How to make a living making music

You'll learn how to start your business, find your fans, and how to talk to them

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Hours & hours of career-changing content, one low price.

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Packed full of career-shaping content

that you can watch on any device

Course quote from Derek:

"This doesn't mean you have to play shows all the time. I only play house shows every other weekend and it pays all my bills, every year."

Course Overview

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"This was a real motivator for me. I have been dabbling in music for over a decade, always wishing it was my career or at least a legitimate enough supplement that I could justify giving more time to it. This course was a good kick in the right direction. Great inspiration to put in the hours and get to work. And lots of helpful information along the way"

- Skylor Brumbeloe

Why this course is perfect for all phases of your career

"I don't have to find my identity in my day job" - Justin Cross

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Course quote from Derek:

"You know what's cooler than the mystique of disappearing into the green room? Having a career in 10 years and providing for your family."


Your Instructor


For over 20 years, I’ve been writing songs, making records, touring, and thinking critically about and developing tools for artists to use to build engage with their audience. I’m a blue collar artist, an accidental entrepreneur, and deep down I'm a wannabe mentor.

Whether during my time as a founding member and songwriter in the band Caedmon’s Call, during my almost 15 year (and currently active) solo career, or as the founder & president of the free music platform NoiseTrade, I’ve backed into a pretty solid set of best practices, random skills, and tricks of the trade for how to make a good living as a middle class musician.

I wanna tell you everything I know. Everything from the basics (and not so basics) of songwriting, demo and full album recording, to touring and playing house shows, and the basics of setting up your business online and beyond, I want to bring all of my experience to bear on helping you build your career.

To be clear, I’m not talking about how to get rich & famous. I’m talking about helping you actually make a living playing music. a sustainable, middle class living.

Maybe this is finally the moment to invest in yourself. So, calling all of my middle class musicians out there, or those hoping to be.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts right after you sign-up. Once it's started, it is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to the video content in this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Is there some form of accountability or community I can be part of?
Absolutely! One of our add-ons is exclusive access to our private Slack group. Come hang with other musicians who have gone through the course (and often Derek too), and toss around songs ideas, get insights into what's working for others, and get plugged into a support system for your career.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I am confident that this course will have a meaningful impact on your pursuit of a career as a middle class musician. But if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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