Synthesizing Ideas

Peter Spellman


Headshot of Peter Spellman, Author, Career Specialist and Music Industry Professional
Peter Spellman

Episode #28 we discuss the challenges of our current way of life and how history, spirituality, economics and art come into play. We also talk a healthy dose of the state of the music industry with author, educator and artist Peter Spellman.

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Peter Spellman has crafted a career over decades by helping countless others to realize the fulfillment of crafting thiers.

Currently a career development specialist for the Flatiron School in Manhattan, Peter spent 24 years as director of the Career Development Center at Berklee College of Music and as an independant career and business consultant.  He is also a current member of the fculty for Berklee Online.

His publications include the Self-Promoting Musician, The Musician’s Internet ONline Strategies for Success in the Music Industry and Indie Business Power. 

It was while an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell that I had the opportunity to attend many of Peter’s classes on entrepreneurship and the music industry in the late 1990’s.  His ability to synthesize; to bring together facets of history, economics, social movements, cultural relevance and spirituality had a profound effect on how I see the world.

He has advocated for a more spiritually aware and more contemplative society.  A profound consideration in a world that divides and emotionally stunts individuals communicating in a 24 hour news cycle.

Listen now to our vibrant discussion.  We hope you’ll find a healthy dose of perspective and more than anything else we want you, our listeners to find hope in our words.


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