Balancing the Grind with Jaz Yates, Owner of RELEASR. & JY Management Group

In today’s conversation, we connect with Jaz Yates, the enterprising founder of RELEASR, JY Management Group, and the ‘Your Music, Your Business’ podcast.

Jaz recounts her journey from managing bands during her university days to launching a tech startup aimed at revolutionising the music industry’s workflow and data management.

She also shares her strategies for avoiding burnout, like listening to her body’s needs and prioritising family and friends, along with her recent reading recommendation, ‘Starting a Revolution’, for fellow female entrepreneurs.

Let’s start with your background! Can you share with us your career journey and what you’re currently up to?

My career within the music industry started while at university studying for a Bachelor of Entertainment Management. While there, I began managing bands and building my first and now longest-standing business, JY Management Group. Since that day, I have managed and developed programs for bands, duos and solo musicians.

I have founded and hosted a music business podcast, Your Music, Your Business and for a short while, I also owned a music and drama school for children. Across these years, I kept experiencing the same frustrations in the music industry, however.

Lots of back-and-forth emails, missing files or assets, hours managing digital files and following up on people who didn’t do their job properly. Out of this frustration and as it seemed, after thorough research, the entire industry had similar frustration so I started to build RELEASR. 

RELEASR is a tech startup I’m working on for the music industry designed for the industry, by the industry, to solve workflow and data storage issues for the entire music industry. So while consulting with the industry to build RELEASR I’m also juggling JY Management Group and the Your Music, Your Business Podcast. Suffice it to say I’m passionate about the music industry!

We’d love to know what a typical day is like for you. Could you describe a recent workday?

At the moment I’m also nannying on the side to pay some bills so a recent workday for me includes a 7:30 am start with one of my families then back home by 10:30 am for some pre-lunch meetings. I usually try to work through lunch to get through some small tasks and then I get stuck into a project before I start nannying again between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Then if it’s a busy day, I’ll be at a networking event or have a meeting with my co-founder in the evening. 

Can you define work-life balance for yourself and share with us your approach in maintaining it?

For me at the moment it’s about listening to my body. I’ve gone through burnout a few times and it’s hell to pull yourself out of it. Because of that, I listen whenever my body is saying I need to sleep, eat, rest or take an extra step and need a self-care day. For the last few months that has kept me from burnout and kept me focused most days and resting the others. 

Change is constant, and it’s essential for growth. Have you made any lifestyle changes in the past year to improve your work-life balance?

I’ve gotten really good at sleeping for 20 minutes within 20 minutes this year! I’ve also made a change to put family and friends’ experiences first before my work. Life is short, work will be there when I finish enjoying it!

We’re always on the lookout for new resources! Can you recommend any books, podcasts, or newsletters that have helped you in your journey towards balance?

I’ve been reading this great book called Starting a Revolution by Naomi Ryland and Lisa Jaspers. It’s for female founders building the future of business with insights of others doing so with inclusion, consideration and innovation! 

Before we wrap up, do you have any final words of wisdom or insights on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Find the fun or happiness in life as much as possible. Even in the most mundane task, fun can be found if you try hard enough. Got clothes to fold? Dance as you do so! Emails to finish? Do them with a friend and a sweet treat!

About Author

Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.