Compose Your Career:

Businesscraft for Musicmakers.


Does This Sound Familiar?

You’re a musician and you’ve been around the block a few times. You’ve had some success already but the momentum you expected wasn’t there. The support wasn’t there. The fantasy of making music while someone else took care of your career has vanished. You’ve tried to promote and book yourself, but it’s slow going and money’s still tight. You’re frustrated and you don’t know what to do.

You want things in life—to get hitched, build a tiny house, raise kids, get a miniature goat—but you don’t know how you’ll ever do it without giving up music. Giving up the dream.

And yet, there’s a voice inside your head that insists this is the thing you were meant to do.

This is who you are.

Introducing An Online Course
Designed For Independent Musicians
By An Independent Musician


The Internet caused a sea of change in the music industry

Every musician knows that. What they don’t know is what the old guard—the agents, publicists, managers, and record labels—knew all along. That is, how to actually run a business.

Maybe you’ve already tried being a do-it-yourselfer, so you know all too well how hard it is to figure things out. You probably wondered if you were missing something huge. You were.

And you’re not alone. Most musicians are sailing along in the dark when it comes to their careers (though, they say “a smooth sea never made a good sailor”).

This comprehensive course changes that. Compose Your Career is for musicmakers like you who want to make the music you love—and a living at it too. It offers secrets and strategies that come from a guide (me—the guy who’s been called “the most organized musician on

the planet”) who has stopped at nothing (okay, almost nothing) to design a workable system for independent musicians. It provides a disarmingly honest look at what’s really happening in the music industry and what it takes to propel your career forward.

As artists, we need to re-think and re-imagine what it means to do business. An artist’s business model is fundamentally different than that of a record label or booking agency. The good news? We have more latitude, choice, and creative freedom than ever before.

Compose Your Career puts tools and resources back into the hands of independent musicians. It shows musicmakers that their career is the ultimate improvisation—the grand music project that includes businesscraft too.

“I have been booking myself and my band for the past 20 years. I have to admit that I learned more from two hours with Jayme than I’ve learned on my own in the past two decades. Jayme clearly knows what he’s talking about, has the track record to prove it, and offers concrete, usable, and effective suggestions for musicians of all levels.”



“Jayme thinks outside of the box. Always inspired by him as a musician, composer, and producer (and overall human, really), his counsel in my career continues to blow open my world and the way I think about the music industry.”



Teaching A Course On How To Professionalize Yourself
As A Musician Is Not Something I Set Out To Do,
But People Kept Asking Me To Do It.

That was a huge compliment, but it was also sobering. I’m moved by the astounding creativity of my friends and peers. How talented they are. And yet they ask for help because they are desperate to know how it all works. To stop struggling.

I understand. I’ve been figuring out how to do this without a guide for almost twenty years. I’ve signed with a record label and have had managers and agents, but I’ve mostly done it myself. I’ve released five albums independently, raised $25,000 on Kickstarter, instigated a decade’s worth of collaborative projects, and booked hundreds of concerts myself.

Last year, I began teaching a workshop called “How to Book Yourself Without an Agent” to answer many of the questions that fellow musicians had. Based on the success of those workshops, I set to work on a more comprehensive course—this course—that encompasses everything it takes to self-manage your career. What I’m offering is the hard-won knowledge I’ve accumulated that can uncover valuable opportunities for others.

Course Details

Compose Your Career is a six-week online course that teaches you, step-by-step, how to create a sustainable music career, get super-organized, and craft a savvy business so your music can thrive in the world—whether you’re currently a hobbyist or already a touring pro and no matter what kind of music you make.
This is not your standard Music Business 101 course. It’s based on a peer-to-peer model (one on-the-ground-musician to another, not ex-industry-pro to musician) and celebrates design, aesthetics, and imagination.




  • brazenly assessing your current situation
  • honing your artistic vision
  • balancing music and business
    (the high-wire act)
  • planning for the long-term
  • how to be a cultural entrepreneur


  • Engaging and easy-to-follow video presentations
  • Exercises and practical worksheets
  • Interactive office hours
  • A compendium of online resources, design tools, and tech tools
  • Access to a private community group where like-minded musicians can connect online.


  • Being a cultural entrepreneur doesn’t make you less of an artist; it actually gives you more creative freedom
  • Branding doesn’t mean selling out; it’s an extension of your artistic vision
  • Time spent at your laptop managing your career is better than time spent at a Joe job—or even playing in a bar for tips when no one is listening
  • Even if you’re struggling to pay the rent, you can’t afford not to invest a bit of money in your career—especially if it means that $100 gigs turn into $1,000 gigs.

Course registration opens this winter.

If a banjo player (ahem)
can do it, so can you.

As a banjoist, I’ve made six albums and won two Juno and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. I’ve booked myself successfully for fifteen years at venues ranging from the Lincoln and Kennedy Centres to Bumbershoot and the Vancouver Folk Festival.

As artists, I believe we can do a better job of representing ourselves and managing our own careers than most agents and managers because no one will care more than we do. We’re in it for the long haul and music isn’t just a living, it’s a life. There is no one better to represent our inner vision —our passion and our drive—than ourselves.

Jayme Stone

Composing your career will be
astoundingly hard work. It’s going to
take precisely everything you’ve got.
But here’s the thing: it’s harder not to
do the work. To never know whether or
not you had it in you. Or if the
impossible was actually possible.

Sign-up and be the first to know when registration opens, as well
as get updates about upcoming workshops and offerings.

What People Say About Jayme Stone
& The Workshop That Started It All

“Jayme Stone is not a human being, he’s a laser beam. A pure, focused stream of creativity, positivity, and productivity. Do not let the fact that he plays banjo dissuade you, he’s the real deal.”



“Jayme Stone’s workshop is the real deal. No platitudes or clichés about the music business; just shrewd insight into building a touring career. If you aren’t afraid of the truth or hard work, this workshop will move you forward. Most importantly, Jayme’s workshop gave me permission to embrace the truth about who I am musically; and the means to frame a career around that truth.”



“Jayme Stone’s ‘How to Book Yourself Without an Agent’ is a must-do for any artist who wants to get their act on stages and into festivals across North America. So much info is geared toward the ‘Sonicbids beginner artists’ out there, it’s hard for mid-level artists to find mentoring—but Jayme’s workshop is perfect for the pro artist who’s ready for the next level. Jayme is full of useful, creative, non-cliché info. Bring a thick pad of paper, you’ll want to take lots of notes!”


Music Presenter

“Jayme was very organized and clear, and covered pretty much everything that an independent musician needs to know in order to successfully book tours. I had a lot of doubts cleared up, and am ready to hit the emails again with renewed energy!”



“Jayme is the type of musician and businessman that sets an example for the rest of us. You know he’s onto something when you walk into a workshop and the bulk of the attendees are professional musicians. Everybody in the room walked away with useful information, from the hobbyists to the nationally touring professionals.”



“I take back what I said about Jayme Stone.”


Steve Martin

“An artist-revolutionary for our time.”


Director of 21CM at Depauw University

“The most organized musician on the planet.”


Music Presenter

“Attending Jayme Stone’s recent seminar on booking yourself was well worth it. I found Jayme to be an honest, genuine and professional presenter. He has walked the road we are venturing down and shared his story and success openly. If a banjo player with eclectic tastes can carve out a career in this business, there is hope for all of us.”



“Jayme is professional, energetic, and interesting to listen to. With his real life experiences, he helped shed light on parts of the industry that once seemed inaccessible. He breaks down the invisible walls we put up for ourselves and logically puts things into perspective to make you realize a career in music is possible. His insights took my game to the next level.”



“For performing artists at any level: this is masterful and powerful stuff from someone who has boldly traversed the field of music out there. I’m looking forward to his extended online program.”