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The Working Musician Playbook

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About The Class

Build a lasting career in music.


It takes more than raw talent to make a living as a musician – and it doesn’t happen overnight. In this online course, Modern Drummer’s 2013 Best Metal Drummer of the Year and founder of BandHappy Matt Halpern will show you how to break out of the garage and build a lasting career in the music industry.

Drawing on his own successful experience with the award-winning band Periphery, Matt will walk you through the everything you need to know about breaking into the industry, improving your technical skills, and making the right moves to ensure long-term success. You’ll learn how to get your foot in the door, build a sustainable career as a working musician, and keep growing your career from there. From finding the right management, agent, and label to building relationships with sponsors and key industry players, you’ll learn it all from one of this generation’s most respected minds in the business.

Special industry guests include:

  • Ash Avildsen - Sumerian Records Founder/CEO
  • Mike Mowery - Outerloop MGMT Founder/CEO
  • Mark Scribner - Business Manager for Killswitch Engage, Periphery, Animals as Leaders
  • Mike Johnston - Drummer, Clinician and Founder of Mikeslessons.com
  • Chris Brewer - Head of Artist Relations for Meinl Cymbals USA
  • J.P. Bouvet - Drummer, Clinician and winner of Guitar Center Drum Off 2011

By the end of this class, you’ll have a comprehensive, actionable playbook for breaking into the music industry and putting in the right work.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Who This Course is For & Starting With Your Talent

    42:12
  2. 02

    Who I am & Determining Goals

    44:24
  3. 03

    Communication

    20:19
  4. 04

    Booking Agent Nick Storch on Communication

    35:41
  5. 05

    Mike Mowery on Relationships

    40:08
  6. 06

    Relationships

    33:30
  7. 07

    Hard Work and Commitment

    21:29
  8. 08

    Commitment & Hardwork with Ash Avildsen Part 1

    35:22
  9. 09

    Commitment & Hardwork with Ash Avildsen Part 2

    17:29
  10. 10

    Bonus: Skype Interview with Jordan Goodman

    20:09
  11. 11

    Bonus: Matt Halpern & Mike Johnston Drum Duet

    10:26
  12. 12

    Making a Living to Support Your Goals

    46:25
  13. 13

    Q&A with Mike Johnston

    33:23
  14. 14

    Balancing Work and Life: JP Bouvet

    38:18
  15. 15

    Q&A with JP Bouvet

    35:34
  16. 16

    Sponserships and Industry Relations: Chris Brewer

    39:18
  17. 17

    Q&A with Chris Brewer

    20:15
  18. 18

    Working with a Budget with Mark Scribner Part 1

    33:13
  19. 19

    Working with a Budget Part 2

    25:17

Meet Your Expert

Matt Halpern

Matt Halpern plays drums in Periphery and is a co-founder of The Entertainment Institute. He’s a fixture on the clinic scene, multiple time winner of the Modern Drummer Magazine readers’ poll in the Educator/Clinician and Metal Drummer categories, and one of the most respected names in rock drumming. Also, he loves dogs. ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    April 2014

    I absolutely loved this class. There were so many helpful tips to help get me and my band even further on track with both the business and performance aspects of being a group, and it will definitely help me with any future endeavors that I may have whenever or wherever they may appear. I've always held the mindset of just being a cool person when it comes to working with others, but to see that aspect stressed so heavily from everyone, was really eye opening to just how important that one little thing can be when it comes to making progress in the business. Thank you so much for offering people with this fantastic opportunity, and i would whole hardheartedly agree that any musician who is looking to make a statement in the music industry absolutely should have checked this thing out.

  • Nathan Mason

    Nathan Mason

    July 2018

    This was all so insightful! It's early in my soon to be career as a working musician and this class is everything I wanted to know. It's great to hear some validation from people who've made it. This isn't some magic trick, this can all be achieved with talent, hard work and a being the best you can be to everyone around you. On top of being insightful I instantly connected with every guest and speaker. We're all going to friends one day and I can't wait. Great class lead by great people. Thanks Matt.

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2014

    Thank you Matt Halpern, creativeLIVE, and all of Matt's guest speakers. This course was very informative, inspiring, just out right awesome. I recommend it to any musician, or anyone in the music industry. Its well worth the money for this priceless information!

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