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A Musical Life with Hugh Sung

Pianist Hugh Sung shares stories about making music and what moves our souls. Featuring interviews with musicians from a wide variety of genres, including Classical, Folk, Rock, Jazz, and beyond. Visit http://amusicallife.com for all episodes and show notes. New episodes coming every Monday.
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Oct 31, 2016
Musicologist Mark Samples

History is full of stories of great musicians with financial struggles - Beethoven, Schubert, even Mozart was said to have been buried in a pauper’s grave. The image of the “starving artist” tries to glorify the idea that great musicians are supposed to sacrifice everything in pursuit of their art and not expect any commercial gain, much less “stain” themselves with mundane business pursuits. But we forget that before these great musicians of the past were immortalized for their music, they too had to face the same career struggles as today’s musicians to find work, make money, and get recognized. And then there are the amazing success stories of musicians like soprano Jenny Lind, the 19th century “Sweedish Nightingale”, who earned an astonishing $9 million from her tour of North America. Musicologist Mark Samples has been studying the careers of the great musicians of the past, and has some fascinating takeaways for today’s musicians to help them break out of the “starving artist” mindset and show how both artistic and financial success don’t need to be mutually exclusive.

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Mark's Website: http://www.mark-samples.com/

 

Oct 24, 2016
Sean Perrin, host of the Clarineat Podcast

Sean Perrin is the host of "Clarineat", a popular podcast show dedicated to all things related to the clarinet. Sean's debut CD, “Dreamsongs”, hit the top of the Canadian Jazz charts when it was released, and features a unique mix of arrangements of Chick Corea and Phillip Glass songs performed on clarinet, marimba and vibraphone. If you’re a musician thinking about recording a CD, you’ll find this interview with Sean really informative. He managed to get his project funded through a series of grants, scholarships, and a Kickstarter campaign that raised 127% of its goal. His podcast, “Clarineat”, features interviews with some of the leading clarinet players, teachers, manufacturers, and thought leaders affecting the clarinet world.

Links

Sean's "Clarineat" podcast and blog: http://clarineat.com/

Dreamsongs on iTunes: http://apple.co/2emfnnB

 

 

Oct 17, 2016
Andrew Hitz, host of The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast

Andrew Hitz was a 14 year member of the Boston Brass before leaving to become an musical entrepreneur, podcast host, and co-founder of Pedal Note Media, a digital media company providing products and programs to educate, entertain and inspire music teachers, players and fans.

We’re continuing our month-long series on music podcasters and entrepreneurs. Most classical musicians dream of winning a major orchestra job or touring the world as a soloist or with a successful ensemble. But after 14 years of being on the road 200 days out of the year, Andrew Hitz decided that he wanted to find a different path that would enable him to entertain, teach and inspire more musicians and fans while giving him more time to spend with his family. Hold onto your horses and get a pencil or your favorite note taking app ready - what you’re about to listen to is the equivalent of a 1 hour crash course equivalent to a full MBA, marketing degree, and a primer on what you need to start your own podcast.

Links

Andrew Hitz's website: http://www.andrewhitz.com/

The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast

The Brass Junkies Podcast

Pedal Note Media: http://www.pedalnotemedia.com/

Oct 10, 2016
Seth Hanes, Author of

Seth Hanes is a musician, digital marketing consultant, speaker, and founder of musiciansguidetohustling.com, As a digital marketing consultant, Seth has worked with multi-million dollar organizations, book publishers, and musicians from ensembles like the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. His new book, “Break Into The Scene”, is a guide for musicians looking to start their careers and create their own opportunities in music.

We’re continuing with our special series on music podcasters and entrepreneurs. With all the recent news of orchestras going on strike or struggling to stay afloat, most classical musicians - particularly students - might find themselves asking some difficult existential questions. Not so with my guest, Seth Hanes, who instead sees all of this as a huge opportunity to learn more about how music organizations really work, how to solve their problems, and taking what he’s learned to help other musicians take control over their lives and careers.

Links

"Break Into The Scene" book

"Break Into The Scene" Webinar - Thursday, Oct. 13, 9 pm EST

Seth's website: http://musiciansguidetohustling.com/

 

Oct 3, 2016
Jason Heath, host of Contrabass Conversations

Jason Heath is a freelance double bass player who started his Contrabass Conversations podcast way back in 2007, nearly 10 years ago. Now with well over a million downloads, Jason’s incredibly popular podcast is the Internet’s most comprehensive resource on all people and topics related to life and music around the double bass.

This month, we’re going to be exploring the world of music podcasters and entrepreneurs, starting with Jason Heath, who has I believe the longest running classical music podcast show around, nearly 10 years running, with over 250 episodes and well over a million and a half downloads at the time of this broadcast. An interesting historical sidenote: former MTV VJ Adam Curry is credited with being one of the initial pioneers of podcasting, and launched what many believe to be the first podcast show produced on a regular basis, Daily Source Code, back in 2004. Podcasts are essentially “radio shows” that you can listen to either directly on a web page or on a smartphone or MP3 player. The beauty of podcasts is the fact that anyone can produce and distribute their own shows. This can be an inexpensive, yet powerful way to get your name out, reach a worldwide audience, and connect with the movers and shakers of whatever musical niche you’re passionate about. For Jason Heath, podcasting has been a way for him to do all of those things and more, enabling him to extend his freelance double bass career far beyond what’s normally possible.

Links

Contrabass Conversations Podcast: http://contrabassconversations.com/

Jason's websites: http://doublebassblog.org/

http://jasonheath.info/bassist/

"How To Create A Podcast" articles on ArtsHacker: https://artshacker.com/series/podcasting/

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