Guest Stephen P. Brown helps musicians find the confidence to unleash spectacular performances and build a financially viable career at the same time. Music, money, and opinions cross paths in today’s episode, which will inspire you to integrate financial wellness into your musical and artistic planning.

Discussion Topics:

  • Brown discusses his background as a clarinetist and a conductor and how it led to coaching other musicians
  • The Conducting Bug
  • Business management experience gave Brown insight into what ‘everyday life’ was like for people who do not have access to classical music
  • “There’s more to music than music”
  • The faux of clapping between movements
  • Intention of composers and perfectionism in a modern era
  • What is the intention? What do you want the audience to get out of this experience?
  • Everyone spends money on things that make their lives better
  • Earning Potential
  • “We need to get people back to valuing the expertise we have as performers”
  • Music as a language of emotions not as a purely entertainment
  • Charge a high fee – get people used to paying for value
  • “If someone would deduct all the expenses of a gig upfront and then pay me, would I still take the gig?”
  • Free gigs and charity gigs
  • Flip the conversation – make your conversations about helping them!
  • Higher education was never designed to be vocational, it is not designed to show us how to do function in the real world
  • Repeat the same program (the church service model)


Categories: Podcast


Simon Parker · January 14, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Hey. Great episode. I came here looking for the details of the mentioned books. What was the first one?

    Sean Perrin · January 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Simon! I’m sorry, what was the mention I’ll try to put up a link for you.

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