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We held another successful ProMusicU / Intensive: Music Career Workshop in Memphis on Sunday afternoon, June 14th at the Memphis Music Foundation. Like the first one in March, this one got rave reviews. Thanks to all who took part.  Look for comments from the participants coming soon.


We rolled out ProMusicU as a one-day event in Memphis on Sunday, March 29th at the Memphis Music Foundation building and got rave reviews for it's content and the attention and knowledge of our instructors. John Haring, Dave Isaacs and Kim Richardson spent six hours with the group and covered topics in all three of our tracks, music business, performance and songwriting. Given the limited time, our newly dubbed ProMusicU/Intensive workshop was designed to take the group in the directions that they wanted to go in all three tracks by means of our one hour "chat" session to open the workshop. During the chat session, attendees discussed with the ProMusicU instructors the topics that they'd like to cover during the balance of the time. The instructors then huddled for a few minutes and came up with a custom curriculum designed specifically for the group. On the music business end, the group chose to hear short, interactive talks on music publishing, performance rights organizations, Internet music marketing and copyright law as well as some topics not on our formal course list such as house concerts. Breakout sessions included a blend of performance topics and some songwriting and performance critiques.

Attendees left the event very satisfied, but wanting even more information, so it was decided that a follow-up event would be scheduled for some time in late April to take the concepts from Sunday and others further. Stay tuned for a date and registration information.

Thank you to Dean Deyo and the Memphis Music Foundation for providing their facility as well as snacks and beverages for the group. If you're a Memphis musician or songwriter, we recommend that you go to their website at to sign up for their newsletter. They'd also love for you to stop by and see them to learn about their services, all of which are free.


We've decided to postpone the ProMusicU/Memphis weekend event scheduled for March 28/29. Registrations are not what we need to make the event successful and we've talked with our partners in Memphis and decided to reschedule our full weekend event for later in the year when conditions may be better suited for an event of our kind. We'd like to thank the Center for Southern Folklore folks for being so understanding and flexible. We'll be back participating in their festival in September and will return there for our rescheduled ProMusicU weekend event, hopefully in October.

HOWEVER, We intend to hold a smaller-scale, all-encompassing consulting seminar on Sunday afternoon, March 29 from noon until 5:00pm in the Memphis Music Foundation building for those of you that would like to attend. ProMusicU Lite is only $39 and we'd love to have you all there. Dave Isaacs and John Haring (and maybe others) will be covering a broad range of topics from the ProMusicU music business, performance and songwriting tracks, and subjects will be driven by the group in attendance. If enough people want it, we'll hold break-out sessions on select topics as well.

The registration page has been updated for you to be able to register for the new ProMusicU Lite event with a PayPal account or a credit card. Mail registrations must reach us by Thursday, March 26th. Mailing information is on the registration page. You can also walk in and register on March 29th for $50.

This is a great opportunity to get the flavor of a ProMusicU event in a more intimate and personalized setting and at a lower cost. All attendees will also get a certificate for a $25 discount off of registration for our next Memphis event tentatively scheduled for this Fall or any other ProMusicU event held throughout the country.

Also, a portion of the proceeds from ProMusicU Lite will go to the Memphis Music Foundation, so you'll be helping to support a great organization.

We hope you can attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

Click here to register


We have just confirmed long-time music business professional and Executive Director of the Memphis and Shelby County Music Council, Johnnie Walker, as our keynote speaker in Memphis on March 28th.

Walker left a career in radio to join Def Jam Records, eventually reaching the post of Senior Vice President of Promotions and also becoming the President and CEO of the non-profit women’s organization NABFEME (The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment). After fourteen years at Def Jam, Walker went on to work at Dreamworks Records as the Head of Urban Promotion and helped to market the careers of The Isley Brothers, Floetry, Burt Bacharach and others before coming to Memphis to take the post of Executive Director of the Music Council.


We're pleased to announce the addition of award winning songwriter, Rand Bishop, to our Advisory Board and to our growing list of teaching professionals.

Rand is a Grammy-nominated, BMI Award-winning, Million-play songwriter with well over 200 cuts to his credit—by such artists as the Beach Boys, Heart, Cheap Trick, Indigo Girls, Tim McGraw, David Ball, Peter Noone, Richie Havens and Vanilla Fudge — among many others. Bishop’s My List, recorded by Toby Keith (co-written with Tim James) spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard country singles chart in the spring of 2002 and, according to industry bible, Radio & Records, ended that year as country radio’s most played song. Public response to the Keith hit inspired Bishop and James to co-author what became a profitable companion book, My List (24 Reflections on Life’s Priorities), published by McGraw-Hill in 2003.

Rand will be joining us for our first ProMusicU event in Memphis on March 21 and 22, presenting a songwriting workshop as well as the opportunity for individual mentoring sessions with ProMusicU participants. He will also perform at an evening concert featuring members of the ProMusicU team opening for a prominent Memphis artist at the Center for Southern Folklore's in-house performance space.

Click here to check out all of the members of the ProMusicU Advisory Board.


We're pleased to announce the addition of respected East Tennessee music business authority, Karen E. Reynolds, to our Advisory Board.

Karen is not only a accomplished singer/songwriter, but is also respected in the music education field as well, having served for a number of years as a professor of songwriting and music business at the University of Tennessee / Knoxville. Karen is also the host and producer of the nationally syndicated "Writer's Block" radio program.

In addition to serving on our Advisory Board, Karen will also serve as an instructor at selected ProMusicU events and will help with the creation of some of our course materials.

Click here to check out all of the members of the ProMusicU Advisory Board.


This week, we're pleased to announce that two well know members of the Nashville music community have joined us on our Advisory Board.

Doak Turner is publisher of the popular "Nashville Muse" newsletter, read worldwide by fans of the local music scene in Nashville. Doak is also well known as a master networker and will be involved in designing our new "Networking for Musicians" course as well as others in the future.

Tori Sparks lives in Nashville, but spends most of her time on the road in the U.S. and Europe playing her rock-twinged Americana. Tori brings a wealth of knowledge from being "in the trenches" and actually doing the things that many of our attendees aspire to. She'll be involved in writing two new courses for us, "You Don't Need An Agent: Booking and Promoting Your Tour" and "Be Your Own Record Label: Releasing An Indie Album."

Click here to check out all of the members of the ProMusicU Advisory Board.

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