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Check out the back catalogue

Here's some of what we've covered so far at the Update, exclusively for subscribers:

Learn how the musician life works, directly from me

How I got my first Vancouver jazz festival show
The multi-year journey behind my trio’s 2023 jazzfest debut
My FACTOR Artist Development grants (FULL guide)
Here’s my guide to both grants I wrote and received
9 concepts for Instagram
For musicians, Reels has changed Instagram for the better
I have 258 of these left
How to move them?

Tap into events and discover people in our scene

How was the first month of jazz at Hero’s Welcome?
The Infidels’ Sunday afternoon series launched with 2 shows
Inside the Inlet Theatre Music Series w/ Darlene & Bill
The Port Moody series featured the Vince Mai Quintet May 6th
Matt Franceschini’s DIY attitude can’t be stopped
Matt, Colin Zacharias, & Jay Cote play Frankie’s June 11
Young drummer Karl DeJong has been playing often
Karl talks Tyrant, Lido, Jazz at the Bolt, and Pres House gigs
Connor Lum back from the ships for Jazz at the Bolt
The saxophonist’s chordless trio is the first set on Saturday

Get the interesting bits from these books

The tragedy of music industry advice books
Found in a book from 2006: Get Media Airplay by Rick Davis
You’re too old for this, pt. 2 featuring Rollie Pemberton
Cadence Weapon’s tour economics are worse than they sound.

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