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Terry McBride and Craig Pearce

AMIN RELEASE podcasts to help you set up a label

15 Mar


The RELEASE program is a business sustainability program for Independent record labels run by the Australian Music Industry Network, in association with the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), and Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ), with support from the Australian Government.

Terry McBride, Craig Pearce, and Dr Chris Stevens feature as speakers in the newly shared podcasts that were recorded at the RELEASE Workshop in late 2015 at Hepburn Springs. The podcast content is relevant to not only independent record label owners but to anyone working in the contemporary music industry.



Terry McBride is the current CEO and one of three founders of the Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Nettwerk Productions (Canada’s largest independent record label), Nettwerk Management (artist and producer management), Nettwerk One (publishing), and Artwerks (graphic and fashion design). Founded in McBride’s apartment in 1984, Nettwerk has corporate offices in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg and London. Since its inception, Nettwerk has released over 600 different albums and sold over 160 million albums worldwide with such renown artists as Avril Lavigne, Coldplay, Dido, Fun, Wanting, Passenger and Sarah McLachlan.

Terry discusses why he believes streaming is the way of the future, the importance of alignment and transparency in the music business and understanding market nuances.


Craig-PearceAs the co-founder of Triple M Management Ltd, Craig Pearce is the co-manager and tour manager for The Black Seeds and the full-time manager of The Phoenix Foundation. He has represented both bands and other acts such as Lawrence Arabia and Connan Mockasin since 2006; in the process releasing more than a dozen LPs and EPs in all territories across the world. He also has an extensive list of international and domestic tours under his belt, which span Europe, the US, Canada, the Pacific, Australia and NZ. On top of being a self-confessed spreadsheet geek, Craig loves nothing more than budgeting, accounting and “finding” royalties.

Craig talks about business management during the shift towards digital and beyond – he also discusses the relative stability that streaming can offer.


Dr Chris StevensDr Chris Stevens is an internationally recognised expert in the area of creativity and innovation. He provides consultation and training that allows people and organisations to successfully adapt to rapid technological, market and social change.  Chris has published articles on personal adjustment, creativity, insight and constructive outlooks and has been a contributor to leading marketing and branding journals.  He has personally consulted with the CEO’s of major media networks and has trained thousands of creative and other staff and managers in his uniquely practical approach to developing creativity and innovation.

In the first of two podcasts from Dr Chris on the value of soft skills to a label, he suggests ways of dealing with stress in business, including recognising natural responses to stressful situations (fight or flight), links between mental and physical health and success, perseverance and error recognition.


Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.