On episode 3 - Part 3, of the The Golden Rules, owner of Homestead Entertainment / Red Light Artists Management, Brad Belanger stops by the studio and we talk about:
- Daily habits - Staying inspired daily - Intimacy - The future of the music industry
#QOTD "have something to say and stand behind it"
#Knowledge - Write a hit song - Don't be greedy - Look for change - Be passionate - Take a leap, jump out and get it
For those not in the music industry, an artist manager, also known as a "band manager", is in charge of the business side of being in a band. Often, band members are great at the creative side of things but aren't so great at promoting themselves, booking their own gigs, or negotiating deals. In a very general sense, the task of a manager is take care of the day to day running of the band's career, so the band can focus on the creative side of things.
Brad started his own record label at 15. He learned how to screen-print merch, booked & promoted shows & fronted a three piece alt-rock band. After graduation from Middle Tennessee State University, Belanger started working as a booking agent at APA Agency for the Performing Arts in Nashville. A few months prior to YouTube launching, Belanger bought a camera along with editing software and taught himself the ins and outs of photography, videography, editing and graphic design. After working with clients like Taylor Swift & Warner Music, he was hired to a full-time position with country music superstar Keith Urban.
While working with Urban, Belanger was introduced to an up-and-coming young songwriter named Sam Hunt. Hunt was looking for a manager to help launch his solo career.
He then took his savings & started HOMESTEAD, his artist management firm. Belanger also shot/directed/edited the first 5 music videos for Hunt; shot and designed the album cover for Montevallo; and now oversees the career and brand of one of the country's hottest acts.