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Keith Mills, founder of the Finish More Music system reveals the creative strategies and mindsets he teaches thousands of music producers so you can write more and better music ready to release and share with the world. Discover workflow hacks to speed up your writing process, mindset approaches to overcome avoidance, procrastination and perfectionism, and compositional techniques to help you take your underground dance music productions to the next level.
 
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.
 
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It’s the final instalment of our special case study series here on the Finish More Music Podcast, and I can think of no one better than today’s guest, Tom Schippers, to round off what’s been an incredible month on the show! Like most aspiring music producers, Tom had been passionate about music his entire life, but when it came to producing he just…
 
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 …
 
This week on the Finish More Music Podcast we’re doing something a little different: I’ve asked the members of Finish More Music to share the ONE thing that’s been transformational for them as a music producer. And what’s come out of it is astonishing… A whole bunch of open, honest, and heartfelt stories told straight from the heart of the FMM comm…
 
We’re back for another special case study edition of the Finish More Music Podcast, where this week I’m joined by a rising star of the FMM community - Justin Hancock. I brought Justin on the show because he exemplifies just how much you can achieve in such a short space of time, even in the face of a hectic schedule outside of the studio. In short,…
 
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…
 
First things first. The fact that you’re reading this means that you’re serious about your music. Whether you’re a DJ that wants to start playing your own tracks, or you’re a producer that wants to see your idols dropping your music, taking your music seriously is something that so many of us share. And it’s all in your reach - we all have the crea…
 
It’s another special edition of the Finish More Music Podcast this week, where I’m shining a light on another outstanding member of the FMM community. Riigs, AKA Mark Allin, left behind a jet-setting corporate career to pursue his dream of becoming a music producer... But as is the same with many new producers, Mark was crippled by the embarrassmen…
 
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, …
 
We all want to accomplish new and exciting things with our music. And we all want to be proud of what we create and share what lights us up the most. Yet so many people keep doing the same thing over and over and over, and wonder why they aren’t getting the results they want. Sometimes we live life expecting things to just drop out of the sky for u…
 
We’re back for another special case study edition of the Finish More Music podcast, this week with Kris Brown, AKA Four Candles! Kris is without question one of the most dedicated and committed members of the FMM community, but his journey has been far from plain sailing. Starting off with just a keyboard and a wish to create the music he loved, Kr…
 
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…
 
Time - it’s something that’s all around us, is always with us, and something that can easily run away from us. Or at least that’s what lots of people think. “I haven’t got the time to do this”, “I’m too old to start now”. These are the sort of self-fulfilling beliefs that continue to hold so many people back. Every top music producer has an arsenal…
 
I’m using the Finish More Music Podcast once again to highlight some of the extraordinary members that have come out of the FMM community, and kicking us off is none other than Chris Forsyth, AKA, Tenerfuse! Chris went from DJing on lineups with his idols to being stuck in a losing battle with addiction, and himself. But after seeking help, turning…
 
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…
 
Whenever we try to create something original, to bring something new to the table, we put ourselves out there with all of our blood, sweat and tears laid bare. It’s challenging, it can be uncomfortable, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things that we as human beings can ever experience. And part of the creative process is about absorbing and…
 
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…
 
In any creative field, one thing that everybody deals with at some point or another is seeing other people succeed while you stay where you are. Maybe you started making music at the same time as somebody else, or maybe they started after you, and they’re suddenly achieving the things that you’ve not been able to. Seeing others accelerate further t…
 
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/…
 
When it comes to getting down to writing music, I see a lot of people making the same mistakes. And one of the biggest of them all is waiting around for motivation to come to you. “I’ll get started tomorrow”, “I’m not feeling it today”. We’re all guilty of saying these sorts of things. But motivation isn't something that magically appears and align…
 
When we try new things, we imagine new ideas. And when we imagine new ideas, we try to make them a reality. And whenever we do that, failure is inevitable. If we’re going to succeed at anything that’s important to us, failure will be an inherent ingredient to that success. Yet so many people are terrified of making mistakes, of failing to get it ri…
 
As much as we’d all like to think so, you can’t win at music. You can’t win at art. And you can’t win at life. It just doesn’t work like that, so why do so many of us treat our music like it does? Treating every single track, label submission, or particular goal like it's the be-all and end-all of the world - "I have to win this" - will only lead t…
 
Imposter syndrome - it’s not just a case of self-doubt. It's that persistent, nagging feeling of being a fraud, or feeling like you don't belong, which makes you devalue your worth and undermines the things that you’ve achieved and what you’re capable of. And despite all the evidence that’s there for you to dig up against it, it won't go away. It d…
 
Nobody wants to be vanilla, boring, same old, same old, or to be a second version of somebody else. We all want all our music to have a piece of ourselves in it, to be unique, and to be original in some way. While originality is something that we all strive towards as artists, it’s important to realise that it’s also something that cannot, and shou…
 
I’ve noticed a growing trend popping up in many aspects of life, and that’s ENTITLEMENT. “I DESERVE this”, “you MUST give me that”. When demands get thrown around, more often than not this will be met by disappointment and resentment. No more so does this occur than in the relationship between artists and record labels, where disagreements in the t…
 
Rounding off our series of incredible interviews on the Finish More Music Podcast over the last four weeks is the one and only Dubfire! After achieving global commercial success as one half of Grammy Award-winning duo Deep Dish, Ali Shirazinia’s move to the underground led to his phenomenal reinvention as Dubfire, and is now placed within the very …
 
"I don't know how to be someone other than myself" This week on the Finish More Music Podcast we’re joined by Daniel Dubb! Self-admitted house music purist, the Canadian virtuoso can count a who’s who of electronic music as his fans, with the likes of Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn, Danny Howells, Nic Fanciulli and Lee Burridge being noted supporters of…
 
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…
 
We’re keeping up the momentum with the legends joining us on the Finish More Music Podcast this week as we welcome Matthew Benjamin, AKA Bushwacka! From early beginnings at the London School Symphony Orchestra to taking command of some of the world’s biggest dancefloors, including some infamous parties at The End with production partner Layo, Bushw…
 
This week on the podcast we’re joined by the legendary DJ, producer, label owner and all round good guy, John 00 Fleming! With 10 million album sales, 30 produced mix compilations, and an army of global fans to his name, J00F is an artist who’s international success lies in his commitment to new creative ideas whilst always staying true to himself.…
 
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…
 
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