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Practical Presentation Pointers

In Best Practices, D.I.Y., Music, Music Business, Musician, Networking, Singing, Social Media, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on May 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Image is everything …
Put your best foot forward …
You only have one chance to make a first impression …

Sayings like this have been swirling around the world for centuries. Do we pay attention to them? Do they apply to someone trying to make their mark in the music business? Are we ready at all times to leave a lasting impression? Good or bad, the way we carry and present ourselves will leave a mark. Read the rest of this entry »

Country Radio Seminar 2011: Where Connections are Made

In Best Practices, Country Radio Seminar, Industry News, Know This, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Networking, Performance, Radio, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on February 28, 2011 at 5:01 am

Get ready to connect at the 2011 Country Radio Seminar.  Country Radio Broadcasters is presenting this year’s CRS events from March 2-4.  National & international music professionals from radio personalities to A-list artists to management companies and local singer/songwriters will be well represented in Music City at the Convention Center and the connecting Renaissance Hotel.

This event is appropriate for anyone serious about their career.  Artists, publicists, songwriters, stylists, and musicians are just some of the people represented in this bustling musical event.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

Empathy Is the Secret to Networking

In Music on December 17, 2009 at 5:00 am

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.  He then went on to stress that empathy is as essential in everyday life as it is to the professional interviewer.  Most people are hoping for the opportunity to be truthful about who they are and how they became that way.

Right now you are asking yourself… “when was the last time I was empathetic?”  But to answer that question you might first need a refresher course on what empathy is exactly.  Read the rest of this entry »

Songskyping

In Internet, Lyrics, Music Business, nashville, Networking, Songwriting, You HAVE to on October 1, 2009 at 6:00 am

thisThe advent of the Internet has turned the world upside down.  Now we know information more than ever and knowledge is literally at our fingertips.  Between desktop computers, netbooks, laptops, cell phones, and smart phones (are there dumb phones?) people are definitely connected.  In the business world companies are hiring social media experts and advertising has come to a crossroads, creating new models for product development with the revolution of social networking.  Oprah has embraced Skype as a way to connect with her audience.  Even Regis and Kelly have a weekly viral video segment (Regis doesn’t even know what the Internet is). Read the rest of this entry »

The Friendship Model

In Best Practices, Internet, Music Business, nashville, Networking, See this, You HAVE to on September 28, 2009 at 6:00 am
The Friendship Connection

The Friendship Connection

I learned early on that being in a music business driven by people – one must be mindful to conduct themselves like a company.  Not the cold, been burned side of established organizations, I mean all the things they do right.  I say company in that we need to model ourselves after the personal structure and roles that are in a company.  A person in music trying to do it on their own, with little time and basically no resources has to learn how to be all part of the process  This analogy helps to put the different aspects of the music business in perspective.  It is not called a “business” for nothing! Read the rest of this entry »

How To Get Along With Nashville

In Best Practices, Life Around Me, Music, Music Business, nashville, Networking, Try this, You HAVE to on September 21, 2009 at 6:00 am

Don't overlook the humanity of music

This weekend I had the pleasure of talking to a friend at church.  We were both there to sing for the services and we managed to find some time to talk about our love of music in between the services.  He too is a singer/songwriter making his way through town.  We discussed the triumphs he has had over his year here.  He has an “indie” cut, a song written for a local high school football team, and he was recently the winner of a local songwriter contest.  He definitely seems to be well on his way.

As we were talking though he asked about networking and meeting people and co-writes… the whole “people” part of this town.  He has the music down – but the interacting when co-writing and networking had him a little confused.  Read the rest of this entry »

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