Music and design

Spotify and streaming platforms aren’t going away

It's no surprise that people are streaming more music than ever.

Spotify alone has over 200+ million active users. But there are also millions of songs on the platform that have yet to receive a single play.

Every day millions of people are adding their favorite tracks to hundreds of thousands of playlists and sharing them with their friends and network.

The question is...

Are they adding yours?

Most musicians are reactive, meaning they wait for potential fans to find their music on Spotify.

The problem with that is it’s totally out of your control…

Will someone stumble across your music on Spotify this month? Who knows!?

You already know how important streaming is to the success and growth of your music career. But for independent musicians, getting plays and gaining traction can seem impossible.

You’re always posting on social media, trying to get added to playlists, and can't stop obsessing over why the streams and revenue aren't happening.

"If there are so many damn users on Spotify, why is my band's profile a literal ghost town!"

Believe me, I get it.


Stop focusing on the things you can’t control. Focus on what you can!

We all know the per-stream rate is a fraction of a penny. Everyone is up-in-arms over it and it sucks. We get it.

Guess what? There’s not much we can do about it. So you can cry about like everyone else does, or…

You can learn to leverage it to your advantage!


The good news is…


I know how difficult it is for you to cut through the noise so you can find your audience because I've had to do it, as well.

I've spent years trying to figure out what works for my own band and made a lot of mistakes in the process. The good news is that you don't have to repeat them!

Growing your fanbase and earning income from Spotify isn't about hoping your fans magically find your tunes. And it's not about posting your profile and playlists on Facebook. (How's that latest algorithm change working out for ya?)

It's about having a strategy and the systems in place so you don't have to keep spinning your wheels.

The result?

A steady stream of targeted people continuously following your profile, streaming music, and adding your tracks to their playlists.

This is the same process I've used to get my band to:

  • 270,000+ monthly listeners

  • 20 million+ streams

  • $1,200+ a month in recurring revenue from Spotify

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Do NOT scroll further if you’re looking for “overnight success”…

I’m not about empty promises or selling the dream around here. I’m all about making a habit of doing the work, showing up consistently, and getting REAL results.

I pride myself on being available to my students. We’re in this together and I want you to be a massive success! But at the end of the day, you’re the one that has to show up and do the work.



A step-by-step system that will show you how to maximize your royalties, get on more playlists, grow your followers, and start earning more recurring revenue on Spotify!

Here’s what’s inside

Over 90 minutes and 20 lessons of comprehensive video training broken down into 5 easy-to-understand modules.

Module 1: Maximize your royalties

  • How to set yourself up for success, so you don’t leave money on the table!

If you are both the recording artist and songwriter of your compositions, having your music streamed generates 4 separate royalties. Sound recording royalties, mechanical royalties, public performance royalties, and non-interactive performance royalties.

If you don’t have your music properly registered, you’re losing money without even realizing it! This module is all about making sure you don’t make that mistake.

Module 2: Optimize your Artist Profile

  • How to get your profile verified and optimized, so you put your best foot forward from the start

  • How to get your tour dates and merch front and center for your listeners

First impressions matter! Your profile is a touchpoint in a listeners journey with your music. So it’s important to make sure your profile is optimized. This module will set you up to make casual listeners want to go down the rabbit hole and lead them on a journey to becoming a fan.

Module 3: Understand your Listener Data and Audience Metrics

  • How to find fans of your music in locations you weren’t even aware of

  • Why you should stop focusing so much on playlist stats, (and focus on this one other metric instead)

This module is all about making sense of the different types of data Spotify makes available to you. I’ll show you how to weed through the vanity metrics so you can focus on the data you should ACTUALLY be paying attention to.

Module 4: The Power of the Playlist

  • How to pitch your music directly to Spotify and independent playlist curators, so you actually get a response

  • What types of playlist strategies keep people coming back to your Spotify profile

There are over 1 billion playlists on Spotify! In this module, we’ll break down the different types of playlists, cover winning strategies on curating your own, and show you how to effectively pitch to Spotify and independent Spotify playlist curators so you ACTUALLY get responses.

Module 5: Marketing your Music

  • How to effectively leverage social media, so you stop wasting time on tactics that aren’t working

  • How to create FREE pre-save campaigns, so you can grow your Spotify followers

  • How to create your own Spotify ads, so you can reach more listeners

  • How to explode your Spotify growth using email automation

Now it’s time to add fuel to the fire! All the lessons in this module show you how to effectively drive traffic, grow your followers, and continue to get a steady stream of streams (see what I did there?)

free sample lesson!

Use Spotify Codes to promote your profile, playlists, and releases

Here’s a walk-through of how you can use your print assets like flyers, posters, and album art to promote your music on Spotify. This is just a sample of what’s inside the full course. I hope you enjoy the video!


“Prior to joining the course, we didn’t have a strategy with Spotify promotion and it felt like we were throwing stuff against a wall to see what stuck.

Now that we’ve put a step-by-step framework into play, we’re starting to see measured growth not only on Spotify but also on social media and our mailing list. We’re moving forward with a lot more confidence in this area now.”
Jeff Stebbins, 3 pill morning

“I felt like I couldn’t communicate with our audience. Ryan helped me reach our existing fans and showed me how to gain new fans by “connecting the dots” for them in all aspects of our internet presence.

We increased our mailing list by 20% in a matter of a couple days and we’ve gotten a great response!

Now life feels a lot more managed. I feel like we are on a path for growth and success! Thank you, Ryan!”
Cody Hughes, Fight Like Sin

“We’ve always struggled with Spotify plays and traffic in general. We didn’t know that there were options other than trying to push traffic from social media to Spotify.

I really like how Ryan goes into detail on every aspect so it’s easy to digest. The list of resources that’s included is awesome!

We knew the course worked once we started submitting to playlists and seeing our streams and followers increase. Now we’re getting more attention on Spotify and we’re about to start implementing email automation, which Ryan thoroughly talks about and gives you resources for.”
Tanner Leier, Glass Houses

“We had a client do 300 pre-saves and land placements on a couple of good Spotify playlists on their first campaign! The course is very helpful and I reference it often for our clients.”
Derek Garabedian, True State Management

“Ryan Baustert is a great mentor and consultant for artists, musicians, and bands because of his knowledge and experience in the music industry.”
Matt DeMar, Divide The Fall

Sign Up Now And You’ll Also Get These Bonuses

(…because who doesn’t love a good bonus, right!?)


Bonus #1: Your single added to the Hype Music playlist

A Spotify playlist dedicated exclusively to the artists enrolled in the course.

Let’s kick things off on the right foot by adding your track alongside all the rest of the artists enrolled in the course. You’ll also get access to all our promotional materials and resources in the members area to help you spread the word.

Bonus #2: Access to the Spotify playlist curator database

An online vault of hundreds of curators submission guidelines and information. No need to dig up contact info. I’ve already done it for you!

It’s no secret that musicians want their tracks in as many Spotify playlists as possible. This list will literally save you 10+ hours of your own time (and sanity) from having to track down playlist curators contact info.

Rock, metal, blues, EDM, rap, acoustic, alternative, indie, country, folk, pop, etc. No matter the style of music you create, you’ll find a playlists here that will be a fit for your genre. The only thing you need to do is submit your single to the ones that are a good fit. Easy!

$300 value

Bonus #3: Spotify curator playlist pitch script

A copy + paste script that you can use to pitch curators with.

Once you’ve identified the playlists that are a good fit for your music and you’re ready to start pitching playlist curators, don’t worry about what you need to say.

Just use the playlist pitch script that I’ve already put together for you. Simply replace the prompts with your own info and hit ‘send!’

Bonus #4: Private VIP Facebook Community

A supportive community of independent musicians working towards a common goal.

This is actually my FAVORITE part of the course! The Facebook community is a private group exclusively for musicians enrolled in Crush it on Spotify. This is the spot where you can get feedback, support each other, celebrate wins and get all your questions answered ASAP!

I will be in there every week making sure you have everything you need to keep the momentum rolling with your music. You’ll have direct access to myself and other like-minded musicians who are on the same journey.

$500 value

Bonus #5: Turn Your Website Into a Marketing Machine - bonus training

Learn how to optimize your website to turn traffic into Spotify followers and increase streams.

It’s easier than ever for musicians to D.I.Y. their own website. Bandzoogle, Squarespace, Wix, Wordpress, etc - the options are endless. But just because these services allow you to quickly set one up, doesn’t mean your website will actually work. (ie: grow your fanbase, generate revenue, get fans on your list, sell more merch, etc)

If you want your website visitors to ACTUALLY do the things you want them to do, you need to keep website development and design psychology best practices in mind.

This training takes my 14+ years of experience as a web designer and shows you how to optimize your own site so you can kick your Spotify activity into high gear 24/7/365!

$750 value


Sign up and get instant access to all the course material and bonuses.


Get to work and start taking action on all the information that we cover.


Get more Spotify streams, followers, playlist adds, and recurring $$!


My 30-DAY money-back GUARANTEE

(So you can get started with total confidence)

Here’s how it works:
When you sign up today, you’ve got a full 30 days to go through the course 100% risk-free. If you feel like this isn’t working for you, send me an email, show me you did the work, and I’ll refund 100% of your money back.

Why do I ask that you show me you put in the effort?
I only want people to join if they want to grow their Spotify followers, get on more playlists, and generate more revenue. If that’s you, you’re going to do the work anyway. But if you are someone who thinks $$ magically falls from the sky without you having to put any effort into it, I’d prefer that you don’t enroll. This course is the blueprint to get you to your streaming goals faster. It’s not going to do the work for you.

Now the only question is: Are we getting started or what?

Pick the option that’s the best fit for you, and I’ll see you inside! 


Pay in full

Includes free updates for life


Instant access to the entire course

Access to the playlist curator database & pitch script

Private Facebook community

Website marketing machine training

2 monthly payments

includes free updates for life

$125 x 2 months

Instant access to the entire course

Access to the playlist curator database & pitch script

Private Facebook community

Website marketing machine training


  • Do I get access to everything immediately?

    Yes! Once you enroll, you'll get immediate access to all the material and bonuses.

  • How long do I get access to the course for?

    How’s forever, sound? You can complete the program in as much or as little time as you’d like, and revisit the lessons as often as you want.

  • Will I get free updates?

    Yes! Crush it on Spotify will continue getting updates, and you'll never have to pay for new content or course updates - no matter how much I add to it.

  • If I'm not happy, can I get a refund?

    Of course. Just email me and I'll take care of it for you personally. I stand behind everything I create and I want you to be 100% happy with your investment.

  • How long will it take to go through the lessons?

    The course is broken down into 20 lessons, and each is 3–15 minutes long. You could potentially binge-watch the entire course in under 2 hours and start taking action immediately after that.

  • Who is this course for?

    Independent musicians! More specifically, musicians who want to take their streaming activity and fanbase growth to the next level and aren’t afraid to put in the work to make that happen.

  • How long will it take for me to see results?

    The honest answer is "it depends." To get the most out of the program you’ll have to actually do the work and implement ideas/systems in your music business, which take time. Some of the things we cover are quick wins you can start on immediately while others take a little longer to set up. Someone who takes action on the information on a daily basis and puts consistent effort in, is going to have vastly better results than someone who does things sporadically without making a habit out of it. Simply put, you get out of it what you put into it.

Who's teaching and why should you care...

That would be me. Hi!! 👋👋

My name is Ryan Baustert and I'm the lead guitarist, and founding member of Throw The Fight. We're a hard rock band from Minneapolis, MN that's been releasing music, touring, and building a fanbase for the past 16 years.

Since 2003, I’ve:

  • secured 2 record deals, 3 publishing contracts, and over a dozen management, booking agent and endorsement deals

  • sold 40,000 albums, 50,000 digital singles, and 20 million+ monetized streams

  • coordinated and raised over $15,000 in crowdfunding

  • performed across the United States and Canada with The Vans Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, Rock USA, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Veil Brides, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Chevelle, All That Remains, Staind, Sevendust, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and many others

  • leveraged my web and social media expertise to lead successful college and commercial radio campaigns and secure song placements on various MTV, VH1, and Spike TV shows

And now?

I’m focused on funneling 16 years of experience into making sure YOU succeed in the new music industry. I'll show you everything going on behind-the-scenes for my band that is leading to 270,000+ monthly listeners, millions of streams, and $1,200+ a month in recurring revenue from Spotify.

Independent bands, musicians, and solo artists everywhere are taking control of their careers.

Are you ready to join us?

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I hate to say this, but…

9 out of every 10 musicians reading this will “think about it”, and then convince themselves that things are fine the way they are


Here are 3 ways they'll continue to de-value their time, struggle without a plan, and let cash disappear from their music business:


How much is your time worth? $50 an hour? $100 an hour?? More??? They’ll waste dozens or hundreds of hours over the next few months trying to patch together tactics that don’t generate any traction.

Total loss: About $5,000 worth of their time, and 50 hours they could’ve spent implementing systems that keep a steady stream of traffic heading to their Spotify profiles.

from the small amount of money and streams their nonexistent strategy is producing, and once they’ve had enough, they’ll throw hundreds of dollars at some unproven playlist pitching company hoping for a miracle.

Total loss: About $500-$1,000 they would have been able to SAVE by setting up their own campaign and pitching their music themselves using the strategies and curator contact info provided inside the course.

3 months from now instead of getting their music in front of people who are their ideal fans and will add their tracks to playlists, follow them on social media, join their mailing list, and put money in their pockets.

Total loss: Do you really wanna know?