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As a lifetime supporter of people and music, Michael's mission is to prepare artists and musicians with a passion in the music industry achieve their own definition of success.

America's Next Music Mogul


With a passion for music and a burning desire for business, Michael is changing the way artists and businesses tackle the Music Industry in the 21st Century


Speaker Topics Include:

Bring together the people that will move your career forward

Building the Artist Team

Navigate the pitfalls of business

Political Savvy

Learn how to monetize what gets you up in the morning

Turning Passion to Profit

Find out how artists can maximize their profits and increase bargaining power

The Artist as a Business

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Carlton Smith Music Group, Michael Smith is an advocate for artists and musicians seeking careers in the music industry. As an Artist Management Consultant, Michael helps artists and musicians increase their knowledge of the music business and gain bargaining power.

Michael's diverse background starts in New York radio where he was a host and DJ for various shows in the market. He would go on to help launch the careers of many aspiring artists, including his own as a member of the New York underground rap group Stronghold. Michael later branched out from music and served as a consultant to Discovery Channel and the Executive Office of The President of The United States. Michael currently serves as a volunteer public policy advocate for the Recording Academy where he helped pass the Music Modernization Act. His experiences aid him in mastering the balance between creativity and business supporting musicians from the studio to the boardroom.

Michael has a long career in music. He is featured on projects listed in Amazon Studios, MTV, MSG Networks and BET. Recently Michael appeared on an episode of the Netflix documentary Hip Hop Evolution. Michael holds several degrees and certifications including Associates and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering Technology, a Master’s in Strategic Planning and certifications in Pro Tools, Ableton and Music Business. Michael speaks at various conferences around the country and offers an alternative to the traditional management model helping artists become music business savvy.

Michael Carlton Smith

Entrepreneur. Speaker. Music consultant

Entrepreneur + Speaker + Music Business Consultant

Today, Michael develops the careers of artists across the country. As access to music and distribution becomes more accessible, artists are finding the need to break out from the pack. Every day over 40, 000 tracks are added daily to Spotify alone.  Musicians are not only competing with themselves but also with streaming video platforms, social media and host of other entertainment. It's not enough to have great music. Artists must have

strategic plans in order to reach success before, during and after a release. Furthermore a course of action must be identified to launch, sustain and progress the career of the artist. As CEO of Carlton Smith Music, Michael makes sure all his clients are prepared for success in the music industry.

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