The Arts, A Market Economy, Quit Day Job?

Former Rykodisc label head and Loyola  University, New Orleans professor George Howard speaks in a 2007 Master Class at Loyola about the economic and business realities that aspiring musicians and businesspeople need to face in order to succeed in today’s music business. Topics include:

  • the economics of independence
  • how capitalism supports the arts
  • how technology is altering the economics of music distribution
  • the Long Tail & niche marketing
  • using the machinery of a capitalist economy to sell your music to people who want to buy it.

Included below is the 2nd clip from the full video from Artist House Click here to watch full video.

Conference Season in New York City

January is here and with it comes many of the industry events, conferences, and showcases. Oh My!

photo by Laura Sells-Doyle

photo by Laura Sells-Doyle

Of particular interest is New York State Presenters Network Artist Roster Showcase taking place at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 11th. Pianist Rose Chancler and marimbist Jane Boxall as Ricochet Duo will be on stage as one of nine ensembles on the NYS 2014-2015 Artist Roster. These ensembles in collaboration with New York State Presenters are eligible for the NYS Presenter/Artist Partnership funding. More information is available here.

If you are a concert presenter and know your audience would love to hear a mix of word-infused jazz, please be sure to visit Shantel Dow at the Dow Artists' Booth Booth #309 in Rhinlander Hall at the APAP Conference. Dow Artists is now booking the Rob Ryndak Ensemble.

Great sounds all the way around!

Embracing the Winter Solstice ...

And wishing everyone happy holidays!

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With the Winter Solstice upon us, the wreath goes up. While there are a variety of takes on the history of the wreath, I choose to look at it as a sign of perseverance through the winter months ahead. That the coming spring is a reminder of the importance of maintaining hope and faith in ourselves as we continue in our work and sharing our talents.

As the shortest day of the year has arrived, the sun is at its lowest and weakest. It is the pivot point from which the light grows and brighter; a fleeting moment. The fears we may have as we face the dark and cold of winter, or the doubts in ourselves and perhaps career choices, will slowly melt away. As we forge into the new year, let us take stock, celebrate with joy and gratitude, and move forward with fortitude!

Here's to Looking Forward to a Fantastic New Year!