Renman Music & Business

We are raising money to fund a new season of Renman Live and custom content dedicated to helping folks learn the music business.
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Steve Rennie
Video / Web
Beverly Hills, California
United States
6 Team Members


Renman MB Background

For those who don't know me, my name is Steve Rennie- but my friends call me RENMAN and you can too! I have been working in the music business for the better part of 35 years as a concert promoter, record exec, internet entrepreneur, and artist manager. For the last 17 years I've been the manager of the rock band Incubus. 

Back when I was just getting started, I was very fortunate to meet a handful of folks who took an interest in me and mentored me on the ways of the real music business, lessons you could not learn in a book or in a classroom, taught to me by grisly veterans who had learned by doing. The knowledge they imparted to me was invaluable and had a huge impact on my career in the music business.  I never forgot what they did and vowed 35 years ago that given the opportunity, I would do  for other people what they had done for me. 

That's why I created a website called Renman Music and Business and a web show called Renman Live  dedicated to helping aspiring artists and music industry professionals navigate their way around today's music business. 

(Ren and Pat Magnarella, Manager of Green Day)

If you are looking to do something big in the music biz our website and webshow is the greatest learning resource on the web.

There are no ivy colored brick walls here at RenmanMB. We are teaching you the music business they don't teach at universities or in books. We are talking about the REAL music business, with real music biz professionals who are at the top of their game. 

Over the last year we've produced 87 webcasts and generated almost 400 video clips with priceless knowledge from some of the smartest, most talented people around who've donated their time and knowledge to help people learn. Check out our list of guests

We share thoughts about the Big Picture of the music biz, how to get your head in the right place to do something great as well as REN 101's about the nuts and bolts of the business; who are  the key players, what do they do, and how they can help you. 

Trying to figure out how to get started but don't know how? Check out our Getting Startedsection and you'll hear how some of the most successful people around did it. Maybe you are looking for advice on Marketing & PromotionTouring,  or A&R

But what really made it most special for me was our community. Over 6,000 artists and aspiring music professionals have joined in the conversation as well.  We encouraged them to ask questions in our ASK RENMAN section and I answered them. Folks have called into our webcast. They posted in the chatroom. They networked and made connections. They shared their music, photos, and videos. 

And its all been FREE. 

As much as I want to produce another amazing season, I need your help now to keep this thing going, to hire some folks to help make this run smoothly, and to continue the conversation that has grown so fast. I want Season 4 to be the best season yet, with bigger artists, more music execs, more tech companies, more members, and a massive network. 

I really want you all to be an integral part of this community we are building, and I think with your help we can accomplish even more than we already have! I have loved connecting with all of you this past year and I really hope we can keep this thing going.

How we will use the money...

We are looking to raise $40,000 from this campaign. 

While I certainly had a lot of fun this past year I also learned that building and maintaining a website, broadcasting a webshow, and developing content is not cheap. Over the last year we spent over $200K. A big chunk of that money went to building a great website and purchasing equipment to produce a professional quality webcast. The good news is that most of that spending is done.

If we can raise our goal, the bulk of that money will go to hiring our dedicated production team on a guaranteed basis. Up until now, we've paid folks on a show by show basis which has added to the stress of doing the show and does not allow us to plan very far ahead. In addition, I intend to hire a couple of other full time employees to cover jobs that had previously been handled by our dedicated interns who worked tirelessly in between classes at college. A couple of them, Cody Romness and Audrey Benoalid, have graduated college now and need paying gigs and that is who I intend to hire.

If we can raise funds beyond our goal we can do more Renman Live shows, produce more content, and develop some new ideas we have in mind. We'd love to take the Renman Live show on the road around the world. We'd love to do more promotions on the show that include our members and offer them opportunities we can't do otherwise. 

Rewards (updated frequently!!!)

Unlike a lot of crowdfunding campaigns, we do not have a sexy product we can put in a box and send you in the mail to thank you for your support. But we do have some AWESOME music connections and friends in bands...! 

TWO TICKETS. MEET AND GREET WITH SOJA! ANY SIGNED GEAR/ PHOTOS YOU WANT TO BRING!

4 total available. When you buy this perk you get two tickets. Once they're gone, they're gone! Our friends in SOJA were kind enough to offer these meet and greet tickets because they support RenmanMB and with your purchase YOU CAN TOO! Choose ANY DATE on this tour poster. Purchase the item and we will send you an email and confirm the city you want! 

Check out Jacob Hemphill of SOJA discuss the importance of establishing a strong foundation when entering the music business. Catch this quick-quip for some strong advice about breaking into the entertainment industry! 

GROUPLOVE: SOLD OUT. 4 total available. When you buy this perk you get two tickets. Once they're gone, they're gone!  Choose ANY DATE on this tour poster, even though most are SOLD OUT! Only one package per city so first come, first serve! Purchase the item and we will send you an email and confirm the city you want! 



Check out more on members of the band and their manager, Nicky Berger, about how their paths intertwined to create the foundation that is Grouplove!


ONE OF A KIND CUSTOM INCUBUS PAINTING

Years ago I was trying to figure out what to get the Incubus guys for Xmas around the time of the "Morning View" album and came across an artist, Adam Stone,  who was displaying his works at a big local art show in a park near where I live. I asked if he would create a custom painting for me of the guys in the band and he said yes. You're probably wondering where the 5th Incubus member is. At the time the 5th member was the former bassist Dirk Lance. Unfortunately for me and Dirk, by the time the artist Adam Stone was almost done with the painting Dirk was no longer in the band. I went to Adam who removed him from the painting by turning Brandon into some kind of singing horse. The painting was finished and I gave each of the remaining guys their own individual gicle prints and kept the original painting which hung on a wall in my office. I've been to each of the band guys homes on many occasions and I've never ever seen their prints again. I suspect they are gathering dust somewhere. 

So this painting no longer has a home and it deserves a better resting place. Perhaps on the wall of a HUGE Incubus fan. It is truly one of a kind. Its 5 feet long and 4 feet high. This one will go up on the block soon in the hopes that it will help fund another Season of Renman Live. Stay tuned. 

RENMAN'S INCUBUS HQ BOX SET

Renman is giving up his very own piece of Incubus HQ Live. This is a very special box set that comes with a Blu-ray and a DVD of the HQ Live preformances, 6 CDs and 8 vinyls of the live tracks preformed at HQ live, a special edition laminate, and a HQ live photo book signed by the band. This box set is 1 of 1000, of which only the band and the most loyal fans have their hands on. This box in particular is signed by Renman himself and will be personalized to the lucky person who purchases it. Get your piece of Incubus history before someone else beats you to the punch. 


RenmanMB Mug Shot Row: $55/ mug

Sometimes our guests get so busy they leave without remembering their coffee mugs! Lucky for you super fans we're auctioning them off to help fund another season of Renman LIVE! Get 'em while the coffee's still hot! 


More Photos From the Show in our gallery!

Harry Styles Golf Shirt and Golf Balls  

I think its safe to say that most people know Harry Styles as a member of pop supergroup ONE DIRECTION. I got to know him recently as a golfer. Harry, my friend Cal, my son Matt and I took the afternoon off to play some golf at my favorite golf course on one of Harry's rare days off.  Everybody knows that Harry is a terrific singer and performer, but what they might not know is that he is a heck of a good golfer too. He's also very generous too. I told Harry about our crowdfunding campaign and he offered to help by literally giving me the shirt off his back that he wore playing golf and a couple of used RenmanMB golf balls (not all of his shots went in the right direction) that I lent him. While you may never get to play golf with Harry you can feel what its like to be in his shirt and hold his golf balls. 

You'll note that the shirt he is wearing in the photo is not the shirt he wore while he was playing. The shirt below is a long sleeve Bel Air CC logo shirt which I bought for him, he played in, and autographed. 


Golf Outing with Renman, Mike Einziger, and Chris Kilmore of Incubus

Did I ever mention how much I love playing golf. Well one of the reasons is that its a great excuse to spend time with interesting people. One of my favorite foursomes is playing with Mike and Chris from Incubus. When the band is on the road we always try to find a place to play. What better way to kill 4 or 5 hours before a show. Perhaps you'd like to be our 4th when we go out to play next time. Here's your chance. We'll need to find a good time in the next couple of months that works for everybody. You will be responsible for your travel to Los Angeles and accomodations once you get here. I'll pay for the golf, beer, and cigars. We will play 18 holes at one of Southern California's finest golf courses. After we are done we'll hit the 19th hole for a beer and you'll have one hellified golf story to tell your friends.


RenmanU: A Personal All Day Class Session With Renman  

Session # 1 is Sold Out 

Session # 2 is Still Available



RenamnU will be a personalized all day class geared to educate and prepare you for your career in the music industry.  The REAL  MUSIC INDUSTRY, not the fairy tale version. We'll focus on Big Picture ideas, the nuts and bolts of the business, and other crucial points you'll need to know for a shot at success.  And it's going to get personal: I want to talk to you about your career, your dreams, and how to focus you on your target.  We'll have a structured curriculum for the day, and a link to download and review the full recording of your first day of class at RenmanU.  Remember this class is personal: Only 8 seats are available, $300 a seat.   

*You are responsible for getting to the location and costs associated with travel

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$23,290USD
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This campaign ended on October 15, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Show THANK YOU Credits

    Purchase this perk and your name will be listed in the credits of our show for next season!

    3 claimed
  • $25USD
    Autographed Photo of Renman

    You get an autographed photo and personalized thank you note from Renman, live shout-out and Twitter thanks. Check out the "RenmanGoGo Rewards" video to your left for more details.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $40USD
    Scrolling Text Message in Show

    You can promote your band, video, product or company in the scrolling text during the show. Text message limited to 120 characters. Guaranteed 3 cycles during the show. In addition, you will receive the perks listed above. *We reserve the right to refuse certain messages in which case your money will be refunded. *Please add cost of postage to your hometown Check out the "RenmanGoGo Rewards" video to your left for more details.

    5 out of 120 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    FTGK or Dream It Do It t-shirt

    Get your very own "fuck The Gatekeepers" "Dream It. Do It." t-shirt, a "thank you" tweet, live shoutout , autographed photo and "thank you" note. *Cost of shipping not included Check out the "RenmanGoGo Rewards" video to your left for more details.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $55USD
    Famous Coffee Mugs!

    We've had some awesome guests on Renman LIVE and lucky for you some of them left their coffee mugs! First come first serve. IMPORTANT:After purchase, post what mug you want in the comment section of our indegogo campaign., we'll send you an email to confirm! Available: Producer Alex da Kid, Ben Kenney of Incubus. *SOLD: Brandon Boyd, Brendan O'Brien, Nick Hexum, Pretty Lights

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $75USD
    :60 Sec Commercial in Show

    If you want to promote your album, video, product, or company you can run a :60 commercial spot on Renman Live. We will include up to (4) :60 second commercial spots during each show. You will be responsible for the production of the spot. *We reserve the right to refuse any commercial clip in which case your money will be refunded. Check out the "RenmanGoGo Rewards" video to your left for more details.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    RENMAN MB Swag pack

    If you donate $100 you will get your very own “Fuck the Gatekeepers” or "Dream It. Do It." t-shirt, coffee mug, and mouse pad. In addition, you will receive an autographed photo and personal thank you from Renman, and we will acknowledge your support by sending you a tweet and posting a thank you on our Facebook Page and a shoutout in our RenmanGoGo Update webcasts.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $200USD
    Meet&Greet w/ GROUPLOVE

    A pair of tickets to meet the band and see the show in any city you choose even if it's sold out! *Austin, Philadelphia, NYC, San Fran are taken. Thanks Guys!

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • $250USD
    30 MIN SKYPE CALL w/ RENMAN

    Renman will hop on Skype, the phone, Face Time, or Google Hangout and give you ONE ON ONE advice, answer questions, and consult you on whatever music-related, golf-related, or life-related questions you have always wanted answered by Renman. We will send you a recording of the consultation so you can refer back to it whenever you'd like!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Music Video Spotlight

    We will feature your music video in the show and website. We will support it with mentions on our social media channels.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $250USD
    Meet & Greet w/ SOJA

    You get a pair of tickets, plus meet and greet with the band on their upcoming tour (autographs, pictures, etc) and the opportunity to contribute to RenmanLIVE! season 4! * Portland, Atlanta, Hampton Beach shows already claimed

    0 out of 1 claimed
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    $300USD
    RenmanU

    A personalized all day class geared to educate and prepare you for your career in the music industry. We’ll focus on Big Picture ideas, the nuts and bolts of the business, and other crucial points you’ll need to know for a shot at success. The workshop will be held at Renman's house and Cody will BBQ for the classroom. See video Clip to the left for more info. You are responsible for transportation costs to LA. Minimum 6 people to sign up for class to happen. Date: 01/15/14 (subject to change)

    8 out of 8 claimed
  • $300USD
    RenmanU #2

    The first sold out so fast we're adding another! This will be a personalized all day class geared to educate & prepare you for your career in the music biz. We’ll focus on Big Picture ideas, the nuts and bolts of the business, and other crucial points you’ll need to know for a shot at success. The workshop will be held at Renman's house. You are responsible for transportation costs to LA. Minimum 6 people to sign up for class to happen. Date: 01/25/14 (subject to change)

    4 out of 8 claimed
  • $500USD
    Day w Renman in Curitiba #2

    Who wants to hang with Renman in Curitiba on Dec 10? Help me raise money for Season 4 of Renman Live I'll make you my best friend for the day. You'll meet me for breakfast in the morning, ride with me to the show, get your own STAFF pass, hangout backstage, meet the Incubus team, meet the band (s), have dinner at the gig, and watch the show with me from the sound desk, You'll get a FTGK or DIDI t-shirt, Incubus t-shirt. Here's your chance to be manager for a day. Click here for Info.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $500USD
    Day w Renman-Belo Horizonte #2

    Who wants to hang with Renman in Belo Horizonte on Dec 12? Help me raise money for Season 4 of Renman Live I'll make you my best friend for the day. You'll meet me for breakfast in the morning, ride with me to the show, get your own STAFF pass, hangout backstage, meet the Incubus team, meet the band (s), have dinner at the gig, and watch the show with me from the sound desk, You'll get a FTGK or DIDI t-shirt, & Incubus t-shirt. Here's your chance to be manager for a day. Click here for I

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Day w Renman in Panama City

    Who wants to hang with Renman in Panama City on Dec. 1? Help me raise money for Season 4 of Renman Live & I'll make you my best friend for the day. You'll meet me for breakfast in the morning, ride with me to the show, get your own STAFF pass, hangout backstage, meet the Incubus team, meet the band (s), have dinner at the gig, and watch the show with me from the sound desk, You'll get a FTGK or DIDI t-shirt, & Incubus t-shirt. Here's your chance to be manager for a day.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Spotlight Your Company

    We are always looking to spotlight cool companies that are helping artists. Each spotlight will include at least a 10 minute interview on Skype where we will talk about your product and you can demonstrate it online. We will post a highlight clip on the website in the ARTIST TOOLS section, on Youtube, and promote it in our social media channels. Check out the "RenmanGoGo Rewards" video to your left for more details.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Signed Harry Styles Golf Shirt

    I told Harry about our crowdfunding campaign and he offered to help by literally giving me the shirt off his back that he wore playing golf and a couple of used RenmanMB golf balls.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    Incubus "Zuma Moon"

    Years ago I was trying to figure out what to get the Incubus guys for Xmas around the time of the "Morning View" album and came across an artist, Adam Stone who created a custom painting for me of the guys in the band. It is truly one of a kind (read the story to your left). Its 5 feet long and 4 feet high. It needs a new home now, on the wall of a huge INCUBUS fan.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $2,500USD
    Play golf w Incubus and Ren

    I love playing golf w/ Mike and Chris from Incubus. May you'd like to be our 4th when we go out to play next time. Here's your chance. We'll find a good time in the next couple of months that works for everybody. We’ll play 18 holes at one of Southern California's finest golf courses. I'll pay for the golf, beer, and cigars. You will be responsible for your travel to Los Angeles and accomodations once you get here. When we're done you'll have one great golf story to tell your friends.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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