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Archives for April 2012

Perspective is Everything

I like to read biographies when I vacation or travel. Whether it’s Merle Haggard, Joe DiMaggio, Tom Landry, or Frank Sinatra – each life is completely different. Some were successful, consistent, and honorable. Some were always in trouble. And the stories are always written differently. Some are written through the person’s own eyes – what […]

What Makes You Unique?

… and why is that important when it comes to getting booked? Whether you’re a soloist, instrumentalist, or a band, if you want to book more concerts or speaking engagements, one of the first things people want to know about you is “what do you do?” Think about it for a moment, when you introduce […]

ReverbNation Nominating “Artists on the Verge” for New Music Seminar

ReverbNation is nominating artists for the New Music Seminar 2012 “Top 100 Artists on the Verge” chart! If you are a member of ReverbNation, you can submit artist names through this link… Every year, New Music Seminar (NMS) hand crafts this chart to promote artists who are already picking up steam, helping them break through […]

Spotlight on Zach Maxwell: Exploding into Pop

Born and raised in the heart of New York City, Zach Maxwell got his musical start early. Piano player from age 3, son of a Broadway producer, Zach grew up in a Fellini-esque setting of flamboyant theater folk, privileged Upper East Side well-to-dos, and colorful East Village alternative types — personalities that would do much […]

There’s No Quick Way

“What are your goals? What do you hope to accomplish?” These are two of the questions we ask everyone who calls or emails and asks for help with their show. And we ask those same questions of the artists and bands who are going to attend our Bootcamps and workshops. Invariably, we get some answers […]

What Are You Telling People About Yourself and Your Music Career?

As she continued to talk I began to monitor my thoughts. “She” was a stunning brunette a friend and I had just met at a business office in Nashville. She was a tall, well dressed woman in her mid-to-late 30ʼs who had been stopped by my single friend saying “hi!” After the “my name is” […]

White Fort: Winner of Broadjam Tom Jackson Song Makeover

Russian band White Fort recently won a Broadjam Tom Jackson Song Makeover Contest! I was privileged to be able to watch the video of their performance of “Mr. Jimi” and give them a written “makeover” to make the most of their song. I love the vibe of the band and the song! They way they […]

The Single Most Important Element

Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour De France, said that “experience” was probably the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing. It’s true of your live show as well – experience is definitely going to help you master onstage skills and move your career forward. But Greg LeMond also went […]

The One Killer YouTube Attribute

All musicians are now using YouTube as a major distribution point for their music. Surveys have shown that more people are using YouTube to find music than illegal download services! This easy, legal platform is truly a necessity to ensure exposure to your music. Yet, too often people just put clips up without thinking about […]

New Music Seminar LA 2011 Workshop Part 2 of 2 Video

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Workshop New Music Seminar LA 2011

In this Part 2 of Tom’s workshop session at the New Music Seminar 2011 in LA, you’ll hear the 4 most important things every artist/musician needs to know before they perform onstage. As Tom says, you need more than a 1-hour workshop to know how to build your live show. But these basic fundamentals are […]