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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

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


This second edition of Beyond Talent provides user-friendly real-life advice, examples, and perspectives on how to further a career in music. Understanding the unique talents and training of musicians, veteran music career counselor Angela Myles Beeching presents a wealth of creative solutions for career advancement in the highly competitive music industry. Step-by-step instructions detail how to design promotional materials, book performances, network and access resources and assistance, jump start a stalled career, and expand your employment opportunities while remaining true to your music. Beeching untangles artist management and the recording industry, explains how to find and create performance opportunities, and provides guidance on grant writing and fundraising, day jobs, freelancing, and how to manage money, time, and stress. The companion website puts numerous up-to-date and useful internet resources at your fingertips. This essential handbook goes beyond the usual "how-to," helping musicians tackle the core questions about career goals, and create a meaningful life as a professional musician. 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)

Angela Myles Beeching has advised hundreds of emerging and professional musicians on the entire range of career issues that artists face. She loves this work, helping people create their own successful career paths. Her experience includes directing the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at Manhattan School of Music, as well as directing career development programs at New England Conservatory and at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

A Fulbright Scholar and Harriet Hale Woolley grant recipient, Ms. Beeching holds a doctorate in cello performance from SUNY Stony Brook and received fellowships at Tanglewood and the Banff Centre. Ms. Beeching later held cello faculty positions at California State University, Fresno, and at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.

A leader in the field of music career development, Ms. Beeching co-founded the Network of Music Career Development Officers, the international organization dedicated to the field. Ms. Beeching's articles have appeared in Inside Arts, Classical Singer, and Chamber Music magazines. She has presented career workshops for many music schools, including Eastman, Peabody, Colburn, and Oberlin Conservatories. She has been a guest speaker at conferences for the National Association of Schools of Music, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Classical Singer, Chamber Music America, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Ms. Beeching's workshop presentation topics include:
· Music Entrepreneurship De-Mystified
· Career Strategies for Musicians
· Time Management & Effective Practice
· Grantwriting for Musicians
· Fundraising for Music Projects
· How to Write a Great Bio
· Job Search Skills for Musicians and Arts Administrators
· Managing Your Creative Projects
· Networking Made Easy
If you have a question for Angela, visit her website at www.angelabeeching.com or email her at: solutions@angelabeeching.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