Theresa Teague’s music career journey is all about grit and hard work finding luck and opportunity. Theresa has always had a passion for music, from dance lessons to following the local live music scene in Atlanta, all the way to the historic Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where Theresa would use her day job vacation time to volunteer at the festival each summer. She eventually got a paid position at Montreux, which exposed her to music artists from around the world and led her to further work in world artist concert tour promotion and more. During this music careers episode, Theresa discusses how her IT programming degree and corporate day jobs allowed her to support herself financially while following her passion on nights and weekends, paying off debt and giving herself a solid financial base, keeping her eye on the prize with a lot of hard work and determination until she was finally able to make the leap to a full-time career in independent tour management. Now Theresa has a roster of internationally-renowned music artists, as well as collaborating with Center Stage, the US State Department’s Cultural Exchange program for world music.
Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman are music industry veterans who have dedicated their careers to give back to the next generation of music industry stars. They developed DIME, a music institute with locations in Detroit, MI and Denver, CO (as well as online,) with a focus on modern music education and degree programs for music students who want a long-term career in the music biz. During this episode, both Sarah and Kevin discuss their significant music career trajectories: Kevin, a incredibly talented and experienced musician/songwriter, worked with top-charting bands as well as managing and producing several other top acts, and Sarah, who got her chops working on tours for Prince and Michael Jackson and was snapped up by Sony Music UK as International Promotions Manager. Both Kevin and Sarah explain how they prepare their students for every aspect of a music career, and how to find a career in modern music that will be sustainable as well as successful.
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.