GIVING BACK

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mitch Gallagher since the late ‘90s, when he was the editor-in-chief at EQ Magazine and did a feature story on me. He is a very talented musician and music technology specialist, who has an extremely impressive resumé that includes touring, teaching, writing several books and winning a Grammy award in the Best New Music/New Classical category. Beyond all that, he’s a really nice guy and we do still keep in touch from time to time.

Mitch contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in being interviewed and talking about my career with his Business For Music class that he teaches at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. I loved the idea, so I set up a Skype account to do a virtual meeting with the class.

I had a great time talking to the students and answering their questions. My normal routine is very solitary, creating music and audio in my work and home studios. This opportunity let me connect with students and impart some of the knowledge that I’ve gained over the decades while I have been playing and composing music.

The music business doesn’t come with an owner’s manual and everyone has his or her own journey. There is a lot to learn and a lot of decisions that you must make along the way. So I hope that the students picked up some information that they will use as they enter the next stage of their careers.

Just like any volunteer will tell you, when you give back, you receive so much in return. If you ever get an opportunity, it is well worth your time and effort.

IPFW

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