Music business

14 music business podcasts you need to listen to

We live in the golden age of podcasting, and the music industry is no exception. With such an embarrassment of riches, however, it can be difficult to choose the best ones. Here we look at fourteen essentials for your listening pleasure.

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Podcasting has never been so popular, with more than 850,000 active podcasts to choose from, and with podcast fans listening on average 7 different shows per week.

There are lots of great podcasts for musicians who want to learn more about the music industry or the latest marketing trends; to hear in-depth conversations about songwriting (like in Soundfly’s own podcast, Themes and Variations); or to draw inspiration from other musicians. So here’s a list (in alphabetical order) of some of our favorite music podcasts – the ones we think musicians should listen to.

Note: This post was written by our friends at Bandzoogle. Don’t forget to check out Soundfly’s free partner course, How to Create a Killer Musician Websiteand start implementing more effective web strategies to promote your music to a wider audience!

Now on the list!


AND THE WRITER IS… features a multi-platinum songwriter and artist Ross Golan sit down with a star songwriter to intimately discuss what’s happening behind closed doors in the music industry. We’ve been a big fan of this podcast for years. Highly recommended for songwriters.

Some episodes to discover: Bass Spear, Linda Perry, REM’s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills.

2. Be in a group

Be in a group is hosted by a digital marketer and a musician Monica Stout. If you’re looking to learn more about the music industry, marketing, branding, and strategy, this is a podcast worth listening to.

Episode to watch: Bree Noble.

3. CD Baby DIY Musician Podcast

baby cds DIY Musician Podcast is one of the oldest and most informative podcasts for musicians. Organized by longtime members of the CD Baby team Kevin Breuner and Chris Robley, the podcast covers everything you need to know about releasing and promoting your music, and navigating the music industry.

Episodes to check out: Create an attractive artist website, How to release your music in 2021.

4. Musician Entrepreneur Podcast

Hosted by Flypaper author Bree Noble, The Musician Entrepreneur Podcast shares ideas on how to create a lasting career as a woman in the music industry. There are solo episodes where Bree provides tips and tricks from her own experience, and others that feature interviews with female musicians and industry professionals.

Episodes to check out: Tools to Build a Profitable Music Website with Bandzoogle CEO Stacey Bedford, The Ultimate Guide to Music Advertising with Ariel Hyatt.

5. Gag Gab

The Concert Gab podcast is a weekly discussion hosted by Paul Kent and david hamilton where they share their gig experiences, tips and tricks learned, and also features interviews with other weekend warriors and pros. For live musicians, this is a great podcast to learn and empathize with.

Episodes to check out: Covers and originals: a battle?, What’s on your Gig-Packing Checklist?.

6. How to build a sustainable music career and collect all sources of income

How to Build a Sustainable Music Career and Collect All Sources of Income is the podcast version of by Emily White Amazon’s best-selling book. Emily White has been at the forefront of the modern music industry throughout her career. We highly recommend this podcast!

Episodes to check out: Pre-Recording Marketing Foundation with Cyber ​​PR’s Ariel Hyatt, Gather Your Business Deals and Fair Compensation with Donald S. Passman.

7. Making money in the music business

The Make money in the music business the podcast is hosted by a professional musician and educator, Dr. William E. Smith, and independent Soul and Jazz singer/songwriter, Kenya McGuire Johnson. They provide insightful viewpoints on a variety of topics in the music industry that can help you make more money from your music.

Episodes to check out: How to manage your group professionally, Interview with Bandzoogle Rep Dave Cool.

8. Music Weekly

The music weekly podcast is co-hosted by Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert and offers discussions for the do-it-yourself artist. Topics include music licensing, Facebook marketing, Twitter marketing, email marketing, finding online fans, selling your music, selling merchandise, and more. If you want to learn more about the music industry and music marketing, this podcast is a great place to start.

Episodes to check out: 365 Livestream Ideas for Musicians with Author Leonard Patterson, The many sources of commission-free income on Bandzoogleand New Soundfly Podcast: Themes and Variations.

9. The New Music Business with Ari Herstand

The new music industry the podcast is hosted by Ari Herstandbestselling author of How to Succeed in the New Music Businessand Soundfly’s free course instructor, How to get all the royalties you didn’t know existed. On the show, he deconstructs the brightest minds in the music industry, digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and strategies listeners can use to lead their own successful careers.

Episodes to check out: 100 Million Streams Doesn’t Come Without Pain – Lucidious, Emily Kinney on the Art and Business of Acting and Music.

10. The Profitable Musician Show

The Profitable Musicians Show is another pod hosted by Bree Noble, who also hosts the Female Entrepreneur Musician podcast. The Profitable Musician Show is all about exploring different revenue streams for musicians, and how you can accelerate and diversify your music revenue.

Episodes to check out: Bandzoogle Members’ Secret To Earning Over $5 Million During The Pandemic With Bandzoogle CEO Stacey Bedford, The Business Side of Music: Promoting a Band and Creating Content with Monica Strut.

11. Setup

Every week, The set uphosted by Sydney Oberholtzerexplores new topics through interviews with music industry disruptors ― turning their behind-the-scenes work experiences into actionable advice for musicians.

Episodes to check out: Artist Websites with Bandzoogle CEO Stacey Bedford, How to Use Data with Jay Gilbert.

12. The Working Songwriter

The working songwriter is a weekly songwriting podcast hosted by a singer-songwriter Joe Pug. Of all the podcasts sponsored by Bandzoogle, we hear the most feedback from musicians about this one. It’s a must listen for songwriters.

Episodes to check out: Confessional Dashboard, Allison Russell, Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. & Sebadoh, Lucinda Williams.

13. Hungry Musician

The starving musician podcast, hosted by Robonzofeatures weekly interviews with independent music artists who share their experience and expertise on recording, touring, getting gigs, the creative process, marketing, and more.

Episodes to check out: Create, Grow, and Connect–Joy Ike, The Many Ways Musicians Adapt to Change–Dave Cool.

14. Your morning coffee

This podcast is hosted by Your Morning Coffee Newsletter creator / curator Jay Gilbert in the same way Mike Etchart, former host of the syndicated show Sound & Vision Radio. Each week, Jay and Mike break down the biggest stories so you stay up to date with the latest news and trends in this new music industry.

Episodes to check out: You should listening every week to be up to date with all the latest news from the music industry!

Taken shamelessly. Soundfly Themes and Variations

Themes and Variations is Soundfly’s music and perspective podcast. In each episode, expert musicians and music enthusiasts draw on their professional experiences and personal backgrounds to share unique insights and passionate opinions on the songs they’ve selected based on their interpretations of a given theme. . Of course, whether the panel is discussing epic songs, songs that use the same sample, or requests for classic alliances, this is a show for anyone who loves music and wants to immerse themselves in it.

Episodes to check out: Take a look at our staff picks for the first year of themes and variations here.

We hope you check out some of these amazing podcasts for musicians, and find that they inform and inspire you. If we missed any of your favorites, let us know in the comments below!