Fabiana Claure
Pianist - Business Coach for Musicians
by Fabiana Claure on October 17th, 2020

Nine months ago, I shared a very personal post where I talked about my journey as a musician, an entrepreneur, a mother, and a business coach for musicians.

I shared some stories about how important it was for me to build my artistic and creative side into my day-to-day life in order to make it sustainable and present.

At that time, I was preparing to launch a new online coaching business for women musicians and creatives, and I was also preparing a multimedia lecture-recital entitled “Women as Musician-Entrepreneurs” to be presented in the Denton/Dallas area in March.

We all know what happened in March so not surprisingly, my concerts had to be postponed.
So here I was once again trying to make the most out of a challenging situation where I was launching a new business while also dealing with a pandemic that resulted in

Lockdowns
Scrambling for groceries and supplies
No childcare options
Homeschooling my son
Switching to 100% online teaching for my music academy in Florida
As well as my University teaching here in Denton...

Even though I’m pretty good at dealing with chaos, this time around, things were taken to a whole new level.

So 9 months after sharing my February post, and enduring the chaos of 2020, I asked myself: where am I now? What has seeking creative alignment done for me? How have I held myself accountable for what I said was important to me earlier this year?

We can go through life – having responsibilities with our families, our own health, our own needs, our jobs – it’s so easy to put the creative side of our life in a dormant state, letting it be an afterthought instead of building it into the main activities in our life.

And when that happens, an integral part of our being and identity can feel lost.

This can have ripple effects in our internal sense of alignment, in our state of satisfaction, and overall purpose in life. It can affect how you show up, not only for yourself but in all the other aspects of your life, including with your family and your career.

In finding a way to not just bring that creative outlet back in, but to make it front and center in what you do, and let it fuel your entrepreneurial innovation...

You become a source of inspiration.

You can model creative alignment for everyone who may be struggling with the same things that you are, as it relates to finding creative fulfillment on a regular basis.

That inspiration can result in people wanting to work with you, people wanting to refer you, and so much more.

By being in alignment with your own creative fulfillment, you are not only able to succeed for yourself, but you model the possibility for others – how they too can make space for their creativity.

Your artistic desires should not just be something that only happens once everything else has been met.

You should build it into your career.

You should build it into your income streams.

This is what I do with my coaching clients and how I help them build their own umbrella vision to allow all the aspects of their life, including their artistic side, to unite and become synchronous.

Unless you are deliberate in pursuing your creative side in a way that allows you to build it into the business you are doing, it will be really difficult to find a true place of alignment.

But you need to find the right support system and strategy to do it well.

Whether you are a musician, a painter, a dancer, a writer, a sculptor, or any other type of creative being, chances are you aren’t making all your money from that.

Your day job, your business, or your kids are taking priority.

You can actually build your creative outlet INTO your job.

That is why, 9 months later, in addition to building a coaching business for women musicians and leading a music entrepreneurship program at a University, I am so thrilled to share with you what I have been working on in order to build my creative outlet – playing the piano – into my business and my life.

On November 15th, I’ll be presenting the worldwide premiere of my virtual multimedia lecture-recital entitled “Women as Musician-Entrepreneurs: An Exploration of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and Teresa Carreño’s Lives and Career Ventures.”

I’ll be working with a wonderful team who will be creating a high-quality audio/video experience and will be facilitating a number of interactive experiences for the audience.

The event will include piano music and a multimedia presentation where I’ll present the findings of my research. There will also be an opportunity for an audience Q&A as part of a virtual reception after the event.

This has been the culmination of all the creative work I’ve been focusing on during the past year. I dove deep into the music, lives, and entrepreneurial journeys of these amazing women pianists and composers.

I’m so excited to be able to share with you what I learned.

Back in March, a few weeks before I was supposed to present my in-person program, I made a video sharing some insights with more details about what to expect in the concert.

I hope you enjoy watching the video. I’ll also share more details in the coming weeks on how you can reserve your ticket to this unique experience.

When you create a business by uniting all the different elements of your personal and professional identity, you can design your creative outlet as an integral piece of your life.

This allows you to not only achieve financial success but preserve and grow your innate artistry - the creative side you shouldn’t have to give up just to make a living.

I'd love to know if this resonates with you.

Do you make time for your creative outlet (as much as you’d like to)?

I encourage you to share in the comments what your experience has been.

by Fabiana Claure on October 9th, 2020

I’m a big fan of Dr. Joe Dispenza. He’s this super-guru-doctor-scientist who has created frameworks around the power of manifestation – not only visualizing what you want, but embracing the feeling of what your future self could be, and actually turning it into an emotional connection.

In different instances in my life, I have truly been surprised by how quickly and concisely I have been able to manifest things.

Whether it’s creating a business from a vision, like the school my husband and I created 10 years ago…

Or when I wanted to step into a different type of work environment and move back to Texas…

Or when I started my own international coaching business and brought 12 amazing women together to start their own coaching programs in the middle of a pandemic…

Each time, I put myself into a place of believing that these things were already here.

I’ve done this all my life. When I moved into a new home 2 weeks before my second son was born; people told me I was crazy to sell and buy a home right before giving birth.

Oh, and I also had to finish teaching all my classes, grade assignments, and submit my students’ final grades. Even my team at the university wanted to put a contingency plan in place in case I went into labor, but I told them not to worry.

I went into labor the day after I submitted all my grades and had a 100% natural birth, exactly as I envisioned it in my daily journal in the months prior.

It is a beautiful journey to feel into the emotional state of what you want.

When you meditate on a regular basis, you are programming your brain to embody that feeling of what you want, that feeling of your future self.

You may be reading this and agreeing; it’s easy to hear about these concepts, and know about the importance, but there’s nothing like practice.

Meditating is like playing instruments, you have to go back and do it again.
And again
And again.

Day in
And day out.

Personally, I’ve benefited from the opportunity to really ground myself through meditation.
Part of my meditations are affirmations of what I want to release.
What I want to change.
What I want to STOP doing.

Deciding not to do the things that are not in my best interest.

I bought a Peloton bike exactly 1 month ago.

It was a big milestone to make this huge commitment to get in shape.

I started for 2 weeks, and then for 2 weeks, I was stuck with allergies, not exercising.

But in my meditations, I realized that if I want to change things in my life I have to do things differently.

I’m going to choose exercise.
Make myself and my health a priority.
Make my practicing a priority.
Make relaxing and unwinding a priority.

After those two weeks of allergy challenges, I decided to stop avoiding it and instead get back on the bike and continue my commitment to getting in shape.

But it happened because of this meditation routine, the repetition. (I meditate in the morning and at night, when I rewind and re-watch and evaluate where my moments of weakness are.)

These moments in meditation help me stay in integrity with myself. It’s an integrity check every day that I’m doing on a regular basis.

How about you? What are some of the things that you struggle with staying consistent and what mechanisms do you use to keep yourself in check and get back on track? I'd love to hear from you.

Here’s a quote that I love and think of every time I’m feeling stuck.
“I am no longer accepting the things I can't change. I am changing the things I can’t accept.” – Angela Y. Davis

by Fabiana Claure on October 1st, 2020

Part of the benefits of belonging to an international community of music business and music entrepreneurship educators is that I can participate in conferences where I can connect and learn from my amazing colleagues and other industry experts.

I have truly enjoyed attending live conferences over the years; it’s been such an integral part of my educational journey.

During the pandemic, there seemed to be no hope for live events, but the amount of events I’ve been able to attend has actually increased! (And there are no travel costs ;)

Last year, I had to take a break from conference presentations due to the birth of my second son.

But this year, I’ve been able to catch up...and then some!

Conferences are a great opportunity to interact with my colleagues in the field and to be able to transfer all of my knowledge and the latest trends I learn about from the conferences to my students and coaching clients.

I have participated in the MEIEA (Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association) conference as a guest speaker for several years now, but this is the first year it has been made open to the public.

So I want to take the opportunity to invite all of you to join us live on October 2nd and 3rd for a fantastic lineup of speakers and experts.

Below is the video of my individual presentation called “The Musician’s Profit Umbrella and Women as Musician Entrepreneurs”.

You can also join me live for a panel Q&A discussion on Saturday, Oct. 3rd from where I’ll be joined with esteemed colleagues and we’ll be answering your questions.

There will be incredible speakers featured at this conference. The registration is completely free and open to the public.

Register here to attend the MEIEA conference for free!

by Fabiana Claure on September 21st, 2020

I’ve had 7 piano teachers throughout my years of learning to play the piano. At this point, I know the type of teacher I work best with. I’m sure many of you, as seasoned musicians, feel the same.

One of the things that drew me to my absolute favorite mentors was the fact that they were doers.

It’s easier for me to learn from teachers who are active in the trenches – leading by example.
It’s what attracted me to all my favorite teachers and business coaches.

So when I became a business coach for musicians, I always wanted to be able to share my expertise but still be actively doing it myself.

Keeping both of my career paths alive – being a musician AND a coach – is incredibly important to me because as I am growing, experiencing, and learning for myself, I am better equipped to share my knowledge with others who are following similar paths.

I was humbled when my newest 1:1 client expressed the main reason she felt drawn to is that I was not just a business coach, but that I am a musician and a woman.

She saw herself in me, like a reflection.

When we position ourselves not only as an expert in our field but also who we are as people – in a way that allows others to see themselves in us, connecting with us on a human level…
THAT is when the magic happens.

My availability for the rest of the 2020 year is fully booked, but I’m now accepting early-bird applications for my 2021 group coaching program, The Musician's Profit Umbrella™.

If your application is accepted and you enroll now, you’ll be eligible to receive special bonuses that will help you get started right away.

You’ll be given access to the MPU core training videos, we’ll have monthly meetings through the end of 2020, and you will have the option of extending your payments through a long-term payment plan.

If you’ve been thinking about creating rapid financial expansion, freeing up your time so you can pursue what matters most to you, and using the last 3 months of this crazy year to make a real difference in your life, then I encourage you to apply now to The Musician’s Profit Umbrella™ early-bird registration option!

I look forward to connecting with you. 

by Fabiana Claure on September 20th, 2020

I hope you were able to get some rest and feel recharged to start a new week ahead.

I had a big realization this weekend when I attempted to be the super mom of the night and scheduled a "family movie night" with my husband and 6-year old son.

At first, everything indicated that we'd have a great time. We got popcorn, found a great movie, I put my younger baby to sleep on time, and all looked well.

Except.....that I fell asleep halfway through the movie!

It had been a long time since I had actually watched a movie and I was excited to do it, so I was quite surprised to see how tired I really was.

The funny thing is that I'm sure that had I stayed up that evening doing some work or even cleaning around the house, I would have surely been able to stay awake until my usual bedtime.

It was a wake-up call for me to realize how sometimes I can be so tired but not really tune into it until I "let my guard down" and decide to really shut off for the day.

My lesson this weekend is to listen more to my body's needs and tune into my true state of energy, without over accelerating myself!

On another note, I've been having some really meaningful conversations inside my group coaching program for women musicians, The Musician's Profit Umbrella™, and a recurring topic that keeps coming up is the concept of how to embrace the right mindset to create new income.

The women in my program are all incredibly accomplished professionals with longstanding careers. Many of them are University professors and others own their own teaching studios and/or run music academies.

For a significant portion of their careers, they've been overachieving and have been rewarded by receiving promotions and other types of external recognition for their remarkable work.

Even though this can be something to celebrate and be grateful for, it can also cause a certain level of dependency on external validation in order to determine one's true value and merit.

Often times, when we are in certain work and corporate environments, the concept of value and worthiness can be defined by the productivity measures established by others, be these individuals or institutions.

And sometimes, these external parameters and measures of success don't necessarily align with our true indicators of achievement and potential.

As a result, when it comes to creating new income and stepping into a place of authority, empowerment, and belief, it's very common for us to face limiting beliefs and find perceived barriers that inhibit us from proactively stepping into a place of action and change.

I'm a firm advocate for embracing financial freedom and developing self-sufficiency to create new income, whenever it may be needed.

In my case, for example, I gave myself a 120% salary raise by starting my own coaching business this year - in the middle of a pandemic!

I'm very proud of this accomplishment and it's one of the key motivators that drives me to help the women in my program achieve a sense of empowerment and financial self-sufficiency.

I made a short FB video last week discussing all this and also sharing some key strategies musicians can embrace in order to develop the right mindset for creating new income.
I hope you find them useful and inspiring.

When you watch it, I'd love for you to share in the comments below and let me know which part of the video (and/or my written post) resonated with you the most.

I look forward to hearing from you.