The Chicago Music Commission is hosting an event dedicated to incorporating blogging and podcasting into a successful music career (gee, ever hear me talk about those topics before?). Sounds like a good event about a topic that will become ever more critical to the career of musicians from all styles.
Blogging Babble from Yours Truly
I’ve done several blog/podcast/musical entrepreneurship events over the past few years, most recently for the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) down at Roosevelt University. Though my blog and podcast tend to be more geared toward the classical side of things, I’ve done a lot of more general chatter about how this kind of stuff I do can benefit all musicians. It’s funny–I never set out to have a successful blog, but I now find myself with a popular music blog, a podcast (which feels like the most constructive thing I do online!), and a guy who manages a few other projects like these for different groups. In fact, I was sort of embarrassed that I had this site for a long time, but I continue to realize that life’s twists and turns can take you down the paths that you’d least expect.
My ACM talk was for a broader audience than just musician, but I also did a chat about incorporating new technologies into music careers back in the fall of 2007 for a local university plus the following talk about my book on music freelancing Road Warrior Without an Expense Account (the Keynote slides plus my chatter about the book are in the following video):
Anyway (how did I get off on that tangent?), here are the details of the blogging and podcasting talk. Sounds like an interesting evening:
A Discussion on Podcasting and Blogging
Monday March 9, 2009 5th floor Garland Room, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Blvd.
5:30 – 6:00 pm Networking session
6:00 – 7:30 pm Panel program
Music blogs have become influential in terms of breaking new music to casual listeners, other musicians and tastemakers alike. People tune in to these blogs and podcasts largely to be exposed to new bands. Are these blogs and podcasts helpful to musicians in a real, tangible way? Our panel of experts explore the issue and advise musicians on simple ways to set up and operate their own blogs and podcasts.
Moderator: Jocelyn Michelle Brown
With a Voice Like This http://withavoicelikethis.com/
Gapers’ Block http://www.gapersblock.com/transmission
Hai Karate! http://jawnholla.blogspot.com
Panzer Bebop http://greyhoos.blogspot.com/
Market Frenzy http://www.market-frenzy.com
Also, when you get a chance, check out our new blog on our recently redesigned website http://www.chicago-music.org/category/blog/
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