Bio

Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan are musicians, authors, journalists, public speakers, instructors, and consultants. They co-wrote the critically-acclaimed The Indie Band Survival Guide (Macmillan), The DIY Musician (Random House), Making Money With Music (15-hour online course via CreativeLive), and are columnists at Electronic Musician Magazine (The DIY Advisor). They professionally speak about music business and revenue generation at conventions, music organizations (e.g. The Recording Academy -- GRAMMY.org), businesses (Guitar Center), cities (New York City, Austin, Chicago), and schools (SAE, Music Industry Workshop, Columbia College). This includes speaking at venues such as Carnegie Hall. Their band, Beatnik Turtle, has released over 500 songs spanning 20 albums, licensed music to Disney and Viacom, and wrote music for TV, films, and theater including Chicago's Second City. In 2007, they released a song every single day of the year from their website TheSongOfTheDay.com.

Books

Online Courses

Feature Articles at Electronic Musician

The DIY Advisor Web Column

Videos

Educational Courses and Classes

  • Making Money With Music, CreativeLive, San Francisco (November 2013)
  • "Networking for Musicians", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Music Marketing", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Music eMarketing", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Public Relations", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "20 Ways to Make Money With Music", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Writing Copy for Social Media", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "How to Sell Music Yourself", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Social Networking for Musicians", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Entrepreneurship", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Producer Makes a Living", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Digital Domain", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)
  • "Introduction to Being a Producer", Music Industry Workshop, Guest Lecturer (Multiple Sessions: 2009 - 2013)

Talks, Panels, and Speaking Engagements

  • How To Release Your Music In A Streaming World To Grow Your Fanbase And Generate Revenue, 2112, Chicago, IL. (Aug 2017)
  • How to Make Money with Music: Digital Edition, The Made In New York Media Center, New York City (June 2017)
  • How to Make Money with Music, Carnegie Hall, New York City (June 2017)
  • Jewels for the Journey Oklahoma City Music Conference, Oklahoma City (March 2017)
  • Urban Grind TV: Booth Radio Behind the Grind, Chicago, IL (March 2017)
  • Making Money With Music, 2112/Fort Knox Studios, Chicago (March 2017)
  • Making Money With Music, Guest speaker at SAE Chicago (Aug, 2016).
  • ATX Music Revenue Development Workshop, Austin, TX (July 2016)
  • Making Money With Music, IMSTA Festa, Chicago (July 2016)
  • Making Money With Music, Guest speaker at SAE Chicago (April, 2016).
  • Making Money With Music, GRAMMYPro Music Business Summit, Austin, TX. (November 2015)
  • One-On-One Mentors, DIY Musician Conference, CDBaby, Chicago (Oct 2015)
  • The Art of Crowdfunding, Music Business Night School, San Francisco Grammy Association, San Francisco (April 2015)
  • "Effective Presentations", Private Corporate Speaking Engagement, Chicago (February 2015).
  • "Talent Buying: How to Book Great Live Shows", CIMMFest, Panel Discussion, Chicago (May, 2014).
  • "Making Money With Music", Chicago Creative Expo, Chicago (March 2014) .
  • "Selling & Understanding Your Market: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Business", Private Corporate Speaking Engagement, Chicago (February 2014).
  • "Making Money With Music", CreativeLive, San Francisco (3 day, 18 hour live broadcast) (November 2013)
  • "The 7 Registrations Musicians Must Do Before Releasing Music", Guitar Center, Chicago (Multiple Sessions -- 2012 - 2014).
  • "How to Get Your Music Heard: Get Your Music Played on Radio, the Internet, Streaming Services, and Into the Ears of New Fans", Multiple Sessions, Guitar Center, Chicago (Multiple Sessions -- 2012 - 2013).
  • "How to Market Your Music", Columbia College, Chicago (July 2013)
  • "Social Media Promotion", BaltiCon, Baltimore (May 2013).
  • "What Self-Promoting Authors Can Learn from Musicians", BaltiCon, Baltimore (May 2013).
  • "Making Money With Music", Music Business Night School, San Francisco Grammy Association, San Francisco (May 2013)
  • "Making Money With Music", The Indie Band Survival Guide 2nd Edition Book Release Event, Music Industry Workshop, Chicago (September 2012)
  • "The Business of Licensing & Publishing", Collabo Music Industry Mixer, Chicago (May 2012)
  • "What Self-Promoting Authors Can Learn from Musicians", FogCon, San Francisco (March 2012).
  • "Creative Commons: Legal Issue Panel", DragonCon, Panel Discussion, Atlanta (September 2010).
  • "Creative Commons, Podcasting, & Legal Issues", DragonCon, Panel Discussion, Atlanta (September 2008).

The DIY Musician Column at Electronic Musician

Industry Insider Columns at Electronic Musician

eBooks

  • "Planning Your Album From Beginning To End (2nd Edition)", Discmakers, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, (September 2014)
  • "Countdown to Maximum Exposure: A Promotion Timeline" CDBaby, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, (March 2011)
  • "Planning Your Album From Beginning To End (Original edition)", Discmakers, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, (March 2009).
  • "Indie Band Survival Guide Special Edition: Using ReverbNation", ReverbNation, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, (March 2009).
  • "Indie Band Survival Guide Special Edition: Using Eventful", Eventful, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, (February 2009).
  • "The Original Indie Band Survival Guide (Update)", IndieGuide, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan (August 2008).
  • "The Indie Band Survival Guide (Original)", Beatnik Turtle, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan (January 2006).

Online Media Articles and Guest Blogs

Discography