(An Interview with Chlon Rogers)
Many people dream of being in the music industry. They envision crowds yelling their names and having loads of money. There is much more to the entertainment industry, however. While being a successful artist would be a dream come true, there is much more to the business side of that life and that is what the new book, Music Money by author and music executive, Chlon Rogers talks about.
Rogers has definitely earned the title of an expert on the business side of the music industry. She has an impressive background and education in business management and accounting and has worked with a long list of high profile clients and even some independent labels. As the Founder and CEO of Checkmate Business Management, her company provides accounting and business management services with a full team of music business professionals.
She is currently the COO of the Atlanta based independent record label, “Think It’s A Game Records”, which is behind artists like YFN Lucci, Rich Homie Quan, and Trinidad James.
Rogers has worked with countless big-name clients and says there was once a time when her main focus was getting as may clients as she could. Now, she wants to focus more on educating artists on things they should know in order to understand their paperwork and to make sure they know what it takes to maintain the lifestyle they create.
She tells us that her book “Music Money”, really is for anybody in the music or entertainment industry and that doesn’t necessarily have to be just the artist. From artists and label heads to PR and agents for artists, even if you are an independent label, this book is about educating the industry without exclusion. “It’s so much more to it than going into the studio and making a hot song”, she says.
When asked why she wrote her book, Rogers says she felt like it was needed to write because she sees so many stories about people that are doing great for three or four years, and then all of a sudden the money dries up. “A lot of times that’s because they didn’t have the business side of things in order”, she says. The advice Rogers has for new and established artists is this;
“I would say a big one is to understand your contract. Make sure that you know what you’re getting into when you sign. Make sure you understand your advances and know that this is not free money. Also, make sure you know the different ways that your music can make money for you and how to set yourself up properly to receive that income”.
The industry veteran has years of experience working all types of artists and has acquired an impressive 8 RIAA certified plaques. She says that this first book is just the beginning of her mission to educate and inform in the industry. Music Money is the first of a three-part series by
the new author that focuses on teaching everyone from artists to executives about the business side of the music industry.
Music Money is available now at https://www.bemycheckmate.com/.