On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff chats with three entrepreneurs working to make a huge difference in the business of music.

First up, Jeff chats with Jonathan Hayman and Cassie Alexe, co-founders of the Michigan Music Business Club. Hayman and Alexe are both are juniors in college at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.


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When they noticed a gap in student organizations, they created the Michigan Music Business Club to give members an exclusive, educational experience through hands-on speaking events, social events and internship recruitment events.

During the interview, Hayman and Alexe discuss:

  • How and why they created the organization to serve the university’s music business community
  • The different types of events Michigan Music Business Club hosts, including some of the biggest names in the music industry virtually and in person throughout its 16-month inception
  • The current excitement and disruption of the music industry as it relates to business
  • Current trends in music, such as NFTs

For more information, visit the Michigan Music Business Club official website.


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Next up, Jeff chats with Erik Nelson, co-owner of FanFlex, a music-tech platform for artists and venues that efficiently and profitably allows for the scheduling and booking of shows, tours and premium fan experiences.

As venues reopen their doors in a post-COVID world, never before has the need been so necessary to maximize a venue’s hours of operation and capacity, and FanFlex’s traction throughout the pandemic is a testament to this need.

During the interview, Nelson shares:

  • How he took his great idea and built it into a business
  • How FanFlex works for both independent venues and local, independent artists
  • How FanFlex has pivoted its revenue model during the pandemic
  • The future of FanFlex

To learn more, visit the FanFlex official website.


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