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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Building Your Career in Music: Developing A Brand and Funding Your Music by Berklee

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About the Course

This course shares practical tips and strategies to help you take your first step into launching your career as a musical artist. We’ll cover everything from developing your unique identity as an artist and how to lead a band all the way to planning and recording your first independent record with the help of crowdfunding. The course curriculum is modeled from the real-world experience of Leah Waldo (also known as the emerging country artist, Elisa Smith) and features interviews with industry executives, artists, producers, and engineers — all designed to help you navigate the music industry....

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Very good material for singer/songwriter with a small band wanting to make their first recording, or a budding artist planning to put something together.


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Gives you a pathway to better your band and marketing skills and make a good impression to your audience and potential clients.

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By الفنان س ع ا

Feb 22, 2024

Wonderful course I'm really very satisfied 🌹🌹🌹

By henry j c g

Aug 6, 2019


By Jeisell D C

Mar 25, 2024

Excelente explicaciones aprendí demasiado

By Mario A

Sep 6, 2021

Awesome! Every musician should take it!


Jan 18, 2020

Awesome course! very important info.

By brandon s

Aug 20, 2021

Very informative and entertaining!

By Kostiantyn D

Mar 18, 2024

Дуже потрібна інформація. Дякую!

By Samuel A

Jul 29, 2022

I learnt a lot, thanks Berklee

By Sebuwufu L

Nov 23, 2020

Amazing shit. Love you guys

By Vincent W

Feb 16, 2019

Good luck on your career!

By Lauren H

Nov 29, 2017

Extremely helpful.

By Rocio C

Mar 23, 2023

Excelent content!

By Félix C

May 25, 2020


By Luisa D f

Apr 22, 2021

great course!!

By Mauricio G Z

Jul 1, 2020

Just Love it!

By Geneson B A

Feb 22, 2022

Muito top

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May 2, 2020


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By Eddie S

Apr 22, 2019

very good


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By Brett M H

Aug 14, 2018

I really love this course and think Leah Waldo's perspective as a musician is vital to understanding how to navigate the music business. I feel like this is part of Course 4 mixed with an actual musician's experience and guidance. It was really nice to feel like Leah understood that everything she was teaching was just a reflection of herself and her own experiences. I really appreciated this course even though she is a country music performer and I create beats - I felt like she cut through a lot of the crap that I might face as just a random student/musician in this course. As a producer, I felt like I was able to learn so much valuable information about how I need to navigate the music business even though I might be unaccustomed to that point of view. It made me think differently, and also allowed me to connect with a different genre of music. Leah was really good at emphasizing that the IVI is important to an artist and I think that translates to anyone trying to do something creative so it was one lesson that I pulled out of the whole course and can apply to almost anything creative. Learning about networking was also vital in teaching me about how I can extend my social sphere and try to reach out to my audience on a small and larger level.

By Andrew A

Apr 9, 2020

It was ok. Good to get some practice to help students I teach. The final project asks you to pick one component in the initial description, then expects you have done all components after you have submitted the project... so that was less good. This course is done from the perspective of an artist, with only industry people the artist has worked with being brought in. If you want the industry insider (producer, marketer, social media expert) experience, this is not it.

By James N

Jun 22, 2020

This is useful for those who need guidance on artist identity and vision and is new to the process of recording, collaborating, producers, setting article goals and the business side of working as an artist. This doesn't go massively into the detail one would want from a more experienced angle, but I enjoyed this reliably less-intensive Berklee course.

By Olga L

Dec 23, 2020

It was a good course, but gets too deep into subjects that aren't suitable for beginners. There are so many things to consider before thinking about crowdfunding for example. However, it was good to learn.