Wednesday, April 21
Keynote: Rick Barker, Music Entrepreneur & Former Manager – Taylor Swift
Wednesday, April 21
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Rick Barker (Speaker) Creator, Music Industry Blueprint
  • Darryl Spring (Speaker) Owner / Host, Spring Pod / Darryl Talks TO Bands
  • Darryl Hurs (Speaker) Owner / Partnerships / Programmer, Indie Week Canada


Rick Barker had 0 artist management experience when he was hired to manage a then-unknown, teenage Taylor Swift in the mid 2000s.

But as a West Coast promo exec at Swift’s label Big Machine, Barker knew how to take an artist and their music from nowhere to everywhere with the right grassroots approach. “If you want to sell 500,000 records, you have to meet 500,000 people,” he famously told her at the start of their journey together.

Barker has since gone on to found The Music Industry Blueprint, an online training program and podcast series that has impacted thousands of artists in over 30 countries across 20+ genres of music. Rick will share candid insights from his career, his life in personal recovery and the actions you can take to embrace the new paradigm of music marketing.  


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