Music Publishing Podcast

Nuts and bolts discussions on the business and practical aspects of being a composer in the 21st century, with host Dennis Tobenski.
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Nov 28, 2016

Jay Venute is the wit and talent behind Jerk Birds and the webcomic Doodle Park. He’s also a very close friend, a regular listener to the show despite not being a musician, and a constant sounding board for my myriad harebrained ideas.

This week, we commemorate the six month anniversary of the show by talking about how it came to be, the trials and tribulations of all the behind-the-scenes machinations, and the various lessons I’ve learned along the way.

We also spend time talking about our artistic common ground, showing appreciation, support systems, and the importance of being publicly vulnerable.

Jerk Birds
Doodle Park
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Freelancer’s Survival Guide
The Portfolio Composer
Garrett Hope

Nov 14, 2016

Angela Myles Beeching, author of the well-known book Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music, has created and run entrepreneurship programs in a number of major music schools throughout the country, and now is a full-time career consultant for working musicians.

This week, she joins me to talk about her work with musicians, and some tips for composers and performers.

Also, Angela has made a very generous offer to the MPP community: between now and December 14, 2016, she is offering a free 30-minute career consultation! Just email her at, and mention that you heard her here.

During the course of our conversation, we touched on:

  • The perceptions of entrepreneurship
  • Using entrepreneurial skills appropriately
  • Teaching the entrepreneurial “mentality” vs. concrete skills
  • Listening to your critical voice
  • Time management
  • Setting up creative blocks
  • Forming habits
  • Setting a pre-creative ritual
  • Minimizing distractions during creative time
  • Being in a space conducive to writing
  • Setting regular creative habits
  • Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art
  • Describing your music
  • Angela’s generous offer to MPP listeners
  • Going to conferences
  • The Chamber Music America national conference

Angela Myles Beeching
Beyond Talent
Steven Pressfield: The War of Art
New Music Box: You Need a Better Bio
“Inside Morton’s Head”: Morton Gould on the creative process
“Success & Legacy”
“Five Productivity Hacks”

Nov 7, 2016

Trudy Chan has had a multifaceted career in music. The former Senior Manager of Promotion at Boosey & Hawkes, Trudy now heads her own boutique composer management company, and works as a collaborative pianist, most notably as one half of the Cheah Chan Duo, which puts on six concerts of art song and piano music each season.

Trudy and I have been friends for years, and we’ve had the pleasure of performing together several times.

During the course of our conversation, we touched on:

  • Friendship as the basis for working relationships
  • Working for a traditional publisher
  • Approaching performers and ensembles
  • Doing your research
  • The Virtue of Patience
  • Being judicious in mailing materials
  • Preparing for conferences
  • The importance of showing up
  • The dance of building relationships
  • Business partners
  • Some advantages and disadvantages of traditional publishing
  • Submission tips
  • Program notes
  • Follow-up emails
  • Black Tea Music
  • The differences between promotion and publicity

Black Tea Music
Cheah Chan Duo