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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.
    #216 - 4 Traits Every Artist and Musicpreneur Needs to Have23 September 2018
    7:55
  2. 2.
    #215 - How and Why Musicians Should Use Pinterest22 September 2018
    8:04
  3. 3.
    #214 - Recap: How Awareness, Persistence, and Curiosity Win21 September 2018
    5:59
  4. 4.
    #213 - How Manafest Sold Over 15,000 CDs Through Facebook Ads20 September 2018
    38:24
  5. 5.
    #212 - How Mentoring Others Will Keep You Motivated19 September 2018
    7:22
  6. 6.
    #211 - Why Facebook Reach is Declining and What You Can Do About It18 September 2018
    8:55
  7. 7.
    #210 - How to Increase Your Creativity pt. 217 September 2018
    7:21
  8. 8.
    #209 - How to Increase Your Creativity pt. 116 September 2018
    7:32
  1. 9.
    #208 - 3 Qualities Every Artist Needs for Success15 September 2018
    3:25
  2. 10.
    #207 - Weekly Recap: Approaching Your Music Career with Diversity14 September 2018
    8:51
  3. 11.
    #206 - Your Music Business Questions, Answered13 September 2018
    13:35
  4. 12.
    #205 - Hacks for Merch Booths at Conventions, Street Fairs, and Events12 September 2018
    8:18
  5. 13.
    #204 - How Musicians Can Stop Wasting Time11 September 2018
    8:04
  6. 14.
    #203 - The Best Exercise for Singers10 September 2018
    6:02
  7. 15.
    #202 - How to Get Better Sleep on Tour9 September 2018
    5:38
  8. 16.
    #201 - How and Why Artists Should Have an Inclusion Rider8 September 2018
    8:01
  9. 17.
    #200 - Becoming a Lifelong Learner of Music Business7 September 2018
    9:14
  10. 18.
    #199 - What Working Security for Venues Taught Darren Linder About the Music Business6 September 2018
    56:34
  11. 19.
    #198 - How to Captivate an Audience from Start to Finish5 September 2018
    6:56
  12. 20.
    #197 - How to Create the Best Stage Plot and Input List4 September 2018
    6:58
  13. 21.
    #196 - Why Music Genealogy is Important to Your Music3 September 2018
    7:46
  14. 22.
    #195 - How to Properly Advance Every Show2 September 2018
    6:16
  15. 23.
    #194 - 2 SEO Hacks for Bands1 September 2018
    7:37
  16. 24.
    #193 - August Recap: Checking in Your Midyear Goals31 August 2018
    9:32
  17. 25.
    #192 - How Frankie Ray Gets 2-3 Shows Booked per Day30 August 2018
    48:10
  18. 26.
    #191 - Overcoming Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome29 August 2018
    10:11
  19. 27.
    #190 - How to Find Your Niche28 August 2018
    7:13
  20. 28.
    #189 - How Musicians Can Improve Their Stage Banter27 August 2018
    9:15
  21. 29.
    #188 - Don't work harder. Work smarter26 August 2018
    8:30
  22. 30.
    #187 - How to be a Social Media Rockstar (DIY Musician Conference speech)25 August 2018
    1:07:08
  23. 31.
    #186 - The Secret to Getting a Sponsorship Deal24 August 2018
    9:16
  24. 32.
    #185 - Interview: How Whitherward Got Subaru to Sponsor Their European Tour23 August 2018
    1:00:08
  25. 33.
    #184 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 7 - How to Ask for What You Want22 August 2018
    10:10
  26. 34.
    #183 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 6 - Places to Find Even More Sponsors21 August 2018
    6:05
  27. 35.
    #182 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 5 - Making Your List of Sponsors20 August 2018
    8:28
  28. 36.
    #181 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 4 - Connecting with Sponsors19 August 2018
    7:04
  29. 37.
    #180 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 3 - Finding Your "It Factor"18 August 2018
    0:27
  30. 38.
    #179 - Hacking Sponsorships pt. 2 - Creating a Compelling Story17 August 2018
    6:02
  31. 39.
    #178- Hacking Sponsorships pt. 1 - How to Pitch Sponsors16 August 2018
    7:29
  32. 40.
    #177 - Weekly Recap: Everyday I'm Hustlin'15 August 2018
    6:20
  33. 41.
    #176 - Interview: How Tyler Chen Doubled His Income with Side Hustles While Touring in The Slants14 August 2018
    58:50
  34. 42.
    #175 - Musician Side Hustles pt 5 - Big Ideas for Any Musician13 August 2018
    6:48
  35. 43.
    #174 - Musician Side Hustles pt 4 - How to Balance a Side Hustle12 August 2018
    6:51
  36. 44.
    #173 - Musician Side Hustles pt 3 - Using Your Skills in Other Ways11 August 2018
    8:54
  37. 45.
    #172 - Musician Side Hustles pt 2 - Hustles in the music industry10 August 2018
    7:58
  38. 46.
    #171 - Musician Side Hustles pt. 1: How to Get Started9 August 2018
    9:04
  39. 47.
    #170 - Recap: Handling the Scattered Musician Mind8 August 2018
    8:08
  40. 48.
    #169 - Answering the Most Often-Asked Questions About Music Business7 August 2018
    11:01
  41. 49.
    #168 - How to Turn Fans Into Social Media Brand Ambassadors6 August 2018
    6:58
  42. 50.
    #167 - How to Kick Out a Band Member5 August 2018
    8:12
  43. 51.
    #166 - How to Book a Tour Overseas4 August 2018
    8:40
  44. 52.
    #165 - How to Book Conventions and Trade Shows3 August 2018
    8:40
  45. 53.
    #164 - How to Create Better Melodies2 August 2018
    6:16
  46. 54.
    #163 - July Recap: What Makes You Unique?1 August 2018
    5:32
  47. 55.
    #162 - Music Business for Rule Breakers with Damian Keyes31 July 2018
    48:50
  48. 56.
    #161 - How to Get Better Prices at Guitar Center30 July 2018
    6:28
  49. 57.
    #160 - Hacks for Doing Laundry on Tour29 July 2018
    5:32
  50. 58.
    #159 - How to Deal With Other Acts Who Have a Similar Name28 July 2018
    6:44
  51. 59.
    We're back!27 July 2018
    1:11
  52. 60.
    BRB - A quick note18 July 2018
    1:00
  53. 61.
    #158 - How to Be a Self-Made Musician14 July 2018
    7:45
  54. 62.
    #157 - How to Stay Creative and Productive when Distracted13 July 2018
    9:09
  55. 63.
    #156 - How to Scale Your Music Business12 July 2018
    7:01
  56. 64.
    #155 - 5 Hacks for Filling in Gaps on Your Tour11 July 2018
    6:21
  57. 65.
    #154 - Musician Morning Routines10 July 2018
    8:43
  58. 66.
    #153 - How to Stand Out in an Overly Crowded Marketplace9 July 2018
    8:42
  59. 67.
    #152 - How Birthday Targeting on Facebook Works to Promote Your Music & Shows8 July 2018
    5:26
  60. 68.
    #151 - Monthly Recap: Music Business Strategy vs. Tactics7 July 2018
    8:52
  61. 69.
    #150 - Musician Hacks for YouTube7 July 2018
    8:27
  62. 70.
    #149 - When and How Often Should You Post on Social Media?5 July 2018
    7:25
  63. 71.
    #148 - 5 Ways to Promote Your Music on Independence Day4 July 2018
    6:52
  64. 72.
    #147 - How to Get Press Coverage Without a Publicist4 July 2018
    6:36
  65. 73.
    #146 - How Musicians Can Rock Interviews2 July 2018
    6:40
  66. 74.
    #145 - Build the Business but Don't Forget the Music1 July 2018
    7:32
  67. 75.
    #144 - How to Get That Record Deal with Radar Label Group Founder/Partner Jason Davis1 July 2018
    41:06
  68. 76.
    #143 - The Ultimate Sponsorship Report: How to Make it POP30 June 2018
    10:40
  69. 77.
    #142 - How to Use RSS to Hack Booking Opportunities30 June 2018
    5:42
  70. 78.
    #141 - Permits and Licenses that Musicians Need28 June 2018
    8:41
  71. 79.
    #140 - How to Create an Advisory Board for Your Band26 June 2018
    7:28
  72. 80.
    #139 - Rules for Songwriting Sessions25 June 2018
    6:06
  73. 81.
    #138 - Weekly Recap: Why recap at all? And How to Get Results24 June 2018
    7:36
  74. 82.
    #137 - An Honest Talk About Being Married & Touring, Visual Artistry, and Inspiration with Faina Lorah23 June 2018
    41:16
  75. 83.
    #136 - Relationship Advice for the Touring Musician22 June 2018
    6:39
  76. 84.
    #135 - How to Get the Best Possible Rate on a Hotel21 June 2018
    6:32
  77. 85.
    #134 - How to Get Your Music Into Video Games20 June 2018
    8:04
  78. 86.
    #133 - Lasers, Shotguns, and Messages19 June 2018
    7:12
  79. 87.
    #132 - Weekly Recap: Building a Sustainable Music Career with Finance Hacks (and Habits)18 June 2018
    6:36
  80. 88.
    #131 - Garrison Snell of Gyrosity Projects on Affordably Launching an Artist's Career17 June 2018
    35:07
  81. 89.
    #130 - How to Start a Nonprofit Organization16 June 2018
    8:25
  82. 90.
    #129 - Instagram Hacks for Bands15 June 2018
    8:59
  83. 91.
    #128 - Pay to Play and International Tour Buy On Opportunities15 June 2018
    9:37
  84. 92.
    #127 - Musicians and Affiliate/Influencer Marketing13 June 2018
    9:05
  85. 93.
    #126 - How to Save Money on a Rehearsal Space by Using an Alternative12 June 2018
    6:46
  86. 94.
    #125 - Bree Noble on #MeToo & the Music Industry, Empowering Women, and Professional Musicianship11 June 2018
    43:21
  87. 95.
    #124 - Monthly Recap - The Secret to Hacking the Music Business (Storytelling)11 June 2018
    6:00
  88. 96.
    #123 - How to Use Exclusivity to Build Loyal Fans, Sell Records, and More9 June 2018
    6:18
  89. 97.
    #122 - Mental Health8 June 2018
    4:12
  90. 98.
    #121 - How to Ask For Help From Busy People7 June 2018
    6:54
  91. 99.
    #120 - Developing a "Sick Policy" for Your Band6 June 2018
    7:01
  92. 100.
    #119 - How to Deal with Hecklers30 May 2018
    6:43
  93. 101.
    #118 - Art and Activism29 May 2018
    8:56
  94. 102.
    #117 - Weekly Recap: Takin' Care of (Music) Business28 May 2018
    7:47
  95. 103.
    #116 - Matt Westin on Meeting Danny Trejo on a Slayer Set, Meaningful Music, and Gary Vaynerchuk27 May 2018
    31:04
  96. 104.
    #115 - How to Become a Famous Singer26 May 2018
    7:43
  97. 105.
    #114 - How to Improve Your EPK (Electronic Press Kit)25 May 2018
    5:02
  98. 106.
    #113 - Hiring a Photographer to Get Your Best Press Shots24 May 2018
    6:58
  99. 107.
    #112 - Music Business Budgeting23 May 2018
    8:54
  100. 108.
    #111 - How to Get a Registered Trademark22 May 2018
    7:25
  101. 109.
    #110 - Weekly Recap: Hacks for a Touring Musician21 May 2018
    6:48
  102. 110.
    #109 - Talking Tour Management & Branding with Ed Wimp (Earth, Wind, & Fire and A$AP Rocky's Tour Team)20 May 2018
    24:47
  103. 111.
    #107 - How to Keep a Tour Vehicle Running Properly18 May 2018
    7:57
  104. 112.
    #106 - How to Use Special Effects in Your Live Show17 May 2018
    8:14
  105. 113.
    #104 - How to Soundcheck Like a Pro15 May 2018
    8:22
  106. 114.
    #103 - Weekly Recap: How Storytelling Can Change Your Career14 May 2018
    7:00
  107. 115.
    #102 - Interview with Joe X. Jiang on How Filmmakers Use Story (and What Musicians Can Learn From Them)13 May 2018
    30:59
  108. 116.
    #101 - Storytelling pt. 5: How to Use Storytelling Techniques in Social Media and Marketing12 May 2018
    7:20
  109. 117.
    #100 - Storytelling pt. 4: Making a Better Live Show with Story11 May 2018
    8:09
  110. 118.
    #99 - Storytelling Tips Pt. 3: How to Write a Better Biography10 May 2018
    6:26
  111. 119.
    #105 - How to Overcome Common Obstacles on Stage10 May 2018
    6:19
  112. 120.
    #98 - Storytelling Tips Pt. 2: Writing Great Lyrics with Advice from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Lin-Manual Miranda, and Leonard Cohen9 May 2018
    10:19
  113. 121.
    #97 - Storytelling Tips pt 1: Creating an Emotional Arc8 May 2018
    10:31
  114. 122.
    #96 - Weekly Recap: Music Business Hacks Through the Eye of the Beholder7 May 2018
    8:38
  115. 123.
    #95 - Rick Barker, Former Taylor Swift Manager & Music Industry Blueprint Founder on His Best Advice6 May 2018
    38:30
  116. 124.
    #94 - 2 Things Holding Artists Back at Live Shows5 May 2018
    5:06
  117. 125.
    #93 - How to Use Focus Groups to Choose Songs for Your Next Album4 May 2018
    5:28
  118. 126.
    #92 - 5 Tips to Get Your Music Licensed for TV, Film, and Video Games3 May 2018
    6:01
  119. 127.
    #91 - 5 Ways to Guarantee Your Emails Will be Read2 May 2018
    8:15
  120. 128.
    #90 - Monthly Recap: The Best Music Hacks From April1 May 2018
    9:48
  121. 129.
    #89 - Interview with Neo-Traditional Hispanic Country Star Madelyn Victoria30 April 2018
    35:44
  122. 130.
    #88 - 10 Ways to Incorporate Social Media into any Fan Meet Up29 April 2018
    5:26
  123. 131.
    #86 - 3 Mistakes Musicians Make to Sabotage Their Own Careers27 April 2018
    7:29
  124. 132.
    #85 - 5 Common Myths About Touring and Booking26 April 2018
    8:18
  125. 133.
    #84 - 6 Things Musicians Should Know That They Don’t Teach You in Music School25 April 2018
    7:30
  126. 134.
    #83 - Weekly Recap: Where Creativity Meets Best Practices24 April 2018
    7:28
  127. 135.
    #82 - How to Earn Dependable Income From Live Music with Greg Wilnau of Musician Monster23 April 2018
    49:03
  128. 136.
    #81 - How to Find New Fans Through Market Segmentation22 April 2018
    11:17
  129. 137.
    #80 - Why Every Artist Needs Timers on Their Contracts21 April 2018
    4:33
  130. 138.
    #79 - Two Cent Video Strategy That Will Get Your Priceless Engagement20 April 2018
    8:02
  131. 139.
    #78 - If Your Music Career Was a Food Cart19 April 2018
    5:22
  132. 140.
    #77 - Weekly Recap: How Lists Unlock Creativity18 April 2018
    11:14
  133. 141.
    #76 - Finding the Life Mission of the Artist with Ed Roman17 April 2018
    33:34
  134. 142.
    #75 - How to Deal with Conflict in The Band16 April 2018
    8:22
  135. 143.
    #74 - 5 Things You Can Learn From Your Day Job to Apply to Your Music Career15 April 2018
    6:27
  136. 144.
    #73 - Hacks for Productivity: Finding Time in Unexpected Places14 April 2018
    9:26
  137. 145.
    #72 - 6 Phrases That Can Make You Sound Like a Diva13 April 2018
    11:13
  138. 146.
    #71 - The Guide to Performing Rights Organizations: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC12 April 2018
    12:15
  139. 147.
    #70 - Weekly Recap: How to Make More Money as a Musician11 April 2018
    8:09
  140. 148.
    #69 - How to Authentically Connect with Audiences the Jeremy Parsons Way10 April 2018
    51:00
  141. 149.
    #68 - 50 Revenue Streams for Musicians part 29 April 2018
    14:24
  142. 150.
    #67 - 50 Revenue Streams for Musicians (part 1)8 April 2018
    10:13
  143. 151.
    #66 - How to Manage Expenses for Musicians7 April 2018
    15:28
  144. 152.
    #65 - 5 Unexpected Places to Promote Your Music6 April 2018
    6:29
  145. 153.
    #64 - How to Make Music Business Contacts5 April 2018
    9:39
  146. 154.
    #63 - 6 Things You Can Do for $100 That Will Help Your Music Business4 April 2018
    6:57
  147. 155.
    #39 - 8 Tips to Help You Sell More Merchandise3 April 2018
    11:04
  148. 156.
    #60 - Hacks for Using Linkedin in Your Music Business Strategy1 April 2018
    10:24
  149. 157.
    #59 - The Best Ideas of March: Merchandise, Digital Marketing, and the Interviews31 March 2018
    11:06
  150. 158.
    #58 - How Often Should You Play? 6 Drawbacks to Playing More Shows30 March 2018
    6:18
  151. 159.
    #57 - 5 Free Social Media Listening Every Band Should be Using29 March 2018
    12:26
  152. 160.
    #56 - Weekly Recap: the Science of Selling & Songwriting/How to Get a Record Deal28 March 2018
    8:58
  153. 161.
    #55 - Interview: Audio Engineer Adam Gonsalves on Mastering Typhoon, Elliot Smith, and More27 March 2018
    48:34
  154. 162.
    #54 - Hacking Interviews: How to Interview Better (and get more from them)26 March 2018
    9:46
  155. 163.
    #53 - Songwriting Secrets from Max Martin25 March 2018
    9:34
  156. 164.
    #52 - How to Negotiate Better Performance Fees24 March 2018
    12:02
  157. 165.
    #51 - The Science of Persuasion23 March 2018
    11:00
  158. 166.
    #50 - Supplies Every Merch Bin Should Have22 March 2018
    7:58
  159. 167.
    #49 - Weekly Recap: Music Business Fundamentals and Improving Your Sows21 March 2018
    7:22
  160. 168.
    #48 - Dez Cadena of Black Flag/The Misfits talks Rick Rubin, Duff McKagen, & Punk Rock20 March 2018
    1:04:07
  161. 169.
    #47 - Email Marketing Hacks19 March 2018
    11:36
  162. 170.
    #46 - How to Protect Your Music Through Copyright Registration & Copyright Myths18 March 2018
    9:36
  163. 171.
    #45 - The Parento Principle in Your Music Business17 March 2018
    9:14
  164. 172.
    #44 - How to Work a Crowd16 March 2018
    10:15
  165. 173.
    #43 - Why Every Musician Should Have a Post-Show Game Plan15 March 2018
    8:56
  166. 174.
    #42 - Weekly Recap: Best Ideas to Get You On Shark Tank14 March 2018
    10:33
  167. 175.
    #41 - Interview: How Phillip Broussard Uses His Finance Background to Hack the Music Industry13 March 2018
    36:59
  168. 176.
    #40 - Strategic Philanthropy and Your Music12 March 2018
    8:00
  169. 177.
    #38 - How Artists Can Use the Scientific Method to Hack Their Careers10 March 2018
    11:39
  170. 178.
    #37 - Managers, Publicists, Booking Agents, and Lawyers: What Do They Do and When Should You Hire Them?9 March 2018
    8:36
  171. 179.
    #36 - How to Book a Tour for Your Band, Step-by-Step8 March 2018
    11:19
  172. 180.
    #35 - Weekly Recap: Social Media Hacks for Bands7 March 2018
    7:00
  173. 181.
    #34 - Lessons Learned from Writing 2,200 Songs and Touring 100k Miles with Gayle Skidmore6 March 2018
    35:24
  174. 182.
    #33 - 5 Big Tips That Can Save Your Tour5 March 2018
    8:31
  175. 183.
    #32 - How Bands Can Create Reaction Videos to Get More Views4 March 2018
    9:34
  176. 184.
    #30 - Hacks for Booking College Gigs2 March 2018
    11:08
  177. 185.
    #31 - How to Get Better Pricing From Your Merchandise Suppliers2 March 2018
    11:05
  178. 186.
    #29 - When Should You Boost Facebook Posts?1 March 2018
    9:44
  179. 187.
    #28 - 28 Days of Music Business Hacks28 February 2018
    12:55
  180. 188.
    #27 - Recording Studio Hacks with Victor Franca of Track Town Records27 February 2018
    34:00
  181. 189.
    #26 - Return on Investment (ROI) on Merchandise26 February 2018
    10:11
  182. 190.
    #25 - How to Get the Opening Slot for a Major Tour/Band25 February 2018
    7:46
  183. 191.
    #24 - Every Musician Needs an Intraband Agreement24 February 2018
    7:13
  184. 192.
    #23 - Booking SXSW and Other Music Festivals23 February 2018
    14:40
  185. 193.
    #22 - How to Get a Sponsor pt. 2: Approaching Sponsors22 February 2018
    10:46
  186. 194.
    #21 - Weekly Recap: It's All About Value21 February 2018
    6:00
  187. 195.
    #20 - It's a Long Way to the Top if You Wanna Rock with Eric Stuart20 February 2018
    41:27
  188. 196.
    #19 - The Non-obvious Stuff Every Musician Should Carry19 February 2018
    10:26
  189. 197.
    #18 - The Surprising Benefits to Transcribing Your Own Music18 February 2018
    7:37
  190. 198.
    #17 - Breaking Into New and Unexpected Markets for Your Music17 February 2018
    15:27
  191. 199.
    #16 - Hacking Yelp for Your Music16 February 2018
    10:50
  192. 200.
    #15 - How to Get on the TED stage15 February 2018
    5:54

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