I talk to Toni Koch, professional song writer and seasoned music director about open mic night ideas and strategies for a successful career in music and arts. Toni is a passionate musician and art advocate who is a pioneer in the indie music marketing techniques. She has received various awards as a mentor, promoter and manager.


day-job-night-job-reality-squareBasic Steps to Success in the Music Industry

  • Figure out what you really want to do
  • Write it down on paper
  • Make a plan
  • Put it down in steps so that you’re not overwhelmed

Open Mic Night Ideas for New Artists

  • Learn protocol
  • Learn how to sound good live
  • Values of open mic
  • Playing open mics helps build your community


Advice to Grow Your Music Career

  • Step into your discomfort zone
  • Include a marketing & promotion when creating your new album budget
  • Use Download cards as a business card
  • Build a coalition of like-minded people

Conferences & Events Recommended by Toni


West Coast Songwriters Conference

Arizona Songwriters Conference 


Connect with Toni Koch



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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 atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic