The Music Industry Blueprint Podcast

The Music Industry Blueprint Podcast

By Rick Barker
Rick Barker is the President and CEO of the Music Industry Blueprint in Nashville, TN.
He is a manager, entrepreneur, author, and consultant focusing on the recent changes in the music business. By sharing his experience and insider tips, he helps his clients understand the music business and fast-tracks their steps to success.
While those things describe his business life, the titles that he loves most are the ones which describe his personal life: Sober, Christian, Husband, and Father.
Rick grew up in Alabama and was raised by a single mom. Growing up with very little in way of money and res
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Episode 195: How To Use The Lucrative World of Gaming as a Revenue Stream for Indie Artist...
In this episode, Rick talks with Jimmy Rhodes from the Indie Rock Label FiXT. They discuss the industry as a whole and what they are doing with their artist to generate additional revenue streams during the pandemic. FiXT has made a big impact in the world of Video Gaming and Jimmy shares their approach. www.rickbarker.com FiXT https://instagram.com/fixtmusic https://fixtonline.com FiXT Neon https://instagram.com/fixtneon https://fixtneon.com Jimmy Rhodes https://www.facebook.com/jimmyrhodes https://twitter.com/jimmy_rhodes
21:41
March 30, 2020
Episode 194: Your Career Doesn't Have To STOP During This Pandemic. It can actually get STRONGER!
In this episode of the podcast, Rick talks about what we cannot do in person but gives some alternatives that will help you advance and still keep people safe... Vocals, Songwriting, Touring, Recording...... You can check out these resources here: www.rickbarker.com/resources
08:50
March 23, 2020
Episode 193: With Crisis and Chaos, Come Great Opportunities (TO DO GOOD)
The date is March 16th, 2020 and much of the world is dealing with the Corona Virus. Many places instituting mandatory shutdowns of large gatherings like concerts, sporting events, even restaurants. This is a great opportunity for creatives as Rick explains... www.rickbarker.com
25:37
March 16, 2020
Episode 192: The Coronavirus Scare, How to Handle It...
In this episode, Rick talks about ways an artist can avoid getting sick. This is also something we should practice every day anyway. Resources from this episode www.rickbarker.com www.anchor.fm
06:38
March 10, 2020
Episode 191: Marketing Magic with Omari MC
We are all Digital Marketers! Today more than ever you need to be at the top of your game. Rick talks with one of the best Omari MC. They go deep in strategy and what an artist can do today to stick out in a crowded space. Rick also takes a question from a listener on what to do before and after releasing a project. Connect with Omari at https://www.omarimc.com If you are ready to Monetize Your Music Career go to Rick's Free Training! CLICK HERE What to do before releasing a song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daIn-eQdw5g&t=6s What to do after releasing a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4gsh9BVzpA&t=64s
35:15
March 2, 2020
Episode 190: An Amazing Tool for Songwriters and Producers
Having access to your music and publishing information in one place is so valuable. In this episode, Rick introduces you to a cool new tool to do just that. Plus you will meet the guy behind one of the most helpful Instagram pages out there https://www.instagram.com/avoranowcom/ Musicspace: https://musicspace.io/ Karan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karanbeghi/ www.rickbarker.com www.socialmediaformusic.com
24:18
February 24, 2020
Episode 189: Clarity is KEY! You Cannot Hit a Fuzzy Target...
So often, creatives launch into a project with no plan. That must change if they want success.  In this episode, Rick talks about Clarity, Vision Boards, tools and resources to get that and how to effectively show up every day. www.rickbarker.com Check out The Life On Fire Challenge
08:44
February 17, 2020
Episode 188: Taylor Swift Netflix Documentary "Miss Americana" My Take, plus insight...
I have been approached people wanting my opinion on the Taylor Swift Netflix documentary. So in the episode, I give it and I share some early observations that might surprise you on why her fans love her so much. I also answer a listener question on what to do before and after releasing a song... www.rickbarker.com What To Do Before Releasing a Song What To Do After Releasing a Song
14:19
February 10, 2020
Episode 187: Are You Surrounding Yourself With the Right People For Ultimate Success?
What are you doing to surround yourself with the right people. Who is in your "Circle of Influence?" The DIY Music Conference is coming up and you need to be there. In this Episode Rick will address these weeks question from a listener about having a Live Music Producer. www.rickbarker.com www.socialmediaformusic.com www.managemymusiccareer.com Tom Jackson's Onstagesuccess.com
10:44
February 3, 2020
Episode 186: So Sad, and Eye Opening... First Round Of Q&A
At the recording of this episode the world mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others. Rick talks about that and we jump into our first round of Q&A. www.rickbarker.com www.socialmediaformusic.com
10:27
January 29, 2020
Episode 185: Social Networking Do's and Don'ts
Social Networking Do's and Don'ts: In this episode, Rick goes over some of the most common mistakes people make when reaching out on Social Media. Get show resources and leave rick a voice message at  https://www.rickbarker.com
10:37
January 20, 2020
Episode 184: The Human Mind Is Addicted To Novelty! What are YOU Doing to Stand Out?
I just got back from a Marketing Cruise with some amazing people who have incredible online businesses. I share some great takeaways in this episode... Connect with Daniel Den https://www.facebook.com/DanielDenOficial Connect with Rick  FREE TRIAL of Click Funnels
09:18
January 13, 2020
Episode 183: Are You Creating Superfans?
In this episode, Rick discusses the value and ways to create "Superfans." He talks about the book he is listening to called "Superfans" by Pat Flynn. Here are the resources he discussed in the podcast. www.audible.com www.patflynn.com www.rickbarker.com Follow Rick on Instagram at @rickbarkermusic
09:58
January 6, 2020
Episode 182: Lessons Learned from Eddie Murphy Movie "Dolemite Is My Name"
I just saw a great movie on Netflix starring Eddie Murphy called "Dolemite Is My Name." These lessons are very applicable for all creatives:
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December 31, 2019
Episode 181: These Resources Will Change The Game For You!
In today's episode Rick talks about the podcast he listens to and gives his recommendations for you. Link to Feedpost Top 15 Music Marketing Blogs www.rickbarker.com Must Listen To Podcast: All of these are linked to Spotify. DIY Music Podcast The Savvy Musician Show Creative Juice Made It In Music Social Media Marketing The Sunny Show Perpetual Traffic Please subscribe and share.... Rick
14:07
December 23, 2019
Episode 180: The Best Person To Invest In Is You!
In this episode Rick talks about why you need to stop asking and start doing!
07:56
December 16, 2019
Episode 179: How To Plan Like A Rockstar with Suzanne Paulinski
We are all busy and we all have the best intentions of staying on track.
32:47
December 9, 2019
Episode 178: Sometimes Change Can Be Good!
Is it time to change what you are doing? Maybe so...
10:15
December 2, 2019
Episode 177: Sometimes We Need To Get Out Of Our Own Way!
Get out of the way, you are the one probably holding you back...
09:22
November 25, 2019
Episode 176: The Episode I Was Hoping To Not Have To Record
The Battle Continues Between Taylor And Scott
11:42
November 18, 2019
Episode 175: Digital Marketing, Playlist and Radio Tour with Sara Franczyk
If you want to succeed in the new music business you must accept the fact that you are a "Digital Marketer."
29:24
November 11, 2019
Episode 173: Haters, Drug Addiction and Alcoholism...
In this episode Rick talks about his past addictions to drugs, alcohol and how to deal with online haters.
12:13
November 8, 2019
Episode 174: How to Make It in the New Music Business with Ari Herstand
Rick talks with Ari Herstand about the release of the Second Addition of his book "How to Make It in the New Music Business"
23:46
November 7, 2019
Episode 172: Stop Waiting, Big Mistake!
In this episode I share an email sent in by a listener.
16:01
October 31, 2019
Episode 171: How to set up your own Record Company with Kevin Bruener of CD Baby
This is a Must Listen to Episode if you want to make sure you get paid with your music!
42:44
October 28, 2019
Episode 170: EVERY Musician needs a website...
The keys to having a great music website.
33:23
October 24, 2019
Episode 169: Dealing with Reality!
In life there is a time to call it quits. When is that time?
08:08
October 21, 2019
Episode 168: How to get an Amazing Vocal Recording with Producer iLL Factor
Let us help you get the best vocal recording you can...
35:01
October 17, 2019
Episode 167: Prison, Suicide and Ellen DeGeneres... Meet Lee Perreira the Marathon Musician
In this episode I let you eavesdrop on a management session with my client Lee Perreira. Lee has an amazing story which includes prison, suicide, and Ellen DeGeneres
21:12
October 14, 2019
Episode 166: What to do BEFORE you release your next song...
How to successfully release your next song...
10:48
October 10, 2019
Episode 165: Audience Questions... EPK, Original Music @ Social Media
During a recent Live Q&A some great topics got discussed including Electronic Press Kits (EPK's) and using Youtube to grow and audience with original music...
10:10
October 7, 2019
Episode 164: What to do when Accused of Being a Racist...
In this episode Rick talks about what to do when being accused of something and how best to handle it.
10:42
October 3, 2019
Episode 163: There is no such thing as FREE!
Why do Artist feel the World owes them something and people should work for them for free? Rick gets very real in this episode of the podcast.
13:04
September 30, 2019
Episode 162: Meet Rock To Recovery...Using Music To Change Lives..
Music has healing power. Today Rick introduces us to Phil Bogard who works with Rock To Recovery. This organization is doing some amazing things...
24:23
September 26, 2019
Episode 161: Your Audience Wants To Connect With You... Let Them!
How much does your audience really know about you? Why?
08:50
September 23, 2019
Episode 160: What The Heck is It I Do?
What do I do? And how can I help you...
12:37
September 20, 2019
Episode 159: The Difference Between The Music Business and The Music Industry... YES there is a difference...
Do you know the difference between The Music Business and The Music Industry?
15:22
September 17, 2019
Episode 158: The Internet Does Not Discriminate
The internet does not discriminate. If you want something, go for it... The only person holding you back is you! Thanks to Fridel and OJ from SoHo Sonic in London for the inspiration... www.sohosonic.com www.managemymusiccareer.com
08:31
September 12, 2019
Episode 157: Jesus and The Devil, yes we went there... No Seriously:-)
Could be the most real conversation I have had yet, judge for yourself...
35:43
September 9, 2019
Episode 156: Great Conversation and some Nuggets with Kaytee Long from Diy PR Group
Proper PR Techniques for the 21st Century Musician.
28:29
September 5, 2019
Episode 155: Scams, Songland and Letting Kids Be Kids...
Unfortunately there are still people making False Promises when it comes to the Music Industry. I
11:42
September 2, 2019
Episode 154: Why is Taylor Swift Re-Recording Her Records?
Recently in an interview, Taylor Swift mentioned she will re-record her first 5 cd's. What does that mean? Why is she doing it? Rick's breaks it all down in this episode of the podcast.
10:18
August 29, 2019
Episode 153: Getting Your Mindset Right with Patrick Cooke!
If you want to take it to the next level, mindset is KEY!
20:51
August 26, 2019
Episode 152: Amazing Tools To Help You Run Your Music Business
You are your first Manager, Booking Agent, Record Company, Publishing Company and a whole lot more. When running a business it is vital to have the right tools.
23:11
August 22, 2019
Episode 151: Sneak Pick.. Behind The Curtain of the Music Biz
Are you ready for a manager? How should you approach Social Media?
31:33
August 19, 2019
Episode 150: Let the Q&A Session Begin! with Co-Host Maddy Newton
This is an epic episode with close to 20 of your submitted questions...
39:46
August 8, 2019
Episode 149: It takes TIME and Patience!
You might not see results instantly in your business, but if you are doing things correctly, below the surface there is growth.
11:08
August 5, 2019
Episode 148: Steps to Take Everyday To Build Your Audience
Are you doing everything you can everyday to get your music heard?
10:56
August 1, 2019
Episode 147: When Is It Right To Hire a PR Firm?
When is it time to hire a PR Firm?
10:41
July 29, 2019
Episode 146: Are You Setting Realistic Goals?
Let us all make sure that the goals we set are attainable!
08:35
July 25, 2019
Episode 145: For Goodness Sakes It is Free.
This simple mindset shift could change everything.
10:00
July 22, 2019
Episode 144: How to Handle Turbulence!
Two choices... Fly into the storm, or divert. Your choice.....
09:35
July 18, 2019
Episode 143: Lesson's Learned From The Movie "Yesterday"
Lesson's I learned from watching the movie Yesterday!
10:53
July 15, 2019
Episode 142: Is Your Music Brand On Point?
Is your Music Brand on point?
35:24
July 11, 2019
Episode 141: What does Google say about you?
Go Google yourself. Do you like what you see? Go FIX it!
08:19
July 8, 2019
Episode 140: This Whole Thing Sucks, But There Is A Bright Side...
There is a war raging between Taylor Swift, Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun. Find out why...
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July 4, 2019
Episode 139: The BEST Email I Have Ever Received!!!
The BEST Email Ever!
12:23
July 1, 2019
Episode 138: How To Get Your Music Into Film and TV with Michael Elsner
When I survey musician's the #1 thing they want to know is how to get their music into film and tv. Michael Elsner is the best. Back in episode 66 we had this conversation and I wanted to share with you as our listenership has grown. www.mastermusiclicensing.com Take Free Artist Assessment at www.rickbarker.com/assessment Connect with Rick at www.linktr.ee/rickbarkermusic
1:04:20
June 27, 2019
Episode 137: Musician's as Entrepreneur's is it possible? Guest is Kato On The Track
Rick talks with Producer & Entrepreneur Kato on The Track about the reality and mindset musician's need to be entrepreneurs.
29:58
June 24, 2019
Episode 136: Meet the Female Version of ME:-)
Today you will be introduced to the female version of Rick...
22:28
June 20, 2019
Episode 135: Hook, Story, Offer....
Russell Brunson from Click Funnels says it best "Hook, Story, Offer." Listen in on how I use that same strategy with one of my coaching clients EPIC The Band. Take Free Assessment at http://www.rickbarker.com/assessment Learn more about Rick at www.linktr.ee/rickbarkermusic
15:09
June 17, 2019
Episode 134: Sometimes the answer is YES! You are too old....
Yes, you might be too old!
13:41
June 13, 2019
Episode 133: Thoughts on the TV Show Songland
Brand new TV show featuring the Songwriters called Songland. My thoughts and the origin story.... Connect with Rick, grab a free copy of his book at http://www.linktr.ee/rickbarkermusic
10:21
June 10, 2019
Episode 132: This Technology is Genius!
If you are not using this technology as an Indie Artist, you are missing out.
21:47
June 3, 2019
Episode 131: I Will Never Say That Again!
This situation that happened this weekend has changed the way I approach certain things...
12:21
May 30, 2019
Episode 130: What Does Your Digital Footprint Say About Your True Character?
What does your Digital Footprint say about you?
10:48
May 27, 2019
Episode 129: "Repeat after me... I am a MARKETER..." with Justin Smith
If you want to win as an artist today, you must come to grips with the fact that you are a Marketer!
28:28
May 23, 2019
Episode 128: Some People are Just Ignorant...
Recently I was a featured Keynote Speaker at CMW. As most of you know, I teach Social Media Engagement. In the audience was the person that Taylor Swift used as her muse for the song Mean. What he saw compared to what an actual musician in the audience saw, is mind blowing... Connect with Rick
16:23
May 20, 2019
Episode 127: Artist Development in 2019 with Producer Andre Kaden Black
Great conversation with Producer Andre Kaden Black!
29:57
May 16, 2019
Episode 126: It is a Marathon NOT a Sprint! Meet Artist Alli Walker and hear her story...
Meet Artist Alli Walker a perfect example of this business is a Marathon NOT a Sprint!
14:42
May 13, 2019
Episode 125: Q&A Live from Canadian Music Week
While in Toronto giving a Keynote Presentation at Canadian Music Week, I decided to host an impromptu meet up.
48:08
May 9, 2019
Episode 124: Lesson Learned This Week From Gary Vee
What I learned this week from Gary Vaynerchuck!
11:38
May 6, 2019
Episode 123: How To Get Results From Other's Experience
In this episode, we talk about using other's successes and failures to move your career forward! https://rickbarker.com/assessment RESOURCES: Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist Assessment Connect with Rick: Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
09:49
April 29, 2019
Episode 122: Sacrifices and Beliefs! What is holding you back?
In this episode, we talk about what sacrifices you are willing to make to get results!https://rickbarker.com/assessmentRESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
11:04
April 22, 2019
Episode 121: Behind the Scenes of One of My Coaching Calls
In this episode, I take you behind the scenes of one of my coaching calls. Some amazing questions from my clients.http://www.ricksfreebook.comRESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
58:45
April 15, 2019
Episode 120: Q&A with Martin Sutton of The Songwriting Academy
I was invited to answer questions with Martin Sutton of Songwriting Academy and some of his students. We cover some great topics!www.songwritingacademy.comRESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
15:48
April 11, 2019
Episode 119: Major Dilemma When It Comes To Keeping Your Brand On Point
Make sure you're evaluating opportunities by considering the effects it will have on your brand. It's okay to say no if it doesn't line up with what you stand for or what you want to promote as a part of yourself. 👊🏻 It's important to make sure there's value in the collaborations you take part in and that it actually makes sense. RESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
09:47
April 8, 2019
Episode 118: Over 30 Music Influencers Who Can Impact Your Career with Bree Noble
I am so excited to chat with Bree and talk about the next Profitable Musician Summit. Over 30 amazing folks share tips and strategies to take your career to the next level.Profitable Musician Summit 2019 Free RegistrationRESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
21:50
April 4, 2019
Episode 117: The "Big Podcast Book" Episode with David Hooper
In this episode I get to speak with a good friend of mine David Hooper about his new book "Big Podcast." Join us as we talk about some of the best practices for podcasting and we even bust each others chops a bit. Very fun and informative episode.https://www.bigpodcast.comRESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
46:56
April 1, 2019
Episode 116: MUST LISTEN: Music Publishing Simplified
I have been trying for years to wrap my head around music publishing. Who to sign up with, why I need to sign up, who collects my money, how to do this, how to do that. Thankfully I met the folks at Songtrust and Elizabeth has saved me, which in return will save all of you!Links from Episode:Home: www.songtrust.comEvents: www.songtrust.com/eventsBlog: www.blog.songtrust.comHelp Center: help.songtrust.comWeekly Publishing Sessions: www.songtr.st/PubSessionPast Webinars: www.songtrust.com/interactive-eventsRESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
35:27
March 28, 2019
Episode 115: Comparing Life and The Music Business to March Madness!
In life we have are ups and we have our downs. We start strong and fail to finish. Things we can do to make sure we finish strong.....Beat AcademyMaster Music Licensing RESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
08:29
March 25, 2019
Episode 114: She is a Force to be Reckoned With! Great Conversation
Do you feel like you're savvy with the business side of the music industry? Do you find yourself only focusing on the creative and ignoring marketing, sales, social media, etc.? Don't want to be taken advantage of in this business? Yael Meyer and Rick Barker talk about the importance of learning the business side of the industry and how to be smart and educate yourself so that you can make a living with music, on this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast!  RESOURCES:Yael MeyerGrab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
33:50
March 21, 2019
Episode 113: The Day Facebook and Instagram Crashed!
You heard the phrase "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." That came true a couple days before the recording of this episode. Facebook and Instagram went down for over 10 hours. Everyone who's business model resolves solely on Facebook and Instagram ads, was crushed. This is why we diversify!Check out the Gary Vee Collection at https://www.kswiss.comAnd be sure to follow them on social media. RESOURCES:Gary VeeKSWISS ShoesGrab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com if you have ideas for future episode ideas.
09:05
March 18, 2019
Episode 112: She is changing lives and making money, this is how it is done!
Want to be productive? Stop complaining and take action. Get out there and do it. Expect to get coaching for free? You don't expect people to listen to your music for free, so don't expect me to only hand out freebies. Just as you're making a living, I am too.Are you holding back on joining one of my coaching programs because you're concerned with when you'll see a return on your investment? People carelessly spend so much money on college degrees that they never use. It's about work ethic and making an effort towards your ultimate goal. Don't expect anybody to get you there except for yourself. "Productive people are the quietest because they're just out there doing it."- Leah McHenry RESOURCES:Savvy Musician AcademyGrab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterSoundcloudRickBarker.comContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
32:11
March 13, 2019
Episode 111: Part 4 Paying Tribute To My Hero's (Russel, Stephen and Todd)
Sometimes being an Entrepreneur can be a lonely and daunting task. I have been fortunate to have invested in some great programs and mentors. I wanted to take this opportunity to say "Thank You." No successful person has ever done it on their own.   Resources:Check out their programs, books and podcasts by clicking on their names below.Russell BrunsonStephen LarsenTodd Brown RESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterSoundcloudRickBarker.comContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.comfor a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
10:59
March 11, 2019
Episode 110: Part 3 Paying Tribute To My Heros (Ryan, Billy Gene & Dennis)
Sometimes being an Entrepreneur can be a lonely and daunting task. I have been fortunate to have invested in some great programs and mentors. I wanted to take this opportunity to say "Thank You." No successful person has ever done it on their own.   Resources:Check out their programs, books and podcasts by clicking on their names below.Ryan Levesque The Ask MethodBilly Gene Is MarketingDennis Yu Blitzmetrics RESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterSoundcloudRickBarker.comContact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.comfor a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
11:27
March 7, 2019
Episode 109: Part 2 Paying Tribute To My Hero's (Brendon, Jay, Joe, Dean and Marie)
Sometimes being an Entrepreneur can be a lonely and daunting task. I have been fortunate to have invested in some great programs and mentors. I wanted to take this opportunity to say "Thank You." No successful person has ever done it on their own.   Resources:Check out their programs, books and podcasts by clicking on their names below.Brendon Burchard Jay AbrahamJoe Polish & Dean JacksonMarie Forleo RESOURCES:Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist AssessmentConnect with Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterSoundcloudRickBarker.comContact:podcast@musicindustryblueprint.comfor a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
14:47
March 4, 2019
Episode 108: Part 1 Paying Tribute To My Hero's (Jeff Walker of PLF)
Sometimes being an Entrepreneur can be a lonely and daunting task. I have been fortunate to have invested in some great programs and mentors. I wanted to take this opportunity to say "Thank You." No successful person has ever done it on their own.   Resources:Jeff Walker Product Launch FormulaFacebookTwitterGrab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree" Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.”Artist Assessmentwith Rick:FacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterSoundcloudRickBarker.comContact:podcast@musicindustryblueprint.comfor a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
10:40
February 28, 2019
Episode 107: Never Stop Learning!
If you are serious about your career, you never stop learning. In this episode of the MIB podcast, Rick discusses what is currently happening at Click Funnels Annual Event, Funnel Hacking Live. Click Funnels Dotcom Secrets The Book Experts Secrets The Book Sales Funnel Radio with Steve Larsen   Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree"  MusicIndustryBlueprint.com Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019, & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
08:40
February 25, 2019
Episode 106: Stop COMPLAINING about SPOTIFY PLAYS!
Are you creating a professional profile on Spotify that is attractive to your fans (and future fans)? Do you want to connect with your fans in a new, face-to-face way on Instagram? Are you making the right kind of playlists on Spotify? Listen to this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint podcast to hear Chris Greenwood of Manifest and I discuss Instagram live/streaming and how you can make the most of Spotify right now! 👍🏻   "If you will plan a real marketing release, you'll such a better response and better results.  - Chris Greenwood "Treat it like a business!" - Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Chris Greenwood's "Smart Music Business" Podcast Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree"  MusicIndustryBlueprint.com Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
15:18
February 21, 2019
Episode 105: You want Spotify Plays? EASY! Get them yourself....
Do you want to get more plays on Spotify? Have you been wondering if you need outside help to achieve this goal or if it's something you can do on your own? Is your entire Spotify strategy getting someone else to add your songs to their playlists? Check out this episode of the MIB podcast to hear how YOU can become your own radio station and get plays all. on. your. own. 👊🏻  "The problem I've run into with the artists I've talked to is that they're relying on someone else to add them to their playlists in order to get plays... And if that's your entire Spotify strategy, you're foolish." - Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree"  MusicIndustryBlueprint.com Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
08:08
February 18, 2019
Episode 104: The Amazing Instagram Story....Story....
Do you currently use Instagram stories/lives to promote yourself? Did you know it can be a really great way to reach people who DON'T follow you? Did you know it's also a great way for you to make money if you're consistent with showing up? I discovered a unique way to meet new people and increase revenue through the use of Instagram stories/lives and want to share it with you! Check out this episode of the MIB podcast to hear how you can take advantage of this. 👊🏻    "The most important word that I can teach you guys is "reciprocity" " - Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Grab a FREE Copy of my book "$150,000 Music Degree"  MusicIndustryBlueprint.com Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
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February 14, 2019
Episode 103: The Question I Get Asked The Most
Do you need a manager? When should you sign a management contract? What makes a good candidate for a manager? Are you currently attractive to managers? What can you do WITHOUT a manager? These are all the questions I'm answering regarding Managers on the latest episode of the MIB podcast. Don't miss this - these are the questions I'm always asked the MOST! 👍🏻 "You do not need a manager right now. You need advice and guidance...." - Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Access to Rick  "All You Need To Know About The Music Business" by Donald Passman "How To Make It In The New Music Business" by Ari Herstand The Bobby Cast Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
06:47
February 11, 2019
Episode 102: How to Survive as a Songwriter
Are you making sure to develop yourself as an artist before putting your brand out there? Do you make sure that you're feeding your music to the right audience? Will you be sure to break the noise for the right reasons? Listen to this episode of the MIB podcast where special guest Judy Stakee and I discuss how to survive as a songwriter or artist. 👍🏻 "You create it, I'll help you get rid of it - but your songs can't suck." - Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Judy Stakee Songwriter's Survival Guide Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
22:57
February 7, 2019
Episode 101: To Bot or Not To Bot:-)
Do you currently use Facebook to help market your music and engage with your fans? What if I told you there was a new way artists were using Facebook messenger to connect with their fans to help the unique wants and needs of your audience without having to personally respond to each message... would you be interested in having something built out for you to help you reach your fans in this new and exciting way? Check out this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint podcast to see how Michael Bridges (of Stashimi) and I can help you!  "Now everywhere you turn it's chat bots and messenger bots..." - Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Stashimi Offer Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
24:40
February 2, 2019
Episode 100: Celebrating our 100th Episode!
Celebrating the 100th episode of the MIB podcast by honoring those that made this possible. Today I bring on my clients as guests to learn more about them, find out their favorite guest speakers, and see what they've enjoyed the most throughout the last 99 episodes. Thank you all for making this possible and get excited for the next 100 episodes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: The Book One To Many Free Download from Jason Fladlien Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
52:39
January 31, 2019
Episode 99: Making Sure Your First Impression Has An Impact
If I asked you what your elevator pitch is, would you have something prepared? If so, what would it be? Have you ever been stuck with two events/speakers scheduled at the same time and wondered how you could best take advantage of that situation? Have you ever heard of Mentor Cafes? Do you wonder how you could be memorable in a positive way? Listen to this episode of the MIB podcast to hear me discuss these topics and give you my advice.  👍🏻  Here is the original email I mention: "Hi Rick! Clara here :)  I'm attending two music conferences back-to-back next month, and am looking to make the most of the opportunities.   Do you have any tips in regards to - Elevator pitches? - Deciding which event to attend when there are two you really want to attend scheduled at the same time? - Mentor Cafés / 1-on-1 meetings with industry heavy hitters? - Being memorable (in a good way?)   Thank you in advance!   - Clara" “Do your homework beforehand. Be professional. Look sharp.” - Rick Barker (on conferences) What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: CMW Canadian Music Week (May 9-12)  CD Baby DIY Musician Conference (August 16-19) Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
11:22
January 28, 2019
Episode 98: Dangers With Crowdfunding
Have you used crowdfunding to finance a record? Did you wait too long to deliver? Have you lost the trust of your fans because they invested in you but you haven't met their expectations? Listen to this episode of the MIB podcast to find out how you can get yourself out of this sticky situation and re-engage those fans.  👍🏻  “When you're funding the operation or paying for it yourself, take as long as you want to make it right, but if you ask other people for money to help achieve your goals you owe it to them to deliver sooner rather than later.” - Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
07:53
January 24, 2019
Episode 97: It Is NOT as HARD as YOU THINK!
Do you want to find out how to turn your social media into a personal ATM? Are you ready to take your social media engagement to the next level? Do you feel overwhelmed with the platforms and think it's too complicated for you to grasp? Don't worry - social media is not as hard as you think! Check out this episode of the MIB podcast to find out how I can help you take advantage of these important tools! You don't want to miss this... it could be the next big step towards advancing your career as an artist!  👍🏻  “Social media is about creating value.”- Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Free Training “How To Become A Social Media Ninja In Under An Hour.” Click HERE If you're listening after January 24, 2019 & Want the Free Training! Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
06:31
January 21, 2019
Episode 96: What Exactly Is the "Indie Bible?"
Are you willing to work HARD for your "dream?" Do you have the right tools to take this career seriously? Have you ever wondered what the "Indie Bible" might consist of? Check out this episode of the MIB podcast to hear Dave Wimble and I discuss what exactly makes up the Indie Bible. You can't be afraid to invest in learning from others because it ultimately saves you years of having to learn it all on your own. 👍🏻  “You want everything for free, but you get upset when nobody wants to pay for your music!”- Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Indie Bible Indie Bible - Discount Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
20:30
January 17, 2019
Episode 95: What's "Branding" Really Mean?
Do you understand that branding is more than just colors and logos? Do you know that it's also okay for your branding to change over time? Listen to this episode of the MIB podcast to hear Greg Wilnau and I discuss the importance of branding. He also briefly talks about how he and his wife sold all of their belongings and now travel and live ALL over the world! Really neat stuff. 👍🏻  “How do I match the sound of my music with my visual design so that not only do people feel my music when they hear it, but also when they see it.”- Greg Wilnau What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information  Resources: Greg Wilnau Music Brand Checklist Artist Assessment Grab My Book "$150,000 Music Degree" Here! with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
11:34
January 14, 2019
Episode 94: PR... Start Being More Realistic!
How can I be my own publicist and pitch myself? Who can help me put together a marketing plan? What if I need help with my socials? Listen to this episode of the MIB podcast to find some answers! Today, Ariel Hyatt and I discuss PR to help you understand how YOU can do it on your own and be more realistic about your PR expectations! “Independent artists often have unrealistic expectations of what a PR person can do for them.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Resources: Ariel Hyatt CYBER PR Artist Assessment with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
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January 10, 2019
Episode 93: Start the New Year Off Right!
What is it that makes you stand out? Is it for a good reason? Are you making sure that you're taking the time to get your music right before putting it out into the world and promoting it? Listen to the latest MIB podcast episode to find out how to start your New Year off right and take your career to the next level in 2019!  "Make sure you're standing out for the right reason." -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
07:08
January 4, 2019
Episode 92: Beat the Stress
How does Mike Schwartz also know as The Rock Doctor recommend you beat the stresses that come along with a career in the music industry? What do you do with the naysayers? Do you do these important things to start off your day? Find out on today’s episode. Rick and Mike share their best methods for defeating stress and getting the most out of your day. “Give yourself as many do-overs as you need in a day.”- Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Resources: Ollie Matthew's Book "The One Day Body Upgrade" Mike Schwartz  Rich Redmond Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
28:36
January 3, 2019
Episode 91: My Story Part 2
What happened after Rick quits as Taylor Swift’s manager? How did he come to do the things that he’s doing now to help musicians succeed in their career? Find out on today’s episode as Rick continue his story. Rick shared the problems he observed in the music industry and how he made it his goal to be the solutions guy and help change peoples lives and the world along the way. “If I can go to bed every night knowing that I don’t owe anyone an apology for trying to wrong them to better myself, then it was a good day.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 1:21 - What Rick did after resigning as Taylor Swift’s manager 2:39 - The ugly scenario that he saw in the music industry when he came to Nashville 5:44 - How he made it his goal to be the solutions guy in the music business 7:00 - When he starts being a coach, put everything he knew online and launched the Music Industry Blueprint 7:40 - The importance of understanding what you can control 9:08 - Changing people’s lives and the world by helping musicians get their music out and reach as many people as possible 9:43 - Do you have what it takes to be coached by Rick? Resources: Taylor Swift Joe Galante Scott Borchetta Brendon Burchard The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice by Brendon Burchard MIB Episode 90 - My Story Part 1 Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube
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December 31, 2018
Episode 90: My Story Part 1
Your past does not define your future and Rick is proof of that. On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast, Rick shares his personal story.  Starting from how he was exposed to alcohol at such a young age and used cocaine. Then he became a drug dealer and an alcoholic right at the highlight of his career as the #1 DJ in Santa Barbara. He also tells how he got arrested several times and put in jail! If you haven’t heard Rick’s story, tune in now and discover how he turns his life around and came to where he is, helping other musicians to succeed by sharing his knowledge.   “Drinking wasn’t the problem. Drugs and alcohol were but a symptom. The problem was that my personality and my ego felt that I was better than anybody else.”-Rick Barker     What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:10 - Rick’s life living in Santa Barbara, his success and mistakes and why he’s very open about his past 4:16 - His family and career background and how he got exposed to alcohol at a young age 5:45 - Why he used cocaine and became a drug dealer while working as a DJ plus the first turning point in his life where he stopped cocaine and drugs and became sober 8:00 - How he made mistakes again and did some time for it 11:28 - The tipping point in his life and how he turns his life around 13:52 - How he came to know, teach and manage Taylor Swift 15:00 - Why he quit as a manager and why it is the best decision he ever made   Resources: Scott Borchetta Big Machine Records Sugarland Taylor Swift Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram
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December 27, 2018
Episode 89: Helping You Succeed in Your Music Career with Thalia ‘Muziqueen’ Ewing
If you need someone to help you in your music career, so you can focus on your art, then the answer is ‘Muziqueen’ Thalia Ewing. Like Rick, Thalia also has a servant’s heart who loves to help and educate people. Going back home, she saw the need to become one of the pioneers to help musicians with publishing and songwriting. On today’s episode, Rick and Thalia discuss what and how it is in the music industry today. They also talk about how they help musicians avoid mistakes and save them from frustration, headache, and heartache. “Once you step out on faith and follow what you’re supposed to do, the universe and God starts to work on your behalf.”-Thalia ‘Muziqueen’ Ewing What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 2:16 - Thalia’s background, her passion for music and why she pursue her dreams in New York 5:40 - What is mechanical licensing 7:41 - The reason why Thalia went back to Nashville and how she became one of the pioneers that help musicians in publishing and other areas of their career 11:49 - Why Nashville is a great place for people in the music industry 12:58 - How most people don’t really understand the ins and outs of the music industry and how Rick and Thalia helps them   16:12 - Thalia’s biggest frustration in her business and Rick’s advise to help her deal with it 20:03 - The problem with people who are not ready to do the work and provide the right tools to succeed in the music business 22:23 - All about the Muziqueen - how Thalia helps musicians anywhere in the world in the areas of publishing and songwriting 26:09 - Why most people create mistakes in their music career Resources: Scott Borchetta Timbaland ill Factor ASCAP BMI SoundExchange Connect with Thalia: www.themuziqueen.com
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December 24, 2018
Episode 88: What Numbers Really Matter?
What numbers really matter?  Do you have a lot of followers but not a not of engagement?  Rick breaks down the importance of engagement on your Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.   “Stop worrying about the numbers and focus on the engagement.” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:20 - Is it really about the number of followers? 4:29 - Breaking down the Skip, Saved, Shared, and Follow on Spotify 4:47 - Don’t be fooled by purchasing play on any digital platform 5:46 - The number of followers doesn’t matter if you are not engaged with them Resources: Free Book and artist assessment from Rick Baker Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
08:58
December 20, 2018
Episode 87: Making Music on Facebook Live and Making it Big with Dawn Beyer
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast, Rick talks with Dawn Beyer. Dawn is an independent singer/songwriter and online mentor. She started her career at Nashville and Broadway. But what makes her successful is when she starts singing live on Facebook. Discover how she make it big on Facebook and what motivates her to keep doing what she's doing. “Once I got clear on what it was making it real for me, doors just started opening for me.”-Dawn Beyer What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:57 - Dawn’s background as a singer/songwriter in Nashville and in Broadway 4:25 - How she started singing on Facebook live and make money out of it 5:40 - Growing her Facebook page connection, increasing her music influence and making albums 9:57 - The importance of consistently putting music online 11:10 - How she went to 30 different places because of her live music on Facebook 12:16 - Dawn’s mindset and how she motivates herself to keep singing live and doing what she’s doing 14:03 - Doing online workshop and giving guitar and songwriting lessons 15:08 - All about her exclusive Facebook group and the importance of having a consistent source of income Connect with Dawn: www.therealmakingit.com Facebook Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
20:05
December 13, 2018
Episode 86: Rick's Opinion on “The Launch” and “Real Country”
Today’s episode features the TV shows “The Launch” and “Real Country”. Hear how these two shows are changing the music industry’s involvement in television and opening doors for young artists. In this jam-packed episode, find out how you can learn from the artists on these TV shows and find your own opportunities for success.   “If a fan is an avid Facebook user don't expect them to go to Instagram to find you. You gotta meet them where they're at!” -Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:31 - Why The Launch started and how it differs from American Idol 3:38 - The problem that the show had and how Rick got involved to fix it 5:18 - The premise of Real Country and why it is a door for artists to walk through into success Resources: The Launch TV Show Scott Borchetta Real Country TV Show Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
09:43
December 10, 2018
Episode 85: Tips for Controlling your Narrative Through Your Website and Social Media Platforms
Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
09:33
December 6, 2018
Episode 84: Building Facebook Campaigns using Dynamic Creative with John Oszajca
Rick and John talk about the fundamentals of advertising on Facebook for the music industry.  John has a video out to help artists, around the world, learn how to put ads on Facebook and have a fantastic ROI if done correctly.  Some of the information can seem overwhelming, but the fundamentals are pretty simple, and to succeed as an artist, you must be willing to communicate with the correct audience.      “In the real world, businesses don’t really run that way...you find a market, figure out what it wants, you spend money, and focus on getting that ROI” -John Oszajca     What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 3:24 - Did you think the internet was just a “fad” when it first came out? 7:09 - John ran his first ad for a friend on the internet in 2009 8:08 - Working outside the “system” allows you to cut out the middleman 12:30 - What is one of the main problems with labels? 19:19 - Rick finds out what a “module” is 20:39 - What is the Dynamic Creative? 29:37 - Don’t try to outthink Facebook Resources: Music Marketing Manifesto How to Build Facebook Ads Free Book and artist assessment from Rick Baker Connect with John Oszajca Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
35:01
December 3, 2018
Episode 83: How to Use the Philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu in Your Music Career and Life
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast, Rick talks about the retreat for musicians that he recently attended and Jiu-Jitsu. Discover why Rick doesn’t want to try Jiu-Jitsu and how you can use its philosophies in your life and music career to be successful. Rick also shares why the investment that he puts in making this podcast is all worth it. “I truly believe in serendipity, and that everything happens for a reason.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 2:43 - All about the retreat for musicians that Rick attended 3:22 - Meeting Victoria Gracie, one of the mentors, and her husband Ryan who brought the subject of Jiu-Jitsu to Rick 4:02 - Why Rick didn't want to try Jiu-Jitsu plus what Jiu-Jitsu really is 5:44 - How you can apply Jiu-Jitsu’s strategies in life and in your music career to be successful 8:00 - Why the investment that Rick puts into the podcast is worth it Resources: gracieuniversity.com vicgracie.com neverlandretreats.com Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
09:48
November 29, 2018
Episode 82: Part 4 Q&A with Grammy Nominated Producer iLL Factor
Do you want to manage a band or become a music producer? Are you a newbie songwriter/singer who wants to grow your music influence from zero? On this last part of Q and A with Rick and iLL Factor of Beat Academy, they delve into what does it takes to become a good manager or producer.  They also talk about the mindset you should have if you are just getting started and how to grow your influence from zero. And what’s more, Rick gave tips on how often should you release or share your music. “Just because you promoted something for a month, now it’s old. It’s old for you, it’s brand new for somebody else every day.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 2:10 - The mentality and attitude of a good music manager or producer 5:17 - Rick’s story on how he became Taylor Swift’s manager 7:00 - Growing your influence from zero plus the mindset a new artist should have 9:55 - How often do you have to release your music 12:22 - Active and passive listening - how to know if people are connecting to your music Resources: iLLFactor.com beatacademy.com/rick Taylor Swift Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a gues
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November 26, 2018
Episode 81: Part 3 Q&A with Grammy Nominated Producer iLL Factor
We are now on part 3 of the Q and A with Rick and iLL Factor at Beat Academy. Today they discuss how to increase the number of views of your music video on YouTube and what you need to know before you hire a manager. They also gave tips on writing a song and advice on becoming a music producer. With all the knowledge and information that you have received so far from this Q and A, Rick points out the most important thing that you need to do to be successful. “At some point, we overeducate ourselves… we want so much knowledge but we don’t go out and do it.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 2:11 - How to increase the number of views of your music video on YouTube 4:00 - Factors to consider before hiring a manager 6:39 - The songwriting process plus tips on how to write a song 11:29 - Advice on how to become a music producer 14:00 - Doing what you have to do to drive people to hear your music 16:12 - The importance of having your own website Resources: illFactor.com beatacademy.com/rick Michael Elsner Master Music Licensing: The 4 Step Plan to Licensing Success by Michael Elsner Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickba
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November 22, 2018
Episode 80: Part 2 Q&A with Grammy Nominated Producer iLL Factor
Today’s episode is part 2 of Q & A with Rick and iLL Factor from The Beat Academy. Grab a pen and paper as these two music industry entrepreneurs teach you how to manage your time between engaging with your audience online and creating music. They also dive into how to promote your EP before and after its release and how to register your music properly.   “There is no shortcut for success, but there is a shortcut for time.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 2:33 - Managing your time engaging with your audience online and creating your music 5:33 - How to effectively promote your EP in social media before and after its release 8:43 - Why Rick and iLL Factor do what they do - teaching and sharing their knowledge 11:20 - ASCAP and Distrokid - what are they and why do you need them both 14:04 - What else do you need to register your music properly Resources: illFactor.com beatacademy.com/rick ASCAP BMI SESAC Distrokid TuneCore SoundExchange Songtrust Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter
15:00
November 19, 2018
Episode 79: Part 1 Q&A with Grammy Nominated Producer iLL Factor
Rick is a guest speaker on the iLL Factor Beat Academy.  In this part 1 of questions and answers, Rick answers a couple of questions in great detail from some of iLL Factors audience.  Are you doing what the superstars are doing? “This is your real estate.  You have the ability to make your house look any way you want it to look.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 2:05 - How to attract the right audience 3:58 - Focus on quality vs. quantity 6:27 - This business isn’t for everyone 7:00 - What are the superstars doing? 9:14 - Stories sell 10:15 - How to release a new album Resources: illFactor.com beatacademy.com/rick Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
14:46
November 15, 2018
Episode 78: Relax Already!
Rick explains why taking “me” time can help you be more productive during your working hours.  Can you help yourself be part of the solution instead of part of the problem? Rick also sends out a challenge to all of his listeners.     “All they are is excuses, and I am the one making them.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 2:52 - Is your head in the game? 4:44 - Do you have nomophobia? 5:35 - Are you doing more harm than good? 7:22 - You need to take time for you every day 9:35 - My challenge to you Resources: Persell Farms Neverland Retreat in Costa Rica Nomophobia Tim Ferriss, The Four Hour Work Week Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
12:31
November 12, 2018
Episode 77: It's about COLLABORATION not COMPETITION
Rick and his team are in the collaboration business, not the competition business.  Most of the top hits right now are collaborations.  Rick and his team collaborate with others in the same field because “there is enough room for everybody.”    “There is something to learn from everyone, and if you are only learning from one person, you will not grow.” -Rick Barker    What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!    ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information     Time Stamps: 3:57 - Why should we collaborate? 5:02 - Sharing is caring and be sure to give credit where credit is due 11:00 - True collaboration - there is something to learn from everybody 12:15 - Harsh reality 14:25 - Don’t do yourself a disservice   Resources: Chris Greenwood Leah McHenry Circa and Corrin / Creative Juice Podcast   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
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November 8, 2018
Episode 76: Humble and Gracious Win Every time!
Every winner has a story of how they started. On today’s episode, Rick talks about the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that he recently attended. He shares the similarities that he found in all the winners, the stories of how they started and what they did to succeed. From that standpoint, Rick gives advice on what you should do to make it in the music industry. Listen in to learn and find your way to be a winner too.     “Sometimes in order to move forward we need to go back.” -Rick Barker    What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!  ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:40 Rick’s background in the songwriting world 2:44 Collaboration and the key factor to succeed in your music career 3:32 The attitude and stories of success of the winners 4:44 How to find opportunities visiting different towns and learning from the best 7:33 Preparations to do to make your trip a success   Resources: Sudio.com: MIBPodcast15 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame  People Mentioned: Marv Green  Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
10:03
November 5, 2018
Episode 75: Spotify Gave You a Gift, Don't Screw It Up!
As Spotify opens their new playlist submission feature, Rick takes some time to give advice to artists looking to take advantage of this opportunity. Spotify has opened up their tailored playlists for artists to submit their songs for consideration. So listen in to today’s episode to find out how you can wisely use this for your success. “Make sure that you’ve got enough catalog to take advantage of whatever opportunity that comes your way.” -Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 1:13 - Spotify is doing you a favor and giving you an advantage 2:06 - How overambitious artists could make this difficult for the Spotify editors 3:27 - How to submit your music correctly 5:55 - What you need to have ready as you submit songs for playlists Resources: ‘Artists Can Now Ask Spotify For Playlist Placement’ Article Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
09:09
November 1, 2018
Episode 74: You Don't Have to Agree, but You Better Show Respect
Family life and roles can get bent out of shape while pursuing the music industry. Today’s episode features advice from Rick on how to show respect as a young artist. Rick also dives into the topic of parenting a young artist. Listen in to hear a message for everyone in the family as you work together to make it in the music business.   “Research does not equal work.” -Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:35 - Setting up the question 2:40 - Who should you show respect to when you’re getting into the music business? 4:00 - A message for family members of the pursuing artist 6:01 - Don’t just do the research 9:21 - The roles of the family and the artist   Resources: Sudio.com: MIBPodcast15   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
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October 29, 2018
Episode 73: Don't Quit Before the Miracle Happens
Everyone wants to be a winner and become successful. Sometimes, you need to learn how to quit some things before you win. Join Rick as he dives into some of the things you need to quit before you become successful in the music industry. Replace your sources of bad advice and comparison with good habits and thoughts. “Quitting is not a bad thing as long as you’re quitting the right things.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:05 - When you should be a quitter 2:31 - Two areas of advice to quit taking 3:37 - Two lies to quit telling yourself 5:27 - You need to quit believing there is a “magic pill” of success 7:53 - Quitting comparison   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
10:24
October 25, 2018
Episode 72: Don't Believe Everything You Hear
What happens when Rick gets into an interesting conversation on Twitter? He gets the person’s number and continues the convo on the podcast of course! This episode is unconventional but jampacked with music advice for the new artist. Listen in as he gives his twitter follower actionable steps to succeed.  It’s time to turn up the volume and listen in. “The only person I have to blame of my business failing is me.”  - Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:45 Phone conversation with Joshua, Rick's Twitter Follower 3:15 Major Label  System is not powerful for every artist 6:44 Who to blame if your music business fail 7:33 The importance of finding the right audience for your music 10:19 Find out the power of consumers dictating the demand for great music 11:26 Rick gives Joshua actionable steps to do 14:38 Do you need to have a fund to get your music out 17:09 Where to put your energy and focus as a new artist 19:04 Differences between superstar and a good artist Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
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October 22, 2018
Episode 71: Scam Alert, Here We Go Again!
Scams come in all forms and sizes and even the music industry is no exception. Today, Rick shares an actual email from an alleged records company that came to one of his clients – offering a contract that has to be first secured with a deposit. Tune in to know more. “No record company is going to reach out to you and state that in order to be unsolicited, you have to pay them money.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 01:10 – Preying on Artists: Rick shares an email from one of his clients 01:44 – Decca Records Universal Scam 03:34 – Rick lists down the proposal inclusions 07:50 – No record company will ask for payment Resources:   Decca Records Email Scam Download your Custom Tips from Music Industry Blueprint   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
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October 18, 2018
Episode 70: The Mindset of Giving Value with Grammy Nominated Producer iLL Factor
The music industry has become all about collaboration and “giving more than receiving.” Rick interviews Ivan Corraliza, also known as iLL Factor, and a Grammy-nominated producer. Listen in as Ivan explains the benefits of giving value to fans, how to be a successful artist, and why it’s so important to have help. Be sure to also tune in for a free giveaway to boost your beats! “You don’t necessarily have to have it all together. What you can do is just allow the fan to be a part of your journey.”   Ivan Corraliza     What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 12:00 - The world of collaboration 14:45 - The value of giving, and asking for help 18:30 - What artists don’t realize 21:30 - The myth of success, and how it should be defined 24:32 - Where iLL Factor came from 28:40 - How to show your value 30:42 - Beat Academy, and the thought behind it 36:45 - A big tip to bring value to your audience Resources: Beat Academy Pack Connect with iLL Factor (Ivan): Beat Academy Instagram Youtube Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com
44:25
October 15, 2018
Episode 69: I Cannot Give You A Chance
Attempting to get into the music industry through other people’s work will not work.  Today’s podcast features Rick’s advise on how to start your journey into the music business. Listen to get tips on getting started as a musician and artist. Don’t wait for someone else to start for you. Get going yourself. Show the industry that you are ready to be invested into! “If you’re going to ask someone to invest in you… at least show us that you’re willing to invest in yourself.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:10 - You have to give yourself the first chance. 2:39 - Evaluating your current chances 4:01 - Read. Listen. Watch. Practice. 5:22 - Take the advice or move on 6:33 - Finding help   Resources: Ari Herstand - How to Make It in the New Music Business Donald Passman - All You Need to Know About the Music Business Rick Barker - The $150,000 Music Degree Audible.com DIY Musician Podcast by CD Baby Creative Juice by Indepreneur Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter
07:58
October 11, 2018
Episode 68: Do Not Make This Mistake, Too Many Do!
In this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast, Rick addresses a personal email from a parent and why it’s crucial to educate yourself in the music business. Whether you are a new musician or the parent of a talented teenager, this advice is for all of you! Listen closely as Rick discusses the importance of the right audience, and discover how to learn about the industry before making a big investment in your music. “Just because you create music doesn’t mean there’s an audience. You need the right audience.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:10 - Sharing an email from a parent 3:05 - The importance of parents, and understanding the music industry 4:44 - Where’s the audience? 6:38 - Why it’s crucial to slow down, learn, and practice 8:24 - Rick’s experience with educating himself Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
10:31
October 8, 2018
Episode 67: Spotify Said YES, are you Ready!
There’s been a lot of buzz regarding Spotify and the recent news now allowing independent artists to upload their music, and getting paid directly. Rick discusses these changes with Graham Cochrane, the founder of Recording Revolution. Tune in as Graham speaks about the quality control of music, and the open access to produce music and make mixes. Also, listen for some tips on how to stand out as an artist, and important resources to create the best music possible!   “The average fan wants to hear a mix that’s clear, exciting, and well balanced.”-Graham Cochrane   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 3:13 - Graham’s opinion on Spotify and music 7:05 - The transition from artist to engineer 8:09 - The two big things to consider when you mix 10:35 - Graham’s recommendations to practice mixing   Connect with Graham: Facebook Instagram Free Video Guides Mixing University & Free Checklist Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chanc
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October 4, 2018
Episode 66: The TRUTH about Music Licensing with Michael Elsner
Don’t know how to make it in the music industry? Today’s episode will show you how the music industry has changed for your benefit. Listen in as Rick sits down with Michael Elsner, a producer, songwriter, and author of The 4 Step Plan to Licensing Success. Michael explains why this is the golden age of music licensing as he gives his step-by-step process to getting started and succeeding through licensing. “Every part of a song can find a home.”- Michael Elsner   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 2:25 - From Michael’s pursuit of being a rock star to his introduction to licensing music 10:50 - Michael’s observations of artists that inspired him to music licensing 13:25 - We are in the golden age of music licensing 15:34 - Having a strategy to get music out there 16:19 - Writing elements of songs instead of whole songs 19:55 - It’s all about the elements and the placements 25:36 - The 4 step process of developing music for licensing 25:59 - Step 1: Build your catalog 27:51 - Step 2: Create valuable content (multiple mixes and placements) 28:31 - Step 3: Mastering metadata 39:23 - Step 4: Getting your music heard (working with producers) 47:45 - How the 4 step process sets you apart from other professionals 51:00 - Getting your music licensed by changing your approach -- get Michael’s free e-book!   Resources: MasterMusicLicensing.com Courses & Consulting Master Music Licensing - The 4 Step Plan to Licensing Success FREE E-BOOK Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action TED Talk Start with Why by Simon Sinek   Connect with Michael: Instagram Facebook YouTube MichaelElsner.com Connect with Rick:
1:03:27
October 1, 2018
Episode 65: She Crowdfunded over $20,000 with an Email List under 2000
In this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast, Rick interviews Cheryl B. Engelhardt. She’s a musician and composer who has 4 records out and has toured internationally. This advice goes out to all the artists who are having difficulty with their email lists. Tune in for tips and tricks to convert your fans, warm up your list, and start up proper email conversations.   “What you think is not interesting is often interesting to other people.”-Cheryl B. Engelhardt   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 5:58 - How to network as an artist 7:35 - Why it’s important to have proper email conversations 8:54 - Keeping a relationship with your email list 10:36 - The million dollar tip for email conversion 12:35 - How to warm up an email list 16:26 - What doesn’t work in email lists 21:14 - The three points of excitement to convert a consumer Resource: FANBASE Blueprint Connect with Cheryl: Facebook Instagram Twitter www.inthekey.co/results Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact:
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September 27, 2018
Episode 64: Step by Step Guide to Building a Fan Base for Beginners
In this short episode of the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast, Rick will talk about building a fanbase. This advice goes to all the new artists who are struggling with creating an audience. Tune in if you want to find out, step by step, how to create an audience by yourself and with the resources that are available to everyone. “Social media gives you the opportunity to get in front of an audience much faster than playing live.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 2:05 - Building an audience 4:25 - Creating opportunities for yourself 6:20 - Every artist has fears 7:26 - Recap of the step Resource: FANBASE Blueprint Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
09:10
September 24, 2018
Episode 63: How to Get Organic Exposure with Ben Ganz
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Podcast, Rick interviews Ben Ganz, founder of Vego Pictures. Ben talks about his past, the creation and evolution of his company, launching Kevin Hart’s app, and more. Plus, tune in to find out how Ben got an insane amount of exposure organically. “I’ve evolved my company to be the special force of the digital media world.”-Ben Ganz   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 2:50 - What does Ben do 4:18 - Ben’s company - it’s creation and evolution 5:23 - Launching Kevin Hart’s network 6:36 - The Complete evolution of the company 9:30 - Getting an insane amount of exposure organically 12:11 - No competition, only collaboration 15:55 - The next big thing   Resources: Laugh Out Loud by Kevin Hart app People mentioned: Kevin Hart Roman Atwood Rob Level Connect with Ben Ganz: Website HOLLYWOOD 2.0 - THE VEGO SHOW Instagram Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter
19:14
September 20, 2018
Episode 62: Why It's Important to Take Care of Your Health as an Artist [Lessons from the Rascal Flatts Tour]
More updates on the Rascal Flatts tour. Recently, an event had to be canceled on the tour because of an artist's vocal health. Rick reviews the good and bad in social media when events like this happen. Tune in to find out more. “As an artist, it’s important that you take care of your health.”-Rick Barker What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 1:10 Current update on the Rascal Flatts Tour 2:42 How Dan + Shay used social media to try to salvage the event 5:55 Why it’s important to take care of your health as an artist 8:01 Be appreciative of what you have People mentioned: Trent Harmon Rascal Flatts Dan + Shay Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
10:10
September 17, 2018
Episode 61: The Differences Between Major Label Artists and Indie Artists
Rick is back on the road with Trent Harmon on the Rascal Flatts tour. On this episode you will hear some of the exciting things that are happening behind the scenes.  On today’s episode Rick breaks down the differences between major label artists and independent artists. You can get a lot of chances if you’re independent but you do have to work for it. “You don’t get a lot of chances when you’re signed to a label, but you get all the chances when you’re independent.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:20 - Anniversary of 9/11 3:19 - The job of a major label artist vs. the job of an indie artist 4:38 - The indie artists need to show that they are doing their jobs 6:22 - Build your audience, and the right people will hear about you Resources: Facebook Live with the Firefighters People mentioned: John Flanagan Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
08:29
September 13, 2018
Episode 60: Why You Don’t Have to be Signed to a Label to Make Serious Cash Flow
On this episode of the Music Industry Podcast, Rick interviews Chris Greenwood aka Manafest, music marketing genius and indie artist. Chris shares his successes as an artist and how his business - Smart Music Business - has helped other artists achieve the same level of success. Tune in to get the practical advice that will help you in the long run.   “A band got 10 million streams and the label gets all of that. I’m about to get 10 million and I get all of that.”-Chris Greenwood   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:45 - Chris Greenwood and his career 6:53 - Putting old songs to work 8:48 - Why Chris felt it was important to spend money to get the audience 12:26 - Getting the audience to participate in a transaction with you 15:14 - How does Chris get the people to buy from him 18:53 - Chris’ way of touring Resources: Manafest.com The Smart Music Business Podcast Manafest Facebook Campaign People mentioned: Gary Vee Connect with Chris Greenwood: Smartmusicbusiness.com YouTube - Smart Music Business YouTube - Manafest Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube
24:30
September 10, 2018
Episode 59: How to Nurture Relationships with Fans
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick shares an old interview he had with Steve Palfreyman, founder of the Music Launch Hub. Tune in to find out Rick’s expert advice on fan engagement and how to nurture your fans, not just increase your numbers. “These fans will do everything for you if they feel like you know them.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information Time Stamps: 2:18 - A review of the Steve Palfreyman Show 5:20 - How does Taylor Swift nurture so many fans 7:29 - Using the right tools 8:40 - What fan engagement really means 10:47 - Jump in on that conversation Connect with Steve Palfreyman: Facebook Instagram Twitter musiclaunchhub.com  Stevepalfreyman.com Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com
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September 6, 2018
Episode 58: The Business of Music with Circa from Indepreneur
In today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick talks with Kyle “Circa” Lemaire, his good friend and founder of Indepreneur. They discuss the music industry, how it operates, and give advice on how to succeed in this world. They share the ins and outs of the business and the secrets that are often overlooked. You don't want to miss the nuggets of knowledge they drop in this episode. Tune in now! “Life is about finding meaning by figuring out how strong you can be, and musicians can be the best at that.”-Kyle “Circa” Lemaire   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 4:10 - Circa and Indepreneur 6:02 - History of the music industry 9:28 - The government controls what you get in royalties 16:51 - Advances come from engagement 21:09 - Superstars are business people, not just artists 24:48 - Spend money to gather an audience and point them to your products 34:48 - What Circa did with Indepreneur Resources: Peter Diamandis and the 6 D’s DigitalMarketer Lab Creative Juice Podcast People mentioned: Russell Brunson Connect with Kyle “Circa” Lemaire: Indepreneur Facebook Twitter Instagram Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram
45:21
September 3, 2018
Episode 57: Key Take Aways and Tips from the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour for Young Artists
It has been about 10 years since Rick worked with Taylor Swift. Recently he took his family to see her live in action. Listen in as Rick takes a walk down memory lane and revisits some special moments he and Taylor shared. Also, if you are a female artist, stay tuned to hear Rick’s advice on how to get some more exposure.   “If you always err on the side of being humble and gracious, you will always win.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:10 The Taylor Swift Reputation Tour 2:48 Humbleness goes a long way 3:49 The opening acts 6:05 An opportunity for young females can capitalize on 7:33 Making sure you are prepared for the opportunity Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
09:45
August 30, 2018
Episode 56: Does Social Media Work For Older Artists
Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I could just meet the right person with the right connections, I could go a long way.” Rick explains why that is not the right mindset to have in today’s music industry. Plus, tune in to find out how YOU can be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint podcast!   “Connections can get you in the door, but what you have done leading up to that is going to keep in the door.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! ***Want to be a guest on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?*** Send an email to podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com With the following information: Name, website, social handles, questions you would like to ask Rick and contact information   Time Stamps: 1:42 You are not too old to apply these current strategies 3:44 Rick’s top advice to artists that he works with 4:20 Connections can get you in the door, but what keeps you there? 5:38 Why you must adjust to the industry trends 6:53 What is going to make you successful 8:29 What’s next for the MIB podcast | You don’t want to miss this! Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com Contact: podcast@musicindustryblueprint.com for a chance to be a guest on the MIB podcast show
10:24
August 27, 2018
Episode 55: Monetizing Merchandise with Discmaker's Tony Van Veen
Looking for more ways to monetize your music? Then you don’t want to miss this episode! Rick sits down with Tony Van Veen, CEO of CD Baby and Disc Makers. Together they discuss the fundamentals of what makes indie artists successful. They also share great ideas for bundling and pricing, and how to get creative with the merch you offer.   “You are never too small to start connecting with fans.”-Tony Van Veen   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 1:22 The history behind Tony Van Veen, Disc Maker and CD Baby 7:30 The business side of indie music 8:40 How CDbaby can help monetize your music 10:28 The fundamentals of success for the indie artist 12:00 Are physical CD’s a lost cause? 16:00 Creative pricing ideas 19:30 Let’s talk merch costs 30:21 The secret to why some people are more successful than others 39:23 The DIY Musician conference Resources: merch.ly CD Baby.com CD Baby| Facebook Page DIY Musician Conference 2018 discmakers.com Connect with Tony: Twitter Facebook Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
47:40
August 23, 2018
Episode 54: Goal Setting Exercise for December 2018
Goal setting, we all know we should do it but how many of us actually write them down and follow through? On this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick shares questions you should be asking yourself when figuring out your music business goals. Grab a pen and paper and hit that play button now! “Make sure you have got your goals written down and don’t be afraid to start over.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 1:48 Goal setting and what to do if you miss your goal 2:42 Questions to answer when writing your goals 4:36 What you need to have done before you go into the studio 5:42 Tips for solo artists 6:17 Tips for building your audience on social media 7:07 The importance of writing down your goals Resources: On Stage Success- Tom Jackson Michael Hyatt Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
08:26
August 20, 2018
Episode 53: Investing in Solutions to Upgrade Your Skills as an Artist
Today on the Music Industry Blueprint Rick explains the one mental mindset shift that will allow you to make massive progress in your personal development. For many, the one thing that is stopping them from taking the leap is the cost. However, changing how you view the cost of a coach, or a training course from an expense to a solution will allow you to take the leap you may be scared to make right now.   On this episode, Rick shares a new way to look at the cost of investing in yourself, and the recent investment he has made in himself that was actually less than he expected!   “Start looking at things as solutions”-Rick Barker     What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 1:40 What the noise in the latest episode, on time management for artists 2:23 Sudio Headphones. Sudio.com use MIBpodcast for 15% off 7:00 $20,000 for 8 hours. 8:50 Looking at products and services as solutions 9:33 The best thing that ever happened to Rick   Resources: Sudio Headphones. Sudio.com use MIBpodcast for 15% off Take the Quiz! The $150,000 Music Degree [FREE BOOK]   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
14:25
August 16, 2018
Episode 52: Time Management Skills for Artists
“I don't have the time!” is an excuse so many of us make. When in reality we all have time, we just don’t know what to do with it. On this episode Rick joins us live from the backstage of a Trent Harmon concert in Chicago. He shares practical tips on how to maximize your time to get the things that matter most to your career done. “We all have time, the problem is you just don’t know what to do with it.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:49 Figuring out how much time you really have 4:10 Tips on how to get you practice in 4:40 Dedicating time for education 5:15 Tips for scheduling social media 6:00 Why it’s so important to have a schedule Resources: NASI Songwriters Program Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
08:23
August 13, 2018
Episode 51: Rick's Opinion on The Four (TV Talent Show) Revised
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick is happy to talk about the changes in The Four - the TV talent show. He will speak about the changes that have happened and his opinion on the show’s contestants. Tune in to find out more and see if you share Rick’s view. “That’s not how the music business is today.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 1:22 - Opinion on The Four talent show 4:10 - This year’s show changes 6:02 - Not about the judges anymore 7:55 - For those of you who want to do the shows Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
10:50
August 9, 2018
Episode 50: How to Get Noticed by Playlist Curators with Michael Warner
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick interviews Michael Warner, the founder, and curator of Work Hard Playlist Hard. Michael has been in the music industry for more than 15 years and he has made his site in order to help new artists get more exposure through many popular playlists. Tune in to learn about his business, the submission process on the site, the best ways to improve yourself as an up-and-coming artist, and much more.   What I found with Crosshair is that there is a number of curators on there, and that’s the only way that you are actually going to be able to submit music to them. They don’t have time to go through 400 emails every day. -Michael Warner   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 3:12 - Introducing Michael Warner and his company Work Hard Playlist Hard 9:04 - The submission process on Work Hard Playlist Hard 12:48 - Sound and production quality needed for submission 17:41 - Start from the bottom, don’t shoot for the biggest names in the industry 24:10 - Submission fee and what’s it for 28:46 - You can build relationships with curators, or you can pay someone who has them 32:58 - How Michael’s Work Hard Playlist Hard ebook came to be 38:31 - Best practices and realistic numbers for artists and playlists Resources: Sudio headphones - put in the code MIBPODCAST at checkout and get 15% off your order! Crosshair Music Work Hard Playlist Hard e-book LANDR - Creative Tools for Musicians Connect with Michael Warner: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Michael’s own Twitter account Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube
50:28
August 6, 2018
Episode 49: Why You Need to Lose the Entitlement Attitude in this Current Music Era
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick dives deep into the feeling of entitlement many artists have in today’s age. He will explain how no one has the right to feel entitled, in the music industry and life in general, and how to do it right. Tune in to hear Rick’s opinion on the matter and find out how to act in this current music era if you really want to be successful.   With the internet, you can put out new music every single day. You don't have to wait for anyone's permission. -Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 2:30 - The inspiration for this episode - entitlement 4:19 - Do you have the right to feel entitled to something? 6:47 - Get in the game, don’t wait for it 8:15 - We are in collaboration mode, you can’t keep praising yourself 9:56 - A lot of people are winning, but only for a short time Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
12:40
August 2, 2018
Episode 48: How to Find Your Ideal Audience , Avoid Management Scams and More! | Q&A with Rick Barker
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick will answer some of your questions about the music industry. Do you need to be wealthy to start a music career? How to build your audience and get them to connect with you? How to avoid management scams? Rick will attempt to answer these questions in full detail, so if you want to hear the answers and learn something new, tune in. Don't forget to put aside funding for marketing. - Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 1:30 - Is it helpful to be wealthy when pursuing a successful music career? 2:55 - Are people relating and connecting to your music? 4:00 - How can artists figure out their audience and make the people pay attention? 6:00 - How do you know if a management team is a scam or legit? Are they even necessary? Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
10:55
July 30, 2018
Episode 47: What You Need to Know about Music Copyright Law with Colin Maher
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick is joined by Colin Maher, an entertainment attorney in Nashville. Colin and Rick will talk about a lot of important things that you should know about when it comes to copyright issues. Tune in if you want to know more about these legal problems in the music industry, and learn about them directly from an entertainment attorney.   “The earliest pitfalls, if I were to make a checklist, the first one is make sure that you have the rights to your band name or artist name.”- Colin Maher   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 1:55 - Colin talks about himself and his profession, about intellectual property and more 3:51 - The early pitfalls of artists 6:24 - The most common and easiest to obtain agreements 7:42 - Things people should be on the lookout for when signing a production 11:45 - Mechanical licenses, the easiest and safest way to get one 16:20 - Colin gives you legal advice 17:01 - The right time to hire and what to look for in an entertainment attorney 18:10 - The proper etiquette when discussing money with an attorney Resources: The Harry Fox Agency Connect with Colin: Website Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
20:40
July 26, 2018
Episode 46: Is the Music Business Unfair for New Artists
Let’s face it, the music industry has drastically changed. But is it for better or worse? Some new artists argue that streaming has made it very difficult for up and coming artists. Rick shares his thoughts on this topic. Tune in to find out why this might be the best time to be in the music industry. “We need to spend more time adjusting to the way things are [in the music industry] instead of complaining about the way we wish things were.” -Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 1:55 Adapting to the changes in the industry 2:20 Opportunities to test your market and build your audience 2:50 The advantages of modern technology for the music industry 3:55 How most artist’s make their money 1:30 Learning how to utilize streaming 5:34 Why it’s a good time to be in the music industry Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
06:48
July 23, 2018
Episode 45: New to the Music Business? Invest in These 4 Things
If you were a brand new artist and someone offered you $5000 to invest in your music business what would you spend it on? This is the question Rick is addressing today. A lot of new artists would assume the best thing to do is to record a song and hire a PR firm to push it to radio. WRONG! Rick shares what he would strategically do so that there is an opportunity for more investments in the future.   “It’s a lot easier to go back and ask for more investment money if they see that you spent wisely on your first investment.” -Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 1:56 The scenario: What do you invest in when you are brand new? 3:11 The first step - Educate yourself 4:30 Invest in good video equipment 5:29 Invest in a vocal program 6:09 Invest in training for weak areas 7:02 What to do with your first 4-5 songs 7:22 Working your socials   Resources: Lifetime Membership Fanbase Blueprint Cari Cole Vocal Training Brett Manning Vocal Training Linda Septien Vocal Training Judy Rodman Vocal Training   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
09:59
July 19, 2018
Episode 44: What You Need to Know About 360 Deals and Negotiating the Terms
Today on the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick discuss the 360 deal. This episode breaks down how the 360 deal came about and who benefits from the deal. Rick shares insider tips on negotiating deals, and what investors should look for with potential artists.   “Make sure that if anyone is participating in any form of the revenue stream that they are helping contribute a little bit.” -Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 1:30 Are 360 deals fair to the artist? 3:18 How the 360 deal came about 5:50 Negotiating the terms of the 360 deal 7:00 Paying your investors 7:55 What type of artist should I invest in? 8:15 Educating yourself as an investor Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
10:43
July 16, 2018
Episode 43: Tips for Self Publishing
Today on the Music Industry Blueprint, we are continuing the conversation about publishing. This episode is geared toward the self publishing writers. Tune in as Rick breaks this part of the industry down for you.   “Before you sign a publishing deal, make sure you get an entertainment attorney to look over it.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:25 The benefits of having a publisher 2:55  The 2 types of artist deals 4:40 Budgets, money and attorney 5:20 How publishing works for artists that are already signed to a label 6:30 Why you shouldn’t take the advances unless you need it 7:00 Protecting your music when you self publish 7:45 Great resources for writers 8:22 Publishing in a nutshell Resources: ASCAP BMI CD Baby Pro Song Town Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
10:23
July 12, 2018
Episode 42: Publishing Deals Explained
On this episode, Rick continues answering questions from his email subscribers. Today he discusses the 2 types of publishing deals. Rick gives us some insider information on the hiring process, what staffed songwriters make and an inside look of the publishing process. If you are a songwriter, this episode is for you. “Hold on to your publishing as long as you can. The person that holds the copyright is the person that gets to make the rules and decisions. ”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 2:45 What is a publishing deal 3:25 2 types of publishing deals 4:50 What it’s like being a staff writer 7:00 Getting your songs out there on your own 8:00 Why you should hold on to your publishing as long as you can 8:23 The journey of a song written by a staffed writer   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
10:58
July 9, 2018
Episode 41: What You Should Be Doing with Free Content
Recently, Rick asked his followers what they want to hear on the podcast. So, on today’s show, Rick is sorting through his mail and answering your questions. He gives tips on posting to your socials, as well as tips on what your website should look like.   “You may be listening to the podcast, but are you doing what I teach on the podcast?.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:50 The issue with free content 4:00 Different music career paths 6:00 Tips for posting on social media 8:00 Why your website should match your music 8:15 Applying the information given on the podcast 9:30 One of the biggest mistakes companies are making with their social media 10:00 Things to look for in upcoming episodes Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
12:07
July 5, 2018
Episode 40: Rick's Review of Indepreneur's New Music Marketing Library
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick discusses a new product from one of his favorite podcasts, Creative Juice. Aimed at the indie artist, you don’t want to miss the great content this program has to offer. Tune in to hear why Rick stands behind this product and its creators.   “You never, know it all. Things are always changing.” -Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:10 Why Rick buys his competitors’ programs 3:24 Circa’s passion about the indie artists 5:00 Who is The Creative Juice Podcast for? 6:10 New changes to the Indepreneur program Resources: Indepreneur | Music Marketing That Works The Creative Juice Podcast Perpetual Traffic Podcast Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
10:23
July 2, 2018
Episode 39: The Mindset You Need to Make it in the Music Industry
On this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick passionately shares his thoughts on artists looking for validation. Artists must realize that they are the only ones that can make their goals and dreams happen.  Rick also discusses the work ethic and mindset that you need to make the right connections and be successful in the music industry.   “If you are waiting for someone else to give you permission to achieve your goals and dreams...STOP IT.” -Rick Barker    What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:30 Why you don’t need anybody's validation 3:12 Do you have the skills that you need? 4:00 Is the system not working, or is it you that’s not working? 4:50 Having the right connections 5:50 Stand out! DO NOT BE GENERIC 7:41 Recap of this podcast’s key points 8:40 Don’t waste your time, educate yourself 9:20 How to approach professionals People Mentioned: Gary Vaynerchuk - Wikipedia LeBron James - Wikipedia Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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June 28, 2018
Episode 38: What To Do and Not Do When Auditioning for Reality Shows
On today’s episode of the Music Industry Blueprint we are discussing TV talent shows once again! This time Rick gives us 10 valuable tips to follow when creating a submitting video for auditions. Currently, The Launch, American Idol and The Voice are all accepting audition videos, so make sure you take notes and apply these tips to your submissions. “Because you’re doing a video submission [to TV talent shows], take the time to practice.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:17 Mistakes Rick has seen in submission videos 3:39 Tip # 1 Make sure your audio is crisp 3:47 Tip # 2-3 Telling your story with clarity 4:30 Tip # 4-5 Give us the best you in the shortest amount of time 4:53 Tip # 6 Don’t let your instrument drown out your voice 5:32 Tip # 7-8 Looking your best in front of the camera 6:15 Tip # 9- 10 Reviewing your video Resources: The Launch American Idol The Voice Fanbase Blueprint Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
08:39
June 25, 2018
Episode 37: How to Handle Your Fan Requests
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 here!   Time Stamps: 1:40 Dealing with strange requests from fans 2:46 The story behind why Taylor Swift stopped meet and greets 5:20 Current situation going on with Trent Harmon 6:30 What you do for one fan you have to do for all 7:11 Leave the hard decisions up to the manager 8:00 Why many artist won't look at fan’s emails and social media comments Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
10:44
June 21, 2018
Episode 36: How To Schedule Your Social Media Posting Efficiently?
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 social media require a lot of time? 2:20 Determining what type of relationship you want to develop with fans 3:00 What times you should be posting 3:40 Tips for creating content 4:16 Recycling your popular content 5:03 How to track your content 5:15 Tips for scheduling posts Resources: Canva Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
07:18
June 18, 2018
Episode 35: How to Interact with fans in Person
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 Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 1:50 What goes on at the CMA Music Fest 4:17 Tips on maintaining your fan base 4:55 When is it ok to approach someone famous? 5:30 What to do when you're with a fan and time is limited 6:33 Why you shouldn’t rush fans if you have the time 7:29 How to set limits when doing meet and greets 8:05 How to move your merchandise during meet and greets 9:25 How to get people to your merchandise table 10:10 Utilizing the best time to sell merchandise Resources: CMA Music Fest Bonnaroo Nashville Universe  People Mentioned: Bobby Bones Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
12:10
June 14, 2018
Episode 34: Finding Your Why and Multiple Revenue Streams as a Musician with Bree Noble
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 here! Time Stamps: 4:00 The 5 stages of music career growth 7:33 Why social media presence is a must when your on Spotify 8:50 What are your business responsibilities as an artist 9:18 Are your fans sharing your music? 10:25 How Bree started with house concerts 12:25 Understanding why connecting with your fans is important 14:00 How to utilize Facebook Live and re-targeting 17:24 How fans develop a relationship with you 21:30 Why you must know your “why” Connect with Bree: Facebook Twitter Femusician.com Podcast on iTunes Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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June 11, 2018
Episode 33: How to Get a Manager to Approach You
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 changed over the years 5:20 Deciding which is financially best for you (hiring or DIY) 6:30 Things to be aware of when signing contracts 6:49 Skills you need to have as a DIY manager 7:30 Do you need a manager to introduce you to record labels? 8:13 How to get managers to find you 9:35 Deciding if a manager is right for you   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
11:24
June 7, 2018
Episode 32: Do You Need a Manager or a Coach?
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 Stamps: 1:22 Do you need a manager or do you need a coach? 2:50 Why you need to be your first manager 4:00 What is a manager’s role? 4:56 What are a manager’s regular duties? 6:30 Why it’s hard to find a manager 7:49 Rick’s virtual manager program 8:25 What to look for in a manager   Resources CMA Fest Trent Harmon Rascal Flatts Tour   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
10:40
June 4, 2018
Episode 31: What it Takes to Get Signed to a Major Label
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 signed to a label.”-Rick Barker   What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 1:39 What are you bringing to the table? 2:00 How to keep a record label 2:30 How record labels operate 4:11 How to make labels want to work with immediately 6:33 How much engagement does a label want to see before they sign you? 7:10 How to show your worth to a label   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
09:43
May 31, 2018
Episode 30: Why You Need to Know Your Weaknesses
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 Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps:1:57 Scotty Huff’s journey to Nashville 5:38 What not to do when you come to Nashville 6:28 Why you need to know your strengths and weaknesses 7:22 Why you shouldn’t let others push you into opportunities that don’t fit you 11:09 Scotty Huff’s current projects 11:30 Are horns making a comeback?   Connect with Scotty: Facebook Instagram Twitter Music Stuff Podcast   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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May 28, 2018
Episode 29: Why No One Can Make You a Star
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 Stamps: 1:37 Why I can not make you a star 2:55 When you ask advice, expect a critique 4:06 What happens when you reach out to someone in the industry 5:30 My purpose is to prepare you 6:00 How you can get on anyone in the industries good side 7:33 A lesson on behaving yourself on social media   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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May 24, 2018
Episode 28: How to Make and Schedule Content for Different Platforms
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 Podcast? Tell us here! Time Stamps: 2:26 Native Content, what it is and how to do it 4:37 The video differences amongst the platforms 5:20 How long your video should be for a “cold” audience 6:18 Sequential Marketing-how to utilize it and hook your audience   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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May 21, 2018
Episode 27: Utilizing Twitter as an Music Artist
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 Rick’s favorite features on Twitter 5:50 Madalyn’s favorite Twitter features 6:20 The ad’s platform 7:22 Thes best way to utilize lists on Twitter 12:30 Optimum video strategies for Twitter 14:41 Is it possible to tweet too much? 16:26 Madalyn’s advice to artists using the platform   People Mentioned: Michael Stelzner : Social Media Examiner Grant Cardone - Author, Entrepreneur, Producer, Training Expert   Connect with Madalyn: Twitter Facebook Instagram iTunes Podcast www.madalynsklar.com   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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May 17, 2018
Episode 26: Key Takeaways from Canadian Music Week 2018
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 Stamps: 1:30 Rick’s weekend at  Canadian Music Week experience 3:04 Canadian government gives grants to artists 5:06 What is your story? 5:46 Know what you want when you approach decision makers 8:18 Why you need to become studious with all that you do   People Mentioned: Ebony Hailey Shirley Halperin   Resources: Songtradr The Canadian Music Week   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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May 14, 2018
Episode 25: Adopting an Entrepreneurial Mindset as an Artist
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 Tam Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play!  Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes!  What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Time Stamps: 3:28 The difference between an entrepreneur, business person, and freelancer 6:44 Are you spending too much time learning and not enough time doing? 7:50 How to discern what information is you need to be successful 9:49 What you should be posting on social media 12:54 Rick’s best advice for musicians 14:55 Having the right mindset to build a fan base 20:27 Things that have helped Rick grow his business 31:42 The Slant’s unique niches 32:15 All about The Slants Supreme Court Case   People Mentioned: Seth Godin Gary Vaynerchuk Rascal Flatts Dan + Shay
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May 10, 2018
Episode 24: Who Is Holding You Back From Reaching Your Full Potential?
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 from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Key Highlights:   ⇾Find out if you are the reason your career is not advancing ⇾Why you need mentors ⇾Discover the 3 things you need to be successful Time Stamps: 2:25 Are you blaming others for holding you back? 3:20 Why we need mentors and coaches 4:47 The 3 things you need to be successful: The Knowledge, The Tools, and The Team 5:30 The importance of being able to ask questions 7:39 Survey done on music students 8:03 Don’t hold yourself back because of your lack of knowledge   Resources: The Fan Base Blueprint   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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May 7, 2018
Episode 23: Must Have Website Features with Bandzoogle's Dave Cool
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 Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:   ⇾Find out why you need a website ⇾The top 3 mistakes artists make on their websites ⇾Discover the “must haves” for your website features Time Stamps: 5:13 A little bit about Bandzoogle 6:29 Bandzoogle website features 7:11 Why you need a website 8:05 Dave Cool’s Backstory 10:20 Common mistakes artists make on their websites 16:00 Utilizing electronic press kits 18:04 The must-haves for a website 18:49 Bandzoogle email tools   Resources: Bandzoogle.com CD Baby Blog Ari's Take Gary V's Podcast Perpetual Traffic Sonicbids The Launch MailChimp
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May 3, 2018
Episode 22: How to Know if an Opportunity Will be Worth it or Not
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 Barker   Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:  ⇾ Find out the questions to ask when a vendor contacts you about an engagement ⇾ Learn how to determine if an opportunity will benefit you ⇾ The process you need to go through to analyze an opportunity Time Stamps: 1:54 Questions to ask when a vendor contacts you about an engagement 4:41 How to determine if an opportunity will benefit you 5:10 Rick shares how he analyzed a recent investment 9:00 Why you need to have good credit 9:35 The process you need to go through to analyze an opportunity Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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April 30, 2018
Episode 21: Why You DON'T Want to Get Discovered Before You’re Ready
“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 competing against the other unsigned artists, you are competing for space. So the goal is to put yourself in a position to be able to compete”-Rick Barker Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!  Key Highlights:  ⇾Find out why you don’t want to get discovered before you are ready⇾Understand what you need to have to be considered by a record company⇾Discover the best way to get in front of the right people in Nashville Time Stamps:2:55 Why I ask for help and hire professionals 4:46 Why you don’t want to get discovered before you are ready 5:40 What you need to have to be considered by a record company 6:47 What you are competing for when trying to get signed 7:19 The Nashville Process: How you get a deal in Nashville 9:49 Put yourself in the right position for the right time Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud
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April 26, 2018
Episode 20: Why You Should Give Someone a Chance Before You Judge
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 Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Key Highlights:  ⇾Find out some of the things that Rick went through early on as Taylor Swift’s manager⇾Understand why Bobby Bones is an amazing mentor and great fit for American Idol ⇾Discover why Rick makes all of his artists listen to the BobbycastTime Stamps:2:40 Rick’s experiences with being judged by others4:08 Bobby Bones strengths as a mentor on American Idol4:45 People questioning Bobby Bones as a mentor5:35 Rick’s experiences on American Idol6:11 Rick’s relationship with Bobby Bones6:56 Review of Bobbycast- Why Rick makes all of his artists listen to it7:31 Let’s show support and stop the negativity8:16 Trent Harmon’s new releases and return to American Idol   Resources: Bobby Bones The Bobby Bones Show on iHeartradio Bare Bones By Bobby B
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April 23, 2018
Episode 19: How to Start Making Money as an Independent Artist
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 hoping that someone else would come along and do it for me."   -Greg Wilnau Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:  ⇾Discover why you may be better off as an independent artist ⇾Find out the 1st step to making income off of live performances ⇾Understand the mindset you need as an independent artist Time Stamps: 3:36 From a broke band drummer to business owner/world traveler 5:39 This is what you need to do if you want to get anywhere in life 6:45 Why you are better off being an independent artist vs signed to a label 8:40 Owning up to your decisions and stop being dependant on others 11:40 The 1st step to creating income from your music 13:57 Advice to musicians who do not like to ask for money 16:51 How Taylor Swift encouraged her fans to meet her 17:38 Breaking the ice with an honest story 21:36 The mindset shift that allowed Greg to live off of his music   Resources: Live Show Blueprint (Learn the steps to earn income at every live performance) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Airpods   Connect wit
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April 19, 2018
Episode 18: Why You Shouldn't Take Things Personally in the Music Industry
“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 you. “When you are interacting with someone in the industry and something does not go the way you want it to go... don’t show a side of you... that someone will not want to work with, don't take it personal.” -Rick Barker  Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:  ⇾Rick share the best way to get off the unsolicited material list⇾Find out some great events for songwriters to get discovered⇾Understand why you can not take things personally in the music industry Time Stamps: 1:32 What is considered unsolicited material? And why 3:22 The best way to get solicited 4:12 Take the advice that people give you and educate yourself 5:50 The 2nd best way to get solicited 6:48 To get more knowledge you have to spend time or money or both 10:06 If someone has invested in me, I am obligated to invest in them 11:55 In the music industry you can NOT take things personally   Resources: Performance Rights Organization (PRO) ASCAP BMI SESAC SOCAN Events NSAI
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April 16, 2018
Episode 17: The #1 Career Killer
It was once said that patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. The same holds true in the music industry. On today's show, Rick talks about the importance of having patience when trying to build your career as an artist. So many people are trying to be discovered today, find out why that may not be such a good idea. “In my opinion, the biggest killer of careers is the lack of patience.”-Rick Barker  Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:  ⇾Find out Rick’s opinion of the #1 career killer⇾Understand what labels are looking for when they meet you⇾Realize the opportunities that are presenting themselves Time Stamps: 2:00 The # 1 career killer in the music industry 2:53 Understand what labels are looking for 3:57 Why you do NOT want to be the best-kept secret 4:47 Invest in the education that you need to prepare yourself 6:05 Do NOT rush the process 6:46 Are you realizing the opportunities that are presenting themselves?   Connect with Rick: Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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April 12, 2018
Episode 16: Real Artists Don't Starve with Jeff Goins
In this industry, there are two types of people, the starving artist, and the thriving artist. Both are very talented but there is one major difference, their mindset.  Jeff Goins, author of the best selling book, “Real Artists Don't Starve”, joins Rick on this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint. Listen in as Rick and Jeff discuss the mindset you need to make a decent living off of your art. This is a podcast you don't want to miss! “Before you become a professional, you have to think like a professional.”-Jeff Goins Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:   ⇾Find out the mindset difference between the starting artist and thriving artist⇾Why you need to define what success means to you⇾Jeff Goins gives his best advice to artists (a lesson from the wealthiest artist of the Renaissance) Time Stamps: 2:39 The starving artist vs the thriving artist 4:34 The mindset difference between the starting artist and thriving artist 6:47 How Jeff became successful following the unconventional path 8:38 This musician went from making $150,000 to multiple millions and retired at 38 9:50 Why you should seek success, not fame 12:58 What does success mean to you? 14:04 Don’t let misery drive your success, 15:30 This is why you need to separate yourself from your work 21:08 Jeff Goins best advice to artists (the story of the wealthiest artist of the Renaissance)   Resources: Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burcha
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April 9, 2018
Episode 15: Rick's Favorite Podcasts
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans listening to a podcast in their busy schedules? You’re not the only one that listens to podcasts, Rick is a huge podcast fan as well. Podcasts are super convenient and they’re the best way to gain knowledge on topics that interest you. On this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint, Rick shares his 6 favorite podcasts. These podcasts have shaped and molded Rick into who he is today. And we know they will be a great resource for you as well.“I’m going to give you access to the tools to get you out of whatever situation you happen to be in. [But] you ultimately have to do the work .”-Rick Barker Subscribe to iTunes or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:  ⇾Find out which podcast practically gave Rick an MBA in marketing ⇾Discover who’s mailing list you NEED to be on⇾Rick shares his absolute favorite podcast Time Stamps: 2:57 Rick practically got an MBA in marketing from listening to this podcast3:47 Even if you don’t subscribe to this podcast, you NEED their newsletter4:33 This guy will give you all the tools for a no-nonsense approach to marketing 5:59 If you need help with the technical side of the music industry this show is for you6:46 Want to stay up to date with what's going on in the music industry? Try this podcast7:00 Rick’s absolute favorite podcast   Connect with the I Love Marketing Podcast iTunes Instagram ilovemarketing.com Connect with the Social Media Marketing Podcast
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April 5, 2018
Episode 14: The Best Advice for Young Artists Trying to Stand Out
Has someone you admire in the music industry ever granted you facetime? In this fast-paced industry, it doesn't happen often, so when it does you better not miss out. On today’s show, Rick tells us about a similar incident that happened to him. Listen in as he draws some very relevant advice from the mistakes of others.   “Your sound is not identified by data and analytics. Your sound is identified by who you are and who you want to be as a musician. If you are trying to be like everyone else you’re never going to be yourself.” -Rick Barker  Subscribe to iTunes, or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:  ⇾Why your music needs to be fresh ⇾Understanding the mindset you need to be successful ⇾How to deal with trolls and bitter people Time Stamps:1:50 Dear young artists, don't make these mistakes3:00 The dangers of making yourself seem bigger than you are3:46 How to identify your sound4:41 Why your songs need to sound fresh5:10 Constantly bragging? Not a good idea6:07 What you should do when a mentor offers facetime8:35 Understanding the mindset you need to be successful 9:10 Dealing with trolls and bitter people   Connect with Rick Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud
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April 2, 2018
Episode 13: Email Marketing is Not Dead! Here's Why
Rick sits down with Ian Clifford, founder of makeitinmusic.com, to discuss the importance of email marketing. While some think it’s a dead art, Ian and Rick explain why it is a necessity for every “do it yourself” artist. In addition, they give you the rundown on how to build a mailing list and an effective marketing sequence as well. Plus listen in for the exclusive offer only for MIB podcast listeners!   “In the past 10 years the importance a website and mailing list hasn’t changed at all. Obviously social media sites have come and gone and that’s a real indicator of why your mailing list should be a primary method of reaching out to your fan base.” -Ian Clifford   Subscribe to iTunes, or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:   ⇾Why having an email marketing strategy is still relevant ⇾Effective strategies for obtaining people's email addresses ⇾What a compelling email marketing strategy should look like   Time Stamps: 3:10 Is email marketing still relevant? 4:45 The difference between a follower on Facebook/Instagram and someone on your email list 6:24 Proper email communication 101 7:13 Effective strategies for obtaining people's email addresses 10:45 The importance of being a “do it yourself” artist 13:22 How your website and email marketing sequence should go 15:20 Becoming a dork about your data 16:36 Insider tip: Ask your fans things about themselves   Resources Get Response MailChimp Aweber Connect with Make It In Music Exclusive offer for MIB listeners www.makeitinmusic.com Connect with Rick Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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March 29, 2018
Episode 12: Q&A with Rick Barker
It’s Q and A time on the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast. Rick is scrolling down Twitter and Instagram and answering your questions. In this episode Rick gives valuable advice for aspiring songwriters that want to get the attention of artists and labels. Also, find out what you could be potentially wasting your time on as an independent artist and where that time would be better spent.   “What I see most independent artists not doing, is putting a value on their time.” -Rick Barker   Subscribe to iTunes, or Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here!   Key Highlights:   ⇾ Valuable marketing advice for aspiring songwriters ⇾ Which social platforms you need to be active on ⇾ Find out where you should be spending your time as an independent artist   Time Stamps: 01:24 What’s the hardest part about the music industry/business? 03:39 What advice do you have on presenting your songs to artists/labels if you are a new writer? 05:22 Do you see podcasts becoming more prominent than they already are? 06:30 Advice for aspiring songwriters 08:37 Should I be active on all social media platforms? 10:35 What is something you see independent artists wasting their time on? 12:31 What's an effective way to approach playlist curators? 13:41 Should I move to Nashville as a business move?   Connect with Rick Facebook Instagram Youtube Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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March 26, 2018
Episode 11: Being Your Authentic Self
Do you have what it takes to become the first you? Everyone wants to be the next Taylor Swift or the next Bruno Mars but rarely do artists say they want to be their authentic self. In this episode, Rick breaks down how you should be evaluating yourself as an artist. If you are going to be the next big hit, you need to know your strengths and have some clearly defined goals. Rick shares some key questions you should be asking yourself, you don't want to miss this episode. “Be the first you.”-Rick BarkerSubscribe to iTunes, or Google Play!Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes!What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Key Highlights:   ⇾ Don’t be the next Taylor Swift, be the first you⇾ Figuring out your own personal strengths⇾ Evaluate and establish your career goals Time Stamps: 1:34 What does it takes to be the next Taylor Swift?2:36 Understanding that your fan base is key3:07 The Gary V of the music business4:07 Figuring out your current strengths5:50 The necessary work ethic7:10 Understanding the music business7:30 Establishing your goals8:06 Research before you put your product out Connect with RickFacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterSoundcloudRickBarker.comContact: rick@rickbarker.com
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March 22, 2018
Episode 10: Branding, Storytelling and Social Media Marketing with Co Founder of Blitzmetrics Logan Young
On this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint special guest Logan Young joins Rick to discuss branding, storytelling and some key information about social media marketing. Logan is the co-founder and head of training for Blitzmetrics. Blitzmetrics creates Facebook dashboards and micro-targeted ad campaigns for brands such as the Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.   “Failures are either stumbling blocks or stepping stones, it’s really up to you.”- Logan YoungSubscribe to iTunes, or Google Play!Love the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes!What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Key Highlights:  ⇾ Dealing with rejection⇾ Tips for branding and storytelling⇾ Plumbing - Know what’s going on with the content you put out Time Stamps:02:19 Logan Young’s backstory04:20 Being rejected by other creatives04:45 What kept Logan going after many failures08:40 Tips for branding and storytelling10:47 Focus on being you12:44 Plumbing - Knowing what is going on with the content you put out there16:15 The story of the bologna principle Resources & LinksDennis Yu Facebook PageBlitzmetrics FacebookBlitzmetrics.com Connect with LoganLogan Young Facebook PageLinkedinContact: Logan@blitzmetrics.com (remember to mention this podcast or “hot single Mormon girls” in the subject line) Connect with RickFacebook
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March 19, 2018
Episode 9: Is Your Music Just an Expensive Hobby?
Are you really in the music business or is it just an expensive hobby? Find out the harsh truth on this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint. Rick delves into the necessity of having a marketing budget and a strong relationship with your fan base to bring in the revenue. “If you can’t get 1000 fans to give you $5, you haven’t built a strong enough relationship with them.” - Rick Barker Subscribe to  iTunes, or  Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on  iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Key Highlights:⇾ Are you treating your music like a hobby or a business ⇾ Shocking results from Rick’s revenue survey of 200 artists ⇾ Building a profitable relationship with your fans  Time Stamps: 1:36 Are you treating your music as a hobby or a business? 3:37 Facebook changes- Your content MUST be high quality and engaging 4:28 Artists must learn how to market 5:49 Rick’s artist revenue survey 6:14 A harsh reality- if you don't make $5000 a year on music, you’re not in the music industry 7:26 You have to think of your music as a business 7:51 Build a relationship with your fans 8:10 Facebook marketing tipsResources & Links Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins  Creative Juice Podcast Connect with RickFacebook Instagram Youtube  Twitter Soundcloud RickBarker.com Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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March 15, 2018
Episode 8: The TV Talent Show Conversation Continues!
The conversation continues! After our first episode about TV talent shows our listeners had a lot of questions! This question in particular kept coming up, “Why have the television shows had such a hard time breaking in artists?” Find out Rick’s answer to this question and the keys to solve this problem on today’s podcast. (In case you missed it, here’s the first episode on TV Talent Shows)“It’s not hard to get a record deal, it’s hard to keep it .” - Rick Barker Subscribe to  iTunes, or  Google Play! Love the podcast? Leave a review on  iTunes! What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Key Highlights:⇾ Whose responsibility is it to make the winning artist a star ⇾ What you should be doing in the early weeks of the show ⇾ Things you need to do before signing a TV talent show contract  Time Stamps:2:00 Why have the television shows had a hard time breaking artists? 2:32 Why Blake Shelton always wins! 3:17 Whose responsibility is it to make you a star? 4:41 What you should be doing on social media while on the show 5:32 Things you need to do before you sign the contract 7:24 Danielle Bradbery after The Voice 8:42 Letting the artists growResources & LinksTelevision Talent Show Part 1 Danielle Bradbery- Worth ItPeople MentionedTrent Harmon Lauren Alaina Scotty McCreery Danielle BradberyConnect with RickFacebookInstagramYoutube Twitter Soundcloud Contact: rick@rickbarker.com
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March 12, 2018
Episode 7: How Episode 8: American Idol Winner Trent Harmon and Rick Overcame Adversity
In life, especially as an artist, there will be times when things don't go as planned. What you do in those moments can make or break your career. Today, Rick talks about the amazing perseverance American Idol winner, Trent Harmon displayed as he went through some astronomical challenges after the show. From a managing company that went bankrupt to a label that folded, find out how this young artist overcame his worst nightmare.“When plans get changed, you can either whine and complain about it or you can make adjustments.”- Rick Barker Subscribe to  iTunes or  Google Play!Love the podcast? Leave a review on  iTunes!What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast?Tell us here!Key Highlights:⇾Understanding that things will not always go as planned⇾How to persevere through tough times⇾The reward of making adjustments Time Stamps:03:00 Trent Harmon’s difficulties after American Idol05:51 Wanting to call it quits06:24 What Trent did to persevere through his tough times06:56 The support of great fans07:34 Trent’s breakthrough Resources & Links●Trent Harmon on iTunes People MentionedTrent Harmon Connect with Rick●Facebook●Instagram●Youtube●Twitter●SoundcloudContact: rick@rickbarker.com
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March 8, 2018
Episode 6: Television Talent Shows, Which One is Right for You?
American Idol, The Voice, The Launch…. the list goes on and on. There are so many TV talent shows out there but which one is right for you? On this episode of the Music Industry Blueprint Rick discusses the pro’s and con’s of TV talent shows and what marketing tools you need to have in place before your name goes up in lights. Listen in as Rick gives his expert advice on each TV show to help you decide which one would be the best fit for you. “Once the door opens and we put you in the door, the rest is on you.”- Rick BarkerLove the podcast? Leave a review on iTunes!What do you want to hear from the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast? Tell us here! Key Highlights:  ⇾ Understanding the purpose of TV talent shows⇾ What you need to have in place before you go on a TV talent show⇾ Which TV talent show is right for you Time Stamps03:18 - Things that you need to have set up before you go on a TV talent show04:41 - Rick’s review of American Idol05:23 - Rick’s review of The Voice06:18 - Rick’s review of The Four07:26 - Rick’s review of America’s Got Talent07:56 - Rick’s favorite TV Talent Show - The Launch Resources & LinksAmerican IdolThe VoiceThe FourAmerica's Got Talent The Launch People MentionedScott Borchetta from Big Machine Label Group Connect with RickFacebookInstagramYoutubeTwitterSoundcloudContact:
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March 5, 2018
Episode 5: Why now?
In today’s episode, Rick talks about the way the music industry has changed with the growth of technology. With an audience at your fingertips at all times, utilizing social media to engage with people is a necessity for growing your fanbase. Rick explains just how you can use the internet to share your music and your message every second of every day. “You have the ability to directly connect with your fans on a minute by minute, second by second. basis.”- Rick Barker  Key Highlights: ⇾ How technology has changed the opportunity for exposure.⇾ Why this is the most EXCITING time to be an artist.⇾ The value of engaging with fans.⇾ Using your music as marketing material to get your name out there in the industry.  TIME STAMPS 01:20 - How technology has changed the music business and how social media is creating amazing opportunities for young artists to reach a global audience. 04:06 - The importance of engagement rather than views to get the conversation started with your customers. 05:58 - How to share your music. Social media? Leveraging what? More enticing detail here. 08:09 - Creating content that makes people passionate, changes lives, and leaves a lasting impact.  Connect with RickContact: rick[at]rickbarker.com
09:50
February 26, 2018
Episode 4: Who is Rick Barker?
Rick Barker is undoubtedly one of the strongest influences working behind the scenes of the music industry today. In this episode, Rick talks about how he navigated the industry, from working at radio stations to becoming a consultant for Big Machine Label Group. Rick has a desire to share the knowledge he has gained over the past 25 years in a way that is brutally honest, thought-provoking, and valuable. Key Highlights: ⇾ The importance of asking the right questions⇾ Rick’s journey through the music industry⇾ Rick’s work as a successful music consultant  Time Stamps01:19 - Who Rick Barker is and his expertise in artist development02:53 - Rick’s love of music that stems from listening to the radio as a child04:21 - How Rick turned his life around after following the wrong path05:33 - The radio station job that started Rick’s career08:08 - Rick’s journey with Taylor Swift that shifted the future of his career11:57 - How the music industry is changing with internet marketing  Connect with RickContact: rick@rickbarker.com
17:35
February 26, 2018
Episode 3: Is Social Media Important?
Social media is the most powerful tool available to rising artists today. There’s no need to pour money into a world tour just yet when you can reach almost every corner of the earth by simply pressing a button. Today, Rick addresses just how artists can get involved with their followers in order to make the most out of what’s already in your hands. Why you need to see platforms like Facebook Live videos and Instagram Live videos as huge blessings and not a chores.  “If you put HATE in front of anything, it will not grow.”- Rick Barker   Key Highlights ⇾ Discover how to create your own engaging social media content⇾ Changing your mindset to see social media as the powerful tool it is⇾ Utilizing social media to learn about your fans’ interests, and create content that's relevant and entertaining for your fans  Time Stamps 01:40 - The importance of utilizing social media as a tool  02:19 - The cost of touring vs having a worldwide audience at your fingertips  03:23 - Learn to stop dreading social media, shifting your mindset from chore to massive opportunity 06:16 - Picking the right platform for you, why you need to focus on where you can provide value, and avoid being anything but mediocre  07:53 - Getting involved in conversations with your fans through social media    Connect with RickContact: Rick[at]Rickbarker.com
09:53
February 26, 2018
Episode 2: The Big Myth
“Get your music on the radio.” “Build a management team.” There are a lot of outdated myths still floating around about how to be successful. In today’s age of technology, there are now numerous ways to become a well-known artist. Today, Rick talks about ways to get your music out there using relevant methods such as social media outlets, hustle and hard work. “Stop believing there’s some magic pill or magic formula. That magic formula is hard work.”- Rick Barker  Key Highlights: ⇾ The endless resources you have on the internet⇾ The outdated myths about how to become an artist and what you need to do to become more attractive to big music labels⇾ Educating yourself through hands-on experience  Time Stamps 01:23 - Busting the myth of needing a team to be successful--you can do a lot with just your cell phone and hustle 03:13 - Why you don’t need radio play to be a successful artist 04:28 - Create a lot of music to feed people’s want to consume 07:41 - Make yourself irreplaceable by being the person who finishes  Connect with RickContact: rick[at]rickbarker.com
10:29
February 26, 2018
Episode 1: Live on the Drive
The internet has made it beyond easy for us to share music with others, discover new artists and get discovered by people all across the globe. In today’s episode, Rick talks about the importance of utilizing these methods of music sharing to get your music out there in hopes of making an impact. Key Highlights: ⇾ The ease of finding music today.⇾ How the process of making music has become simplified.⇾ Using the tools that are readily available to change lives through your music.  Time Stamps 01:23 - How the internet makes discovering new music and new artists easy, fast, and shareable  03:31 - Why it’s the best time ever to be in the music business  04:35 - What you need to do every day to get your music in front of as many people as possible Connect with RickContact: rick[at]rickbarker.com
06:40
February 26, 2018
Welcome to the Music Industry Blueprint Podcast
Rick Barker is the President and CEO of the Music Industry Blueprint in Nashville, TN.He is a manager, entrepreneur, author, and consultant focusing on the recent changes in the music business. By sharing his experience and insider tips, he helps his clients understand the music business and fast-tracks their steps to success. While those things describe his business life, the titles that he loves most are the ones which describe his personal life: Sober, Christian, Husband, and Father.Rick grew up in Alabama and was raised by a single mom. Growing up with very little in way of money and resources, Rick developed a work ethic and learned to hustle at the age of 12. By the age of 14, he was helping his mom financially support his brothers and sister. Rick was not a fan of the traditional education system. He found himself doing just enough to get by in the classes that didn’t interest him, yet excelling in those that did. At the age of 17, his life changed dramatically when he moved to California to live with his dad.He got involved with the wrong crowd and ended up quitting high school. Later, he found himself addicted to drugs and living homeless on the streets of LA.On April 4 1989, after battling a cocaine addiction Rick got on his knees and prayed that God would let him die. Yet, God had other plans for Rick. These plans included sobriety, pursuing his dream of being on the radio, marrying his wife (Jill) and having two great children (Brianna and Logan), and one-day meeting and managing Taylor Swift.All of these trials and tribulations influenced him to become the man he is today. Rick Barker’s motto is “Your Past Does Not Define Your Future” and he is living proof of that. For more info on the MIB Podcast and a free copy of Rick’s book The $150,000Music Degree go to rickbarker.com
03:09
February 19, 2018