ready to go past playing prescribed parts?

Tired of settling for less as a working musician? Let me help you attract more opportunities to increase your income and impact.


Through twenty years-plus working in the music industry, I’ve succeeded by studying and applying fundamental sales skills and business strategies.

After watching so many musicians suffer from a lack of these basic strategies and skills, I created Music Biz Mastermind, a coaching course that provides strategy, personalized feedback, and accountability, to help musicians take their careers to the next level.

I’ve personally coached over 100 professional musicians, and many have seen huge results.

There’s one way to reliably grow your business.

Offer your services to the right people, appropriately, consistently, over time. Then deliver on your promises.

It sounds simple but it’s hard to do. Those who do it well, succeed. 

You can get all the information you need to grow a business on the internet, for free.

Without personalized feedback and accountability most people don’t succeed at anything. 

Think about it. Anyone can get information online about how to play an instrument or music theory. But most musicians don’t do it that way. They take private lessons or go to school- for structured curriculum, personalized support and accountability.

Most people join gyms, and then don’t go. People who invest in a trainer go to the gym and get fit. 

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) 


 The trap of “Just be a better musician…

Many musicians get sucked into the trap of thinking they just need to get better at their craft to generate more work. 

The problem with this theory is that plenty of musicians less talented than you are making tons of money and plenty of amazing musicians aren’t.


There’s a difference between doing your craft and running a business related to your craft. Skill at your craft matters, but the strength of your sales campaign matters as much or more.

Consider that 8 out of 10 restaurants fail, not because their food is bad, but because chefs rely on culinary skills instead of a strong business plan.

Most musicians, like chefs, spent the majority of time and energy working on their craft. The ones who focus on running a business succeed. And running a business comes down to knowledge, skills, and practice, (like playing music). When you start focusing on your business, you’ll get better gigs, clients, and projects, and you’ll improve your musicianship on the gig.

About Music Biz Mastermind 

Music Biz Mastermind is a course designed to help freelance musicians make more income and impact by getting better gigs, clients, and/or projects.

What you’ll get:

      • Detailed strategies and tactics to help you create results. Core PDF, video and audio trainings outline clear steps for you to clarify goals, improve marketing materials, create action plans, and execute.
      • Group Calls occur 2 times per month.  Use these calls to get personalized 1-1 real time feedback on whatever questions are pressing for you. (Replays will be made available)
      • Our secret FB Group is the platform allowing us to clarify goals, plan and execute actions, implement marketing strategies, and receive accountability so that we move forward and get results.
      • Accountability partners/groups will be strongly encouraged
      • Networking with a community of motivated influencers in the music industry.
      • Timelined assignments will give you clarity and structure
      • Personalize feedback and support on all your questions, whenever you’re stuck.
      • Tailored content related to your strategy and music biz goals will be posted regularly.

The value of this course is exponentially greater than the investment. Not only will your income grow now, but you will also be able to minimize stress, eliminate overwhelm, and create more impact and income long into the future.


Music Biz Mastermind Payment Options


Of course, you can cancel anytime, and I’ll even GUARANTEE the first month. If you’re not satisfied in 30 days, and you SHOW UP even just a little bit on the group, let me know within 30 days of the time you sign up and I’ll refund you.

About Christian Howes

Christian Howes is a classically trained jazz violinist, producer, composer, 7167032613_ec15940b23_k-smalleducator, and music business entrepreneur. Voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), he’s received several prestigious grant awards and collaborated with the U.S. State department. 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 over 50 school visits annually.


Over 26 years, Christian has worked in the following areas of the music business:
Orchestral musician, bandleader, booking agent, manager, speaker, clinician, camp/festival director, concert promoter, first-call sideman in NYC, in-demand session player, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, producer, author, arranger, publisher, founder of subscription-based online lessons program garnering over 1,000 paid members, non-profit founder and Executive Director, composer, and private teacher.

elle-shimada-music-business-workshop“ After meeting Chris, I have seen some big changes with a ‘let’s make it 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 you give with so much love and passion!”    

Elle Shimada, Musician (Tokyo and Melbourne)