Music Workshops presented by PineCone


For people interested in more formal opportunities to learn music, PineCone occasionally offers workshops - some geared toward learning to play music, and some geared toward learning about the business side of music. While folk and traditional music are often learned in informal settings, formal workshops can allow for more guidance and technique practice while still passing along the music among people with a shared interest in maintaining the participatory nature of music. Instruments are required for all workshops unless otherwise noted.

Past Workshops

Ignite is a two-day, multidisciplinary conference that gives visual artists, craftspeople, musicians, and filmmakers professional education & networking opportunities in a fun, energizing environment. Ignite was hosted in downtown Raleigh on Friday, June 6 & Saturday, June 7, 2014.

  • 150 attendees
  • 18 sessions
  • 1 facilitated charrette
  • 1 keynote address
  • 1 reception leading right into First Friday!
  • 8 Warehouse District Venues (VAE, Designbox, Clearscapes, CAM, 311, Flanders, HQ & Raleigh Denim)

Ignite is a different sort of professional conference; its dynamic format appropriately compliments the energy and innovation of the creative population it aims to attract and serve.

  • Educational Panel Discussions. Learn about marketing, fundraising, legal contracts, professional presentation, etc.
  • Interactive Breakout Sessions. Try something new, tour studios, stretch, sing.
  • Networking & team building. Meet people, solve problems, bedazzle.

A couple panel discussions of particular interest to musicians:

Getting a Music Gig (and Getting Invited Back)
Panelists: Tess Ocana (Sonic Pie Productions), Terri Dollar (Artsplosure & First Night Raleigh), Jamie Katz (PineCone-Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), Greg Lowenhagen (Hopscotch Music Festival)
Hear from people in and around the Triangle who book live music - at festivals, in concert halls, and at a wide variety of venues. Ask your burning questions about what can make your group stand out and get firsthand feedback on what to do (and not to do) to get your band booked.

Networking in Music - What's in it for You?
Panelists: Art Menius (Former Folk Alliance Board member, & Executive Director of The ArtsCenter), Debbie Dunn (Garner Performing Arts Center & NC Presenters Consortium), Suzanne Rousso (NC Musicians Union AFM Local 500 & Mallarme Chamber Players), Lynda Dawson (Musician w/Kickin Grass Band & other projects), & Russell Johnson (Musician w/The Grass Cats)

Why should you pay money to attend business conferences when you're trying to make money selling your music? Did you know that NC has a musicians' union? In this session, you'll hear from musicians and presenters (those people who might book you) about the value of programs like the NC Presenters' Consortium ArtsMarket, IBMA's World of Bluegrass, Folk Alliance, and the NC Musicians Union.

Other sessions included Creative Marketing for Creative People; Taxes for Creative Professionals; and more.

Learn more about Ignite

Please contact us if you have ideas for workshops you would like to attend!


Past PineCone Workshops

Bluegrass Camps for Youths (Ages 8-16) - last week of June, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Flatpicking Guitar Workshop - April 2011

Africa Meets the Blues - a collaboration with Raleigh's Community Music School from early in 2011


Business Side of the Music Business - This event is designed to educate musicians and provide them with the tools to become successful. For people thinking of getting into the business of making music AND for people trying to take the next step in their music careers, this event included a panel of people who book musicians, marketing advice and tips, information concerning copyright law, and a presentation on how to become an independent rock star by a man who has done it. PineCone partnered with musicSPARK to make this conference possible; we look forward to presenting more programs like this in the future! - Sept. 2012

You can e-mail PineCone if you would like to suggest a workshop.