How to Grow as a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed - 2nd Edition

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Publisher: Allworth

Format: Softcover

ISBN: 9781621537168

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
  • And more

H ow 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. ©2019, 264 pages


Sheila E. Anderson is an on-air personality on WBGO, Newark, 88.3 FM--the most popular jazz station in the country--and hosts Weekend Jazz After Hours, Salon Sessions, and the Sunday Night Music Mix. She currently curates the Jazz in the Garden series for the Newark Museum and the Central Jersey Jazz Festival. Anderson graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She lectures on jazz history and is a Columbia University Community Scholar. She lives in New York City.

" How to Grow as a Musician by jazz champion, radio host, and bon vivant, Sheila Anderson is a literal life manual for the musician aspiring to a fulfilling career in jazz. With anecdotes and interviews with some of the most compelling jazz storytellers on the scene today--like Tia Fuller, Etienne Charles, Allan Harris, and Will Calhoun--and legends in the genre--like Ron Carter, Randy Weston, Al Jarreau, and Dr. Billy Taylor--Anderson shares the truth and experience in their voice and sound. This is all accomplished with warmth in her nurturing voice, while still providing nuts and bolts, 'steps 1, 2, 3, ' for the musician that wants instructions on the business of jazz. [. . .] I also recommend How to Grow as a Musician for anyone that loves this music we call jazz to understand how to better support the musicians. In the words of my favorite jazz vocalist, Al Jarreau, as quoted in the book, 'You should always be reaching, striving for another level.' Thank you, Sheila Anderson, for taking us to another level of understanding with How to Grow as a Musician." -- Janis Burley Wilson , president and CEO, August Wilson Center