The Musician's Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan [NOOK Book]

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The Musician's Journey escorts musicians, performing artists, music teachers, and advanced music students along the road toward a successful career, offering a vast array of resources to guide them from envisioning the process to achieving the practical details. Jill Timmons provides key tools throughout the journey, from sources as diverse as the world of myth to current brain research, which illuminate compelling real-world examples of music entrepreneurs who forged their own paths to success. Included are ...
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The Musician's Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan

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Overview

The Musician's Journey escorts musicians, performing artists, music teachers, and advanced music students along the road toward a successful career, offering a vast array of resources to guide them from envisioning the process to achieving the practical details. Jill Timmons provides key tools throughout the journey, from sources as diverse as the world of myth to current brain research, which illuminate compelling real-world examples of music entrepreneurs who forged their own paths to success. Included are chapters on careers in higher education; guidance in how to develop a business plan; general tips on grant writing and financial development; a separate section exploring the stories of other successful musicians; and personal narrative taken from the author's work as a professional musician and consultant. The book includes an extensive bibliography of additional resources, and the companion website offers downloadable worksheets and questionnaires to help readers along their way.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The title is apt - this book describes a journey in thought, preparation, and destination, and is appropriate for all, not only musicians, who are building a career and a satisfying life. The reader is led from idealistic aspiration through awareness of self and the market to practical outcomes that are entirely possible. Beyond the message and excellent writing, the quotes and bibliography are a diverse and priceless bonus." -- Stephen Clapp, Doctor of Music, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Violin, The Juilliard School

"The author has created an interactive resource that defines the nature of artistic craft and establishes a way in which to implement creative desire...Recommended." --Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians

"This engaging read is an excellent resource for undergraduate performing musicians as well as those at any stage of their careers...Highly recommended." --Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199982004
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jill Timmons is known to international audiences and educators as a leading consultant in arts management. Her consulting firm, Artsmentor LLC, has helped countless music organizations and individual artists meet the challenge of today's market place. Timmons has performed as a pianist under the auspices of the NEA, the USIA, and has been heard on NPR, with concert tours throughout the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and Chile. Dedicated to American composers, her discography includes recordings on the Centaur, Capstone and Laurel labels.

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Table of Contents

Contents

About the Companion Website
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments

1 A CAREER IN MUSIC
Musicians and Their World
The World of Music: Where We Are Today
A Thriving Career in Music: The New Normal

2 NEWS FROM THE FRONT
Client Questionnaire
The Accidental Entrepreneur
A Call to Change

3 MUSICIANS AND THE PATH OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Preparing Today's Music Entrepreneurs
The Benefits of Entrepreneurship

4 PREPARING FOR CHANGE
Brain Neuroplasticity: A Personal Story
Definitions
Harnessing the Power of the Neuroplastic Brain
Desire as the Genesis for Change

5 CREATING YOUR VISION
The Quest for a Vision
Discover Inspiration: Inviting the Muse
Knowing and Facing Your Fears
Ten Showstoppers

6 FROM VISION TO PLAN
Music Professionals in Today's Marketplace: The Dynamic Entrepreneur
Vision and Plan: The Intersection of Heaven and Earth
Creating the Plan: The Pathway to a Dynamic Career
The Plan Versus Income
Sources of Income
Jobs: Is It a Jay-Oh-Be or Part of Your Career Path?
Internships and Volunteerism: The Fast Track to Professional Experience
Grant Writing and the World of Philanthropy
Grant Checklist for Music Professionals: Just the Basics
Phantoms That Derail Your Proposals
Your Plan: The Devil Is in the Details
Troika of Success
Survive or Thrive
Mentors for Your Vision/Plan
Other Music Entrepreneurs: The Student and the Retiree

7 YOUR PLAN
Mission Statement
Legal Identity
Goods and Services
Financial Plan
Marketing
Marketing Starter Kit
Management Team
Other Members of Your Management Team
Timelines
Financing Your Plan
Business Plan Checklist

8 MUSIC JOBS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Entering the World of Higher Education: The Price of Admission
Academia: The Ideal
What Price Glory?
Survival of the Fittest

9 TRUE-LIFE STORIES

10 CONCLUSION
Epilogue

Selected Bibliography

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