Download Episode 1 (audio only)

To kick off the Music Publishing Podcast, I sat down to chat with Alex Shapiro, a fantastic composer and friend who writes and speaks regularly about composers’ career issues, and is a Writer Member of the ASCAP Board of Directors.

Appropriately enough, we sat down on April 15 – usually tax day, except that we got a reprieve this year to procrastinate for a few more days.

Also listen to Alex on Garrett Hope’s great podcast Composer on Fire on the music business – two episodes, here and here!

In our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about:

  • Choosing your own path
  • Redefining success
  • The dissolution of the old composing camps
  • The Magic Bakery
  • The future of copyright in the digital age
  • Self-worth and Self-deprecation
  • Finding a balance in the kinds of work you do
  • Encouraging students to find their own stylistic path
  • The importance of kindness and generosity

Dean Wesley Smith: The Magic Bakery
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: The Freelancer’s Survival Guide