Getting Gigs


How To Get More Paid Gigs Through Better Networking 1

3 Easy Steps to Follow Up Like a Pro. Networking is an important skill for musicians to master. More so than other industries, a musician’s ability to connect with others directly impacts their ability to get more gigs. In our current “connection economy” networking is the currency of choice. I […]

015 RMP: Can You Really Have A Thriving Music Career & Strong Family Life?

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Today, I have percussion instructor, Jose Aponte. José is a senior lecturer at the University of North Texas in the Percussion and Jazz Studies departments, where he teaches drumset and Latin percussion. In addition to his private lesson studio work, José is the director of UNT’s Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble, and Latin Jazz Lab Band.


In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • Challenge your comfort zone
  • Practice your weaknesses first
  • Serve the clients, not your ego
  • Prioritize Your Time
  • Self Care
  • Take time to rest
  • Learn to say “No”
  • Ask for help

Also, Jose’s Pro Tips:

  • Arrive early
  • Dress Appropriately
  • Prepare in advance


  • Find balance in the good and the bad
  • Be honest with yourself
  • Be present in your art and your family
  • Communicate openly with your spouse

Finally, learn to:

  • take care of your craft
    • Take the 66 Day Practice Habit Challenge
  • avoid the artist’s trap

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José has performed with such artists as Giovanni Hidalgo, Emil Richards, Carlos Guedes, Poncho Sanchez, Batacumbele, Gino Vanelli, Brian Bromberg, Lyle Mays, Andy Narell, David Rudder, Relator, Fred Hamilton, Dan Haerle, Tracy Thornton, Lian Teague, Airto Moreira, and Michael Spiro.

Aponte is an active member of the Dallas/Fort Worth musical scene as a freelance performer and studio musician with groups such as Fifo and Citizens of the World Colombian Jazz Group, Fifo and his Afro Bacanos Salsa Band, John Murphy Jazz Trio, singer/songwriter Tania Cordobes, David Lee Schloss’s Caravan, Kalimbe World Jazz Group, Island Boogie Caribbean Band, Justin Cash Jazz Fusion Trio, Tito Charneco’s Diaspora Jazz Group and his own projects (José Aponte and Caribe Club Latin Jazz Quintet, Batuque Brazilian Jazz Trio, and Brasuka Brazilian Jazz Group).

José is an artist/clinician for Pearl drums/percussion, Evans drum heads, Pro-Mark sticks and Sabian cymbals.

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Thanks for listening.

Rip Phelan

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How to Never do a Free Gig Using Great Customer Service: 007 RMP: Gabriel Bautista

Season 1, Episode 7: Why You Should Never Do a Free Gig [Podcast]

Plus, 5 Areas that Will Set You Apart From Other Musicians 

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 7 of the Rip’s Music Podcast: Making Your Music Your Business. Today, composer/educator, Gabriel Bautista shares his thoughts on how to make your music career more lucrative and credible.

Is your desire to be a musician stronger than the resistance of others?

How does lowering your rates destroy the strength of the music industry?

What can you learn from the customer service industry about making more money in music?

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How ignoring the ‘well-meaning’ advice of others can take you further in your career. 
  • A few of my favorite resources for overcoming resistance.
  • What areas to budget for on an irregular income and helpful tools for budgeting
  • Leveraging other musical skills that will let you stand out from the crowd.
  • How tweaks to your business etiquette and social profiles can land you more gigs than you know what to do with. 
  • And, much more…

Join the Conversation

My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

What actions do you practice in being more professional as a musician? How have these affected your career?

Binge on All 12 Episodes

If you want to listen to more episodes, you will find all twelve audio episodes of Season 1 here. I release the video episodes every few weeks, as they are not yet available for batch listening.

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