- MB&B Social/Featured Venue: Fire on Water
We'll meet at 7pm, hang out, meet each other, and go over some questions that Fire on Water's owner Hawk has answered in advance (he won't be there that night). Check out the space, if you haven't been there before! Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. Mondays are $15 Pizza & Pitcher nights! Bring your business cards and/or gig schedules, for open networking following the meetup! www.fireonwaterstreet.com
- Breakfast, Biz & Banter: An Audit of Each Others' Websites
Those of us present will review each others' websites, and trade ideas on what we could be doing better. There is surely a lot to learn. Don't have a website? You're sure to learn a lot as well. Come anyways. 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!
- Featured Music Influencer: Cullah
Cullah will tell of how he got into the music business. He will discuss lessons learned along the way, life hacks discovered that make being a working musician easier, and more. Come here his story! Bio: Cullah (Milwaukee, WI) is a multi-disciplinary musician and engineer who writes, records, and releases an album every year on April 27th (his birthday) since 2006. Each album reflects the eclectic musical styles that Cullah draws from -- an autobiographical journey of musical expression. His mother was one of seventeen children all classically trained musicians who performed The Wolff Family Band. His father is a mathematician and computer scientist raised on a Missouri farm, entranced with the Earth and the limits of the cosmos. With the juxtaposition of the two inspirations and tools, Cullah was brought up with the awareness of the balance between the creative and logical aspects of natural law. Genre-busting Milwaukee singer Cullah is a restless soul, a natural crooner whose tastes lean toward a little bit of everything. His records blend soul, electronic, trip-hop and blues, modernizing classic sounds in the spirit of The Black Keys while drawing from outside influences that group has never touched. No matter what style Cullah is tackling, though, he makes it funky. The topics of his songs cover a broad spectrum, from building space ships and surviving gas station robberies, to coming together in unity and promoting a never quit mentality. With a heavy focus on love harmony and self-reflection, Cullah’s music inspires the listener to find their hidden powers within themselves to achieve their dreams, while also providing ample listening time for the mind to completely get lost. More info: www.cullah.com
- Lunch & Lit: Why Now is the Time to Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk
About the Book: Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver’s manual for modern business. -- 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.
- Featured Venue: Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel
We'll meet at 7pm, have some time to get drinks and get a tour of the new arts-themed hotel from Director of Programming John Price (which includes a gallery space, live music performance area, and much more!). Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. Bring your business cards and/or gig schedules, for open networking following the meetup! https://www.marcushotels.com/portfolio/stay/saint-kate
- Breakfast, Biz & Banter: A Closer Look at Electronic Payments/Accounting
Following July's discussion, several of us have agreed to take a closer look at some of the options, as they relate to private instructors. We'll examine fees, scheduling services and additional features on various platforms. Electronic Payments: MyMusicStaff.com Fons.com MusicTeachersHelper.com Accounting: Quickbooks Freshbooks Wave 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!
- Ask an Expert: Social Media with Sara Risley
"The Only Marketing You Can Do in Bed, On the Toilet, or Naked in Your Living Room Eating a Pint of Purple Door Salted Caramel Ice Cream" Since I have no life, I have been a fan of social media almost since its inception. After joining Facebook and feeling loved (or liked) on a daily basis, it also seemed an obvious way to promote my teeny, tiny art business. As I got a bit more comfortable with promoting my own work (and making at least $3-$4 in sales-I said teeny, tiny didn’t I?), I began helping with social media for Literacy Services of Wisconsin where I volunteer. In 2016, I became a member of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Social Media Club, a volunteer marketing group that gets to see The Rep’s plays for free in exchange for promoting them on our own social media pages. Based on my stunningly brilliant posts for that volunteer gig, I was asked to join their marketing team to help write social media content. My role as the World’s Oldest Social Media Person lasted two years when they hired a youngster to work fulltime, and I was out on the streets again. I have 1823 Facebook friends,[masked] (it changes daily) followers on my Sara Risley Fine Art Facebook page, 1424 Instagram followers, 156 Twitter followers (yeah that wasn’t my thing), and 2 Tumblr followers (so my writing hasn’t worked out so well). How to find me: Facebook: Sara Risley Fine Art Instagram: Sara Risley Art Website: Sararisley.com Email: [masked] Phone[masked] -- Sara will share her knowledge on social media promotion, and how it can relate to the musician, at this event.
- Featured Music Influencer: Marcya Daneille
Marcya Daneille will tell of how she got into the music business. She will discuss lessons learned along the way, life hacks she's discovered that make being a working musician easier, and more. Come here her story! Bio: A classically trained vocalist, pianist and a contemporary voice specialist with Jazz, Soul and Gospel influences, Marcya Daneille is a cross-genre singer who can swing her way through a Jazz Standard, groove on a classic Soul tune or reach for the heavens with her own special brand of Gospel Jazz. Born in Germany to musical parents, Marcya was raised in a nurturing musical environment where she was exposed to a wide variety of vocal and instrumental music. She began studying piano at the age of 7 and voice when she was 15 years old. Marcya also began singing professionally when she was 15 and continued to work as a vocalist while she completed a B.A. in Philosophy/Voice Performance at Roosevelt University (Chicago Musical College). As a classical singer, Marcya started working on the Chicago area opera scene while she was studying voice at the Chicago Musical College. Her first opera contract was with the Lyric Theater of Illinois. A few years later she became a featured member of Lincoln Opera Chicago. Eventually, Marcya decided to leave Illinois to pursue graduate studies in Voice Performance at the University of Iowa. The time Marcya spent in Iowa yielded the wonderful opportunity to experience life and music on an international level. She spent time performing, teaching and studying in Italy and England. It was while living in England that Marcya began to more thoroughly explore the Jazz idiom by sitting in with some of the local musicians at jam sessions in London. This experience taught Marcya how to marry the most salient aspects of her technique with a variety of styles of music. Shortly after returning to the United States, Marcya decided to relocate to New York City to further develop her career. For more than a decade Marcya performed and taught private voice students In NYC while she fully embraced a crossover career that would combine elements of Jazz, Soul and Gospel music. The result of this transition can be heard on her debut CD entitled "Keeping it Simple" which was executive produced by Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and engineered by the late Emmy award winning audio engineer Jim Czak. In addition to Mr. Gordon playing trombone and piano on "Keeping it Simple", the CD features performances by Wycliffe Gordon-trombone/piano, Aaron Diehl (Cecile McLorin Salvant) piano, and Dezron Douglas (Cyrus Chestnut) bass.
- Lunch & Lit: The Savvy Musician by David Cutler
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.
- DNC 2020 For Musicians: Preparing, Performing, Prospering
A workshop and networking event with the following purposes: - Help musicians establish a strong business foundation that helps them long-term - Help musicians understand how the DNC works for music - Provide musicians direction on how to better position themselves for DNC performances Will feature a guest speaker from Visit Milwaukee. More details to come.