Music Business Toolbox

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So much more than just an e-book, the Music Business Toolbox is a complete guide to getting noticed and making money in the music industry - including tools, templates, forms and guidance to help you successfully manage your music career.

When you sign up for our FREE Music Business Toolbox Membership, you’ll instantly get access to:

  • The three most popular chapters of the book
  • Our 100+ Resources for Readers
  • Two of the 30+ tools in our Toolbox that you can use right away.

Who uses the Music Business Toolbox?

  • Songwriters, producers, managers and musicians
  • People from every genre of music - rock, hip hop, metal, indie, jazz, folk and everything in between.
  • Anyone who wants to quit their day job and finally make a living doing what they love - making music!

The Music Business Toolbox answers the BIG THREE FAQs of aspiring music pros:

  • What are the most frequent mistakes I should avoid?
  • How do I make money?
  • And the BIG one - How do I get people to notice me?

"Most people know so little about the music business, and they make mistakes that make it impossible to ever be successful. This book exponentially improves your chances of success." - Bryan Calhoun, author of The Music Business Toolbox

The Music Business Toolbox will teach you to:

  • Create in-depth business and music marketing plans using customizable templates
  • Identify the right distribution or label partner and work effectively with them
  • Understand how the business actually works so you can make the best decisions for your current situation (and control your destiny) - such as protecting your copyrights, keeping what you own and getting paid for your music
  • Understand the methods for tracking your spins, sales, radio play and more to ensure you get paid by using systems like BDS, Mediabase, SoundScan, UPC, ISRC, ISWC, SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC
  • Develop and stick to project release schedules without missing key action items and opportunities

BONUS: FREE Interactive Tools

  • List of Common Mistakes - Made by many, many artists
  • "Where do I Begin?" worksheet - To help you assess your current situation and get started
  • Resources for Readers - Links to hundreds of company websites in dozens of business categories
  • The New Artist Checklist - So you can make the right moves from day one
  • The Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Streams handout - Discover the countless ways you can make money with your music
  • Recording Budget Tool - To help you set and manage costs of recording your music

About the Author

Bryan Calhoun started his music business career as a student at the University of Georgia, bringing national acts like Tribe Called Quest to the UGA concert stage way back in the early 90s.

Since then, he's worked with the best of the best in the music industry. Bryan helped create the inescapable online identity of superstars such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, G-Eazy, Questlove, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and so many more. Bryan was the A&R Manager for Relativity Records, where he developed Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, and others. In 2008, he became Vice President, New Media and External Affairs for SoundExchange, overseeing music industry relations that attracted tens of thousands of artists to the nonprofit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties.

Bryan served as a Board Member and Advisor of the Future of Music Coalition, is a GRAMMY® voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and is a regular speaker at SXSW, San Francisco Music Tech, MIDEM, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, New Music Seminar, ASCAP Expo, and more.

"I advocate for musicians. I want great artists to succeed and give fans great experiences with the artists they love," he says. "The quests to empower artists and do things nobody has done continue to drive me. It's fulfilling for me to see artists succeed and fans get closer to their favorite music in ways they never imagined."

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