Ep. 13: Five Ways To Kickstart Your Music Career

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So you made it through music school and you’re ready to start your career. Ambition and hope is at an all time high and then you remember in 6 months your student loan payments begin. Panic, frustration and fear set in... Wait. Let’s not go down that rabbit hole because it doesn’t do anyone any good and a positive mindset will carry you through the hard times.

This post will cover 5 ways to kickstart your...

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Ep. 12: Married Musicians Build Music Academy Business From Scratch

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Jiyoung Johnston, director and co-founder of Lone Star Music Academy, exhibits equally strong performance and education abilities in classical and jazz music.

Native of Korea, she started piano at the age of 5 and was trained in classical music. While in Korea, she won 1st prize in numerous competitions including the National Student Piano Competition (1992) and Honam Art Competition (1993). In 1992, she was one of the...

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Ep. 11: Contracts: Don't Play A Note Without One

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As intimidating as a contract sounds, it can be quite relieving and lead to healthier personal and business relationships. A simple way to lighten the mood is to use the word “agreement” instead of “contract.” This implies both parties are equal in negotiations and “agree” to the terms at hand.

Agreements protect both parties in the event one or more terms are violated and come in many forms. ...

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Ep. 10: A Vocalist & Educator Buys Her Dream Home With 20% Down

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Having completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the world-renown University of North Texas, Emily is a well-rounded and confident vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator with extensive skills and knowledge in and of jazz theory, jazz history, improvisation, research, pedagogy, and vocal physiology.  Emily currently resides near Salt Lake City, Utah and is the owner, manager, and instructor at Emily...

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Ep. 9: Do Musicians Need Insurance?

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Many studies over the decades have concluded that over 40% of musicians do not have health insurance. Many of my colleagues and clients are in the same boat. With that in mind, how many musicians do you think have home, liability, disability or life insurance?

Insurance defined:

  1. A practice or arrangement by which a company or government agency provides a guarantee of compensation for specified loss, damage, illness, or...
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