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WORKSHOPS

bespoken's workshops offer skill building, practical tools, and insight into the business side of life of music. The workshops are designed to elevate ideas, tools, and resources to help emerging artist's thrive in an evolving music industry.  

If you would like to bring bespoken to your school, institution, or conference, please contact us.

Note, all sessions can be catered to meet the needs of your constituents

 

Lets Be Spoken: A Career in Today's Music Industry

What skills are needed to help students and emerging professionals transition into the music industry while elevating their artistic practice? This workshop explores having simultaneous career paths, branding strategies, and pro-actively managing your own career to heighten your artistic endeavors.

Takeaways:

  • Learn practical skills that are essential for a career in music performance, composition, teaching, and/or administration

  • Explore networking and strategies for building your career while in school

  • Develop a social media and website plan to best support your artistic vision

  • Learn what opportunities, gigs, and jobs are best suited for you at this point in time

  • Prioritize 5 goals to set yourself up for transitioning into the professional industry

with Gina Izzo & Eunbi Kim

Social Media Strategies

Facebook, Instagram, Facebook.... it's a constant conversation! Social media outlets can be used to heighten others awareness of your music and to help you engage with your following in new ways. This workshop explores which platforms are right for you, how to create a strategy around these individual platforms, and how to use social media to strengthen your brand and artistic vision.

Takeaways:

  • Learn and identify which social platforms are best for your artistic priorities and why

  • Gain tips and ideas for curating your content

  • Learn how to engage with your following in fun ways

  • Heighten your audiences awareness of your concerts, music, and endeavors 

  • Develop a time management strategy for using social media platforms

  • Explore the benefits of live streaming
     

       Note: this session can be focused on a single platform

Websites that Represent Your Brand

What are some useful strategies for optimizing your online presence? This session will explore the benefits and necessity of having a website, inform you on when's the right time to "go-live," and provide information on useful web-building platforms and design.

  

Takeaways:

  • Explore a number of affordable and easy to use website platforms and domain builders

  • Receive tips and strategies on creating a well-rounded website that informs, represents, and strengthens your brand

  • Learn what content is necessary to accomplish your goals and the best layouts and designs

  • Avoid common website mistakes 

Funding Your Artistic Projects

Ever have a project that you are excited to do but not know how to get it started? This session will explore the benefits and tools of crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, GoFund Me, and Pledge Music, among others, to help fund your activities, projects, and recordings. Find out how to make crowdfunding an effective tool for launching your projects and how to turn your backers into long-term supporters.

Takeaways:

  • Learn the most useful platforms for the projects that you want to create

  • Gain strategies for promoting your project and asking for support

  • Receive tips for project designs, titles, descriptions, rewards, and content

  • Create a timeline and set yourself up for success