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Steve Stoute Discusses Alternative Routes Of Generating Revenue In The Music Business

CEO of Translation Steve Stoute

Steve Stoute is someone I’ve long admired and respected for his business savvy. Actually, one thing a lot of people don’t know, is that while I am influenced by many business leaders, it was actually his movements that motivated me to start my own business.

When Steve Stoute started Translation in 2004, I found any piece of news I could find about the company, its vision and its work. I was tired of seeing the limited creative input at label jobs and the limited growth potential up here in Canada. I wanted to do something different and something more.

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TwitterRant

There have been a few things going on recently that got me thinking some things over.

So,¬†I decided to do what any self-reflecting person would do in today’s world – I vented via a¬†TwitterRant.

Rather than re-typing it or paraphrasing, I figure I’ll just post a screenshot of it and share it with the 5 of you who aren’t on Twitter. (Remember to start at the bottom and move up)

TwitterRant

Konvict Muzik's Bu Shows You The Life Of A Young Music Exec

Last year, I featured the big homie, Bu; co-CEO of Konvict Muzik.

Not only did that feature get some attention, but a lot of people started asking for more information about him, his ventures and his everyday life.

Well, Bu decided it was time, and so he recently joined Twitter & launched his own YouTube channel.

Make sure to subscribe to his updates on both sites, as he’s going to be offering some insight into his life as a young music executive.

Bu on Twitter
Bu on YouTube

I see you homie!

Talking With Producer Manager Zach Katz (Part 2)

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This is the second half of a 2-part interview with Zach Katz. To read Part 1, please click here.

Do you focus more on placing J.R Rotem’s music with artists or are you more focused on placing music with film, television and video games?

We do both, but I primarily focus on placing his music with artists.

We have an incredible publisher that helps us, Sony/ATV. That’s one of the reasons to do a publishing deal – to add more people to your team. They have a full film, television & video game department, who I provide music to on a regular basis, and their job is to go out there and to secure placements.

So I don’t do it all alone; I have people on the team who can also help.

But that income is definitely valuable, and the name of the game – especially in this shrinking market – is to capitalize and bring in as many revenue sources as possible.

One issue many upcoming producers have is knowing when to do free production for an artist and when to start charging. Also, once they do charge, how much to charge. How do you recommend they approach that issue?

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Talking With Producer Manager Zach Katz

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Producer Manager & CEO of Beluga Height, Zach Katz

Firstly, can you introduce yourself a bit and tell us what it is that you do?

My name is Zach Katz. I am a music manager and CEO of Beluga Heights, a record label and publishing company I have with my partners Jonathan “J.R” Rotem, the producer, and his brother Tommy Rotem, who is our A&R.

My background started about 12 years ago, when I became a music attorney. This was around 1996 or so. I did that for about 3-4 years. I liked it, but never really found it to be my passion. I always wanted to be more creative.

I had an opportunity to get in on the management side, which is really what I always wanted to do. I did that for about 5-6 years; I managed a lot of artists and producers, and through that I met J.R, and he became my only client.

Going from an attorney to a manager seems like a bit of an odd jump; how did that happen?

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How To Get A Music Manager & Booking Agent

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If you ask 100 independent artists what they need in order to take their career to the next level, most of them are likely to say that they need a good manager, or that they need a booking agent.

Problem is, about 99 of them probably don’t understand what a manager and booking agent really does, or when it’s the right time to look for one.

Former major label A&R, Scott Austin, breaks down the roles of booking agents and managers for you in the 2 videos below.

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