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“The Essential Online Music Business School”

Learn everything you need to know to succeed in the music business today

Get More Gigs and Fans

The New Artist Model in an online music business school for independent musicians, performers, recording artists, producers, managers and songwriters. Get the business tools you need right here and get started today from the co-author of The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Generation.

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Our classes teach essential music business and marketing skills that will take you from creativity to commerce while maximizing your chances for success. Develop a strong understanding of the current music industry and develop the skills and resources  you need to make a meaningful impact.

  • Learn how to go from creativity to commerce
  • Build a strong foundation for your musician business
  • Book more gigs and make more money
  • Learn how to start your own record label
  • Understand music publishing and copyrights
  • Learn about the new music business
  • Create a plan and strategy to drive your success
  • Learn how to manage your time and resources
  • How to get signed and how to get a record deal
  • Learn how to energize your superfans
  • Make free music work for you and turn your fans into buyers
  • Learn music marketing, promotion and artist management
  • Connect with other musicians just like you

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Who is this school for?

Are you an indie musician trying to make a living in music? Do you want to perform? Do you want to write songs?
Do you want to produce music? Do you want to start a record label? Are you a DJ or Producer?

Online music business course independent musicians

Performers, DJs and MCs

Online music business course independent musicians

Producers, Songwriters, & Composers

Online music business course independent musicians

Recording Artists, Managers and Business People

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Most independent musicians today are simply not making enough money. Many artists don’t understand how the music business of today works, some are confused by copyright and licensing, quite often indie artists don’t have a strong enough team around yourself and you don’t have a strategic plan to grow your career. Do you find that you are spending far too much time trying to navigate the myriad of business issues and not nearly enough time honing your craft?

The New Artist Model provides clear step by step instructions for organizing a musician business and setting up multiple revenue streams like licensing, performing, merch and distribution. The classes shos you ways to leverage social media to expand your audience, start a record label, turn your fans into buyers, energize your super fans, and use free music to your advantage. Learn collaboration techniques to book more gigs, build a unique brand, stay in creative control, make more money and grow your dream.

  • Understand copyright, licensing & publishing
  • How to manage your time better
  • Crowd funding & financing your music
  • Marketing strategies that work for you
  • Ways to build your audience and network
  • A simple way to create a career plan
  • How to build a team to help you grow
  • How to book more gigs and play more
  • Best ways to collaborate and network
  • How to make money and manage it
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Student Experiences

Artists can’t do everything, at least not at the same time, So I love that Dave has arranged the content in an orderly way so it’s not trying to do everything at once. I’ve already started to strengthen my team in the first 3 weeks of taking this course. It’s clear that Dave is an expert in online learning, based on his experience with the Online Music School for Berklee. The courses have a good mix of video, quiz, and articles, as well as diverse experts. it’s easy to fit in the schedule, accessible, entertaining, and insightful. I can login from phone, computer, etc. I want to follow a system to MOVE forward in earning, credibility, and leveraging time to make an impact.


I could have saved a ton of money if I knew about this course.

After studying music, recording, and business at a major university, I can say that this course covers everything I’ve learned and way more in a better, concise method. Practical topics such as touring and performing, and marketing and promotion are taught in a way that directly relate to my business.

This course provides invaluable information and immediate concepts and practices for running a musician business.

Leslie K.

This is the best time to be an artist. You are empowered in ways you never have been before. You can create your work, distribute it, and connect directly with your audience—all without the requirement of a Gatekeeper. That makes you an entrepreneur.

This online music business course takes you step-by-step through every facet of running your own business as a musician. It’s an insider’s view for independent musicians that’s not invested in old systems and pecking orders and paying your dues. Dave really looks out for you.  It’s all about you, the artist, and making the most of the new methods. Good stuff.

Michael BSee More Here

I enrolled in the class because I work in music business. I’m an artist manager who deeply values artist development and understanding your business and industry. I’m a huge fan of Berklee College of Music, Dave Kusek and the Digital Cowboys, so it made sense for me. It gives you a heads up on what’s happening in the every changing music industry. Once going thru it and doing the assignments, you’ll be ready to take on the BEAST known as the music industry, and thrive!!!! I love the well rounded information and insight that I’m receiving from veteran music business professionals. I also like the assignments because they force you to put all the knowledge and insight into something tangible.


About the Author

I’m Dave Kusek and I’m here to help you be more successful with your music. I’ve been blessed to be able to work in the music business all of my life with independent musicians, producers, songwriters, performers, managers, label owners, publishers and educators. I’ve had the honor of helping many people live their dreams in music.  In 2005 I co-wrote one of the best selling music business books, The Future of Music which has sold over 50,000 copies. I helped to get the MIDI standard started long ago and was a pioneer of digital music at Passport Music Software where we helped hundreds of thousands of musicians create music.

As the founder and former CEO of Berklee Online, the world’s largest music school, I helped teach tens of thousands of students around the world.  At Berklee College of Music, we won the award for the Best Online Course eight years in a row. I’ve  taught music business for over 14 years and have worked with many thousands of musicians to help shape their careers. I’ve helped artists, songwriters, performers, promoters, managers, label people, publishers, booking agents, and A&R reps. I love the music business and think this is a great time to be a musician.  I hope that you will  join me and take one of the New Artist Model online classes, the online music business school for independent musicians.

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The New Artist Model online music business school covers music promotion, music distribution, how to start a record label, booking gigs, booking agent, touring, gigging, live performance, music publishing, copyright and licensing, online marketing, social media marketing, branding, brand building, music merchandise, merch, merchandising, entrepreneurship, business management, artist manager, artist management, music management, recording, digital music, how to get a record deal, get signed, crowd funding, crowdfunding and much more. The New Artist Model will teach musician, composer, songwriter, producer, promoter, booking agent to think like an entrepreneur and run their music industry jobs and music careers like a business. The brainchild of Dave Kusek founder of Berkleemusic – these online music business classes will help you guide your music career as you learn music and the theory behind independent music success. This online training will help shape rock star entrepreneurs of the future.

Dave Kusek’s New Artist Model is a service of Cowboy Ventures, Inc.