New Content For The Podcast 'Success Beyond The Score' Is On Its Way

The podcast Success Beyond The Score is soon to have a new season! The wait has been long but we promise it was worth it. We’ll provide details soon (as soon as the end of this week!), but while the time comes, why don’t you listen to the seasons that are already there?

No matter if it is your first time, or if you have already studied the episodes and benefited from applying what you learned to your career, we believe there’s always something new to take from these capsules of key knowledge of the music industry, provided by decades of experience by Millicent and her guests.

You can listen to the two seasons on the following platforms:

And you can watch the videos of season 2 on YouTube.

Stay tunned!

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‘We Demand Better’ National March and Rally

On Saturday 18th June, the Musicians Union will be joining the trade union movement in London to tell the government that the workers of England demand and deserve better! Members of the union are invited to join, assembling from 10:30 am at Portland Place in Central London. There will also be a rally from 1:00 pm in Westminster Square.

 

These are some of the demands:

  • A real pay rise for every worker – and a real living wage for all
  • Respect and security for all workers – ban zero hours contracts, ban ‘fire and rehire’
  • Demand decent sick pay now
  • End racism at work
  • Tax energy profits to pay our bills
  • Raise universal credit
  • Boost union bargaining rights
  • And more than that: we demand a government that listens and acts to support working people.

 

 Register your interest to join the MU on the March: [email protected]

 Additional information:

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Millicent's Speech For (MU) Motion 20: ‘Being Black In The UK Music Industry’.

This was Millicent's speech to move the (MU) Motion 20: Being Black in the UK Music Industry, delivered at the TUC Black Workers Conference:

Good morning Conference. I am Millicent Stephenson, Musicians’ Union, and I am moving Motion 20, ‘Being Black In The Music Industry’.

Music is important and woven into the fabric of our society. It motivates, soothes, conveys ‘I love you’ and ‘good-byes’. It is a social, physical, spiritual thing which goes through our being. What would life be like without music?

Music is also a professional career choice on par with any other. However, within the music industry there are stratas and issues. One of which is ‘being black in the music industry’.

You may be familiar with Jazz music, songs like ‘Summertime’ and ‘At Last’, but did you know that it came from the black communities of the United States? Also, the root of Jazz is the ‘Blues’, the music of...

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Do You Have To Struggle In Order To Get Paid? This FREE Webinar Is For You

Clients that suddenly disappear when they are supposed to pay you. Promises of exposition and connections that never come to fruition. Conversations through e-mail that die as soon as you mention your prices…

If any of this sounds familiar, our newest webinar is for you! On Wednesday 25th May, multi-award saxophonist Millicent Stephenson will be talking through Zoom about everything you need to know in order to get paid what you are worth. Learn how to determine your fees and what good practises you can adopt to ensure they are paid in a timely manner.

Sounds good? Here’s something that will make it sound better: the webinar is completely free! To join, just sign up on this website. Also, while the day comes, check this free guide with tips to get paid before gig day.

Don’t hesitate telling your friends about it: the webinar is open to everybody across the world!

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You Can Start Your Gigging Journey At No Cost

You've prepared yourself, you have practised, you have ideas about how your shows would go... you just aren't sure about how to get the gigs. Sounds familiar? Well, there are two informative products you can find here to help you with that.

First, there's the booklet "Revealed - 25 Secrets of the Successful Gigging Musician, Singer, Rapper & Spoken Word Artiste", a compendium of the best secrets of the industry to prepare and deliver excellent gigs that will keep your calendar full of events.

Then, there's the "Ten Resons Why They Will Pay You Before Gig Day" list, a concise document that will give you pointers to ensure receiving appropriate payment for your work in a timely manner. 

CLICK HERE to download these two great products at no cost at all, and be sure to check the upcoming webinar "Get Paid What You Are Worth", which is also for free, in order to learn how to calculate your gig fees and communicate them effectively to potential clients.

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Get Paid What You Are Worth! FREE Webinar

Scenario 1: after a great gig that got you a standing ovation, you wait in the backstage for the person who hired you. They arrive to congratulate all the team, they pay the fees of the engineers, then come and tell you that your music made them jump and dance, and go out the door. You are left standing there, with no money, wondering if you should go after them, or maybe a call the next day... but why would you have to chase and press for payment, when you’ve already earned it fair and square? 

Scenario 2: a promoter wants you to play at their event, but they tell you, "Sorry, love, I've got no budget". However, they promise to introduce you to this and that big personality of the music industry, saying that you're sure to woo them with your performance and get new opportunities through them. The day comes, you play, and either the promoter never introduces you to anybody, or they do, but nothing comes out of it. 

Scenario 3: someone has been filling your inbox...

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Do You Struggle With Stage Fright?

When talking about going on stage, there is a fine line between excitement and anxiety. The thrill of being able to share what we have with the audience fights against the fear of freezing under the spotlight and forget everything. We want to prove ourselves and we are afraid of failing ourselves at the same time. There is a bunch of butterflies in our stomach, and we are not sure what they are doing.

Every person feels this differently, but we all feel it. Some have developed strategies, little rituals to do right before the show starts. Others have taught themselves to disregard anxiety's insideous comments by actively turning all their thoughts into positive ones. Some more throw themselves to the heat of the moment and trust that the sight of the audience will shatter the insecurities right away. Whatever the case, you are not alone, and by communicating with your peers, you can learn, advise, and gain the confidence to face an audience eager to hear you.

How do you deal...

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There's Still A Lot To Take From 'Success Beyond The Score' Season 1

The brand name “Success Beyond The Score” started as a podcast back in 2019. Since then, it grew into the this website full of different resources for emerging musicians. The podcast itself has two seasons with 50 episodes in total, covering all kind of relevant topics for artists who want to achieve their goals in the music industry.

Usually, people stick to the latest content of shows that have been airing for a while. In the case of the podcast "Success Beyond The Score", doing so would not be advantageous. Have you never listened to it? Or maybe you did so long ago and don't remember much? Go to episode one of the first season and start, or restart, your journey into the secrets of the industry.

If you want all the episodes with their respective info, so you can choose what to listen and in what order, you can do it in this link. Share and discuss with your colleagues, and of course, be sure to contact Millicent if you have topic...

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Are you struggling to get paid for your gigs?

Having a customer crying poverty after you've come off stage is one big nightmare for musicians who perform live as part of their profession. The best solution, meaning the one that will allow you to sleep without anxiety, is to arrange it so you're always paid beforethe gig, not after.

How can you do that? Well, I have ten tips that will help you figure it out, and I am happy to give them for free! Just go to this page and follow the steps to download the document. There, you will also find a more comprehensive booklet, called "25 Secrets of the Successful Gigging Musician, Singer, Rapper & Spoken Word Artiste" that will serve you as guide sheet in the world of music.

If you'd like more customised assistance, you can also check my coaching sessions, and if you are a woman looking for a community that supports your growth, then Time For My Music is for you.

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Why You Should Take A Break.

We live in a busy world.  Our phones keep us active, the internet cries for our attention, and then there is the demands of family, friends, work and even our music.  There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. You might even find you feel stressed.  

There are many tips, videos and blogs on the internet giving advice on how to cope with stress. I learnt the hard way how much my health was affected by working maximum hours with limited sleep, so three years ago I started to realign myself and it’s paying off. One of the things I did was to consciously plan breaks in my day and week.

A break can be a few minutes each day where you mentally come away from work. This could be looking at nature, the sky, having a short sleep, doing something creative, but not music. These things will help your brain, which in this regard is like a muscle, to rest, relax and recover, renewing you to do your next job. 

A break can be moments taken to...

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