Today we’d like to introduce you to Spenser Liszt.
Spenser, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started playing saxophone professionally after earning a Master’s in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2013 including performances with Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Korn, local Dallas bands, studio recordings, and my own band. Even after spots of success, I started to get frustrated with my career as many colleagues in the music community generally partake in a scarcity mindset. Words like “starving artist, poor musicians, etc” were the norm. I hit rock bottom financially in August of 2015 even after performing with national acts and making a living as a freelance musician.
I decided to take control over my life and career starting with my finances so I mentally stepped away from music (while still performing and working) and focused on learning about money. This led to buying my first real estate property, a 450% increase in my income over two years, and more freedom financially and creatively then I could have imagined. Now my priority lies in teaching musicians financial awareness, money mindset, and business to achieve freedom within their personal careers through clinics, courses, blogs, coaching, and resources.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. There is always resistance when it comes to money. Like politics and religion, people are less apt to talk about money. Although I do have incredible one-on-one conversations with musicians freely revealing details of their financial situations. Many musicians have accepted the vagabond lifestyle so there are some who will never take interest in what I have to offer and some who want to take action, but hold themselves back mentally for a multitude of reasons. This will not stop me from reaching as many creatives as possible in this endeavor. I do receive immense feedback which helps me continue on my path.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Spenser Liszt – Thriving Musician – what should we know?
The business is education based with in-person clinics at colleges, coaching sessions, online courses, blogs, social media content, and varied resources based on the musicians’ needs. We specialize in teaching financial awareness, money mindset, and music business to young musicians and professionals. I’m proud that this could completely change the landscape for musicians and creatives globally through generations once students pass on their knowledge to their children.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I work with a coach in Nashville who pushed me to start the business. Her name is Karen Cubides and she works with musicians focusing on marketing and branding. My fiancé Jordan Coffing has been integral in many ways supporting my goals, contributing incredible ideas, and helping me through touch times. I have a mastermind of close friends (Jason St. George, Cameron Covello, CJ Thompson, Perrin Grace, Matt Larks) who help me with and beyond the business including how to buy my first property, bouncing business ideas back and forth, and moral support.
- 1-on-1 Coachings ($100/hr one-time)
- 1-on-1 Coachings ($60/hr regular recurring)
- Online Courses ($30-$100)
- Music Company Consulting ($500-$1,000/mo)
- High School Clinics ($300)
- College Clinics ($300)
- Website: www.spenserliszt.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/thrivingmusician
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/spenserliszt
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/spenserliszt
- Other: www.instagram.com/spenserliszt