After years of trying to "figure out' the music business, trying to get noticed by "the right people", I decided to stop trying to play their game and play by my own rules.I was talented, I was smart, and I was very motivated...I didn't need to play by their rules anymore. It was time for me to figure this music business thing out. So I found some great mentors - successful Indie musicians who were actually doing what I wanted to do - instead so-called Industry Pros with their empty promises of fame and fortune.
There's a different way to become a successful Indie Artist, and most Industry Pros have it all wrong. They've convinced up-and-coming artists that they NEED a record deal to make a living with their music.But I've run the numbers (I was a CFO in my corporate days) and I can tell you that a record deal most often just creates debt - both financial and psychological - that the label can hold over your head for years to come.
It also strips you of your freedom, creativity and control. The idea of building a career without these pillars of happiness is NOT appealing to me. How about you?What if I told you that your music can be profitable and you can make a reliable living as an Indie musician? That may not have been your experience so far. That was not my experience for 10 years...not until I got serious, invested in myself with mentors and networking, and created a goal-oriented plan of attack.
I had to learn how to attract fans, how to grow my fan base and engage them on a regular basis, how to book shows and find venues that were perfect for what I had to offer, and how to build momentum that translated into a steady income.The simple fact is that most musicians waste their time waiting for a label or publisher to come along and sign them – while their music career stagnates. No one is going to hand you your big break. You have to create your own success.
Although it is essential that you take the reigns of your own career, you don't have to travel the road alone. There are thousands of artists just like you from all over the world doing exactly what you are doing.
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"My daughter is a 16 year old singer/songwriter who is serious about a career in music. Because she is young, I basically am manager, agent, PR, etc... I have been in several groups over the years trying to learn what we need to be doing. The Female Entrepreneur Music Academy has helped more than any other group I have ever been in. Bree is knowledgeable flexible, patient and the big one affordable. This academy covers everything you need to know to get started, stay relevant, and sustain a career. I have learned more in a month with Bree than I have learned collectively over the last 3 years. If you are a female working in the music industry in any capacity you should definitely join this Academy." - Chari Sanders
I look forward to working with you inside the Academy!
I am passionate about intentional living, focused learning and creative expression. My mission is to provide tools to help people discover their talents and create their own vision for their future success. I am passionate about providing the business tools that female musicians need to take their career to the next level.
As for my background, in my corporate days, I was the Director of Finance for a premiere Opera Company, one of the top 15 in the US.
After leaving the corporate world to stay home with my young children, I began writing and performing my own songs. I toured as a singer/songwriter for 9 years, releasd 3 CDs and won several songwriting awards. I even had the honor of singing “The National Anthem" at Dodger Stadium. I then began coupling the inspirational message of my songs with a testimony-based speaking topic called “You Are My Vision", a program I have presented for churches and community groups for the last 8 years.
Although I loved being at home for my kids, I misses the business strategy and “action" of the corporate world. So I created an outlet for my entrepreneurial desires that I could do from home on a flexible schedule. Because of my experience as an Independent Musician, I have a passion to promote other quality “Indies".
In 2007 I started Women of Substance Radio (www.WOSRadio.com), a 24/7 online “radio station" that plays the best music by quality female artists, both label and Indie artists. I consider it a privilege to discover and promote amazing artists who are not getting the promotion they deserve. The station has become a highly respected and sought-after source of promotion for female artists, pursued by their PR agents and Record Labels. My marketing efforts have cultivated a large Facebook following, significant web traffic, a healthy email list and advertising revenue.
In November 2014, I launched a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. The podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes.
I draw on my extensive experience running my own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. I have years of business training and experience in finance and marketing to share with the musicians I work with. My goal is to de-mystify and simply the business side of music for my clients.
Please contact me with questions or to join my mentoring program: bree@FEMusician.com