Music Producer’s Guide to Running a Virtual Recording Studio

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Published 9/2015 English

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***UPDATE 9/2/16: Special $75 pricing - now back for a limited time + New Facebook community!" 

***UPDATE 2/3/16: Over 6 hours of content! + Featured on "The Pro Audio Files!"

***UPDATE 2/1/16: Over 400 students and many 16 great reviews in the first 90 days!**


Music producer? Home studio owner? Songwriter?

Do you want to make a great living doing what you love? Then listen up!

Fact! There are thousands of artists, songwriters, and brands in the world who need audio services such as songwriting, recording, and production. Yet... Most recording engineers, producers, and songwriters can't make a sustainable career doing what they love.

Why? Most audio professionals aren't adapting to the digital age "new music industry", they have no idea where to start when it comes to creating/managing their business, and they are at a complete stand-still when it comes to finding new clients. Recording schools & YouTube tutorials don't teach that stuff...

The Solution! I've created the most comprehensive course that will allow you to effectively start, run, and grow your own audio service company (Virtual Recording Studio). This is the exact blueprint for my personal music company which has allowed me to:

  • Make over $100K/year and not just "survive in music" but thrive!
  • Acquire over 200 clients in 20 different countries (over 450 total projects)
  • Hire my best friends full time to create music with me
  • Make music my business, and do what I love for a living
  • Set my own hours, travel, and have freedom


IT IS 100% POSSIBLE TO MAKE AN INCREDIBLE LIVING RECORDING, PRODUCING, AND WRITING SONGS FOR CLIENTS. IT ISN'T JUST ME! I'VE HELPED TONS, AND I CAN HELP YOU TOO. HOW? THIS OUTSTANDING COURSE...

You can do this! I wasn't a marketing guru or phenomenal music creator when I started. I was a regular guy who happened to stumble upon an incredible business model. I worked in regular studios recording local clients and did okay, but my career tripled when I got smart and took my business online. I created a "Virtual Recording Studio" and that's what I am going to show you how to do too!


HERE ARE A FEW LIFE CHANGING SKILLS THAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS COURSE:

  • The exact process for creating a "Virtual Recording Studio" which will allow you to work with clients all over the world.
  • You'll learn 3 places where you can start getting paid audio clients RIGHT NOW
  • How to quickly build a website from scratch that will convert visitors into clients and get found on search engines when people are looking for audio pros like you!
  • What the most effective TYPE of website you should have for your business and the MUST HAVE elements for it.
  • How to set up your business legitimately in the beginning for long-term success!
  • I'll walk you through how to envision and build your perfect brand
  • I'll show you the best tools for effortlessly managing your company like a pro!
  • You'll learn essential business foundations such as sales and marketing so that you can get better clients and win bigger gigs!
  • How to virtually collaborate with your clients (Songwriters, Artists, Companies, Labels)
  • How to get mentally prepared to run your own music company and how to overcome obstacles and avoid pitfalls so that you can outshine your competition.
  • How to transition from being a freelancer into a full-blown company with employees!


Overall, this is deeper than just making a living creating music for clients... After you take this course you will be a more knowledgable and more prepared entrepreneur in general!

Are you ready to finally make things happen? Click the big "Take This Course" button in the top right and study under a professional who's done this! You'll be glad that you did. This is the absolute best step that you can take on your path of creating music full time!

LET'S DO THIS! :)

What are the requirements?

  • Basic knowledge of your craft (producing, recording, songwriting)
  • Have a passion and drive for starting and running your own music company

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Make an incredible living creating music!
  • Start, manage, and run your own virtual recording studio business
  • Acquire better and higher paying clients (Artists, Songwriters, Companies) from all over the world
  • Build your lifelong brand and set up your company legitimately
  • Create a pro website that gets found on search engines and converts clients
  • Expand your current production or studio business
  • Navigate the music industry and avoid pitfalls
  • Know essential places where you can start getting paid audio work RIGHT NOW
  • Know how to transition from being a freelancer into a full-blown audio company with staff and multiple streams of revenue
  • Become a better entrepreneur in general by learning skills that can be applied to any business

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who has an interest in making a great living creating and writing music for clients
  • Also great for home and pro studio owners who want to expand their business
  • Musicians, producers, recording engineers, and songwriters

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Curriculum

Section 1: INTRO LECTURES
07:57

In this first course you'll get to learn a little more about who I am (your instructor), my story, and why I am the most qualified person to help you start your virtual recording studio business journey!

02:30

In this lecture I'll show you all of the exciting things you'll learn in this course. You'll also know what amazing things you'll be able to accomplish upon completing this course!

01:32

I want you to get the MOST out of this course so I put together this lecture to give insights on how to maximize your learning experience.

01:26

In this lecture we talk about what a "virtual recording studio" is and how it works.

02:23

I'll show you REAL income that I'm earning from my virtual recording studio so that you can see some proof. It's important that I add an element of "realness" to this. You don't have to be a fancy marketing guru or even be the best music creator in the world. My hope is that these numbers will inspire you to succeed!

03:25

Who uses virtual recording studios? You'd be surprised! In this lecture I talk about all of the different types of clients and projects that you'll be able to acquire.

04:57

Working online comes with both pros and cons. I want to educate you on both so that you can weigh out those pros and cons and see if you feel that this business model is a fit for you!

Section 2: BEFORE WE GET STARTED...
06:46

Most recording engineers and producers can't make a sustainable living doing it. In this lecture I'll tell you why!

02:14

It's a common misconception that in order to succeed you have to be "the best". In this lecture I de-bunk that myth and give you my true thoughts on the subject.

06:00

In this lecture I give you a heads up on the costs involved with starting/running a virtual recording studio business, as well as give you insights on how to leverage your day job. This lecture also includes tips on what types of day jobs are a good fit for running a virtual recording company!

4 pages

Are you really cut out for this? I ask some important questions that you'll need to answer honestly in order to find out if this is really a fit for you.

Section 3: 3 PLACES TO GET YOUR FIRST CLIENTS!
Article

Start getting clients while you take this course!

03:25

This first place I'll show you is a website that gets us a minimum of $1000 per month in audio gigs. It's my favorite!

01:41

It's important that your brand has reach so I'm revealing a second place where I recommend you have a presence. Although it's slightly different from there first... there are some similarities.

02:13

Now, this one may shock you. Craigslist? Really? Yes! Hear me out... In this lecture I tell the story on how we got our biggest client to date on Craigslist.

Section 4: IT ALL STARTS WITH A BRAND
02:35

In this lecture we discuss what a brand is, how to create your brand, and why it's important. I also include an article on Branding Vs. Marketing so that you know the difference.

04:39

In this lecture I show you examples of different types of virtual recording studios so that you can see how others are branding their business.

04:19

In this lecture we talk about "what makes you special" and how to determine what you'll over clients.

07:26

In this lecture I'll show you a real life case study of how my company has developed it's brand to adapt to a new market.

07:51

Your name IS your business! In this lecture I go over different types of business names, give you some inspiration, and talk about how to strategically name your company based on your big picture goals!

06:33

We live in a vane world. Everything you do has to look cool and look professional. In this lecture I show you how to create amazing graphics for your marketing, website, and more WITHOUT being a graphic designer!

07:19

Your sound is a huge part of your brand. Your company is built around the art that you create. In this lecture I'm going to show you have to build a comprehensive music portfolio and reveal a few "slick ways" to present it to your audience that you make you look super pro!

Article

What is brand consistency? It's the key to maximizing your brand efforts and it makes it easier to stay relevant in the eyes of your audience. In this lecture I give you some tips on keeping your brand consistent.

Section 5: SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS CORRECTLY
03:10

In this lecture I'll show you how to incorporate your business so that you can protect your assets. This will also allow your company to be a separate entity with it's own credit line!

03:52

In this lecture I show you how to set up a domain with GoDaddy. I also explain why we'll be using GoDaddy versus other domain companies. We'll also chat about the importance of a "domain email" and how those work.

03:52

In this lecture I'll tell you about the longterm benefits of using Paypal to accept payments for your business in addition to the immediate features that it will offer your business. Ultimately, using Paypal will lead to more work and happier clients!

Article

Just some brief information about business banking...

4 pages

In this lecture you'll receive a simple worksheet that will effectively and quickly help you determine the pricing, refund, revision, and ownership terms for your services.

1 page

Use this vital checklist to follow along and make sure that you're hitting all of the milestones when setting up your virtual recording studio business.

Section 6: CREATING A WEBSITE THAT WILL GET YOU PAYING MUSIC CLIENTS
04:36

In this lecture I reveal to you what "kind" of website you'll be creating and which service to us. This is imperative to your long term success. You want a site that is scalable and search engine friendly. I'll tell you the best option!

04:07

In this lecture I'll show you how to quickly set up your web hosting with GoDaddy and get your Wordpress site live!

09:40

You could create an entire course just on using Wordpress, but in this lecture I want to go over some basics. It's your responsibility to put in some extra effort to digging deeper into Wordpress and becoming a pro! But, I'll show you how to get started and get your site up and running!

10:14

In this lecture I show you what Wordpress theme I recommend, how to install it, and how to edit and stylize your pages. This is the exact theme that I use for my company and I explain why I recommend that you use it too! Keep in mind that this theme also has it's own support for your specific questions. I've included a link to that in this lecture!

08:04

In this lecture we discuss the purpose of your homepage and I show you how to craft the perfect first impression for your website visitors. I've included the "must have" elements for you homepage that I use on my own site. It works!

08:56
Your navigation is more then just "links at the top of your page in a menu". In this lecture I will educate on the true purpose of your website navigation and how to maximize it so that you get more clients. I'll also tell you the must have pages that your virtual recording studio website should include!
04:34

It's important that you have individual pages for each one of the services that you offer. In this lecture I'll show you the "must have" elements for your service pages. These elements will educate your website visitors and convert them into clients.

07:07

In this lecture you'll learn the importance of a sales lead and I'll show you a smarter way to capture leads from your website. You don't want to use a basic "contact form". That isn't good enough. Instead, you'll learn how to put the perfect lead capture system into place.

05:36

In this lecture I'll show you the EXACT way that I get my website pages ranking on google using a Wordpress plugin called YOAST SEO. I'll also show you how to strategically name your pages for getting found on search engines.

Section 7: ESSENTIALS FOR RUNNING AND MANGING YOUR BUSINESS TO SAVE TIME AND BE STRESS FREE
07:58

Most freelancers and small businesses fail because they don't know how to effectively run their company. In this lecture I'll show you some MUST HAVE tools that will help you easily run your business and eliminate headaches.

12:19

In this lecture you'll be able to see the tools in practice as I show you my exact process for managing leads and projects from start to finish!

05:47

Client revisions are one of the toughest things to manage when you're working virtually. Since you aren't in the same room you don't get to discuss revisions and change things quickly on the fly. In this lecture I'll show you a slick way to manage and keep track of your client's revisions!

05:31

In this lecture I'll show you how to "categorize" your time and build out a schedule that suits your life and keeps your business on track.

Section 8: HOW TO WIN CLIENTS & GET MORE GIGS
07:36

That's okay! You don't have to be a "slick hair" 1970's slime ball. In this lecture I show you the elements for interacting, engaging with, and understanding your potential customers.

4 pages

The exact script I use when a potential client first reaches out to work with me. The point of the initial contact is to set a great first impression and book the proposal call.

4 pages

This is the exact outline that I use to win my proposal call 8 out of 10 times.

02:52

Part of sales is keeping your client's experience satisfactory. In this lecture I show you how to do that with one word.

01:55

This is the most important sales practice that you lead to many more clients and gigs. You must do this!

Section 9: PROMOTING YOUR VIRTUAL RECORDING STUDIO
1 page

Understand what the definition of marketing is and it's purpose before moving forward.

07:28

No tricks or nonsense. This is absolute best way to spend your marketing dollars. I also go over with you why marketing isn't a "one size fits all" thing and you're wasting time by copying others.

05:23

The best way for clients to find your web company is through rankings on search engines. This equates to 95% of my new clients. Follow this lecture and learn how to maximize your websites rankings.

03:56

This lecture explains the practice of word of mouth and leveraging your current clients and contacts to start getting the word out about your brand. In other industries they call this your "Sphere of Influence".

08:33

Craigslist promotion was exclusively how I got paying clients for the first year and a half of my business. In this lecture I show you what I did to run campaigns that attracted songwriters, musicians, and companies to work with me.

5 pages

Most of you will have no idea how to write an effective post of ad for your company. That's okay! In this lecture I show you the anatomy of writing an ad that will attract more serious clients.

05:00

For me... social media isn't the "end all be all". Most people waste time trying to promote their business on social media but don't see results. Instead I offer a more active approach to get clients quickly.

4 pages

It's still important to have a presence on social media. Long term it can lead to clients. In this "quick tips sheet" I list some of the tips and tricks that have helped me with each platform!

Section 10: SO YOU HAVE WORK. NOW WHAT? GROWING YOUR BUSINESS!
10:00

This audio lecture explains 2 different paths to take when growing your business. I tell the story of which path I took and why.

16:15

The most effective way to grow and expand your company is to get client feedback! In this lecture I show you how I get the right feedback from my clients.This has helped us grow every year!

2 pages

There are many ways to expand your business and incorporate multiple income streams once your primary company is up and running. In this lecture I reveal additional income streams and talk about the "right time" for integrating them into your virtual recording studio business.

03:26

At some point you'll need funding to grow your business. It can be very difficult to get funding as a small business. Bank loans, personal loans, and micro loans can be very expensive. In this lecture I show you the quickest and easiest way to get funding for your business.

1 page

Build trust with your clients and learn how to navigate additional income streams in the music industry. Here's a list of my recommended reading!

Section 11: WRAP UP LESSONS
4 pages

I wish that I knew what was coming when I started my business... The obstacles that I was going to face. It would have saved me a lot of time and energy! In this lecture I go over some of the initial obstacles that you'll face in business and how to deal with them/avoid them. Being prepared is key!

2 pages

By expanding your knowledge outside of music you'll be able to run a more self-sufficient business. Here are 5 "non music related skills" that every home studio owner and music producer should know about. This has given me a competitive advantage and will for you too.

09:11

Your almost ready to go! Before you dive in I'd like to personally give you some inspiration, motivation, and talk about the importance of your progress.

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Instructor Biography

The Songwriting Team, Relevant education for exceptional music creators

The Songwriting Team is a music production agency and songwriting company based in Nashville serving over 200 clients in 21 different countries. We specialize in creating relevant music for our clients who range from singer-songwriters and bands to companies and TV networks.

We also have a passion for helping other independent music creators build their brand and make better music. We've proven that you can independently forge your own path in the music industry without managers, publishers, or labels and our goal is to inspire you to do the same. Our teaching style is both relatable and practical.

We can teach you what recording schools can't.

In our spare time we also run an awesome pro audio blog called "Break The Factory" which is loaded with free articles and tutorials. Our courses and articles have been featured on The Pro Audio Files, Recording Studio Rockstars Podcast, Rekkerd, Mix Notes TV, Splice, and many more trusted pro audio resources.

We hope that you enjoy our courses! You're in for a real treat.

Keep Creating!

Daniel, Christian, and Tom

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