Music Business 102: Booking and Networking

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by Jourdan Hines
Tuesday, May 9, 7:30-9pm
Age: High school and adults

​Booking gigs is not for the faint of heart or slacker. It takes dedication, organization, communication, and needs to be done in a professional manner. Booking gigs is about networking, building business relationships, and staying involved with your local community.

The second class of the MMF Music Business series focuses on the logistics of booking gigs which includes the importance of having a great press kit, business strategy, and having amazing communication skills. You will learn how to develop your business strategy and the role that communication plays in being successful. Moreover, we will address how become involved in you local music scene because as the old saying goes, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know."

This class will be kept small (maximum of six) so all participants get individual attention on their material. Prerequisites: Having a project, band or solo act that you are working on is helpful but not required. If you don't have a current project, then you will invent a band and still go through the process.

This is the first class of a three-part series on the basics of the music business. Classes may be taken individually or as a series.
May 9 - Branding
May 16 - Booking and Networking
May 23 - Promotion and Social Media

Per Class: $38 | $34 Current Foundry Students
Entire Series: $101 | $91 Current Foundry Students

Group (two or more in the same band or student and parent)
Groups can only sign up for the entire series
$57 per group member (minimum of two)

Maximum enrollment: 6 (may be more if signing up as a group. But there will be no more than six separate projects)

Jourdan began studying music when he was just seven years old. He received an A.A.S. in Music Production from McNally Smith College of Music and a B.S. in Music Theory and Composition from UW-La Crosse. In addition to teaching privately Jourdan works as a freelance musician, recording engineer, and graphic designer. He performs regionally with a variety of groups and as a solo artist.

Teaching since 2002, Jourdan's goal is to empower each student with musical knowledge and the skills needed to be a successful musician. The path taken to achieve this goal is individualized and is based upon the student’s goals, whether it be a professional career in music or an enjoyable personal hobby to share with friends and family. He strives to make music a positive and rewarding experience that will last a lifetime. Full Bio (pdf)

Jourdan also teaches lessons on Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Live Sound Basics, and Recording & Mixing Techniques.