Entrepreneurship: Startups for Musicians. By Barbara Siesel...

Jun 1, 2017 by

Unless you’ve been in the practice room for 24 hours a day for the last 10 years you’ve probably heard the term “Startup." Wikipedia defines a Start-up: A startup company (startup or start-up) is an entrepreneurial venture which is typically a newly emerged, fast-growing business that aims to meet...

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Balancing Entrepreneurship and Artist Self. By Barbara Siesel...

May 1, 2017 by

One of the most difficult parts about being a musician entrepreneur is the balancing act that one has to engage in. How do you continue to develop as an artist when your days are filled with meetings and administrative duties? How do you continue to find artistic inspiration, the...

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What’s Next? 5 Tips for Life After Graduation. By Katherine Isbill Emeneth...

Apr 1, 2017 by

  “Going into the classical music profession is difficult. There aren’t enough jobs. Audiences are dwindling. It’s hard to make money. It’s not like it used to be.” Sound familiar? As classical musicians, we encounter these statements frequently and yet we continue to study, love, appreciate, and live our...

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Art for Social Change by Barbara Siesel...

Mar 1, 2017 by

“In the face of Trump, many artists report feelings of paralysis. Should they carry on as before, nobly defying the ruination of public discourse? Or seize on a new mission, abandoning the illusion of aesthetic autonomy?” Alex Ross Above is a quote by Alex Ross in his article in...

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How I Ended Up Working in the Music Industry. By Paula Savastano...

Feb 1, 2017 by

Specializing in Copyright, Licensing, Royalties and Publishing, Paula Savastano has worked in the music business for more than 25 year. As a classically trained musician, she began her career in Opera Management, but quickly made the switch to the popular music realm. She has worked in administrative management and...

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Musicians for Arts Advocacy. By Barbara Siesel...

Feb 1, 2017 by

Last Saturday I participated in the Woman’s March, joining a sister march in NYC. It’s estimated that 400,000 women attended the NYC march and scientists estimate that between 3-4 million people marched worldwide.  It shows that people really care about what is happening around women’s issues and human rights.  The experience was inspiring...

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Art for Social Change by Barbara Siesel...

Dec 1, 2016 by

Given the current political situation. I thought that I’d spend a few columns discussing the concept of Art for Social Change.  Please understand that I’m not espousing a particular political point of view, but I do feel that we as a society have some healing and changing to do....

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What If I Fail: Defining the Pivot By Barbara Siesel...

Nov 1, 2016 by

The Merriam- Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines the word pivot this way: 1) a pin or shaft on which a mechanical part turns 2) the action of turning around a point : the action of pivoting 3) a person or thing that is central or important to someone or something...

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Entrepreneurship: You Have What it Takes by Barbara Siesel...

Oct 3, 2016 by

It’s ‘back to school’ time or for others the beginning of the 2016-17 season, a time of new beginnings for many of us. I always think during this time about what might be coming next for me, and I’m in the midst of a new launch which got me thinking...

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Interview: NFA Arts Venture Competition Finalists...

Aug 1, 2016 by

The National Flute Association is holding their biennial Arts Venture Competition this August in San Diego.  NFA says: “The competition seeks projects that approach performance and education in a new way (often through collaboration with communities or other genres or media)….. Examples of projects that are well suited for...

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Social Impact Entrepreneurship: An Interview with Kaori Fujii...

Jun 1, 2016 by

I mentioned last month that I would be writing about social entrepreneurship, and I thought that an interview with a musical social entrepreneur who I admire very much would give you a clear sense of the definition of social entrepreneurship and might inspire you to try yourself.    ...

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Can Entrepreneurship Effect Political Change?...

May 1, 2016 by

Well, it’s election time. We are being bombarded by politicians, pundits, and the public all talking about the problems facing America today and how they are going to fix it, or not fix it!!!  So I thought it was time for an article about how our entrepreneurial projects can...

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PLAY as Antidote to Challenges

Apr 1, 2016 by

“Play” as an antidote to challenges, by Barbara Siesel What does the word “Play” mean?  Here are a few definitions from the American Heritage Dictionary:  To occupy oneself in amusement, to take part in a game, to perform on a musical instrument, to act or perform in a dramatic...

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The Magic of Wind: Bringing Musical Artistry to the Dominican Republic, by Allison Loggins-Hull...

Mar 1, 2016 by

I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Festival Clarinetísimo in The Dominican Republic. Since 2009, Festival Clarinetísimo has invited prominent clarinetists to give lectures and master classes to students of the National Conservatory of Music and the Elementary School of Music "Elila Mena.” In an effort to...

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Is There Value In Quitting? By Barbara Siesel....

Feb 1, 2016 by

At various times in our lives we all ask ourselves the question, “Should I quit?” Since childhood, we’ve been trained to equate quitting with failure, but is quitting failure? Is quitting always a bad thing to do? Let’s look at a few scenarios from my own life. In 2003,...

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What is Flute Crate? by Fluterscooter...

Feb 1, 2016 by

How many of you have heard of or subscribe to a monthly subscription box such as Birchbox, Barkbox, or Kawaiibox?  I'm guessing a large percentage of you!  So, being the flutrepreneur I am, I was searching for a new business idea since my Fluterscooter bag workload has gotten much easier due to...

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Entrepreneurship: Are you asking the right questions? By Barbara Siesel...

Jan 2, 2016 by

"What's the problem?" Well that sounds a bit confrontational…but it’s not exactly what I mean.  Many of us flutetrepreneurs are attracted to becoming entrepreneurs because we see a problem in the flute world or the music world in general that we want to help solve. Big questions for us...

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The Three-Legged Stool: Arts Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century by Amanda Cook...

Jan 2, 2016 by

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? A quick search in the Oxford English Dictionary reveals that the word stems from the 15th-century French term entreprendre meaning “to undertake,” and the word has been specifically linked to managing/directing artistic projects since the 19th century. The concept of an...

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How to Brand Yourself by Gina Luciani...

Dec 3, 2015 by

One of the biggest challenges for the modern musician is the unfortunate fact that classical music is no longer as prevalent as it used to be. It is quite hard to count on winning an orchestra job as there are few left unfilled, and many orchestras are going on...

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Leonard Garrison, Parisian Impressions...

Dec 2, 2015 by

Parisian Impressions- Leonard Garrison, flute and Roger Mcvey, piano In honor of the creative, beautiful and noble spirit of Paris I decided to tell you about Leonard Garrison’s latest CD, Parisian Impressions.  In this collection Garrison presents pieces by 19th and 20th century composers who spent most of their...

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