About Rick Barker

Rick_BarkerfacebookI am a husband, father of two and am very blessed to have been able to make a career out of something I have loved for as long as I can remember “Music.” I am a Personal Manager, Marketing Consultant, Public Speaker, Teacher and now I can say Author  living in Nashville Tennessee. I am fortunate to have been involved in some amazing careers including Superstar Taylor Swift. After a 15 year career in radio, I moved over to the Record Company side in 2004 after accepting a job with Big Machine Records. I developed a unique touring model which helped create opportunities for recently signed artists with or without a National Radio Single to get in front of audiences, it was called Nashville To You. The concept was no matter where you lived in the country we would bring Nashville To You. Some of the first acts we took out were Sugarland, Josh Turner and Rodney Atkins.

I LOVE to teach and share with others. Too often people waste time, energy and money because of lack of direction. I have made it my goal to assist as many people as possible who are interested in pursuing a career in the music business.

My PHILOSOPHY is based on getting your product in front of an audience, building relationships and putting your career into your own hands.

Let me take you back to a conversation I had with Taylor in 2005. This excerpt is from Pollstar Magazine. Pollstar interviewed Taylor Swift in 2007, when the 17-year-old was celebrating her first gold album. She was managed by Rick Barker, previously the West Coast rep for Big Machine. Barker told Pollstar that he told Swift that if she wanted to sell 500,000 albums, she would need to meet 500,000 people. “He was the first one to ever say that to me and it sunk in,” Swift said. “I literally had a Top 10 single and no manager. We held off for a while because we kept saying, ‘Oh well, we’ll get this song to Top 30 and then we’ll be able to get a better manager. Oh, we’ll get this song Top 20 and then we’ll get a really good manager.’ Then we started realizing that we’re doing this whole thing ourselves.”

I know that all sounds pretty simple, but if it were don’t you think everyone would be doing it? The point is with the internet you can get to the people. Today, there is no excuse with all the online tools available (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) The ONLY person holding you back is you! After spending a couple of years managing Taylor, I realized I wasn’t the “travel the world kind of guy” (having a wife and two young kids, helped me realize that) so I decided to move the family to Nashville and set up shop. Over the past four years I have been involved as a consultant to Sony Music Nashville and Big Machine Records. I have secured Major Label Recording and Publishing Deals for my clients. I created a National Tour for unsigned artist who didn’t have a song on the radio called The Nashville To You Campground Tour. I have become an expert in Artist to Fan engagement and continue to speak on that topic at various seminars. It is all about The PLAN.

There are NO GUARANTEES, and if anyone tells you there is, RUN! What I do is evaluate what you have, and teach you how to take what you have and grow it into a business. This business is hard enough, don’t make it any harder. If you would like to find out the strategies involved and what it takes, then reach out to me. I am where I am today because of hard work and great mentors. I am ready now to pass it along to the next group of people who want to have a career in one of the most rewarding and fascinating businesses in The World, The Music Business. I look forward to speaking with you personally. Click on the Book Below and I will send you a FREE Digital Copy of “The $150,000 Music Degree!

Wishing You The Best,
Rick