I feel very far away from where I started.
Skye Rossi, CFO of Rhymesayers Entertainment (one of the world’s most important independent hip hop labels), talks about his journey of separating his worth from his output, building tools to help musicians, and overcoming burnout.
About the speaker
Skye works at Rhymesayers, an independent artist management firm & record label here in Minneapolis.
The purpose of his work over the last 15+ years has been to build a space that allows artists to succeed and share their art with the world, while connecting people and finding ways to utilize developing technology in the music business.
Although many different artists, venues and creative outlets call Minnesota home, our state hasn’t historically been a hub for the music and entertainment industry. The lack of resources, related industries, and other labels existing in the same space incentivized Skye’s team to create their own unique tools, platforms, events and other related businesses to create an ecosystem where they have been able to thrive. Learning as he goes, resourcefulness has proven to be one of Skye’s most valuable traits.
A recurring theme in his life has been to figure it out and make it happen… whatever it is. Even without the necessary time or budget (so it goes in the music industry), Skye’s team strives to bring value to the artists they serve whether their needs are financial or creative.
On this months theme of Investment, Skye will be sharing part of his story, insights on building teams and businesses, and lessons from his experiences collaborating with others in the creative community. Skye hopes to save others time and stress by learning from his mistakes and applying the lessons he’s learned to their own unique challenges.
Photo credit: Michael J Spear
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Hosted by PAIKKA
Date February 21, 2020
Videographer Adrian Missy
Photographer Rebecca Slater
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