Project Management for Musicians

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $27.99
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 424
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
  • ISBN: 0-87639-135-8
  • SKU: 50449659
  • Publication Date: January 01, 2013

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Project Management for Musicians

Working in the music industry involves a never-ending series of projects. These projects come in all sizes, budgets, and levels of complexity, but for each, setting up a process for planning, executing, and monitoring your work is crucial in achieving your goals. 

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Get organized, and take charge of your music projects!

This book will help you harness your creativity into clear visions and effective work plans. Whether you are producing a recording, going on tour, developing a studio, launching a business, running a marketing campaign, creating a music curriculum, or any other project in the music industry, these road-tested strategies will help you to succeed.

You will learn to:

  • Clarify your visions, and develop systems to make them become real
  • Estimate and manage your music projects’ required budgets, resources, and schedules
  • Manage teams effectively, delegating tasks, harnessing the creativity of team members, and monitoring progress towards achieving your goals
  • Develop and track contracts, copyright forms, ISRC codes, insurance policies, production schedules, stage layout plans, and other music industry tools
  • Organize your studio/project office and workflow for maximum efficiency
  • Analyze and mitigate risk, and solve problems
  • Develop mechanisms for building institutional memory

“This excellent and accessible compilation of strategies combines modern technology and project management practices with a deep understanding of the music industry. Whether you are more enthused by the creative dimensions of your work or the logistical ones, Project Management for Musicians will help you become more successful.”

—Brent Frei, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Smartsheet

“[Project Management for Musicians] covers everything you’d ever want to know about project management in a very practical way, but all the case studies and examples used are relevant to the music world. …While it is aimed at musicians, it is a good solid project management book that covers a whole lot of ground and is written in a very accessible style.” (Read the full review.)

—Elizabeth Harren, Project Manager/Author/Blogger: A Girl’s Guide to Project Management

“Project management is undoubtedly the backbone of success. The diversity of tools in this book will not only help you to plan ahead; they will truly trace the path and change the way you see things in order to complete your goals.” 

—Ariel Rivas, GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer, World Tour Manager, and Booking Agent (Rubén Blades, Don Omar, Danny Rivera)

“If you’ve ever thought that the music is the easy part and it’s everything else that’s hard, then this is the book for you. Project Management for Musicians will give you common sense tools to organize your thinking, planning, and management of all those other things besides the music that are so critical to your success in the music business.”

—Alan Sierichs, Former Commander/Conductor of the Air Force Band, Washington, DC

“Jonathan Feist is one of the most effective project managers I’ve had the opportunity to work with. The depth and breath of tools in his new book have the power to transform any musician’s project management skills, which will lead directly to completing visions, rather than just dreaming about them.”

—Stephen Webber, Berklee Professor, Author, and Composer


Jonathan Feist

Jonathan Feist is editor in chief of Berklee Press, where he has helped to produce hundreds of music education products…