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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
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

DestinyJo ,

Simply the best

In an online world full of uncertainty and people trying to take advantage of artists, Rick Barker is the real deal! I was introduced to him earlier this year through a female indie musician community on Facebook. I started listening to his podcasts from the beginning when I first discovered them, and shortly after hired him as my coach, now manager. He always tells it like it is, doesn’t sugar coat anything, and is very knowledgeable about how to navigate today’s music industry. I have made leaps and bounds in my career through his advice, and also through meeting like minded people that he attracts. Highly recommend his podcasts and him as a person.

Joe Pahlow ,

Consistently a solid reference

Rick’s proof is always in the pudding. His podcast will continually serve as a stream of positive and genuine information regarding the industry, and the best way for you to personally to navigate it

PersonalPersonality ,

The Real Deal

Rick Barker is the real deal because he has been there, done that, got the t-shirt and yet, he isn’t complacent; he never stops learning and living it. Rick’s guidance has changed my career as a music producer and consultant. He has inspired me to never become complacent and to keep striving for continued growth, professionally and personally. Needless to say: I highly recommend this podcast!

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