Please Nominate Michael Brandvold for NARIP 2012 Best In The Biz

NARIP 2012 Best in the BizOnce again NARIP, the National Association of Record Industry Professionals, is conducting their Best In The Biz survey to identify and honor top professionals, and nominations are now open.

Could you take a moment to to visit NARIP and nominate Michael Brandvold in the following categories:

  • Best Marketing Professional, Online or Traditional – on page two
  • Best New Media / Social Media Executive – on page two

You do not need to be a member of NARIP to nominate. Thank you, I really appreciate this!

Nominate Now Selects Michael Brandvold as a Klout Star for Online Influence

Klout Star Michael Brandvold

I am extremely honored to announce that today I was selected as a Klout Star by, a website that measures your online influence.

Klout Stars series highlights top influencers and how they got to where they are today.

Read the brief interview:

Klout Star: Michael Brandvold « Measuring Online Influence: The Official Klout Blog.

Download the Slides from How To Use Social Media To Promote Music

I gave a presentation at NARIP, along with Hisham Dahud from, entitled How To Use Social Media To Promote Music. It was 2.5 hours long and packed with lots of information around using social media. The recording will be available to purchase from NARIP shortly, but in the meantime you can download the slidedeck.

Join Michael Brandvold and Hisham Dahud at How To Use Social Media To Promote Music

NARIP CoverJust A reminder that I will be speaking this Wednesday, October 12th at the San Francisco NARIP, National Association of Record Industry Professionals, event How To Use Social Media To Promote Music: Get A Digital Strategy In Just One Session.

I will be joined by Hisham Dahud from FameHouse and Hypebot.

WHEN Wednesday, October 12, 2011 6:00 p.m. – Registration and networking 7:00 p.m. – Program begins 8:15 p.m. – Break 9:30 p.m. – Program ends

WHO SHOULD ATTEND Artist Managers, Producers & Artist Reps Record & Music Publishing Executives Concert Promoters, Agents, Tour Managers Anyone seeking to create or enhance a music marketing plan or campaign using social media.

WHERE SAE Institute of Technology 450 Bryant St. San Francisco, CA 94107-1303

REGISTER NOW $15: NARIP Members $25: Non-members

3 WAYS TO REGISTER 1. Online: 2. Phone: 818-769-7007 3. Walk-up (if space permits) Advance RSVP encouraged. Pre-paid admission guarantees seating. No refunds.


A Plan to Focus on Fan Relationships – Episode 24 of The Music Biz Weekly Podcast

The Music Biz Weekly PodcastWelcome to episode 24 of The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson.

Each week Michael and Brian will discuss the latest events in the music business and music marketing events and techniques.

This week’s episode, September 9, 2011 – A Plan to Focus on Fan Relationships

Article mentioned: Rich Holtzman, Manager Of Portugal. The Man On How Social Media Built & Saved The Band

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About Michael Brandvold:

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention.

Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program.

Michael has also managed the online efforts for Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

About Brian Thompson:

Brian Thompson, Managing Partner for Thorny Bleeder Records, is a Vancouver based music industry entrepreneur, record label owner, artist manager, marketing consultant, radio promoter, publicist, web designer, blogger, and industry speaker.

Formerly the corporate head of music buying and marketing for a large national music retail chain, Brian has since moved on to become a well respected voice on the convergence of artist development, music marketing, social media, and technology.

Transcriptions done with assistance from Tak (pronouced TACK) from The Pawnshop Manual. Go check their music out at