Music Biz & Banter

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A business-focused meetup group for any musician/music influencer in the great city of Milwaukee or its surrounding, supportive area.

Founded in February 2019.*

From classical to jazz to indie to rock to R&B, from performers to instructors to composers to audio engineers to conductors – check out an event whenever it works for you and your schedule. Let’s get connected, learn from and inspire each other, and continue to invigorate the Milwaukee area’s thriving music scene!

Music Biz & Banter is not a performance-focused event (open mic, jam session). MB&B is focused on strengthening the administrative, organizational and networking skills of the average working musician – so that we as a community can improve our efficiency, maximize our income streams and thus, improve our creative output. 

While this page has some information on events and plans for what’s to come, the real way to get involved – including event specifics – is through the MB&B page on Meetup.com. Put together a free profile, set your own notification/reminder preferences, and RSVP for events there. Each meetup will conclude with time for open networking.

*This is still an idea in its infancy! I’m looking for suggestions on potential future components of this. Look over the rest of this info, then click here to submit thoughts in response to some of my questions.

 

The Events

Breakfast, Biz & Banter
A Round Table Discussion
Upcoming Event: Recording Your Demo – Tuesday, April 9th

  • BB&Bs will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, at 8:30 AM
  • A topic will be pre-selected. Bring along your ideas, experience and questions on said topic. Let’s learn from each other!
  • Location: Whole Foods in Wauwatosa, 11100 W. Burleigh Street
  • $$ – Free event (grab your meal on your own, prior to the meetup)

 

Lunch & Lit
A Book Review/Discussion Group
Upcoming Event: Real Artists Don’t Starve – Wednesday, March 27th

  • L&Ls will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at noon
  • A book on music and/or business will have been pre-selected. MB&B organizer Allison will always have read the book, will talk about five valuable takeaways, and will review it. Others are encouraged to read the book ahead of time, join in the discussion and review. Attendees are not obligated to read the “lit” in advance. At least 20 minutes of this meet-up will be chatting about the chosen book for the month. Book suggestions for future meetups can also be made.
  • Location: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Milwaukee, 470 E Pleasant Street
  • $$ – Free event (grab your meal on your own, prior to the meetup)

 

Featured Music Influencer

  • Potential meeting time: FMIs may take place on the first Sunday of each month, at 1:00 PM*
  • The featured guest will tell of how they got into the music business. He or she will be asked to discuss lessons learned along the way, life hacks they’ve discovered that make being a working musician easier, etc.
  • Likely Location: 88.9 Radio Milwaukee/Stone Creek Coffee in Milwaukee, 220 E Pittsburgh Avenue
  • $$ – There may be a small admission fee charged to attendees

 

Featured Venue

  • Potential meeting time: FVs may take place on the third Monday of each month, at 7:00 PM*
  • We will visit a particular venue in the Milwaukee area, allowing for said venue’s owner/operator to tell us about it. This venue could be anything from a classical performance space to outdoor venue to student recital space.
  • Location: TBD
  • $$ – Likely to be a free event

 

Ask an Expert

  • Potential meeting time: A/Es may take place on the second Thursday of each month, at noon*
  • A featured expert in a field relevant to those working in music will have a chance to tell about his or her expertise, how it pertains to the music industry, then fielding questions from attendees regarding their topic. Experts featured may come from the following backgrounds: legal, social media, accounting, web development, event management, etc.
  • Location: TBD
  • $$ – There may be a small admission fee charged to attendees

 

*These events will get up and running after more feedback has been received, guest speakers/venues have been secured and potential sponsors have been confirmed.