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Let us guide you through the 3-Steps of the Indie Success Path™

#1 - Uncover the Mysteries of the Music Industry

You just wrote a song and you're thinking to yourself, "what do I do now?" Don't worry this is completely normal. The music industry is so confusing that even with a 4-year degree in music performance, I still wasn't prepared to collect all my music royalties, set up my music business, and lay the foundation for financial success. That's why at the Indie Music Academy we are dedicated to filling the gaps so that every independent musician is prepared with a rock-solid business and marketing foundation so their creativity will shine. So for any artist who is ready to take control of their career, we recommend:

"Indie Basic Training"
Prerequisite: None! Anyone can join. All genres of music.
  •  For beginner and intermediate artists who need clarity on how the music business works.
  •  For musicians who need to learn how to release their music the right way.
  •  For songwriters who need to learn how to register and collect their music royalties.

$197

ONE TIME | LIFETIME ACCESS

Indie Basic Training

Indie Basic Training 🥊

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What would you get if you combined Marketing 101 and Business 101 and specifically tailored it for indie musicians? You get "Indie Basic Training!" You will learn how to:

  • Crush your song releases using our 10-step release plan.
  • Finally get clarity on how to collect your music royalties and deposit into your bank account.
  • Discover how Spotify works and how to trigger the Algorithm.
  • Find your authentic artist brand and voice.
  • Understand your important music KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) so you can build a successful business.
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#2 - Learn How to Grow a Larger Fanbase

As an artist, your impact and income are directly tied to the number of people you serve in your audience. This is well known and understood by countless entrepreneurs and artists alike. The hard part is understanding how to build that audience from scratch. That's why at the Indie Music Academy, we don't want you to be left alone to figure it out by yourself—instead surround yourself with the community and coaching you need every step of the way by joining:

"The Indie Growth Community"
Prerequisite: Completed Indie Basic Training
  • For artists who need to grow their fanbase the right way (not just social media numbers but real superfans).
  • For musicians who crave the support of a like-minded community with a united goal for fanbase growth.
  • For students who want direct feedback from Ryan, the Founder of the Indie Music Academy.

$47/mo

DIRECT COACHING | CANCEL ANYTIME

Indie Growth Community

The Indie Growth Community 🚀

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Imagine a supportive community of like-minded artists with the common goal of building a fanbase of 500-1000 engaged superfans—all with the expert mentorship of a music marketing master? You're in the right place! All of that and more is inside the "Indie Growth Community." Here's what you get:

  • A massive 20-hour library of Netflix-style marketing training specifically designed to grow your audience and mailing list.
  • Powerful Q&A webinars with music marketing expert: Ryan Waczek (the founder of the Indie Music Academy).
  • Quarterly "Tech Masterclasses" so technology is never a barrier in your music career.
  • Plus, you have the flexibility to cancel anytime!

Prerequisite: Completed Indie Basic Training 

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#3 - Earn an Income From Your Music

A true indie artist creates music for the love of the craft. But let's face it—scraping together pennies from streams, CD sales, and live gigs doesn't lead to financial freedom. Enter your coach Ryan Waczek: who has sold over 1 Million Dollars worth of products online—spanning from coffee, leather shoes, professional services, musical products, instrumentals/beats, and digital products. Ryan understands that financial freedom does not come through trading your time for money, but instead by leveraging your audience and offering unmistakable value at scale. Learn how to 10x your music income inside:

"The Musical Freedom Mastermind"
Prerequisites:
  • A Completed Application and Interview.
  • An Engaged Mailing List With At Least 1,000 Engaged Fans.
  • Already Earning at least $1,000/mo from Music.

$500/mo

PERSONALIZED MENTORSHIP | APPLY TO JOIN

Indie Basic Training

Musical Freedom Mastermind 💰

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Our highest coaching priority every week with a small and very select group of artists who are already achieving indie success. Leveraging the mastermind principle you will get personalized hot seats and direct access to Ryan as a mentor. Here's everything that's included:

  • Weekly Mastermind Mentorship Meetings via Zoom directly with Ryan.
  • Direct Access 24/7 to a Private Chat with Ryan.
  • Converse back-and-fourth over "Voxer" to diagnose and solve your income roadblocks.
  • Personalized 90 min Hot-seats where we deep dive into your music career.
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Power-up Your Artistry

$197

ONE TIME | LIFETIME ACCESS

The Fine Art of Songwriting

The Fine Art of Songwriting

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Join Grammy-Award Winning Songwriter, and renowned songwriting instructor, Steve Leslie as he shares his songwriting process that has resulted in recordings by artists such as George Strait, Darius Rucker, Mark Chestnut, Kenny Rogers, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Darryl Worley, and others!

  • Learn the principles behind ALL great songwriting regardless of style.
  • Connect with your listeners on a much deeper level than ever before.
  • Unlock the magic of story-telling.
  • Learn from a master teacher an approach to songwriting you will find nowhere else!
  • Watch your songs go from good to great!
  • All taught by Grammy-Award Winning Songwriter Steve Leslie!
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$197

ONE TIME | LIFETIME ACCESS

Guitar Method and Music Theory for Songwriters

Guitar Method & Music Theory for Songwriters

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Join Grammy-Award winning songwriter, and renowned songwriting instructor, Steve Leslie as he shares his deep knowledge of chords and chord progressions, music theory, and guitar technique, that has changed the lives of hundreds of songwriting students over the past forty years!

  • Designed specifically for the songwriter-guitarist of all levels.
  • Master chords and chord progressions and paint with a wider palette.
  • Why play just a G chord when you can play a GMaj9! 
  • Music theory simplified and explained.
  • Learn how to communicate with other musicians exactly what you want.
  • All taught by Grammy-Award Winning Songwriter Steve Leslie!
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4-Week Transformative Programs

These programs are always available to join at any time for any artist.

$297

ONE TIME | LIFETIME ACCESS

The Fine Art of Songwriting

8020 Music Business Crash Course

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Completely understand how the music industry works and build a rock-solid music brand in just 4-weeks. You'll learn how to read contracts and secure deals, negotiate splits, register your songs, collect royalties, and attract new fans worldwide. 

  • Week 1: Distribution, Registration, Metadata, & Royalties
  • Week 2: Understanding Contracts, Copyright Law, & Music Licensing
  • Week 3: Your Branding, Artist Image, Finding Your Marketing Strategy
  • Week 4: Music Monetization, Building Your Music Revenue Streams, and Creating a VIP Fanbase That Pays You Monthly

Instant Access. Enroll Today!

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$197

ONE TIME | LIFETIME ACCESS

The Fine Art of Songwriting

Music Selling Through Storytelling

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The data is clear: better content WILL grow your fanbase and take your music career to the next level. That's why artists need to master these proven storytelling structures that are guaranteed to make fans listen, engage, and spend money with you!

  • 30 Days of Powerful, Rock-solid Storytelling and Marketing Strategies.
  • Daily Lessons, Templates, and Scripts that you can utilize TODAY.
  • Learn how to create a week-long "Re-Engagement Campaign" to awaken old fans who have forgotten about you.
  • Learn my story-driven technique to promote anything to your music for an entire week without being “salesy” or annoying!

Instant Access. Enroll Today!

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