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6 Ways to Improve Your Career as an Artist in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

While there's never an immediate knowing of how a decision can impact your career, the longer you're in the business, the more you learn about how to navigate choices toward hopeful results.

Ted Gioia's Bar Talk: Can a Musicologist Make Club Owners Pay More?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

How many club owners would ask Lady Gaga or Keith Jarrett to play for free? None. Why? Because both artists can generate ticket sales and bar receipts that exceed their fees -- a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the club owner and the artist, which is how it must be.

5178 Gigs: Our 40th Musical Anniversary

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

It won't be noted in any of the trade papers, but Oct. 15 marks the 40th anniversary of my first public performance with my wife and musical partner Suzanne Smithline.

5,178 Gigs: The Tracks of My Tears

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Glenn Paul Manion

My volunteer gigs with Musicians On Call present a unique challenge in song selection. I am escorted to a hospital room occupied by one or more patients. I need to size up the situation quickly and select the one song that might go over best.

5,178 Gigs: Pete Seeger as Celebrity Role Model

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

Here are the two points about Pete's career that are especially relevant to musicians trying to build their career in 2014.

5,178 Gigs: Adventures in Career Management (Part One)

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

The next few postings are going to examine the period from 1979 to 1984 when Suzanne and I were under professional management.

5,178 Gigs: Steve & Eydie & Suzanne & Me

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

I could not let the recent passing of Eydie Gorme, singing partner of Steve Lawrence go by without commenting on the connection Suzanne and I shared w...

5,178 Gigs: Get Ready for the New Golden Age for Live Music!

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 09.07.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

All you starving musicians out there, take heart! I bring you good tidings that will inspire you to get your live performing chops in tip-top shape. A new golden age for live music is just over the horizon.

5,178 Gigs: Living With Fame and Living Without It

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

Even if fame eludes you, recognize that it need not be a death sentence for your career. You may find that you create better music without it.

5,178 Gigs: Do Quit Your Day Job

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

Unequivocal statements are not my style. Nevertheless, I can't overstate this. Your music career will make many unreasonable demands on your life.