Privacy Policy

Who we are

This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared when you visit or enter your contact information at (the “Site”). Jake Smolowe runs and maintains the site.

Personal Information We Collect

When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information.”

We collect Device Information using the following technologies:

    – “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit

    – “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.

    – “Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

Additionally, when you fill out a Contact Me form or subscribe to our email list, we collect certain information from you, including your first and last name, your email address and an optional zip code use MailChimp to handle our mailing list. We call this information “Contact Information.”

You can unsubscribe from our MailChimp mailing list at any time by following the link at the bottom of the emails you receive, or by using the following link:[UNIQID]&c=63abf1bc3a

When we talk about “Personal Information” in this Privacy Policy, we are talking both about Device Information and Contact Information.

How do we use your personal information

We use the Contact Information that we collect to:

Communicate with you regarding new song/album releases, live or live-streamed shows, and available offerings such as piano lesson and learning materials;

Screen lesson/contact requests for potential risk or fraud; and

When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.

We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

Our site may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Affiliate Linking

Some pages on our site, such as Recommended Books, use third-party affiliate links from the following sites:

When clicked, these affiliate links send cookies to your device to identify Jake Smolowe as the affiliate if you purchase a product from the external site after following the link. These cookies can last up to 30 days after clicking the links.

These links will be clearly marked as affiliate links whenever present on our site.

Sharing your personal information

Our site also contains non-affiliate links to third-party websites and services; for example, you can click a link to follow Jake Smolowe on Spotify or Bandcamp, sign up as a Patron on Patreon, or subscribe to Jake Smolowe’s channel on YouTube. These third-party websites have their own privacy policies, and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these external policies.

Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

Do Not Track

Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.

Your California Privacy Rights

California residents have certain rights regarding the collection, use, disclosure, and sale of their personal data. We do not knowing collect personal data related to children under 16 years of age. While we do collect certain personal data in order to communicate with you (for example in response to subscribing to our email list, or to an email request for lessons), we do not sell or share your personal data in any way.

California residents have the right to request:

·       Disclosure of personal data we collect, use, disclose, and sell about you;

·       Deletion of your personal data that we maintain

To opt out of the collection of your personal data, designate an authorized representative, make a request, or for more information, email us at

You have the right not to receive discriminatory treatment for exercising your privacy rights.

Your Rights (European Residents)

If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.

Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above.  Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.

Data Retention

When you fill out a Contact Me or Email List Subscription form through the Site, or contact us directly via email, we will maintain your Contact Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.


We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.

Contact Us

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at or by mail using the details provided below:

P.O. Box 720021, San Francisco, CA, 94172, United States

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