The Secret Ingredient of Successful Music Careers

Are you resolved to go “all out” in 2015?

Most of us don’t really believe in our resolutions because, let’s face it, we made them before and didn’t follow through.


Every year around this time we face a choice to either:

  1. Avoid committing
  2. Commit half-way
  3. Fully commit (knowing that the results may not be different this time around)


Where do you stand?

Are you committed to do something different this year, and do you believe that it’s “up to you”?

If you answered “YES”, that’s awesome, but your answer to the next question is what matters most to me:


What support do you have in place?


Most of us need some kind of support to help us overcome limiting beliefs, develop new habits, figure out what we don’t know that we don’t know, and stop holding ourselves back. We need someone or something to hold us accountable. Otherwise we fall into the same old patterns, doing things halfway, falling short of our potential.

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If you have people or structures in place to motivate you, provide constructive feedback, and hold you accountable for reaching your goals, you’re far more likely to succeed.


For example, you may want to identify a training program or a coach. I personally benefit from online training or personal coaching in fitness, business, music, relationships, even parenting, and these make a huge difference for me. Musicians have all had private teachers at some point. Doesn’t it make sense for you to have a private teacher for other things you want to be good at, like making money?


I think so.


That’s why I’ve decided to expand my coaching programs in 2015 to go beyond teaching music and extend into helping musicians make a living. (Musicians worldwide already use my online training in improvisation, contemporary styles, music theory, and more at Creative Strings Academy)


Beginning this month I am offering a coaching/training program for working musicians specifically designed to help them improve their careers and reach their business goals. I intend to help musicians make more money, get more of the gigs they enjoy, and increase their time for creative development and enjoying life.


The first course will begin February 1, but the preparation will happen this month, and I’m limiting the number of participants. If you email me NOW, you can schedule a free strategy session. I’ll help you evaluate what’s working and what’s not working, and I guarantee you’ll get a ton of value from the feedback I provide. Simply email me at [email protected] (this will expire very soon). Even if you’re not interested in the coaching program, I encourage you to sign up for this free strategy session, because you’ll get a ton out of it (and I may never offer it again!).



Who this is not for:

If you’re content with where you’re at, your business skills are ridiculous and your career is on fire, disregard this article (and skip to the comments below to share some of your best tips!).


Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 12.39.55 PMIf you think the world owes you something or you tell a story about how your circumstances have prevented you from succeeding. We all have circumstances, and we all have struggles, but I believe that our success starts with “responsibility”, and the belief in our ability to overcome them. (Do you agree? Leave a comment below either way and tell me what you think.)


Do I have magic? No. There’s no magic. I’m reminded of the movie, “Kung Fu Panda”, in which Po finally learns that there is no “secret ingredient”.


But I do have a lot of experience, and a lot of knowledge about the music business. I’ve helped a lot of people, and I’ve enjoyed a lot of success in the music industry doing a wide variety of things.


The main things I will provide are:

  1. Objective feedback from a qualified source
  2. Accountability
  3. Structure
  4. Community support
  5. Concrete training with no BS


My final point to musicians, and this speaks to a classic mistake that 95% of people who practice almost any craft make, is this:


Being good at your craft is not the same thing at being good at running a business. The majority of small businesses FAIL because people make the classic mistake of thinking that their craft, and the business of selling their craft, are one and the same. Running a business is a craft, and until you “practice” business, just like music, your career will always feel like something that drives you, instead of the other way around.


Questions? If you have a quick question, or you’re confused, email me at [email protected], or leave a comment below.


So if you’re sick of putting things off and you’re ready to take it to the next level, email me now at [email protected] with the word “Coaching” in the subject line. I will followup immediately with you to set up the free strategy session.
(And yes, I absolutely Guarantee that if you put in the work with me, I’ll help you reach your goals.)
Either way, feel free to leave a comment below with whatever is on your mind.

Here’s to creating an amazing 2015!

From a recent Creative Strings Academy subscriber:

I studied at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland.
I have a stable job in an orchestra but I wanted to challenge myself… From watching your video on management, I got myself two concerts. I congratulate is a wonderful project…