Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music

By Angela Myles Beeching | Go to book overview
Save to active project

4
Expanding Your Impact: Demos and CDs

Jenny, a talented pianist and master's degree candidate, visits me to ask a question. She's in the process of recording a few pieces to submit with her application for a major competition. She also has a degree recital this spring that she will have professionally recorded. Jenny asks, “How can I get the most out of these recordings? Should I make just a few copies for demos or what?”

Jenny's housemate is Amy, an excellent jazz vocalist with her own band. Amy has been gigging steadily throughout her student years and uses a demo with her promo kit when contacting club managers and festival presenters. Amy wants to do a full-length CD and shop it around to labels. Amy asks, “How do I get a record contract?”

Bob stops by and proudly hands me a copy of his new CD, asking me to listen to it when I have the time. With his brass quintet he plays about twenty regional concerts a year plus lots ofK-12 in-school performances and miniresidencies. Bob asks, “Now that the CD is done, I want to know how to promote it; how do I get it into stores and get it reviewed?”

These are composites, scenarios and conversations I've had with musicians over the years. For many musicians, lacking perspective on the recording industry and on the music business side of their careers, the path to a successful CD project can be strewn with roadblocks. After all, if you can't see the forest for the trees, and you want to find the best career path through the terrain, it can be tough going. This chapter is intended to help you see the forest, the trees, and the path you choose to create. We'll discuss the Why, the What, the How, and the How Much.

-68-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 344

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?