One of the great challenges for a professional songwriter, musician (or any other creative type for that matter) is to try to balance the creative spirit with the need to take care of business. Sir Francis Bacon is credited with having written "For also knowledge itself is power". In other words - "knowledge is power". Nothing could be more true when it comes to the music business. That is why music business conferences are a great opportunity for songwriters and musicians to bone up on the business side of things in a concentrated way in a couple of days.
San Diego's very own North Park Music Thing kicks off this Friday August 13th at the Lafayette Hotel in the North Park section of San Diego. During the days on Friday and Saturday there will be loads of panels and workshops on everything from getting started in the music business to music public relations to social networking and important legal topics (moderated by yours truly!).
At night on Friday and Saturday there will be dozens of music showcases all over North Park. The price of admission to the conference includes a wristband for the music showcases. People pay hundreds of dollars to attend conferences like this in Austin, Texas and New York City; the North Park Music Thing is quite affordable at $20 for a one-day pass and $35 for a two day pass.