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Professional Development


Six workshop series and over 100 industry workshops each year on topics relevant to industry and artistry.

Mastering Your Craft

  • Mastering Your Craft - Elaine Overholt*

  • Mastering Your Craft - Tom Jackson*

  • Music Theory in Practice

  • Reading Charts

  • Preparing for Rehearsals

  • How to Practice Effectively

  • Songwriting Development

  • How to Arrange Music

Essential Skills

  • Performance 101

  • Cables 101

  • Music Theory 101

  • Basic Social Media Skills for Artists

  • Professional Communication

  • Advocating for Yourself

  • Releasing Music Commercially

  • Making the Most of the Gear You Have (Recording)

  • Making the Most of the Gear you Have (Performance)

  • Stage Presence Fundamentals

  • Workplace Health and Safety

Entrepreneurial Skills

  • Booking Shows/Festivals

  • How to Register Your Business*

  • Social Media Methodology

  • Equipment and Commercial Liability Insurance

  • Building the Right Team

  • Bookkeeping and Taxes as a Artist

  • Writing your Artist Bio

  • FACTOR - Artist Development Grant

Music Industry Overview

  • Understanding Radio​

  • Understanding Performance Rights Organizations (e.g., SOCAN)

  • Understanding Funding Sources (e.g., FACTOR)

  • Understanding Musicians' Rights Organizations (e.g., MROC)

  • Understanding Musicians Unions (e.g., AFM/TMA)

  • Understanding Revenue Streams and Royalties

  • Understanding Record Labels

  • Understanding Publishing

  • Understanding Touring

  • The Big Picture - How It All Fits Together

  • What is a Sideman, and How Do I Become One?

Advanced Music Industry

  • Preparing Your Release for Radio

  • Learning about DMDS

  • Nielsen Soundscan BDS

  • Artwork and Design for your Release

  • Conferences and Networking

  • Regional and National Touring

  • International Touring

  • Applying for FACTOR Juried Sound Recording

Festival Preparation Series

  • Stage Managers Panel

  • Making your Stage Plot and Tech Rider

  • Building an Effective EPK

  • Communicating with Festivals

  • Interfacing with Production

Waterfall Mentorship

Our organization exists to create a reliable, and accessible network of artists who are eager to learn, share and support each other. At the co-op, not only do you have access to mentors, but also have the ability to mentor others and pass along what you've learned. It's a lot easier to learn together than learn alone.



When you're building out a release strategy or preparing a grant application, we're here to help! You can book a one-on-one meeting with one of our members to help you navigate new territories, or refresh your knowledge.

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