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Helping you navigate the music industry is former manager of music superstar Taylor Swift, Social Media Mentor to finalists on FOX’s American Idol, and private consultant to entities such as Big Machine Label Group and Live Nation, Rick Barker, join in every week as he shares his best strategies and wisdom from over 25 years in the music industry. In this podcast, Rick teaches artists how to treat their art as a business and become an attractive partner to a record label. With major changes in the music industry and digital world today, record labels expect artists to build their online presence and fan base, become great songwriters and performers, and ultimately create their own buzz. Through interviews with other experts in the music industry, and his own insights Rick shares the mindset, tactics, and principles need to take your music to the next level. Subscribe to the podcast and join Rick every week on MIB Podcast and discover how to take control of your career and become a business-minded artist who is ready to take on this crazy industry. For more info and a free copy of Rick’s book The $150,000 Music Degree go to rickbarker.com

Helping you navigate the music industry is former manager of music superstar Taylor Swift, Social Media Mentor to finalists on FOX’s American Idol, and private consultant to entities such as Big Machine Label Group and Live Nation, Rick Barker, join in every week as he shares his best strategies and wisdom from over 25 years in the music industry. In this podcast, Rick teaches artists how to treat their art as a business and become an attractive partner to a record label. With major changes in the music industry and digital world today, record labels expect artists to build their online presence and fan base, become great songwriters and performers, and ultimately create their own buzz. Through interviews with other experts in the music industry, and his own insights Rick shares the mindset, tactics, and principles need to take your music to the next level. Subscribe to the podcast and join Rick every week on MIB Podcast and discover how to take control of your career and become a business-minded artist who is ready to take on this crazy industry. For more info and a free copy of Rick’s book The $150,000 Music Degree go to rickbarker.com
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Helping you navigate the music industry is former manager of music superstar Taylor Swift, Social Media Mentor to finalists on FOX’s American Idol, and private consultant to entities such as Big Machine Label Group and Live Nation, Rick Barker, join in every week as he shares his best strategies and wisdom from over 25 years in the music industry. In this podcast, Rick teaches artists how to treat their art as a business and become an attractive partner to a record label. With major changes in the music industry and digital world today, record labels expect artists to build their online presence and fan base, become great songwriters and performers, and ultimately create their own buzz. Through interviews with other experts in the music industry, and his own insights Rick shares the mindset, tactics, and principles need to take your music to the next level. Subscribe to the podcast and join Rick every week on MIB Podcast and discover how to take control of your career and become a business-minded artist who is ready to take on this crazy industry. For more info and a free copy of Rick’s book The $150,000 Music Degree go to rickbarker.com

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Episodes

How to Handle Your Fan Requests

6/21/2018
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On today’s episode, Rick gives us a behind the scenes look at meet and greets. He shares some of strange requests and his experiences he has had with Taylor Swift and Trent Harmon fans. Rick also teaches us how to properly deal with these sometimes awkward situations. “A lot of times fans take things very personal when they have a request, but we have to take a look at the long term repercussions.” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us...

Duration:00:10:43

How To Schedule Your Social Media Posting Efficiently?

6/18/2018
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On today’s episode, Rick debunks the most common social media myth, that being active on social media will take up all of your time. Rick gives you some tips on how and when to schedule your posts so that you won’t be stuck on your socials all day. “Treat your social media like your meal plan. Give them something for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:03 Does being active on...

Duration:00:07:18

How to Interact with fans in Person

6/14/2018
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Grab and pen and paper! Today Rick shares insider tips on how to interact with fans, face to face. He gives practical information on how to manage the time that you spend with your fans so that things don’t get chaotic. Also, discover some of the best practices for selling your merchandise. “You never want to be so big that you don’t have time for your fans, they are the only thing that keep you alive.” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint...

Duration:00:12:10

Finding Your Why and Multiple Revenue Streams as a Musician with Bree Noble

6/11/2018
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Today on The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick sits down with the creator of Female Entrepreneur Musician Podcast & Female Musician Academy, Bree Noble. On this episode Bree and Rick discuss why you need to know your purpose as a musician. Also, tune in to find out how other artists are utilizing Facebook live and Facebook retargeting. “You need to tailor your music business for what works for you.” -Bree Noble What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us...

Duration:00:29:19

How to Get a Manager to Approach You

6/7/2018
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Today on The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick continues his discussion on managers. On this episode, he discusses what you can do to make yourself attractive to a manager and the skills that you need to effectively manage yourself. Unlock the secret of how to get managers to approach you. “Get the ball rolling and managers will find you.” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:45 How a managers position has...

Duration:00:11:24

Do You Need a Manager or a Coach?

6/4/2018
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On this episode of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick is on the road with American Idol winner, Trent Harmon, as his manager. He gives us the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a manager. Stay tuned to find out if you need a manager or a mentor. “You can learn the skills that I have if you are willing to put in the work, time and investment and go out and get a mentor.” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time...

Duration:00:10:40

What it Takes to Get Signed to a Major Label

5/31/2018
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On this episode of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick shares insider information on how major record labels operate. He shares the answers to these common questions, “What does it take to get signed by a major label” and “How much engagement does a label want to see before they sign you?”. Also, stay tuned to find out why it may be in your best interest to not get signed early in your career. “The person who thinks they need a major label to be successful is not the right person to be...

Duration:00:09:43

Why You Need to Know Your Weaknesses

5/28/2018
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On this episode of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick sits down with Scotty Huff, a jack of all trades. Scotty is a fellow podcaster that is a singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He shares why it is so important to know your personal limitations when it comes to your talents. Also, stay tuned to find out if horns are making a come back in country music. “Know your strengths but more importantly know your weaknesses.” -Scotty Huff What do you want to hear from the...

Duration:00:15:30

Why No One Can Make You a Star

5/24/2018
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On this episode of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick speaks on why he can not make you a star. He also discusses the right attitude you should possess when reaching out to people in the industry. Also, stay tuned to hear how you can get on anybody in the music industries good side. “Equip yourself with the right tools and knowledge to go out and get your own experiences.” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time...

Duration:00:09:13

How to Make and Schedule Content for Different Platforms

5/21/2018
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On this episode of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick discusses a common theme at Music Biz 2018, content -- how it should be made and when to use it. He goes into depth on the importance of native content and the differences between platforms. Also, stay tuned to hear Rick’s sequential marketing strategy for Facebook. “You need to provide the proper content. It may take longer, but the payoff is huge. ” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint...

Duration:00:10:54

Utilizing Twitter as an Music Artist

5/17/2018
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On this episode of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick interviews the Twitter expert, Madalyn Sklar. They go into depth on important features artists should be utilizing on Twitter. Also, stay tuned to hear Madalyn’s expert advice on the best video practices for Twitter. “Be on there every day to stay visible, consistency is the best thing you can do. ” -Madalyn Sklar What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 4:50...

Duration:00:19:16

Key Takeaways from Canadian Music Week 2018

5/14/2018
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On this episode of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick shares his experiences at the Canadian Music Week. He goes into depth on his key takeaways from a session with industry leaders. Also, stay tuned to hear critical press release advice from a well known Variety magazine writer. “You are not going to take over the whole world if you can’t take over your own town. ” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time...

Duration:00:10:34

Adopting an Entrepreneurial Mindset as an Artist

5/10/2018
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On this episode of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick sits down with musician, author, and founder of the world's first and only all-Asian American dance-rock band, Simon Tam. They go into depth on what you should be focusing your time on as an “entrepreneurial” artist. Also, stay tuned to hear how Simon’s band won their Supreme Court Case against the US government for their right to be called “The Slants”. “Social media is like the world’s biggest cocktail party. ” -Simon...

Duration:00:38:56

Who Is Holding You Back From Reaching Your Full Potential?

5/7/2018
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Do you find yourself blaming others because YOU haven’t reached your goals? Then this episode is for you. Rick shares how he came to the realization that he was hindering himself. Once it became clear that HE needed to go out and get the knowledge he was lacking, things began to change. Tune in to hear this inspiring story. “If you don’t know it, learn it. ” -Rick Barker Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear...

Duration:00:10:42

Must Have Website Features with Bandzoogle's Dave Cool

5/3/2018
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On today’s show Rick is joined by Dave Cool from Bandzoogle. They discuss the importance of artists having their own website. Dave and Rick discuss new features from Bandzoogle as well as the necessities for a user-friendly, functioning website. Tune in to hear more about what features need to be included on your site. “If you have poor quality images on your site, people are going to make a judgment about your music before they even hear it. ” -Dave Cool Subscribe to iTunes or ...

Duration:00:23:57

How to Know if an Opportunity Will be Worth it or Not

4/30/2018
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Every opportunity or investment may not be right for you. To save yourself time and money you should be analyzing the benefits that it will bring to you. In this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick discusses how he determines which opportunities and investments are right for him and how you can do the same. “When opportunities come to you, sit down and take a good look at the long-term benefits, if its a good investment figure out how to make it happen. ” -Rick...

Duration:00:11:09

Why You DON'T Want to Get Discovered Before You’re Ready

4/26/2018
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“Just because you played well on the college level, doesn't mean you are ready for the NBA”. You have to bring your “A” game to be considered by record labels. There are so many artists out there that the record labels are looking for reasons to turn you down, so don’t give them any. On this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick tells us exactly why you do not want to get discovered before you’re ready. And what you need to have to be considered by a label. “You are not...

Duration:00:11:43

Why You Should Give Someone a Chance Before You Judge

4/23/2018
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Have you ever been judged for something before you were given the opportunity to prove yourself? On this podcast, Rick shares his past trials and tribulations when he was Taylor Swift’s manager. He discusses the ridicule he got for approaching things differently. Rick also discusses the recent comments on Bobby Bones as the American Idol mentor. “Too many people have opinions but not many people have the research to back that opinion.” -Rick Barker Subscribe to iTunes or Google...

Duration:00:10:21

How to Start Making Money as an Independent Artist

4/19/2018
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Did you know that the majority of artists that are signed to labels are in debt? In fact, there are more independent artists making money than there are signed to labels. On this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick is joined by Greg Wilnau from the Musician Monster’s podcast. Tune in to find out how this independent artist went from working a job he hated to making money off of his music. "I realized that the only reason why I wasn’t making money from my music was because I was...

Duration:00:26:41

Why You Shouldn't Take Things Personally in the Music Industry

4/16/2018
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“Don’t take things personally!” Sometimes that’s easier said than done. On today’s show, Rick gives us some insight on why we shouldn't take things so personally when it comes to the music industry. He shares some great information on how to get your music solicited, what expos you should be attending and why you should not act “out of character” on social media. If you have been trying to get off the unsolicited list and into the ears of a record label president, this one is for...

Duration:00:15:02