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. 16: A Drummer & Educator Navigates His Finances, Family & Future

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Stockton Helbing is not very good at sitting still. If he is not playing the drums he is busy being a composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, music director, author, and entrepreneur.

Stockton maintains a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching around North America with his trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet. He is a frequent guest artist at colleges and high schools where he clinics, rehearses, and performs...

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Ep. 14: An Opera Singer Becomes A Certified Financial Planner

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Freelance Financial Planning founder Ben Henry-Moreland trained as an opera singer and performed professionally around the Midwest, New England, and Europe. He has worked in the financial services industry since 2012, serving with two Boston-based investment advisory firms before launching Freelance Financial Planning in 2017.

Ben earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and his certificate in financial planning from...

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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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