Clients and Their Comments
Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi
- Jeri Goldstein is "Dr. Gig." She has shown me ways to make booking and planning tours easier and less
stressful. She methodically helps you get the necessary materials at hand, plan strategically, begin to
manage a team and think long-term. But she is more than this: She also gets to the root of what is
holding you up, what is blocking you from realizing your full potential. She is half business consultant,
half booking shrink. All of this has enabled me not to let the business get in the way of what's important:
being creative and getting out to share the chant. Hence, she is, for me, Dr. Gig!
Andrew Leonard - "Jeri is a great outside
the box thinker. Whenever I talk to Jeri about an aspect of my career I want to bring to the next level,
her suggestions are practical and leave me feeling that anything is possible. Whether working with her
at a retreat (the food is amazing!) or on the phone during a consultation, Jeri's is able to zero in,
find a solution, and explain the concept-including the steps necessary in an easy to understand way."
— Andrew Leonard, Classical Guitarist
Faculty Member National Guitar Workshop
Former Faculty University of Kentucky
Cathy Bollinger - "Jeri really helped us prioritize our communications effort.
She urged us to rethink our website first since this would be our first point of contact with many of our
customers. She gave us practical advice that could be easily implemented into our business."
— Cathy Bollinger
Board Certified Music Therapist,
Children's Songwriter and Performer
Celia Slattery - "Jeri Goldstein has given me invaluable support in growing
my performing and teaching business. Her knowledge of the business of booking and touring is vast, but
what is even more valuable is her ability to sense each client as a unique individual. She has helped me
to define and build on what makes me different and to identify and capitalize on my special niche.
She's also incredibly generous and gracious with her time and advice. A great investment in your career!"
& Bruce Kaplan - "Jeri has provided us a unique service by
combining a natural gift for strategic thinking with decades of music business experience. And, it's not
canned, cookie-cutter advice. It's been custom consulting that is tailored to our situation. But if you're
more of the do it yourself type, go ahead and read her book. It's the single best book I've read that is
written for working musicians."
Coco & Lafe - "She was and continues to be brilliant! In less than two years we
were touring nationally, following the harvest and sunny weather, playing only regions and cities we had
the desire to explore. She helped us build the music life we love. Jeri gave us specifics. She showed us
how to manage our time and the wisdom of following through with promotion. I have no doubt we would still
be trying to break into the club circuit and stressing over how to pay our bills if Jeri Goldstein wasn't
Dan Crary - "Once again you have been an oasis of sanity and good info about
the business side of our music as we try to negotiate this territory effectively. Thanks for the great
conference and the feeling of confidence your expertise and help inspire. When we get stuck again, we'll
Darren Nelsen - "I really enjoy working with Jeri. Our monthly phone consults
are illuminating. Jeri brings insight to issues and opportunities I'm dealing with and helps keep me focused
on my goals and career. She offers real, use-it-now advice that gets you going! I highly recommend her
programs, especially Manager-in-a-Box."
Dean Regan - "Jeri has a magnificently gentle laser focus. Not only does she help
me see the big picture, but she helps me feel excited about how I focus in on the big picture. That big
picture focus effectively trickles down into my daily work flow. She has a wealth of information that
she compassionately shares...and it's just plain fun working with her."
Erica Wheeler - "With Jeri's help I was able to transition ten years
ago from being "just" a touring singer/songwriter to a speaker, educator and conservation advocate.
Jeri helped me see a broader vision for myself and my career. I was once in an endless cycle of tour,
record, tour, recover and repeat. After 10 years I was ready for something more. I am sure at the time
I went kicking and screaming into this brave new world. All I really wanted to do was be a successful
touring singer, songwriter. Jeri saw how I could take my passions, weave them into my music career AND
earn more money and have more fun while doing it. Now I know it was my larger purpose to use all my
strengths and talents in conjunction with my music to connect with communities helping people
find and express their "sense of place."
Guy Mendilow - "Jeri is someone on whom I can count. Whether tweaking a
press kit, co-writing a press release to hand off to a publicist, finding the right assistant or helping hone
(and stick to!) professional and personal creativity goals, Jeri's help has been both meaningful and timely.
Aside from working with Jeri one-on-one, I have sent my assistant to her "booking agent school" which has
been quite helpful...It has been a pleasure to work with someone as consistently resourceful, punctual
and experienced as Jeri."
Jesse Moore - "Jeri Goldstein's advice has been
so helpful. One phone call and I was setting up my first solo tour. It was a great success. Jeri really
knows what she's talking about. I'd recommend her to any artist looking to advance their career."
- "In a sea of endless chatter on how to "make it" in the music business, I have found Jeri's advice to be
continuously concise, pragmatic, and-most importantly-effective. Over the years, Jeri has continued to impress
and surprise me with her fresh insights and her ability to quickly get to the root of a situation and figure
out the best plan to move forward. I feel lucky to have found a friend and mentor in Jeri Goldstein"
Johnette Downing - "The Marketing and Managing Guru for Musicians, Jeri Goldstein
offers practical advice to help musicians chart their career paths and stay on course."
- "I listen to each of her weekly Biz Booster Hot Tips with a pen and paper to write down her advice and it
always points me in the right direction. I keep her book right on my desk and consult its well-thumbed pages
over and over again...But the Booking and Touring Course and the consult I had with Jeri were the two things
that really opened my eyes to new possibilities. Jeri may be the "Manager in a Box" but she excels at thinking
outside the box and coming up with new and creative ways to market one's music. I believe that my work with
Jeri has been integral to building the confidence to move forward and reach for higher levels in my field. I
wasn't born with that kind of drive and confidence and it took me years to cultivate it. I'm very grateful
for Jeri for helping me believe that I can do it. And look....now I've got a Grammy nomination!"
Kate Michaels - "I found Jeri through her outstanding book How To Be Your Own Booking
Agent. We've been working together for two years now and without a doubt, she helps me get more performing
opportunities! She is a great coach. I always find her perspectives on the work I'm doing to be fresh and
helpful. She's an excellent mentor and a valuable part of my team."
Kenny Woods - "Jeri Goldstein has the uncanny ability to unearth the
gems within that have been there all along, waiting for a guiding light. For a glitzy glamorous
flash-in-the-pan ego massage, seek elsewhere. Goldstein truthfully and fearlessly helps an artist
to embrace the step-by-step journey - like any great guide, she leaves it up to you to actually unlock
your own magic."
Kevin Asbjornson - "I am most grateful to Jeri Goldstein for encouraging me to
trust and understand who I am as a person and then integrate my talents as a composer, recording and
performing artist into meaningful products and purposeful services to my customers."
Lowry Olafson - Jeri has been my business coach for over ten years. Having
regular, timely access to her insight, ability and breadth of experience has transformed my working
life. Our meetings are collaborative, sustaining exchanges that take me from
wherever I am, with whatever is on my plate, and leave me with tangible projects
and ideas, and an ever-renewing sense of possibility. Her mentorship has enabled
me to improve my own business and communications skills, to identify and reach
new audiences, and create opportunities that are more fulfilling, both artistically
and financially. Oh yeah, and she's also a lot of fun!
Mary Louis Knutson - "I followed Jeri's advice on how to negotiate higher
fees for myself and my client came up with another $800 from his original offer. Unbelievable! And, it was
so easy, as Jeri practically told me what to say word for word. It's been an amazing benefit to have
access to her expert advice."
Max Tell - "If I could implement just 10% of what Jeri Goldstein offers
I'd be very rich today. Sometimes, when I feel bold, where business matters are concerned, all I have to
do is dip into Jeri's treasure-trove of suggestions, and I'm guaranteed success."
— Robert Stelmach a.k.a. Max Tell
Writer, Storyteller, Songwriter, Educator
Nathen Aswell - "After many years as a successful "sideman," I'm now focusing my
energy on my OWN musical path. I've been working with Jeri since September of 2010, and I greatly enjoy our
connection; her thinking always gives me a fresh perspective on things (she's FULL of good ideas!), and she has
a kind and generous heart. THANKS, Jeri - you're a GIFT!"
- "I don't think Jeri believes miracles are far-fetched. Already I've telephoned what may be called potential
top-gun clients...something I would have not done on my own. I even tried to persuade her into making the
calls for me. The woman would not budge. She said, "You've got to do this for yourself." I did and am glad
for it. An artist has to stand her own ground and Jeri knows how to mix warmth with accountability and action.
For me the miracle was taking the leap of faith. To Jeri it's just a matter of acknowledging and trusting the
gift that already exists inside of you. I am so grateful to be working with her. I can see the realities of my
potential unfold right before me. There is a certain amount of pride that comes in knowing the business.
Jeri's been in the business a long time. She knows, feels, and understands the artist in this business.
I would recommend her to any performer who is ready to get her career soaring."
— Ramona King
Speaker, Storyteller, Performance Artist
Todd Mosby -
Classical Indian/Jazz Guitarist,
Guitar Instructor-The Mosby Method Guitar Books
Tom Nothnagle - "The overarching quality about her work in training
musicians and artist managers is that she is trustworthy. This really comes through in all her resources
and in her interactions as well. What a precious treasure it is to know of a trustworthy place to turn!
When you discover integrity in the world of independent music, you can thank dedicated mavericks like
Jeri who have helped nurture it at the roots."
WeMustBe - "Jeri's consults have given our mission confidence and focus.
She has the answers to all the questions that artists have, taking the guesswork out of the next step.
We would highly recommend that anyone trying to further there career, take advantage of Jeri's expertise
— Christine Dominguez & T. Xiques
"Organic Pop" Music Duo WeMustBe
Wendy Waller - "No doubt about it Jeri is an amazing teacher!
She has the knowledge and expertise to show an artist the possibilities that are available. She is a
master at clarifying and untangling any problem, or question. With her eye and ear for detail she can
create the perfect road map; she's brilliant! I have learned more in the past year from her than in my
many years in the music biz. I am grateful for her guidance!"