Bryan Calhoun

Creator of Music Business Toolbox

Music Business Toolbox
Bryan Calhoun

Bryan has over 25 years of experience at the nexus of technology, music and business. He provides digital strategy to his roster of superstar clients Lil Wayne and Young Money Records, The Roots, Jill Scott, G-Eazy, T.I., Trippie Redd, T.I.G. Records and Brandy.

He works closely with management powerhouse Maverick/Blueprint Group whose past clients include Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Drake and more.

He’s worked with labels Relativity/Sony, RED, and Warlock and ran industry relations and data management for SoundExchange which collects and distributes digital radio streaming royalties to artists and labels. He’s also worked with several streaming platforms including Beats and Apple Music, SiriusXM and most recently Pandora where he helped artists, labels and managers maximize their opportunities on the platform and oversaw several product launches. 

Always the artist advocate, he drew upon his experiences to create the Music Business Toolbox (MBT). It is a book and set of tools designed to empower musicians with actionable advice on navigating the complexities of the music industry.

The MBT is the required text in music business courses at several universities, including Kennesaw State University's Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program, where Bryan is also an Executive in Residence.

He is a frequent speaker at universities, music industry conferences and is a voting member of the Recording Academy.

Takes part in

Jun, 18 2:00 PM PDT
Big Ideas Stage
Panel Discussion

Turning Talents Into a Cash-Flow: Pathways to Success

  • Finding talents online: what’s the deal
  • How to sign your next biggest profit-generators
  • Alternative Investment: the most effective ways to self-fund & exploring royalty-based crowdfunding
  • Financing beginner artists: how to achieve a higher ROI from the start