You, too, can (learn how to) succeed in the music business


PrintLocal Music Scene, here is your chance to learn some business sense. Drury University is hosting the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference on its campus at the Trustee Science Center on March 14. The conference, put on by Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA), is one of just six held around the United States each year. The event is put on with help from Drury’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) program and its Make-It Project for students to become involved in the local music scene.

Here’s where it gets good: This year’s event, the second annual for the Ozarks conference, includes a musicians track this year. The courses in the track includes Promoting, Marketing and Selling Your Music; Legal Matters in the Arts; Production in Today’s Music Industry; and Artists as Bookkeepers. It may not sound like the most exciting way to spend your Saturday, but if you take your band and what it does seriously this is an opportunity that should be difficult to pass up.

The conference kicks off with a keynote speaker at 9:30 a.m. and continues with courses, lunch and breakout sessions until 4:30 p.m. (Click here for a complete schedule, along with biographies for guest speakers.) It costs $50 per person for the day’s worth of events, but group discounts are available (essentially a buy four, get one free), making it more band-friendly to register for. For questions or more information about the conference, or to register, call 417-873-6359 or email or


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2 Responses to “You, too, can (learn how to) succeed in the music business”

  1. DrurySIFE Says:

    Thanks for the story! This event should be great. Drury and Missouri State students should e-mail about potential scholarships to the event.

  2. thederosh Says:

    Does that scholarship/discount apply to university staff and significant others? I received that question last night.

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