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Even though you may be an indie artist and have your main focus on making music, you can’t ignore the business side of your career.

In all honesty, not having the slightest clue about music business might be preventing you from growing, both in terms of creative and income opportunities.

Attorney John P. Kellogg – all the way from the Berklee College of Music! – joins us to talk about the basics of music business and some of the things you need to consider and to, if you want to be successful in today’s music industry.


Today’s Guest Expert

John P. KelloggJohn P. Kellogg, Esq. is Assistant Chair of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music and an entertainment lawyer. He’s a talent judge for the Emmy Award winning Community Auditions, as well as a radio and television music business commentator.

He’s a former board member of Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyer’s Association, past president of Music Entertainment Industry Educators Association and 2005 inductee into the BESLA Hall of Fame.

The author of the best-selling book Take Care of Your Music Business: Taking the Legal and Business Aspects You Need to Know to 3.0, John P. Kellogg has also been featured in publications such as Billboard, Ebony and Black Issues.


In This Episode, You’ll Hear More About

  • Mr. Kellogg’s best-seller Take Care of Your Music Business and his courses
  • Why you, as an indie artist, need to have a basic understanding of the business side of your career
  • Some of the keys to success in today’s music industry
  • Different career and income opportunities for indie musicians
  • A couple of principles of music business 101



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This interview is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice of any kind. John P. Kellogg, Esq. assumes no liability for use or interpretation of any information contain in this interview. This interview should not be an alternative to obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney in your state based on the specific facts of your legal matter. Jo-Ná Williams is licensed in the states of New York and Ohio.