Ep. 23: Pianist Pays Off $60,000 Debt & Becomes Financial Planner

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Cody Garrett developed a curiosity and love for music when he began piano lessons at the age of six, and from then on strived to become educated in music history, theory, composition/arranging, improvisation, production, and business. Cody continued his academic education at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where he studied music theory, composition, and piano performance. Desiring a greater understanding of...

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Ep. 22: NYC Vibraphonist Makes Name For Herself & Promotes Gender Awareness

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Sasha Berliner is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader from San Francisco, CA.

Sasha started playing drums at eight years old. She pursued a jazz emphasis at her high school, Oakland School for the Arts, where she picked up the vibraphone at age 13. She is an alumni of the SF Jazz High School All Stars Orchestra and the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. She headlined festivals like the Atlanta Jazz...

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Ep. 21: Australian Arts Manager, Drummer & Yogi Finds Healthy Balance

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Holly Norman is a freelance arts manager, event producer and musician. Some of her career achievements have included the production logistics for Melbourne Festival (2016 - 2018 - Contemporary Music), artist logistics for Darwin Festival (2016), project management of Perth International Jazz Festival (2015) and Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2019). As an independent producer and tour manager, Holly co-wrote the award-nominated...

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Ep. 20: An Entertainer & DJ Reveals Secret To Charging Higher Rates

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Dan Quinn is an event entertainment expert, multi-instrumental live looping musician, singer, DJ, and Master of Ceremonies (MC) who specializes in private events such as weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, festivals, school events, and private parties.

Guitarist. Singer. Live Looping Master. One Man Band. MC. DJ. Party Starter. Limit Pusher. Pretty fun guy to hang out with. Totally responsible suburban dad. Known by friends and...

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Ep. 19: An Entertainment Lawyer Talks Music Business Basics

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William is an entertainment lawyer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He works with singers, musicians, bands, record labels, managers, publishers, and film producers. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of North Texas and his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Pennsylvania.

 

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  • Working with musicians, bands,...
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Ep. 18: A Music Educator Gets Real About Music Education

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Saxophonist and educator Dan Gelok is internationally recognized and sought-after as an outstanding young performer and teacher of classical saxophone music. He received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Indiana University and his Masters in Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He currently holds the title of Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Houston. His teachers include...

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Ep. 17: A Saxophonist Busks NYC Subways & Overcomes Drug Habit

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Jake Dester is an American musician based in New York City whose expertise lies in jazz saxophone and composition. Dester is also a songwriter, entrepreneur, arranger, music producer, singer, guitar player, graphic designer, marketer, and video editor.

He comprises one half of the "darling duo" Sydney & Jake, a partnership with vocalist/guitarist Sydney McNulty (aka Syd Caldera) that specializes in performing classic songs in a...

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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. 7: Ten Income Sources For Musicians

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Multiple. Streams. Of. Income.

Ever hear those magical words? Musicians, artists and freelancers who diversify their income increase their sense of job security and freedom of choice. There are many sources of active and passive income in the music industry to choose from. Let’s start with 10.

1. Performing Live

This might include restaurants, bars, clubs, stadiums, music festivals, house concerts, retirement homes,...

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Ep. 6: A Professional Saxophonist Becomes A Computer Scientist

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Jason St. George is a musician, educator, computer scientist, and machine learning engineer, currently completing his Master’s degree at Rochester Institute of Technology.  After a rural, quintessentially American upbringing in Upstate New York, Jason completed his Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Theory from University of North Texas in 2013, going on to a career as a musician and educator in the Dallas,...

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