Music Industry Blueprint

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Location Nashville, TN


1520 Horton Ave #325 Nashville TN 37212 United States
PHONE 615.554.9878. Mailing Address
1520 Horton Ave #325 Nashville } 37212


Member since: 10/08/2014 Year Founded: 2012
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Rick Barker has over 25 years experience in the music business (Radio, Records, Management & Consulting.) He has had the pleasure of working with Taylor Swift, Big Machine Records and Sony Music Nashville. He launched Music Industry Blueprint as a way "To Help People Navigate The Music Business." He is also the co-author of "The $150,000 Music Degree."

About Rick Barker:
I am a husband, father of two and am very blessed to have been able to make a career out of something I have loved for as long as I can remember “Music.” I am a Personal Manager, Marketing Consultant, Public Speaker, Teacher and now I can say Author living in Nashville Tennessee. I am fortunate to have been involved in some amazing careers including Superstar Taylor Swift. After a 15 year career in radio, I moved over to the Record Company side in 2004 after accepting a job with Big Machine Records. I developed a unique touring model which helped create opportunities for recently signed artists with or without a National Radio Single to get in front of audiences, it was called Nashville To You. The concept was no matter where you lived in the country we would bring Nashville To You. Some of the first acts we took out were Sugarland, Josh Turner and Rodney Atkins.

I LOVE to teach and share with others. Too often people waste time, energy and money because of lack of direction. I have made it my goal to assist as many people as possible who are interested in pursuing a career in the music business.

My PHILOSOPHY is based on getting your product in front of an audience, building relationships and putting your career into your own hands.

Let me take you back to a conversation I had with Taylor in 2005. This excerpt is from Pollstar Magazine. Pollstar interviewed Taylor Swift in 2007, when the 17-year-old was celebrating her first gold album. She was managed by Rick Barker, previously the West Coast rep for Big Machine. Barker told Pollstar that he told Swift that if she wanted to sell 500,000 albums, she would need to meet 500,000 people. “He was the first one to ever say that to me and it sunk in,” Swift said. “I literally had a Top 10 single and no manager. We held off for a while because we kept saying, ‘Oh well, we’ll get this song to Top 30 and then we’ll be able to get a better manager. Oh, we’ll get this song Top 20 and then we’ll get a really good manager.’ Then we started realizing that we’re doing this whole thing ourselves.”


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