Fabiana Claure
Pianist - Business Coach for Musicians
by Fabiana Claure on October 23rd, 2020

Yesterday's NAMM Foundation webinar was very fun.

I connected with music students and educators from around the country. Their questions and insights were incredibly valuable and interesting.

I have so much hope for the future of our industry after hearing these students' perspectives and dreams.

You can catch the webinar replay by clicking on the image below. If you'd like to see my answers, scroll to minutes 30, 39, 42, and 1:02.

by Fabiana Claure on October 21st, 2020

It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM) throughout the years.

The NAMM Foundation is a wonderful educational arm of this organization and provides many opportunities for outreach, advocacy, and education to music students and faculty throughout the country.

My first experience at NAMM was back in the year 2010 when my husband and I were in the process of starting our music school, Superior Academy of Music.

We attended the NAMM convention in Anaheim and established key partnerships that allowed us to open our Academy with state-of-the-art equipment and become an all-Kawai school.

In 2018 I was selected as one of fourteen music faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program. As part of this fellowship, I was invited to Nashville, TN to participate in the Summer NAMM convention.

In early 2019, I participated at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA as a speaker.

My NAMM experiences have had a tremendous impact in my work as a business coach for musicians and music entrepreneurship educators.

Not only have I gained valuable knowledge and expertise related to the many possible career avenues that exist in the music industry, but I've also developed relationships with incredible colleagues who are all highly committed to advancing the music profession both for themselves as well as for their students.

I have since always encouraged my coaching clients and my University students to learn about this organization and become involved.

If you haven't heard of NAMM before, I highly encourage you to become familiar with this amazing organization and consider attending one of their live conventions when things normalize.

Recently, I was invited to join their webinar series "Students & Faculty Speak Out: Career Prospects and Concerns"  to take place this coming Thursday, 10/22 from 11 am-12 pm central time.

I'll be answering questions presented by college music students and will be joined by esteem music colleagues.

Admission is free and you can learn more about the event and register to watch it live by clicking here.

I hope you can join this exciting discussion.

Below are some snapshots from their event page.

by Fabiana Claure on October 17th, 2020

Nine months ago, I shared a very personal post where I talked about my journey as a musician, an entrepreneur, a mother, and a business coach for musicians.

I shared some stories about how important it was for me to build my artistic and creative side into my day-to-day life in order to make it sustainable and present.

At that time, I was preparing to launch a new online coaching business for women musicians and creatives, and I was also preparing a multimedia lecture-recital entitled “Women as Musician-Entrepreneurs” to be presented in the Denton/Dallas area in March.

We all know what happened in March so not surprisingly, my concerts had to be postponed.
So here I was once again trying to make the most out of a challenging situation where I was launching a new business while also dealing with a pandemic that resulted in

Lockdowns
Scrambling for groceries and supplies
No childcare options
Homeschooling my son
Switching to 100% online teaching for my music academy in Florida
As well as my University teaching here in Denton...

Even though I’m pretty good at dealing with chaos, this time around, things were taken to a whole new level.

So 9 months after sharing my February post, and enduring the chaos of 2020, I asked myself: where am I now? What has seeking creative alignment done for me? How have I held myself accountable for what I said was important to me earlier this year?

We can go through life – having responsibilities with our families, our own health, our own needs, our jobs – it’s so easy to put the creative side of our life in a dormant state, letting it be an afterthought instead of building it into the main activities in our life.

And when that happens, an integral part of our being and identity can feel lost.

This can have ripple effects in our internal sense of alignment, in our state of satisfaction, and overall purpose in life. It can affect how you show up, not only for yourself but in all the other aspects of your life, including with your family and your career.

In finding a way to not just bring that creative outlet back in, but to make it front and center in what you do, and let it fuel your entrepreneurial innovation...

You become a source of inspiration.

You can model creative alignment for everyone who may be struggling with the same things that you are, as it relates to finding creative fulfillment on a regular basis.

That inspiration can result in people wanting to work with you, people wanting to refer you, and so much more.

By being in alignment with your own creative fulfillment, you are not only able to succeed for yourself, but you model the possibility for others – how they too can make space for their creativity.

Your artistic desires should not just be something that only happens once everything else has been met.

You should build it into your career.

You should build it into your income streams.

This is what I do with my coaching clients and how I help them build their own umbrella vision to allow all the aspects of their life, including their artistic side, to unite and become synchronous.

Unless you are deliberate in pursuing your creative side in a way that allows you to build it into the business you are doing, it will be really difficult to find a true place of alignment.

But you need to find the right support system and strategy to do it well.

Whether you are a musician, a painter, a dancer, a writer, a sculptor, or any other type of creative being, chances are you aren’t making all your money from that.

Your day job, your business, or your kids are taking priority.

You can actually build your creative outlet INTO your job.

That is why, 9 months later, in addition to building a coaching business for women musicians and leading a music entrepreneurship program at a University, I am so thrilled to share with you what I have been working on in order to build my creative outlet – playing the piano – into my business and my life.

On November 15th, I’ll be presenting the worldwide premiere of my virtual multimedia lecture-recital entitled “Women as Musician-Entrepreneurs: An Exploration of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and Teresa Carreño’s Lives and Career Ventures.”

I’ll be working with a wonderful team who will be creating a high-quality audio/video experience and will be facilitating a number of interactive experiences for the audience.

The event will include piano music and a multimedia presentation where I’ll present the findings of my research. There will also be an opportunity for an audience Q&A as part of a virtual reception after the event.

This has been the culmination of all the creative work I’ve been focusing on during the past year. I dove deep into the music, lives, and entrepreneurial journeys of these amazing women pianists and composers.

I’m so excited to be able to share with you what I learned.

Back in March, a few weeks before I was supposed to present my in-person program, I made a video sharing some insights with more details about what to expect in the concert.

I hope you enjoy watching the video. I’ll also share more details in the coming weeks on how you can reserve your ticket to this unique experience.

When you create a business by uniting all the different elements of your personal and professional identity, you can design your creative outlet as an integral piece of your life.

This allows you to not only achieve financial success but preserve and grow your innate artistry - the creative side you shouldn’t have to give up just to make a living.

I'd love to know if this resonates with you.

Do you make time for your creative outlet (as much as you’d like to)?

I encourage you to share in the comments what your experience has been.

by Fabiana Claure on October 9th, 2020

I’m a big fan of Dr. Joe Dispenza. He’s this super-guru-doctor-scientist who has created frameworks around the power of manifestation – not only visualizing what you want, but embracing the feeling of what your future self could be, and actually turning it into an emotional connection.

In different instances in my life, I have truly been surprised by how quickly and concisely I have been able to manifest things.

Whether it’s creating a business from a vision, like the school my husband and I created 10 years ago…

Or when I wanted to step into a different type of work environment and move back to Texas…

Or when I started my own international coaching business and brought 12 amazing women together to start their own coaching programs in the middle of a pandemic…

Each time, I put myself into a place of believing that these things were already here.

I’ve done this all my life. When I moved into a new home 2 weeks before my second son was born; people told me I was crazy to sell and buy a home right before giving birth.

Oh, and I also had to finish teaching all my classes, grade assignments, and submit my students’ final grades. Even my team at the university wanted to put a contingency plan in place in case I went into labor, but I told them not to worry.

I went into labor the day after I submitted all my grades and had a 100% natural birth, exactly as I envisioned it in my daily journal in the months prior.

It is a beautiful journey to feel into the emotional state of what you want.

When you meditate on a regular basis, you are programming your brain to embody that feeling of what you want, that feeling of your future self.

You may be reading this and agreeing; it’s easy to hear about these concepts, and know about the importance, but there’s nothing like practice.

Meditating is like playing instruments, you have to go back and do it again.
And again
And again.

Day in
And day out.

Personally, I’ve benefited from the opportunity to really ground myself through meditation.
Part of my meditations are affirmations of what I want to release.
What I want to change.
What I want to STOP doing.

Deciding not to do the things that are not in my best interest.

I bought a Peloton bike exactly 1 month ago.

It was a big milestone to make this huge commitment to get in shape.

I started for 2 weeks, and then for 2 weeks, I was stuck with allergies, not exercising.

But in my meditations, I realized that if I want to change things in my life I have to do things differently.

I’m going to choose exercise.
Make myself and my health a priority.
Make my practicing a priority.
Make relaxing and unwinding a priority.

After those two weeks of allergy challenges, I decided to stop avoiding it and instead get back on the bike and continue my commitment to getting in shape.

But it happened because of this meditation routine, the repetition. (I meditate in the morning and at night, when I rewind and re-watch and evaluate where my moments of weakness are.)

These moments in meditation help me stay in integrity with myself. It’s an integrity check every day that I’m doing on a regular basis.

How about you? What are some of the things that you struggle with staying consistent and what mechanisms do you use to keep yourself in check and get back on track? I'd love to hear from you.

Here’s a quote that I love and think of every time I’m feeling stuck.
“I am no longer accepting the things I can't change. I am changing the things I can’t accept.” – Angela Y. Davis

by Fabiana Claure on October 1st, 2020

Part of the benefits of belonging to an international community of music business and music entrepreneurship educators is that I can participate in conferences where I can connect and learn from my amazing colleagues and other industry experts.

I have truly enjoyed attending live conferences over the years; it’s been such an integral part of my educational journey.

During the pandemic, there seemed to be no hope for live events, but the amount of events I’ve been able to attend has actually increased! (And there are no travel costs ;)

Last year, I had to take a break from conference presentations due to the birth of my second son.

But this year, I’ve been able to catch up...and then some!

Conferences are a great opportunity to interact with my colleagues in the field and to be able to transfer all of my knowledge and the latest trends I learn about from the conferences to my students and coaching clients.

I have participated in the MEIEA (Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association) conference as a guest speaker for several years now, but this is the first year it has been made open to the public.

So I want to take the opportunity to invite all of you to join us live on October 2nd and 3rd for a fantastic lineup of speakers and experts.

Below is the video of my individual presentation called “The Musician’s Profit Umbrella and Women as Musician Entrepreneurs”.

You can also join me live for a panel Q&A discussion on Saturday, Oct. 3rd from where I’ll be joined with esteemed colleagues and we’ll be answering your questions.

There will be incredible speakers featured at this conference. The registration is completely free and open to the public.

Register here to attend the MEIEA conference for free!