Showtime! Let's Learn How It Is Done

Gigs! I’ve had the opportunity to play so many this year that I can’t do nothing but feel blessed (and a bit exhausted, haha!). No matter if big of small, I bring everything to the stage and I have the time of my life, as you can see in the header photo of this post. It was taken during the Birmingham 2022 Festival by Laurence Stephenson. The event was incredible! If you want some specifics on how it went, I wrote a little recap on my personal website.

Such occasions would not be possible if I was not confident in my ability to pull a crowd and make the experience unforgettable for them. It is incredibly rewarding, and that’s why I want you to be able to do the same: to appear confident and get people’s attention, to make them remember you, look you up after the gig and talk to their friends about you. For this reason, I put together a course called “Showtime! The best ingredients for giving a great performance“, in which you...

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How To Ensure Safety On Stage (And What To Do If An Accident Happens)

Recently, I have had quite a lot of gigs. The occasions are different and so are the circumstances. Sometimes, I am playing on a terrace, some others, on a function room, or a hall, or at a bar... As I have to bring my own PA system, every time I have to think about the safety of everybody involved, including myself, when I set it. 

A few weeks ago, in London, I arrived to the venue where I was going to play when the guests were already at the bar, coming from the wedding ceremony to attend the drinks reception. I had to survey where the plug points were, and think where to set up, without the guests seeing me directly. I had to make sure that my speakers were firm on their stands and that the cables connecting them to the console were not a tripping hazard for me or other musicians coming on stage. 

Sounds a bit nerve-wracking, doesn't it? Well, it is not too bad, especially not after years of practise, but you have to be attentive and careful, and always make sure...

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Sharon: A case of Success Beyond The Score

Some time ago, Sharon attended one of Millicent's "getting paid" webinars. She applied the principles discussed during the session and got good results, so she wrote to Millicent to tell her all about it. We are very happy for Sharon and want to share her words with you:

 


Thank you so much, Millicent!

I really should have messaged you before, but here it is: I am so grateful for the tips you gave on the webinar. I followed your advice about mentioning expenses and I received £60 and food for a community event . In the end, it was only required to do a play/workshop for about 15mins. The organiser was very happy . A young woman came to me afterwards and asked if I would record her playing the djembe. She had played dhol drum years back and experienced low self esteem, largely due to family dynamics. She left the event with her recording and beaming . This was a fantastic exchange and made it all so worth it

Thank you so much again, Millicent!


 

Best wishes for...

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You Can Earn From Your Music!

We have the firm belief that every musician should be paid their worth. Even if you do music as a hobby, your effort, dedication, skill and passion deserve recognition. Now, it is easier said than done, right? When it comes to the business side of music, many artists get lost in calculations, transactions, invoices, and the uncertainty of how to communicate fees and conditions to potential clients.

Don't get overwhelmed, though, there is a way out! In the e-course "Maye Your Music Pay", Millicent will teach you how to:

- Set your fee and get paid regularly.
- Build your confidence to say your price without anxiety.
- Negotiate a win-win for your fee.
- Collect your fee with no drama.
- Set up a money management system.
- Prepare for your tax return.
- Grow a fans mailing list.

With this, you'll understand the steps you can take now to work out your gig fee, collect your payment and manage your music money. Sounds good? Click here to watch the introductory video, get more information...

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Success Beyond The Score Season 3, Now Available!

Oh, what an adventure it was for Millicent to post the content of the podcast Success Beyond The Score live on YouTube for the third season! Through a bit over two weeks, she talked about many essential things you need to know to grow your music career:

  1. Mon 4th July: Welcome and what to expect. 
  2. Tues 5th July: Does your music have the juice to pull a crowd?
  3. Wed 6th July: Why do musicians get killed by sound?
  4. Thurs 7th July: I’m a musician. Why do I need a business plan?
  5. Fri 8th July: Three reasons why you should charge for your music starting today!
  6. Mon 11th July: Is playing for free a contradiction for musicians?
  7. Tues 12th July: Do you have a music hobby or a music business?
  8. Wed 13th July: This is why you should video record your Gigs.
  9. Thurs 14th July: Stop! Don’t record until you’ve done these!
  10. Fri 15th July: Three essentials for putting on your own show.
  11. Mon 18th July: Three reasons why you should contact the sound engineer before your Gig.

You can...

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12 Ways To Reduce Your Money Worries

It's no secret that the cost of living rises have affected everybody.  It may be that you have to cut back on the amount of holidays you take, or figure out how you will make £1 stretch to purchase necessary items.  Well, here are Millicent's 12 tips to help you manage your money worries.  Don't forget to do you due diligence and seek professional advice to see if these will work for you.  

1.  Sell stuff you no longer need!  Maybe you have an extra instrument, or two, or three, or four in the corner gathering dust.  Do you need it?  Could someone else benefit from it?

2. Cut back on ready meals and takeaways, and cook from raw ingredients.  

3. Call in any I.O.Us. 

4. Look through your insurances, utility bills, bank charges and see if you can switch to a provider who is offering a better deal.  Of course, read the small print!

5. Cancel any subscriptions for services you no longer need.

6. Become more...

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Today At 1pm: The 7 Stages Of A Gigging Musician

Today is the first of eleven days of amazing FREE live sessions to help you go further in your music career. At 1pm UK time, find Millicent on her YouTube channel talking about this series, what you can expect, and the seven stages of a gigging musician.

Don’t forget you can interact with Millicent during the sessions through the comments section. If you can’t make it to the livestream, don’t worry, the video will be saved in her channel for you to watch later.

This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV3jS2FFouihpBOjgAxFj-A

Don’t forget to subscribe and activate notifications.

See you there at 1pm!

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11 days of amazing FREE live sessions to help you go further

There are some musicians who go for many years without really knowing how to earn consistently from their music, or how to turn their music into a successful and enjoyable music career. 

Here’s the good news, this Monday, I start 11 days of amazing FREE live sessions, on YouTube covering a variety of ingredients to help you on your journey. Feast your eyes on the topics:

  1. Mon 4th July, 1pm: Welcome and what to expect. 
  2. Tues 5th July, 1pm: Does your music have the juice to pull a crowd?
  3. Wed 6th July, 1pm: Why do musicians get killed by sound?
  4. Thurs 7th July, 1pm: I’m a musician. Why do I need a business plan?
  5. Fri 8th July, 1pm: Three reasons why you should charge for your music starting today!
  6. Mon 11th July, 1pm: Is playing for free a contradiction for musicians?
  7. Tues 12th July, 1pm: Do you have a music hobby or a music business?
  8. Wed 13th July, 1pm: This is why you should video record your Gigs.
  9. Thurs 14th July, 1pm: Stop! Don’t record...
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"BBC Songs of Praise - Gospel Choir of the Year 2022" OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Now that choirs can once again sing together, BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year is back!

The contest looks for the best amateur gospel choirs in the country to take part in this celebration, which has become a popular and prestigious event in the Gospel music world. If you sing in a Gospel choir and think you’ve got what it takes to bring home the trophy, the renown and £1,000, this is your chance!

All you need to do is send in two recordings of the songs you’d choose to sing if you were to get through to the televised finals. All information, including the Entry Form, Rules and Privacy Notice can be found on the Songs of Praise website bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise.

The deadline for entries to be received is Midnight Sunday 3rd July 2022. 

The televised finals will be recorded over one day on Saturday 22nd October 2022 at The Monastery Manchester with the programmes themselves due for broadcast...

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Read 'Children of The Windrush Generation Make Music'

Since 2018, the UK committed to celebrate Windrush Day every year on June 22 to honour the British Caribbean community. To contribute in occasion of the day back in 2019, the Musicians Union invited Millicent to write for the guest blog, exploring the impact that the Windrush Generation has had on her and on the British music scene as a whole.

The article is called 'Children of The Windrush Generation Make Music'. You can read it on Millicent's website and also on the Musicians Union page.

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