The Mimi Johnson Experience

Mimi Woman

Singin' her heart out!

Mimi Johnson a/k/a Michele Serrano Johnson is the CEO of Caustic Entertainment Group in Atlanta, GA.

Her hip hop style has morphed into a Social Butterfly that accepts the title R&B SOUL HOUSE JAZZ SENSATION!

“THE Mimi Johnson EXPERIENCE”!

NO JAZZ in Miami Gardens – it’s an outrage!

I don’t agree that Jazz in the Gardens is so great. I have never attended but this event draws 35,000 deluded people. This year, there will be only two jazz artists, Al Jarreau and Branford Marsalis and NO female jazz artists at all. This is an outrage.

The people on this festival are R&B and that is NOT Jazz. They never have jazz. It’s an insult to me and all the real jazz musicians I work with and promote in my organization. That would be like having a reggae festival that features country & western.

It’s abhorrent but the City uses the word “jazz” for insurance purposes. And they should be ashamed of themselves for exploiting the cultural production of African Americans who think above their navel.

Bobby Brown, Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, En Vogue, El Debarge, Doug E Fresh, Slick Rick, none of these are Jazz Artists, meaning that people like me who perform jazz are continually OUT OF WORK. We are never engaged by these cities to bring real jazz to the community. I worked day in and day out to promote jazz music in South Florida and get very little recognition by any of these so-called jazz promoters. They are liars and thieves of the “only true art form in America”. Ella, Billie, Carmen, Betty are turning over in their graves from this fraudulent false advertisement. If I had the resources, I would sue the City of Miami Gardens for this terrible and continuous offense that is killing the art of jazz and all the hard work that so many African Americans artists did in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

It is a huge insult to the hundreds of African Americans in South Florida who know what jazz really is. However, I’ve moved away from being the complainer because people in South Florida have no respect for the culture of African Americans anyway, unless it’s gospel.

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Robert Roberson

Thanks to my friend vocalist/composer Robert Roberson, I’ve been on a new site,, for one week and I have 105 FANS listening to my music.

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This site costs for musicians. For $30 you get 1000 plays. I paid $100 and got 4000 plays and have had 2750 listens in ONE WEEK!

Also, I created two radio stations: Jazzmen and Musicwomen and I have lots of great artists on my station from Shirley Horn to Aretha Franklin and Count Basie to Prince!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t own a radio in my home, so this is just great and I hate radio advertisement, so this is so good to be able to listen to good music (with my own songs sprinkled in) and not have to hear those disturbing radio commercials.

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Love Translation Reggae Mix To be released in 2011 – ALL MY BLUES!

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85 Archived Shows

From July 2008 to May 2010, we have 85 shows of MUSICWOMAN archived


  1. Jace Harnage
  2. Sandra Kaye
  3. Jus’ Cynthia
  4. Renee Fiallos
  5. Nick Mathis
  6. Suzanne Brooks
  7. Linda Dachtyl
  8. Trudy Pitts
  9. Dotti Anita Taylor
  10. Rita Graham
  11. Dr. Nelson Harrison
  12. Teri Wilson
  13. DJ Jay Edwards
  14. Pamela Wise
  15. Kaitlin McGaw
  16. Rubyana
  17. K-Dean LeSean
  18. Melody Cole
  19. Linford Ellis – NSL Mfg.
  20. Aurora Flores and Elva Mason
  21. Hey Rim Jeon and Ginetta
  22. mZuri’s Christmas CD
  23. Denise Mininfield
  24. Andrea Brachfeld
  25. Mimi Johnson
  26. mZuri
  27. Marcia Miget
  28. Cheri Maree
  29. Julie Davis + Kelly Dow
  31. Yayoi Ikawa
  32. Kim Clarke
  33. Margo Reymundo
  34. Lenora Helm
  35. Jana Mashonee
  36. Gayelynn McKinney
  37. Aziza Miller
  38. Maggie Brown
  39. Hilary Canto
  40. Randi Fishenfeld
  41. Cathy Segal-Garcia
  42. Saskia Laroo
  43. Amrita Cottrell
  44. Lynne Arriale
  45. Kathy Yolanda Rice
  46. George V. Johnson, Jr.
  47. Teeny Tucker & Linda Rodney
  48. Marion Hayden
  49. Vinx and Antoine Smith
  50. Best Plays @ Noon
  51. Radio Hosts
  52. Jeffery Smith/Robert Roberson
  53. 9/01/09 New Season First Show
  54. Alternate Income
  55. Tutu Puoane
  56. Estrella Cristina
  57. Amanda Sedgwick
  58. Best Plays
  59. Divas
  60. Samuel Eudovique
  61. Robin Avery – Paul Banman
  62. Maguinha
  63. Denise King
  64. Dunia Rojas Guitar
  65. Robert Steinback – Karaoke
  66. Songwriters
  67. Poetess Helena Banks + Nzingha
  68. 1-13-10 Trumpeter Art Wilson
  69. Carline Ray and Catherine Russell
  70. 2-3-10 Alexis Caputo
  71. Pianist Bertha Hope
  72. Brazilian Voices
  73. Bobby Ramirez/Miami Jazz Museum
  74. Lenore Raphael Pianist
  75. JC Cassis
  76. Jae Duncan
  77. Ava Lemert
  78. DJ Kirkland
  79. Terri Lyne Carrington
  80. KJ Denhert
  81. Gloria DeNard
  82. Tammy Lynne Hall
  83. Elizabeth Geyer
  84. Denise Johnson
  85. Frank Gaskin

Musician, are you an Entrepreneur?

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Musician, are you an entrepreneur?

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Teaching Musicians to Be Entrepreneurs

Why entrepreneurship training is beginning to strike a chord with faculty and students at top music conservatories?

By Kerry Miller

In most areas of higher education, entrepreneurship has long lost its stigma as a career path for those without one (see, Fall, 2006, “Hitting the Books”). But at the nation’s top music conservatories that stigma is still very much alive, despite the fact that the “traditional” career path for classically trained musicians—one that ends with steady employment in a symphony orchestra—is difficult.

At Manhattan’s Juilliard School, one of the country’s preeminent performing arts conservatories, Career Development Director Derek Mithaug admits that the business connotation of the term “entrepreneur” still rubs a lot of artists the wrong way. “We try to avoid that word,” he says. But getting support for entrepreneurship training is about more than semantics: Some in music education still firmly believe that the role of the conservatory is to train musicians, not businesspeople.

That’s why at many conservatories, entrepreneurship training—where it exists—has tip-toed into curricula under less threatening guises. Most schools offer at least one elective or workshop in “career development” or “the music industry.” At the Eastman School of Music, entrepreneurship programs are run out of the Rochester School’s Institute for Music Leadership.


The Institute’s director, Ramon Ricker, says it took some effort to convince some old-guard faculty—firm believers in “art for art’s sake”—that the school wasn’t selling out by offering courses that emphasized practical skills. At one meeting, Ricker went around the room pointing at each faculty member: “You’ve got a summer chamber music program, you’ve got a string quartet, you publish books— you’re entrepreneurial!”

And teaching those skills, he says, is about more than building individual careers—as the nation’s symphony orchestras continue their struggle for survival, they’re also vital to the future of classical music.

Bringing music schools in line with the future of classical music is exactly what Manhattan School of Music president Robert Sirota is most interested in. “The whole infrastructure of music is experiencing seismic shifts, and music schools have to move with those changes,” Sirota says, and just adding a business course or two in isn’t enough to keep up with the times. Although getting even one required course on entrepreneurship into a packed conservatory curriculum is more than most schools are willing to commit to. “What’s really necessary,” Sirota says, “is a radical rethinking of the whole centuries-old conservatory model.”

One of Sirota’s sea-change ideas: Instead of requiring all graduating students to perform a senior recital, conservatories could give students the option of producing their own recording. “It sounds like a small thing, but it would be Teaching Musicians to Be Entrepreneurs. This is revolutionary,” Sirota says. “Can we do it? Well, that remains to be seen.”

As an end goal, Sirota envisions “a new generation of performing musicians who function more like individual small businesses, who work the hypersegmented musical marketplace in an entirely different way.” Figuring out how to get there, Sirota admits, is the $64,000 question. In April, he’s holding the first of several think-tank discussions with various music industry leaders to discuss just that subject. And in a year or two—as soon as he nails down the funding—he hopes to open a new Center for Music Entrepreneurship at the Manhattan School.


So far, most of the funding for arts entrepreneurship programs has come from a few wealthy foundations. Among the first was the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which opened the Entrepreneurship Center for Music with a grant from the Price Foundation in 1998. Since then, the Coleman, Morgan, and Kauffman foundations have funded numerous other initiatives to further entrepreneurship in music, including grant competitions and mentorship programs.

But critics say music schools still aren’t doing enough to prepare students for the real world. “How in good conscience can we continue to graduate thousands of students a year who have no hope of getting a job in the field they were trained for?” asks Michael Drapkin, a business consultant and former symphony clarinetist who got funding from the Kauffman Foundation to support an annual conference in North Carolina on music entrepreneurship called BCOME.


He’s not the only one asking that question. “If you talk to people outside the academy, this is a no-brainer,” says Gary Beckman, a PhD student in musicology at the University of Texas at Austin and a leading academic researcher in the growing field of arts entrepreneurship. But in order for music entrepreneurship to gain more mainstream acceptance, he says the topic has to be academically legitimized. On March 31, he’ll present research at Pepperdine University, at the first-ever panel discussion devoted to arts entrepreneurship as an academic discipline (see, 10/2/06, “Business Plans with Legs”).

Still, says Juilliard’s Mithaug, “It takes time to change culture.” From a very young age, musicians are taught how to take direction, to be the best by being the same. “[Entrepreneurship] is a new way of thinking for people who have spent most of their lives in a practice room,” he says.

And Juilliard is already a much different place than it was when Mithaug was a student there; the Career Development Office he now directs didn’t open its doors until 2000. Before that, he says, “there was no office, no nothing.” Now about 25% of Juilliard students participate in the school’s professional mentoring program, which matches students up with a faculty member or with an outside professional to work on a project of the student’s own design. Mithaug says interest in the four-year-old program has grown each year, and over the past decade he’s seen a profound shift in student attitudes.


Gillian Gallagher, a 22-year-old viola player, says she has no qualms about identifying herself as an entrepreneur. After earning her master’s degree from Juilliard she hopes to play professionally with the string quartet she formed as a Juilliard undergraduate with three other students. Besides playing, Gallagher says the group members do all of their own self-promotion—everything from writing bios to contacting programmers.

While Gallagher says most students still seem focused on a traditional career path that begins with auditioning for symphony orchestras, “I can see the stigma starting to fade all around me,” she says.

“There are a lot of musicians who come here thinking that the most important thing is their art, and that other concerns—like making money—don’t matter.” Around the beginning of fourth year, though, “People start to get a little scared. They start thinking, ‘what am I gonna do next?'”


Angela Myles Beeching, career services director at New England Conservatory in Boston, says she sees her students go through a similar rude awakening during the professional artists seminar required of third-year students. But she says the point isn’t to scare students away from pursuing their dreams. “Whether you call it entrepreneurship or not, what it comes down to is helping young musicians see themselves as the masters of their future—that they can create opportunities, not just wait to be handed something.”

For some students, entrepreneurship is an alternative to what many artists have turned to in the past: the day job (see, 7/10/01, “Portrait of the Artist in Red Ink”). At UT-Austin, Gary Beckman says that, while the students he teaches certainly don’t buy into the 19th century myth of the starving artist, they’re not interested in entrepreneurship for the same reasons as students in the business school, either. “They’re not looking for a six-figure salary,” he says. “The reason they want an entrepreneurial lifestyle is so they can continue to practice their art and maybe not eat ramen noodles every night while they do so.”

And Gallagher says that’s not the only reason. “Every conversation I’ve had about the future of classical music comes down to the fact that as musicians, we need to be more proactive.” For example, she says, “a major problem today is orchestras failing—maybe if musicians were more entrepreneurial, that wouldn’t be happening.” But no matter what, Gallagher says she’s convinced that entrepreneurship skills are useful for any musician in the long run—even those who aren’t planning to strike out on their own. After all, she says, “If you’re in some symphony that starts to go under, you’re out of a job.”

Kerry Miller is a reporter with in New York.


Besides making resolutions to remain peaceful and purposeful, reinventing myself on a monthly basis and generally appreciating life from moment to moment, I am still dedicated to promoting Women in Jazz in the new decade and beyond. What is your vision for music in 2010?

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