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Contrary to the standard joke about how to get to Carnegie Hall "making it" in music is not simply about practice practice practice. Today over 200000 people in the United States work as musicians. With competition for traditional employment opportunities for musicians becoming ever more heated today's musicians must know how the music industry works and how they can tailor their skills accordingly. How can musicians create their own professional paths? In Beyond Talent veteran music career counselor Angela Myles Beeching offers up a comprehensive guide for musicians in search of work demystifying the steps to success. Drawing on a wealth of real-life examples the book untangles artist management and the recording industry and explains how to find and create performance opportunities. Guidance is also provided on grant writing and fundraising day jobs freelancing and how to manage money time and stress. Straightforward and reader-friendly Beyond Talent is filled with practical tips examples checklists sample budgets goal-setting exercises and extensive resource listings. This essential handbook goes beyond the usual "how-to"; Beyond Talent helps musicians tackle the core questions about career goals defining success and imagining and then creating a meaningful life as a professional musician.

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