In this episode Ryan and Ariel discuss: The importance of not taking any shortcuts when building your career Resources for legal advice for every budget Why meeting the "right person" won't make your career take off Why copyrights are the most important thing you can do for yourself in your career Some dangerous documents that might be disguised as your “big break” Why you should focus more on building your career as an independent artist as opposed to seeking a record deal
Take Control Of Your Music Career—Ryan Kairalla (Ep 129)
The Unstarving Musician
Ryan Kairalla is an artist advocate, entertainment lawyer and host of the Break The Business Podcast. He leverages his background in law, business, education, and entertainment to enhance the careers independent music artists–and to pursue big ideas. With his network of partners, collaborators, mentors, and friends, Ryan brings people together to share helpful advice with music artists, content creators, and more. We talk about his book, Break the Business: Declaring Your Independence and Achieving True Success in the Music Industry,which includes chapters on why you don’t want a record label, moving beyond the record label model and the sectors of your indie music empire. Ryan shares his thoughts on the shifts in the music industry and how indie artists can capitalize on them to propel their careers forward. Episode Highlights We start by talking about Ryan’s experience in music contracts and how that shifted his focus to supporting indie artists. We go on to discuss: The ideal starting point for an indie musician Taking advantage of live streaming to build fan engagement Why musicians should get into podcasting (and how to do it) Performance Rights Organizations and how they work The value of acting or public speaking for musicians Key Points Everything you want to learn you can find for free or by asking for help. Build a genuine connection with your fans. Be consistent both online and in person. Quotable “I have yet to read a record deal that I would advise a client to sign.” —Ryan Kairalla “Podcasting offers content networking - building relationships with people in your industry by creating content that involves them.” —Ryan Kairalla “The music industry is shifting so much that musicians today are essentially influencers that happy to know how to carry a tune and play an Instagram. All the tools that an influencer uses - that’s what you need as an artist.” —Ryan Kairalla
TEM139: Why you should almost always run from traditional record deals - A Conversation with Ryan Kairalla
The Entrepreneurial Musician with Andrew Hitz
TEM139: Why you should almost always run from traditional record deals - A Conversation with Ryan Kairalla Entertainment lawyer Ryan Kairalla explains why it is the most exciting time in history to be a creator of anything and offers some actionable legal advice that all artists need to hear! What You'll Learn: Some of the myths about copyright law Why Ryan’s best clients are the ones who ask a lot of questions (and why you can’t ever truly outsource the legal stuff) What inspired him to write his book, Break the Business Why signing a record deal is frequently a really bad idea The evil that is a '360 Deal' Why the ability to be quick and nimble in a business sense is the true advantage of being an independent artist Why Ryan advocates for building your own music empire LLC’s: Should you form one and why or why not? How to find the right lawyer for you When you should and shouldn’t form a nonprofit Links: Break the Business Podcast Episode 129 featuring Andrew Hitz Working Musician Podcast Episode 52 featuring Andrew Hitz Hypebot Ari’s Take Ari’s Blog Post on Distribution for Indy Artists How to Make It in the New Music Business by Ari Herstand Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed and links to all books and websites referenced can be found at: http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes 1. Help me get to my goal of $50 per episode on Patreon (only $6 to go!) by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast. 2. My next iTunes goal is 100 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you! And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM. Produced by Andrew Hitz For the show notes to all episodes of The Entrepreneurial Musician, visit http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes.
A lawyer, writer, podcaster, and teacher. He has a book called, “Break the Business: Declaring Your Independence and Achieving True Success in the Music Industry.” The audiobook version of that is being released two days after this interview comes out. He also hosts the Break the Business Podcast and has represented chart-topping hitmakers and up-and-coming musicians alike. Although he’s not a professional musician, for fun he does play guitar and ukulele.
Ryan Kairalla is a lawyer, writer, podcaster, and teacher. He advises clients in the music industry on a wide range of entertainment and business matters including recording agreements, publishing agreements, management agreements, music licensing, media appearances, live performances, entertainment litigation, copyright and trademark counseling, and corporate matters. He has represented chart-topping hitmakers and up-and-coming musicians alike. Laura met Ryan at NAMM where he was a presenter and Laura invited him to To connect with firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook.com/breakthebusiness. To find out more about Laura and her work please visit her website at: www.laurapowers.net. You can also find Laura on twitter @thatlaurapowers and on instagram at laurapowers44.
Ryan Kairalla: Record Label Contracts & Trademarks
Bridge The Atlantic
Joining us this week out of Miami, Florida is Ryan Kairalla. Ryan is a lawyer, writer, podcaster, and teacher. He advises clients in the music industry on a wide range of entertainment and business matters including recording agreements, publishing agreements, management agreements, music licensing, media appearances, live performances, entertainment litigation, copyright and trademark counseling, and corporate matters. Ryan mostly focuses on advising independent musicians on their legal and business issues. His work as an “indie music lawyer” also extends to his writing and podcasting. His new book Break the Business: Declaring Your Independence and Achieving True Success in the Music Industry shines a light on the pitfalls that arise from record label contracts, and provides artists with helpful guidance on achieving music industry success on their own terms. Highlights: -Ryan explains that today an indie music lawyer needs to be an expert in a lot of different fields - The new music industry gives... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ryan Kairalla Helps Protect Musician’s Artistry On New Podcast
The DIY Artist Route Podcast
Ryan Kairalla, entertainment attorney, podcast host, and author of Break The BusinessSomething I haven’t spent much time with on the DIY Artist Route Podcast is talk about the legal issues that arise in the music industry. It’s interesting because law is a side of the business that most of us just relegate to someone else if a need arises. However, IF a need arises, you want someone in your corner who knows the rules, has experience dealing with the legal jargon, and can get you back on track. That man is Ryan Kairalla. Truthfully, Ryan is more than just a legal professional (also called entertainment attorney in some circles). He’s a podcast host and author of Break The Business: Declaring Your Independence & Achieving True Success In The Music Industry. His advice and counsel on both his podcast and in his book helps to protect your artistry as a musician and creative entrepreneur before something happens that could throw you off course. Ryan Kairalla is a music entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word. Entrepreneurship is pervasive in our industry, and those who are winning big in the music space are those who embrace the entrepreneurial path they’re on. Yes, this is music. Yes this is creativity. And yes, to be successful in this space with limitless competition, you have to understand some basic pieces of business. The ones who are winning in music do just that. In this podcast Ryan breaks down how the new model for business in music requires all of us to know a little about music, a little about business and a little about law. He’s helping us with the law side. Ryan shares with us in this podcast episode (listen through the player above or below this post) about how musicians can be better entrepreneurs. He also talks about the importance of establishing your career now with the right structures to protect your music and creative entity. And he has a great piece of advice for entering into contracts with producers, labels, and management so that you don’t end up like a prominent musician (Ke$ha). We talk about a lot of areas that tend to throw musicians off course. Ryan and I agree that your product as a musician isn’t the songs you write. Your job isn’t to write and perform music. There’s something more that you’re doing. Details on what that more is can be found about midway through our podcast conversation. On a podcast production note, this conversation was recorded several months ago, but due to my schedule with radio stuff, book promotion, and speaking engagements, I wasn’t able to get this episode published until now. I highly recommend you subscribing to Ryan Kairalla’s Break The Business Podcast. Each episode is full of very useful tips and truths about the music business that you need to know to grow your career. His book Break The Business: Declaring Your Independence & Achieving True Success In The Music Industry is also outstanding, and should be a part of your reading list for this year. I’ve read it and gained a ton of useful tips on growth from it. You will too. Dive into Ryan’s work and educate yourself on both the legal side of music, as well as more of the entrepreneurial side. Ryan Kairalla is a Growth Farmer you can trust, and his work speaks for itself. We’re both active on Twitter, and welcome your thoughts and comments on this episode. Reach Ryan on Twitter here, and hit me up on Twitter here.
Ryan Kairalla Break the Business Author Event Speech at Books & Books
Break the Business Podcast
Hi Podcast listeners! Here is a special bonus episode of Ryan's speech at his author event for his book "Break the Business: Declaring Your Independence and Achieving True Success in the Music Industry." The event took place at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. In his speech, Ryan discusses the main themes of the book, including the problems with record deals; the resources artists can use to create, promote, distribute, and fund music on their own; and several guiding principles that indie artists can use to foster their career success. Ryan also takes questions from the audience. To help articulate his points along the way, he discusses the success stories of many indie artists, including Amanda Palmer, Ali Spagnola, Meri Amber, JP Kallio, Jonathann Mann, Jaymay, and more. Thanks to everyone for supporting the book! You can get a copy on Amazon or by visiting www.breakthebusiness.com.