From the get–go, Kessler Cuffman exudes an air of passion and motivation. Kessler teaches world history at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, is also a guitarist, a music producer, and Executive Director of a 501(c)3 called Dynamo Studios. If his resume isn’t impressive enough, his passion for providing students equal opportunities to pursue music should be. He is currently enrolled in SoundCorps’ Craft Masters series and hopes that the course will help him focus Dynamo’s vision and equip him to better help students at his workplace.
Chattanooga musician whose life is defined by music. He began his journey in Barger Academy and continued on to the Center for Creative Arts, and attended Tennessee Tech on a music scholarship. After years of devoted practice, he eventually made it to competitive divisions like All East, All State, where he received principal positions. Dakari went on to do a few national competitions like Act-So under the NAACP and one sponsored by the Omega Psi fraternity. With thirteen years under his belt, he now juggles a few jobs, including teaching at the Mountain Arts Community Center, playing bass for Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers, and interning with SoundCorps. He is currently a Craft Masters attendee hoping to hone his music experience and build his career.
A recent interview with Honest Ox Publishing gave some eye-opening insight into the ways in which some musicians are losing money by not knowing what income streams they can tap into. By being the owner of a song, you earn money from its use. You are owed publishing royalties whenever your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed on sites like Spotify or Rdio, played on the radio (including satellite and internet radio like Pandora), used in TV/film/commercials/games, or performed live in a venue.