Best Practices, Industry News, Know This, Music, Music Business, nashville, Trends, You HAVE to on March 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

As a follow up to last week’s post about the future of the music business, the Trent Reznor case study, it seems only fitting to examine what country music artists are doing to connect with fans.  As previously highlighted, connecting with fans is only half of the successful equation: CwF + RtB = $$$$.  Connecting with Fans and giving them a Reason to Buy seems to be the ticket to longevity in the business of entertainment.  Lady A’s rapid rise to the Country A List forces the onlooker to wonder what are they doing right… Read the rest of this entry »

The Future of the Music Business: Trent Reznor Case Study

In Best Practices, Industry News, Internet, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Trends, Try this, Uncategorized, You HAVE to on March 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

Do you know the future of the music business?

A little over a week ago, the leaders of the country music business joined together for the annual Country Radio Seminar.  CRS 2010 featured showcases, meetings, and panel discussions centered around country music and the radio industry.  No doubt, some of the discussions, formal or informal, touched upon the past, present, and future trends of the music business in reference to mp3s, revenue streams, record labels, and where to go from here? Read the rest of this entry »

CRS After Hours

In Best Practices, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, nashville, Networking, People that Rock, Try this, You HAVE to on February 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

The 2010 Country Radio Seminar is off and running.  Last night, after a day of interviews, showcases, and industry discussions, the attendees of the seminar made their way to CRS After Hours at The Bridge.  After hours, The Bridge becomes more than a 4th floor glass structure connecting the hotel and public parking garage.  It is in this bar/lounge that industry veterans, hopefuls and wannabes stand on their musical clouds of wishful thinking and dream of what life would be life if we could all have a full time career in the music business that featured longevity, integrity, and some really good music; and yes – money! Read the rest of this entry »

Country Radio Seminar 2010, part 2

In Best Practices, Industry News, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Networking, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on February 23, 2010 at 6:00 am

View from inside the Bridge Bar

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At night, the attendees of the seminar meet up at the Bridge Bar in the Renaissance Hotel downtown. The room is packed with seminar attendees with the nightly addition of local hopefuls that drop in to network. A word of caution – do not sign any contracts or shake any hands with someone that promises you the moon. A common downfall of this event is when unsigned artists attend the nightly mixers in hopes of being discovered and they get “wined and dined” by middle aged men in suits that tell them what they want to hear. You can want something so badly that you will trust anyone you hear and believe their words. Put your “street smarts hat” on and go into the crowd confidently yet realistically. Read the rest of this entry »

Country Radio Seminar 2010

In Best Practices, Industry News, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Networking, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on February 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

Official CRS 2010 logo

Country Radio Seminar 2010 kicks off this Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

One of the largest media gatherings of any kind, each spring this Nashville convention and trade show brings together nearly 1,000 delegates from Country Radio with 1,000 music industry professionals for three days of “growth through sharing.”  Radio attendees include Program Directors, General Managers, Promotion Managers, Sales Executives and Air Talent. (description taken from crb.org)

Locally referred to as CRS, this musical meeting of the minds is a networking goldmine for aspiring artists, musicians, radio hopefuls, song pluggers, songwriters, etc… Read the rest of this entry »

Q&A With Paul King (part 2)

In Music on February 7, 2010 at 6:00 am

What’s all the Hype! about?? Part 2 of Paul King’s Q&A…

NMB: How is  service like yours beneficial/valuable to the user?

PK:
PR is an invaluable tool if you’re an artist.  For instance, you’ve spent thousands on recording a CD, now what?  It doesn’t matter if no one knows you have it!  And yet PR is the last thing artists think they need.  It’s ridiculous in my mind – especially when so much of public opinion is shaped by the media and we all know it is!  I think you need to have a PR team or professional on your side before you even think about going into the studio.  Why do things slap-dash?  Meaning, why not have all your business together before moving forward?  Many artists think the first thing to ‘being heard’ or ‘getting noticed’ is getting that product… Read the rest of this entry »

Q&A With Paul King (part 1)

In Music Business, nashville on February 6, 2010 at 6:00 am

Here is a Q&A with Paul; meet the man behind the Hype! madness…

NMB: Why did you start this venture?

PK: I never had a believer.  That’s it.  I never really had someone to totally and completely believe in me.  I’ve written with Grammy winners, and Dove Award winners, and grew up practically living in Eddy Raven‘s house – but not one person would step out and put it on the line for me.  I wanted to help others in ways I could never get myself.  I continually try and prove my worth to the artists I work with by getting the best deals and the best opportunities I can get them… Read the rest of this entry »

Hot-Blooded Draft Horse

In Best Practices, Music Business, nashville, You HAVE to on November 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Horse 1

photo credit: Debra Gordon

In the summer of 2009 I was given the honor of being selected as one of the twelve attendees of Skip Ewing’s Horse and Writer event held near Dubois, Wyoming.  While there we learned a great deal about ourselves as writers and communed with the glorious landscape of Wyoming while on horseback.  One of the things I realized while I was there is that horses,  and people in the race to make it in the music industry, are more alike than you think.  When you are in Nashville trying to be successful in the music business you have to be patient, strong, sure footed, yet still adventurous.  All of these qualities mimic those of a horse. Read the rest of this entry »

The Nashville Music Business Camp Was A Hit! (Part 2)

In Best Practices, Industry News, Internet, Law, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Networking, People that Rock, Uncategorized, You HAVE to on October 28, 2009 at 5:00 am

NMBCPart two of the Nashville Music Business Camp will share even more insights into how all around artist representation can make or break your career.  You definitely need to click back to read part one and learn about internet trends and marketing.

One of the major points Shannon and Kat made was – don’t forget where you came from.  Don’t forget the publicists and radio DJs that played your songs when no one else believed in you.  Again what people are saying about you can make or break you.  Buzz is good when it boosts sales and increases exposure.  Publicity becomes unwanted when you get too “big for your britches” and you forget why you are out singing in the first place.  It is common sense but sometimes not a common practice –  treat people the way you want to be treated.  Read the rest of this entry »

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