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Beyond Talent

Creating a Successful Career in Music

Second Edition

Angela Myles Beeching

Publication Date - November 2010

ISBN: 9780195382594

400 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $21.95

A newly expanded edition of the practical career guide that quickly became a favorite among students, professionals, and emerging musicians alike


The first edition of Beyond Talent quickly became a favorite among classical and jazz musicians, and has been used in courses at scores of conservatories and universities. This expanded second edition provides updated user-friendly advice, inspiring examples, and practical tools to advance a career in music. Packed with new tips and resources, Beyond Talent now covers everything from social networking tools, to commissioning, branding, and online fundraising, as well as tips on staying motivated, assessing one's strengths and weaknesses, and managing time, money, and stress.

Loaded with new sidebar profiles from entrepreneurial musicians, artist managers, and concert presenters, the new edition balances warmth and candor with straightforward advice on developing and sustaining a meaningful life in music. Beyond Talent is the ideal companion for students and professionals, emerging musicians and mid-career artists.

New to this Edition

  • Includes companion website with immediate access to online resources


  • The most comprehensive music career guide available
  • Packed with real-life examples of musicians creating their own niches and entrepreneurial careers
  • Written by a musician and veteran music career counselor

About the Author(s)

A leader in the field of music career development, Angela Myles Beeching has advised hundreds of musicians, successfully coaching them on ways to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into successful projects and career paths. The former director of the New England Conservatory Career Services Center, Angela is director of the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at Manhattan School of Music and a consultant to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her articles have appeared in Classical Singer, Inside Arts, and Chamber Music magazines. In demand as a speaker, Ms. Beeching has presented at conferences for the National Association of Schools of Music, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Ms. Beeching maintains a thriving consulting practice and can be reached through her website: BeyondTalentConsulting.com.


"This book can serve as an excellent resource for faculty who advise undergraduate music students coming to the end of their time in college as well as for arts management faculty who have musician entrepreneurs among their student body. Further, the book is a valuable call from the field, reminding arts administrators and arts administration educators about the current state of the artistic job market and how artists might be supported by our programs, institutions of higher learning, and arts organizations." --The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society

"Starting with her love of music and years of experience in both academia and the real world, Angela Myles Beeching has written a book full of inspiring yet practical lessons for performing musicians--a kind of workbook for a life in music." --Charlotte Schroeder, President, Colbert Artists Management

"Beyond Talent is like the ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician. Packed with savvy insights, sage advice, practical ideas and inspiring examples, this omprehensive guide delivers the tools to navigate a successful path in music no matter where it might lead." --Phillip Ying, Violist, Ying Quartet; Associate Professor, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; former President, Chamber Music America

"Beyond Talent is a wonderfully helpful book for the professional future of any young musician. Beeching writes clearly and comprehensively. Her book is a must for the library of any professional musician." --Robert Freeman, Dean, College of Fine Arts, the University of Texas at Austin

"Authoritative, informative and comprehensive books about the 'classical' music industry are rare and to be prized when they appear. [This] is just such a book. And is consequently to be valued...The tone, manner of delivery, layout, comprehensiveness, accuracy, appropriateness, common sense, wisdom and up-to-date nature of Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music, not to mention its very reasonable price, make this as near definitive a winner as there is." --Classical.net

"Beyond Talent provides a much-needed update and will undoubtedly become the new classic in years to come. Beeching's book is extremely helpful, comprehensive, generous, and insightful. I give it my top four-reed rating, all of them suitable for a Carnegie Hall recital." --Michèle Gingras, The Clarinet

"Convenient to use as a textbook for a one-semester course on career planning...Beyond Talent fills a gaping hole, as it provides excellent material that is difficult to find in other sources...This new edition of Beyond Talent is highly recommended for all libraries that support classical and jazz studies." --Canadian Association of Music Libraries Review

Table of Contents

    Prelude to Revised Edition

    #1: Mapping Success in Music
    #2: Making Connections: Schmoozing for Success
    #3: Building Your Image: Creating Promotional Materials that Work
    #4: Expanding Your Impact: Making Recordings
    #5: Building Your On-line Community: Social Networking, the Web, and You
    Interlude: The Fundamental Questions
    #6: Booking Concerts like a Pro
    #7: Building Your Reputation, Growing Your Audience
    #8: Connecting with Audiences: Residency, Educational, and Community Programming
    #9: Performing At Your Best
    #10: Managing Your Freelance Gigs
    # 11: Balancing Life: Managing Time and Money
    #12: Raising Money for Music Projects
    #13: Getting It Together: Your Career Package
    Postlude: Confessions of a Career Counselor

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