This is the new book from my longtime, good friend, Ken Mansfield. Ken has one of the most diverse and amazing careers in the music industry. He ran the Beatles record label, Apple Records, and produced some of the biggest names in Country music. He worked for Capitol Records early in his career then crashed and burned in the crazy world of Rock & Roll. He found Christ’s deliverance and mercy by the time I met him in early 1980’s. We share many great memories. He’s an incredible writer so check out his new book.
Here’s a short video on our upcoming Artist Management Conference June 13 in Franklin, TN. Register here.
A couple of weeks ago, we launched a new course called, “Artistry = Music + Mastery”. Here’s a recent press release on this launch.
Find out more information on the course here.
Music Industry Veteran Michael Smith Launches Online Training Program for Music Industry Hopefuls
(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Music industry veteran Michael Smith has announced the launch of Michael Smith & Associates University (MSAU), a one-of-a-kind online training program for those seeking a full-time career in the music industry. MSAU is currently accepting enrollment for “Artistry = Mastery + Money” – a 10 part video course that kicks off this month. The enrollment period will close at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 6th.
Hosted by the 30-year music industry veteran, MSAU is designed for those seeking a career as an artist manager, as well as for artists and musicians that want a better understanding of the industry and proven tools to move themselves forward. The inaugural course, Artistry = Mastery + Money, teaches what it takes to create a successful business in the music industry and how to raise the capital to do that.
“Artistry = Mastery + Money is a how-to on succeeding in the music business,” says Smith. “This course will teach you the steps you need to take to have an honest shot at making a great living in the music business. That’s what this course is about.”
Smith knows a little about building a successful career in the music industry. Over the past few decades, he has skillfully helped shape the careers of numerous artists in Christian and Country music, including Restless Heart, Jaci Velasquez, Salvador, Chonda Pierce, Yancy, Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, Go Fish, comedian Brad Stine and more.
“I truly believe this is the best place to start,” says Smith. “If you don’t find Artistry = Mastery + Money to be worth the investment, just let me know. I’ll pay you back. That’s how much I believe in it.”
To enroll or for more information, CLICK HERE.
Several months ago a ministry known as World Mission contacted me to help them assemble a team of Christian music artists to help with one of the most incredible ministry tools I have ever seen.
While I have always financially and prayerfully supported missionary work in Third World Countries, I have never been directly involved with mission work. And then God revealed The Treasure to me. Nothing has ever moved me so powerfully.
Manufactured on the Sea of Galilee, The Treasure is a field-tested solid-state digital audio Bible! The unit, which fits in the palm of your hand, has a built in solar panel with rechargeable batteries. It is very portable and lightweight at just 2.5″ x 4″ x 0.75″. Headphones and A/C adapter are optional.
The Treasure can literally go anywhere, and has been to rain forests, deserts, mountains and islands! It is practical for any country and climate.
The best part of The Treasure has nothing to do with its impressive physical attributes, but rather the content of what gets placed on its internal memory. To use layman’s terms—it is what’s under the hood that makes it so powerful. Each unit can hold more than 60 hours of audio material.
We currently have over 185 New Testaments recorded in an audio format that can be placed on The Treasures. Along with our partners we are adding new, fully recorded New Testament languages every month!
World Mission has access to around 5,000 languages. More than 200 languages have an entire New Testament available. As requests come in, more and more languages are being readied for The Treasure.
According to field studies, 70% of the world prefers a non-literate form of learning. The utter tragedy of this statistic means that more than half of the world does not have an adequate way in which to fully engage with the life transforming Word of God!
We realize the opportunity to distribute these powerful units to villages and rural areas is unlimited. In fact, we are witnessing an army of national leaders currently being empowered by this tool, enhancing their ministry efforts to unreached peoples.
Thousands are hearing the gospel for the first time, and many are coming to Christ. Each experience is unique but in most instances an oral learner will listen to The Treasure within a group of 8-12 people. (more…)
We’ve had a great response to our webinar that’s happening next Tuesday (September 9th) on managing new artists.
It’s going to be a great time to hear case studies of new acts that I’ve signed to Michael Smith and Associates. We’re also going to hear from one of our Artist Management Training Course owners on his experience signing new acts.
Reserving your spot is easy. Just CLICK HERE and enter your name and email address.
You’ll get an email with how to listen to the webinar.
Make plans to join us next Tuesday night, September 9th, at 7 PM Central time.
Don’t forget to RSVP HERE and be ready to go at 7 Central time.
UPDATE: CLICK HERE to listen to a replay of this webinar.
The Artist Management Training Course has a secret Facebook group where the owners can chat and ask questions among the other owners. We had a question pop up that I thought we should address via video. It was just too good to pass up.
After you watch the video, ask any other questions you might have in the comments section. Maybe yours will be my next video.
Some of you already know about the Artist Management Conference I’m holding in the Nashville area June 21.
However, I want to open up registration for this conference to everyone who wants to learn about artist management and development.
This will be our sixth year of doing conferences. We have learned a lot from listening to you about what you need.
Many of our attendees from past conferences are running successful management companies of their own now, while others are artists who have grown exponentially in their knowledge about what it takes to grown a career in music.
We will have a great lineup of speakers including radio promotions guru, Chris Chicago, live performance coach, Tom Jackson, booking expert, JR Montes and educator, Dr. Sarita Stewart, professor of Music Business at Belmont University.
I will spend the day moderating the speakers, answering your questions and giving you my insights into the future of the music industry.
Registration for the all day event is just $99. This low rate is offered to you because you have connected with me in the past about artist management.
The last conference I held cost over $600, so this is a real bargain.
You can pay the fee at the conference registration desk but please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we will have a head count.
Join likeminded people from all over the country for this intimate gathering and learn artist management from some of the best professionals in the business.
I won’t repeat this offer for another year so make your plans to join us and let Jan know you’re coming. She can also help you with any other information you may need.
Hope to see you here. We’ll be holding the conference at The People’s Church in Franklin, TN (suburb of Nashville) from 9am to 5pm.
We will be hosting our annual all day Artist Management Conference on June 21 at the People’s Church in Franklin, TN.
Mike and his staff, along with several top industry people, will be discussing artist development and managementspecifically for those interested in understanding more about the business side of our industry.
This is a one of a kind conference where every aspect of career development will be presented by people who are currently working successfully in the Christian Music Industry.
Learn insider strategies and tactics as well as facts about artist development that the professionals in the business employ. Discover the “secrets of the trade” from people who work with successful artists today.
The cost for the all day conference is just $99 and seating is limited. Contact email@example.com to register and for more information.
If you are an artist that wants to learn how to self-manage your career or if you are someone who has always dreamed about being an artist manager, then this event is for you. Contact Jan today at firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve your spot.
I just spent a week in Jacksonville, Florida with my older brother. He is dying from cancer. Watching him struggle with this awful disease, here’s what I realized about life:
- Hug your brother
- Spend time with your family
- Make people smile
- Make people laugh
- Be nice
- Play fair
- Plan ahead
- Read books
- Call your friends
- Pet your dog
- Kiss your wife (often)
- Love your neighbor
- Tell the truth
- Hurt no one
- Respect your parents
- Don’t hate
- Don’t steal
- Don’t lie
- Tell people you love them
- Pray (often)
- Pray out loud
- Love God
- Give generously
- Look people in the eye
- Do not covet
- Don’t be selfish
- Make a difference
- Be courageous
- Take your turn
- Swing for the fence
- Carry on
- Dabble in something
- Think big
- Have character
- Study the Bible
- Help out
- Be humble
- Learn new things
- Do new things
- Rotate your tires
- Save money
- Take Sundays off
- Remember your life
- Live with passion
- Don’t always doubt
- Be an encourager
- Trust yourself
- Be happy
- Love your children
- Renew your mind
- See what’s beautiful
- Embrace the ordinary
- Scream sometimes
- Wash other’s feet
- Get shed of some things
- Practice patience
- Seek clarity
- Be careful what you worship
- Trust people
- Believe in eternity
- Live like you were dying
- Trust in Jesus
- Defend the weak
- Practice regularly
- Be disciplined
- Don’t annoy
- Pick up trash
- Catch and release
- Curse carefully
- Be reverent
- Be real
- Entertain strangers
- Don’t criticize
- Be strong
- Lift up people
- Be proud
- Say please and thank you
- Clean up after yourself
- Clean up after others
- Expect the best
- Anticipate disappointment
- Be forgiving
- Write something profound
- Be in a play
- Be a musician
- Read a good poem
- Change your hairstyle
- Stay hip
- Be faithful
- Lay out in the shade
- Go to church
- Strive for holiness
- Let things pass
- Let things go
- Be free
- Don’t worry
- Be happy
- Let love flow
I have been in artist management for over 30 years. One of the conclusions I have come to after leading so many careers/ministries is that an artist manager is not necessary (and a good one can’t be had by most artists) until the artist’s income reaches about a half a million dollars per year.
An artist manager is paid a percentage (usually 15%) of the artists gross income. It is simply not economically feasible for a manager to do the hard work for less. Therein lies the dilemma.
For the few lucky artists who find a qualified manager who is willing to do the work of developing them to that level there are untold others who will never attract one. What is one to do then?
Qualified managers are in short supply and learning how to do the job is relegated to on the job training – the proverbial school of hard knocks. Yet I do not know of one successful artist who succeeded without a good manager. (more…)