If you’re a touring musician — or even a regularly gigging musician — you’ve been in a spot where you show up to a show and you’re missing *something.* Whether it’s your picks for your guitar, extra strings, batteries, whatever!
We here at Music on The Move Studios want you to fret no more, dear reader. We have compiled a list of our top 10 things that we keep in our gig bags so that, before you go out and rock the stage, you have yourself a handy-dandy checklist!
To put it short: I know VERY LITTLE about guitars. As a baby songwriter, I knew even less. So, I figured: what better way to make it easier for the next generation of songwriters, than to have all the questions I have answered by a professional! That professional is my amazing business partner — and guitar goddess — Caitie Thompson.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Let’s get right down it!
Music on The Move Studios is known for a few things: An all-female showcase at City Winery, a podcast called Paradox Jukebox, a soon-to-be TV show, and a music education studio. My business partner Caitie Thompson and I have been teaching private lessons for a combined 15 years of experience between us. We have seen every kind of student you could imagine, so I thought it was only appropriate to write this with Caitie, and to also give advice to anyone looking to start lessons.
So, here are a few things that we, as music educators, want you to know before you begin lessons with us!
For all of you artists and entrepreneurs looking to start your own live music series, I have compiled a handy-dandy checklist of items to keep in mind. These are broken down by category, to help you stay organized.
It’s a legitimate question that we get asked often. Our (upcoming) website officially says:
“We believe that the ability to be exactly who you are and paint a picture of it with a melody, some chords, and lyrics shouldn’t be a luxury. Music must be available to anyone who wants it.”
But what does that mean exactly? Well, let me break it down for you…
I promised you the female perspective, and here it is! As someone who’s been in Nashville for 13 years now — shout out to 17 year old Erin for taking the plunge! — I have a pretty solid grasp on what it’s like to be a woman in this industry. I am also keenly aware of the fact that I have a lot to learn, and will probably always have a lot to learn. Our industry is ever-changing and, if this past year has taught us anything, it is to adapt and survive.
Let me hit you with some facts:
- In the last 10 years, the peak percentage of women being played on country radio was 33%. It has since declined to almost half of that, reaching just 16% in 2019.
- In 2019, Mickey Guyton’s single “Better Than You Left Me” was pulled from country radio after consistently climbing, because country radio “didn’t want two female ballads on the charts at the same time.”
- Only 12.3% of the 600 most popular songs from 2012-2018 were female performers. That’s 73 performers. Out of 600.
- In 2020, only four female artists made the Billboard Top 20 year-end lists, with Taylor Swift being #9.
So, what’s my point? My point is that we, as women in this industry, can’t follow the traditional model of “making it,” because that deck is simply not stacked in our favor.
The idea behind Music on The Move Studios all started because I saw a need to showcase the independent female artists outside of a writer’s round, outside of Nashville’s infamous Lower Broad, and create an all-new experience for the music lover in town. Thus, Women on Fire was born in January of 2019. Unfortunately, that title was already trademarked; so, when it came time to rebrand, I took the name of the television show (that had also been temporarily shut down due to COVID, stay tuned for more on that!) and made it our entire brand.
By now, you’ve already learned what Music on The Move Studios is all about. Now, it’s time to learn why it was created. For this, I chatted with my co-founder, Caitie Thompson.
Check out the conversation