Making Money Making Music with James Newcomb

James Newcomb is a professional trumpet player in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he has been featured as a soloist with the military band as well as his own solo endeavours.

He is the host of two podcasts: Trumpet Dynamics and the soon to launch, MusicPreneur: Making Money Making Music.




James’ Key Points

  1. Convincing others that my passion will prevail.
  2. Learn how to monetise your abilities



Create high-quality content and people will follow as word of mouth is the most powerful marketing tool.


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Top quotes

  • “I was in the US Army for two different stints.”
  • “I decided that music was going to be my profession.”
  • “Although I’ve very good at playing trumpet, the people I’m competing against are much better.”
  • “I decided to go back into the military and 3 turned in 4 and 5 years.”
  • “We played music in support of the military.”
  • “I struggled with nailing down a core audience.”
  • “I am more involved with my trumpet that ever before but I hardly play at all.”
  • “I sometimes get burned out.”
  • “My biggest marketing in word of mouth.”
  • “I knew if I put out quality content, people would listen.”
  • “The value of getting people to know, value and trust you.”
  • “Musicians are graduating from college and thinking ‘what do I do?'”
  • “Learn how to monetise your musical abilities.”
  • “I saw myself as directly contributing to something that was morally wrong.”
  • “My wife made it clear in no uncertain terms that she did not support my decision to leave the military.”
  • “I just had to man up.”
  • “I wake up everyday and do the work I want to do.”
  • “My success rests on me.”



  • 0:30 – The first career of many
  • 1:55 – The realisation
  • 2:20 – Official discharged
  • 2:30 – Being a musician in the military
  • 3:10 – Free entertainment
  • 3:45 – The call out
  • 4:20 – The idea
  • 5:30 – Time to focus
  • 8:30 – Top priorities
  • 10:35 – The void of entrepreneurship for musicians
  • 12:00 – Naivety
  • 13:14 – Education…. Now what?
  • 15:13 – Conditioning
  • 18:00 – What forced the change?
  • 20:15 – The challenges
  • 20:51 – Overcoming my biggest challenge
  • 22:20 – The second challenge
  • 23:09 – The third challenge
  • 24:06 – Time to man up
  • 25:45 – Was it worth it?
  • 26:36 – Guest links