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A music business show made for artists who are looking for clear information, inspiration, and application for their careers. Ideas are broken down into steps that musicians can use to advance their career. The show is written and hosted by Simon Tam, an industry professional who is the founder of The Slants Foundation, author of multiple books, and longtime mentor/speaker at SXSW, the DIY Musician Conference, and other major events.

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A music business show made for artists who are looking for clear information, inspiration, and application for their careers. Ideas are broken down into steps that musicians can use to advance their career. The show is written and hosted by Simon Tam, an industry professional who is the founder of The Slants Foundation, author of multiple books, and longtime mentor/speaker at SXSW, the DIY Musician Conference, and other major events.

    #389 - How to Negotiate Better Pay for Your Shows

    #389 - How to Negotiate Better Pay for Your Shows

    Negotiation is a critical skill for artists to develop a sustainable career yet so few make the time or effort to grow in this area. Today, we'll talk about how you can negotiate for a guarantee or better pay for your shows but the same tactics can be used to get better deals with sponsors, record labels, merchandise/vendors, and more.
    Here are some of my favorite resources for negotiation:
    BOOK: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz
    YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Black Swan negotiation training channel
    ARTICLES: 
    Negotiation by Email for Salary
    How to Get More Pay (Last Stop Booking)

    • 13 min
    #388: Predictions for an Uncertain Music Industry

    #388: Predictions for an Uncertain Music Industry

    Today, we're discussing what you can expect from the music industry in 2022. There's no doubt that there are many changes on the horizon, but here's what you can do to prepare and make the most out of the moment.

    • 15 min
    CPOC Music is Here - Register for Free now

    CPOC Music is Here - Register for Free now

    If you’re looking for ways to grow your music career while making a real-world impact, check out our free music business conference designed with an equity-first mindset.


    It takes place Nov 5 + 6 and it’s all available to you for free, first of The Slants Foundation. Get your tickets now: www.cpocmusic.com

    • 2 min
    #387 - How to Make a Lasting Impact and Have a Music Career That Lasts

    #387 - How to Make a Lasting Impact and Have a Music Career That Lasts

    Today's episode is taken from a workshop I recently delivered through my nonprofit organization that serves Asian American artists, The Slants Foundation. It was a session specifically on creating a lasting impact - be it cultural, systemic, or industry. We also focused on bigger ideas of how to create a more sustainable arts career by re-examining how we think about relationships, tools, the maps we use, and other key areas.
    Resources:
    Watch the video webinar of this episode.
    Learn more about The Slants Foundation.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #386 - SXSW Application Tips and Other Music Industry Festivals

    #386 - SXSW Application Tips and Other Music Industry Festivals

    The early deadline for SXSW artist applications is coming up. Today, we discuss best practices for applying to SXSW and other major music festivals. Also, I have a special announcement regarding CPOC Music, a new music business conference designed specifically for artists of color.
    Resources:
    SXSW Showcasing Artist Application
    CPOC Music

    • 12 min
    #385 - Is It Really a Long Way to the Top?

    #385 - Is It Really a Long Way to the Top?

    It's sometimes hard to put long-range goals into perspective when we're considering the many means of getting to them: touring, social media, list building, licensing, music industry trends, formats of releasing music, etc. but those are all tactics, not sustainable strategies that are scalable. Too often, we glamorize the hustle without thinking about what matters even more: working with purpose.
    Today, we'll talk about whether or not it actually is a long way to the top (if you want to rock n' roll) and a better way of getting there.

    • 12 min

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

ScottieVary ,

Starting or In The Music Business? Listen!

Full and well rounded episodes waste no time getting you the advice and strategies you need to focus, grow, and engage your music business career. Excellent podcast!

Sums K ,

Unlike any other!

This podcast is immensely helpful if you’re looking to grow your music career. Simon breaks down pie in the sky ideas that we all know into well-explained creative tidbits that can be immediately applied; very grateful.

3#runner ,

Excellent resource

Simon offers an abundance of verifiable evidence for marketing and relentless encouragement.

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