These can be more tools or contacts – at this point its useful to just list the tools that you need, not worrying about how you are going to achieve it.
There are questions by each heading to help you think about the different areas and there will of course be things that you think of which are not listed.
Creative Output - are you happy with the music that you are performing and the outlet that you have for it? Or are you thinking that you may need a new project or band or a new recording?
Writing Music – have you copyrighted your music if you are a writer? Do you have a publisher? Are you getting royalties for the use of your music? Could you pursue commissions? Could you write library music? Are you stronger as a lyric writer or music writer?
Live Music - Do you want to expand your circuit and do more national or international work? Do you need to get an agent in different territories? Are you building on the gigs that you do? Choose a scenario - what is your ideal gig? How will you go about getting it? What contacts would you need to make it happen? How would you find them? How would you approach them? How would you negotiate? What are the tools you’ll need for getting the goals? What’s the next goal? What do they need that you can provide? How do you build on this achievement?
Promotion - Do you have a website? Do you have a Myspace or Facebook page? Do you have a promotion pack with biography, good photographs and flyers or posters to send to promoters? Do you have reviews?
Financial - Work out how much money you need in the short, medium and long term (ie 1,3 and 5 years). This is helpful to do as it focuses the mind on how much income you need and can help you to decide on which areas of your career you need to focus on to help you achieve your financial targets. Do you have a good system for keeping your financial records?