I’ve started writing regular articles about music that I love and thoughts and experiences about the music industry; you can find all of that over on Secret Frequency. If you’ve got a question you’d like answered, or would like me to feature your music (no promises!), you can contact me at [email protected]
From time to time I give workshops, write articles, or post rants about the music industry, things artists to or don’t do, and stuff that I wish more people in music knew. In the interest of being a resource for musicians instead of a ranter, I’ve collected the more informative and useful of them here.
Your experience may vary from mine; it’s a big, weird industry.
My Experience in the music industry:
– Artistic Associate, Harbourfront Centre (2013)
– Artistic Director (2006 – 2013) Executive Director (2006 – 2011) of the Peterborough Folk Festival
– Juror for The JUNO Awards (2008), The Canadian folk Music Awards (2012), FACTOR (2008 – 2014)
– Booker/Promoter at the Montreal House, 2004-2005
– Booker/Promoter/Producer in various endeavours, 15+ years
You can see my full resume here, if you’re interested in more information for some reason.
Resources for Musicians
Articles from rootsmusic.ca
Personality can’t be pirated – Changing the focus from creating a brand to promoting your personality.
Ask Candace: Artist Submissions – What’s the best way to submit your music to presenters?
Help Me Promote You – Why it’s essential for an artist to have good promotional materials, and what it tells me about you when you don’t have them.
Articles on this site:
10 Things I Want Musicians to Know – Pointers for dealing with Presenters and Talent Buyers.
PFF 2012 Festival Submission, Part 1 – Some bands that I really liked, culled from the first 100 submissions I listened to for PFF 2012.
Listening to Festival Submissions – Some thoughts on the process of booking the festival.
Judging the Junos – I was asked to be a juror for the Juno Awards this year, and thought I’d write about it to illuminate something that I’d always wondered about.
Creating Promo Packs – The handout from my 2-hour workshop on selling yourself as a musician. This is the bare bones; while it’s helpful on its own, in the workshop I answer questions candidly and flesh this out with illustrations from my experience.
Advice to Musicians – a collection of thoughts on a broad range of topics, mostly written while I was listening to festival submissions over the past three years, but some reaching back to my days at the MoHo. Very grouchy, very salty language, but it goes over a lot of common mistakes artists make. I add to it occasionally.