Music Business Facts- With Rodney Holder



Music Business Facts- Where successful music industry experts share their secrets, insights and strategies on how to establish a career and monetize your passion within the music business. Whether you're an aspiring performer, songwriter, manager, promoter, indie label, studio owner or music entrepreneur, every episode of music business facts will give you the industry truths on how best to succeed in the music industry.


  • 116. Devin Townsend Music Business Coaching Call

    27/10/2018 Duración: 36min

    Devin Townsend is a successful singer, songwriter, performer, guitarist, and music producer. He is also the brain behind The Devin Townsend Creative Academy As a part of Devin's Creative Academy Devin offers select student's one-on-one coaching calls. In this episode of Music Business Facts, Devin has allowed us to listen in to one of those calls, where he coaches one of his students on how to make it in the modern music business.

  • 115. Chris O'Brien - General Manager for Destroy All Lines

    10/05/2018 Duración: 41min

    Chris O’Brien is a bit of a legend in The Australian Music Scene. He’s the general manager of touring for Destroy All Lines and former general manager for Australia’s biggest touring metal festival Soundwave 2003-2015. During the conversation we discuss a variety of things including how to get into the music business, management, touring and tour management, festivals, and a lot more. We also have a brief conversation about Soundwave and the demise of Australia’s largest metal festival. As well as a bit of a chat about AJ Maddah - the colourful character who ran Soundwave. Chris is a very knowledgeable guy who has a lot of experience in the business so without further delay - I really hope you enjoy my conversation with Chris O’Brien- General Manager for Destroy All lines. Well there you have it folks I hope you got something out of that discussion with Chris. Once again some recurring themes about believing in yourself, having a positive mindset, working hard, have realistic expectations. And if you’d like

  • 114. Business Skills for Composers

    03/05/2018 Duración: 47min

    Chris Boardman, Sebastian Wolff, and Xiao'an Li welcome you to Business Skills For Composers - a Facebook group for composers where discussions center solely around business related practices. It doesn't matter how much or how little experience you have - everyone is welcome to post in line with the group rules and requirements. You will be safe from judgement. A rising tide raises all ships. Let's not compete in a race to the bottom, but push each other to greater heights instead! Join Business Skills for Composers here Just under 5000 members. My first 4 way live interview. 3 of the admins of the group. Sebastian Wolff - Seattle based, licencing & royalties. Chris Boardman - University lecturer at University of Miami Xiao’an Li -  (C Ow Anne) - Live presentations During the interview we discuss a number of cool topics such as: Song writing Royalties Music for film, TV and games Commissions Copyright and intellectual property in the United States Music licensing Performance rights organisations Busine

  • 113. Rob Carroll - PR and Management for Rare Finds

    26/04/2018 Duración: 34min

    My Guest today is Rob Carroll. Rob Carroll is the Managing Director of a Sydney based boutique PR and management company called Rare Finds. Rare Finds aims to foster a scene within the local indie music community as well as provide unique touring opportunities for emerging artists - specifically on the east coast of Australia. Rare Finds specialise in digital music servicing, management, consultancy, publicity, label services, and event production. Rare Finds is also a subsidiary of Chugg Entertainment and for those of you who don’t know - Michael Chugg is a behemoth of a player in The Aussie music scene. They call Chuggy “The Godfather Of Australian Touring”. And I was actually lucky enough to interview Michael Chugg way back in episode 3 of Music Business Facts: Now that one is still an awesome interview but it’s frigging hilarious. Anyhow, here’s my interview with Rob Carroll of Rare Finds- I hope you enjoy it.

  • 112. Nick Findlay- How To Get Your Music Played On Triple J Radio

    23/03/2018 Duración: 33min

    112. Nick Findlay- How To Get Your Music Played On Triple J Nick Findlay has been working in radio since he was 16 and has been at Triple J for over 10 years. He is currently the station's Music Director. In this interview Nick describes the best practises when pitching music to radio. He also tells us the strategies he recommends artists employ when they are looking to get their music played on Triple J. This information could also obviously be used when pitching music to any radio station throughout the world. There is also a free report which is the highlights of the interview. This can be obtained from  

  • 111. James Newcome from

    14/03/2018 Duración: 41min

    James Newcomb is the CEO of a podcast that helps musicians navigate music entrepreneurship. In this episode Rodney and James discuss issues surrounding the musician as an entrepreneur.

  • 110. Carl Neumann-Director of Heavy Magazine

    27/02/2018 Duración: 56min

    Carl Neumann who is the owner and director of Heavy Magazine. Heavy is a digital Australian music resource, podcast, blog and more. In this episode of Music Business Facts we discuss 'pitching' your products and services to industry gatekeepers. Carl tells us how to obtain attention in a crowded marketplace and how to attract publicity opportunities for your music, shows and clients.  

  • 109. Tim Charles- The Epitome Of A Modern Music Business Entrepreneur.

    21/02/2018 Duración: 01h14min

    Tim Charles is the epitome of a modern music business entrepreneur. He plays violin and sings with his Australian metal band Neobliviscaris. He’s also a songwriter, booking agent, artist manager, tour manager, publicist, business executive, label manager, concert promoter, artist liaison, lecturer, teacher, key note presenter, consultant, content creator and social media manager. On this episode of The Music Business Facts podcast Tim discusses the roles he performs to bring multiple streams of income into his business.

  • 108. Phil Bauer- Director Of New Business Development @ CD Baby.

    19/02/2018 Duración: 39min

    Phil Bauer is the Director Of New Business development @ CD Baby. CD Baby is a global digital distributor of online music. The represent over 650 000 recording artists and 100 000 songwriters.  

  • 107. Tony Boden - Artist Engagement and Booking Tours with Artery Global's Head of European Touring

    12/10/2017 Duración: 42min

    My guest today is Tony Boden. Tony is a UK booking agent, promoter and head of European touring at - a company who look after an enormous roster of artists from all over the globe. Recently I was able to sit down and have a one on one with Tony about his experiences, thoughts and opinions on the music business. And it was a great conversation. In this episode we talk about being a booking agent, what they do, how to become one, being a concert promoter and all of the risks you face as a promoter - after all concert promoters are the ‘gamblers’ of the music business. Tony’s doing some great things in the music industry and I hope you’ll agree that this is yet another interesting and informative episode of Music Business Facts. Website: Facebook: Twitter:

  • 106. Benji Rogers - How To Raise Money & Create Awesome Pre-Order Campaigns For Your Creative Projects

    06/10/2017 Duración: 01h21min

    Benji Rogers is the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Pledge Pledge Music is a global direct-to-fan platform that helps artists raise funds and create excellent pre-order campaigns. Benji Rogers is also an accomplished musician and has been through the major label system himself. But now he is predominantly focused on helping ‘creatives’ raise the money required to bring their projects to life through his Pledge Music platform. So I encourage all of you to check out the cool shit going on over at Today, when I looked you’ve got artists like Black Sabbath using the platform right down to a stack of indie acts I’ve never heard of. Anyhow check out Pledge Music! Website: Facebook: Twitter:  

  • 105. Maya Janeska - General Manager for UNFD

    28/09/2017 Duración: 39min

    Maya Janeska is the General Manager of UNFD - one of Australia’s leading heavy music brands – focusing on releasing and developing Rock, Metal, Punk and Hardcore music from around the world. She’s also one of the only woman to be the head of a record label in Australia. She’s got a ton of industry experience, is an extremely smart music business woman, and as she told me prior to our conversation, she practices Krav Maga so you wouldn’t want to mess with her! Anyhow a few weeks back I was lucky enough to catch up with Maya at the BigSound Music Conference where I was able to ask her a ton of questions about the industry, her opinions, and about the ins and outs of running a successful record label. I really enjoyed meeting and talking with Maya and I hope you’ll agree that my conversation with her exposes a ton of music business gold nuggets. In fact if you’re interested I’ve created a free PDF of Maya Janeska’s Top 8 Music Business Tips and Strategies. And you can get hold of that report on Maya’s show notes

  • 104. Matt Rogers - Chief Operating Officer at UNIFIED

    21/09/2017 Duración: 50min

    You know, one of the many things that I absolutely love about podcasting as a medium is it’s ability, not only to network and connect with people on what is often a much deeper level, but also during that connection, the podcast format allows my guests to really dive deeper into their wealth of experiences, opinions, wisdom and knowledge. That’s what this podcast is all about people! To enable in-depth practical learning, for both myself and for you, and to get educated about the music business from some of the smartest minds and heaviest hitters in the industry. I think today’s episode of Music Business Facts really highlights all of that with my interview with Matt Rogers- The Chief Operating Officer From The UNIFIED Music Group. Now, if you’ve never heard of Matt, as I mentioned he’s The COO of UNIFIED. I found Matt to be a really cool guy, a really smart guy, (he’s also a music lawyer), humble and welcoming. In this conversation he digs deep into some really interesting and important topics, including the

  • 103. Eddie Meehan - How to Thoughtfully Engage with Your Fans

    18/09/2017 Duración: 01h05min

    My guest today is Mr Eddie Meehan, and people what a great and interesting guest Eddie was. Eddie runs a company called Wonderful Union who are a multi-tiered agency that handle VIP ticketing initiatives, fan clubs, exclusive meet-and-greets and many more cool fan engagement ideas for some of the biggest names in music. We’re talking about The Taylor Swift’s, The Justin Bieber’s, The Back Street Boys & The Drake’s of this world, just to name a few. Wonderful Union is not only working with these titans of the industry, they’re also always looking for new artists on the rise. So check out Eddie’s company at Now as you’ll hear, Eddie is not only a really down to earth guy but also a really smart and inspiring businessman. And I really enjoyed my conversation with Eddie as I learnt a ton of really cool shit about music business monetisation methods and strategies. So a lot of really cool music biz education take-away’s in this episode people!

  • 102. Rod Yates (Rolling Stone Magazine).

    28/08/2017 Duración: 58min

    Rod Yates is the editor of Rolling Stone Magazine Australia. In this special edition of Rod Yates will disclose strategies on how to get your music featured in major music media outlets. G’day ladies and gentlemen, Rodney Holder here and welcome to the Music Business Facts podcast the show where I do the best I can to bring you the truths about trying to monetise your passion for the music biz. And today’s episode of the show is proudly brought to by Audible. Guys as you know audio is awesome- you can listen in whilst you’re doing other things, and if you haven’t already then you should check out audible as they have an awesome array or audio books that you can access. And right now you can get a free audio book download, when you sign up for a 30- day free trial at So go to and sign up for a 30-day free trial and receive a free audio book. And right now an audio book I’m listening to and would really recommend is Titled “Deep Work” by Cal Newport, and I’m really

  • 101. Tommy Darker- Artistpreneur & Music Biz Educator

    20/08/2017 Duración: 01h04min

    Tommy Darker is a Greek and London-based musician and entrepreneur. A "Musicpreneur"- A term Tommy is often credited for making popular. Tommy is also a music business lecturer. Tommy lectures in music business studies at The University Of Westminster in the UK and he obviously knows his stuff. Hello and Welcome to The Music Business Facts Podcast. I’m Rodney Holder and it’s my mission to, as best as possible, try and discover the intricacies and realities of how to monetize your passion for the music business. So whether you’re a songwriter, a performer, a manager or an agent, a promoter or a publisher, you run a label or any other entrepreneurial venture trying to commercially succeed in and around the music industry, or perhaps you’re a student of the music business, then this podcast is absolutely for you. I have made this show for you so welcome, And this episode of Music Business Facts is proudly brought to by Audible. Guys if you love listening to audio content, and obviously you do because you’re list

  • 100. Jaddan Comerford - Founding Owner & CEO of UNIFIED

    13/03/2017 Duración: 35min

    Ladies and gentlemen, I feel very privileged to have been able to speak with Mr. Jaddan Comerford who is the founder and CEO of Unified- a music company that provides a range of services including management, label, publishing, touring, festivals and merchandise to a diverse roster of internationally recognised and awarded artists. I really do hold Jaddan in high regard. As I mention in the interview I get to meet so many aspiring music business wanna-be’s, particularly in the Australian heavy music scene, and very few are able to go on with a career, let alone start up an enormously successful company that services most facets of the music business. As always I love hearing from you people so if you’d like to ever reach out you can email me at or or you get in contact via social media: Facebook: Twitter: If you’ve ever listen to any of my podcast or webinars and learnt something or enjoyed the information and your feeling

  • 99. Angela Mastrogiacomo from Muddy Paw PR

    02/12/2016 Duración: 55min

    Today the wonderful person that I’ve connected with is Music Publicist and PR Strategist Angela Mastrogiacomo from Muddy Paw PR- Check her services out at Now Angela is an absolutely wonderful person and I really enjoyed speaking with her. And we had a really awesome chat about the incredibly important topic of music publicity (surprise surprise). And as I often do- I threw in a few tricky and personal questions, and in this interview Angela gave me some awesome and really honest answers. She also provides a fantastic look into the world of what it’s like to be a music publicist, and gives some great advice for any of you people when it comes to using a publicist’s services.   Website: Facebook: Twitter:  

  • 98. Chris Gero - How to Attract & Secure Endorsements and Sponsorship Deals

    26/11/2016 Duración: 57min

    Today I have a great treat for you. My guest today is Chris Gero. Not only is Chris a great and very humble bloke, but he’s also the Vice President of Yamaha Corporation USA. So I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to speak with this guy and be able to share that conversation with you. Among other things Chris is also the Yamaha Artist Relations Executive and the founder of the Yamaha Entertainment Group. He is a Record Label Executive, Concert Producer, Film Director and Record Producer. He's a really smart guy, and as I mentioned- very humble! During this interview, Chris gives me some really great insights and tips on how to approach potential sponsors- what to do and more importantly what not to do. We speak about a lot of other really cool stuff too but I really think that the gold in this conversation is Chris’ advice and take-aways about how to play it when you’re looking to get a sponsorship or endorsement.   Website: Facebook: Tw

  • 97. Stephen Green - Music Publicity and How to Succeed in Your Own Media Campaigns

    13/11/2016 Duración: 01h12s

    Stephen Green is managing director of the SGC Media Group which umbrellas music marketing companies SGC, Title Track, Music Send and Collision Course (Episode 67 with Tim Price). SGC Media Group brings radio, TV, print, online and socials together to offer forward-thinking strategy and execution for labels and artists. Stephen also sits on the board of QMusic and ICIP, is a Music Australia councilor and is a previous BIGSOUND programmer.  If you’re listening to this and you’ve got the thought that you might like to become a publicist- there’s a ton of great information. In fact just the other day I was speaking with one of my music business diploma students who was considering publicity as a career after study, and after I played him this exact interview his mind was made up! I'd love to hear what you though of the episode, you can contact me at Website: www.musicbusinessfacts.comFacebook: www.paypal

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