It turns out that just about every audience loves to learn something while they’re being entertained.
In today’s Educate and Entertain article, I’m going to explain how making this shift has allowed me to literally write my own rules in terms of the types of gigs I do (and don’t do), what I charge, how often I travel, how far, how long my gigs last, and more.
I realize it sounds a bit pretentious to say “educate your audience,” as if somehow they are uneducated before they arrive at your performance.
I don’t mean it that way at all.
What I mean is that separate from your artform, you probably have some really specialized and interesting knowledge around one or more topics that you’re passionate about.
The day I started to combine some informative, “enlightening” content with my musical performances is the day my career changed permanently, and for the better.
"You need to read this article. I thought it was helpful and had to share this with everything. There are some incredible ways to reach audiences in this article." - S. Pena Young
Feel like writing an opera is only for big name composers with big budgets? Or are you willing to take the plunge and create a work in one of the most compelling and cutting edge musical forms...an opera?
Almost two years ago I embarked on the largest musical production I have created to date - Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. After writing the award-winning Creation Oratorio and dozens of multimedia works, I wanted to combine my love of the audio and the visual into a single large scale work.
Find a Great Dramatic Story You need a strong story to write a compelling opera. Fortunately you can easily borrow from thousands of public domain works and modernize them. Think of West Side Story (just a contemporary version of Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet). Many great operas use Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm, and Biblical stories, all of which include interesting characters, strong themes, and action. Libertaria borrows heavily from messianic stories, but is set in the future and changed…
Sheet Music (Photo credit: jayneandd)Awhile ago I decided that I would upload the bulk of my music scores and sheet music to sites like Scribd, the Petrucci Music Library, and Archive.org for free sheet music downloads. Some musicians told me that it was ridiculous to give away my music. The truth is that I don't depend on music publishing sales of my scores, and I would rather inspire a young piano student, percussion ensemble, opera singer, grandma, bored music student, or music teacher to play and study my music than hold on tight to my copyrights and let my music scores collect virtual dust on my hard drive.
The Petrucci Library, Scribd, and Archive.org all have dozens of free music scores available for choir, vocal solos, piano, percussion, orchestra, opera, multimedia works, and more. You can see a short list of available free sheet music by checking out the Scores page.