What we're about

Music Biz & Banter is a business-focused meetup group open to any type of musician or music influencer in Milwaukee area.

Its mission is to strengthen the administrative, organizational and networking skills of the average working musician – so that we as a community can improve our efficiency, maximize our income streams and thus, improve our creative output.

Let’s get connected, learn from and inspire each other, and continue to invigorate the Milwaukee area’s thriving music scene!

Each meetup will conclude with time for open networking.

Upcoming events (4)

MB&B Social/Featured Venue: Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall

Kochanski's Concertina Bar

We'll meet at 7:30 PM, hang out, meet each other, and talk with owner Andy Kochanski about the events he likes to book at the Concertina Beer Hall. Check out the space, if you haven't been there before! Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. Bring your business cards and/or gig schedules, for open networking following the meetup!

Lunch & Lit: Grit by Angela Duckworth

Milwaukee Public Market

Music Biz & Banter organizer Allison will have recently read this book, will talk about five valuable takeaways, and will review it. Others are encouraged to read the book ahead of time (obtain your own copy), join in the discussion and review. Attendees are not obligated to read the “lit” in advance. At least 20 minutes of this meet-up will be chatting about the chosen book for the month. Book suggestions for future meetups can also be made. Grab lunch while we're there! All events will close with open networking. -- About the Book: In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Among Grit’s most valuable insights: *Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal *How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances *How lifelong interest is triggered *How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy *Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards *The magic of the Hard Thing Rule Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

Ask an Expert: Why Networking is Important for Musicians w/ Allison Schweitzer

The art of in-person networking is not something that we, as artists, often consider. But as musicians - often in charge of building our own brand and finding our own gigs, we NEED to be good networkers as well... much beyond social media. There are good and bad ways to go about meeting people, including following-up, etc. We will discuss it all, with Music Biz & Banter organizer Allison Schweitzer. - Bring along your lunch if you'd like. Or, grab coffee/a snack from the Sharehouse shop on your way up!

Breakfast, Biz & Banter: Best Practices in Communication

Whole Foods Market

Is it OK to text with clients? At what times of day? Is there a right or wrong way we should be e-mailing colleagues? Certain things we should not be doing? When is the best time for a phone call as opposed to an e-mail? We'll get together to meet, discuss what we know on the topic, then do some general open networking. Grab a coffee and/or breakfast on your own, while you're there!

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