The Business Side of Music

The Business Side of Music is an interview show designed to help independent artists and songwriters better understand and navigate the music industry. 45-year industry veteran, Bob Bender talks to successful guests from every corner of the industry about their careers to discover the things they did right as well as the lessons they learned from any mistakes they made.


#132 - New Music Platform that Provides a Recurring Income to the Artist

John Waupsh is the CEO of Nerve, which is a service in an app that is crafted to stream unique audio and video content, from your favorite artist. How this app is different from the others is that this one helps the artist make money.

Around 2012 he started Preservation Project, finding and releasing previously unreleased projects from artists, especially those that had never been discovered or signed to a record label. His goal is to reunite the lost artist or their estate with the lost music, as he collects royalties for them.

With Nerve, John and his friends got together and came up with the idea of creating a source somewhat like the Spotify model, except where independent artists can earn a recurring liveable wage off of their music. They’ve created a platform that allows the independent artist to deliver music to their fans, and at the same time make money in the process. You can find more information on the Nerve music platform at:

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Recorded at: for now wherever its safe, sound, and quiet, especially during the Covid 19 pandemic, then it's pretty much done VIA Skype or over the phone, with the exception for those fearless enough to come to Bob Bender’s living room… and there are a few). Some day we'll get back into the studio, but not holding our breath for now.

Mixed & Mastered at: Music Dog Studios in Nashville, TN

Production Sound Design: Keith Stark

Voice Over & Promo: Lisa Fuson


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The music provided for this episode is from:

Artist: Grant My Wishes

Single: Granted

Album: Relentless (2015)

Composer: Brie Marie



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