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7 Secrets to Get Booked on Corporate Stages with Tiamo De Vettori

artists-marketing-business-academy-interview-with-expertsAt the Artists Marketing & Business Academy, we’re all about making a prosperous and sustainable living doing what you love. Are you sick and tired of playing small gigs that pay you next to nothing for your musical talent? What if you could play on huge stages in front of hundreds, if not thousands of people, and get paid like a rock star for it? Would that interest you?

Then it’s time that you discovered how to get booked on corporate stages! We’re thrilled to host guest lecturer Tiamo De Vettori. In this class, Tiamo will teach you:

 

  • How to get booked on the biggest and highest paying corporate stages that 6-FIGURE musicians don’t want you to know about
  • How to make career income from just a few gigs per year
  • How to use corporate gigs to grow your fan base
  • The 3 biggest mistakes musicians make when trying to break into the corporate market.
  • The #1 secret to getting paid like a celebrity in the corporate market

Tiamo’s class could change the path of your career!

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Debra Russell, Artists Marketing and Business Academy, Tiamo de Vettori, outsourcing, music business, music promotion, relationship building, team building, Contact Management, Time Management, OrganizationTiamo De Vettori

For music fans who want to feel connected, inspired, uplifted, and part of something bigger, we’ve found the artist for you. Often described as a cross between Jason Mraz and John Mayer, motivational acoustic-pop singer/songwriter, Tiamo De Vettori, was recently named L.A. Music Award’s “Male Singer/Songwriter of the Year” & San Diego Music Award’s “Best Songwriter”. Tiamo has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, and MSNBC and recently performed on stage at the Jimmy Kimmel Show. With a powerful voice, captivating stage presence, compelling lyrics, and melodies impossible not to sing along to, fans around the world have gravitated to Tiamo’s positive vibe and love for life.

Something that makes Tiamo so unique is that he is also a motivational speaker who combines his on-stage charisma with his inspriring personal stories, orginal songs, and acoustic guitar. Tiamo has performed and spoken to over 32,000 people around the country at seminars, trainings, colleges, and conferences, and has shared the stage with best-selling authors and speakers such as T. Harv Eker, Les Brown, Lisa Nichols, and Dan Millman. Tiamo has moved audiences since he was seven years old. During his childhood, he had the extremely rare opportunity to perform and tour the world with his Italian father, Franco De Vettori, an international opera singer.

Despite growing up on stage, Tiamo’s career as a singer/songwriter didn’t quite materialize until he intuitively hopped on a Greyhound bus headed for Virginia…just a few days after graduating from the University of Arizona. Shortly after, a close friend who had read Tiamo’s poetry and heard him sing, insisted that he explore the combination of songwriting and performing. Needing a friendly push, Tiamo had a hard time turning down his friend’s eventual offer to buy him a guitar as long as he kept one promise to his friend — get the guitar, let it sit in your living room, and as Tiamo’s friend put it, “the songs will just flow out of you”. Surely enough, Tiamo looked at his new guitar one rainy night, picked it up, and without any previous guitar experience, “accidentally” wrote his first song.

Tiamo has climbed to #4 and #18 on the Australian top 40 radio charts and is receiving radio play in 12 countries including the U.S. Aside from his international success, Tiamo can be found performing at some of the most popular venues in his home town of San Diego such as the highly celebrated Humphrey’s by the Bay, large college campuses including the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University, and other highly regarded venues such as the House of Blues, the Belly Up and Hard Rock Cafe. He has also performed live on San Diego’s most-watched morning news shows, News Channel 8 and News Channel 10, and and has been featured on some of Southern California’s most popular radio stations such as KPRI 102.1 FM.

With the international release of his CD entitled “Back to Love”, a vision of creating positive change in the music industry, and a gravitating persona, you can’t help but cheer on this modest, rising star.

Niche Marketing – How Thinking Small Can Payoff Big

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramWhat is a Niche, really? And why is everybody talking about Niche Marketing?

Many business owners are afraid to define their niche on the mistaken premise that they will lose business as a result.

The truth is just the opposite.

Designing your marketing around a Niche can enable you to have a major impact on a small budget. Since most business owners are working with a limited to non-existent marketing budget – Niche Marketing can give you a tremendous advantage over your competition.

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • What is a niche, really and how does it apply to my business?
  • How do I pick my niche?
  • OK – I’ve chosen my niche, now what?

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Niche Marketing – How Thinking Small Can Payoff BIG!

What is a Niche, really?  And why is everybody talking about Niche Marketing?  According to About.com a Niche Market is a narrowly defined group of potential customers.  Let me be really clear about this – Niche is not about you.  It’s not about your product or your genre.  It’s about them, your customers/clients/fans.  It’s about the folks you want to draw into your circle of influence.

In today’s world, we have available to us literally thousands of marketing tools, marketing avenues and technologies that were not available to us 10 years ago (even 5 years ago).  Just watch a rerun of the X-Files and you’ll realize how far we’ve come in the first decade of this century.

But these technologies are both a blessing AND a curse.  They’re a blessing because you can market very effectively without a lot of money.  They’re a curse, because everyone has access to them.  So, you can build a website – but so can billions of other folks (including your competition).  You can participate in social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – but so can everyone else.  From your customer’s perspective – it’s like watching a raging river – no single drop of water stands out.  How could it?

How You Stand Out in the Crowd

Many business owners are afraid to define their niche on the mistaken premise that they will lose business as a result.  The truth is just the opposite.  There’s just no way that you, as a small business owner, with a limited marketing budget can effectively market to everyone.

Because what you can afford to do is just a drop in the bucket of all the information each one of us is exposed to on a daily basis.  And so, in order to make an impact – you need to be exposed to your market multiple times, in order to even be noticed.  The old marketing adage was the Rule of Seven – seven exposures to your product before they buy.  But I believe the rule should be more like 15 because of the sheer quantity of marketing messages we are exposed to every minute of every day.

In Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed: Leverage Resources, Establish Online Credibility and Crush Your Competition, my friend Patrick Schwerdtfeger says, “go an inch wide and a mile deep.”  What this means is to narrow your market down to a very specific group of people who are uniquely defined.  And while you don’t want to define them by your product or service, you can define them by the problem (pain/need) your product or service solves.  Designing your marketing around a Niche can enable you to have a major impact on a small budget.  Since most business owners are working with a limited to non-existent marketing budget – Niche Marketing can give you a tremendous advantage over your competition.

Switching from Push to Pull

Once you’ve defined your niche, what their problems/needs/desires are and how you uniquely solve them, you can set about getting in front of them.   And that’s a lot easier to do if you know specifically who they are and where they’re hanging out.  Because then you are pretty much guaranteed that the people you’re getting in front of actually want and need what you provide.  Instead of what most small business owners do – throw lots of spaghetti against the wall and hope some of it sticks.

And here’s where the magic comes in – if you design your message on their terms, in their language and in a way that gives them an experience of the benefits, then they will have the “Oh, that’s just what I need!” response.  If your market recognizes you as exactly what they’re looking for, they will flock to you, easily and effortlessly.  And isn’t that what you want?

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Self-Promotion for Performing Artists with Peter McDowell

artists-marketing-business-academy-interview-with-expertsNot sure about how to write a press release or to approach press?

Unable to move forward in promoting an upcoming live performance or CD release?

Armed with the advice of seasoned performing arts presenter, producer, and publicist Peter McDowell, you will leave this session with:

 

  • Simple tools and strategies for marketing and publicizing your careers, creations and performances.
  • How to create a promotional PDF, a bio and a press release.
  • A clear process for contacting critics, reviewers and bloggers and the media
  • How to get events listed and CDs or video promoted on the internet.

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Peter McDowell

music business, self-promotion, promotionNew York and San Francisco based Arts Consultant Peter McDowell has built a solid career on high-level, strategic, and effective service to performing arts organizations and performing artists. As a publicist, Peter has placed interviews, reviews, critic’s choices and listings in media such as Time Out New York, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Opera News, The Baltimore Sun, and The LA Times, as well as blogs and web publications. From 1997-2006, Peter was Program Director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. He recently served as Director of Programs at OPERA America in New York.

How to Integrate Social Media into Your Multiple Streams Business

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramWith Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Reverbnation, Instagram, Youtube and on and on), you have an unprecedented opportunity to connect with, interact with and deepen your relationship with your fans, clients and customers – FOR FREE! For every artist who is taking great advantage of these tools, there are thousands of you who are using them poorly, quitting after a few weeks, or even avoiding them all together.  And I say, what a wasted opportunity!

In this class, we will examine:

  • Why you absolutely MUST be active in social media to build a profitable business in the 21st Century
  • How to use the Multiple Streams model to make your Social Media strategy effective and efficient
  • The top 3 mistakes to avoid with Social Media
  • How to use Social Media to your best advantage for all 8 steps of the Multiple Streams model

No matter what business you’re in, you simply cannot afford to miss this opportunity.

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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

Just read a great blog post with an overview of Do’s and Don’ts in the Social Media world.

The How To’s of Social Media

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By Talia DeVault
Having just returned from a Bay Area Women in Film event on “Utilizing Social Media,” I felt compelled to share the knowledge of the creative professionals that spoke on the panel…

There’s a lot of great suggestions here and it gives a good overview of SoMe etiquette. I recommend reading it (resource no longer available).

I added a comment there and wanted to expand a bit here:

Excellent review! Thank you. I’d like to add a few do’s and don’ts:

DO automate your promotional and repetitive tweets (remember, the stream is moving so fast, that any message should be tweeted 2-3 times a day), AND be sure to personalize your connection with your friends/followers – respond, engage, be a resource. That CAN’T be automated and must be real and must be your voice.

DON’T be the same across the medium – DON’T automatically push your tweets to facebook to linkedin, etc. Different mediums require a different kind of interaction. I think of it this way:

Linkedin is the business networking event
Twitter is the cocktail party
Facebook is dinner with friends.

You wouldn’t wear the same out fit or have the same demeanor at the networking event as you would either at the cocktail party or dinner with friends.  What works and doesn’t work in real life works and doesn’t work on social media.

In addition, think of blogging and your email newsletter as an opportunity to build value and familiarity with your fans and clients – and both need to be different from each other as well. I don’t know about you, but I hate getting the exact same message from 5 different places – I’m likely to unfollow and unsubscribe so I only get the information once.  Blogging is like an ongoing conversation.  It doesn’t need to be long or drawn out, because you’ll be back again soon.

Your newsletter needs to be a bit more formal, very value driven as well as bringing your list deeper into relationship with you.

And the concept that underpins all of it, is that people buy from those they know, like and trust.  Your goal in Social Media should be to establish yourself as an expert, and allow your fans, followers, friends and customers/clients to get to know you, like you and trust you.

Debra Recommends Concerts in Your Home

music, concerts, live musicFran Snyder has created a great resource for musicians who are looking to perform in house concert venues as well as home-owners who are interested in creating wonderful events in their homes.

Their Mission:
CIYH creates and nurtures opportunities that pay artists to perform in a listening environment, while bringing communities together with a renewed passion for live music.

Why?
It’s increasingly challenging for touring performers to draw audiences to clubs, and more difficult still to connect with these audiences in a meaningful way. Most venues offer too many distractions (televisions, loud conversations, etc.), and are far too reliant on alcohol sales and a “Top 40” atmosphere.

How?
CIYH promotes the concept of house concerts to artists and music lovers across the U.S. and beyond. Through the web and word-of-mouth, this site promotes the appeal of house concerts and helps turn music fans into concert promoters.

Concerts In Your Home

Debra Recommends Ning – Create Your Social Network

Debra Russell recommends, Artist's EDGE, Ning, Social Networking
Ning.com is a very cool thing!  Ning lets you create your own social network and/or join others.

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Ning offers an easy-to-use technology platform enabling you to create and join Ning Networks for your interests and passions.

With over 1.3 million Ning social networks created and more than 30 million registered members, millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to explore and express their interests, discover new passions, and meet new people around shared pursuits.

Ning also enables artists, brands and organizations to simplify and control their online presence with their own unique Ning Network that beautifully integrates with other social media services while providing the most direct, unique and lucrative relationship with fans, consumers and members.

Founded in October 2004 by Gina Bianchini and Marc Andreessen, Ning launched the Ning Platform in October 2005 and Ning social networks in February 2007.

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Niche Marketing

Last week I delivered:

Niche Marketing – How Thinking Small Can Payoff BIG

At Sandbox Suites for the Co-Working Meetup Group.

Here’s a YouTube highlights video:

Thanks to Ian Griffin at http://exec-comms.com for the videography and posting

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Debra Recommends ifanz

Debra Russell, Artist's EDGE, Art and Entertainment Industry, music business, marketing, web 2.0, contact managementifanz is a very cool resource originally developed for musicians, but really applicable for creative professionals in all walks of life who are building their career by building their relationship with their fans.  More than just a database and newsletter management tool, it also offers one-stop shopping for many of the needs of the small business owner!

As I teach in Multiple Streams of Art Income, Step 7 is “Strengthen Relationship”, communicating to your fans is critical for this step and ifanz can help.  This one-stop-shop can also help with steps 4 and 6.

From the ifanz.com website:

Invented by Musicians – For Musicians

Ruth McCartney, our CEO, grew up in Liverpool, England in the 60’s. She heard her step-brother Paul and his partner John Lennon lamenting the business side of the Beatles and grew up knowing that “the suits” as John affectionately called them were basically accountants who cared little for the future of music.

When the awesome task of sorting literally tens of thousands of pieces of fan mail fell to her Mother Angie, she made her pocket money by helping to catalog and answer some of the mail. She soon learned that a relationship with the fans is the second most important thing a musician can have – apart from great song material that is!

With the advent of the internet in 1995, Ruth and husband / business partner Martin Nethercutt decided to build a system to collect names and send out newsletters. Today, nearly 10 years later, iFanz now allows thousands of folks just like you to:

Collect names >> develop a relationship and a dialog >> get guidance from your peers >> blast out gig calendars >> download your data to see where your Fanz are geographically >> send a personalized automated birthday greeting to each fan on their big day>> send newsletters by State or Zip >> and much much more.

In addition to communication and database management, iFanz also offers NetShop, a turnkey online store that comes complete with credit card processing and order fulfillment. We offer CD burns on demand and over 30 items of merchandise all available with your custom imagery. One fan, one order, one royalty check. Never again worry about creating huge inventories that might not sell. NetShop products (100% cotton t-shirts, mousepads, mugs, caps, totes and more) are made to order using your design (or we can create one for you) so there’s never any over-stock. And never any upfront costs to you.

The bottom line: if your Fanz have a relationship with you, they are much less likely to steal your music. Who knows, 3 years from know you might be selling them cookbooks, paintings, photography or guitars. iFanz. Because your fanz ARE your future.

 

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