Getting Stuff Done
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Getting Stuff Done

Following a question about apps for time and project management, Bernhard Kerres delves into more project management considerations. The right process comes before the tools. He himself uses Daylite from Marketcircle but that’s only available on Apple platforms. Still, there are enough other tools out there that can support you

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Working Out Loud
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Together We Are Stronger

Working on selling and marketing yourself alone can be tedious. Bernhard Kerres talks about a new system he recently came across – Working Out Loud. Based on the book by John Stepper, it is the idea of four to five people working on together on their individual goals over twelve

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Play in High Streets
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Play in High Streets

In the latest Be Your Own Manager Career Podcast for Classical Musicians, Bernhard Kerres, talks about revitalizing the ailing high streets by starting to perform regularly in empty stores. More in the latest episode: Be Your Own Manager. The podcast was inspired by violinist Justina Auskelyte and her Violinist on

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Igudesman & Joo
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Differentiate Yourself

In our latest Be Your Own Manager Career Podcast for Classical Musicians, our founder, Bernhard Kerres, spoke about the importance of differentiating yourself. There are many great musicians out there, but only a few who are special. We thought it worthwhile to share a few musicians with you, whom we

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Be Your Own Manager Podcast
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The Power of a Good Story

What makes a good story and why should you think about stories? Your bio, your website, even your concert program is a story. Bernhard Kerres shares some secrets of good stories with you in our latest Be Your Own Manager Podcast. More about the podcast and the book on www.hellostage.com. You

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About Videos

In our latest career podcast for classical musicians, Bernhard Kerres talks about the different kinds of videos an artist might need. Here are some examples we like. Feel free to add more in the comments! Pianist Tanja Huppert has made a wonderful introduction to her music and herself. In the

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Career Advise

How Not to Write an Application

From time to time we get applications to perform from musicians. And while we will not share the personal details, these e-mails are a good learning experience for any musician out there. Let us go through this e-mail step by step. Subject Line: The subject line “Concert” does not mean

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Bleak Prospects for Opera Singers

The Bertelsmann Foundation introduced this week its study about career aspects for young singers in Germany. The motivation for the study is simple – the Bertelsmann Foundation is behind the Neue Stimmen competition for singers, one of the most prestigious competitions for voice. They have realized that even for their

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Friends are More Important for your Career Than your Originality

In our latest career podcast for classical musicians – Be Your Own Manager – Bernhard Kerres digs up a study about what was the most important factor in the careers of Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, and other abstract painters in the period of 1910 to 1925. Surprisingly it was not

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Meet Flutist Daniela Mars

In our latest Be Your Own Manager Podcast, Bernhard Kerres talks with flutist Daniela Mars on career issues, social media, contemporary music and more. The Brazilian-Scottish flutist Daniela Mars is not only a rising star on her instrument but also an influencer on Instagram. She shares her passion for music,

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Why play along with their system… when we can just make our own?

There’s a growing rankle in musical circles. Across the board, dissatisfaction is being voiced with what we term the ‘traditional classical music industry’. From schools and conservatoires, to international competitions, the recording industry, and much more, musicians are finding voice to express their disappointment at an industry that has largely

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Career Advise

Your First Album – an Interview with John Anderson

In today’s podcast, Bernhard Kerres speaks with John Anderson, the Founder and General Manager of Odradek Records (www.odradek-records.com). What makes Odradek so special? It is a non-for-profit label co-investing in albums together with its artists. And the project selection works anonymously via peer review. John speaks in this podcast about

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Booking in the Modern Age!

I have been blessed to book, manage, promote and perform in over 15 different countries , all with their own set of rules when it comes to booking, management and performance and one thing remains congruent – I have spoken with a lot of top players, colleagues in the booking

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Future Ready Musicians
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The Golden Age is Coming!

In his latest podcast, Bernhard Kerres, speaks with Christian Ehlers, the founder of Future Ready Musicians in Los Angeles. He started a series of carefully designed and scripted house concerts there. He helps musicians to develop a career outside the traditional concert halls believing that this will be the future

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Career Advise

A Career Podcast for You

At the beginning of this year, Bernhard Kerres started a podcast with career advise for classical musicians. It follows Bettina Mehne’s and his book, Be Your Own Manager. The podcast has already over 30 episodes! Bernhard addresses issues from cold calling, involving fans, to doing your first recording. In some

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Justina Auskelyte
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Violinist on a Bike – Meet Justina Auskelyte

An Interview with Lithuanian Violinist Justina Auskelyte who is going around on a bike in her new hometown of Malmö playing the music of Bach, Paganini and others in coffee shops, barber shops, parks etc. Hear all about Justina‘s project, “Violinist on a Bike“!

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3 REASONS MANAGERS DON’T TAKE YOU ON

Wondering how to get management? Here are some brilliant tips and a must-read for all artists! You pour your heart into your performances. You practice — even when there are a million other things you’d rather be doing. You take time to grow your network and expand your reach. But

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ON THE LIMITATIONS OF VOCAL REPERTOIRE

Photo credit: Detail from the Singing Angels. Jan van Eyck (circa 1390–1441) Wikipedia In the education and performance of classical singers, a large portion of the repertoire is basically ignored. Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque music play an insignificant role in the practice of vocalists, regardless whether they focus on

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IS IT TIME TO REWRITE ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES?

Another concert programme, another artist biography comprising a dry list of eminent teachers and mentors, concert halls performed in, orchestras and conductors worked with, recordings made and “forthcoming engagements include”. All standard information: exchange the names and the impersonal text could be used for any international virtuoso. Wouldn’t it be

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