• U2’s Got Show
    Entertainment and more
    This band continues to define who they are and where they are going! In working with Indie Artists and with Live Music Producer Tom Jackson, I am constantly reminded about the power of the show and why we need to create moments for the audience. This is true whether you are an artist selling music Read more...
  • Finding Audience & Create Uncontested Markets
    Online and more
    I recently spoke at the Nashville City Club about Finding Audience & Creating Uncontested Markets. (Watch Video Below) Over the years, I have worked in advertising and marketing, leading turn-arounds, start-ups and companies in transition.   This presentation focuses on developing the plans and Read more...
  • Lead, Don’t Hunker Down
    and much much more, Online and more
    This is a time of opportunity, but it is not for the faint of heart. Is your organization competing in the market or is it competing internally? This last year three different organizations I was working with all had growth, refocused their efforts, tweaked their budgets and grew, all when the Read more...
  • Start with the End
    Leadership and more, Top of Mind
    Many business and entities automatically assume certain outcomes and modes of operations for their given business model because of what is considered the norm. However, buy stepping back and evaluating Revenue Model options from the beginning and working backwards leads to innovation and Read more...
  • Take 5 for Inspiration
    Entertainment and more
    The year was 1959. No one knew what was about to happen in the field of music. But jazz music was ready to take some giant steps. Six of the most popular and/or groundbreaking albums in jazz history were recorded and released for the general market that year. Among them was Dave Brubeck’s Read more...
  • Live Music Lives
    Entertainment and more
    The record labels tell us that the Music Business is failing and in decline. What they mean is the Record Label business is headed on a downward slope. As my good friend Tom Jackson claims, there is a “huge” difference! Indie artists and Live Music seem to be thriving, and it is only a Read more...
  • Ready, Set, Start-up
    Top of Mind
    If planning is essential and story is imperative, what do you do with an idea and no beginning? Entrepreneurs are those that are willing to plow ahead. They have an idea and they are able to drive through and make things happen. They still need a plan, but plans change. And a well crafted strategic Read more...
  • There’s No Whining in Music
    Entertainment and more
    A friend of mine just Facebooked, “Thinking there has to be some way to unite indies rockers.” To which I replied, “If the ants ever get together, the grasshoppers are in trouble!” There’s a dirty 4-letter word that every musician must heave to succeed: “WORK.” And the Read more...
  • Gut Check on Ethics
    Leadership and more
    I belong to a professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, which was founded in 1904 in part to promote and advance ethics in business. Over the years I served in leadership, and subsequently we have continued to wrestle with ethics in business issues. Over the last 20 years we have seen the Read more...
  • Adapting to Change
    Entertainment and more
    Clay Shirky recently wrote a great article on Cato Unbound. What he describes in the news industry is a mirror of what has happened in music. However, my take is that the “established,” which has consolidated over the last 30 years and bloated upon itself, is now decentralizing again. 30 years ago Read more...