Secrets of becoming a touring musician

by Dave Carew

Do you dream of being a touring musician (or other type of artist)? Would you find it AMAZINGLY COOL to wake up in New York … or Austin … or Dublin … or London … and realize you have a SHOW there that night?

Well, you can make it happen. And here’s the first step:

One both Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, Suzahn Fiering is presenting her popular seminar “How To Be an Independent Touring Artist: A Master Class for Musicians, Songwriters, and Artists of all Genres.”  Among the things you’ll learn:

  • How to talk to promoters, agents, and venues to get a “yes”;
  • How to find gigs and fans and keep them wanting more;
  • Writing and pitching for film & TV;
  • An overview of the music business, including copyrights, publishing, media, the affiliates, distribution, and licensing.

Why should you listen to Suzahn Fiering on this topic? 

Because Suzahn is now living that “touring dream.” She travels the world as a jazz vocalist, guitarist, composer, and artist.  Suzahn’s songs have appeared on more than 20 TV networks and in many indie films. As part of her work at the world famous Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, she has twice met the Institute’s founder, Paul McCartney. And she has worked with artists such as Roger Daltrey, Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Pete Seeger, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, and Julian and Sean Lennon.

Asked by Underground Nashville what the top two benefits of this seminar will be for participants, Suzahn responded, “They will walk away with a skill set and a ‘how to’ list to structure their art like a business. And they will gain a true sense of who they are and what they have to offer.”

Sounds like a good deal to us. 


“How To Be an Independent Touring Artist:
 A Master Class for Musicians, Songwriters, and Artists of all Genres”

Sat June 9th & Sun June 10th

12:00 – 5:00 PM both days

$130 advance  / $150 at the door

For more information, email or call 615.385.9349.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on a Saturday in August or September (date TBA soon). Thank you.


Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”


Dave Carew



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