The Shows

Nuts and bolts conversations on the business and practical aspects of being a concert musician in the 21st century

MPP 043: Alexandra Gardner on Composer Websites

Composer Alexandra Gardner returns to talk about what should and shouldn't go into your composer website.
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MPP 042: Jason Heath on Working with School Ensembles

Podcaster and bassist Jason Heath talks about working with (and getting commissions from) school ensembles, and ways that composers and performers can leverage podcasting and blogging
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MPP 041: Kevin Clark on Kickstarter and the Economics of Art

Composer Kevin Clark talks about making art sustainable, Baumol's cost disease, and fundraising with Kickstarter.
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Dennis answers questions, offers quick tips, and talks shop to help composers and performers who want to make a living off of their hard work.

CGDB 018: Strategic Partners

Dennis talks about the value of strategic partnerships, and the importance of evaluating them honestly.
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CGDB 017: Think Like a Business Owner

Dennis talks about approaching your music like a business in the beginning of a short series on "Thinking Like a Business Owner"
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CGDB 016: Redundancy on Your Website

Dennis talks about the importance of serving the different audiences you'll encounter on your website by offering the same information in several places across the site
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Your Host


Dennis Tobenski is a composer of acoustic new music, an active vocalist, and an advocate for living composers and their works. His deep and at times bizarre fascination with the intersections of art and commerce has led him to start a small record label, and to write extensively about the business of being a musician in the 21st century.

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