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BTB Ep 131: Interviews with Cheryl B. Engelhardt and Holley Maher

5/20/2018
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This week, we feature an interview with Cheryl B. Engelhardt to discuss branding and an interview with Holley Maher to discuss The Other Nashville Society and finding sync opportunities for your music.

Duration:00:56:04

BTB Ep 130: Interviews with the Rock Star Advocate and Bruce Wawrzyniak

5/13/2018
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This week, we feature interviews with Suzanne "The Rock Star Advocate" Paulinski and Bruce Wawrzyniak. In the first interview, we discuss self care and time management. In the second interview, we discuss how to get more show bookings as an artist.

Duration:00:56:16

BTB Ep 129: Andrew Hitz talks music education and entrepreneurship; Emia joins the BTB Coffeehouse

5/6/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, music entrepreneurship expert Andrew Hitz stops by to give us lots of fantastic tips to help you move your career forward. We also have a discussion with him about the current state of higher education and music and whether music schools are doing enough to teach entrepreneurship to its indie artist students (spoiler alert: they...

Duration:01:05:23

BTB Ep 128: Avoiding bad management deals; James Shotwell talks music piracy; Movie Dave stops by

4/29/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! In the first segment, Ryan talks about the recent lawsuit involving Cardi B and her former manager. He uses the story to talk about the common pitfalls in artist management deals and how to avoid them as an indie artist. In the second segment, music industry expert James Shotwell stops by to talk about music piracy and the importance of...

Duration:00:59:13

BTB Ep 127: Indie artists are growing fast!; Bree Noble talks about her Profitable Musician Summit

4/22/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, Ryan discusses findings from a recent study released by Midia Research which noted that unsigned artists only make up 2.7% of global recorded music revenue. Does this mean that it is a bad idea to go indie? Heck no! Ryan breaks down the study and discusses why there has been no better time to take control of your own music career....

Duration:00:47:16

BTB Ep 126: The new Music Modernization Act; building your team with Ilana Broad; Rock & Roll HoF

4/15/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! In the first segment, Ryan breaks down the latest version of the Music Modernization Act that is making its way through Congress. The bill just made it through the House Judiciary Committee with strong bipartisan support. It has a real chance of passing and, if it passes, it will have significant implications for your music career. Ryan also...

Duration:01:02:16

BTB Ep 125: Discussing metadata with Chris Cass from Synchtank; Zola joins the BTB Coffeehouse

4/8/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! NOTE: Zola has a song on the Lifetime TV show "Mary Kills People" that will air on April 9th. Don't miss it! In the first segment, Ryan provides additional info for artists on the tax laws that will take effect for this year. There are things that all artists should be doing right now in their career to get on the right track with their...

Duration:00:54:21

BTB Ep 120: How to network when you suck at networking; overcoming adversity with Sarah Sharp

2/25/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, Ryan talks about a recent article on building relationships in the music industry by acclaimed publicist Angela Mastrogiacomo. He uses that article to go into a broader discussion about effective networking, and specifically how to do it well even if you are socially awkward and have difficulty approaching people at cocktail...

Duration:01:04:44

BTB Ep 119: Using social media with your live shows; Shawn Yesner on crushing your debt; Parkland

2/18/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, Ryan gives tips on using social media to get more people out to your live shows by discussing a recent article in by Simon Tam in Music Think Tank titled "40 Ways Bands Can Use Social Media To Increase Engagement At Shows". In the second segment, lawyer and podcaster Shawn Yesner stops by for an interview. Shawn is the host of the...

Duration:01:06:12

BTB Ep 118: Songwriters got a raise!; Tommy Darker interview; Should Neil Portnow resign?

2/11/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, Ryan is back from China and spends his first episode back breaking down the recent Copyright Royalty Board ruling increasing songwriter royalties on streaming platforms. This is a win for you, the songwriter. But is it a big win? Ryan also sits down with Whiise founder and friend-of-the-show Tommy Darker to talk about his platform...

Duration:01:01:30

BTB Ep 117: #WomenCrush Music Takeover Part 2: Self-Care & Mental Health in The Music Industry

2/4/2018
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This week, #WomenCrush Music Founder, Ashley Kervabon, chats with the organization's Head of Marketing, Katie Zaccardi & Branding Empress, Michelle Costanza about the complexities of mental health in the music industry. They discuss self-care practices like yoga and finding time to go to therapy, and answer questions and stories submitted by the community. Some resources mentioned in this episode are: Yoga with Adriene (https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene) & Talkspace. About...

Duration:01:05:52

BTB Ep 116: #WomenCrush Music Takeover Part 1: The Art of Being a Businesswoman (And An Artist)

1/28/2018
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This week, #WomenCrush Music Founder, Ashley Kervabon, chats with the organization's Queen of Operations (and recording artist) Moe Lincoln about how to balance being a business person, artist and being a woman in the industry. They discuss different roles in the industry, important basic business tips, how to get started as an artist & how to stay sane while doing it all. The resources they mention range from networking events like Balanced Breakfast (https://www.blncdbrkfst.com/),...

Duration:00:59:36

BTB Ep 114: Chances in Facebook's algorithm; Ashley Kervabon talks about Women Crush Music

1/14/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, Ryan talks about recent changes to Facebook's platform that will make it more difficult for musicians' posts to end up on users' news feeds. Ryan breaks down the issue and gives tips on how to increase the reach of your posts under the new algorithm. Ryan also sits down with Women Crush Music founder Ashley Kervabon. Ashley talks...

Duration:01:23:50

BTB Ep 113: Ryan answers listener questions; Erin M. Jacobson on the Music Modernization Act

1/7/2018
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! Happy New Year, everybody! This week, Ryan opens up the first Podcast episode of 2018 by answering listener questions about releasing singles and copyright ownership of sound recordings. "The Music Industry Lawyer" Erin M. Jacobson also stops by to give some tips on legal matters that indie artists should take care of now to start 2018 off...

Duration:01:00:43

BTB Ep 112: What does the new tax bill mean for musicians; interview with Joseph Dunwell; star wars!

12/24/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! In our final episode of 2017, we discuss the effects that the new tax bill will have on indie artists and a VERY SPECIAL friend of the show stops by to talk about the new Star Wars movie with Ryan. We also chat with UK pop rock artist Joseph Dunwell. His band The Dunwells have played at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and the Tonight Show. Joseph...

Duration:01:19:14

BTB Ep 111: Holley Maher talks The Other Nashville Society & sync placements; net neutrality vote

12/17/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, Ryan sits down with indie-pop artist Holley Maher to talk about getting sync placements (she has had her songs placed in commercials for brands like Ikea and Nutella). We also talk about her involvement with The Other Nashville Society, a group dedicated to creating opportunities for Nashville's non-country music community...

Duration:00:56:14

BTB Ep 110: Twitch for musicians; interview with Keith Pro; 7 Note Song Contest winner announced!

12/10/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! In the first segment, Ryan answers a listener question about how musicians can use the platform Twitch to move their career forward. He uses examples from musicians and friends-of-the-show Elisa Melendez, Evan Lamb, and Meri Amber. In the second segment, Ryan interviews Keith Pro, founder of Indie Band Guru. Keith gives great advice on...

Duration:01:11:38

BTB Ep 109: Net neutrality; we talk crowdfunding & podcasting with Matt Langston of Eleventyseven

11/26/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, Ryan talks about the latest news regarding net neutrality and why it will have a significant effect on indie musicians and other content creators. Ryan also sits down with Matt Langston of Eleventyseven to talk about his band's podcast and why it is valuable for musicians to create podcasts of their own. We also get crowdfunding...

Duration:01:10:58

BTB Ep 108: Will UnitedMasters destroy record labels?; Bryan Calhoun of Music Business Toolbox

11/19/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! In the first segment, Ryan talks about recent news involving UnitedMasters. UnitedMasters is a new company that promises an alternative to the record label model. And they are backed with an eight-figure investment from Google, which means they might have the resources and the infrastructure to really shake things up. Could UnitedMasters...

Duration:01:02:13

BTB Ep 107: Musical.ly sale; Verity White interview; Kickstarter tips from Spruke

11/12/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks for downloading. Be sure to get a copy of the Break the Business audiobook, now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This week, Ryan gives some updates on the Podcast's Seven Note Song Contest (send your songs to breakthebusiness@gmail.com by December 8th). He also discusses the sale of musical.ly for $1 billion and what it means for indie artists. UK-based rock artist Verity White also stops by this week for an interview. Verity is one of Ryan's favorite...

Duration:01:15:09

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