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The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.
 
Singer, Songwriter and Producer L.Ariel interviews talented, creative individuals from all facets of the music industry about their exciting careers. From musicians to marketers to managers and more, the movers and shakers who work in music today discuss their musical passions, their career trajectories, and share advice, insight and outlook about the ever-changing landscape of the music business. Whether you're just starting your music career or actively seeking a job in the music industry, ...
 
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Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about fiscal sponsorship as a way of launching a foundation or community-oriented project without having to set up an official non-profit organization. Today we’re shifting gears and I’m interviewing the executive director of a more traditional 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This foundation has …
 
In last week’s episode, we got a great introduction to the concept of fiscal sponsorship from the San Francisco Study Center. Today, I’m talking to a world-renowned bass player, Terry Miller, who has used the fiscal sponsorship model to start a foundation that brings music to kids, both locally and globally. Terry is joined by the head of the board…
 
I often hear from music teachers who have aspirations to start nonprofit organizations or to have a non-profit component of their music schools. Their ideas are noble and awesome, but sometimes they never get very far off the ground because of the complexities that come with starting and maintaining an official tax-exempt organization, or 501(c)3, …
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a music school in the Boston area who started by teaching guitar out of her spare bedroom and now has a school with three commercial locations and a staff of over 30 teachers serving more than 500 students. We talk a lot about finances in the conversation. More specifically, how Lauren decided when to bootstrap and…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a studio that has only been open for a couple of months! I know a lot of my listeners are in the early stages of starting their businesses so hopefully this provides some encouragement. Although we’re recording during the pandemic, which presents its own special set of challenges, we also talk about some classic st…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a boutique voice studio about how she rebranded her studio to make it more about her students and less about her. You’ll hear all about how she introduced the new brand, how it was received by studio parents, and how her students have taken ownership of the studio community, to the point where they’ve even develope…
 
Today’s guest is both a music teacher (drummer!) and counselor. Johnny Hunter, talks about how we can make our studios safe spaces for students going through hard things and also how to handle situations where we might notice behavior or have a conversation with a student that is concerning. Full transcript and show notes at musicstudiostartup.com/…
 
You’ll recognize today’s guest from an episode a few weeks ago about the MusiCARES Volunteer Music Teachers Facebook group. Today Judy Naillon returns to talk about how she began offering recreational group ukulele classes to boost her studio income during the summer and expand her network for private lessons. Anyone who struggles with the summer s…
 
I invited today’s guest to be on the podcast because her studio has a deep sense of focus and alignment that has made her really effective as a teacher and independent studio owner. Every aspect of how she runs her studio points to her core values. It’s a studio that exudes care, connection, and creativity. It didn’t start out that way, though. Tod…
 
Earlier this spring I talked about how crises can breed creativity, and today’s episode is an example of that. Today’s interview highlights one teacher’s response to the hardships she was seeing as a result of COVID. Hear how Judy’s desire to help a friend who was sick, potentially with coronavirus, led her to start a group for teachers to support …
 
Today I’m talking to Kathy Rabago, a piano teacher and music school owner, about how she pivoted the in-person camps her teachers had planned into online camps in response to COVID. And in the process, she created passive income generators for her teachers. Kathy shares great insights for anyone thinking about running online camps and also about wh…
 
Today I’m interviewing Tara Hall, a teacher whose studio has actually GROWN during the coronavirus lockdowns. Tara enrolled 30 new students (and counting!) in six weeks. And the best part? She didn’t spend a dime doing it. Tara’s story will be encouraging for any teacher whose enrollment has taken a hit in the transition to online lessons and she s…
 
Today I’m talking to a young teacher who’s only been in business for a year and a half, but that hasn’t kept her from having a long-term perspective for the way she positions and builds her business. She talks about the interesting niche she identified for her vocal coaching studio and she offers some great encouragement for teachers who may feel l…
 
In today’s solo episode, I share a framework for thinking about when and how to reopen your studio for in-person lessons during the COVID pandemic. A full transcript and list of resources for this episode can be found at musicstudiostartup.com/Episode042 Don’t forget - applications for the $500 studio launch grant are due this Sunday, May 31. Detai…
 
When we think of graphic design for a music studio, we might first think of logos. That’s definitely a start, but today I’m talking to graphic designer Gillian Miller about how developing a more holistic brand identity can help build a studio. If you’ve ever felt undervalued as a professional or just want to elevate your career, this is definitely …
 
In this episode, I share some details about the Music Studio Startup summer Business Building program and the grant competition for new (and new-ish) music teachers! My guest today is Eric Branner, a guitar teacher, mentor, and a co-founder of Fons, an online scheduling and billing platform. If you’ve been listening to Music Studio Startup for a wh…
 
I’ve got two SUPER exciting announcements. Listen in to hear about two Music Studio Startup programs that will help you build your studio this summer. One involves an epic prize package, including a $500 cash grant! 2020 Summer Business Building Program 2020 Music Studio Startup Grant
 
Mojo is the epitome of an indie musician: self-taught, self-supported and and a big part of the indie music community. He's co-host of the weekly Indie Music Podcast, the host of the popular weekly #DIYMusicChat on Twitter, a recording artist, music review blogger, songwriter, producer and engineer, all while continuing to learn, grow and share his…
 
In today’s conversation, we get to hear from the owner of a relatively new music school. We’re talking about the very earliest stages of building a music school and some of the practical steps Joseph has taken to finance his studio’s growth. We also talk about Facebook ads and conversion rates and all the fun stuff. For a full transcript of this ep…
 
Today is part two of my conversation with David Barnard. Last week, in Episode 037, David joined us to talk about the music cooperative as a business model that is helping teachers build sustainable studios by joining together. Today David’s talking about how to form a cooperative. Some of our discussion applies specifically to coops, but a lot of …
 
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