April Musicians at Work Forum: Recording and manufacturing an independent music project

These days, more people than ever have their own recording equipment and are putting out independent projects. In this month’s Musicians at Work Forum, learn from artists who have gone through the process of recording & manufacturing an independent project. Topics will include how to set up a recording and manufacturing timeline, getting all the … Continue reading

Musicians at Work Forum Discusses Licensing for TV, Film & Commercials

March’s Musicians at Work Forum topic is a great one for any musician looking to get their music into films, television programs or commercials. I think we’ve all seen what a placement in a popular Chase TV ad (Five For Fighting), a show like Grey’s Anatomy (The Fray) or a movie like Twilight (Lykki Li) … Continue reading

Musicians at Work Forum Recap: How to Run Your Business

This month’s Musicians at Work Forum offered some very practical information for any musician or artist who actually wants to get paid. A panel of lawyers & licensing experts offered tips on copyrights, contracts and other intellectual property issues. Here are some highlights… “He who owns, controls” – Peter Strand Members of the band/group should … Continue reading

November Musicians at Work Forum: How to Run Your Business

This month’s free workshop for musicians is titled, “How to Run Your Business” and will bring out Lawyers for the Creative Arts to  discuss copyrights, publishing deals, licensing and royalties. So basically, how to get paid! Do not miss this one, musicians. I know these topics can seem overwhelming, but you gotta know your business. … Continue reading

October Musicians at Work Forum: Songwriting

Attention current & aspiring songwriters… This month’s Musicians at Work Forum is taking place tonight and will offer new techniques to improve your songwriting. Learn how to take your ideas and convert them into songs from experienced songwriters. Tonight’s panelists: Jim Goodrich from With a Voice Like This Chris Salveter of Judson Claiborne Dick Prall, … Continue reading

Musicians at Work Forum: Booking your band

This month’s Chicago Artists Resource Musicians at Work Forum focused on booking your band, and featured some good, practical advice from local experts: Mary Jones:  Artist management & booking, Mary Jones Management/Road Jones Booking Ben Gray: Musician/booker Brian Keigher: Senior program manager for Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture Angie Mead: Programming & PR at Uncommon … Continue reading

May Musicians at Work Forum: the 7/11 panel

Last week I caught the last Musicians at Work Forum before “summer break.” (The Chicago Music Commission hosts six Musicians at Work Forums a year, and breaks  for the summer. The next forum will be in September.) The discussion was hosted by Martin Atkins, who invited speakers to present seven points in 11 minutes, with … Continue reading

Touring tips from the Musicians at Work Forum

I’m beginning to really love the Chicago Artists Resource & Chicago Music Commission’s Musicians at Work Forums (yes, that was a mouthfull). This month’s panel discussion covered touring. The panel was made up of diverse experts, offering a nice and well-rounded point of view from bookers, managers, labels and artists: Moderator: Joanna Quargnali-Linsley, from Misery … Continue reading