Randy Chertkow & Jason Freehan

Randy and Jason are authors of Making Money With Music (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan) which covers over 100+ revenue streams musicians can tap. They’ve also written the critically-acclaimed The Indie Band Survival Guide (1st & 2nd Editions, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan), The DIY Musician (Random House), “Making Money With Music” (online course via CreativeLive), and are feature writers and columnists at Electronic Musician Magazine. They’ve also created intellectual capital for brands such as Reverbnation, CDBaby, Eventful, Disc Makers, Converse, Creative Commons, and more as a thought leader and advisor in the fast-changing music industry. 

Randy and Jason’s band, Beatnik Turtle, is now in its 21st year. They’ve released over 500 songs spanning 20 albums, licensed music to Disney and Viacom, and written music for TV, films, and theater including Chicago’s world-famous Second City. In 2007, they released a song every single day of the year from their website TheSongOfTheDay.com

For a list of books, articles, columns, and other writings, see: makingmoneywithmusic.com/articles-by-the-authors



Randy is a musician as well as an accomplished enterprise-class IT professional with nearly 25 years of experience as an infrastructure architect in Fortune 500 companies. He brings a combination of communications experience as a journalist, educator, professional public speaker, and author with an IT background of engineering, consulting, and technical sales at large enterprises, major software vendors, and silicon-valley startups. He excels at Marketing, PR, web, and promotion. Randy has a bachelor’s degree in business, and an M.S. in Computer Science: Data Communications, with a secondary concentration in Artificial Intelligence. 



Jason is a musician, lawyer, as well as a creative, transformational business director. He brings his communications background as a journalist, educator, professional public speaker, and author and merges it with his experience as a licensed attorney, senior program/project manager, and senior product manager. He excels at leading and motivating diverse, cross-functional, and international teams in rapidly delivering innovative programs, products, and services. This includes starting up or reinventing existing technology or business organizations as well as turning around, improving, and developing organizational capabilities. He has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, law, financial services, software development, and professional consulting services. Jason has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Psychology, a J.D., and certifications in project management (PMP) and mediation.