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Music Business Hacks

By Simon Tam

A daily show for the aspiring musician who wants to revolutionize their career with inspiration + activities. During the week, listeners will learn about specific things they can do that day to advance their career and hear deep dive interviews with insight from creatives and music industry professionals. The show is written and hosted by Simon Tam, author of Music Business Hacks, How to Get Sponsorships and Endorsements, and the Last Stop Booking blog. He is also founder and bassist of dance rock band, The Slants.

  1. 1.
    #258 - Interview: How Shannon Curtis Made $25k on a 2 Month House Concert Tour11/15/2018
    49:04
  2. 2.
    #257 - How to Repurpose Social Media Content11/14/2018
    7:50
  3. 3.
    #256 - How to Use Automated Marketing11/13/2018
    7:42
  4. 4.
    #255 - Can Political Rallies Use Your Music Without Your Permission?11/12/2018
    4:45
  5. 5.
    #254 - How to Ask Better Questions to Get What You Want11/12/2018
    6:52
  6. 6.
    #253 - Warren Buffet's 5/25 Rule and Your Music Career Goals11/10/2018
    6:37
  7. 7.
    #252 - 5 Takeaways From Working on a Musical11/09/2018
    8:51
  8. 8.
    #251 - Your Post-Success/Failure Plan11/08/2018
    6:56
  1. 9.
    #250 - Interview with Tabitha Rhys, Touring Musician Turned Author11/06/2018
    38:56
  2. 10.
    #249 - Recap: Redefining What Home is for the Musician11/05/2018
    8:23
  3. 11.
    #248 - Battle of the Bands and the Elections11/04/2018
    8:55
  4. 12.
    #247 - The World's Worst Band Manager11/03/2018
    8:02
  5. 13.
    #246 - The Best Hack for Getting More Time & Efficiency11/02/2018
    8:14
  6. 14.
    #245 - Putting All Your Eggs Into One Basket11/01/2018
    8:39
  7. 15.
    #244 - How to Launch10/29/2018
    6:43
  8. 16.
    #243 - How to Tour Lighter10/24/2018
    7:27
  9. 17.
    #242 - Music Business Cram School Recap10/23/2018
    6:31
  10. 18.
    #241 - Self-Care for Introverts Who Tour10/22/2018
    6:27
  11. 19.
    #240 - Free Speech and Music: My Speech at Duquesne University10/22/2018
    14:41
  12. 20.
    #239 - Who Owns Your Name and Your Music?10/20/2018
    7:00
  13. 21.
    #238 - How to Use FOMO to Get More Fans to Your Shows10/20/2018
    6:45
  14. 22.
    #237 - The Best Non-Music Business Books for Music Business10/19/2018
    8:41
  15. 23.
    #236 - How Important is Image in Music?10/17/2018
    8:38
  16. 24.
    #235 - There's More Than One Way Into SXSW10/16/2018
    6:18
  17. 25.
    #234 - How to Make the Most Out of Small Shows10/15/2018
    8:25
  18. 26.
    #233 - The 2 Reasons Why Artists Aren't Seeing Results on Social Media10/10/2018
    8:23
  19. 27.
    #232 - How Successful Artists Spend Their Free Time10/09/2018
    7:09
  20. 28.
    #231 - Unique Songwriting Advice from Tom Waits10/08/2018
    6:46
  21. 29.
    #230 - 5 Things That Prevent Musicians From Growing10/08/2018
    7:44
  22. 30.
    #229 - How to Create a Facebook In-Stream Video Ad10/07/2018
    8:19
  23. 31.
    #228 - How Tim Ferris and Malcolm Gladwell Conquer Fears10/05/2018
    7:55
  24. 32.
    #227 - How to Provide a Legitimate Excuse and Balance Repsonsibilities10/04/2018
    9:28
  25. 33.
    #226 - How to Feel More Fulfillment as an Artist10/03/2018
    8:01
  26. 34.
    #225 - How We Are The Northern Lights Successfully Embodies the D.I.Y Spirit10/02/2018
    1:26:52
  27. 35.
    #224 - Sept. Recap: What Every Artist Should Know and Be10/01/2018
    7:29
  28. 36.
    #223 - How Artists Can Use Instagram Stories09/30/2018
    7:32
  29. 37.
    #222 - How to be an Instagram Live Rockstar09/29/2018
    8:27
  30. 38.
    #221 - How to Create Giveaways on Instagram09/28/2018
    8:32
  31. 39.
    #220: Artist Consultation Session with Elizabeth Eckert: Touring, Recording, Revenue, and more!09/27/2018
    1:08:08
  32. 40.
    #219 - How LaurDIY Reached Over 8 Million Subscribers on YouTube09/26/2018
    9:19
  33. 41.
    #218 - How and Why You Should Say No09/25/2018
    7:41
  34. 42.
    #217 - How to Get Your Music on Spotify Playlists09/24/2018
    8:59
  35. 43.
    #216 - 4 Traits Every Artist and Musicpreneur Needs to Have09/23/2018
    7:55
  36. 44.
    #215 - How and Why Musicians Should Use Pinterest09/22/2018
    8:04
  37. 45.
    #214 - Recap: How Awareness, Persistence, and Curiosity Win09/21/2018
    5:59
  38. 46.
    #213 - How Manafest Sold Over 15,000 CDs Through Facebook Ads09/20/2018
    38:24
  39. 47.
    #212 - How Mentoring Others Will Keep You Motivated09/19/2018
    7:22
  40. 48.
    #211 - Why Facebook Reach is Declining and What You Can Do About It09/18/2018
    8:55
  41. 49.
    #210 - How to Increase Your Creativity pt. 209/17/2018
    7:21
  42. 50.
    #209 - How to Increase Your Creativity pt. 109/16/2018
    7:32
  43. 51.
    #208 - 3 Qualities Every Artist Needs for Success09/15/2018
    3:25
  44. 52.
    #207 - Weekly Recap: Approaching Your Music Career with Diversity09/14/2018
    8:51
  45. 53.
    #206 - Your Music Business Questions, Answered09/13/2018
    13:35
  46. 54.
    #205 - Hacks for Merch Booths at Conventions, Street Fairs, and Events09/12/2018
    8:18
  47. 55.
    #204 - How Musicians Can Stop Wasting Time09/11/2018
    8:04
  48. 56.
    #203 - The Best Exercise for Singers09/10/2018
    6:02
  49. 57.
    #202 - How to Get Better Sleep on Tour09/09/2018
    5:38
  50. 58.
    #201 - How and Why Artists Should Have an Inclusion Rider09/08/2018
    8:01
  51. 59.
    #200 - Becoming a Lifelong Learner of Music Business09/07/2018
    9:14
  52. 60.
    #199 - What Working Security for Venues Taught Darren Linder About the Music Business09/06/2018
    56:34
  53. 61.
    #198 - How to Captivate an Audience from Start to Finish09/05/2018
    6:56
  54. 62.
    #197 - How to Create the Best Stage Plot and Input List09/04/2018
    6:58
  55. 63.
    #196 - Why Music Genealogy is Important to Your Music09/03/2018
    7:46
  56. 64.
    #195 - How to Properly Advance Every Show09/02/2018
    6:16
  57. 65.
    #194 - 2 SEO Hacks for Bands09/01/2018
    7:37
  58. 66.
    #193 - August Recap: Checking in Your Midyear Goals08/31/2018
    9:32
  59. 67.
    #192 - How Frankie Ray Gets 2-3 Shows Booked per Day08/30/2018
    48:10
  60. 68.
    #191 - Overcoming Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome08/29/2018
    10:11
  61. 69.
    #190 - How to Find Your Niche08/28/2018
    7:13
  62. 70.
    #189 - How Musicians Can Improve Their Stage Banter08/27/2018
    9:15
  63. 71.
    #188 - Don't work harder. Work smarter08/26/2018
    8:30
  64. 72.
    #187 - How to be a Social Media Rockstar (DIY Musician Conference speech)08/25/2018
    1:07:08
  65. 73.
    #186 - The Secret to Getting a Sponsorship Deal08/24/2018
    9:16
  66. 74.
    #185 - Interview: How Whitherward Got Subaru to Sponsor Their European Tour08/23/2018
    1:00:08
  67. 75.
    #184 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 7 - How to Ask for What You Want08/22/2018
    10:10
  68. 76.
    #183 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 6 - Places to Find Even More Sponsors08/21/2018
    6:05
  69. 77.
    #182 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 5 - Making Your List of Sponsors08/20/2018
    8:28
  70. 78.
    #181 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 4 - Connecting with Sponsors08/19/2018
    7:04
  71. 79.
    #180 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 3 - Finding Your "It Factor"08/18/2018
    0:27
  72. 80.
    #179 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 2 - Creating a Compelling Story08/17/2018
    6:02
  73. 81.
    #178- Hacking Sponsorships pt. 1 - How to Pitch Sponsors08/16/2018
    7:29
  74. 82.
    #177 - Weekly Recap: Everyday I'm Hustlin'08/15/2018
    6:20
  75. 83.
    #176 - Interview: How Tyler Chen Doubled His Income with Side Hustles While Touring in The Slants08/14/2018
    58:50
  76. 84.
    #175 - Musician Side Hustles pt 5 - Big Ideas for Any Musician08/13/2018
    6:48
  77. 85.
    #174 - Musician Side Hustles pt 4 - How to Balance a Side Hustle08/12/2018
    6:51
  78. 86.
    #173 - Musician Side Hustles pt 3 - Using Your Skills in Other Ways08/11/2018
    8:54
  79. 87.
    #172 - Musician Side Hustles pt 2 - Hustles in the music industry08/10/2018
    7:58
  80. 88.
    #171 - Musician Side Hustles pt. 1: How to Get Started08/09/2018
    9:04
  81. 89.
    #170 - Recap: Handling the Scattered Musician Mind08/08/2018
    8:08
  82. 90.
    #169 - Answering the Most Often-Asked Questions About Music Business08/07/2018
    11:01
  83. 91.
    #168 - How to Turn Fans Into Social Media Brand Ambassadors08/06/2018
    6:58
  84. 92.
    #167 - How to Kick Out a Band Member08/05/2018
    8:12
  85. 93.
    #166 - How to Book a Tour Overseas08/04/2018
    8:40
  86. 94.
    #165 - How to Book Conventions and Trade Shows08/03/2018
    8:40
  87. 95.
    #164 - How to Create Better Melodies08/02/2018
    6:16
  88. 96.
    #163 - July Recap: What Makes You Unique?08/01/2018
    5:32
  89. 97.
    #162 - Music Business for Rule Breakers with Damian Keyes07/31/2018
    48:50
  90. 98.
    #161 - How to Get Better Prices at Guitar Center07/30/2018
    6:28
  91. 99.
    #160 - Hacks for Doing Laundry on Tour07/29/2018
    5:32
  92. 100.
    #159 - How to Deal With Other Acts Who Have a Similar Name07/28/2018
    6:44
  93. 101.
    We're back!07/27/2018
    1:11
  94. 102.
    BRB - A quick note07/18/2018
    1:00
  95. 103.
    #158 - How to Be a Self-Made Musician07/14/2018
    7:45
  96. 104.
    #157 - How to Stay Creative and Productive when Distracted07/13/2018
    9:09
  97. 105.
    #156 - How to Scale Your Music Business07/12/2018
    7:01
  98. 106.
    #155 - 5 Hacks for Filling in Gaps on Your Tour07/11/2018
    6:21
  99. 107.
    #154 - Musician Morning Routines07/10/2018
    8:43
  100. 108.
    #153 - How to Stand Out in an Overly Crowded Marketplace07/09/2018
    8:42
  101. 109.
    #152 - How Birthday Targeting on Facebook Works to Promote Your Music & Shows07/08/2018
    5:26
  102. 110.
    #151 - Monthly Recap: Music Business Strategy vs. Tactics07/07/2018
    8:52
  103. 111.
    #150 - Musician Hacks for YouTube07/07/2018
    8:27
  104. 112.
    #149 - When and How Often Should You Post on Social Media?07/05/2018
    7:25
  105. 113.
    #148 - 5 Ways to Promote Your Music on Independence Day07/04/2018
    6:52
  106. 114.
    #147 - How to Get Press Coverage Without a Publicist07/04/2018
    6:36
  107. 115.
    #146 - How Musicians Can Rock Interviews07/02/2018
    6:40
  108. 116.
    #145 - Build the Business but Don't Forget the Music07/01/2018
    7:32
  109. 117.
    #144 - How to Get That Record Deal with Radar Label Group Founder/Partner Jason Davis07/01/2018
    41:06
  110. 118.
    #143 - The Ultimate Sponsorship Report: How to Make it POP06/30/2018
    10:40
  111. 119.
    #142 - How to Use RSS to Hack Booking Opportunities06/30/2018
    5:42
  112. 120.
    #141 - Permits and Licenses that Musicians Need06/28/2018
    8:41
  113. 121.
    #140 - How to Create an Advisory Board for Your Band06/26/2018
    7:28
  114. 122.
    #139 - Rules for Songwriting Sessions06/25/2018
    6:06
  115. 123.
    #138 - Weekly Recap: Why recap at all? And How to Get Results06/24/2018
    7:36
  116. 124.
    #137 - An Honest Talk About Being Married & Touring, Visual Artistry, and Inspiration with Faina Lorah06/23/2018
    41:16
  117. 125.
    #136 - Relationship Advice for the Touring Musician06/22/2018
    6:39
  118. 126.
    #135 - How to Get the Best Possible Rate on a Hotel06/21/2018
    6:32
  119. 127.
    #134 - How to Get Your Music Into Video Games06/20/2018
    8:04
  120. 128.
    #133 - Lasers, Shotguns, and Messages06/19/2018
    7:12
  121. 129.
    #132 - Weekly Recap: Building a Sustainable Music Career with Finance Hacks (and Habits)06/18/2018
    6:36
  122. 130.
    #131 - Garrison Snell of Gyrosity Projects on Affordably Launching an Artist's Career06/17/2018
    35:07
  123. 131.
    #130 - How to Start a Nonprofit Organization06/16/2018
    8:25
  124. 132.
    #129 - Instagram Hacks for Bands06/15/2018
    8:59
  125. 133.
    #128 - Pay to Play and International Tour Buy On Opportunities06/15/2018
    9:37
  126. 134.
    #127 - Musicians and Affiliate/Influencer Marketing06/13/2018
    9:05
  127. 135.
    #126 - How to Save Money on a Rehearsal Space by Using an Alternative06/12/2018
    6:46
  128. 136.
    #125 - Bree Noble on #MeToo & the Music Industry, Empowering Women, and Professional Musicianship06/11/2018
    43:21
  129. 137.
    #124 - Monthly Recap - The Secret to Hacking the Music Business (Storytelling)06/11/2018
    6:00
  130. 138.
    #123 - How to Use Exclusivity to Build Loyal Fans, Sell Records, and More06/09/2018
    6:18
  131. 139.
    #122 - Mental Health06/08/2018
    4:12
  132. 140.
    #121 - How to Ask For Help From Busy People06/07/2018
    6:54
  133. 141.
    #120 - Developing a "Sick Policy" for Your Band06/06/2018
    7:01
  134. 142.
    #119 - How to Deal with Hecklers05/30/2018
    6:43
  135. 143.
    #118 - Art and Activism05/29/2018
    8:56
  136. 144.
    #117 - Weekly Recap: Takin' Care of (Music) Business05/28/2018
    7:47
  137. 145.
    #116 - Matt Westin on Meeting Danny Trejo on a Slayer Set, Meaningful Music, and Gary Vaynerchuk05/27/2018
    31:04
  138. 146.
    #115 - How to Become a Famous Singer05/26/2018
    7:43
  139. 147.
    #114 - How to Improve Your EPK (Electronic Press Kit)05/25/2018
    5:02
  140. 148.
    #113 - Hiring a Photographer to Get Your Best Press Shots05/24/2018
    6:58
  141. 149.
    #112 - Music Business Budgeting05/23/2018
    8:54
  142. 150.
    #111 - How to Get a Registered Trademark05/22/2018
    7:25
  143. 151.
    #110 - Weekly Recap: Hacks for a Touring Musician05/21/2018
    6:48
  144. 152.
    #109 - Talking Tour Management & Branding with Ed Wimp (Earth, Wind, & Fire and A$AP Rocky's Tour Team)05/20/2018
    24:47
  145. 153.
    #107 - How to Keep a Tour Vehicle Running Properly05/18/2018
    7:57
  146. 154.
    #106 - How to Use Special Effects in Your Live Show05/17/2018
    8:14
  147. 155.
    #104 - How to Soundcheck Like a Pro05/15/2018
    8:22
  148. 156.
    #103 - Weekly Recap: How Storytelling Can Change Your Career05/14/2018
    7:00
  149. 157.
    #102 - Interview with Joe X. Jiang on How Filmmakers Use Story (and What Musicians Can Learn From Them)05/13/2018
    30:59
  150. 158.
    #101 - Storytelling pt. 5: How to Use Storytelling Techniques in Social Media and Marketing05/12/2018
    7:20
  151. 159.
    #100 - Storytelling pt. 4: Making a Better Live Show with Story05/11/2018
    8:09
  152. 160.
    #99 - Storytelling Tips Pt. 3: How to Write a Better Biography05/10/2018
    6:26
  153. 161.
    #105 - How to Overcome Common Obstacles on Stage05/10/2018
    6:19
  154. 162.
    #98 - Storytelling Tips Pt. 2: Writing Great Lyrics with Advice from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Lin-Manual Miranda, and Leonard Cohen05/09/2018
    10:19
  155. 163.
    #97 - Storytelling Tips pt 1: Creating an Emotional Arc05/08/2018
    10:31
  156. 164.
    #96 - Weekly Recap: Music Business Hacks Through the Eye of the Beholder05/07/2018
    8:38
  157. 165.
    #95 - Rick Barker, Former Taylor Swift Manager & Music Industry Blueprint Founder on His Best Advice05/06/2018
    38:30
  158. 166.
    #94 - 2 Things Holding Artists Back at Live Shows05/05/2018
    5:06
  159. 167.
    #93 - How to Use Focus Groups to Choose Songs for Your Next Album05/04/2018
    5:28
  160. 168.
    #92 - 5 Tips to Get Your Music Licensed for TV, Film, and Video Games05/03/2018
    6:01
  161. 169.
    #91 - 5 Ways to Guarantee Your Emails Will be Read05/02/2018
    8:15
  162. 170.
    #90 - Monthly Recap: The Best Music Hacks From April05/01/2018
    9:48
  163. 171.
    #89 - Interview with Neo-Traditional Hispanic Country Star Madelyn Victoria04/30/2018
    35:44
  164. 172.
    #88 - 10 Ways to Incorporate Social Media into any Fan Meet Up04/29/2018
    5:26
  165. 173.
    #86 - 3 Mistakes Musicians Make to Sabotage Their Own Careers04/27/2018
    7:29
  166. 174.
    #85 - 5 Common Myths About Touring and Booking04/26/2018
    8:18
  167. 175.
    #84 - 6 Things Musicians Should Know That They Don’t Teach You in Music School04/25/2018
    7:30
  168. 176.
    #83 - Weekly Recap: Where Creativity Meets Best Practices04/24/2018
    7:28
  169. 177.
    #82 - How to Earn Dependable Income From Live Music with Greg Wilnau of Musician Monster04/23/2018
    49:03
  170. 178.
    #81 - How to Find New Fans Through Market Segmentation04/22/2018
    11:17
  171. 179.
    #80 - Why Every Artist Needs Timers on Their Contracts04/21/2018
    4:33
  172. 180.
    #79 - Two Cent Video Strategy That Will Get Your Priceless Engagement04/20/2018
    8:02
  173. 181.
    #78 - If Your Music Career Was a Food Cart04/19/2018
    5:22
  174. 182.
    #77 - Weekly Recap: How Lists Unlock Creativity04/18/2018
    11:14
  175. 183.
    #76 - Finding the Life Mission of the Artist with Ed Roman04/17/2018
    33:34
  176. 184.
    #75 - How to Deal with Conflict in The Band04/16/2018
    8:22
  177. 185.
    #74 - 5 Things You Can Learn From Your Day Job to Apply to Your Music Career04/15/2018
    6:27
  178. 186.
    #73 - Hacks for Productivity: Finding Time in Unexpected Places04/14/2018
    9:26
  179. 187.
    #72 - 6 Phrases That Can Make You Sound Like a Diva04/13/2018
    11:13
  180. 188.
    #71 - The Guide to Performing Rights Organizations: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC04/12/2018
    12:15
  181. 189.
    #70 - Weekly Recap: How to Make More Money as a Musician04/11/2018
    8:09
  182. 190.
    #69 - How to Authentically Connect with Audiences the Jeremy Parsons Way04/10/2018
    51:00
  183. 191.
    #68 - 50 Revenue Streams for Musicians part 204/09/2018
    14:24
  184. 192.
    #67 - 50 Revenue Streams for Musicians (part 1)04/08/2018
    10:13
  185. 193.
    #66 - How to Manage Expenses for Musicians04/07/2018
    15:28
  186. 194.
    #65 - 5 Unexpected Places to Promote Your Music04/06/2018
    6:29
  187. 195.
    #64 - How to Make Music Business Contacts04/05/2018
    9:39
  188. 196.
    #63 - 6 Things You Can Do for $100 That Will Help Your Music Business04/04/2018
    6:57
  189. 197.
    #39 - 8 Tips to Help You Sell More Merchandise04/03/2018
    11:04
  190. 198.
    #60 - Hacks for Using Linkedin in Your Music Business Strategy04/01/2018
    10:24
  191. 199.
    #59 - The Best Ideas of March: Merchandise, Digital Marketing, and the Interviews03/31/2018
    11:06
  192. 200.
    #58 - How Often Should You Play? 6 Drawbacks to Playing More Shows03/30/2018
    6:18

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