4 Reasons Why Empowerment Is Important To Musicians
November 6, 2015
Hilde Spille in Career, Motivation, empowerment, horizon, music business, music industry, musician

Everything at Compass for Creatives is about the empowerment of musicians. The importance is so self-evident to me, that I often forget to explain myself to others. I hope that after reading the 4 reasons below it’s evident to you too.

1. Stay motivated even after demotivating comments
Using your musical talents brings you lots of fun, as long as everything is going according to plan. You enjoy becoming better and better on your instrument, others enjoy it more and more to listen to you. Until there is a party-pooper who tells you that there’s no money in music, that others have much more talent than you have, that they deserve success much more than you do. You need power to realize in situations like this, that it’s not others you have to compare yourself with, it’s yourself and only yourself.

2. Dare to broaden your horizon
If you want to develop your musical talent, you can’t rely on playing the same notes in the same way over and over again. You have to broaden your horizon. You can broaden your horizon by listening to music from other genres. It takes power to develop your own style and to be able to adapt some lines of that ‘other’ music into it. That’s when you are really creative.

3. Know your abilities to get more out of it
Don’t forget that it has to be fun to make music. If you don’t enjoy playing, the audience will notice and you will lose them. The best way to keep the fun in making music, is using your abilities to the best you can. Focus on what you can instead of what you can’t. In order to do so, you have to discover your abilities as much as possible.

4. Prevent to get screwed over by the music business
Many musicians feel screwed over by the music business. The publicity around the no-show insurance policy of a promoter of Sinead O’Connor mid August is a good example. Empowerment helps you to dare to question what your business team is suggesting to you, until you understand it as well. That prevents getting screwed over. Empowerment also helps to discover in an early stage when people try to screw you, and to deal with it.

On Tuesday November 17 a new edition will start of “Online workshop 5 empowerment tools for musicians – Learn in 6 weeks how to move from insecurity to an upward spiral towards success“.
See here for more information.
The workshop is for max. 12 participants, you can still register for the early-bird bonus!

Hilde Spille works at Paperclip Agency since 1995. As senior agent, she is booking Dutch and European tours for bands from all over the world (a.o. Chloe Charles, Jodymoon, Deleyaman, John Watts, Balkan Beat Box, I Muvrini).
Hilde is now combining her rich experience in the live music business with her accumulated knowledge from her master degree in Cultural Psychology and her interest in books about (personal) leadership. You can find the results in more than 150 posts on her blog Compass for Creatives and in the workshops she developed.

Article originally appeared on Music Think Tank (http://www.musicthinktank.com/).
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