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. 15: Money Mindset 101

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Today we're going to discuss how musicians can adjust their mindset in regards to money and more. The goal of this podcast is to rid the stigmas limiting musicians from reaching their full potential musically, financially, and mentally. Our mindsets are incredibly powerful. In fact, I wasn't able to take financial control over my life until I renewed my mindset.

Words Matter

The mind is capable of achieving...

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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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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. 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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