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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


BTB Ep 106: BTB Song Contest Announced!; Andrew Apanov on turning your fans into paying fans

11/5/2017
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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 formally announces his Break The Business Seven Note Challenge Song Contest. To encourage listeners to enter songs in Serj Tankian's Seven Note Challenge (www.serjtankianchallenge.com), Ryan is having his own contest. It has the same rules as the Serj Tankian Challenge, but you need to submit your songs to...

Duration: 01:12:42


BTB Ep 105: Interview with The Glass Child; big changes to Facebook and YouTube for musicians

10/29/2017
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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, we follow up on our discussion of Serj Tankian's Seven Note Challenge from last week. Ryan wants to get our community of listeners to enter into this contest and win and is willing to help you however he can. Ryan also talks about friend-of-the-show Bill "Spruke" Boulden's latest Kickstarter campaign for his upcoming...

Duration: 00:57:10


BTB Ep 104: Dave's Last Show; Seven Note Challenge; interview with Joe Wood

10/22/2017
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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, Dave announces that he is moving to New Jersey and leaving the Podcast. Our whole Podcast community is crushed, of course, but we are also happy that he has a new job opportunity and we wish him the best of luck on his next adventure. Be sure to let Dave know @MetalDave85 how much you will miss him. Ryan and Dave also...

Duration: 01:31:18


BTB Ep 103: Making the music industry better and safer for women; interview with Cherie Hu

10/15/2017
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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 Harvey Weinstein scandal and why it is a symptom of a greater problem with the entertainment industry as a whole--a problem to which the music business is definitely not immune. Ryan references past Podcast guests Rorie Kelly and Krista Hartman to discuss the problem and steps that can be taken to make things...

Duration: 00:52:59


BTB Ep 102: Vegas Strong; Interview with Kevin Breuner of CD Baby

10/8/2017
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Hi Podcast Listeners! Thanks for downloading. 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 Las Vegas shooting and its implications for musicians. He also sits down with CD Baby Vice President of Marketing Kevin Breuner. Ryan and Kevin break down CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference and Kevin gives some great tips on distributing your own music as an indie...

Duration: 00:59:21


BTB Ep 101: Starting a music festival, the Rock Star Advocate talks self care and time management

10/1/2017
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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 and Dave answer a MusicpreneurHub question from someone who is interested in starting up a music festival. In the New Music Industry, it is more possible than ever for musicians to start their own festivals. But there are still logistical challenges and Ryan gives some thoughts on how to navigate them. We also do...

Duration: 01:15:41


BTB Ep 100: Our Super Sized 100th Episode Spectacular!

9/24/2017
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Hi Podcast Listeners! We did it! Thank you for supporting our podcast all the way to Episode 100 (and for sticking with us for the two weeks that the studio was down due to Hurricane Irma). This week, as promised, we are commemorating our 100 shows by answering your listener questions that you sent in. For every question you send in that we answer on the show, the Break the Business Podcast will donate $10 to hurricane relief efforts (and you sent in a LOT of questions, so thank you!). And...

Duration: 02:04:09


BTB Ep 99: Help artists, help Houston; Cheryl B. Engelhardt stops by to talk about branding

9/3/2017
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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! We are on our way to Episode 100 next week. Big milestone! We are going to do something special for that episode. That whole show will be devoted to answering your career questions. We want to help you out. So send your questions to breakthebusiness@gmail.com or @ryankair on Twitter. The listener who sends the best question for next week...

Duration: 01:04:24


BTB Ep 98: Avenged Sevenfold and the "Seven Year Rule"; interview with Professor Tonya Butler

8/27/2017
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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! Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Break-the-Business/dp/B073DC7YWS/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= This week, Ryan provides updates and analysis on the ongoing lawsuit between Avenged Sevenfold and their record label, Warner Bros.. The band is attempting to terminate their record deal early by utilizing the "Seven Year Rule"...

Duration: 01:02:24


BTB Ep 97: Ryan returns from Canada; Bill "Spruke" Boulden gives tips & talks about his new project

8/20/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks or 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 and Dave talk about Ryan's trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto. R & D also discuss Gene Simmons' recent comments about his ill-fated attempt to trademark the "Devil Horns" hand gesture. They use the story to give some helpful tips for musicians to register their own trademarks to protect their brand. In the second...

Duration: 01:13:13


BTB Ep 96: Music licensing databases revisited; Emma Stevens on crowdfunding

8/3/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks or 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 and Dave continue the show's discussion from last week about the proposed Transparency in Music Licensing law currently in Congress. The law would have significant implications for indie musicians. Ryan and Dave discuss two important questions that are currently not clear: Who is going to pay for this database, and...

Duration: 01:08:30


BTB Ep 94: Is Sony buying Tunecore?; Spotify sued; interview with Bobby Owsinski

7/23/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks or 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 rumors of Sony buying the music streaming service TuneCore. If this story is true, what does it mean for indie artists? Will Sony improve TuneCore's clout, or will it infect Tunecore's artist-friendly model? Ryan also talks about Spotify being on the receiving end of a nine-figure lawsuit and what it...

Duration: 00:52:44


BTB Ep 93: Spotify has fake artists? Soundcloud's in trouble?; interview with Meri Amber

7/16/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks or 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 recent news involving Spotify and the rumors that the streaming service is creating fake artist accounts and diverting royalties away from artists. Is it true? What can artists do about it? And is Spotify's whole funding model the real problem? Also, Ryan talks about SoundCloud's recent financial...

Duration: 01:04:43


BTB Ep 92: DBAs and fictitious names, Justin Locke interview; Dave's Metal Minute

7/9/2017
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Hi Podcast listeners! Thanks or 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 and Dave talk about DBAs/fictitious names and why many artists need to register for them in their music career. Important business tips to get your band's legal and financial house in order. Dave also talks about the Metallica show he attended on Friday in Miami (he's pretty damn excited bout it). In the second...

Duration: 01:16:04


BTB Ep 91: Band agreements; Ryan's Audiobook; interview with Verity White

7/2/2017
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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 and Dave discuss the importance of band agreements and why every musical group needs one. The also discuss what terms you want to make sure are in any effective band agreement. In the second segment, rock recording artist Verity White stops by for an interview. White talks to us about using social media effectively...

Duration: 01:15:27


BTB Ep 90: Patreon updates its platform; Bruce Wawrzyniak interview; Gene Simmons' Devil Horns

6/18/2017
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Hi Podcast Listeners! Thanks for downloading. In the first segment, Ryan talks about recent news about Spotify's release of financial information and what it means for indie artists. There's good news, bad news, and ugly news. Find out what Spotify's numbers mean to you and how it should influence your career decisions as an artist-entrepreneur. Ryan also talks about recent updates to the Patreon crowdfunding platform. In the second segment, Ryan interviews Bruce Wawrzyniak of Now Hear...

Duration: 01:00:05


BTB Ep 89: Mandy Harvey on America's Got Talent; Guy and Ilan Ferdman on entrepreneurship

6/10/2017
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Hi Podcast Listeners! Thanks for downloading. This week, Ryan talks about former BTB guest and friend-of-the-show Mandy Harvey on her recent appearance on America's Got Talent. Basically, Mandy crushed it, getting the coveted "Golden Buzzer" from Simon Cowell. Ryan talks about Mandy's inspiring story (she has released several fantastic albums despite being completely deaf) and plays clips from her December 2016 interview on the show. Ryan is also joined by Guy and Ilan Ferdman this week....

Duration: 00:57:24


BTB Ep 88: Using your website to book more gigs; marketing tips; audiobook preview

6/4/2017
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Hi Podcast Listeners! Thanks for downloading! This week, Ryan and Dave discuss an article from Bobby Owskinski's Music 3.0 Blog and a Hypebot article by Ariel Hyatt. The former talks about how you can optimize your website to get more gigs. It is important to make your website useful to venue bookers and agents, and Ryan and Dave have a great discussion on how to do just that. The latter article talks about marketing techniques to boost your e-mail list. Building a e-mail list is critical...

Duration: 01:08:49

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