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Successful music industry experts share their secrets, insights and strategies on how to establish a career and monetize your passion within the music business. Whether you're an aspiring performer, songwriter, manager, promoter, indie label, studio owner or music entrepreneur, every episode of music business facts will give you the industry truths on how best to succeed in the music industry.

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Successful music industry experts share their secrets, insights and strategies on how to establish a career and monetize your passion within the music business. Whether you're an aspiring performer, songwriter, manager, promoter, indie label, studio owner or music entrepreneur, every episode of music business facts will give you the industry truths on how best to succeed in the music industry.

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5 Stars for MBF!

By Mark "Huggy Bear" Lavengood - Jun 09 2019
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Every episode is chock full of music industry knowledge! Couldn’t recommend it stronger for anybody interested in learning more about all the facets of the music business industry.

Great Content!

By ellatric - Aug 24 2015
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I have already downloaded lots of episodes to listen to later. Thanks for the great interviews!

iTunes Ratings

31 Ratings
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28
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5 Stars for MBF!

By Mark "Huggy Bear" Lavengood - Jun 09 2019
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Every episode is chock full of music industry knowledge! Couldn’t recommend it stronger for anybody interested in learning more about all the facets of the music business industry.

Great Content!

By ellatric - Aug 24 2015
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I have already downloaded lots of episodes to listen to later. Thanks for the great interviews!
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Music Business Facts- with Rodney Holder

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Successful music industry experts share their secrets, insights and strategies on how to establish a career and monetize your passion within the music business. Whether you're an aspiring performer, songwriter, manager, promoter, indie label, studio owner or music entrepreneur, every episode of music business facts will give you the industry truths on how best to succeed in the music industry.

Rank #1: 77. Maynard James Keenan - Tool frontman talks Artistry vs. Music Industry

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Today I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to speak with Maynard James Keenan who is probably best known for his work with his bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. For those of you who don’t know Maynard is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur as well with a number of cool business ventures going on. He got a vineyard & winery as well as interests in Caduceus Cellars, an LA restaurant, Cobras Matadors, and owns an organic produce market. Plus he’s an excellent musician. And he kicks butt in Brazilian jujitsu. Quite the achiever!

Dec 10 2015

17mins

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Rank #2: 107. Tony Boden - Artist Engagement and Booking Tours with Artery Global's Head of European Touring

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My guest today is Tony Boden.

Tony is a UK booking agent, promoter and head of European touring at ArteryGlobal.com - a company who look after an enormous roster of artists from all over the globe.

Recently I was able to sit down and have a one on one with Tony about his experiences, thoughts and opinions on the music business. And it was a great conversation.

In this episode we talk about being a booking agent, what they do, how to become one, being a concert promoter and all of the risks you face as a promoter - after all concert promoters are the ‘gamblers’ of the music business.

Tony’s doing some great things in the music industry and I hope you’ll agree that this is yet another interesting and informative episode of Music Business Facts.

Website: www.musicbusinessfacts.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/musicbusinessfacts Twitter: twitter.com/musicbizfacts

Oct 12 2017

42mins

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Rank #3: 97. Stephen Green - Music Publicity and How to Succeed in Your Own Media Campaigns

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Stephen Green is managing director of the SGC Media Group which umbrellas music marketing companies SGC, Title Track, Music Send and Collision Course (Episode 67 with Tim Price). SGC Media Group brings radio, TV, print, online and socials together to offer forward-thinking strategy and execution for labels and artists. Stephen also sits on the board of QMusic and ICIP, is a Music Australia councilor and is a previous BIGSOUND programmer. 

If you’re listening to this and you’ve got the thought that you might like to become a publicist- there’s a ton of great information. In fact just the other day I was speaking with one of my music business diploma students who was considering publicity as a career after study, and after I played him this exact interview his mind was made up!

I'd love to hear what you though of the episode, you can contact me at Rodney@musicbusinessfacts.com

Website: www.musicbusinessfacts.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/musicbusinessfactsTwitter: twitter.com/musicbizfacts

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Nov 13 2016

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Rank #4: 93. Budi Voogt – Entrepreneur & Digital Music Marketing Expert

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This episodes guest is Budi Voogt, a successful digital music marketing expert and entrepreneur. He’s also an artist manager, runs his own record label, is a prolific blogger on the music business, and runs his own music marketing academy- where he offers some great music industry online training that contains some really cool content!

Budi gives a great interview and I think he gave you guys some very interesting, and I would say cutting edge, marketing strategies to consider and possibly implement. So listen intently to this one! 

I always love your feedback and you can always hit me up at Rodney@musicbusinessfacts.com or on Facebook at Music Business Facts.

Website: www.musicbusinessfacts.com Facebook: facebook.com/musicbusinessfactsTwitter: twitter.com/musicbizfacts

Oct 16 2016

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Rank #5: 42. Expert Marketing strategies with Tim Reid

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Today I'm happy to present to you today my interview with one of Australia’s leading marketing experts Mr. Tim Reid.

Tim’s an authority on marketing as well as a bit of a celebrity in the podcasting world. He runs his own very informative marketing show called “Small Business Big Marketing, which I strongly suggest you go and check out.

So in this interview I just thought it would be cool to have a casual chat with Tim and pick his brains on marketing topics. 

During the conversation we discuss things like:

What is Marketing, the difference between concepts like Publicity, Promotion, Public relations and Advertising. Not to mention publicity stunts and marketing strategies.

Enjoy

Feb 04 2015

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Rank #6: 30. Dan Graetz- The Truth About Money In Music

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Dan Graetz is a documentary filmmaker who has just released a great mini documentary called “The Truth about Money in Music”.  

His film is a really cool and honest look at musicians and the money they make, (or don't make) as told through the eyes of some popular up and coming Australian Artists. 

For example one artist on the day his band was nominated for an ARIA award (Australian Record Industry Association), applied for a job at McDonalds just to pay the bills!

Anyhow I thought it would be really interesting to speak with Dan about the film and the brutal "real" issues this film raises.

Some great points raised in the film are discussed in this episode of Music Business Facts. 

Enjoy!

Rodney

Jul 27 2014

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Rank #7: 109. Tim Charles- The Epitome Of A Modern Music Business Entrepreneur.

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Tim Charles is the epitome of a modern music business entrepreneur. He plays violin and sings with his Australian metal band Neobliviscaris.

He’s also a songwriter, booking agent, artist manager, tour manager, publicist, business executive, label manager, concert promoter, artist liaison, lecturer, teacher, key note presenter, consultant, content creator and social media manager.

On this episode of The Music Business Facts podcast Tim discusses the roles he performs to bring multiple streams of income into his business.

Feb 21 2018

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Rank #8: Gregg Donovan (Part 1)- Music Business Masterclass

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Gregg Donovan started his career as a drummer, then became a manager and promoter in Canberra Australia. 

Gregg was always that guy who was incredibly motivated. He was always putting up posters and promoting shows and bands.

Eventually he moved to Sydney and got a job as the office boy for successful promoter Steve Pavlovic of Pav Presents.

 He soon worked his way up to become a tour manager and was soon touring with artists like  Fugazi, The Beastie Boys, NOFX, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, At The Drive In, The Mars Volta, Deftones, Lily Allen, The Happy Mondays and Muse to name a few. 

In 2007 Gregg started a management company called Wonderlick Entertainment and currently oversees the careers of artists like Boy & Bear, Airbourne, Grinspoon, and Josh Pyke to name just a few.

This is a fantastic lecture where Gregg gives a masterclass in music business studies.

Enjoy

Sep 18 2014

43mins

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Rank #9: 88. Sarah Hamilton Pt. 1 - How to Distribute your Music to Online Global Platforms

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Sarah Hamilton is the Client Manager for Ditto Music Australia. Ditto are a Professional Online Music Distribution service who helps independent artists distribute their music globally to platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Shazam and hundreds of others.

If you want to get your music aggregated and streaming online- then I can’t recommend Sarah highly enough. You can contact Sarah at sarah@dittomusic.com and tell her Rodney sent you. I promise you she’ll do an amazing job!

Sarah is also the creator of an amazingly cool and informative blog OneofOne.com.au where she features the profiles of successful women in the Australian music scene. Go and check it out!

And a few months back Sarah also gave an incredible lecture at my online Music Business Summit on how to get your music online. So today's podcast with Sarah will be part one of a two part feature on Sarah. So make sure you catch part two which will be out in the very near future.

Website: www.musicbusinessfacts.com Facebook: facebook.com/musicbusinessfacts Twitter: twitter.com/musicbizfacts

Jul 11 2016

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Rank #10: 34. Gregg Donovan (Part 2)- Artist Management Masterclass

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Gregg Donovan started his career as a drummer, then became a manager and promoter in Canberra Australia. 

Gregg was always that guy who was incredibly motivated. He was always putting up posters and promoting shows and bands..

Eventually he moved to Sydney and got a job as the office boy for successful promoter Steve Pavlovic of Pav Presents.

He soon worked his way up to become a tour manager and was soon touring with artists like  Fugazi, The Beastie Boys, NOFX, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, At The Drive In, The Mars Volta, Deftones, Lily Allen, The Happy Mondays and Muse to name a few. 

In 2007 Gregg started a management company called Wonderlick Entertainment and currently oversees the careers of artists like Boy & Bear, Airbourne, Grinspoon, Josh Pyke to name just a few.

This is part 2 of a fantastic lecture where Gregg gives a masterclass in artist management.

Enjoy

Sep 25 2014

28mins

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Rank #11: 101. Tommy Darker- Artistpreneur & Music Biz Educator

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Tommy Darker is a Greek and London-based musician and entrepreneur. A "Musicpreneur"- A term Tommy is often credited for making popular. Tommy is also a music business lecturer. Tommy lectures in music business studies at The University Of Westminster in the UK and he obviously knows his stuff.

Hello and Welcome to The Music Business Facts Podcast.

I’m Rodney Holder and it’s my mission to, as best as possible, try and discover the intricacies and realities of how to monetize your passion for the music business.

So whether you’re a songwriter, a performer, a manager or an agent, a promoter or a publisher, you run a label or any other entrepreneurial venture trying to commercially succeed in and around the music industry, or perhaps you’re a student of the music business, then this podcast is absolutely for you. I have made this show for you so welcome,

And this episode of Music Business Facts is proudly brought to by Audible.

Guys if you love listening to audio content, and obviously you do because you’re listening to me, then you should check out audible as they have an amazing array or excellent audio books. And if you’d like a free audio book download, you can actually sign up for a 30- day free trial at mfbbook.com So go to mbfbook.com and sign up for a 30-day free trial and receive a free audio book.

I’ve taken up the offer myself because I generally hate the radio and love listening to audio books when I’m driving in the car. It’s my continuous self-development ritual. And right now I’m listening to a really inspiring book Titled “Deep Work” by Cal Newport, and I’m really digging it and would totally recommend it. So yes- check out the offer at mbfbook.com and get your free audio book today.

Ok today’s guest and Music Business Expert is Tommy Darker.

Tommy Darker is a Greek and London-based musician and entrepreneur. A Musicpreneur- A term Tommy is often credited for making popular. And like me Tommy is also a music business lecturer. Tommy lectures in music business studies at The University Of Westminster in the UK and he obviously knows his stuff.

And Tommy’s also got some really cool free resources over at his website at tommydarker.com. Marketing Plans, and business model case studies, and a variety of great stuff so I do encourage you to check it all out out over at www.tommydarker.com so go and grab some quality freebies there.

Anyhow in this episode I had a great chat with Tommy where we discuss a number of interesting things and takeaways for you guys including music business models, marketing strategies, goal setting, music education, and a whole lot more good stuff.

So I really hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I enjoyed conducting it.

So without further ado, here’s my chat with Tommy Darker. Please enjoy.

So there you go guys I hope you learnt something from my talk with Tommy.

And again, if you are interested in hearing Tommy present his “How To Make A Profit Performing Live In 100 Days”, he’ll be hosting that presentation with Gabi Huckins who is a licensing expert who looks after the catalogues of artists like The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath. So that’s going to be very cool and very high level information.

So if that’s something that you’re interested in attending then head over to https://www.musicpreneur.live/mbf and enter the code MFB20 to receive $20 off the admission price.

And don’t forget that it’s not just going to be a great Masterclass, it’s also going to be a 100-day challenge, where you join, you’ll be forced to have identified revenue streams for your live performances, drafted a mini-tour plan, and prepared a strategy to make a profit by performing. And it’ll all be backed up with feedback from the instructor and you’ll also receive an accountability partner. And I’m going to be one of those partners so I think it’s a really interesting idea that will really educate and motivate you to getting you closer to undertaking a profitable live performance or tour within 100 days.

And yes it is a paid course, the package starts at $97, but as Tommy and I discussed in this podcast, music education is expensive, at least here in Australia, and if you do want to learn from industry experts, and you would like some professional accountability to hold you towards implementing your goals, then it is such a minimal investment and if you’re serious about your career you should be prepared to back yourself and invest in your own education.

So once again, musicpreneur.live/mbf with a checkout code of mbf20 to receive $20 off the price.

As always all of this information is available in the show notes over at music business facts.com, and you can always get in touch with me at facebook.com/musicbusinessfacts.

And I love hearing from people who listen to the show so pop over and say g’day.

This podcast as always is always free and if you’d like to support me in any way shape or form you can show your appreciation over at https://www.paypal.me/musicbusinessfacts

And people if you’re undertaking any venture where you are trying to provide value to people’s lives then I encourage you to setup a free paypal.me account that enables your super fans to help you out financially if they desire.

As Amanda Palmer discussed in her awesome Ted Talk – Don’t ask people to pay, give people ways to pay if they have received enough value that they want to.

And thanks to everyone who has contributed to the show.

Ok it’s great to back and I look forward to talking to you all again soon on the next episode of Music Business Facts.

Copulater.

Rodney Holder \m/

Aug 20 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #12: 81. Eyal Levi - Successful Metal Producer and Entrepreneur

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My guest today is a super interesting guy called Eyal Levi. Eyal is an ex-touring metal musician who went through the whole major label system, and now has positioned himself as not only a successful recording engineer and producer, but also as a successful sound production trainer and entrepreneur. I think you’ll really enjoy this interview regardless of whether you’re coming from a performance, songwriting angle or from the sound production sector.

As always, I love to hear from all of you. So hit me up with any questions or comments at: Rodney@musicbusinessfacts.com

Website: www.musicbusinessfacts.com

Facebook: facebook.com/musicbusinessfacts

Twitter: twitter.com/musicbizfacts

Apr 04 2016

58mins

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Rank #13: 39. Rod Yates- How to get your band featured in Rolling Stone Magazine

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Rod Yates is the editor of Rolling Stone Magazine Australia.

He has over fifteen years experience writing for music publications like Kerrang, Hot Metal, Empire magazine and numerous other street press. (Not to mention playing bass in his own band).

In today's episode I ask the big Question- "How does one get their act featured in a magazine as prestigious as "rolling Stone".

The answer sure surprised me!.

Enjoy!

Nov 02 2014

15mins

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Rank #14: 24. Andrew McMillen- Music Journalist

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Andrew McMillen is a freelance journalist based in Brisbane Australia. 

He has had articles and reviews published in publications such as Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Wired, The Sydney Morning Herald, Triple J Mag and Australian Penthouse (to name a few).

Today he speaks with Rodney Holder from Music Business Facts about how to best engage with the media in order to gain their attention for your music projects. 

May 27 2014

40mins

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Rank #15: 35. Gregg Donovan (Part 3)

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Today’s episode is the third and final part of my talk with Gregg Donovan- Music manager to artists like Airbourne, Grinspoon, Boy and Bear and Josh Pyke.

If you haven’t listened to parts one and two I strongly suggest you go back and listen to them because Gregg's knowledge of the music industry and artist management is just awesome and inspiring!. Enjoy

Oct 10 2014

32mins

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Rank #16: 84. Cherie Currie - Legendary Vocalist of All-Girl Punk Band 'The Runaways'

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The Runaways are one of the most influential bands of the 70’s- certainly the most influential all girl band of any era. And my guest today is the original lead vocalist of that group- the lovely Cherie Currie, and what a story she has to tell. Like I mentioned The Runaways basically rocked the music industry to their core with their attitude fueled performances and sexually explicit lyrics- all being fronted by a 15 year old Cherie Currie. They were wild, and drug fueled, and presented to the world as basically 'jailbait'! If you’ve seen the awesome film titled “The Runaways”, which is partially based on Currie’s brutally honest memoir then you’ll know what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t seen it – go see it!

Cherie is touring Australia in a few weeks so if you’re interested her show dates are available in the show notes at: musicbusinessfacts.com!

I hope you enjoy my conversation with this living rock legend. 

Website: musicbusinessfacts.com Facebook: facebook.com/musicbusinessfacts Twitter: twitter.com/musicbizfacts

May 22 2016

19mins

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Rank #17: Peter Clarke- What it was like breaking the US country scene with Keith Urban

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Peter Clarke is a drummer whose big music break came when he moved to the US with up and coming guitarist Keith Urban.

In this episode of Music Business facts Peter tells the story of the trials and tribulations of trying to break into the world's biggest music market and the subsequent success that followed.

After Peter had parted ways with Keith Urban he also performed with other legendary Australian artists such as Leigh Kernaghan and Doc Neeson's Angles.

A great music business story. Enjoy

Jan 18 2015

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Rank #18: 102. Rod Yates (Rolling Stone Magazine).

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Rod Yates is the editor of Rolling Stone Magazine Australia. In this special edition of musicbusinessfacts.com Rod Yates will disclose strategies on how to get your music featured in major music media outlets.

G’day ladies and gentlemen, Rodney Holder here and welcome to the Music Business Facts podcast the show where I do the best I can to bring you the truths about trying to monetise your passion for the music biz.

And today’s episode of the show is proudly brought to by Audible.

Guys as you know audio is awesome- you can listen in whilst you’re doing other things, and if you haven’t already then you should check out audible as they have an awesome array or audio books that you can access.

And right now you can get a free audio book download, when you sign up for a 30- day free trial at mfbbook.com So go to mbfbook.com and sign up for a 30-day free trial and receive a free audio book.

And right now an audio book I’m listening to and would really recommend is Titled “Deep Work” by Cal Newport, and I’m really digging it and can honestly say it’s helping me focus on achieving much more in my day. So check out Deep Work, or any of the other great audio books for download at mbfbook.com

Grab your free audio book today.

Ok a few months back I ran an online summit where some of my music industry expert mates came on and gave some lectures. And today I’m replaying one such lecture with my good buddy Rod Yates who is the editor of Rolling Stone Magazine Australia.

Rod and I go back many years, we’re both from good old Canberra, and Rod and I played shows when my band Alchemist played gigs with his band who were called Henry’s Anger, and they were a great band- go and google em.

Anyhow Rod has now become a gate keeper if you like for one of the world’s most prestigious music print media brands. He’s the editor of Rolling Stone Magazine Australia, and even during this hectic period of digital disruption, Rolling Stone seems to be holding it’s own.

So I suppose this talk is a bit of an interrogation. I branded it as How To Get Your Music Featured In Major Music Outlets. And I think Rod gives a pretty good insight into how to go about trying to do that so I hope you enjoy the replay.

And without further delay- here’s my presentation with Rod Yates from Rolling Stone Magazine Australia.

Well there you have it ladies and gents. I hope you agree that there’s some pretty good take away’s from that discussion.

As always I’d love to know your thoughts and you can hit me up at facebook.com/musicbusinessfacts.

And if you’d like some highlights of the shownotes head over to music businessfacts.com and type in rod yates into the search bar.

And if you found any value in that presentation, and you’d like to donate to the show, you can go to paypal.me/musicbusinessfacts.com

I get thousands of downloads for most of my episodes so again, if you’d like to support me, I’m gladly accepting any donations at paypal.me/musicbusinessfacts

And artists, musicians, anyone who would like to try another form of monetising your free content, look into paypal.me- You occasionally get a little surprise from people who want to support you.

Ok until next time people thanks so much for listening, I really appreciate your time and again, I hope you got some value from the presentation.

Until the next episode here’s today’s quote.

Without vision, even the most focused passion is a battery without a device.

Ken Auletta

This is Rodney Holder for musicbusinessfacts.com

Aug 28 2017

58mins

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Rank #19: 111. James Newcome from Musicpreneur.com

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James Newcomb is the CEO of Musicpreneur.com a podcast that helps musicians navigate music entrepreneurship. In this episode Rodney and James discuss issues surrounding the musician as an entrepreneur.

Mar 14 2018

41mins

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Rank #20: 94. DW Norton - Guitarist & Songwriter of Superheist

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DW Norton is the guitarist, major songwriter, and founding member of Australian Nu Metal band Superheist. DW is also an accomplished audio engineer and producer who has worked with many successful pioneering Australian metal bands like Damaged, Destroyer 666, and my band Alchemist to name a few.

During this episode we discuss numerous music business related topics including copyright ownership, line up changes, record deals, music publishing, and the huge mistakes that Superheist made.

Website: www.musicbusinessfacts.com Facebook: facebook.com/musicbusinessfactsTwitter: twitter.com/musicbizfacts

Oct 20 2016

58mins

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