Why does The Music Entrepreneur HQ Exist? Because…
Every year, many musicians will leave music school having a firm grasp of music theory, composition, sight reading, how to play their instrument and/or sing but not know where to start when it comes to building a profitable and sustainable music career.
From marketing and social media to finances and business mindset, there are plenty of crucial topics school leaves on the table. And, even if you do enroll in the available programs, you’re not guaranteed to walk away with the information you need to succeed. At The Music Entrepreneur HQ, unfortunately, we believe you won’t.
That’s why we exist. That’s why we’re here to help.
Confidence, Breakthrough and Fulfillment. That’s what we stand for.
What can I expect to learn at The Music Entrepreneur HQ?
- How to grow as an individual, a leader, a music entrepreneur.
- How to be happier, more creative and productive.
- How to uncover more revenue streams as a musician.
- How to market and sell your music to a broader audience.
- How to make more money as a performing artist.
- How to find licensing and placement opportunities for your music.
- How to build an effective online presence (website, social media, etc.).
- How to uncover untapped opportunities as an artist.
- How to create engaging content your fans will love.
- How to network, make more connections and meet more people.
- How to manage your personal and business finances.
Who is Founder & CEO David Andrew Wiebe?
Japan-raised Canadian David Andrew Wiebe is more than meets the eye.
No, he may not be a robot (the kind of wanted to be as a kid), but his background, experience and skill set effortlessly cross boundaries. You’ll scarcely find a person more relatable and agreeable than Wiebe, which seem to overshadow his excellent communication skills and hard-gotten knowledge.
But more to the point:
Wiebe lost his father at 13 in a motorcycle crash while still living in Japan. Though his mother would describe him as “creative since birth”, his creativity began taking on a new expression as his only masculine role model left this world. His process of reflecting, mourning and giving voice to his inner turmoil began anew in the realm of music at 14.
He would soon go onto write hundreds if not thousands of songs through his high school years, begin learning guitar and playing in bands at 17, releasing his first solo album at 22, appearing as a session player both on stage and in the studio at 27, producing and engineering musical projects and even making an appearance on a live DVD at 34.
Crunched by financial strain, a 27-year-old Wiebe would also go onto join two network marketing companies in 2011. Though he’d worked as a graphic designer and home studio owner to that point, he began to engage in business training with renewed enthusiasm.
Soon, he would come to recognize the importance of a business mindset as it applies to music. “If only I’d known this stuff sooner”, Wiebe would later say, “I could have achieved greater heights in my music career sooner.”
Wiebe remains active as a musician, studio engineer, author and content creator, designer, teacher, coach, public speaker, entrepreneur, investor and community builder.
David Andrew Wiebe
Founder & CEO
Select highlights from David Andrew Wiebe’s career
- Performed and recorded with Lightly Toasted Touché, Angels Breaking Silence, Shoestring Fusion, Adrenalize, The Active Light, Jonathan Ferguson and Long Jon Lev among others.
- Released A Tale of the Coming Together and Murder of My Heart in the Golden State EP with Lightly Toasted Touché.
- Released numerous titles as a solo artist, including Shipwrecked… My Sentiments, Fragments, City Lights, Don’t Wait Too Long, Hope, Waves, Your Eyes Give It Away and Fire Your God.
- Released Christmas Surf under the pseudonym Compuxor.
- Appeared on The Active Light’s The Active Light EP, Jonathan Ferguson’s Sweeter After Difficulties and Long Jon Lev’s Telltale Heart.
- Appeared on Frederick Tamagi’s id Live DVD.
- Produced, mixed, mastered and engineered Andrew Riches’ 12 String Monster.
- Podcasting since 2009 with the David Andrew Wiebe Podcast. Interviewed the likes of Derek Sivers, Tommy Tallarico, David Hooper, Steve Taylor, Dave Cool, Jesse Cannon, Todd Henry, Kevin Breuner, Jack Conte, Bob Baker, James Moore, Helen Austin, Christopher Sutton, Ian Temple, James Schramko, Jason Davis, Jules Schroeder, Richard “Younglord” Frierson, Brent Vaartstra, Matt Starr and many others.
- Staff writer for Music Industry How To since 2015.
- Organizer, host and tech support at several local communities – The Question, The Listening Room YYC and The Indie YYC.
- Spoke at WordCamp YYC 2016 and 2017.
- Author of three books, The New Music Industry: Adapting, Growing and Thriving in The Information Age, The Essential Guide to Music Entrepreneurship: 2018 Edition and The Essential Guide to Creative Entrepreneurship: Making and Selling Your Neon Yellow Tiger.
Helping get musicians from where they are to where they want to go in their careers. If you’re wondering where to start, start here.
What people are saying about The Music Entrepreneur HQ
David, thank YOU for your podcast. I’m hearing it every day and I’m already getting results from applying ideas that you mentioned.
David has his finger on the pulse of what it means to be a musician in this day and age. He is optimistic without being impractical. He says everything that everybody should be saying on the subject but isn’t. You would be doing yourself a disservice not reading his words.
It seems like every time I read one of your articles, I always finish it shaking my head in agreement.
David was instrumental in bringing my career to a point where I was living off my freelance work. He gladly answered my questions, connected me with his contacts, and we have remained in touch and worked together ever since. David is a total pro.
When you get to know David Andrew Wiebe, you will see he wants to help people in his humble way and show people the nice guy can finish first!