About 2015-09-hillde-by-maerten-prins-5-small

I’m Hilde Spille and I work at Paperclip Agency since 1995. As senior agent, I’m booking Dutch and European tours for bands from all over the world. Names on my roster include(d) Sass Jordan, Jill Barber, John Watts, Balkan Beat Box, I Muvrini, Pussy Riot.

In the last couple of years I’m combining my experience in the international live music business with everything I learned for my MA in Cultural Psychology in 1994. It´s so important to start talking about the mental challenges for artists. I do this in personal training and coaching of musicians, in master classes for students and in writing articles.


Hilde Spille
van den Havestraat 6 A
6521 JS  Nijmegen
The Netherlands
T +31 24 323 9322
M +31 6 8335 2352
S hilde.spille
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Compass for Creatives is part of Paperclip Agency.

Guest lectures, a.o.:

  • Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • HAN (Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen) in Nijmegen, the Netherlands
  • Herman Brood Academy in Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • New Arts College in Nijmegen, the Netherlands
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands
  • TAMK (University of applies Sciences) in Tampere, Finland

Panelist, a.o.:

  • By-Larm Festival, Oslo, Norway
  • Eurosonic/Noorderslag, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Popkomm, Berlin, GermanyXPO-North
  • Festival, Inverness, Scottland


Articles, a.o.:

Mind your own business – this article in November 2018 in ILMC’s IQ Magazine gives an overview on mental health initiatives in the music business, I was interviewed for it as well: “There are some myth I would like to see dispelled and one of them is that you can’t show any weaknesses otherwise you are not going to make it in this industry.”

How healthy is the live music industry? – an article I wrote in November 2018 for IQ Magazine (of ILMC) about (not) being able to speak about mental health issues in the live music business

Dutch VVAO magazine published my article in December 2015, about how empowerment can help musicians to be flexible.

In November 2015, IQ Magazine (of ILMC) featured an article of me about how empowerment can help musicians who feel screwed by the music business.

What others say, a.o.:

Mick Strandvik from Sweden:
“I really enjoyed this coaching and it got me inspired and focused. As I said in a mail, it felt to me like you pretty quickly grasped the core of my strengths and weaknesses and thereby could ask all the right questions. I will carry it with me in my continuous striving. You have great experience of musicians and their difficulties creatively and otherwise. And I immediately felt like you spoke the same language as me, so to speak.”

Sky Hunter from England:
“This workshop engages the “higher” forms of business. It’s more a personal development rather than a “how to” workshop yet it connects directly to business. Would I recommend it? Definitely!”

Jelle de Vries from the Netherlands:
“Last Saturday I followed your workshop D.I.Y. Attitude. You showed me that afternoon that I have to deal with criticism in a different way and decide myself over my own happiness. I wanted to thank you for the positive energy you gave me.”