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Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living and Making a Difference [Paperback]

David Cutler
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Helius Press (3 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982307500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982307502
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Savvy Musician So youre talented, well trained, and passionate about music. What next? The professional marketplace is flooded with outstanding musicians, forced to compete for a shrinking number of traditional opportunities. The Savvy Musician helps balance three overriding aspects of your professional musical life: (1) building a career, (2) earning a living, and (3) making a difference. Filled with clearly articulated concepts, detailed strategies, and 165 vignettes about actual musicians working to create a meaningful and prosperous career, this book examines critical elements often overlooked or misunderstood by musicians, and helps you take control of your career. Di...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good gig! 1 Nov 2013
By Adam J.
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Book arrived promptly and well packed. Has useful, easy to absorb chapters. All I have to do is heed them in order to make my first million !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book 14 Dec 2011
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The Savvy Musician is a great, practical career-guide. The writing style is easy to read and the up-beat and positive vibe is a great source of support and inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is changing my life 11 Nov 2009
By H. Caspi - Published on Amazon.com
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It's hard for me to begin to describe how this book is changing my perception of myself as a musician. This book has helped me develop a more accurate picture of myself, my goals, my achievements, and what lies ahead. We musicians are such perfectionists, that sometimes extreme self-criticism really cripples us into hiding, since we don't feel worthy. This might not be true for everyone, but it is for me. This book has given me not just tools for every aspect of music-doing (see below), but probed me to do a self-analysis I haven't been convinced to do even by close family and friends. What do I want to do as a musician? Why am I here? What are my gifts? How can I make a difference?

Dr. Cutler follows Goethe's principle: "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming.
He does an amazing job right up front pointing out common misconceptions and sets the stage for the entrepreneurial musician (You!).
When you look at the table of contents, you'll notice this book is so well-rounded. It touches almost any possible field of music business, something I haven't seen in any other book. (Sometimes you find a book that claims to do that, but doesn't do it as thoroughly or in such a way that's so eloquent and easy to read). It answers so many questions, for instance- Are there too many musicians? (Being a flutist, I live in the eternal feeling that if I only chose a less popular instrument....or if I was the one of few....etc') how do you write a business plan (and why should you); it looks at every possible aspect of music business- performance, website building, marketing, recordings, networking, grant, donors, fundraising.... think that if I read this before I started my Bachelor's I would be much more innovative, sure of myself, creative and successful. But it's never too late!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for ALL Musicians 6 Jan 2011
By James W. Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
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As a music professor, this book has become required reading for all of my students. In fact, I recommend this book to everyone- professionals, amateurs, and students alike. The vignettes are fantastic, the writing style is enjoyable, and the content is superb. This book created a starting point for our department's recent creation of a music business emphasis.

As a clinician on the topic of entrepreneurship for college students, this book is a primary resource and top suggestion for each and every workshop I present. The outstanding material in this book hits home.

Since my sophomore year of college in 1994, I've never held a job that wasn't teaching or performing music. I take great pride in this fact, and encourage others to do so as well. Thinking creatively, never making excuses, and reminding one's self on a daily basis just how lucky we are to be musicians has made this possible. This book provides all of the inspiration and substance to guide others to a successful career in music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for musical careerists 18 May 2012
By Mountainmango - Published on Amazon.com
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I originally borrowed this book from the library, but after reading a few chapters, I decided this was a book worth owning. This book has lots of good ideas for people who want to have a career in the music business. There are many great ideas and inspirational stories of people thinking out of the box. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 26 Mar 2011
By Kpenney - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a lot of great ideas on how to distinguish yourself as a musician. While there is a lot of great basic information about marketing, there are sections that could be more in-depth. None the less, reading it has given me a lot of new ideas that I'm looking forward to trying out on my next concert!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only music biz book worth its weight in platinum 10 July 2013
By Samuel J. Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
The business of music is every bit as challenging as the practice of music. This book, the Savvy Musician, was used in a music career seminar course I took as a grad student at Ball State University. Unlike most music biz books that focus on how to get your band signed to a record label, this one is useful for building a career as an individual musician (whether or not you play in ensembles), and is relevant to musicians of many echelons and genres. It also has good material on academic music careers as well as practical examples of press releases and other promotional materials... Hey wait, I need to go back and do this stuff, myself!
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