As a musician, what comes to mind when you hear the phrase “invest in yourself?”
Most people hear “invest,” and their minds immediately jump to finances. And, because the stereotypical “starving artist” doesn’t have much in the way of disposable income, hearing the “I” word can send shivers up the spines of independent musicians.
However, money is not the only asset available for creatives to invest. One could argue that time is even more valuable, and it’s an asset that we all have, regardless of our finances.
How you use your time will almost certainly determine how far you go in the music industry. If you’re looking for where to begin investing yours, I’ve compiled a list of suggestions.
When we embark on the creative journey, we often underestimate the level of work that goes into turning our passions into a career.
Here are a few examples of what that looks like, learned over the course of the past decade.
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We’ve got some catching up to do, when it comes to giving you bite-sized clips of our Official Podcast to enjoy on demand. We’re confident that the ones we have for you after the jump will be a great place for you to dive in!
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This past Friday, March 10, I launched UMC Coaching, a 1-on-1 coaching program designed to give independent creatives everything they need to Show Up and Glow Up in their careers and lives.
Why was now the right time, after 10 years of The Quinn Spinn? Let’s dive in!
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Gerard here. You may know me as the Founder and CEO of this plucky lil’ Collective you’ve come to know and love.
I have spent the past 10 years building an independent, international music industry platform from the (Under)ground up. In that time, I have transformed my life through countless valuable lessons and experiences, and have built thousands of relationships with artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives the world over.
Today is my birthday. To celebrate, I’ve launched UMC Coaching, a one-on-one business coaching service. UMC Coaching gives independent creatives everything they need to Show Up and Glow Up in their careers and lives.
By working with me, you’ll have access to:
- A service-minded guide to walk with you on the journey toward defining your platform’s mission, vision, and values.
- A seasoned storyteller to help you uncover your story and communicate your authentic truth.
- The goal-setting strategies and business philosophies that have powered Underground Music Collective toward collaborations with national and global brands, including Universal Music Group, Red Bull, Creative Artists Agency, Tennessee Titans, Redfin Real Estate, and many more.
- A partner in accountability: Once we establish your goals, we track your progress, identify potential opportunities for growth, and strategize ways around potential barriers to success.
- The best practices, resources, and insights to keep your mind sharp and focused on your long-term vision.
Applications for UMC Coaching are now open. To learn more and apply, click the button below.
Clare Cunningham‘s artistic path — from Collon, Co. Louth, Ireland to Nashville — has taken her on a deeply personal and spiritual journey. That journey has led Clare to find inner peace through faith and a focus on holistic wellness. It has also led her to one of music’s most iconic stages, and the opportunity to stand in The Circle at The Grand Ole Opry on March 18.
Clare details her journey and the lessons she’s learned on today’s episode of The Quinn Spinn!
Andre Cataldo is the creative force behind Dear Genre, a St. Louis-based musical project that blends elements of shoegaze, rock, Americana, and more. Dear Genre just released their new Sounds // Silences EP, which presents “songs that already exist” in a different light. The project was recorded live at the UMKC Conservatory in Kansas City.
Andre walks us through the creative process, tells us about the St. Louis music community, and gives us a preview at what’s to come.
For Black History Month, Underground Music Collective presented a special live virtual panel, Succeeding as a Black Entrepreneur in the Music Industry, on Wednesday, February 15. Our panel of multi-disciplinary music industry veterans shared their experiences navigating the industry as a Black creative, the challenges they’ve encountered and overcome, and the lessons they have learned along the way.
Want more educational opportunities like this? Join our next virtual panel, Succeeding as a Woman in the Music Industry, on International Women’s Day (Wednesday, March 8). And, if you want to help us expand our educational and community resource offerings, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to UMC via the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.
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There’s something for everyone — to like or dislike — about this episode of The Quinn Spinn.
We chat about WrestleMania season, peruse the IHOP menu, and enjoy a Stupid News that might actually be the work of a genius.
All of that, plus Feelin’ Good and a special Something for Your Ears.
Want to have an impact? Want to feel inspired? This week’s The Quinn Spinn Sunday Replay has everything you need!
Our recent conversations with Keith Evan Gay, Adam Arnold (a.k.a. Scotty Rock), and Sacha Walton of SWI Management Group will give you all the motivation you need to start a new week strong.
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