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5 Powerful Leadership Lessons From Musicians

5 Powerful Leadership Lessons From Musicians

March 5, 2015

When I was 13 years old, I was handed a book: Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell. It changed my life trajectory. From that moment on, I dedicated myself to reading at least two books or academic journals on leadership per month for the rest of my life. While my “leadership library” […]

Top 100 Music Industry Blogs

Top 100 Music Industry Blogs

February 24, 2015

Musicians Empowered just published their Ultimate Top 100 Music Industry Blogs List: I’m honored that we made the cut and are among such great company! You might also notice that I often do guest writing on several others on the list too ;) Thank you to the near 36,000 subscribers who help make this site […]

Bands Shouldn’t Practice. They Should Rehearse

Bands Shouldn’t Practice. They Should Rehearse

February 16, 2015

Perhaps the biggest impact on your live performance is how you approach practices and rehearsals. Many artists use the two terms interchangeably even though there are some differences. Practice is usually what is done individually, it is the work that is prepares someone for a rehearsal. It’s used to improve your technique, musicianship skills, and […]

6 Phrases that Make You Sound Like a Diva

6 Phrases that Make You Sound Like a Diva

January 12, 2015

There’s no question that the music industry is riddled with egos, self-promotion, and sales tactics. But there is a point where overselling yourself will cause eyes to roll, hurt your ability to get gigs or deals, and make people take you less seriously than they perhaps should.

3 Ways to Learn About the Music Business From Someone Else

3 Ways to Learn About the Music Business From Someone Else

November 28, 2014

This post is taken from a chapter of my newest release, Music Business Hacks. Please enjoy! When I was in business school, I often learned more about the subject from business owners (and running one myself) than the instructor. Usually, the people out in the field have a different perspective. With the music industry, you […]

How to Network Like a Music Industry Pro

How to Network Like a Music Industry Pro

September 2, 2014

It’s no secret that often in the world music, it’s more about “who you know” than what you know. The industry generally favors pre-existing relationships, whether you are looking for a venue, a sponsor, a review on your new album, or a slot at SXSW. Like it or not, networking can make or break an […]

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Bill McNally, Burnside Distribution Co

“I enjoy working with Simon very much. He has unique and interesting ideas in cross marketing his band on multiple levels that are very effective. He secures endorsements that work well to promote his bands. Simon is a very motivated marketing and promotion oriented professional.”

Bill McNally, Burnside Distribution Co
Tammy Hunt, Hunt Talent Management

“Simon Tam is in the know on everything my musician clients need to know to make a positive difference in their careers. His book “How to Get Sponsorships and Endorsements” is now my go to manual when planning my next step to take one of my bands I manage to the next level. So much time is wasted and not to mention money when attempting to navigate the world of acquiring sponsors for musicians and Simon’s book has kept me from more of that in my managing schedule. You won’t be disappointed. I recommend this to all creative people who need help and don’t want to falter unnecessarily.”

Tammy Hunt, Hunt Talent Management
Spencer Trowbridge, Of Counsel at McNamer and Company P.C.

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Spencer Trowbridge, Of Counsel at McNamer and Company P.C.
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