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Keith Mills, founder of the Finish More Music system, reveals the creative strategies and mindsets he teaches to thousands of music producers so you can write more and better music, ready to release and share with the world. Discover workflow hacks to speed up your writing process, mindset approaches to overcome avoidance, procrastination and perfectionism, and compositional techniques to help you take your underground dance music productions to the next level.
 
The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.
 
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When you look at top producers in their studios, it’s easy to get envious of their seemingly unlimited time, energy and resources to commit to their craft. And while there’s lots of reasons why some people succeed and some fall short, one thing is for sure… We’ve all got the same 24 hours in a day - it’s what you do with them that counts.Now you mi…
 
Often when I interview studio owners, there’s one specific element of their business that I want to highlight and delve into, but I’ve gotten to know today’s guest over the last year or so and there were so many big and little things about the way they run their studio that are really cool and I wanted you to hear about. We’ll touch on a lot of dif…
 
Whether you’re at the start of your music production journey or you’ve had years of experience already, the endless amount of things to learn, tools to use and creative directions to take can be incredibly exciting... New gear, new plugins, new sample packs, new trends, old trends, new tutorials, new platforms, new possibilities, the list goes on! …
 
Business Building 101 is starting January 18! Join this live cohort by registering for the course at musicstudiostartup.com/courses Happy new year! As I ease back into my regular routine, I’m popping in today with a quick announcement and a mini podcast interview. First, the announcement. As I mentioned in previous weeks, I’ll be bringing another l…
 
It’s the first show of 2021 and I’m kicking it off with a subject that I’m incredibly passionate about, but first I’m asking you to do one thing...Slow down.When it comes to your music and your creativity, it’s easy to want to progress quickly and race through to the next milestone. Who doesn't, right?But by trying to get there in a hurry, you ofte…
 
It’s the last show of 2020, which means it’s the perfect time to look back and reflect as we approach the year to come.And with the end of the year often comes New Year’s resolutions, where we decide what to leave behind, and what we’re going to be changing in our lives for the better.But today we're going to be talking about the seemingly small th…
 
Business Building 101 will be back in January! Join this live cohort by registering for the course at musicstudiostartup.com/courses What a year it’s been. It’s been hard in big, life-altering ways and in incredibly mundane ways. This year, more than usual, I’m looking forward to the symbolically fresh start and optimism that a new year brings. Wit…
 
If you’ve ever tried your hand at learning something new, I’m sure you’ve heard of the “comfort zone” before, and how you should be getting out of it.But what does that actually mean? The comfort zone is a psychological space where your activities and behaviours fit a pattern that minimises stress and risk. Put simply, staying in your comfort zone …
 
You might already be cringing at the title to this episode, so first a little background. Jason and I are both alumni of an entrepreneurial training program called College Works Painting. My time in this program was hugely influential in my life and career and it’s where I got my first taste of sales training. I am constantly drawing on my sales ex…
 
As artists, our quest to discover, harness, and share our creativity is ongoing. Our ability to learn new ideas and learn new ways of thinking is central to our development, and defines the quality of our output at every stage in our journey.That’s why this week I’m doing something a little different, inviting a special guest to the show who is an …
 
BIG NEWS! Business Building 101 will be back in 2021 with another live cohort! Check out musicstudiostartup.com/courses to enroll. Today I’m talking to a piano teacher who is in the early stages of transitioning his private studio into a multi-teacher studio. In order to be sustainable, there are some foundational things that have to change to when…
 
This week we’re talking about one small thing that can make a HUGE difference to whether you succeed in music or whether you fall short - showing gratitude. While it may sound simple, it’s one of *the most powerful* things that you can do to positively impact your journey as a creative, and the results can be profound.So in this week’s episode I’m …
 
A couple of weeks ago I aired an episode with Ryan Benthall about different lead generation platforms like TakeLessons.com and Thumbtack. After hearing Ryan talk about the different platforms and the business models behind them, my economics nerd radar was buzzing. This was a perfect illustration of incentives and how they influence consumer and bu…
 
Like it or not, social media has an enormous presence in our lives - we are more connected than we ever have been, yet we are more polarized than ever. And for music producers it’s become an increasingly important tool to get your music heard, and it’s very rare to find success with no online presence at all. But with that being said, what you put …
 
As music producers we can sometimes feel like everything is going against us - creative challenges, writer’s block, no inspiration - all the things that slowly bring us down and make us want to give up. But there’s one thing that prolific creatives always rely on to keep them going when the going gets tough... a reason why. A strong, personal purpo…
 
I get a lot of questions about online platforms like TakeLessons.com and Thumbtack, that connect teachers with students. I haven’t used these platforms myself, but after Allie Tyler mentioned in our interview a couple of weeks ago how she used Thumbtack to build her studio, I wanted to investigate further. When I met a teacher who had firsthand exp…
 
We’re back for a very special episode of the Finish More Music Podcast, where this week I’m delighted to be joined once again by Matthew Benjamin, (AKA Bushwacka!), and his partner Belinda Matwali. I’ve got them on the show because I heard about their brand new concept which harnesses the joint power of therapy and meditation to help creatives over…
 
Today, on what happens to be Veteran’s Day in the US, I’m honored to be talking to a Vietnam Veteran and guitar teacher for a non-profit organization that aims to brighten the lives of veterans who suffer from physical and mental wounds from their times of service. You’ll hear about how their mission is shaped by those they serve, how they raise fu…
 
Today we’re going to be talking about one of the BIGGEST lies that we can tell ourselves - that filling every single hour of our day with productive work is the only way to get the most done.We often hear tales of successful people who have got to where they are today through relentlessly working, being endlessly busy, and surviving off a minimal a…
 
As I prep and schedule this podcast episode, it’s still October, but if you listen to it on the day it comes out, it’s the day after the presidential election in the U.S. It’s been quite a year. Stress levels have been high. And I thought we might just need a little humor this week. So I’m rebroadcasting an episode I aired back in April. I’ve got t…
 
Today we’re talking about the curse of overthinking, of getting stuck in your head, dragging yourself down, and seeing no progress with your music.If that sounds menacing, well, it is. Because the lack of progress and constant exhaustion caused by the never ending mental gymnastics not only affects your music, but your day-to-day life and the peopl…
 
We cover a range of topics in today’s episode: everything from branding and marketing, to starting a new studio in a new state, to building a business model that prioritizes flexible time and passive income. Allie talks about how a year of traveling and living in a van gave her clarity on her values as a teacher and entrepreneur and how she gradual…
 
It’s the final instalment of our special case study series here on the Finish More Music Podcast, and I can think of no one better than today’s guest, Tom Schippers, to round off what’s been an incredible month on the show! Like most aspiring music producers, Tom had been passionate about music his entire life, but when it came to producing he just…
 
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about fiscal sponsorship as a way of launching a foundation or community-oriented project without having to set up an official non-profit organization. Today we’re shifting gears and I’m interviewing the executive director of a more traditional 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This foundation has …
 
This week on the Finish More Music Podcast we’re doing something a little different: I’ve asked the members of Finish More Music to share the ONE thing that’s been transformational for them as a music producer. And what’s come out of it is astonishing… A whole bunch of open, honest, and heartfelt stories told straight from the heart of the FMM comm…
 
We’re back for another special case study edition of the Finish More Music Podcast, where this week I’m joined by a rising star of the FMM community - Justin Hancock. I brought Justin on the show because he exemplifies just how much you can achieve in such a short space of time, even in the face of a hectic schedule outside of the studio. In short,…
 
In last week’s episode, we got a great introduction to the concept of fiscal sponsorship from the San Francisco Study Center. Today, I’m talking to a world-renowned bass player, Terry Miller, who has used the fiscal sponsorship model to start a foundation that brings music to kids, both locally and globally. Terry is joined by the head of the board…
 
First things first. The fact that you’re reading this means that you’re serious about your music. Whether you’re a DJ that wants to start playing your own tracks, or you’re a producer that wants to see your idols dropping your music, taking your music seriously is something that so many of us share. And it’s all in your reach - we all have the crea…
 
It’s another special edition of the Finish More Music Podcast this week, where I’m shining a light on another outstanding member of the FMM community. Riigs, AKA Mark Allin, left behind a jet-setting corporate career to pursue his dream of becoming a music producer... But as is the same with many new producers, Mark was crippled by the embarrassmen…
 
I often hear from music teachers who have aspirations to start nonprofit organizations or to have a non-profit component of their music schools. Their ideas are noble and awesome, but sometimes they never get very far off the ground because of the complexities that come with starting and maintaining an official tax-exempt organization, or 501(c)3, …
 
We all want to accomplish new and exciting things with our music. And we all want to be proud of what we create and share what lights us up the most. Yet so many people keep doing the same thing over and over and over, and wonder why they aren’t getting the results they want. Sometimes we live life expecting things to just drop out of the sky for u…
 
We’re back for another special case study edition of the Finish More Music podcast, this week with Kris Brown, AKA Four Candles! Kris is without question one of the most dedicated and committed members of the FMM community, but his journey has been far from plain sailing. Starting off with just a keyboard and a wish to create the music he loved, Kr…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a music school in the Boston area who started by teaching guitar out of her spare bedroom and now has a school with three commercial locations and a staff of over 30 teachers serving more than 500 students. We talk a lot about finances in the conversation. More specifically, how Lauren decided when to bootstrap and…
 
Time - it’s something that’s all around us, is always with us, and something that can easily run away from us. Or at least that’s what lots of people think. “I haven’t got the time to do this”, “I’m too old to start now”. These are the sort of self-fulfilling beliefs that continue to hold so many people back. Every top music producer has an arsenal…
 
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