Don Gest

Guided Masterclass: Storytelling, An Artists Bio Writing Session -
10:00 am 10/15/2019
Maricopa, Tucson Convention Center

An artist, chef or musician’s biography is never finished for long. Like your resume, it should be revised regularly as your work changes and you find new ways of expressing what you are doing. So get good at writing them! In this session, we will discuss best practices for writing and updating your artist, band or personal bio for different publications and audiences; hear experts live workshop pre-submitted bios; and finish with a small group workshop time to hone your storytelling. If you already have your bio written, bring it along to share during this time. ‚Äč

I am Executive Director of In Concert! Tucson and have been presenting concerts in Tucson since 1985, so for over 30 years. Before 1998, I presented for Tucson Friends of Trad. Music. We started In Concert! Tucson in 1998 and have been presenting concerts since then, as a non-profit associated with a larger organization of presenters, Folk Alliance International. From 1999 to 2003, we presented from 12 to 16 concerts a season. Recently, about 8 concerts per September-April season. We are presenting 4 concerts just in this upcoming February from traditional Scottish to singer-songwriters to pianist George Winston. I also had the privilege of working with Linda Ronstadt during her last years singing while she lived in Tucson; concerts in smaller halls in Tucson from 1998 to 2002.