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Agreement

Posted August 1, 2011 by in Uncategorized

  As an artist manager, I feel like I spend a good deal of time negotiating.    Oh not the kind of fist punch negotiations in one of my favorite movies, Fight Club – but certainly a smattering of it.    I find myself asking for more money from the label or from a promoter,   negotiating [...]

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The Greatest Trip

Posted May 2, 2011 by in Management

I am one of the people who have been caught up in the Royal Wedding.     I realize that there are so many more important things to be consumed by; however,  because I had lived at Westminster School (adjacent to Westminster Abbey)  and because of my love for all things England – I admit to savoring [...]

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The Fruit of the Agony

Posted February 28, 2011 by in Management, Songwriting

Over the last several months I’ve been lucky to be a fly on the wall  watching Jason Gray, an artist on Centricity, and managed by our team at Eaglemont,  write for a new record.     With probably over 20 songs on the table,  we had the final meeting last week to select the 12 songs that [...]

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Last week, as I was feverishly searching for a book I needed to reference, I uncovered an old journal.   Tucked inside was a 10-year-old handwritten note of encouragement from an old friend.   As I sat and re-read those words I was encouraged once again and reminded how the art of the handwritten note has [...]

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What's Your Stew?

Posted October 11, 2010 by in Other, Uncategorized

Last week I was fortunate to get to attend Catalyst, a great leadership conference held in Atlanta. I went with some of the other staff from Centricity and was treated to some challenging insights from church leaders, business leaders/authors, and social justice innovators. The opening session featured   (as it had the two previous times [...]

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Several weeks ago I took my father to see The Eagles to celebrate his 70th birthday.   To say that he is a fan of Don, Glen, and the others is an understatement.    He has their CDs, their DVDs;  he knows all of their songs, and even quotes lines from the songs in his speeches…., alongside of scripture.      He’s a [...]

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It happened….again! In the middle of a week of meetings and falling behind on everything on my ‘to-do’ list, the question seemed to slap me in the face for the hundreth time….”why am I doing all of this”.      Perhaps you’ve never been at that place, but I’d like to think all of us have hit [...]

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Over the last several blogs, I’ve mentioned several things artists could be doing to help manage their business on the road.     Most of these have been guidelines and haven’t actually been specific tools that an artist might use.   There are numerous ones out there –  so I thought I’d begin the discussion [...]

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In Managing the Business, Part 3a I covered several things that were important in helping the artist manage their business.    In addition to those four, these three items are designed to help in managing that part of the career that so many artists often overlook. Find a Team -   It is rare that the [...]

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Over my last several musings we’ve talked about Lessons to be learned from the Indie Artist -   including #1 Getting the Gig, and #2 Getting Invited Back.       Lesson #3 is the foundation for all of that – that it is great to get gigs and have opportunity, but if you can’t manage the business side [...]

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