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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 115: Lil Pump is a free man; recording tips with Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution

1/21/2018
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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 bout Lil Pump's recent move to go indie after voiding his record deal with Warner. The story underscores the dangers of record deals and the opportunities available to artists who keep themselves independent. Ryan also sits down with entrepreneur, musician, and recording engineer Graham Cochrane. Graham talks to Ryan...

Duration:01:06:01

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

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

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