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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
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

Jack Settle ,

I’m not just saying this to get on the podcast!

This podcast has kicked me out of my seat and pushed me back into hustle mode. I didn’t realize that I was in a static state, but I was. Rick is encouraging and positive but also doesn’t sugarcoat anything. This podcast has become so valuable to me that I felt selfish keeping it to myself — so I shared it with lots of my artist friends! Thank you, Rick, for doing what you do!

Scott Kurt ,

Rick Barker- 1 of the best in the biz

If you are looking for sugar coating, look elsewhere. If you are looking for real advice that can get you actual results, then you have come to the right place. I've been lucky enough to spend some time with Rick in Nashville and his passion and drive are contagious. During one visit he had to run across town to sign some contracts and asked me if I wanted to ride with him. It was probably a 10 minute drive and during that time he took 3-4 phone calls from industry pros and a client who was just starting out. His tone was the same for each call, straight to the point and bullseye accurate advice. I asked him to check out my Instagram profile and he was brutally honest and said it didn't look like I was taking my career seriously. It definitely stung a little to hear that, and I had two choices 1. Get defensive and make excuses 2. Listen to what he said and put those strategies into place. I choose #2 and within a few months I went from 400 followers to over 3,000. If you are willing to put in the work, there is no better resource out there for the independent musican that Rick, his programs, and his podcast.

Gavin Rabideaux ,

The Yoda in the music Industry

I have learned so much information that wasn’t taught In getting my Music management major. I have a few questions that I would love to talk to Rick on the podcast or just have a conversation between each other. I have recommended this podcast to multiple artists that needed help.

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