- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard (March 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423438744
- ISBN-13: 978-1423438748
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Musician's Guide to Brides: Music Pro Guides Paperback – March 1, 2008
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"From one musician to another, the most comprehensive 'how to' for wedding musicians. Anne Roos is witty and real. A must have for success in this business."--Deborah Magone, blues and rock guitarist
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I wish Anne Roos's book had been in my library when I graduated from the Yale School of Music. The author gives good practical advice on how to make a viable living as a wedding musician. What I like most about the "Musician's Guide to Brides" is the seriousness of intent Ms. Roos brings to the subject of making a living as a wedding musician. The author takes her subject seriously without taking herself too seriously. Throughout the book, she shares humorous and inspiring anecdotes from her own experience and other wedding professionals she has interviewed. Many of the chapters also have humorous illustrations to enhance the text. The book can be read consecutively from page one or the reader can skip to sections that most interest him/her, using the book as a resource guide. I have done both, and continue to use it as a resource. This book can be useful to the seasoned professional and the neophyte performer who doesn't know where to begin with his/her wedding business. Anne Roos's book has proven to be a valuable resource to me, and I have successfully used many of her business tips. Chapter 3, "Writing a Performance Agreement" was helpful in getting me to update items in my contracts. Chapter 9 has a Sales Call Checklist that I find extremely helpful to keep me focused when talking to potential customers. Chapter 7, "Exhibiting at Bridal Fairs" gives pragmatic information for the musician interested in marketing in this way. How to act once you get the gig, how to deal with difficult clients, how to market oneself, etc. I could go on. There is much great information here. If you have been at it for a while as a professional, you might already know much of this, but I personally find books like this helpful in rejuvenating the musical and professional inspiration.
My edition was published in 2008. It would be nice to see an updated version that addresses the advances in internet marketing since that time. I also would consider giving it an updated title that is inclusive of same-sex marriages. Additionally, there are some minor typographical errors that could be corrected. None of this takes away from the value of the book. If you are looking for a book that addresses the important business aspects of making a living as a wedding musician, I highly recommend Anne Roos's "The Musician's Guide to Brides".