Besides the fact that you have seen mentions and detailed write-ups in hundreds of articles while being the most talked about man in interviews with artists (whom you may call your influences), it may not be completely clear to you who Tim Sweeney is and what services his company (Tim Sweeney and Associates) offers independent and major label developing artists like yourself.
To put it simply, Tim Sweeney is an independent music consultant. He is one of the music industry’s most highly sought after experts in the areas of artist development, radio promotion, record distribution, retail marketing and publicity. He has helped dozens of record labels both major (Columbia, Epic, MCA, Revolution, Hollywood, Capitol, Mercury, Polygram, Warner and their sub-labels) and independent (Restless, Skunk, Screaming Goddess, amonst others) develop some of their most promising and successful artists of all time. In fact, Tim has personally worked with and developed the careers of 1,300 artists and groups to date.
Tim’s 16 year career in the music industry spans from his days as an artist himself, to almost every position at a major label to becoming the President of a successful management company, to becoming the author of one of the best selling books regarding the music industry today: Tim Sweeney’s Guide To Releasing Independant Records. In 1997, Tim surprised the music industry by conducting over 60 free music business workshops across the country at his own expense. His goal was to re-educate as many independent artists and musicians as he could in all the regions. In the countless weeks of touring, Tim accomplished his goal of presenting the recent changes and developments of the industry and how the independent artists could personally benefit from them, to audiences totaling well over 10,000 people. His extensive touring “cemented” the labeling of him as the “Father of the Independent Music Movement” by industry professionals, press and record labels across the country.
Tim’s impact on the music industry was so evident in 1997 that the national publication, The Musician’s Trade Journal, not only featured Tim Sweeney on the cover of their December/January issue, they presented him with the award of, “The Hardest Working Man In The Music Industry.”
Today, in addition to being the President/CEO of TSA and the artist development consultant to thousands of independent artists, he is the private consultant to some of the industry’s leading Presidents and CEOs. They value his creative abilities to develop their artists and companies using new techniques and strategies to make them profitable.