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Meet Evan Price of Artist Collective in Northwest side at Fort Knox Studios

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evan Price.

Evan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started in the music industry as a young drummer in a rock band. We began to play shows at a local all-ages venue in Springfield, IL. The club was mainly punk and hardcore, but we preferred metal. Out of pure desperation, I began contacting the agents of the bands we wanted to see and perform with. After relentless emails and phone calls, I started to work my way up to being a well-known promoter in the area in that genre. JET Agency was what it became known as.

Fast forwarding a couple years, I left the band and the promoter life behind to attend Columbia College Chicago for a Music Business Management degree. After a great internship with a blues musician in town, managing a couple artists, and jumping back into promoting for 3 years, I founded Artist Collective.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
At times it was a smooth road, but there was always a bump or curve ahead. The company focus and structure has taken many forms since inception. But now I feel our brand is stronger than ever and we have enough knowledge from past bumps to really start growing.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Artist Collective is a music consulting company with the goal of taking artists from being a part-time musician to a full-time business. We hyperfocus on personal branding, time management, building superfans and ways to monetize based on the specific skills of the artist.

We are music consultants. When we work with an artist we analyze all aspects of their career to figure out what is working, what isn’t and how we can improve the overall branding. We can use our contacts to assist with monetization, merchandise, photography or anything else the artist might need along the way.

What were you like growing up?
I was very ambitious. I wanted to take risks with business ideas and bands. I was an all-in type of kid. I loved playing drums, still do. But somewhere along the way, I wanted to step down from the stage and start a business.

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