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You know the music industry has changed—Get proven strategies from successful artists who have been in your shoes.



The host of Musician Monster, Greg Wilnau, quit his job to become a full-time musician. Using tips and tricks he picked up observing other independent artists. In every episode, Greg interviews indie musicians that have built a successful career in today's industry. Making complex topics easy to understand, he breaks everything down into specific action steps so you know exactly what to do to get your music heard.



Music business, music marketing, how to promote your music online, growing a fanbase, booking gigs, and everything in between...



...Instead of digging through forums, spending thousands on a "degree", or wasting your time with so-called "experts", just listen to Musician Monster. Discover how to get heard in today's music industry by learning what works for other musicians.

The Musician Monster Podcast: Music Business For Musicians Greg Wilnau: Musician, Musicpreneur, Self Made

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    • 4.8, 15 Ratings

You know the music industry has changed—Get proven strategies from successful artists who have been in your shoes.



The host of Musician Monster, Greg Wilnau, quit his job to become a full-time musician. Using tips and tricks he picked up observing other independent artists. In every episode, Greg interviews indie musicians that have built a successful career in today's industry. Making complex topics easy to understand, he breaks everything down into specific action steps so you know exactly what to do to get your music heard.



Music business, music marketing, how to promote your music online, growing a fanbase, booking gigs, and everything in between...



...Instead of digging through forums, spending thousands on a "degree", or wasting your time with so-called "experts", just listen to Musician Monster. Discover how to get heard in today's music industry by learning what works for other musicians.

    MMP044: Rock Your Email List, See Your Fanbase Grow With Cheryl B. Engelhardt

    MMP044: Rock Your Email List, See Your Fanbase Grow With Cheryl B. Engelhardt

    Independent musician Cheryl B. Engelhardt reveals how she made over $40,000 from her e-mail list with less than 2,000 subscribers. Get her best quick-start tips for building a successful e-mail list of your own and growing your music fanbase.
    Let’s get started!
    In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

    * Music Marketing in the industry that NOBODY is talking about
    * What a welcome sequence is and why it’s great
    * How to automate your communication with fans and still be personal
    * What a “transition” email is and why it’s powerful
    * How to make $1 per email subscriber per month

    Links And Resources:

    * inthekey.co/masteringemail
    * inthekey.co/emailcourse
    * MailChimp
    * Kajabi
    * ConvertKit

    Follow Cheryl B. Engelhardt:

    * Twitter
    * Instagram
    * Facebook
    * Official Website

    • 25 min
    MMP043: How To Make Six-figures Teaching Music Online

    MMP043: How To Make Six-figures Teaching Music Online

    Today, I’m going to introduce you to a musician who makes six-figures teaching music online. But there’s more to this story than meets the eye. And I’m always skeptical of stuff that sounds “get rich quick”, especially online. It’s a lot of hard work.
    That said…
    Everyday creative people are told that music is risky. In a world of starving artists, we need a backup plan. Tragically, many creatives are told a degree from an art or music school is the solution.
    After investing years of their life and thousands of dollars, they finally graduate and learn the truth:
    A music “degree” isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on (with rare exception).
    That’s where today’s guest comes in.
    After graduating from college and unable to make ends meet, Brent Vaartstra started his own music business. Without a clue, he crafted new and exciting ways to increase is income as a musician. Brent now earns six-figures teaching music online at learnjazzstandards.com.
    In today’s episode, Brent is going to tell us how he does it. If you’re looking for ways to earn additional income teaching music, you’re going to love this episode. Let’s rock!
    Let’s rock!
    Links And Info Mentioned In This Episode:

    * passiveincomemusician.com
    * learnjazzstandards.com
    * Will it Fly

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    Thanks for Listening!
    Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post.
    Also, please leave an honest review for The Musician Monster Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are helpful and appreciated.
    And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.
    A very special thank-you to Brent for joining me this week.
    Until next time: Rock on and prosper.
    Is there a musician or music industry figure that you’d like us to interview? Send an email to greg@musicianmonster.com or a tweet to @musicianmonster — include the name of the person you’d like us to interview. 

    • 32 min
    MMP042: Sync Licensing Secrets: License Your Music In TV And Film With 5 Simple Steps

    MMP042: Sync Licensing Secrets: License Your Music In TV And Film With 5 Simple Steps

    Do you want to get started with sync licensing but aren’t sure how? There are 5 simple steps to license your music in TV and Film. And we’ll break it all down for you in today’s episode.
    Let’s rock!
    In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

    * 5 simple steps to successful sync licensing
    * Target your music for sync opportunities
    * Produce your music for TV & film
    * Turn sync licensing into a career
    * How to contact music supervisors and get a response
    * The key to successful sync licensing that most people miss
    * A simple trick to test the quality of your music before you send it off
    * The simple home recording studio that’s perfect for sync licensing

    Links And Info Mentioned In This Episode:

    * imdb.com
    * tunefind.com
    * songtrader.com
    * MMP039 With Joshua Turner
    * https://syncsongwriter.com
    * Sign Up for the Free Sync Licensing Workshop with Chris

    Right-click HERE and “save-as” to download this episode to your desktop
    Thanks for Listening!
    Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post.
    Also, please leave an honest review for The Musician Monster Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are helpful and appreciated.
    And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.
    A very special thank-you to Chris SD for joining me this week.
    Until next time: Rock on and prosper.
    Is there a musician or music industry figure that you’d like us to interview? Send an email to greg@musicianmonster.com or a tweet to @musicianmonster — include the name of the person you’d like us to interview. 

    • 49 min
    MMP041: Promote Your Music – A Proven Blueprint To Make Your Next Album An Explosive Success

    MMP041: Promote Your Music – A Proven Blueprint To Make Your Next Album An Explosive Success

    You spend a ton of energy and money on your album and you want to successfully promote the release. Maybe you want the latest and greatest strategies. Or low-cost, high-value music promotion hacks. Either way, we’ve got you covered.
    Today, the founding member of The Slants, Simon Tam, joins us again. This time he’s going to share the promotion strategies behind his next album release. We’ll go over each strategy and break them down. You’ll know exactly how to use them for your upcoming release.
    Let’s rock!
    In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

    * The key to control and promote a successful album release
    * Why the BEST music promotion opportunities happen when you least expect them
    * You’ll learn how to spot them and take advantage
    * All the ways to promote your music and get other people to pay for it
    * A surprising method labels don’t want you to know
    *
    The only person you can trust to promote your music

    * How to start your music promotion strategy right
    * The steps to successfully promote your music and a breakdown of each
    * Free tools to get clear on your music promotion strategy so you always know ‘what’s next’

    Links And Info Mentioned In This Episode:

    * The Slants Foundation (Simon’s Non-profit)
    * Official website (theslants.com)
    * Simon’s podcast (Music Business Hacks)
    * Music Branding Cheatsheet
    * Google Sheets (Use to brainstorm and plan your album release)
    * Google Drive (Use to brainstorm and plan your album release)

    Right-click HERE and “save-as” to download this episode to your desktop
    Thanks for Listening!
    Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post.
    Also, please leave an honest review for The Musician Monster Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are helpful and appreciated.
    And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.
    A very special thank-you to Simon for joining me this week.
    Until next time: Rock on and prosper.
    Is there a musician or music industry figure that you’d like us to interview? Send an email to greg@musicianmonster.com or a tweet to @musicianmonster — include the name of the person you’d like us to interview. 

    • 44 min
    MMP040: Market Your Music Like Manafest, Make More AND Save Precious Time – Without The Shackles Of A Label

    MMP040: Market Your Music Like Manafest, Make More AND Save Precious Time – Without The Shackles Of A Label

    Life’s too short to waste time on things you’re not passionate about. In today’s episode, you’ll discover the surprising strategy that allowed Chris Greenwood (Manafest) to sell several hundred thousand albums after dropping his label. Chris will reveal his top recommended FREE music marketing tools and how to use them.
    At the end of the episode, I’ll break it all down from you and give you next steps. I’ll also explain what a “Story Gap” is and why you MUST close if you want to grow your music business.
    Let’s rock!
    In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

    *
    Music marketing tools that will help you sell music and save you​ time​ ​and energy

    * My “story gap” theory and why you MUST close if you want to grow your music business
    *
    The​ role your personal story plays in selling your music and merchandise​

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    The surprising element to stand out and connect with people authentically 

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    Simple strategies to​​ sell​​ music​​—without feeling like a sleazy salesman (or woman)

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    Get up to date on the latest tools, tips and tactics to earn income from your music.

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    And new ways you can leverage technology to do all the heavy lifting

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    The three paths in the music industry and why they’re important


    Links And Info Mentioned In This Episode:

    * The Printful
    * GearBubble
    * 99 Designs
    * Free Book From Chris
    * Free Music Branding Cheatsheet
    * MMP024 (3 Paths To Success In The Music Industry)

    Right-click HERE and “save-as” to download this episode to your desktop
    Thanks for Listening!
    Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post.
    Also, please leave an honest review for The Musician Monster Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are helpful and appreciated.
    And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.
    A very special thank-you to Chris for joining me this week.
    Until next time: Rock on and prosper.
    Is there a musician or music industry figure that you’d like us to interview? Send an email to greg@musicianmonster.com or a tweet to @musicianmonster — include the name of the person you’d like us to interview. 

    • 35 min
    MMP039: How To License Your Music Like A Ninja – Get Your Music In TV And Film With These Simple Steps

    MMP039: How To License Your Music Like A Ninja – Get Your Music In TV And Film With These Simple Steps

    Do you want to know how to license your music but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you already know how to license your music and want a few tips to contact music supervisors. Either way, today’s episode is for you.
    Our guest, Joshua W. Turner, has earned a living licensing music for several years. From his bedroom studio to Berklee College of Music, Joshua will give you his best tips and strategies. Today you’re going to learn how to license your music and radically improve your results.
    Let’s rock!
    In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

    * How to balance being a professional musician and still have a personal life
    * The why and how of multiple income streams with sync licensing
    * Why using all your skills can work together to get your music licensed in more places
    * The key to successful sync licensing that most people miss
    * How to license your music and stand out from other artists
    * The simple home recording studio that’s perfect for sync licensing

    Links And Info Mentioned In This Episode:

    * imdb.com
    * tunefind.com
    * songtrader.com

    Connect with Joshua

    * joshuaturnermusic.com
    * Josh’s “Simply Singing” Course
    * facebook.com/thejwt
    * reverbnation.com/jwt
    * soundcloud.com/thejwt
    * joshuawturner.bandcamp.com

    Right-click HERE and “save-as” to download this episode to your desktop
    Thanks for Listening!
    Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post.
    Also, please leave an honest review for The Musician Monster Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are helpful and appreciated.
    And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.
    A very special thank-you to Joshua for joining me this week.
    Until next time: Rock on and prosper.
    Is there a musician or music industry figure that you’d like us to interview? Send an email to greg@musicianmonster.com or a tweet to @musicianmonster — include the name of the person you’d like us to interview. 

    • 34 min

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Joshua Turner ,

What I’ve been waiting for!!!!

What makes the Monster Musician Podcast different than others like it, is that the host ask’s the guests questions in a way that allows the listener to hear the step by step process of the steps the guest took to get to where they are. It’s the kind of show I’ve been waiting for as a pro musician! 5 STARS!

Bree Noble ,

Greg gets the most out of his music industry guests

Not only does Greg find great music industry professionals to interview, he has a lot of probing questions that get to the heart of what is working in music business today. Greg is a likable host who also has tons of knowledge and experience to add to the conversation.

DGrant Smith ,

Fantastic Podcast For Musicians & Creatives

Greg is not only one of the most empathetic people in the creative industries, he also knows his stuff! Which makes this podcast one of the best there is. I'm not just saying that as a former guest, but also as a creative who is always on the lookout for helpful advice, practical tips, and strategies to take my work to the next level. If you want to succeed, subscribe to this podcast. You won't regret it.

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