"My husband and I wanted to hire a pianist for our holiday party where ninety guests were invited. We were referred to Live Music Consulting (LMC) by our dentist (personal friend) who knows the owner, Dan Wions. I immediately contacted Dan via e-mail and cell phone but, unfortunately, he was on tour out of the country. Within a day the correspondence began.

He was able to find out what our needs were (both musical and budgetary) and he contacted a very qualified woman through the LMC network and connected us. Dan was such a pleasure to work with, returning e-mails promptly and always answering any questions promptly and politely. Making me feel comfortable that I would definitely have a qualified pianist for our party was such a relief and one less worry for such a large gathering. We highly recommend using LMC and will definitely do business as well as refer in the future.

P.S. Even after our pianist left our guests actually came up to us asking where the live music had gone!"

Mandy Holanda
(New Jersey)

What is a Performance Referral Network?

50 years ago, music schools trained musicians who were often placed into jobs right out of school. Those who were not were given ample freelancing opportunities through the union. The American Federation of Musicians at that time held meetings that served as hiring halls and networking frenzies during which musicians and contractors would make their presence known in the area. Unions protected musicians, and secured work for them. This enabled Musicians to rely on others for work.

Today, music schools train students to take auditions. As most of you are painfully aware, it is getting harder and harder to win auditions, as significantly fewer jobs exist in the U.S. that pay enough to live on. The local AFM chapters have become far less effective at securing work for their members. Musicians have been forced to become more self sufficient in terms of their marketing. While many of us have a handful of contractors and contacts that occasional supply us with work, very few of us get enough work to live off of by relying solely on others.

While our network is a means of security, it is not meant to replace the audition circuit, or union gigs. In fact, since LMC secures work for independently contracted musicians, they are welcome to file the work through their Local AFM chapters. Regardless of whether your goals involve winning an orchestra job, composing and arranging full time, performing in jazz clubs and wedding bands, or recording, LMC is a resource that can assist you in achieving your goals.

The aim of Live Music Consulting is to provide a network of musicians who can proactively supply each other with work, financial security, advice, and resources to ensure stability in a musical world that is rapidly changing. Millions of Patrons want to hear quality live music. Millions of Musicians want to perform live music. Live Music Consulting is the liaison between these two groups.

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