The Treasure: The Great Commission and Sponsorship

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calendarDecember 12, 2014

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. The Jason Eaton Band made the introduction and helped shape the model for this project.

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. 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.

Each Treasure is used more than 2,000 hours over the duration of its lifetime. Therefore, it is safe to say that anywhere from 100 to as many as 2,000 people will hear about Christ through each Treasure!

My role with World Mission and The Treasure is to recruit, train and inspire a group of music artists who will present the ministry of The Treasure at their concerts by offering sponsorships to their audience of $38 per month. That amount will ensure one Treasure each month is manufactured, programed and delivered into a village where the Bible has never been heard. In return, World Mission will financially support the artist’s touring.

If you are an artist who wants more information on this life changing concept please contact me for more details. Jesus commanded his followers to deliver the Gospel to all people in the world and that has not been fulfilled yet. Join us as we strive to become faithful to this challenge.

P.S. If you are not a musician but would like to sponsor a treasure monthly please let me know and I will help you make arrangements.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Webinar Next Week

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calendarSeptember 5, 2014

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.

Should You Manage A New Artist?

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calendarAugust 1, 2014

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.

Artist Management Conference Update

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calendarJune 13, 2014

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 jan@michaelsmithandassociates.com 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.

Artist Management Conference

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calendarMay 20, 2014

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 jan@michaelsmithandassociates.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 jan@michaelsmithandassociates.com and reserve your spot.

Lessons From My Brother

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calendarFebruary 27, 2014

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
  • Share
  • 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
  • Sing
  • Daydream
  • Think big
  • Have character
  • Study the Bible
  • Help out
  • Be humble
  • Serve
  • 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
  • Teach
  • 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
  • Relax
  • 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

First Step On Your Journey

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calendarDecember 16, 2013

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…)

Learning by analogy

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calendarMay 20, 2013

This is such a great post from Seth Godin (one of my personal heroes) that I wanted to share it with you here.

Learning by analogy
The story of Hansel and Gretel is not actually about Hansel or Gretel.

You are surrounded by examples and lessons and case studies that clearly aren’t exactly about your project. There’s never been a book written precisely about the situation you are facing right now, either. Perhaps one day they will publish, “Marketing Low-Cost Coaching Services to Small Businesses Specializing in Graphic Design in the Upper Peninsula for Dummies” but don’t hold your breath.

Marketing, like all forms of art, requires us to learn to see. To see what’s working and to transplant it, change it and amplify it.

We don’t teach this, but we should. We don’t push people to practice the act of learning by analogy, because it’s way easier to just give them a manual and help them avoid thinking for themselves.

The opportunity is to find the similarities and get ever better at letting others go first–not with what you’ve got, but with something you can learn from.

And the opposite is even more true. We over-rely on things where the specifics seem to match, but the lesson is obscured by the trivial. Sometimes when we see something happen that we can learn a conceptual lesson from, we instead jump to conclusions that the specifics are the important part.

Remember that the next time you have to take your shoes off before you get on an airplane.

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Teaching Launch

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calendarNovember 14, 2012

Today we launch our new Artist Management Training Series. This is the culmination of over two years of hard work. Through a video training series, I’m excited to share everything I have learned over my years as a manager and developer of talent. I’ve also interviewed a ton of my industry friends and got them to share their knowledge with us.

This is a comprehensive, high tech, modular teaching program that is designed to help you develop a successful career in the entertainment industry. Nothing like this has ever been done before.

As we close out this year and enter a new one, now may be the time to make that move you’ve always (more…)

Grace & Modern Technology

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calendarOctober 15, 2012

Browsing through FaceBook, I noticed a post from a friend of mine who quoted from Max Lucado’s new book, “Grace”. The quote was so powerful that I went to Amazon and downloaded it to my Kindle within 30 seconds of reading it. Here it is:

“Here’s my hunch: we’ve settled for wimpy grace. It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response..This book asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace?..God’s grace has a drenching about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you..Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.” – Max Lucado

That’s how modern technology works today. A powerful medium like FaceBook displays an amazing quote from a noted writer and I click the link. Bam! Commerce is consummated.

Here’s the major insight, though. This post was from an old friend of mine. When she speaks I listen. Had it not been (more…)