Panel Discussion: How Music Makes Money

Join me on December 10th, at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC, for a panel discussion on the modern music business. I will be joined by professionals in entertainment and intellectual property law, music publishing and rights management, crowd funding, and marketing. The event is free and open to the public.

Here are the details:

The Parsons Institute for Intellectual Property (PiiP) announces an evening panel presentation of industry professionals discussing how music makes money now. Since the advent of digitized music, the methods of making, using, and delivering music have grown exponentially. As a result, many royalty revenue streams and creative ways of monetizing music have emerged. The ways in which music is now marketed, bundled, downloaded, streamed, and otherwise used has resulted in many opportunities and challenges, and have kept legislation and business practices moving at an accelerated pace to keep up. Payments have changed considerably since the heyday of record royalties, making it more important than ever to understand how the new licensing, !nancing, and payment models affect the income of music creators.

If you want to understand what’s happening in the music business today, join us:

On: December 10th, 6:00 to 9:00
At: Parsons The New School for Design, Teresa Lang Center, Mezzanine Level, 55 W. 13th Street.

Panelists include:

Barry Heyman, Esq., Heyman Law
Founder and principal attorney of this boutique law firm, Heyman has been practicing entertainment, intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks), and new media law for over a decade. He also has 10+ years experience working in the music and entertainment business. Heyman protects the legal interests and intellectual property rights of creative talent and businesses. Learn more at

Bill Stafford, Co-Founder, Missing Link Music
Missing Link Music is an independent music publishing company that specializes in the publishing and rights management of modern music ranging from urban, jazz, and gospel, to bluegrass. Founded in 1996, Missing Link represents its writer, artist, and producer clients on a worldwide basis through its sub-publisher affiliates abroad.

Kendel Ratley, Director, Marketing and Outreach, Kickstarter
Ratley focuses on implementing Kickstarter’s mission in the real world via events, community relations, and helping artists conceptualize projects. She has spent a decade marketing NYC music and tech start-ups. She previously served as Marketing Director of (Le) Poisson Rouge, a multimedia arts space in Greenwich Village, overseeing promotion and publicity for hundreds of creative events annually. She has toured with bands and consulted live event and digital music launches. She graduated from New School University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Cameron Mizell, Musician & Co-Founder,
Mizell is a Brooklyn based freelance musician and online musician’s advocate who knows how to straddle the divide between music and business. As an artist, Mizell leads his own jazz/funk trio and released Tributary, his third album, in 2010. He is also a busy sideman, playing guitar, mandolin, and bass in NYC clubs, restaurants and theatres. Before becoming a full-time musician, Mizell had a gig of a different sort as head of production at the Universal Music Group subsidiary Verve Music Group. In 2008, Mizell decided to combine his knowledge of the industry with his understanding of life as a musician and together with Dave Hahn, Mizell founded the website, which offers music industry advice speci!cally geared towards the working musician. Learn more at


Michelle Bogre, Esq. Associate Professor and Founder of the Parsons Institute for Intellectual Property (PiiP) at Parsons The New School for Design. Bogre is a documentary photographer, IP lawyer and author of Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change, published by Focal Press.

Master Classes for Music Directors, June 25th in New York City

On June 25th I’ll be organizing and moderating an afternoon of master classes for music directors in the theatre industry.

  • Joe Church (original music director of Lion King, now conducting at Sister Act) will lead a session on piano conducting
  • Jeff Marder (synth programmer for 3 shows on Broadway this season) will discuss music technology and synth programming
  • Sonny Paladino (Assistant Conductor on this season’s revival of Jesus Christ Superstar) will talk about breaking down grooves and playing different musical styles for theatre

Everyone is welcome to attend. Classes cost $45/each or $100 for the whole day, payable through EventBrite (EventBrite adds an additional transaction fee).

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Full class descriptions are below. I’d be very glad to see all of our music director readers at the event!

Conducting from the Piano

Instructor: Joseph Church (Music Director: The Lion King, The Who’s Tommy, Associate Conductor: In the Heights; Assistant Conductor: Sister Act)

This class will examine skills and circumstances peculiar to conducting a stage show from the piano, covering both scores written for a piano/conductor and orchestra reductions. The focus will be communicating a maximum of information with a minimum of gesture. Techniques of conducting with the hands, the head, and with breath and facial expression will be demonstrated and analyzed. Issues of audio and video monitoring will also be discussed. The format of the master class will be a short presentation, followed by an opportunity for attendees to play and conduct with the presenter’s feedback.

Time: June 25th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: $45

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Music Technology for the Theatre – A Guide to What Music Directors Need to Know

Instructor: Jeff Marder (Synth Programmer: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Newsies, Leap of Faith; Associate Conductor: Guys and Dolls, Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Assistant Conductor: Leap of Faith)

In this workshop we will focus on synthesizer programming and will give an overview of the synth programming technology commonly in use at the present time. Participants will learn the basics of what the various pieces of hardware and software are used for, in addition to gaining a greater understanding of how these things affect the sound of a show. Also covered, but with a lesser emphasis, will be the role of sound design. This workshop is not intended to be a tutorial in the use of these various technologies, but rather a guide to what music directors need to know to effectively interact with the synthesizer programming and sound design in order to facilitate a seamless collaborative process.

Time: June 25th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Cost: $45

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Styles at Play

June 25th from 4:45pm to 6:45pm
Instructor: Sonny Paladino (Music Supervisor: High School Musical (Milan/Italy Tour); Assistant Conductor: Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease)

Musical Theatre today is not what it used to be. For the first 50 years or so music for most American theatre was simple: a beautiful melody, some interesting chord changes, and you were set. The rhythm was decided: either it had a two-feel or it was a sweeping ballad. Today musical theatre music embraces so many different styles of music. So how does one master all these styles? One show we’re playing 60’s Soul, the next show we’re steeped in Disco, next thing you know we’re groovin’ to salsa, and what’s that Hip-Hop!? Styles At Play will help you discover different approaches to getting down to the essential elements of the styles at play within the play. We will look at ways to break down different styles to find what actually makes them groove. After this class you will be prepared for whatever show and whatever ever style comes your way!

Time: June 25th from 4:45pm to 6:45pm
Cost: $45

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NYC Meet-Up Scheduled for December 15th and the Theatre Music Directors Facebook Group are organizing a meet-up in Manhattan on December 15th.

All musicians are invited and encouraged to RSVP at the Facebook invite here:

Bring your musicians friends, meet new musicians friends and have a beer. MusicianWages co-founders Cameron Mizell and Dave Hahn will be in attendance, as well as special guest Steve Sensenig, Resident Music Director of the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA.

We hope to see you there!

Reminder: Scholarship Applications Due by Midnight Tonight

If you are interested in applying for the Scholarship for Music Director Training, please note that applications will only be accepted until midnight tonight (9/6/2011). We will be announcing the scholarship winner on our Facebook page on Friday.

The scholarship pays for one music director to attend the Weekend Intensive Music Director Training Program in New York City, September 16-18. More details and the application form are at this link.

We wish the best of luck to all of our applicants. Also, don’t forget the Music Director Meet-ups in Chicago and New York City on September 25th.

Another Giveaway!

Did you win our MOO business card giveaway? Check out our Facebook page to see if you are one of our winners.

Didn’t win? Never fear, another giveaway is near.

Next week we’ll be giving away free, premium websites from In fact – we’ll be giving away 1 website (a $130 value) everyday, Monday through Friday.

5 chances to win – and the contest will be different this time. Visit the site on Monday, or (hint hint) follow us on Twitter to get the details.

In the meantime, check out and we’ll see you on Monday!

Don’t Forget! Enter To Win 100 Free Business Cards

Entries are still being accepted for our first giveaway. The winners will be announced tomorrow on our Facebook page.

Three of our readers will each win a set of 100 business cards. For a chance to win, answer this question:

If you could have a line from any song on the back of your business card, what would it be?

Visit the contest page and leave your answer in the comments:

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The Scholarship for Music Director Training is pleased to announce a new opportunity for music directors in the theater industry.

The Scholarship for Music Director Training, co-sponsored by Singing Onstage Productions, pays for one music director to attend the Weekend Intensive Music Director Training Program, September 16-18, 2011, in New York City.

Applications will be accepted until midnight on September 6, 2011. The winning candidate will be announced on our Facebook page on September 9th.


The Weekend Intensive Music Director Training Program
Offered by Singing Onstage Productions


Friday, September 16 6-10pm
Saturday, September 17 10am-6pm
Sunday, September 18 1-5pm


Davenport Studio
250 W. 49th St., Suite 302
New York, NY 10019

Course Description:

A weekend-long training program for music directors in the theatre industry. The program is designed for those who already play piano, but need further training in vocal technique, piano-conducting, musical theatre history and other skills needed by professional music directors.

Participants will attend panel discussions featuring:

  • David Chase, Music Director of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliott
  • Henry Aronson – Music Director of Rock of Ages
  • Michael Starobin – Orchestrator of Sunday in the Park with George, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Eric Stern – Music Director of Xanadu, Candide, Parade
  • Adam Gwon – Composer of Ordinary Days
  • Anna Jacobs – Composer of POP!
  • Mary Saunders – Voice teacher
  • Michael Roderick – Producer of Scottsboro Boys

For more information, visit the Singing Onstage Productions website.

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship, please fill in the form below and be sure to include your resume. Applications will be accepted until midnight on September 6, 2011.

The selection panel includes:

  • David Chase, Music Director of Billy Elliott and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • David J. Hahn, Co-founder of and Associate Conductor of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • Richard Biever, Artistic Director of Singing Onstage Productions
  • Greg Santos, Producer of Singing Onstage Productions

Again, the winning candidate will be announced on September 9th on the Facebook Page.

Application Form

Music Director Meet-Ups Scheduled in Chicago, NYC for Sept. 25th, the Yahoo Theatre Music Directors Group & the Facebook Theatre Music Directors Group are organizing a 2-city meet-up for music directors in the theatre industry.

If you are a music director, or if you are looking for a music director for your project, please come out to one of our meet-ups in Chicago or New York City on September 25th at 8pm. Have a beer and network with colleagues and friends.


New York City Music Director Meet-Up
When: September 25th, 2011 at 8pm
Where: Valhalla Beer Garden, 815 9th Ave. (at 54th St.)
Please RSVP: NYC Facebook Event

Chicago Music Director Meet-Up
When: September 25th, 2011 at 8pm
Where: Four Moon Tavern, 1847 West Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60657-1027
Please RSVP: Chicago Facebook Event

Further Resources

As always, music directors are encouraged to use these resources to learn more about music directing, follow trends, find jobs and to connect with other music directors:

Music Director Jobs Board: Find and apply for music directing jobs
Yahoo Email List:  Ask questions in this private email list for music directors
Twitter: Network in a fun way with other MDs @MusicTheatreMD
Facebook: Find and post articles, videos and jobs
YouTube: Find all video interviews of music directors in one spot

NYC Drummer Meet-up Recap

Drummers Dave Jolley (left) and Josh Samuels pose for a photo with MW co-founder Dave Hahn and reed player Mike Livingston

Thank you to NYC drummer Jeremy Yaddaw for helping organize our drummer meet-up last night (6/12/2001) in Manhattan. We had a great turnout to the event and everyone made some new friends. Find photos, tag yourself and join the community at our Facebook page.

Are you interested in organizing a meet-up in your city? It’s a great excuse to get together with like-minded musicians and make some friends. Pick a date and a location and we’ll help you promote it.

Music Director Meet-Up, 5/22 in New York, NY

Thanks to all the music directors that came out to our meet-up in Manhattan last night. There was a great turn out – 20-25 music directors met for drinks and conversation in the Manhattan theatre district. Find photos at the Theatre Music Director Facebook Group.

Are you interested in organizing a musician meet-up in your city? All you have to do is pick a place and a time – let us know and we’ll help you promote the event.

Further Resources for Music Directors hosts a job board for regional theatre companies seeking music directors. If you are interested in these kinds of jobs you should bookmark that page, visit often and subscribe to it’s RSS feed.

The page is moderated by Geraldine Boyer-Cussac (twitter: @MusicTheatreMD). Theatre companies are encouraged to use this resource.

Music Director Groups

Yahoo email list: Ask questions to MDs in this private email list where only MDs are allowed in

Twitter: Network in a fun way with other MDs @MusicTheatreMD

Facebook: Find and post articles, videos and jobs

NYC Music Director Meet-Up – May 22, 2011

If you read Dave’s recent series on becoming a Broadway musician then you know how important building community and meeting other music directors was for him.

Time for Another Meet-Up

It’s been a little over a year since the last music director meet-up in New York, so it’s that time again. Thanks to Tom Cuffari for organizing the event and Geraldine Boyer-Cussac for helping spread the word.

If you are a music director for theater productions, come out for a drink.


Where: Valhalla Bar, 815 9th Ave. (at 54th)
When: Sunday, May 22nd at 8pm

Please RSVP on the Facebook invite if you plan to attend: