We had the good fortune of connecting with Kira Moye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kira, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve flirted with the idea of starting my own business several times…and started a cycle of starting and stopping. My first crack at it was with my sister-cousin at creating a talent management company. We had a decent roster but started to feel like we lacked the business acumen to generate lucrative opportunities for our clients – well that’s what we told ourselves. Having specific experience and connections is important, but truthfully, I think having full time jobs and learning how to be managers (good managers) while not generating any income from our clients took a toll. I think we both were also experiencing some serious imposter syndrome as well. Nonetheless, it did motive us to take a step back and assess what we wanted out of owning a business. For me, with a love for the arts, music specifically – I knew I needed to learn about the business, the players, and its evolving digital landscape. On that notation, I left my full-time job at NBCUniversal doing music licensing in Los Angeles to pursue a master’s degree in Music Business at New York University. Leaving definitely took some gumption and was difficult to leave family, friends, and a Fiancé (we’re married with two kids now:), but, I knew this was something I needed to do for so many reasons. My time at NYU allowed me to explore the music business from a myriad of lenses and helped me hone in on where my passion, purpose, and skill sets aligned. I’ve always been passionate about developing people and cultivating relationships. Through my graduate program I discovered that although I had known this about myself for years, this very passion was what would carve out a niche within the music industry. Having already explored the world of talent management I wasn’t really looking to go back down that path. I wanted to design my own program for emerging music artists to “get their whole lives” in preparation for all that comes with artist life cycle in the music industry. I started a music business consulting firm to help new artists and/or their reps identify essential key elements to set them up for success within their specific music genres. I started off with an R&B singer and a Chinese rock/pop band that used electric traditional Chinese instruments. These were such exciting times, however, the idea of a paying a consultant for a new artist proved challenging and I pulled back again to re-group. As the marketplace evolved, and the world was struck by Covid-19, I redesigned my business to fit the needs of the DIY artist. Songbirds Consulting became The Suite Note – a creative virtual assistant company designed for musicians, artists, and creative entrepreneurs. With the switch, my roster doubled, and I began to recognize that sometimes providing a much needed service can go so much farther than a specialized agenda. Providing services like copyright administration, royalty tracking, and calendar management proved to be far more helpful to today’s artist. While I still do consulting, strategic planning, and project management for some clients, being able to support the local artist or business owner (wherever local may be virtually) brings me so much joy and fulfillment. Despite the once shamed history of taking one step forward only to take two steps back, proved necessary and valuable. The lessons learned from each failure and success were the vehicle to get me to where I am and where I’m going! Don’t negate the power of your process, it’s unique to you, so only you can wield its power.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a full service virtual assistant/consultant company. I pride myself on covering the administrative / project management pieces so musicians, artists, and creative entrepreneurs can get back to focusing on what they love to do!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Harlem New York, we’d first grab coffee at Common Good, walk down 125th Street and check out the Apollo, then we’d stop by Red Rooster, followed by drinks at Corner Social, then for some soul food at Melbas! Can’t come to New York City without visiting Central Park and Times Square – we’d definitely grab some juniors cheesecake togo!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Have to shoutout my amazing husband, Godfrey, who champions every new adventure I want to pursue. My mom, Paulette, for being the example of Christ’s love to others and for challenging me to be MY best. My sister, Shara, for always being my sounding board and cheerleader and for always telling me when it’s time to wash out my ‘messy bun’. Have to thank my sister-cousin. Mimi (Mirta) who has always been such an inspiration, a coach, and best friend. To allll my nieces, who continue to motivate me to be authentically me. To my sister-friends Raven, Shanell, Joy, Queila, and Ayo who always challenge, encourage, uplift, and support. To the churches I’ve belonged to for creating a deep love for God and His people. And finally to my babies Zoey Rose and Godfrey Alexander for bringing an unspeakable joy into my life…I hope one day you’ll be as proud of me as I already am of you!