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Whether you’re an aspiring music business professional or a seasoned vet, every Thursday, The Music Business podcast brings you the trends, tactics and insights from some of the world’s most innovative minds in music. Hosts Artist Manager Jordan Williams and Sam Hysell of NOX aren’t teachers, we’re entertainment industry professionals, drinkers, wannabe comedians and, most importantly, fans. Come learn and laugh with us.


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Season 1 Finale!

Season 1 Finale!

2021-08-2202:28

After 124 episodes, we are switching it up. We're putting a nice, big red bow on Season 1. Thank you all so much for the incredible support over the past 2 years and we are so so thankful for the amazing community that now surrounds the podcast and everything it stands for.This is our opportunity to reimagine and continue to level up how we operate, the conversations we have, the potential to organise events and come back like never before.BRB on September 23rd.Don't be a stranger. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this episode of the Music Business Podcast, we invite Alexander Fruchter aka DJ RTC. Born and raised in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, he has been a mainstay in Chicago’s Hip Hop community as a DJ, journalist, and label owner for close to 20 years. Fruchter is the founder of the significant underground Hip Hop blog rubyhornet, an accomplished DJ, and an Associate Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago. Fruchter is the founder of the indie Hip Hop label, Closed Sessions, and was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as a “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2016. He is a graduate of Indiana University, and currently lives in Humboldt Park. His most recent writing can be found at LL Cool’s Rock The Bells.Today, we talk about founding Closed Sessions and writing for rubyhornet in the height of the blog era, what today's music industry can learn from it when it comes to community building, branding, and more. This is a fun, informative episode and a moment nostalgia for anyone that was a part of the blogging community in the early 2010s. Even if you weren't, you'll get an idea of what it brought to today's industry by the episode's conclusion.Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week we talked with Vice President, Creative, BMI New York, Samantha Cox. Samantha is responsible for overseeing the Pop, Rock and Indie team based in BMI’s New York office. She is also responsible for scouting and signing new songwriters and publishers, and maintaining relationships with existing BMI affiliates worldwide. Cox has additionally launched several successful programs including, BMI’s Speed Dating for Songwriters®, BMI Pick of the Month, the Annual BMI Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival.It was great to hear about her climb to her current role, how BMI invests in songwriters early in their careers, and how performance rights organizations operate within the music industry, and more.Learn more about BMI and the business of songwriting at the next BMI 101 event here: https://www.bmi.com/events/entry/58540Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode of the Music Business Podcast, we interview shesaid.so Founder and Partnership Strategist Andreea Magdalina. Andreea is an experienced speaker on topics such as music and brand partnerships, business development, brand strategy, building community, marketing, and diversity & inclusion. She has spent the past 4 years working with creative agencies to develop digital-first content, technology products and strategic partnerships for global brands. As of May 2019, she is focusing on her role as CEO at shesaid.so in addition to consulting for music, technology and culture-forward clients. Partnerships she has previously worked on include clients such as YouTube Music, Instagram, Microsoft, Skype, Sonos, British Council to name a few.Today, we discuss the founding of shesaid.so, how it's grown internationally, what standing up for equality looks like in music, strategies for building community, questions to ask yourself when developing a strategic partnership, and more. As always, please leave a review and follow us on IG @musicbusnesspodcast. Let us know what you think of the episode in our discord at https://www.patreon.com/musicbusinesspodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode of the Music Business Podcast, we interview artist and singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy. Since 2014, Bassy has grown his listenership to over five million monthly listeners on Spotify and has become an in-demand songwriter. His list of collaborations include Kehlani, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, Hailee Steinfeld and more. He's additionally the founder of his own independent record label, New Gold Medal Records. On the episode, we discuss the process of building a business around his music, the dynamic between him and his manager, how he's grown as a songwriter and musician over his career, the role of collaborations, and more. We give you tactics and insights from the brightest business people in music and we're honored to have Marc as the most recent artist to shed more light on the business from an artist's perspective.As always, please leave a review and follow us on IG @musicbusnesspodcast. Let us know what you think of the episode in our discord at https://www.patreon.com/musicbusinesspodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
EPISODE SWAP TIME! This week, we are switching episodes with Dan Runcie's 'Trapital' Podcast. The episode with Jonnyshipes discusses establishing Cinematic, indie label deals, and how a label brands itself. Alongside this, it's a great example of how to manage personal branding and branding for businesses.Find out more info on Trapital Podcast here:https://trapital.co/pod/Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, we sat down with Moody Jones, SVP of Digital and Creative at EMPIRE. He has gained majority of his experience in the music and lifestyle industry where he has been able to work with some of today’s top artists such as Tyga, Iggy Azalea, XXXtentacion, Carnage, Snoop Dogg and many more. Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this episode, we’re really excited to have Niko Ivanov, a Partner & the Head of Accounts at NOX Media. Outside of NOX, Niko also manages Chad Tepper and Gaddo. He’s a close friend and business partner of our co-host Sam Hysell and in this episode Niko dives into frameworks he’s used to help artists grow and prosper through content and digital marketing. Beyond diving into marketing principles, Niko also speaks to various tactics he’s used to create a high performance culture internally at NOX, as well as stay calm and collected in the face of so many things happening at once.Be sure to check out Niko on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikogivanov/And to learn more about NOX be sure to visit: https://www.wearenox.co  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
To celebrate Sam starting 'nft now', a web3 digital media company on a mission to empower the creators of culture through freshly minted NFT news, curation and analysis, we're re-publishing an episode with Cooper Turley. Cooper Turley is the Head of Crypto Strategy at Audius, an emerging streaming platform. He sits at the intersection of the music industry and the exciting developments in the world of blockchain and crypto currency. He's helped numerous artists launch projects and monetize by selling digital collectables. We'll explore how blockchain and crypto may impact the music industry, and how you can use that to your advantage. In this episode, we speak to how artists are tapping into the world of NFT's and how you can do the same as the market continues to grow.Follow nft now below as well as listen to the 'nft now podcast' wherever you get your podcasts! Congrats, Sam!https://www.instagram.com/nftnowhttps://twitter.com/nftnowAs always, please leave a review and let us know what you think, follow us on Instagram @musicbusinesspodcast, and join our Patreon community at musicbusinesspodcast.com/community. Referenced Resources https://superrare.co/ https://niftygateway.com/marketplace https://makersplace.com/ https://zora.co/ https://viv3.com/ https://www.nbatopshot.com/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this week’s episode, we spoke with Jeremy Lascelles, CEO of Chrysallis Blue Raincoat Group. Blue Raincoat Music is an artist management company, music publishing company and record label, founded in 2014 by Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar. In 2016 the company launched a new publishing arm and bought Chrysalis Records, one of the leading British independent labels. Chrysalis Records then re-launched as a frontline label in February 2020, marking a return to releasing new music for the first time in over two decades. In 2019 Blue Raincoat Music forged a partnership with New York based independent music company Reservoir Media, and Blue Raincoat Music Publishing is a joint venture between the two parties.In his extremely notable and successful career in the music industry, he has worked with and supervised the signing of Bon Iver, Cee-Lo Green, OutKast, and more recently, Phoebe Bridgers. Jeremy has been involved with a range of aspects of the music industry. From starting off managing artists at a young age, to go on to be an A&R under Richard Branson. Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, we talked with Authentic Empire Music Group CEO, Boomman. AEMG is home to artists such as Euro, G.A., Geezy Escobar, Foogiano, and many more. In 2017, Boomman partnered up and consulted for The Lights Global who is known for the Juju on that Beat and signing global sensation Lil Pump.In the show, we talk about starting and building AEMG, what he considers when signing a new artist, what has made him so successful, and the importance of mentorship within business and music.Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, we sat down with Tim Collins and Hugo LePrince from Creed Media. In the last 3 years (since 2018) they have grown Creed from 0-40 employees and they talk us through strategies and mindsets that massively helped them in the process of achieving this. In one of the most entertaining episodes of Music Business Podcast, we discuss the journey of Creed, how they acquire clients and invaluable growth tips for independent artists through TikTok.Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Happy Thursday Everyone! In this week’s episode, we talk with Artist Manager Zael Ellenhorn from YM&U Group. So far in his career, he has managed the likes of Ryan Caraveo, Kina and RAC.As RAC entered the NFT and crypto space nearly a decade ago, it was amazing to hear Zael’s experience with working with a pioneer in this field. We talk about early experiences, getting into management, working with a management company, community engagement, and so much more.If you liked this episode, please leave a review, follow the Music Business Podcast on Instagram @musicbusinesspodcast, and join our Patreon community at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this week’s episode, we sit down with Eddie Sears, Creative Director for Ultra Records and DJ/Producer, ‘Rocket Pengwin’. We discuss what his roles and duties are as both creative director for Ultra Records, and how he balances his own artist career with his role at the label. It was super interesting to hear his take on effectively utilizing budgeting. And additionally, how to work out what the artist’s creative vision is, form a strategy to make it a reality, and constructively manage the creative marketing side of a campaign.If you liked this episode, please leave a review, follow the Music Business Podcast on Instagram @musicbusinesspodcast, and join our Patreon community at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on the Music Business Podcast we invited Jean-Sebastien Permal the Director of A&R for Sony Music Continental Europe and Africa. In 2017 Jean Sebastian joined Sony Music Germany’s label, Four Music, before broadening his A&R role for all Sony Music labels across Europe and Africa in 2018. Over the past two years, Permal has worked closely with Sony Music’s labels on a variety of artist projects in the region, all while supporting Sony Music Continental Europe and Africa’s A&R executives.In this episode we discuss As an A&R, what does your day to day look like? What’s the split between discovering and signing artists, vs. helping your existing roster create great music with great collaborators?When you’re at such a high level as an A&R, what are some of your conversations or day-to-day responsibilities like?Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, we sit down with Rebekah Espinosa, Senior Director of Marketing and Programming at UMG’s °1824. She has a wealth of experience in supporting artists, from emerging musicians to some world-class acts like Pharrell, Beyoncé, J. Cole and more.In the episode, we discuss her leadership values, strategies, and tactics to drive the success of her team. She also talks about how to nurture the creative process and appreciate growth and success as a result of this. Additionally, she answers the $100k marketing question, and answers questions from the MBP community.If you liked this episode, please leave a review and follow the Music Business Podcast on Instagram @musicbusinesspodcast and join our Patreon community at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on the podcast we have on award winning DJ and producer originally from the UK Gareth Emery. He’s been able to build a sustainable and long career as a musician and he's known for his incredible live performances and arena shows with world class laser light shows and he also was the CEO of a blockchain music streaming service called choon from 2017-2019, ahead of his time. Today, we talk about the NFT world, the blockchain, why it’s getting popular now, and the similarities between creating great music and creating a great NFT. We’re really excited because today he’s doing a very innovative NFT drop, we dive deep into it in the episode but amidst a massive influx of NFT to supply, it’s great to see people like Gareth who’ve been at the forefront of the interaction of crypto x music world channeling his creativity and authenticity into a one of a kind nft and experience. Check out his NFT drop on nifygateway here: https://niftygateway.com/collections/garethopenBUT, before we get into this week’s episode special shoutout to our sponsor…Super excited to be partnering with Vydia to bring you this episode of the podcast. If you’re a label, manager, or artist, or even YouTube creator looking for a premiere distribution partner, head to https://vydia.com/mbp/ to request an invite today.As always, feel free to leave a comment or a review on what you thought about the episode on Apple Podcasts or on the Music Business Podcast instagram @musicbusinesspodcast. We’re also very excited to connect with our community on Patreon, MusicBusinessPodcast.com/Community. We look forward to you joining our community! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode of the Music Business Podcast, we sit down with Tricia Arnold the SVP of Global Label Management and Sales at The Orchard, the industry’s leading global music distributor and artist and label services company operating in 45 markets worldwide. Tricia oversees The Orchard’s sales and label management teams outside of North America driving global release strategy and envisioning and enacting processes to drive The Orchard's value proposition worldwide.Tricia has been with The Orchard since 2012, starting in the UK office as the European Sales & Distributor Director, then transitioning to Senior Director, Retail Marketing in New York, where she led the North American Retail Marketing team, while developing relationships and marketing strategy across key accounts. As always, please leave a review and let us know what you think, follow us on Instagram @musicbusinesspodcast, and join our Patreon community at musicbusinesspodcast.com/community.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For this week's episode, we re-highlight one of the most popular episodes on the podcast with Claire Bogle, Co-Founder of ScoreMore. As plans of live shows and festivals become more common, this episode is serves as the blueprint for developing a premiere promotion agency and can help aspiring and current promoters think about how to do the same post-pandemic. With us, Claire discusses how she got started in live show production, what goes into creating these unique experiences for artists and their loyal fan bases, the implications of COVID on the live event space, and more.ScoreMore has worked with acts including J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Wiz Khalifa for their first shows in Texas. In tandem with the success of these artists, ScoreMore also leveled up to launch on their own music festival JMBLYA, along with J. Cole's Dreamville Music Festival, and Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD festival.As always, feel free to leave a comment or a review on what you thought about the episode on Apple Podcasts or on the Music Business Podcast instagram @musicbusinesspodcast. We’re also very excited to connect with our community on Patreon, MusicBusinessPodcast.com/Community. We look forward to you joining our community! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 In this episode of the Music Business Podcast, we interview Jake Posner, SVP A&R at Hallwood Media. In addition to managing artists of his own, Jake specializes in working with artists in the songwriter and producer space.In this episode, we discuss how he discovered A R I Z O N A, the A&R process for finding songwriters and producers to sign, the vetting process for potential collaborations with his artists, goal setting as a producer and/or songwriter, and more. Additionally, because Hallwood Media launched in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we discuss how that shaped the beginning of Hallwood Media’s strategy and what it may look like post-pandemic.If you liked this episode, please leave a review and follow the Music Business Podcast on Instagram @musicbusinesspodcast and join our Patreon community at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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