The Shows

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

MPP 034: William J. Lackey on Administrative Skills

Composer William J. Lackey talks about transformative teachers, learning administrative skills, and a host of composer opportunities
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MPP 033: Frank J. Oteri, Part 2: Audience

Frank J. Oteri talks about reconciling different genres, thinking about audiences and their preconceptions, and amateurism.
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MPP 032: Frank J. Oteri, Part 1: Originality

Composer/Composer Advocate Frank Oteri discusses pushing artistic boundaries, the nature of "originality", and what it means to be an advocate for new music (Part 1 of 2)
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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 005: Calls to Action in Your Scores

What is a Call to Action, and why should you include one in your scores?
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CGDB 004: Setting Up Your Web Domain

Dennis demystifies the process of registering your website domain name.
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CGDB 003: Question: Poor Man’s Copyright

Dennis answers a question about how to go about getting a "Poor Man's Copyright", and explains why you shouldn't do it. Download the episode here...
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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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