Tired of settling for less as a working musician? 

I’ll 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  skills, I created Music Biz Mastermind coaching and courses 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.

 If you’re ready to be proactive in growing your career, apply for a call with me to discuss your career, with no strings attached..

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) 





  There’s one way to reliably attract more opportunities.

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. 

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 many less-skilled musicians are making money and many skilled 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 promotional efforts and strategy often matters more. 

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

music-business-workshop-christian-howes-creative-stringsMost musicians, like chefs, spent the majority of time and energy working on their craft. The ones who focus on running a business succeed. 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 coaching and courses designed to help free-lance 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.   
  • Live online group calls, during which you can receive 1-1 feedback.(Replays will be made available)
  • Accountability through peer-to-peer support
  • Networking with a community of motivated influencers in the music industry.
  • Exclusive membership to Facebook secret group  
  • Time-lined assignments
  • Personalize feedback and support on all your questions, whenever you’re stuck. 
  • Private coaching with me (according to your plan).


By investing in your business,  not only will your income grow now, but you’ll also be able to minimize stress, eliminate overwhelm, and create more impact and income long into the future.

 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, apply to get a free call with me. I’ll discuss your most pressing needs and give you actionable feedback with no obligation. Apply now here:

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 album, “Southern Exposure” led to a six-night run at Lincoln Center, and his 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’ve seen some big changes. In Melbourne I had my first summer as a consistent session musician. In Tokyo I decided to work on a solo project. 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)