How to Grow as a Musician
What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed
Sheila E. Anderson
- 240 Pages
- November 5, 2019
- ISBN: 9781621537168
- Trim Size: 6in x 9in
A Friendly Guide to Launching and Maintaining Your Musical Career
It’s tough to make a living from one’s love of music, but Sheila E. Anderson shows readers how to do just that in How to Grow as a Musician. This encouraging yet realistic guide covers everything from developing and learning one’s craft to managing the business aspects of a musical career. This second edition expands on performance tips, self-promotion tactics, and steps to improve one’s networking skills to make fruitful connections. Anderson shares her insights as well as practical advice from successful musicians and other industry professionals on topics such as:
- Composing and recording
- Understanding and negotiating contracts
- Putting on a performance
- Getting and keeping gigs
- Utilizing social media
- And more
How to Grow as a Musician is packed with candid views on everything from overcoming failure to the art of writing a song to doing that all-important ego check. Whether they’re just getting started or have been in the business for years, all musicians will reap the rewards of this thoughtful career guide.
Sheila E. Anderson is an on-air personality on WBGO, Newark, 88.3 FM—the most popular jazz station in the country—and hosts Weekend Jazz After Hours, Salon Sessions, and the Sunday Night Music Mix. She currently curates the Jazz in the Garden series for the Newark Museum and the Central Jersey Jazz Festival. Anderson graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She lectures on jazz history and is a Columbia University Community Scholar. She lives in New York City.
“This book is a must read for every aspiring musician and music fans alike. Proficient musicianship is steeped in solid practice habits, fortitude, and perseverance. Sheila exposes the fantasy that preparation can be taken lightly.” —George Wein, CEO, Festival Productions, Inc.
“Sheila Anderson is a living legend in the world of jazz radio whose vision, wisdom, and knowledge are astonishing. Don’t miss this book!” —Cornel West, Princeton University
"Read this book to become a BAADASSSS. Sheila Anderson has told it like it is." —Melvin Van Peebles, filmmaker
"How to Grow as a Musician is both intelligent and comprehensive. Ms. Anderson offers an insightful and timely roadmap for one's career." —Gregory Generet, jazz vocalist
"Sheila has provided a practical map to navigate the elusive jazz world." —Ron Scott, freelance jazz writer