Are you lost in the minefield of the music industry?

Not sure who does what, how to protect your songs, get a gig or showcase your music?

Or would you like to work in the business side of the industry, but are not sure how to go about it?

I have 25 years experience in the music industry, running venues, managing artists and over 18 years experience teaching music business, with a great track record of graduates now working in the industry.

Contact me to help you navigate the industry and create the career you desire.

My Backstage Story

I grew up in a very musical and artistic household, surrounded by my parents’ love of music and art and diverse tastes. My mum was a potter, my dad a lead lighter, my sister a photographer, visual artist and drummer. One of my mum’s favourite artists is David Bowie and we went together to a Bowie concert once — to the surprise of all my friends.

Later, I studied at art college and had a teacher who ran her own small businesses. She showed us that business and art could happily coexist.


I started working in the music industry quite by chance, running an original music venue. I made lots of mistakes that taught me heaps about ‘what not to do in the music industry.’ (And will make a very funny memoir someday…)

When my flatmate pointed out that I was very adept at guiding creative people with their business issues and giving advice on how to do certain things — like manage and market an event — she suggested I start a side gig, teaching people about the business side of the arts. So I put a course offering together and very quickly had it taken up by the local Adult & Community Courses department.

Now I have a heap of graduates all over the world doing art as business either in their own creative business or working in a creative field.

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Arts Grants Writing

Are you trying and trying to submit projects for grants but are never successful?

Or a first timer and struggling to know understand the questions on the grant application?

Find out how I can help

Creative Mastermind Group

Do you want focus and clarity in your creative business?

Are you serious about growing your business and desire the discipline to follow through?

Do you want to challenge yourself and set and be accountable for your goals?

Become a lot less lonely in your business journey

Creative Sessions Courses

Short courses for creative people.

My Creative Biz is currently working on a series of short courses in Business Planning, Copyright and more that will be released later in the year.

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What Others Are Saying

I have nothing but wonderful and positive things to say about Andrea Smith from Miss Music Biz and her passion for the Music Industry. She has no problem wading in to battle for artists and their rights everywhere. She has been instrumental in ensuring that music business education matches up with what is happening every day in the industry and that students are getting the absolute latest news and information. Her long and varied experience in the music industry means that her partners in industry are numerous. She is nothing short of an unstoppable force in the music business education sector. Tim Price

Manager and Publicist, Collision Course PR

Studying Music Business with Andrea Smith from Miss Music Biz has helped me turn my music into a full time profession. I used to be a banana picker, but using the skills that I learnt from Andrea, I have now forged a career as an international recording and performing musician playing sell out concerts across Australia, Japan, USA and the Pacific and am a QLD Music Awards winner and 2 times Golden Guitar Award nominee that has my videos played on Country Music Channel. I really recommend young people to make the investment in their music and take it to the next level through education with Miss Music Biz. 8 Ball Aitken

Musician and Songwriter, 8 Ball Aitken

The Orient Project

Oriental Rock is a collection of band flyers, photographs, anecdotes and more, relating to Brisbane’s Orient Hotel and its crucial role in the Queensland original live music scene of the late 80s and early 90s. The book’s many contributions combine to tell the story of a brief but sweaty and creative period, a time which laid the foundations for great Brisbane bands like Custard, Screamfeeder and Powderfinger.

Though a tiny venue, the Orient Hotel proved itself a mighty force in a post-Joh, post-Fitzgerald, post-Expo Brisbane. The book has been compiled by Brisbane industry stalwart Andrea Smith, with help from industry colleague Richard Kwong.

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