Ep. 34: Creating New Communities and Venues for Live Performance with James Beshara

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James Beshara, Global Head of Airbnb Concerts and an electronic music artist, understands the intimate connection that is forged between musician and fan. As a product designer and entrepreneur, James previously co-founded Tilt.com, a social payment, crowd-funding app, which many artists and music fans used to fund concerts in new locations or add additional tour dates to an artist’s calendar. James observed the demand for more intimate live experiences and followed that trajectory to Airbnb Concerts,  Airbnb’s newest and fastest growing experience category.  This exciting new performance platform allows musicians and enthusiasts to directly connect and enjoy live music in unconventional spaces. In this episode, James discusses his career trajectory from non-profit to Silicon Valley, and how up-and-coming artists now have an amazing opportunity for new fans, exposure and more.

Ep. 33: Exploring Tech, Business, Creativity and Disruption with Gigi Johnson

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Dr. Gigi Johnson, Inaugural Director of UCLA’s Center for Music Innovation, has taken an unconventional route when it comes to a career in music.  A gifted singer and creative, she has performed and released music all while pursuing a film production degree at USC, an MBA, a PhD in education change/media studies, starting her own business (the Maremel Institute) and having 9 different careers in banking, media, marketing and education, among others. During this episode Gigi walks us through each career decision and trajectory, how each business skill set has contributed to the next as well as overall personal and creative development, and shares insights and well-honed wisdom about technology’s impact on creation, content and beyond.

Ep. 32: Applying Business Sense to a Music Career with Scott Hawksworth

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Scott Hawksworth has always loved music, but he made the “practical” choice to get a business degree in college. After working at several businesses, he realized he missed his creative calling; utilizing all of his business experience, he decided to create an online business for producers and musicians. AudioSkills.com is now a burgeoning community with a popular podcast, YouTube channel and robust membership offering courses, tools, resources and more to producers, podcasters, and musicians who want to learn more about mixing, mastering and recording. Scott shares how each career choice he made has only helped to serve his online music business and to create a prosperous, forward-thinking and evolving enterprise.

 

 

Ep. 31: Creating Successful Entrepreneurship in Music and the Arts with Astrid Baumgardner

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Astrid Baumgardner has dedicated her career to empowering and inspiring musicians (and all creatives!) to be their best selves, not only as artists but as successful entrepreneurs. During this episode Astrid walks us through her musical beginnings as a talented pianist, pursuing law and working as a lawyer in New York City, what convinced her to become a life coach, and joining the faculty at the prestigious Yale School of Music to work with all music students to create successful post-graduate careers. Her emphasis of thinking and behaving like an innovator and an entrepreneur is suitable and essential for any artist who is looking to grow beyond the conventional career paths in order to reach untapped markets and new audiences.

**CORRECTION** – During the podcast, it was erroneously stated that Astrid Baumgardner works only with new music composers at the Yale School of Music. Astrid actually works with singers, pianists, guitar players and all of the orchestral musicians at the school, in addition to the composers. We apologize for the error.

Music Internships for summer/fall 2018!!

Hey gang – As I’m sure you’ve heard throughout  “Hey, How’d You Get That Music Job??? podcast episodes, having an internship is a PHENOMENAL way to get your foot in the door, start networking, and start building relationships in the music industry. I just wanted to pass along some internships I’ve recently heard about. I’ll try to keep adding more in the comments as I see fit. If you know of any others, please do the same!

*Disclaimer: I can’t formally endorse or provide further information on any of these posts, since I’ve just seen them on social media, so proceed accordingly and do your homework!  Also, I’ll try to indicate “PAID” or “UNPAID” – Lord knows it aint easy trying to support yourself as an artist/creative! But wishing you all the best of luck, keep on hustling, pursue that dream, and DON’T GIVE UP!
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Posted July 2018

The Vocal Company, Boston, MA and New York, NY – not sure if paid/unpaid, all ages, school credit offered: Fall Production Mentorship – send resume and cover letter to internship@thevocalcompany.com, or apply at https://thevocalcompany.com/careers/a-cappella-production-internship/?utm_content=74118430&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
Applications due August 1st.

Universal Music Group, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA – unsure if paid or unpaid, school credit required, at least sophomore standing: Fall Internship Program – apply online at  https://jobs.jobvite.com/universalmusicgroup/job/oyqR7fwG/apply

Ultra Records, New York, NY – UNPAID, school credit required: International Marketing Internship for Fall 2018.  Send resume and cover letter to sandi@ultramusic.com.

The Syndicate, Weehawken, NJ – UNPAID, school credit required, $15/day travel stipend: Internship with entertainment marketing agency for Fall 2018. Send resume, cover letter and references to lindsey@thesyn.com.

WMA Agency, New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA – UNPAID, school credit offered: Digital Marketing and Social Media Internship to start ASAP. Send resume and cover letter to jobs@wma.agency, (yeah, that’s the email) subject line: “LA (or NY) Marketing/Social Media Internship – [Your Name]”

Vitalic Noise, Los Angeles, CA – UNPAID, Spanish-speaking preferred: Internship to work with talent on Influencer/YouTube space as well as music space. Send resume to justin@vitalicnoise.com

Posted June 2018

Knockdown Center, Queens, NY – UNPAID, school credit required: Venue Marketing and Communications Internship for Fall 2018. Send resume, cover letter and why you are interested interning at Knockdown Center to mail@knockdowncenter.com, with “Application: Venue Marketing & Communications Internship – Fall 2018” in the subject line.

Bandsintown, Hollywood, CA – not sure paid or unpaid, school credit required: Artists Partnerships Internship for Fall 2018. Submit resume and cover letter to https://bandsintown.workable.com/j/A2072E2535

Depth of Field Management, New York, NY – PAID, school credit offered: Internship for Fall 2018. Email resume and cover letter to brian@dof3.com.

Warner Music Group, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN, various locations –  not sure if paid or unpaid, school credit offered:  Fall Student Program – Go to  http://www.wmg.com/careers for more details and to apply.

Matte, New York, NY – not sure if paid or unpaid, or school credit given/required: Fall Internship starting August/September, send resume/portfolio (if any) to interns@matteprojects.com, with “FALL 18 MUSIC” in the subject line.

Ep. 29: Creating Evergreen Content and Community with Sandra Olinger

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Sandra Olinger is the Founder/Owner of GrimyGoods.com, a popular Los Angeles-based music lifestyle website and blog. Grimy Goods, which just celebrated ten years, is considered by its dedicated following to be “the key source of information for those…who live a music lifestyle.” Sandra walks us through her career, from her extensive travel to music festivals around the world, to working as a music writer/reporter for several publications, interviewing artists and bands, building her blog/website into a successful business venture, and launching her latest business, GrimyDiapers.com. Sandra talks about the importance of being passionate about writing and creating content, SEO, building a community and the best way for artists to connect to music blogs.

Ep. 28: Make a Goal with Zac Harding

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Zac Harding is a self-professed “engineer rat”, starting from the world-renowned studio once owned by Bruce Swedien in Minneapolis, working with the Replacements and Prince(!!) and making the move to Los Angeles. In fact, his engineer experience helped him land the Director of Marketing position at Songtradr (more on that in the interview!) Zac talks about his transition from the recording studio to marketing, the licensing resources and financial opportunities that Songtradr offers to artists, why this is the best time to be an independent musician, why it’s so important to make goals and what tools and innovations are available to artists to succeed.

Ep. 27: Creating the Path to Success with Hunter Scott

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Hunter Scott, co-founder and Head of Marketing & Publicity at the full service music PR firm LaFamos, knows a thing or two about creating pathways to success. Originally a singer/songwriter and guitarist, he began taking classes at Musicians Institute, won a full scholarship, then returned after a few years to serve on the faculty. His keen insight and creativity in music marketing led him to start his own business (from his kitchen table, no less), successfully navigating the business to a 10-year anniversary and global recognition. Hunter is very well known in the industry, serving on panels and as a featured speaker at music and entertainment conferences worldwide. During this episode, Hunter shares his career trajectory, explains the business of PR, and shares advice for artists looking to raise exposure as well as what it takes to work at at music PR firm.

Ep. 26: Making Opportunities Wherever You Are with Joshua Dekaney

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Joshua Dekaney, currently teaching at the prestigious Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, is a professional percussionist. His ability to play virtually any type of percussion has sent him to places like Sao Paolo, Brazil, where he headlined the Batuka! International Drum Fest, to performing with several high profile orchestras around the United States, to working with artists like Peter Cetera and Aretha Franklin, and collaborating with diverse performers from marching bands to modern dance troupes. As an educator and professional musician, Josh talks about his education and career trajectory, how to seek out and take advantage of opportunities wherever you are, and the importance of being open to new experiences.

Ep. 23: Learn by Doing with Adam Lewis

planetarygroup.com

Fellow Bostonian Adam Lewis started out with his own record label, running it from his college dorm room while also running his college radio station. So it’s safe to say Adam’s career in music promotion was off to an early and successful start. Adam takes us through his career trajectory on the east coast, from tour manager and promoter to co-founding Planetary Group, a premiere artist development agency serving Boston and Los Angeles for over two decades. Planetary Group has worked with everyone from Portugal the Man and Katy Perry to the Buzzcocks, Merle Haggard and everyone in between. Adam discusses music promotion from past to present, how to start a career in the business, how to hit the ground running and how to learn by doing.