20 Powerful Books to Boost Your Music Career

What I’m reading now in order to become more productive and build wealth. Research has shown that reading has tremendous value in all areas of life. It can help you think better, improve your people skills, and expose you to new opportunities. So, what books should you read to gain […]

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10 Creative Ways to Easily Make Money as a Musician 1

Many of us musicians have spent thousands of hours practicing and studying our instruments. We have an incredible amount of knowledge and skills at our disposal. We can leverage those skills to earn some supplemental income and keep us in the music game. In my early years of college I […]

The Pro Musician Game: My Daring Journey

At some point we all ask, “How do I turn what I love into my career?” That’s when we discover what risks we’re willing to take.   I’ve been playing drums for over 27 years. For a long time I knew I wanted to turn pro. I didn’t have too many […]

The Road to Turning Pro

Writing a mission statement can filter your decisions about your music career.

Why Every Great Musician Needs A Powerful Mission Statement

I know what you’re thinking: “mission statements are for business people.” If you want to be a pro musician, why not think like a business person? A mission statement can be a useful tool for your career and personal life.  If you want to be a starving artist, then skip […]

012 RMP Chris Duncan: Owner/Director of Frisco School of Music

  Today, I interview Chris Duncan, owner and director of the Frisco School of Music, Musical Arts Schoolhouse and Frisco School of Performing Arts.  She started off teaching piano out of her home and has built her business into one of the largest private music schools in North Texas. In […]

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011 RMP Stockton Helbing part 2: Drummer, Educator, Composer

Welcome back to another episode of Rip’s Music Podcast. Today is part 2 of my talk with drummer, Stockton Helbing. Not only is he a drummer, but also a composer, arranger, producer, band leader, educator, music director, author, and entrepreneur. Stockton maintains a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching […]

010 Stockton Helbing: Drummer, Educator, Composer, Entreprenuer

  Stockton Helbing is one of the busiest and more diverse musicians in the industry today. Not only is he drummer for iconic trumpeter, Doc Severinsen, artist in residence at Oklahoma State University, and band leader for his own jazz group, he runs and maintains his own private lesson studio, […]

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009 RMP: Jamie Ringholm – In Demand Keyboardist

    Have you ever asked someone, “How do I get a gig” and was disappointed with their answer? Are you missing opportunities by being too narrow in the styles of music you play and listen to? And how can embracing discomfort ultimately be the best thing for you?   […]

008 RMP: Salim Nourallah – Singer, Songwriter, Producer

Are you playing it safe in your music? Are you stuck in doing things the “right” way or following someone else’s footsteps? How does relying on your music to make money kill your ability to create great art? Today, I’m at Pleasantry Lane Studios with Salim Nourallah, where we talk […]

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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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