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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is such a helpful resource to anyone looking to get going in the business of being a wedding musician! Anne takes you step by step through it all, with checklists and inspiration and a practical-yet-inspiring approach. Highly recommended!!
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The Musician's Guide to Brides by Anne Roos

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.
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Fantastically customer-focused reference--and the customers include brides, wedding planners, site managers, celebrants, musicians, and others!! As a wedding musician who is launching my own highly unique business, I sat down to read this guide with pen in hand and a long list of questions. Anne Roos answered every single one. Her book is wonderfully comprehensive, and the one or two off-the-record concerns I had which she didn’t talk about in this guide were answered promptly in emails. Her ideas are creative, polished, helpful, even amusing; she keeps it real and charming. She writes in a way that honors all points of view while setting the bar high for us musicians seeking to serve brides. She includes checklists, flowcharts, sample contracts, and other handy tools as well. Music schools should offer workshops based on this book. I feel ready to start my business!
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I have been performing professionally in the Music Business for more than thirty-five years, and thought I knew it all. Wrong!

This very well written book, begins with the basics of how to get Wedding gigs, and takes you all the way into contracts and getting paid. All unfamiliar terms are clearly explained at the bottom of each page.

It is a joy to read, and has something to offer even the most "seasoned" musician. Highly Recommended.
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Written by Anne Roos, who has played the Celtic harp at weddings for more than twenty-five years, The Musician's Guide to Brides: How to Make Money Playing Weddings lives up to its title with solid, practical advice on everything from creating a wedding-friendly musical repertoire to writing a performance agreement, advertising one's services, exhibiting at bridal fairs, closing a sale with the bride, working with the mother of the bride/the wedding coordinator/booking agents, avoiding common problems and pitfalls, dealing with difficult people (or "bridezillas!") and much more. Of especial value is the chapter that details how to ensure one is promptly and properly paid! Emphasizing professionalism above all - particularly the importance of a having a contract that spells out one's obligations, being honest about what one can or can't do, and maintaining one's cool even when the environment at a wedding may get rambunctious - The Musician's Guide to Brides is an absolute "must-have" for any musician interested in playing for weddings.
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Anne Roos' book provides excellent tips for both beginning and veteran music professionals. Her book captures the essence of professionalism and how that applies to career wedding musicians. Many of the common sense pointers are particularly useful for performers new to the field, such as maintaining collegiality with wedding coordinators, booking agents, and other musicians. This book also includes a wealth of information about how to get started, how to set fees, and how to promote your business. "Musician's Guide to Brides" also stays current by addressing appropriate uses of technology for communication and promotion, and includes a caution about using social networking sites such as MySpace. As Web 2.0 tools and other technologies change and evolve, it would be good to have an online companion resource to the book, to stay abreast of these "eTrends." Veteran musicians can also benefit from the updated insights this guide provides!
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