In today's world of art and music, we've come to a point where we've essentially decided, "If it's isn't commercially viable, then it isn't valuable." Basically, art and music now gets funded because it has a commercial aspect to it. So if you can turn it into a product like a CD or TV show and people like it enough, then you can create it. If not, you're out of luck. But we have an opportunity to change that by becoming individual patrons of the arts. If we each give a little but we all do it, we can help to create amazing things.
I know you want a manager. And I know it's all overwhelming. It really is. There's too much stuff and you don't really know what to do or what not to do. And even when you know that, there's a good chance you have no clue how to actually do a lot of it. Music is a ridiculously complicated business. And there are a million great reasons to want a manager but there probably aren't a lot of reasons for a manager to want you.
Have you heard Norah Jones' Little Broken Hearts yet? Personally, I'm digging it. But whatever you think of the music, you need to show Ms. Jones some serious respect.
I just stumbled across my own Facebook post from January 9th about this Walk Off The Earth video. At the time, I noted that it had an amazing 4.5 million views. Now here we are, a little over three months later and the video has an astounding 93 MILLION views. And oddly enough, that's not even the biggest part of the story.
I hear it again and again. "I really love what you do and I think it would be great. Once we get a little further down the line, I'd love to talk to you again about working together." Would you tell an architect that you "want to go ahead and get the foundation and framing done" and then bring her in? Nope. Because all she's going to do is tell you that you built a crappy foundation and you need to start over. Same with building a career. If you're getting strategy and planning help, get it up front.