Bio

Randy and Jason are authors of Making Money With Music (St. Martin's Press/Macmillan) which covers over 100+ revenue streams musicians can tap. They've also written the critically-acclaimed The Indie Band Survival Guide (1st & 2nd Editions, St. Martin's Press/Macmillan), The DIY Musician (Random House), "Making Money With Music" (online course via CreativeLive), and are feature writers and weekly columnists at Electronic Musician Magazine (The DIY Advisor). They've also created intellectual capital for brands such as Reverbnation, CDBaby, Eventful, Disc Makers, Converse, Creative Commons, and more as a thought leaders and advisor in the fast-changing music industry.

Their band, Beatnik Turtle, is a horn-powered pop-rock band based in Chicago. They have recorded 20 albums, released over 500 songs, and successfully completed a song-of-the-day project where they released one song for every day of 2007. They’ve written music for TV, commercials, films, podcasts, theater (including Chicago’s world-famous Second City), and have licensed music to Disney/ABC Family and Viacom.

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

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