Right from your computer every week and get the information necessary to help determine your next steps in the music industry.
The MEC is an online club for aspiring artists, producers, managers, and label owners. Through live weekly video chats, webinars, beat/song critique sessions, and a private group, members learn from and interact with established music industry professionals.
The music industry changes so fast that often times books can't keep up with the latest information. Furthermore, there aren't very many resources that understand the independent artist experience and are willing to give you the real information.
The club was founded and ran by co-founder of Funk Volume Damien Ritter, Chris "Kato" Ju, DJ Pain 1 in partnership with DJBooth and BeatStars. Together they work to recruit a diverse cross-section of artists, producers, and professionals so you can get a variety of perspectives on how to achieve success in this industry.
Every week we address a different topic. If you have an idea for a topic or would like to know more about particular area of the music industry, then just ask. We cater to what you need and want to know about.
You can literally get all of the answers to your questions on the business side...contracts, social media, starting companies, music videos...It's just a great platform all around if you have questions about the music industry.
BLACK PEGASUS // Artist
It has been an amazing experience...Finding information about the music business from people that are actually doing it...that's not so easy to find...and everyone in the MEC knows what they are doing...we get to meet with industry executives all the time.
BE SEE // Producer
Every week it keeps getting better and better...every week there are gems being dropped...a piece of knowledge that I can apply myself...and because of that I avoid mistakes I would have made on my own.
BRUTAL // Artist
I made so many different connections. Met a whole bunch of producers, singers, rappers, artists...just people that all have the same mindset that I do...People that want to succeed in the music game...and it's been great.
LONZ CITYY // Producer
Damien is the founder of Black & Orange Management, and former President & Co-Founder of Funk Volume, a Los Angeles- based record label that had been cited as a leader among independent rap labels reaching $4M in sales in just the first 4 years. They earned consistent Top 10 chart placements on Billboard and iTunes and high profile write-ups in media outlets such as Forbes, Billboard, SPIN, LA Weekly, and more.
Prior to starting Funk Volume, he spent over 5 years in the consulting and financial services industries.
He earned his MBA from Stanford University, and B.S in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.
Chris "Kato On The Track" Ju is a Record Producer/Entrepreneur out of Atlanta, GA. Kato was formerly signed to independent label, Funk Volume, and has Produced for Artists like Jarren Benton, B.o.B, Wu-Tang, Hopsin, Tory Lanez, Joyner Lucas, Dizzy Wright, Trouble, K Camp, Futuristic, Token and many more.
Known for his production on Young Jeezy's platinum-selling album The Recession, producer Pacal "DJ Pain 1" Bayley stays busy. His journey started in the late 90's while cultivating hip-hop sensibilities through visual art, DJing, and beat-making. He balanced a career in youth service/teaching with creating music, often times marrying the two – he co-founded the first hip-hop performing arts program housed in an institute of higher education in his hometown.
Once he decided to focus on his production career, his resume quickly grew to include both legendary hip-hop acts (Public Enemy, MC Lyte) as well as contemporary hit-makers (Rae Sremmurd, 2 Chainz, 50 Cent). He has also garnered attention for his online video series on production and music business know-how.
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MEC WEEKLY CHAT EXAMPLE
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Music Entrepreneur Club: $9.99/month or $99.99/yr
Beat Club (includes MEC): $24.99/month or $249.99/yr
There are no refunds, BUT we do offer a free 2-week trial period. If you are not satisfied with the experience, then simply cancel before the trial period is over.
The MEC is ran by Damien Ritter, Kato on the Track, and DJ Pain 1. You can read more about them here.
There is one MEC and one Beat Club live session every week. Most of our sessions feature a special guest that has deep insight in a particular area of the music industry.
Yes, you can make money to help fund your career by becoming an MEC affiliate. More details are in your dashboard when you join.
Yes, we do offer 1 on 1 consultations to our members for an additional charge. You can book a consultation when you log into your dashboard.
The best online platform to learn the music business while networking with other aspiring and established music entrepreneurs.