- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (November 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195382595
- ISBN-13: 978-0195382594
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book can serve as an excellent resource for faculty who advise undergraduate music students coming to the end of their time in college as well as for arts management faculty who have musician entrepreneurs among their student body. Further, the book is a valuable call from the field, reminding arts administrators and arts administration educators about the current state of the artistic job market and how artists might be supported by our programs, institutions of higher learning, and arts organizations." --The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society
"Starting with her love of music and years of experience in both academia and the real world, Angela Myles Beeching has written a book full of inspiring yet practical lessons for performing musicians--a kind of workbook for a life in music." --Charlotte Schroeder, President, Colbert Artists Management
"Beyond Talent is like the ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician. Packed with savvy insights, sage advice, practical ideas and inspiring examples, this omprehensive guide delivers the tools to navigate a successful path in music no matter where it might lead." --Phillip Ying, Violist, Ying Quartet; Associate Professor, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; former President, Chamber Music America
"Beyond Talent is a wonderfully helpful book for the professional future of any young musician. Beeching writes clearly and comprehensively. Her book is a must for the library of any professional musician." --Robert Freeman, Dean, College of Fine Arts, the University of Texas at Austin
"Authoritative, informative and comprehensive books about the 'classical' music industry are rare and to be prized when they appear. [This] is just such a book. And is consequently to be valued...The tone, manner of delivery, layout, comprehensiveness, accuracy, appropriateness, common sense, wisdom and up-to-date nature of Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music, not to mention its very reasonable price, make this as near definitive a winner as there is." --Classical.net
"Beyond Talent provides a much-needed update and will undoubtedly become the new classic in years to come. Beeching's book is extremely helpful, comprehensive, generous,
and insightful. I give it my top four-reed rating, all of them suitable for a Carnegie Hall recital." --Michèle Gingras, The Clarinet
"Convenient to use as a textbook for a one-semester course on career planning...Beyond Talent fills a gaping hole, as it provides excellent material that is difficult to find in other sources...This new edition of Beyond Talent is highly recommended for all libraries that support classical and jazz studies." --Canadian Association of Music Libraries Review
About the Author
Angela Myles Beeching has advised hundreds of emerging and professional musicians on the entire range of career issues that artists face. She loves this work, helping people create their own successful career paths. Her experience includes directing the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at Manhattan School of Music, as well as directing career development programs at New England Conservatory and at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
A Fulbright Scholar and Harriet Hale Woolley grant recipient, Ms. Beeching holds a doctorate in cello performance from SUNY Stony Brook and received fellowships at Tanglewood and the Banff Centre. Ms. Beeching later held cello faculty positions at California State University, Fresno, and at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.
A leader in the field of music career development, Ms. Beeching co-founded the Network of Music Career Development Officers, the international organization dedicated to the field. Ms. Beeching's articles have appeared in Inside Arts, Classical Singer, and Chamber Music magazines. She has presented career workshops for many music schools, including Eastman, Peabody, Colburn, and Oberlin Conservatories. She has been a guest speaker at conferences for the National Association of Schools of Music, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Classical Singer, Chamber Music America, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
Ms. Beeching's workshop presentation topics include:
· Music Entrepreneurship De-Mystified
· Career Strategies for Musicians
· Time Management & Effective Practice
· Grantwriting for Musicians
· Fundraising for Music Projects
· How to Write a Great Bio
· Job Search Skills for Musicians and Arts Administrators
· Managing Your Creative Projects
· Networking Made Easy
If you have a question for Angela, visit her website at www.angelabeeching.com or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I am a music business owner here in NYC, running a successful music preparation company. Just like the Beyond Talent mentions, successful musicians do more than just one thing; my company provides sheet music preparation, audio production, and music software development. After having built this business from the ground up over the last 7 years I've had to learn almost everything on my own. I learned how to learn better :) There are a million music transcribers, composers, engravers, recording artists, etc., etc., here in NYC and I quickly had to distinguish myself from the rest of them. I quickly took to business principals and decided to never sleep again. Things started to work out for me, but oh how I wish I had some guidance in the beginning.
Long story short, starting a career in music is the hardest thing I have ever done. Now that I am a bit more comfortable with my career I want to become more and more successful, but there always seems to be roadblocks. When I picked up Beyond Talent, I thought, this is probably all stuff that I know, and, in truth, I did know a lot of the mentality behind the book. But I wanted to read some good advice to boost my business and continue to push myself in the right direction.
Sorry to get back to myself, but I usually only read technical literature so I had no idea how this book would find me. So, I picked it up one day when I was riding my exercise bike and I ended up not putting it down for 2 hours, I totally forgot about the pain of the workout and just rode towards a better career. It was one of the fastest reads I have ever had, probably because I felt like every chapter I progressed through was going to make me more successful if I really absorbed what it was saying. Everything was really direct, and even the things I already knew were presented to me in a fresh manner. And, to be honest, hearing important things twice is really necessary, some things that I knew I had totally neglected to implement in my recent professional life: I now will. I also loved the examples (real world examples, thanks gosh!) and it spurred me to even contact a few of the people mentioned in the book.
I have very little free time in my pursuit of music success, but finding the time to read this book was both easy (since it was so enjoyable!!!) and so very worth it. I'd recommend it for yourself if you plan on making music your life, or if you have a musician in your life, help them out and enrich their career with the gift of this text.
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Some topics off the top of my head: How to write a business letter; How to create a website; How to create business cards; How to record a demo CD; How to network; How to fundraise; How to get promotional photos... you get the idea.
I loaned this book out to another musician friend. He liked it so much that instead of shipping mine back to me, he ordered me a new one and kept a copy for himself. I got this book in much the same way — I checked it out from the library, and liked it so much, that I bought a copy for myself. Well worth it, and I've never seen a better book of its kind.
The inserts with sample letters, resumes, press releases, et al. are invaluable to musicians who are looking to break through and reach another level in their career. Ms. Beeching approaches each task in "bite sized" pieces which makes them feel manageable and therefore achievable.
Beyond Talent is a must read for all performing artists at any stage in their career. If I only had this book when I graduated from music school!