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  • About the book

    Are you passionate about music, but unsure how to turn it into a career?

     

    Are you stuck thinking there are such few options for musicians?

     

    Are you ready to start your career, but clueless what steps to take?

     

    Having a career you love is everyone’s goal, but getting a career started as a musician can be challenging. Whether your dream is to become a full-time musician, teacher, or you just want to earn a little extra money on the side, this book will help you get there.

     

    Seth shares how he went from broke valet driver to successful freelance musician and contractor. Through real-life stories, humor, and actionable tips, he shows the way for anyone looking to break into the music scene.

     

    In this book, you will learn:

    • How to create your own opportunities

    • How to break the mental barriers that are holding you back

    • How to build an amazing network of connections

    • How to find mentors

    • Exactly what to say when you reach out to anyone


    Your dream career is waiting for you. If you are ready to take the first steps to launch your music career, then this book is for you.

  • "Just using one script from your book netted me eight new contacts, a $1,200 gig, and a teaching job possibility in less than 24 hours."

    -Actual reader feedback

  • Table of Contents

    This is everything you'll find in the book.

    Introduction

    Myths of Freelancing

    Focus on Getting Started

    The Opportunity Mindset

    What Types of Work Are There?

    Breaking Mental Barriers

    Time Management and Goals

    Making Connections

    How to Get a Mentor

    Skills That Have Nothing to Do With Talent

    How to Sell (Even If You Hate the Idea of Selling)

    Money for Freelancers

    Breaking into the Scene

  • "It’s very clear and full of great ideas that most, if not all, freelancers can benefit from."

    -Actual reader feedback

  • What the pros are saying...

    “Break into the Scene gets right to the point - a successful musician is more than a top-notch performer. Seth's book is an efficient, entertaining guide to all of the tools necessary to create your musical career."

    Paul Bryan, Dean of Students and Faculty at Curtis Institute of Music

    "I was a hardcore freelancer for many years and Seth’s advice for getting into the business is priceless. It’s not being in the right place at the right time, It’s being somewhere all the time. Every musician needs to know exactly what works in the freelance world and Seth’s plain truths will get you gigs!"

    Jeffrey Lang, Associate-Principal Horn, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    “Break into the Scene is a terrific, straight-talking, and down to earth guide for freelance success. Loaded with practical advice and examples, the book uncovers the mind traps and misperceptions that prevent musicians from succeeding—and Seth offers real-life solutions!”

    Angela Beeching, author of Beyond Talent

    “As someone who has struggled with an irrational fear of networking and gigging, I’m so relieved that Seth has taken on the impressive feat of dissecting the art of music freelancing into an inspiring set of mindsets, mantras, and steps that anyone can take. If you’re interesting in freelancing as a musician, this book is the first place you should start."

    Rob Knopper, MET Orchestra percussionist and founder of auditionhacker

    "With his new book, Seth hits directly at the important matters for everyone, whether you're breaking into the scene or already in it. We must be especially positive, proactive, aware of our behavior and most of all, easy to work with. Not surprisingly, Seth is all of these things. Bravo!"

     

    Eric Reed, American Brass Quintet and The Juilliard School faculty member

    "If I were going to recommend one book to anyone getting started in the music business, this is it."

    Frank Giordano, President and CEO of The Philly POPS

    "This book is game-changer for any creative freelancer."

    David Kadavy, author of Design for Hackers and host of the Love Your Work podcast

    "If you're a musician who's struggling to get your career off the ground, do yourself a favor and read this book."

    Charlie Hoehn, author of Play it Away and Recession-Proof Graduate, entrepreneur, and speaker

    “This book is a treasure trove of valuable and practical advice for all aspiring musicians.”

     

    Michael Krajewski, Music Director of The Philly POPS and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston, Atlanta and Jacksonville Symphonies

    "Breaking Into The Scene is an easily understood assessment of how to create and market yourself giving you a great chance at breaking into the freelance scene!"

     

     

    Denise Tryon, 4th Horn, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Adjunct Horn Professor at Peabody Conservatory

  • "I am moving from upstate New York to Cleveland and have been putting your ideas to work. I'm seeing results already!"

    -Actual reader feedback

  • Meet Seth

    Seth Hanes is a musician, digital marketing consultant, speaker, and founder of musiciansguidetohustling.com, which is regularly visited by musicians all over the world. He maintains a busy career as a performer and teacher around the Philadelphia area. As a digital marketing consultant, Seth has worked with everything from multi-million dollar organizations, book publishers, and musicians from ensembles like the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In addition to his professional activities, he enjoys reading, learning to play the banjo, and spending time at the dog park with his dog, who is coincidentally named Banjo.

     

    Seth can be reached by email at seth@sethhanes.com.

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