I'm a composer, producer, theater artist, internet media person, and podcaster. I also consult and speak on strategy and marketing for technology and the arts.

By day I'm the product manager at New Music USA, building a new platform for awarding and promoting awesome new music projects.

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Stock Tips

Stock Tips

Rachel Fershleiser once said “If I die, tell the New York Times I liked soup.” Then she made this soup zine with her friend Ami Greko. I think the Times will be able to figure it out on their own. Most of the zine (which you should buy at Housingworks) is made up of recipes,...

Sixth Borough Punch

There is no photo for this punch. I hadn’t planned to blog it, but the audience that drank it last night at the Con Vivo gala demanded I post the recipe. They did this after they drank it, so blame them for the lack of art. This recipe uses all of my cheap tricks in...
We launched.

We launched.

You can now create a project page at New Music USA in order to apply for funding! It’s easier than a normal grant process – just paste in your marketing materials, link to some media, and make a profile. And if we fund you, we publish your project page and both you and New Music...
Employees Must Wash Haiku (live)

Employees Must Wash Haiku (live)

Elisabeth Halliday does an incredible job with these little songs/jokes/micro-comedy-routines. These haiku are legally acceptable replacements for “employees must wash hands” signs in restaurants. We learned that when Journeyman posted them in their own bathrooms in Somerville, MA. P.s. Go eat at Journeyman if you’re anywhere near there. They’re a fantastic restaurant. Mila Henry is...

That damnable pick up artist Kickstarter.

I had a chastising blog post all set to go. I was going to criticize Kickstarter’s decision, their slow response, and poor handling of the whole mess. Given how much I write about, talk about, and think about Kickstarter, I had to say something. Especially given how much I push young artists in their direction,...
New video of Summer's Twilight

New video of Summer’s Twilight

This is from the reading we did at Art House Productions on May 4. Thanks especially to Victoria Nece for shooting and editing the video, Mike Feldman for also shooting, and Zach Herchen for recording audio. We’re working on a development process with lots of bits of web video in it, and I’ll be sure...
Fresh Inc. Talk on Crowdfunding

Fresh Inc. Talk on Crowdfunding

In a lot of ways this is the fourth post in my oft-referred-to Kickstarter planning series from back in the day, and from over in the sidebar. This is the as-prepared text of my talk for The Fresh Inc Festival, which is happening right now in and around Chicago and Milwaukee. The talk is specifically...
Medieval Guild, Anyone?

Medieval Guild, Anyone?

So this is hypothetical-business-model-for-modern-artists-type-post. On the latest episode of Actually Happening, we were discussing a secret society called The Supreme Tribe of Ben Hur. They got started after a secret society promoter (actual job!) asked the author for secret society rights (really). The members were quite silly, like the Freemasons, before becoming the USA Life...
Breakfast Pork Stew: lime, masa harina

Breakfast Pork Stew: lime, masa harina

So I’m going to start blogging recipes the way I learn them, with fewer details, less measuring, etc. This is to get me to actually post recipes. A couple months ago my grocery store had giant hunks of pork shoulder on sale, so I bought a couple, poached them, pulled the meat off the bone,...
Fresh Inc

Fresh Inc

I love helping artists be better at the career side of things, so I’m ecstatic to be speaking next month at the Fresh Inc Festival. Fifth House have put together an awesome program for emerging musicians, mixing awesome new music and career skills. I’m going to be talking about crowdfunding (shocker) and about New Music...
Write After Reading

Write After Reading

Last Saturday we did a development reading of Summer’s Twilight at Art House in Jersey City. It was an awesome event, with lots of amazing people doing really fun things. Plus everyone liked my food! Or at least, I got enough compliments that seemed sincere enough to me that I’ll judge the “fancy bar and...
Thank you to Choc-O-Pain's new location!

Thank you to Choc-O-Pain’s new location!

I want to talk about our bread sponsor for the Summer’s Twilight reading this Saturday. Choc-O-Pain are a new addition to the Van Vorst Park & Harsimus Cove neighborhoods in Jersey City, but oh my god are they welcome. They’re the second store of a bakery based in Hoboken, and the new place is at...