The Musician's Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan is a resource guide for mid-career musicians, performing artists, music teachers, and advanced music students who have completed the bulk of their professional training and are looking to develop their careers. The book encourages its reader to reflect on career related philosophical questions before delving into practical strategies. Timmons invites the reader to create a vision of an ideal career
and then to concretize that vision into a practical plan and business strategy. The narrative brings the reader into a prose style that is conversational in nature, making the extensive research and helpful information accessible to a wide variety of musicians. Included is a special chapter on careers in
higher education; guidance in how to develop a business plan; and general tips on grant writing and financial development. Timmons illustrates her vision-to-plan process through the stories of musicians whom she has guided successfully in her work as a music consultant. She offers an extensive bibliography for additional resources, and the book will be supplemented by a companion website, where readers may download worksheets and questionnaires to help them along the way.
Whether you are a traditionally trained classical artist, a folk musician, jazz or pop performer, or someone exploring the outer regions of the music industry, The Musician's Journey can offer you a new road map to a thriving career.
Jill Timmons is known to international audiences and educators as a leading consultant in arts management. Her consulting firm, Artsmentor LLC, has helped countless music organizations and individual artists meet the challenge of today's market place. Timmons has performed as a pianist under the auspices of the NEA, the USIA, and has been heard on NPR, with concert tours throughout the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and Chile. Dedicated to American composers, her discography includes recordings on the Centaur, Capstone and Laurel labels.
Contents ; About the Companion Website ; Foreword ; Preface ; Acknowledgments ; 1 A CAREER IN MUSIC ; Musicians and Their World ; The World of Music: Where We Are Today ; A Thriving Career in Music: The New Normal ; 2 NEWS FROM THE FRONT ; Client Questionnaire ; The Accidental Entrepreneur ; A Call to Change ; 3 MUSICIANS AND THE PATH OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP ; Preparing Today's Music Entrepreneurs ; The Benefits of Entrepreneurship ; 4 PREPARING FOR CHANGE ; Brain Neuroplasticity: A Personal Story ; Definitions ; Harnessing the Power of the Neuroplastic Brain ; Desire as the Genesis for Change ; 5 CREATING YOUR VISION ; The Quest for a Vision ; Discover freeiration: Inviting the Muse ; Knowing and Facing Your Fears ; Ten Showstoppers ; 6 FROM VISION TO PLAN ; Music Professionals in Today's Marketplace: The Dynamic Entrepreneur ; Vision and Plan: The Intersection of Heaven and Earth ; Creating the Plan: The Pathway to a Dynamic Career ; The Plan Versus Income ; Sources of Income ; Jobs: Is It a Jay-Oh-Be or Part of Your Career Path? ; Internships and Volunteerism: The Fast Track to Professional Experience ; Grant Writing and the World of Philanthropy ; Grant Checklist for Music Professionals: Just the Basics ; Phantoms That Derail Your Proposals ; Your Plan: The Devil Is in the Details ; Troika of Success ; Survive or Thrive ; Mentors for Your Vision/Plan ; Other Music Entrepreneurs: The Student and the Retiree ; 7 YOUR PLAN ; Mission Statement ; Legal Identity ; Goods and Services ; Financial Plan ; Marketing ; Marketing Starter Kit ; Management Team ; Other Members of Your Management Team ; Timelines ; Financing Your Plan ; Business Plan Checklist ; 8 MUSIC JOBS IN HIGHER EDUCATION ; Entering the World of Higher Education: The Price of Admission ; Academia: The Ideal ; What Price Glory? ; Survival of the Fittest ; 9 TRUE-LIFE STORIES ; 10 CONCLUSION ; Epilogue ; Selected Bibliography