Seeing your band’s name on a t-shirt for the first time is an exciting milestone, but how do you actually turn those tees into a viable revenue stream? For this episode, we partnered with Vortex Music Magazine to discuss tangible ways of selling merch (and even share a few of our favorite merch ideas). Hear from Kelley Roy (founder of ADX and Portland Made), Cheryl Bland (J-Fell Presents, Harefest), and Blake Hickman (founder of Good Cheer Records).
On this episode we hear from organizations who are connecting the music industry to voter registration campaigns and more. Emily White and Pat Sansone (Wilco) join us to discuss #IVoted, Ivy Bryan, artist liaison for HeadCount, explains how they’ve registered over 500,000 voters with the help of musicians, and Jessica George, executive director of RPM, shares strategies artists can use for positive change.
On this episode, we talk to people who offer services traditionally taken care of by a label, but outside of the traditional artist/label relationship. Hear from Shanna Jade, who works with Stem, a platform that aims to simplify artist payments. We also talk with Justin Schmidt of Missing Piece Group, a full-service marketing, PR and management agency and Gabe Herring, who runs Woods Ent. Group and works with CD Baby.
Australian artist Jen Cloher joins us in studio to talk about the Sydney music scene and her particular D.I.Y. approach to the music business, which she frequently shares through a program called “I Manage My Music.” She also talks about how her own career as a musician, and how her experiences there shapes to the ways that she chooses to run the label Milk! Records, along with Courtney Barnett.
Molly Neuman is the Global Head of Business Development at Songtrust and you may know her from her time ar Kickstarter, A2IM, Rhapsody, or eMusic. Molly is best known as a creator of the riot grrrl movement as Bratmobile’s drummer and founding editor of the Girl Germs zine. On this episode, Portia and Molly discuss her career and more. Live from Indie-Con Australia 2018.
MusicPortland is a new advocacy group for those who make up Portland’s vast music ecosystem. Members of the group’s board join us to discuss their philosophy, goals, and progress. If you want to ensure the health of your industry, check out their work and look for advocacy groups in your city. If you’re a Portlander, help MusicPortland gather the data they need to work on our behalf by visiting musicportland.org.