Ep. 31: Massachusetts Musicians Produce Inclusive Music Festival

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Mara Penatzer and Cait Simpson are creative partners who co-founded Dwellings Arts, a non- profit dedicated to creating arts events that center work by artists who identify as women, non- binary, LGBTQ+, and/or POC; providing artist resources and paid performance opportunities; safe(r) workplaces in the performing arts; and financially accessible workshops/retreats/ residencies and professional development for artists. They...

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Ep. 25: Marriage, Entrepreneurship & Conflict Advice From Relationship Expert

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Kara is a relationship educator from Allen, TX, and the owner of Verge Relationships, LLC. She earned her PhD in Family Studies from TWU and her master’s degree in dispute resolution from SMU.

After working for a time as a family mediator, helping couples divide up their assets and work out child custody arrangements, she knew she wanted to reach couples much earlier in the process, before they hit rough patches. After...

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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. 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. 2: A Trumpet Professor Leaves Her Music Career Behind For A Better Life

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Miranda George is a writer and speaker about the social elements that create and sustain performance anxiety in musicians, including shame, instability, and adrenaline. She also writes about performance problems regarding those who have struggled with trauma, mental illness, addiction, and disability.

In addition to the 60+ articles she has written for her blogs, Miranda has also written for Classical Music Indy, SmartMusic,...

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