Ep. 47: Understanding the Music Business with Ben McLane

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Ben C. McLane, Esq, has had decades of experience working with bands and artists, first working as an artist manager during college before going on to get his law degree and immersing himself in all things related to music business and music law as an attorney. He has written hundreds of articles, won awards for his work, has been featured as a speaker at worldwide music conferences and events, served as an educator in music schools, and has participated in projects involving the best and the brightest music superstars today, from Beyonce to Jay Z to MJ, J Lo and beyond. During this episode, Ben talks about his decision to become a lawyer specializing in the music business, his music law career trajectory,  his book, “Music Business in 10 Easy Lessons,” and what artists can learn when working with a label or going the independent route. 

Ep. 45: Your Dream Job Might Not Exist Yet with Lisa Husseini

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Lisa Husseini, CEO of iCadenza, knows what it feels like to be on a music career path that doesn’t seem like the right fit. A graduate of prestigious music schools like The Hartt School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, Lisa was well on her way to becoming a professional musician when she realized it wasn’t where she truly wanted to be. Her subsequent journey led her to several arts administration positions until she found iCadenza, a boutique agency that offers coaching, consulting, and project management for professional musicians and arts organizations. Her timing could not have been more perfect, as the agency did not yet exist when she first started her search. During this episode, Lisa shares her unique career trajectory and her determination to look “outside the box” when it came to finding her perfect dream music job.

Ep. 44: Focus On Writing with Jeff Weiss

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Jeff Weiss, writer and journalist, loves LA. He writes for national publications but has always been a strong advocate of LA’s underground hip hop scene and independent music. His online magazine Passion of the Weiss is considered to be the preeminent (and usually the first) source of coverage for up-and-coming artists. In addition to co-authoring the book “2Pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Biggest Battle,” he runs an independent record label, POW Recordings, and is about to launch The LAnd Magazine, a Los Angeles-based publication “for locals, by locals.” In this music careers episode, Jeff talks about his writing trajectory, the evolution of the media landscape (and how to survive it,) surrounding yourself with people whom you respect and admire, and focusing on your craft, no matter what.

Ep. 43: Preparing You For a Music Industry Career with Sarah Clayman and Kevin Nixon

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Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman are music industry veterans who have dedicated their careers to give back to the next generation of music industry stars. They developed DIME, a music institute with locations in Detroit, MI and Denver, CO (as well as online,) with a focus on modern music education and degree programs for music students who want a long-term career in the music biz. During this episode, both Sarah and Kevin discuss their significant music career trajectories: Kevin, a incredibly talented and experienced musician/songwriter, worked with top-charting bands as well as managing and producing several other top acts, and Sarah, who got her chops working on tours for Prince and Michael Jackson and was snapped up by Sony Music UK as International Promotions Manager. Both Kevin and Sarah explain how they prepare their students for every aspect of a music career, and how to find a career in modern music that will be sustainable as well as successful.

Ep. 41: Your Story in the Ideas You Put Out There with Justin Schmidt

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http://missingpiecegroup.com

Justin Schmidt is a publicist for Missing Piece Group, an agency that works with artists on a variety of services, including PR/publicity, artist management, digital marketing, and more. As part of his work with musicians, and being a musician/songwriter himself, he shares his perspective of how the story and the ideas the artist puts out there are essential to the connection created between artist and fan. During this episode Justin explains his music career trajectory, his work as a music entrepreneur, and how he now enjoys being a “music connector” with Missing Piece Group.

Ep. 39: Serial Music Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Dae Bogan

 

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http://daeboganmusic.com

Dae Bogan describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur” – a description that is very apt and also very nimble, truly an invaluable quality that’s sorely needed to keep up with the twists and turns of the music industry. Dae Bogan walks us through his music career trajectory, starting with childhood as a singer/performer along with his family, managing and promoting artists in his teens, then heading west to the bright lights of Los Angeles to pursue his artistic career. Dae describes his pivot into the business side of music, motivated to be of service to other musicians and artists, and to maximize the opportunities that appeared when the music industry moved towards tech and innovation, in the “wild west” landscape that continues today.  If you want to keep up with these uncertain times, do yourself a favor and follow Dae, starting with this interview!

 

Ep. 36: Collaboration and Paying it Forward with Lolita Ritmanis

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Lolita Ritmanis is an Emmy-award winning composer, with a long and distinguished career writing music for TV and film. She has been nominated 10 times for an Emmy, and won for the Warner Bros. series “Batman Beyond.” Throughout her composing career, she has worked with the greats such as Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, and Mark Snow, along with many others, and was mentored by Shirley Walker. As Lolita walks us through her music career trajectory, she explains the importance of collaboration, the different aspects of scoring music for film and TV, and her current position as President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, in support of other female film composers (she was awarded the BMI Champion Award this year in recognition of this work,  along with her colleagues Laura Karpman and Miriam Cutler.) Lolita has also written songs and musicals, and her work has been premiered and performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Ep. 34: Creating New Communities and Venues for Live Performance with James Beshara

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James Beshara, Global Head of Airbnb Concerts and an electronic music artist, understands the intimate connection that is forged between musician and fan. As a product designer and entrepreneur, James previously co-founded Tilt.com, a social payment, crowd-funding app, which many artists and music fans used to fund concerts in new locations or add additional tour dates to an artist’s calendar. James observed the demand for more intimate live experiences and followed that trajectory to Airbnb Concerts,  Airbnb’s newest and fastest growing experience category.  This exciting new performance platform allows musicians and enthusiasts to directly connect and enjoy live music in unconventional spaces. In this music jobs episode, James discusses his career trajectory from non-profit to Silicon Valley, and how up-and-coming artists now have an amazing opportunity for new fans, exposure and more.

Ep. 33: Exploring Tech, Business, Creativity and Disruption with Gigi Johnson

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Dr. Gigi Johnson, Inaugural Director of UCLA’s Center for Music Innovation, has taken an unconventional route when it comes to a career in music.  A gifted singer and creative, she has performed and released music all while pursuing a film production degree at USC, an MBA, a PhD in education change/media studies, starting her own business (the Maremel Institute) and having 9 different careers in banking, media, marketing and education, among others. During this episode Gigi walks us through each career decision and trajectory, how each business skill set has contributed to the next as well as overall personal and creative development, and shares insights and well-honed wisdom about technology’s impact on creation, content and beyond.

Ep. 32: Applying Business Sense to a Music Career with Scott Hawksworth

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Scott Hawksworth has always loved music, but he made the “practical” choice to get a business degree in college. After working at several businesses, he realized he missed his creative calling; utilizing all of his business experience, he decided to pursue a music career by creating an online business for producers and musicians. AudioSkills.com is now a burgeoning community with a popular podcast, YouTube channel and robust membership offering courses, tools, resources and more to producers, podcasters, and musicians who want to learn more about mixing, mastering and recording. Scott shares how each career choice he made has only helped to serve his online music business and to create a prosperous, forward-thinking and evolving enterprise.