Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins has announced the upcoming release of a new book, The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career. The book was co-written with Matt DeCoursey, founder and CEO of GigaBook and author of books like Balance Me: A Realist’s Guide to a Successful Life and Million Dollar Bedroom: Scrappy Lessons of Success, Setbacks, and Other Surprises Not Taught in Business School. The new book is scheduled to arrive this summer.

You can read Joel’s blurb announcing the new book below:

During the Summer of 2017 I realized that, along with the rapidly approaching 20th anniversary of Umphrey’s McGee, it was also my own 20th year of working in the music industry. With that came a flood of memories about that journey. I couldn’t help but think about how much easier our path could have been if someone had just told me a few things along the way that seem pretty obvious now. So I decided to work with my friend and now co-author Matt DeCoursey to create The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career. Loaded with practical and useful tips for musicians at all stages of their careers, the book includes not only my own input and advice, but also that of many well-known industry performers, promoters and entrepreneurs who we will soon announce as well. My hope is that what we have created can do exactly as the title says and act as a guide for others to follow their dreams.

Stay tuned for more details on The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career by Joel Cummins and Matt DeCoursey as they become available. In the meantime, you can catch Joel on tour with Umphrey’s all across the country this winter and spring. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.

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