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Launching a new ensemble, organization, or business? Read this, Part III. Developing your Concept.

For the past few days, I’ve written a step by step process for how I would go about launching a new ensemble, organization, or business. Today, I’m going to give you some thoughts on how to develop that great idea you came up with during the first two posts. Continue divergent thinking and brainstorming. Now that you have gathered a few good ideas to pursue, brainstorm ways you can develop a solution to your idea or the beginnings of a vision for your ensemble. Continue to think broadly, but begin to strategize how you can create tangible, achievable goals to meet the need or demand you are addressing.  Tip: Think of specific benchmarks over the next year to help you develop and achieve your idea. Think about 3 month, six month and twelve month goals.  Now that you have a few ideas in which to pursue, it’s time to see how your network responds to the concept.  Tip: Do not be afraid of someone else stealing your idea. The information you get from asking what your network thinks …

Launching a new ensemble, organization, or business? Read this, Part I. Start with You

One of the most common questions I get as I mentor artists is how to successfully launch a new ensemble, socially relevant organization, or business. Today, I’m launching a series of “how to” posts designed to help you create and develop your great ideas. These posts will give you the tools to bring your great ideas to life and provide a systematic approach to developing creative solutions to the problems we face in our 21st-century world. Rules: Don’t pay to learn about entrepreneurship.  Learn by doing. In the world of new venture creation, flexibility and context reign supreme. Work with people outside your discipline. Don’t be afraid to fail. Goals: These posts will help you: Develop ideas that use community-based partnerships and principles of social entrepreneurship to change the direction of the business and arts fields. Create sustainable programs that last long after you implement your ideas. Begin at a grassroots level, then work to reach a broad audience. Be socially empathetic and concerned about how you can make a positive difference in the world. Create …

Trying to find balance as an Artist? Stop taking every gig that comes your way!

We’ve all done it. We’ve taken that gig that seemed like a great idea six months ago. Now, we find ourselves sitting in traffic much like the photo above, wondering why we made the decision in the first place. Yesterday, I wrote this post about how artists could find balance using Pareto’s Principle, also known as the 80-20 rule.  In it’s purest form, the 80-20 rule makes good sense. Unfortunately, when it comes to gigs, we often toss in other variables, like the desire to make great art and the fear that your phone may not ring the next time around if you turn something down. Too many of us are blindly taking gigs and not thinking about balance. Here are some thoughts as you consider your work: All gigs are not created equal. Don’t take every gig that comes your way.  I often hear from people that the most frustrating gigs are the engagements that are artistically compromising.Action: Stop participating in gigs that are artistically compromising and spend that time practicing, reading, learning, or being …