Rick Barker is a Personal Manager, Marketing Consultant and Public Speaker and the former manager of Taylor Swift.
After a 15 year career in radio, Rick moved over to the record company side in 2004 after accepting a job with Big Machine Records. While there he developed a unique touring model which helped create opportunities for recently signed artists with or without a national radio single to get in front of audiences, called Nashville To You. The concept was no matter where you live in the country, he could bring Nashville to you. Some of the first acts he took out were Sugarland, Josh Turner and Rodney Atkins.
Rick LOVES to teach and share with others and has observed that too often people waste time, energy and money becasue of lack of direction. His goal is to assist as many people as possible who are interested in pursuing a career in the music business.
Most recently he has been a consultant to Sony Music Nashville and Big Machine Records and owns his own marketing and consulting company Music Industry Blueprint.