Tell us how and when you decided to become an entrepreneur?
I started my first business when I was 16 years old. At that age, I was a guitar player in a band with my brother and a few friends. We already had gigs for a long time, but it was becoming essential to issue invoices and formalize certain things. In fact, I started a tiny booking agency that only represented one artist at the time.
This small business allowed me to familiarize myself with the business side of the music. I learned a lot through trial and error. Later on, I became a concert promoter working with many rock artists such as The Misfits, Motorhead, Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and the list goes on and on.
Tell us about your company?
The Music Business School (www.themusicbusinessschool.com) offers online courses, private coaching, and special events. It brings together teachers specializing in the entertainment field as well as working professionals from the music industry, including Steve Pageot, who won a Grammy for his work with Aretha Franklin. He does a great job with us and he is really supportive. Several other teachers are currently preparing great courses as well, which will be available via our educational platform.
How did you come up with the idea of your company?
The idea of offering online courses simply came from my students. I was a music industry teacher (i.e. Music Marketing, Copyright, Concert Production, etc.) for almost two decades at a private career college based in Montreal.
Tell us how exactly does The Music Business School works?
It’s very simple. Students can choose the course they want and learn at their own pace. There are courses for all budgets, some are even 100% FREE.
What is your role? What do you enjoy most about your role?
My main role is to hire teachers and develop the course curriculum. I like it because it allows me to use many of my skills.
What do you feel distinguishes The Music Business School from other similar companies?
Although the platform is online, there are real human beings working on the project. We really want to offer personalized and affordable support to all our students. We hope that at the end of the course, the student will have the feeling of having evolved, both from a personal and professional standpoint.
What are the biggest challenges in your business right now?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge right now is to develop a brand image that is consistent on all digital platforms.
What suggestions do you have for other entrepreneurs like yourself?
Learn to plan your actions and be flexible. Do not hesitate to ask for help when necessary and above all, work hard but do not become a slave to your business.
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