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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.
In this podcast, Rick teaches artists how to treat their art as a business and become an attractive partner to a record label.
With major changes in the music industry and digital world today, record labels expect artists to build their online presence and fan base, become great songwriters and performers, and ultimately create their own buzz.
Through interviews with other experts in the music industry, and his own insights Rick shares the mindset, tactics, and principles you need to take your music to the next level.

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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.
In this podcast, Rick teaches artists how to treat their art as a business and become an attractive partner to a record label.
With major changes in the music industry and digital world today, record labels expect artists to build their online presence and fan base, become great songwriters and performers, and ultimately create their own buzz.
Through interviews with other experts in the music industry, and his own insights Rick shares the mindset, tactics, and principles you need to take your music to the next level.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Jad Reza ,

Simplifying success for all! 5 stars!

Since listening to this podcast and joining Rick Barker’s program I have started to experience success with my original music ie getting booked for local shows and being paid. I’m shy, bad at asking for help and in my forties, so I simply didn’t know about the different options available to me and how to pursue them.

No matter where you are at in your life or art I believe if you’re interested in growing your skills, and the reach of your music then this is THE perfect place for you.

If you’re a parent or manager (or both), then Rick takes a lot of the guesswork out for you, so you can get focused and organised with your efforts. The advice he gives will prevent lots of wasteful activity and I think will allow you to enjoy it more too.

See for yourself.

Highly recommended! 5 stars!

Fa Caudwell ,

Brilliant podcast

This podcast is really helpful. There are so many awesome tips from Rick about how to be successful as an independent artist and he’s very inspiring to listen to. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be a successful musician but doesn’t know how to go about it.

Fenikx6 ,

Very informative!

These podcasts are helping me with my final university project and I’m very grateful to Rick. Great information and so good to hear it firsthand. Thank you!

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