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The Business Side of Music is an interview show designed to help independent artists and songwriters better understand and navigate the music industry. 45-year industry veteran, Bob Bender talks to successful guests from every corner of the industry about their careers to discover the things they did right as well as the lessons they learned from any mistakes they made.
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The Business Side of Music is an interview show designed to help independent artists and songwriters better understand and navigate the music industry. 45-year industry veteran, Bob Bender talks to successful guests from every corner of the industry about their careers to discover the things they did right as well as the lessons they learned from any mistakes they made.
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    #191 - Getting Fans to (Financially) Invest In Your Dream

    #191 - Getting Fans to (Financially) Invest In Your Dream

    Being a creative person isn't easy, especially if you’re trying to do this full time. It’s not your regular 9 to 5 job. This is your life. Your passion. Your ongoing creation. And it most often takes money to advance your dreams to the next level, especially if you decide to take the independent route, and not seek out the traditional record deal. Enter Matt Lutz who is the Founder and CEO of Music Benefactors, providing a possible solution without having to sell everything you own along the way to fund your project.
    Music Benefactors is an SEC registered investment platform which is democratizing the music industry. Independent recording artists and music businesses fund projects by partnering with music investors. Artists maintain ownership of their master recordings and copyrights while fans share the royalties the projects generate. This unique platform enables artists to be truly independent of the major label system while providing them with the much needed capital to make and market music. Music Benefactors can provide debt and equity funding options to recording artists, promoters, venues, independent labels, music publishers and music technology companies. It is currently funding several album projects, a catalog investment fund, a Neil Diamond tribute tour, and several other music investment opportunities.
    Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Matt Lutz has founded and operated several other businesses prior to starting Music Benefactors. His extensive knowledge of alternative investments brought him to the music industry. Like other other asset classes, music is an investment that generates income to the intellectual property owners every time it is played or used commercially. Matt Lutz's goal with Music Benefactors is to introduce music investing to all investors. By educating people about the benefits of music investing, independent music projects get funded, investors and artists share the income and great music is made.
    www.musicbenefactors.com
     
    The Business Side of Music ™
    © 2021 Lotta Dogs Productions LLC
    Co-Produced and Hosted (by the guy who has a face for podcasting):  Bob Bender
    Co-Producer, Creator, and Technical Advisor (the man behind the curtain):  Tom Sabella
    Director of Video and Continuity (the brains of the entire operation): Deborah Halle
    Audio/Video Editor Mark Sabella Midnight Express Studio, Olian, NY
    Marketing and Social Media: Sarah Fleshner and Kaitlin Fritts
    Executive Assistant to Bob and Tom (the one who keeps us on track and our schedules straight) Tammy Kowalski
    All Around Problem Solver: Connie Ribas
    Recorded inside an old Airstream Trailer on Music Row in Nashville, TN (cause that’s about all that’s left these days)
    Mixed and Mastered at Music Dog Studios in Donelson, TN
    Production Sound Design: Keith Stark
    Voice Over and Promo: Lisa Fuson
    Special Thanks to Tom Sabella and Traci Snow for producing and hosting over 100 episodes of the original “Business Side of Music” podcast, and trusting us to carry on their legacy.
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    Interview submission 
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    #190 - Metal Music Meets Modern Technology

    #190 - Metal Music Meets Modern Technology

    Byron Nemeth, a multi-instrumentalist and demanding rock specialist who has done tours and taken part in many stellar releases to date, knew at a young age that music was his true calling. Upon hearing Elvis & The Beatles from his beautiful parents as a birthday music gift, he turned his attention to learning guitar and studying the styles of Randy Rhoads, Michael Schenker, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Joe Perry, plus jazz and classical music. Throughout his career, Byron has opened for notable bands such as Metal Church, Doro Pesch, Warrant, Winger, Ratt, Y&T, Dream Theater, Rick Emmett, Vicious Rumors, Helix, Keel, Yes, Zack Wylde/Black Label Society, Richie Kotzen, The Sweet, Lynch Mob, Pat Travers Band and many more.
    By going on tour with various bands throughout the east coast, Byron began exploring his guitar style with Sacred Heart, Amon-Ra, Prodigy, and Electro-Motive-Force. The Vision 1985 cassette by Sacred Heart reimagined version was recently made available on Spotify. The 1992 Amon Ra release of In the Company of the Gods was also reimagined on streaming platforms.
    In 1997 Byron studied jazz and classical music at the Cleveland State University, which provided him the music education foundation needed to blend in with a variety of musical genres; he was shortly after that commissioned to perform as the first guitar with Richard Henrickson's orchestrated Ozone Hour, a 90-minute Symphonic Rock Ballet with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and 33 dance performers.
    In addition to his music career, he's also the founder and CEO of several tech companies, including his technology consulting firm "Nashville Studio" which advises businesses on how to best use technology and software to benefit what they do, along with a strategic and financial side of technology and software management in risk assessment online. He also heads up Byron Nemeth Technology which provides web design for businesses.
    The music provided for this episode is from
    Artist: Byron Nemeth
    Single: A New Freedom
    Songwriter: Byron Nemeth
    Publishing Company: Byron Nemeth Music ASCAP
     
    Artist: Byron Nemeth
    Single: “I Am The Walrus”
    Songwriter(s): John Lennon / Paul McCartney
    Publishing Company: Byron Nemeth Music ASCAP
     
    Artist: Byron Nemeth
    Single: "You Know It's True"
    Songwriter: Byron Nemeth
    Publishing Company: Byron Nemeth Music ASCAP
    www.byronnemeth.com
    www.Nashville.studio
    www.byronnemeth.technology
    The Business Side of Music ™
    Lotta Dogs Productions LLC
     
    Co-Produced and Hosted (by the guy who has a face for podcasting):  Bob Bender
    Co-Producer, Creator, and Technical Advisor (the man behind the curtain):  Tom Sabella
    Director of Video and Continuity (the brains of the entire operation): Deborah Halle
    Audio/Video Editor Mark Sabella Midnight Express Studio  Olian, NY
    Marketing and Social Media: Kaitlin Fritts
    Executive Assistant to Bob and Tom (the one who keeps us on track and our schedules straight) Tammy Kowalski
    All Around Problem Solver: Connie Ribas
    Recorded at: The Bunker in Franklin, TN (except during the Covid 19 pandemic, then it's pretty much done VIA Skype or over the phone, with the exception for those fearless enough to come to Bob Bender's living room… and there are a few).
    Mixed and Mastered at Music Dog Studios in Nashville, TN
    Production Sound Design: Keith Stark
    Voice Over and Promo: Lisa Fuson
    Special Thanks to Tom Sabella and Traci Snow for producing and hosting over 100 episodes of the original "Business Side of Music" podcast and trusting us to carry on their legacy.
     
    Website:
    Sponsorship information 
    Interview submission

    • 36 min
    #189 - Taking Your Fans From Suspect To Super Fan

    #189 - Taking Your Fans From Suspect To Super Fan

    Here’s a question for you. Will the person who you think is your fan, actually like your music. Are they willing to put the time and effort into becoming a fan of your career? How devoted and passionate of a fan are they? How do you go about getting them engaged in your career? How do you go about creating new fans, who will also become devoted followers.
    Just as you nurture prospects in the real world, you also have to nurture those prospects in the online world. You’re in the fan building business. You have to get them from fan, to occasional fan, to good fan, to super fan.
    Mike Stewart, who is the President and Found of Stewart Internet Solutions, chats with us regarding what it takes to reach those people, and turn them from suspects, into Super Fans.
    I takes marketing. Marketing is not evil. Marketing is necessary. You need to use such devices as Kindle, Amazon, and YouTube in the proper way, and learn how to leverage these platforms to your benefit. Part of this is understanding that platforms such as YouTube are a traffic generation process. It’s not an income producing process. It markets whatever you’re selling.
    Mike is president and founder of Stewart Internet Solutions Inc., a internet consulting agency and services company located in the Nashville, TN, USA. Mike has composed countless radio jingles, television scores, and produced or performed on music heard all over the world. He has worked with world famous musicians such as Tommy Roe, Joe South, William Bell (Georgia Hall of Fame Recipient and 2017 Grammy Winner), Buckner Garcia, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Billy Joe Royal, Alicia Bridges, Isaac Hayes, Eddie Floyd, Bertie Higgins, Doug Johnson, and Bill Anderson.  He has gold record for playing keys on 80’s hit, Pac Man Fever as a band member of Buckner and Garcia and recorded the theme to Disney’s Oscar nominated movie, “Wreck It Ralph” in 2012
    The list goes on and on of national performers who’s who. He owned and operated a recording studio for over twenty years working in all facets of digital audio and video.
    In 1996, Mike became passionate about the future of the Internet and how small businesses could benefit from the web if they just understood how to make it work for their company. He saw how the broadcast of audio and video information on a website was no different than the television/radio industry he had been a part of all his life.
    Since that time, he has become very successful consulting with small business owners on how to set up their worldwide TV stations and broadcast their unique marketing message to the world.
    Stewart Internet Solutions focused on Internet technologies that allowed audio and video to be streamed over the Internet. We developed distance training web sites, e-commerce projects, and audio/video intensive web projects utilizing HTML 5 responsive web programming. He didn’t stop there, but was constantly striving to be on the cutting edge of technology always searching for better more efficient ways of achieving his goals. After listening to a set of audiotapes in 2000, he attended his first Internet Marketing Seminar.
    Initially Mike was a student himself. Soon he was hired to record seminars, events and webinars. Through techniques he learned from the seminar speakers and promoters he was able to create his own software products that made the process easier. While he had spoken to many groups, associations, and business organizations throughout the years, his first Internet Marketing Seminar speaking engagement was in 2003.
    Since then he has attended and spoken at many events worldwide. Mike teaches attendees the benefits of owning the right equipment and utilizing it to record themselves to make quality multi-media audio and video information products that can be marketed for high profits. He is always on the look out for new innovative ideas, products, hardware and software to benefit his clients. His hands-on customer service approach outshines most

    • 53 min
    #188 - Are You Ready For A Manager

    #188 - Are You Ready For A Manager

    You’ve spent time writing songs. You’ve gone into the studio to record some demos. Now it’s time to get out there and pitch your artistry to the masses. But how do you go about doing it? Do you need a manager to help you thru the gauntlet known as the music industry? Is your career at a point where you would be ready for a manager?
    We talk with Chuck Thompson, who is a 40+ year veteran in the music industry, having worked in the Country music field as a manager for such acts as The Judds, Billy Dean, McBride, and The Ride, The Pirates of the Mississippi, Carl Perkins, Skip Ewing, Wynonna, Michell Wright, and others. 
    Chuck explains what you need to look for, and what management will expect in return. He discusses how management is a specific need at a specific time for a specific function.
    We also go into what the difference is between an artist manager and a business manager.
    We touch base on what does a prospective manager look for when signing a new act? Is it based on their social media, their touring, or their record sales if applicable?
    Chuck Thompson began his 40 plus years in the entertainment industry while attending Nashville’s prestigious Belmont College. It was there that a posting for an internship in publicity caught his eye. That internship turned into his first job when he was hired during his final year of study at the college to drive the media campaigns for David Allen Coe, Frizzell & West, Ricky Skaggs, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and George Strait. He cut his artist management teeth with acts Baillie and the Boys and comedy duo Pinkard and Bowden at the firm.
    Transitioning to the management firm The Ken Stilts Company where he would rise to the position of Vice President, Thompson and his team guided the careers of The Judds, Billy Dean, McBride, and The Ride, The Pirates of the Mississippi, Carl Perkins, Skip Ewing, Wynonna, and others. He worked alongside company principles to build an integrated corporate sponsorship/artist booking agency to work within the corporate and country music communities. While serving as Vice President/Director Of Public Relations for Pro Tours, the company launched co-branded country music tours for corporate clients GMC Trucks, Liberty Optical, The Sara Lee Corporation, and Sun Country Wine Coolers.
    In 1995, Thompson accepted the position of Director, Media Relations & Artist Development with the newly reorganized RCA Label Group Nashville. Working with the established RCA roster and with the BNA staff to launch the careers of recently signed artists Kenny Chesney, Lonestar, and Mindy McCready, he also created the label’s media and sales opportunities’ extensive catalog of masters. While leading the label’s NASCAR efforts, working with the Kranefuss-Haus Racing Team, he developed marketing events for RCA and BNA artists and the race team’s co-sponsors Little Caesar’s Pizza and Kmart at racing events around the country.
    In October of 1996, Chuck left the RCA Label Group to return to the ranks of artist management as a co-manager of Decca recording artist Danni Leigh, opening the Thompson Entertainment Group’s offices under the banner “Where music still has A Heart and A Soul.” He explains that tagline by saying, “In a world of broadening entertainment options, music is the thread that runs through it all, impacting every part of our lives. The truth in a great song and the heart of a great singer drives my passion, and my goal has always been to develop long-term brand strategies for each of our artists. In these unusual times, artists need new and innovative thinking from their management to adapt to the world we currently live in.”
     
    Corporate brands are also searching for innovative thinkers who understand a brand’s needs and can create and execute unique, brand-driven partnerships. Harley Davidson, Coca-Cola, Panoptix, Conagra Foods, and others have turned to Chuck to help them develop and implement a brand strategy that will

    • 37 min
    #187 - A Platform That Provides the Data You Need To Succeed

    #187 - A Platform That Provides the Data You Need To Succeed

    What IMDB has done for the movie industry is what Vibrate is doing for the music business. 
    How popular are you as an artist? Are your followers a good reflection on your success, or even your visibility? Is your album or touring success an accurate barometer of where your career is at?
    Vibrate helps with the analytics of it all. It provides the data to show you that a slightly lower fan base isn't such a bad thing if their engagement in your musical path is higher.
    Vasja Vebar who is the creator and co-found of Vibrate is an experienced music business professional with a background in marketing. After earning his Master's degree in economics, he co-founded a digital marketing agency and earned a senior partnership in an event management company. Knowing his way around brands and events led him into the music industry. He co-founded a music management company, taking over all business aspects of a famous DJ's career and his music label as well as a start-up called Viberate.com, a live music marketplace. He regularly speaks at industry events such as WMC, Midem and LMC.
    The Business Side of Music ™
    Lotta Dogs Productions LLC
     
    Co-Produced and Hosted (by the guy who has a face for podcasting):  Bob Bender
    Co-Producer, Creator, and Technical Advisor (the man behind the curtain):  Tom Sabella
    Director of Video and Continuity (the brains of the entire operation): Deborah Halle
    Audio/Video Editor Mark Sabella Midnight Express Studio  Olian, NY
    Marketing and Social Media: Kaitlin Fritts
    Executive Assistant to Bob and Tom (the one who keeps us on track and our schedules straight) Tammy Kowalski
    All Around Problem Solver: Connie Ribas
    Recorded at: The Bunker in Franklin, TN (except during the Covid 19 pandemic, then it's pretty much done VIA Skype or over the phone, with the exception for those fearless enough to come to Bob Bender's living room… and there are a few).
    Mixed and Mastered at Music Dog Studios in Nashville, TN
    Production Sound Design: Keith Stark
    Voice Over and Promo: Lisa Fuson
    Special Thanks to Tom Sabella and Traci Snow for producing and hosting over 100 episodes of the original "Business Side of Music" podcast, and trusting us to carry on their legacy.
     
    Website:
    Sponsorship information 
    Interview submission

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    #186 - Your Net Worth is Related to Your Network

    #186 - Your Net Worth is Related to Your Network

    The music industry is this huge, and very wide set of different vertical spaces. These consist of performers, composers, freelance musicians, music educators, and folks in production. But all of these various entities are all one thing, and that's all part of the music business. Even if you’re an employee, you’re still directly involved.
    The 2nd annual Ultimate Music Business Summit is an event that covers such things as your mindset, earning money, networking, and building opportunities. The speakers at this conference will also be covering such aspects as building a website, how to make YouTube work for you, audio production, studio building, along with how to get your creative project off the ground.
    The guests on the show, Heidi Kay Begay, Arthur Breur, and Garrett Hope provide us insight into what to expect at the upcoming Ultimate Music Business Summit conference.
    The event will take place over 3 days, starting January 6th 2022 and run through the 8th, with two sessions running at a time over a six to eight hour period, followed up with Q and A chat rooms.
    Prices of Tickets:
    Basic Ticket: $17
    Basic Ticket Super Early Bird (purchased before Oct. 31): $7
    Basic Ticket Early Bird (purchased before Nov. 30): $14
    VIP (access to all video recordings): $137
    Super Early Bird (purchased before Oct. 31): $67
    Early Bird (purchased before Nov. 30): $97
    Dr. Heidi Kay Begay is a self-employed flutist, educator, podcaster, and non-profit organizer. Heidi is the creator and host of the Flute 360 podcast, which delivers educational content (to the modern-day flutist) through various platforms.
    Arthur Breur composes personalized, melodic music for live performance, for everything from solo instrument or voice, to full orchestra, concert band, and other large ensembles.
    Arthur is the Composer in Residence for the Tualatin Valley Symphony and the Tualatin Valley Community Band, and uses his role not just for his own music, but to promote the creation and performance of new music by other composers.
    Over the more than 35 years he has been composing, he has written more than 150 individual pieces, including works for five weddings, two musicals, bar and bat mitzvahs, and numerous video and film productions.
    In addition to composing, he owns and runs a web development company that he founded in 2001 and has published the novels of three authors.
    Dr. Garrett Hope’s purpose is to use his God-given creativity and communication skills to entertain and enlighten, draw people together for a common cause, and to coach others to see new opportunities.
    An award-winning composer of film and concert music, Garrett engages with performers and audiences to tell stories and create life-changing experiences. He loves working with educational ensembles, and especially values his work with students.
    As a coach and public speaker, Garrett empowers people to see new opportunities and take courageous action. He does this by helping them identify and break through the beliefs that they hold about themselves that are preventing them from achieving their potential. He helps creatives build networks and make strategic business decisions so they can make a living doing what they love.
    For more information, or to sign up, go to www.musicsummit.biz
     
    The Business Side of Music ™
    Lotta Dogs Productions LLC
     
    Co-Produced and Hosted (by the guy who has a face for podcasting):  Bob Bender
    Co-Producer, Creator, and Technical Advisor (the man behind the curtain):  Tom Sabella
    Director of Video and Continuity (the brains of the entire operation): Deborah Halle
    Audio/Video Editor Mark Sabella Midnight Express Studio  Olian, NY
    Marketing and Social Media: Kaitlin Fritts
    Executive Assistant to Bob and Tom (the one who keeps us on track and our schedules straight) Tammy Kowalski
    All Around Problem Solver: Connie Ribas
    Recorded at: The Bunker in Franklin, TN (except during the Covid 19 pandemic, then it's pretty much don

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Chief Musical Officer Macain ,

Episode #134

The music supervisor in episode #134 makes it sound like the music and hands we see playing in the film are those of the 2 lead actresses. I know that all of the close up hand shots and prerecord music were recorded by a session pianist. Why is no credit given to the actual musicians in the films credits? I find that musical talent often get snubbed in the movie biz. Sad. Love the podcast. Keep up the great work.

Easy Hero ,

One of my favorite podcasts!

Essential listening for the indie artist.

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The best 411 of the music biz!

These guys are veterans that have truly been there and know so many connections to get the info out to anyone interested in the multi facets of the music business

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