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Described as ‘Sax supremo’ by The Voice Newspaper, Millicent is a multi-award winning British saxophonist and Endorser for Harry Hartmann Fiberreeds. Millicent sits on the Executive Committee of the Musicians Union.
She is passionate about seeing more women in music and founded 'Time For My Music' a online membership group for women to network, be empowered about achieving their music goals. Millicent has gained recognition among artistes and is featured on many Stages including British TV, international and national Radio stations.
Millicent’s Podcast ‘Success Beyond The Score’ is to help musicians, singers, rappers and spoken word artistes find their way in the music industry and build a career in music. Her weekly episodes discuss do's, don'ts, give tips and insights.
3 Reasons Why You Should Charge For Your Music Starting Today!
As mentioned in Episode 1 of this season, I firmly believe every musician should be paid their worth, however, this is not this not the case for everyone. Some musicians do not charge, some are not sure what to charge and others struggle to get paid for their music. If you are struggling with deciding whether to charge or not for your music then I have 3 reason which I hope will help you to make your mind up.
I'm A Musician, Why Do I Need A Business Plan? S3 Ep4
Perhaps this topic sounds like night and day to you, never the twain shall meet. As a musician, you prefer to focus on your creativity, making music, and not all the other stuff which you are told is important to get anywhere. In this episode I will explain what a business plan is and give you five reasons why having one will help you to achieve your goals.
Why do musicians get killed by sound? S3 Ep3
Should musicians consider learning the basics of sound engineering and have their own PA system? In my experience sound issues get in the way of our playing. You put in a lot of time practising. You learn the notes, you learn the chords, you learn the rhythm and so on, but when it is time to deliver the PA set up lets you do. In this episode I explore the pros and cons of musicians taking control of their sound.
Does your music have the juice to pull a crowd? (Why every musician should have a fan base) S3 Ep2
Whether you prefer the word ‘fan base’ or ‘followers’ it is important to find the people who love what you do and will come to your shows. There are many benefits for having a fan base. Millicent explains the benefits for your music in this episode.
Episode 3 of Season 3 of Success Beyond The Score podcast.
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The 7 stages of the gigging musician - S3 Ep1
The 7 Stages of a gigging musician, according to Millicent Stephenson. I believe that • Every musician (singer, instrumentalist, rapper, singer-songwriter, etc) should be paid their worth • Every musician should apply business principles to their music for it to grow to the level they want it to • Every musician (irrespective of age) can have their own fanbase because the world is big enough. But it is not the case for everyone, it may not be the case for you. Perhaps you feel stuck; you've tried but can't move forward, maybe you're thinking of giving up. Perhaps you are just getting started but you are unclear about what you need to do next, the stages of your music business. In this episode I present the 7 stages of the gigging musician, to help you consider where you are and where to go next. These stages are based on my music journey and observations of gigging musicians.
#20 The absolute BEST takeaways from my Guest list!
I’m so thrilled to have interviewed 6 exceptional west midlands musicians. They work full time in the industry and are making waves where they are. Today I’m going to share the absolute best takeaways from my Guest list. That’s not to say that everything else in their interview was not important, in fact there was good stuff from beginning to end but these things really stood out for me. Somethings I learnt, somethings were re-enforced.
2:46 About Tony Bean and what caught my attention.
3:40 Lesson: You don’t know where you will end up but you know where you are starting. Networking is key, treat everybody right. Be yourself. Help others when you can.
9:56 About Louise Dengate and what made sense to me.
10:35 Lesson: Dealing with my headspace, my stage nerves, imposter syndrome. Projecting my critical thoughts and dealing with my mental space to be successful on stage.
15:30 About Abigail and what resonated
16:15 Lesson: Backstage and front stage are very different. Balancing life’s challenges and delivering the perceived glamour of our work.
19:10 Memorising music.
22:47 About Anna Brooks and needs must
23:57 Lesson: Multi-tasking and balancing childcare and music. Other ways to work in music. Getting another job outside of music temporarily.
30:30 Anti-sociable working hours and the needs of our family. Planning family time. Time for yourself.
35:09 About Dan Whitehouse and what you have to do
35:41 Lesson – developing my inner artiste helps to clear your mind and get in touch with your music. Why I gave up journaling and how I got back into it. The reasons for journaling and engaging with the page.
39:35 About Ruby Turner and looking after you
41:28 Lesson: Be down to earth. You are still you. ‘Celine Dion reacts calmly to fan storming stage’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoO2LpfcVVI
41:32 Health challenges and how to cope with them at your Gigs and teaching. Handling the menopause or other health challenges. Time to retire from music.
43:31 Disclaimer: At time of this recording, according to the NHS, men do not have the menopause, but experience symptoms related to other concerns https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/male-menopause/ Other research might suggest otherwise).
47:32 conclusion and free gifts www.successbeyondthescore.com/freegifts ’10 reasons why they will pay you before gig day’. ’25 secrets of the successful gigging musician, singer, rapper and spoken word artiste’ 48:45 End
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