Are you tired of settling for less as a working musician? Ready to make 2017 your best year yet?


christian-howesMy name is Christian Howes, and through working over twenty years in the music industry I’ve experienced many frustrations and disappointments, ultimately discovering how to streamline my business and consistently succeed .   
  After hearing from many musicians how they feel overwhelmed, without strategies and skills to grow their business, I created the Music Biz Mastermind as a solution. The month-long course combines one-to-one support, feedback, and accountability to help you avoid unnecessary mistakes, create a burst of growth in your income, and take control of your career now.                                                                                                                    



Want to know how to succeed in business?
“Offer a valuable service or product to the right people, consistently, appropriately and persistently over time”.

We’ll unpack this during the course, apply it to your situation, and set you up with straightforward practices to achieve your goals. 



Here is what some of our grads have to say:


“There is literally no one I know who has studied the business of music more thoroughly than Christian. He is not only a master musician; he is one of the most knowledgeable people you’ll ever meet regarding how to make a living as a performer.”

Joel Harrison – Guggenheim recipient, composer, guitarist (NYC)

natalie-brown“ The best part of your course is that I really put a microscope on what I was doing and thought about how I could be more focused, better with time management, creating less headaches and more money. I’m so glad I slowed down long enough to give myself the opportunity to learn from you and others in this group.”

Natalie Brown – teacher, performer, composer (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)



The trap of “Just be a better musician…”


Many musicians get sucked into the trap of thinking they need to get better as musicians and it will translate into more work. 

The problem with this theory is that we all know musicians less talented than you who are making tons of money and amazing musicians who aren’t working!




There’s a difference between doing your craft vs running a business related to your craft. While musical skill matters, the strength of your sales campaign generally matters much more in terms of generating income. 


 Consider that 8 out of 10 restaurants fail, not because the food is bad, but because chefs rely on their culinary skills, instead of their business plan (and execution), for success.

Most musicians, like chefs, spent a lot of time at their craft and less time practicing business skills. The ones who focus on running a business succeed. Business isn’t magic. It comes down to knowledge, skills, and practice, (just like music).


About the Course christian-howes-music-business-copy– Music Business Mastermind (3.0) with
Christian Howes

I’m limiting this course to a small group of working musicians who are ready to take consistent action to create a burt of growth in their business.

If you commit to the course, your income and your career sustainability will dramatically improve. 

We’ll set specific outcomes you want to achieve in the beginning, and achieve them by the end.  


When:  March 7 – April 7



Course Curriculum:

  • The core content will outline clear steps for you to clarify goals, eliminate road blocks, improve or create marketing materials, create a specific action plan, and execute it. It will also drill deep into detailed strategies, tactics, and resources to help you create results. (Pdf, video and audio trainings.) The full curriculum will be given to you one week in advance so you can work ahead beginning February 28, 2017!
  • Four live online group mastermind calls (replays will be made available)
  • Accountability through peer-to-peer support and networking with motivated influencers in the music industry.
  • Two 30 minute personal coaching calls with me (plus one extra if you sign up below for the free call)
  • Exclusive membership to Facebook secret group  
  • Time lined assignments
  • 24/7 email support from me 


Tuition is $649, and the course will be capped at 25 members – first come, first serve. The first ten to register will receive an early enrollment discount of $50.

Music Business Mastermind
Music Business Mastermind
Month-Long Interactive Online Course including weekly group coaching calls, two 30-minute private consult calls, 24/7 email support, Facebook group support, and full access to all online curriculum.
Price: $649.00

Value: The value of this experience is exponentially greater than the relatively small investment. (Two gigs will cover the investment in tuition.) Not only will your income grow immediately, but you will be able to minimize stress, eliminate overwhelm, create more income and impact, throughout the rest of your career. The skills, habits, and new perspectives you gain will be priceless in terms of the difference they will make going forward in your life. If you’re tired of settling for less and you want to make more money, make a bigger impact, or get more of the types of gigs you enjoy, this is a viable path for you to make a change!

I’ll discuss your business with you and give you some immediately actionable feedback. If you’re not blown away, there’s no obligation. Schedule your call below:



About Christian Howes

Christian Howes is a classically trained jazz violinist, producer, composer, 7167032613_ec15940b23_k-smalleducator, and music business entrepreneur. He was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), received several prestigious grant awards and collaborated with the U.S. State department in tours abroad.  His 2013 album, “Southern Exposure” led to a six-night run at Lincoln Center, and his 14th album, “American Spirit” was named by the Huffington Post among the “Best Jazz Albums of 2015”.  Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings“, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education via online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of school visits annually.


Over 26 years, Christian has succeeded in several areas of the music business, including:
Orchestral musician, bandleader touring worldwide, booking agency owner, speaker, clinician, festival director, concert promoter, first call sideman in NYC, in-demand session player, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, owner of production company, author of several instructional books and arrangements, owner of subscription-based Online Lessons program garnering over 1,000 paid members, founder of 501(c)(3),  commercial composer, founder of Skype lesson studio serving over 100 students in the first year.


elle-shimada-music-business-workshop“ After meeting Chris, I have seen some big changes with a ‘let’s make shit happen!’ attitude. In Melbourne I had my first summer as a consistent session musician. In Tokyo I decided to work on a solo project. You’ve completely changed my relationship with the violin.  Thank you so much for constantly being such a positive influence on my life with the amazing lessons and teachings you give with so much love and passion!”    

Elle Shimada, Musician (Tokyo and Melbourne)