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A (Long) Announcement For Music Industry Entrepreneurs

This month, 7 years ago, I was abruptly laid off from my role as VP of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships and General Manager of Music of a half-billion dollar US retail chain. Although the lay-off occured as a result of a company reorganization following an M&A transaction, it still came as a surprise.

That was a pivotal moment in my life as it set off a series of events that began with me founding my first music tech start-up (Maven Promo, formely ChazBo Music) and has continued with me earning a master’s degree in music industry administration; helping dozens of music industry entrepreneurs from around the world develop, launch, or scale their business in the music and digital media industries; entering the world of academia as an educator at some of the top universities on the US West Coast; and selling three companies in the music industry.

Today, 7 years after having my sense of security stripped from under me and 11 years after founding my first music industry business (I owned and operated an artist management company, a music publishing company, and an independent record label while simultaneously leading marketing and music at the US retail chain referenced above), I am humbled and amazed by what I’ve been able to accomplish for myself and for others in such a short period of time.

I’ve been entrepreneurial since I was a youth, but it has been in the last several years that the grunt work and endless sleepless nights have paid off.

I believe in paying it forward. I believe that some of the best lessons are the failures and successes of those who’ve walked the path before you. And I believe that curating these lessons and supplementing them with actionable insights and fundametal principles can help the most dedicated individuals change their outcomes. To this end, I am proud of the work I’ve been able to do in academia and busines coaching.

I have taught courses and masterclasses at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, CSUN Music Industry Administration, USC Marshall School of Business, Emerson Los Angeles, SAE Institute, California Luthern University, The Los Angeles Recording School, and College of the Canyons and have given presentations and participated as a speaker at some of the top music industry conferences in the United States such as SXSW Music Conference, Music Biz Expo, Indie Week, ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo and Digital Entertainment World Expo.

In 2017, Billboard recognized my course, “Music Industry Entrepreneurship,” in its list of “The 15 Best Music Business Schools in 2017” and the class continues to rank among the highest rated courses in the Music Industry Program at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Over the last 5 years, my courses have been exclusively available to students enrolled in the colleges and universities that have commissioned me to develop and teach at their institutions. These students spend tens of thousands of dollars to attend these institutions for access to quality higher education. While I believe that students outside of these institutions and young professionals who aren’t in college shound have access to my courses, even my UCLA Summer Sessions class, which is open to anyone, can still add up to thousands of dollars.

Therefore, in an attempt to share my knowledge and experience with as many interested music industry entrepreneurs as possible, I am excited to announce my limited run “Music Industry Entrepreneurship Masterclass”.

The Music Industry Entrepreneurship Masterclass will be a LIVE 4-hour masterclass taking place at various times on April 27th, 28th and 30th starting at only $199.

I will be posting more details and links to learn more tomorrow, so comment on this announcement to follow and receive notification of the discount link.

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Dae Bogan’s ‘Music Industry Entrepreneurship’ Class To Return To UCLA Summer 2019

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UCLA Summer Sessions​ has confirmed that my Billboard​-recognized course, “Music Industry Entrepreneurship,” will be offered this Summer during Session A.

UCLA, UC, and non-UC students (including individuals who are not enrolled in college anywhere) are welcome. Enrollment is now open at summer.ucla.edu.

The class will meet on Thursdays (June 27 – August 1) from 6pm to 9:50pm at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music​ with the exception of Thursday, July 4th (there will be a total of 5 class meetings).

Course Description:

From digital-first record labels and music messaging apps to AR/VR (augmented reality / virtual reality) music experiences and blockchain-based music startups, entrepreneurs have been disrupting and innovating across the music industry since the launch of Napster in the early 2000’s. In this course, you will learn and apply principles of entrepreneurship and fundamental business strategies to the music industry. We will analyze case studies and current events and participate in critical discussions around music industry entrepreneurship. Course work will consist of developing business plans, workgroup labs, and building out infrastructure for start-ups that focus on technology and innovation in the music industry; all culminating in the pitch of a fictitious music industry company at the end of the quarter. You will also take away cautionary tales and lessons for success from founder stories presented by guest speakers of music industry start-ups and executives from established music industry companies.

 

Student Testimonial:

Without a doubt one of the most useful classes I have taken in my undergraduate career at UCLA. Professor Bogan has so much real world knowledge and knows how to convey that knowledge in a classroom setting immensely well. All the course material was invaluable to my progression and aspirations of being in the music industry. Every lecture was extremely well-prepared, with amazing guest speakers and information that I will be using for the rest of my life. Professor Bogan did a phenomenal job and I will be recommending this class to all my friends interested in music or starting their own company. Can’t say enough good things about this class. – Anonymous, Student Course Evaluation

Class Detail: https://sa.ucla.edu/ro/Public/SOC/Results/ClassDetail?term_cd=191&subj_area_cd=MSC%20IND&crs_catlg_no=0124%20%20%20%20&class_id=434415110&class_no=%20001%20%20

Apple To Recruit College Students For Apple Music From UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

I am pleased to announce that Apple has selected my Billboard-recognized class, Music Industry Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as a preferred source to recruit aspiring music industry professionals into its college internship programs at Apple Music.

Upon successful completion of an internship and graduation from UCLA, recent grads may become eligible for full-time employment at Apple music divisions.

An Apple Worldwide Recruiting representative will visit my class in January 2019 to promote their internship program to my students and answer any questions that students might have.

I am pleased with Apple’s decision to partner with universities and educators that deliver best-in-class education and experiences to students who may become tomorrow’s music industry leaders.

In reviewing my class students have shown great appreciation for the course and the speaker series that I curate throughout the quarter:

Hi Dae, Just wanted to thank you for an awesome class. This was one of the few classes at UCLA where I felt I was taught skills, not just about the subject matter but in how to go about achieving my career goals, that were applicable to my endeavors and will be used for the rest of my life. I got more out of it than I had with any other course here and I would highly recommend your class to to anyone interested in a music industry career.

– Student testimonial, Winter Quarter 2018

Without a doubt one of the most useful classes I have taken in my undergraduate career at UCLA. Professor Bogan has so much real world knowledge and knows how to convey that knowledge in a classroom setting immensely well. All the course material was invaluable to my progression and aspirations of being in the music industry. Every lecture was extremely well-prepared, with amazing guest speakers and information that I will be using for the rest of my life. Professor Bogan did a phenomenal job and I will be recommending this class to all my friends interested in music or starting their own company. Can’t say enough good things about this class.

– Student testimonal, Winter Quarter 2018

In addition to the relationship with Apple, I am excited to announce that I’ve established a relationship with music tech start-up accelerator Techstars Music that allows me to recommend student and alumni owned start-ups for consideration to receive seed investment and to participate in its accelerator program.

I look forward to continuing to add value to my course to offer students one of the best experiences in their academic careers at UCLA.

Dae Bogan Returns To UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music To Teach Billboard-recognized Course

I am happy to announce that my UCLA top rated and Billboard recognized course on music entrepreneurship will return to UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music next quarter, Winter 2019.

Course Title: MSC IND 188: Music Industry Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Course Description: From digital-first record labels and music messaging apps to AR/VR (augmented reality / virtual reality) music experiences and blockchain-based music startups, entrepreneurs have been disrupting and innovating across the music industry since the launch of Napster in the early 2000’s.

In this course, you will learn and apply principles of entrepreneurship and fundamental business strategies to the music industry. We will analyze case studies and current events and participate in critical discussions around music industry entrepreneurship.

Course work will consist of developing business plans, workgroup labs, and building out infrastructure for start-ups that focus on technology and innovation in the music industry; all culminating in the pitch of a fictitious music industry company at the end of the quarter. You will also take away cautionary tales and lessons for success from founder stories presented by guest speakers of music industry start-ups and executives from established music industry companies.

Personal Note: I developed “Music Industry Entrepreneurship and Innovation” as a forward-thinking course which reflects the kind of entrepreneurial exploration we will do around new business models and emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence in music composition, blockchain in music rights administration, cryptocurrency as royalty payments, augmented reality and mixed reality in music education, virtual reality in music experiences such as concerts, etc.). I’m looking forward to taking this journey with you starting January 2019.

Also Read: Billboard Highlights Dae Bogan’s Course At UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music Among Its “15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017”

Student testimonials:

Without a doubt one of the most useful classes I have taken in my undergraduate career at UCLA. Professor Bogan has so much real world knowledge and knows how to convey that knowledge in a classroom setting immensely well. All the course material was invaluable to my progression and aspirations of being in the music industry. Every lecture was extremely well-prepared, with amazing guest speakers and information that I will be using for the rest of my life. Professor Bogan did a phenomenal job and I will be recommending this class to all my friends interested in music or starting their own company. Can’t say enough good things about this class. – Anonymous, Student Course Evaluation

Very strong thought person allows him to be a very quality, natural teacher and mentor. Very cool to learn from a self made millionaire. Very humble and engaging. Understands the value on unorthodox education. – Anonymous, Student Course Evaluation

Hello Dae,

Hope your week has been going well! I just wanted to thank you for an amazing quarter. I really learned a lot from you and would love to keep in touch in the future. The information I gained from your class will help me in developing my professional career in the music industry and I just wanted to let you know how much of an impact you’ve had on me. Thank you!

Best,
R.

Hello Professor,

Thank you so much for all the knowledge you have provided this year, I have profoundly enjoyed your class.
-M.

Hi Dae,

Thank you for everything this quarter.

Not only have I learned so much about the music industry and entrepreneurship skills from your class, but you also taught me how to value my time and sense of self highly. With these valuable tools and mindsets, I have started to believe in myself so much more and I have also set higher standards for my life with purpose, thanks to you.

I appreciate the active investment you put in our actual learning through outside resources and guests. This class was a special experience, which has honestly been very hard to find in many of my professors these four years.

[Omitted]

I wish you enormous success in your future! I hope to be there one day as well 🙂

Best Regards,
E.

Dear Professor Bogan,

Hope this email finds you well! [Omitted]

I was truly inspired by your entrepreneurship and knowledge. It is great to see someone that looks like me be passionate, knowledgeable, and successful in the music industry. I also am grateful for all of the tools you gave us to create our own businesses. The things we learned are truly priceless and will help us structure our ideas and concepts for a lifetime. Moreover, thank you for the diverse array of music industry professionals you brought into the class, because of the depth of your network, you connected us with someone from just about every aspect of the industry, which gave me personal accounts of what is needed to get into this industry. I can tell that you carefully craft every aspect of your class, and I truly appreciate the effort and dedication to student learning.

[Omitted]

Not a goodbye, but definitely see you later! Thanks for a great quarter!

Best,
S.

Hi Dae,

Just wanted to thank you for an awesome class. This was one of the few classes at UCLA where I felt I was taught skills, not just about the subject matter but in how to go about achieving my career goals, that were applicable to my endeavors and will be used for the rest of my life.
I got more out of it than I had with any other course here and I would highly recommend your class to to anyone interested in a music industry career.

See you around hopefully,
A.

 

Music 2020: The Next Era of Innovation in the Music Industry

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Wednesday night, at California State University – Northridge (CSUN), I conducted my latest workshop, “Music 2020: The Next Era of Innovation in the Music Industry,” in Professor Andrew L. Surmani’s class for his M.A., Music Industry Administration students.

In this workshop, we explore the art and process of ideation; discuss the differences between invention, disruption, and innovation; and profile a number of developing innovations within the music industry including augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), blockchain and crypotcurrency. The presentation ends with a design thinking exercise where students break out into groups to work through the fundamental design thinking process of developing a minimum viable product to solve a vetted problem in the music industry.

The students seemed to like the workshop:

Dae, you were fantastic and the CSUN MIA students thoroughly enjoyed your very organized, insightful and forward thinking presentation. That was evident in the line of students waiting to talk to you at the break. Thank you again for coming to talk to our graduate music industry students.

– Andrew Surmani, Associate Professor of Music Industry Studies, California State University – Northridge


I’m looking forward to conducting this workshop next week at the College of the Canyons.

UCLA To Offer Dae Bogan’s Music Industry Entrepreneurship Class This Summer, Open To General Public

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For the second time, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music plans to offer Dae Bogan’s Music Industry Entrepreneurship class this summer. The non-theory workshop-style class will be offered under the college’s Special Courses in Music Industry designation MUS IND 188 and will be open to UCLA students as well as the general public.

About the course:

Learn and apply real-world business strategies and entrepreneurship principles to the music industry from a serial entrepreneur who has founded six and successfully sold three music industry companies. Meet and network with music industry entrepreneurs and professionals during an in-class speaker series. Whether you’re interested in founding a music industry company or working your way up to management of an existing company, learn skills from professionals who’ve taken music industry companies to the next level in recorded music, music publishing, live/touring, artist management, marketing/branding, and tech.

 

Also Read: Billboard Highlights Dae Bogan’s Course At UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music Among Its “15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017”

 

Enrollment:

  • Open to UCLA students and the general public.
  • Financial aid is available.
  • UCLA Summer Sessions website
  • Course Details page: click here

 

Previous students’ testimonials:

Without a doubt one of the most useful classes I have taken in my undergraduate career at UCLA. Professor Bogan has so much real world knowledge and knows how to convey that knowledge in a classroom setting immensely well. All the course material was invaluable to my progression and aspirations of being in the music industry. Every lecture was extremely well-prepared, with amazing guest speakers and information that I will be using for the rest of my life. Professor Bogan did a phenomenal job and I will be recommending this class to all my friends interested in music or starting their own company. Can’t say enough good things about this class. – Anonymous, Student Course Evaluation

 

Very strong thought person allows him to be a very quality, natural teacher and mentor. Very cool to learn from a self made millionaire. Very humble and engaging. Understands the value on unorthodox education. – Anonymous, Student Course Evaluation

 

Hello Dae,

Hope your week has been going well! I just wanted to thank you for an amazing quarter. I really learned a lot from you and would love to keep in touch in the future. The information I gained from your class will help me in developing my professional career in the music industry and I just wanted to let you know how much of an impact you’ve had on me. Thank you!

Best,
R.

 

Hello Professor,

Thank you so much for all the knowledge you have provided this year, I have profoundly enjoyed your class.
-M.

 

Hi Dae,

Thank you for everything this quarter.

Not only have I learned so much about the music industry and entrepreneurship skills from your class, but you also taught me how to value my time and sense of self highly. With these valuable tools and mindsets, I have started to believe in myself so much more and I have also set higher standards for my life with purpose, thanks to you.

I appreciate the active investment you put in our actual learning through outside resources and guests. This class was a special experience, which has honestly been very hard to find in many of my professors these four years.

[Omitted]

I wish you enormous success in your future! I hope to be there one day as well 🙂

Best Regards,
E.

 

Dear Professor Bogan,

Hope this email finds you well! [Omitted]

I was truly inspired by your entrepreneurship and knowledge. It is great to see someone that looks like me be passionate, knowledgeable, and successful in the music industry. I also am grateful for all of the tools you gave us to create our own businesses. The things we learned are truly priceless and will help us structure our ideas and concepts for a lifetime. Moreover, thank you for the diverse array of music industry professionals you brought into the class, because of the depth of your network, you connected us with someone from just about every aspect of the industry, which gave me personal accounts of what is needed to get into this industry. I can tell that you carefully craft every aspect of your class, and I truly appreciate the effort and dedication to student learning.

[Omitted]

Not a goodbye, but definitely see you later! Thanks for a great quarter!

Best,
S.

 

Hi Dae,

Just wanted to thank you for an awesome class. This was one of the few classes at UCLA where I felt I was taught skills, not just about the subject matter but in how to go about achieving my career goals, that were applicable to my endeavors and will be used for the rest of my life.
I got more out of it than I had with any other course here and I would highly recommend your class to to anyone interested in a music industry career.

See you around hopefully,
A.

 

From the syllabus (subject to change):

About this course

From recorded music and music publishing to live music and merchandise, entrepreneurs have been disrupting and innovating across the music industry for decades. In this course, students will learn and apply fundamental principles of entrepreneurship to the music industry. Students will analyze case studies and current events and participate in critical discussions around alternative business strategies in music industry entrepreneurship. Course work will consist of group assignments, workgroup labs, and strategic planning; all culminating in the presentation of a fictitious music industry company at the end of the session.

Learning goals

Students will finish the program understanding:

  • Fundamental principles of entrepreneurship.
  • The nature and function of strategic business planning.
  • Business tools and concepts around market research and ideation.
  • Forces affecting the music industry that shape how businesses operate.
  • How to develop and execute a lean go-to-market strategy.
By the end of the term, students will have gained a basic understanding of developing and launching a business in the music industry.

CreativeFuture Releases ‘The DIY Musician’s Starter Guide To Being Your Own Label & Publisher’ Written By Dae Bogan

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Over the last 10 years, I’ve had the honor of working with and supporting many DIY musicians in the development, launch and growth of their music careers. As an artist manager, indie label owner, music publisher, music retail executive and music tech entrepreneur I’ve directly contributed to the creation, promotion, release, administration and monetization of hundreds of releases.

It is from these experiences working with DIY musicians (and indies) and through my advanced education having earned a master’s degree in music business that I operate today as an entrepreneur, educator and advocate for DIY musicians.

I try to assist DIY musicians make sense of the music business through articles and insight, workshops, courses, webinars and now a short ebook.

I am excited to present The DIY Musician’s Starter Guide to Being Your Own Label and Publisher

The DIY Musician’s Starter Guide to Being Your Own Label and Publisher was written to (1) help DIY musicians become better advocates for themselves by demystifying some of the confusing concepts behind how the digital music industry operates, (2) to address and offer solutions to many of the challenges that DIY musicians face in their careers, and (3) to educate DIY musicians on the processes with which they must become familiar to increase the possibility of being properly compensated for the
use of their music across the digital music ecosystem.

In this guide, you will learn about the basics of music copyrights and the business implications of the difference between compositions and sound recordings. You will learn what it means to be your own label and publisher and the four different hats you wear in the world of music royalties. You will also gain practical knowledge and steps
for asserting your rights and capturing the royalties that your music earns across the digital music industry.

Get it FREE here.

Billboard Highlights Dae Bogan’s Course At UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music Among Its “15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017”

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Billboard today published its list of “The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017” and among them, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music was recognized for the work it’s doing to launch a new hybrid musicology and music business degree program.

The article also highlighted the “Music and Entrepreneurship” course that will be developed and taught by me in Winter 2018.

I am honored to be mentioned among the many other programs and educators represented in the article. This comes on the eve of my free music industry entrepreneurship masterclass tour taking place in Brooklyn (9/30), Oakland (10/14), Cleveland (10/21), and Los Angeles (11/18) and the launch of a series of online music business courses that I will be developing under my brand Marcato Academy.

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Read the full article here.

Dae Bogan Announces Marcato Academy’s FREE “Music Industry Entrepreneurship Masterclass Tour” 2017 – Brooklyn / Oakland / Cleveland / Los Angeles

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For years I’ve been asked to live stream my classes and workshops. I’ve finally decided to do something even better: I’ve decided to develop an online music business academy.

Over the next few months, I will be developing and publishing music business education online courses under the brand Marcato Academy. In music theory, “marcato” is the Italian word for emphasis and here I use it to mean an emphasis on quality music business education.

To kick-off to this journey, I’ve decided to put together a series of FREE masterclasses in cities that I will be visiting over the next several weeks to speak at music industry conferences or catch up with family and friends.

The “Music Industry Entrepreneurship Masterclass Tour” will feature four spot dates of 2 hour classes held in Brooklyn, Oakland, Cleveland, and Los Angeles.

Topics To Be Covered:

  • Intellectual Property (IP) – What is IP? What IP does your business create? How to protect your IP? What third-party IP does your business use? How to be compliant in the use of third-party IP?
  • Rights Administration & Licensing – What rights do you own and/or control? How are rights licensed and monetized? What are some rights administration best practices? When and how to join music rights organizations?
  • Business Formation – What business formation options are available to you? What are the pro’s and con’s between different entity structures? What are some tax implications that should be considered?
  • Go-To-Market Strategy – How to conduct market research in the music industry? How to develop a go-to-market strategy? How to market on a budget?
  • Team Building – When and how to build your team? How to seek, vet, and hire freelancers? How to leverage interns in a mutually beneficial manner? Best practices for remote organization management.
  • Networking & Personal Branding –  How to establish a personal brand as a music industry professional? How to find networking opportunities? Online networking best practices?

Ideal Attendees: Music industry entrepreneurs starting or currently operating record labels, music publishing companies, artist management firms, music production houses, and self-managed DIY musicians.

Tour Dates (Masterclass @ 11AM):

  • Sat. 9/30 – Brooklyn – 395 Warehouse – 395 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
  • Sat. 10/14 – Oakland – Zoo Labs – 1035 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607
  • Sat. 10/21 – Cleveland – BOP STOP at The Music Settlement – 2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
  • Sat. 11/18 – Los Angeles – SAE Insitute LA – 6700 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

FREE TICKETS AT WWW.MARCATOACADEMY.EVENTBRITE.COM

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