Jen and Rob of Martha’s Trouble talk to me about how they manage their priorities; family and musical career. Learn how to be a successful musician from their journey as career and life partners. The lessons they learned from their mentor which gave them a breakthrough in their passion and the experiences they have earned from establishing a beautiful  family life are priceless.

how to be a successful musician

how to be a successful musician, play a house concertBalancing a Music Career with Family

  • The necessity of a creative approach to scheduling
  • Embracing the challenge of integrating family life and touring
  • Traveling in an RV to shows with the family
  • The advantages of being DIY independent artist v. on a label

House Concert Tour

  • Building your audience
  • Establishing a deeper connection with the people in the room
  • Financial advantages of a house concert tour
  • Putting the call out on social media and to their email list

 Growing & Nurturing the Fanbase

how to be a successful musician

  • Using holiday music to open doors to a larger fanbase
  • Releasing singles v. an entire album
  • Staying connected to your audience between projects
  • Treating merch like a pop-up store with non-traditional merch items

 Lessons learned from mentor Jerry York

  •  Having outside ears helped them remain objective in the studio
  • Directing focus in the studio
  • Whatever supports the record the best is what needs to be done
  • The value of having someone in your corner that believes in you

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Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic