A Friendly Guide to Launching and Maintaining Your Musical Career
It’s tough to make a living from one’s love of music, but Sheila E. Anderson shows readers how to do just that in How to Grow as a Musician. This encouraging yet realistic guide covers everything from developing and learning one’s craft to managing the business aspects of a musical career. This second edition expands on performance tips, self-promotion tactics, and steps to improve one’s networking skills to make fruitful connections. Anderson shares her insights as well as practical advice from successful musicians and other industry professionals on topics such as:
Composing and recording
Understanding and negotiating contracts
Putting on a performance
Getting and keeping gigs
Utilizing social media
How to Grow as a Musician is packed with candid views on everything from overcoming failure to the art of writing a song to doing that all-important ego check. Whether they’re just getting started or have been in the business for years, all musicians will reap the rewards of this thoughtful career guide.
“This book is a must read for every aspiring musician and music fans alike. Proficient musicianship is steeped in solid practice habits, fortitude, and perseverance. Sheila exposes the fantasy that preparation can be taken lightly.” —George Wein, CEO, Festival Productions, Inc.
“Sheila Anderson is a living legend in the world of jazz radio whose vision, wisdom, and knowledge are astonishing. Don’t miss this book!” —Cornel West, Princeton University
"Read this book to become a BAADASSSS. Sheila Anderson has told it like it is." —Melvin Van Peebles, filmmaker
"How to Grow as a Musician is both intelligent and comprehensive. Ms. Anderson offers an insightful and timely roadmap for one's career." —Gregory Generet, jazz vocalist
"Sheila has provided a practical map to navigate the elusive jazz world." —Ron Scott, freelance jazz writer