How to Make the Ask

Want Money? Ask for Advice! Asking for advice is a great way to cultivate your community of potential supporters. Think of the 10-15 people closest to you—mentors from back home, family friends, and extended family—people who have shown interest in you and your music...

Raising money for a dream project?

Let me guess, you have a project. A dream project that you would love to go forward with and it involves raising money. Maybe it’s a festival you want to launch. An after school program you’d love to create. An album you want to record. An instrument you want to...

Crowdfunding campaigns. What works for you?

What do you think? What makes crowdfunding campaigns work? Any favorite examples of effective campaigns? I’m working on the fundraising chapter of the next edition of Beyond Talent and would love to get your input! Below is what I’ve got so far, and your...

If you hate negotiating fees . . .

After my recent post on negotiating fees, I got some helpful feedback and perspective from my friend Pat Hollenbeck. Percussionist, arranger, and President of the Boston Musicians Association, Pat is a veteran of the freelance world and I’m grateful for his input....