The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections: |
1. Publications, Review Websites and Music Blogs that will REVIEW your music
2. Radio Stations, Shows and Podcasts that will PLAY your songs
3. Labels, Vendors, Distributors and Promotional Services that will help you to SELL your CD
4. Websites where you can UPLOAD your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful Resources for recording artists
SECTION ONE: SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED|
A Little Bit Louder!
LA based music blog featuring the best in new music, unsigned bands and gig reviews. Send us your music on SubmitHub. facebook.com/alittlebitlouder @littlebitmagLA
St. Jude's Church, Dulwich Rd. London, SE24 0PB UK
PH: +44 (0)20 7738-5454
Packed full of the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular World music traditions, concert-listings, travel stories and compilation CD. @SonglinesMag
Petersbergstr. 13, 66119 Saarbrucken, Germany
A print magazine and online webzine that features reviews of Heavy Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Pagan Metal, Thrash Metal, Grindcore, Metalcore, Gothic Metal and Elektro. For magazine reviews, please send 2 copies of your CD to the above address (do not send MP3s or burnt CDs). For digital submissions or submissions for review on our online webzine, please visit our website for contact details. facebook.com/LegacyMagazin
Nashville's most prominent source for Urban culture releasing the most recent news in Hip Hop & R&B music, fashion and event coverage. We provide a platform for underground artists as well as push the newest releases from top artists in the music industry. We specialize in providing media coverage for Nashville, TN to relay through our website. For music submissions, contact us by e-mail. facebook.com/2Lsonacloud @2Lsonacloud
Listen Here Reviews
Features news, album reviews, live show reviews and much more. The site covers all genres and artists at all levels of music, from the indie band in the garage, to some of music's most well known bands. Music is my biggest passion and I hope that the site reflects this. facebook.com/listenherereviews @lauren_gribble
New York State's Music News Source. We feature music reviews, news, interviews and the latest on events throughout New York State and surrounding areas. NYS Music offers a daily mix of live music news, show & album reviews, artist interviews, videos and much more! Preference given to artists from New York State, touring through New York State or with connections/roots to New York State. facebook.com/nysmusicnews @NYStateMusic
SECTION TWO: RADIO STATIONS, SHOWS AND PROMOTERS
2.1 RADIO - STATIONS AND SHOWS
954 Lexington Ave. #199, New York, NY 10021
Part of a media platform that offers on-demand podcast, video, and editorial content. It features a mix of the best rising and established musical artists and performers as well as diverse cultural and current events coverage. facebook.com/BreakThruRadio @BreakThruRadio
3729 Cahuenga Blvd. W., North Hollywood, CA 91604
KPFK was the second of what would eventually become five Pacifica Stations to go on the air. Blessed with an enormous transmitter in a prime location, KPFK is the most powerful of the Pacifica stations and indeed is the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States. @KPFK
Dave's Lounge - WHUP
A weekly podcast that showcases the best in Chillout, Trip Hop and Downtempo Electronica (don't send me any other styles of music). If you make any of these styles of music e-mail your artist info and MP3 files (or links to MP3 files) to me. I listen to all submissions, though I don't always get to them in a timely manner, so if you haven't heard from me immediately, don't fret. I'll get to your music as soon as I can, and if I like it, you'll probably hear it on the show. facebook.com/davesloungepodcast @daveslounge
PO Box 2917, Fitzroy MDC, VIC 3065 Australia
Please address your package with an indication of what genre your act is. We recommend 4-5 copies of each release. Please attach a one page press release/bio to each CD. The Music Department will allocate the copies submitted to the most appropriate shows for airplay consideration. If you already know who will dig your stuff, supply a list of presenters that you'd like your CDs to go to. You can e-mail digital files. However we highly recommend physical copies at this point in time. You can also send interview requests to our e-mail address. @pbsfm
Renegade Radio Nashville
707 18th Ave. S. #10, Nashville, TN 37203
We're always looking for good Country, Americana and Southern Rock music. ATTACH: 1) Your music in an MP3 format. 2) Your contact information. 3) A short paragraph about YOU. facebook.com/OfficialRRN @MyRenegadeRadio
117 W. King St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
Hey musicians and music people - we want to spin your discs on-air and/or have you play live in-studio. Get in touch! facebook.com/whupfm @WHUPfm
2.2 RADIO PROMOTERS
Jerome Promotions & Marketing
2535 Winthrope Way, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
PH: 770-982-7055 FX: 770-982-1882
We call the music directors and program directors of over 250 stations several times a week in order to help our artists get airplay and the recognition that they deserve with the goal of helping them make a deal with a major label. @jeromepromotion
National Record Promotion
137 N. Larchmont #500, Los Angeles, CA 90004
We promote artists and groups at radio with an emphasis on independent labels and recording artists. Over the last five years NRP has worked with many major acts. NRP will assist you in weekly tracking reports...national chart activity & radio interviews. facebook.com/National.Record.Promotion
119 Bowling Ave. Nashville, TN 37205-2357
Our Radio Promotion work focuses on relevant radio stations (terrestrial and online), especially college radio stations, in the U.S., Canada and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Our staff works daily to build relationships with radio stations, regional promoters, music/entertainment publications and websites, and media outlets throughout North America as well as in eastern and central Europe. We work mostly with Rock, Pop-Rock, Americana and Alt-Country artists. facebook.com/cimgllc
Howard Rosen Promotion
521 W. Channel Islands Blvd. #15, Port Hueneme, CA 93041
PH: 805-382-2200 FX: 805-201-7816
Since 1985 We have been helping artists reach their goals of obtaining radio airplay, expanding their fan base, and creating awareness throughout the industry. @Howiewoodpromo
SECTION THREE: SERVICES/VENDORS/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC
3.1 SERVICES - PROMOTION/PUBLICITY
7083 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
A music management company based in Hollywood which deals with various artists and bands across the world. We specialize in helping them in specific needs like connecting them with producers, songwriters, record labels, publishing, public relations and booking agencies. This allows them to grow their musical career within their country and/or in the United States. Our company does not deal with a specific genre of music but instead work with their connections in the music industry to help, in the best ways possible, our artists. Currently the roster goes from EDM to Hard Rock, Pop, Punk and Rock. facebook.com/CohenMGMT @CohenMGMT
New Zealand based promotional service. Services include radio promotion. We want to help you BOOST your music release or project! Contact us for friendly chat today. We pride ourselves on being a Rip Off Free Zone and B.S. free. Sweet! facebook.com/integrityNZ
PO Box 50266, Baltimore, MD 21211
A R&B and Hip Hop marketing, public relations and branding firm that empowers entertainment, lifestyle, and nonprofit brands. We believe greatness lies within every brand and our mission is to help you maximize your brand potential. Through strategic consulting and counseling, we help you to bring your brand vision to life. Our team of Power Specialists works with you to discover your brand's best attributes. We coach our clients on how to leverage all of their opportunities in the marketplace and provide a blueprint for you to achieve your goals. We are committed to your success and we are here to serve with honesty and integrity. facebook.com/PowerPublicity
119 Bowling Ave. Nashville, TN 37205-2357
We provide Social Media Marketing and Social Commerce Solutions for our clients, in addition to Artist Management and Record Label Services. We work with artists, record labels, agencies, events, and brands of all kinds that want to effectively engage their supporters and fans via social media. Considering the global marketplace and international appeal, we offer our services in several languages as well, when appropriate to meet your goals. We work mostly with Rock, Pop-Rock, Americana and Alt-Country artists. facebook.com/cimgllc
3.2 SERVICES - LABELS, DISTRIBUTORS AND ONLINE VENDORS
The Giving Groove
A full-service independent record label based in Philadelphia. Operating under the motto “artist friendly, socially conscious,” The Giving Groove helps artists realize their musical vision while giving back to the community. Under the Giving Groove model, half of all after-tax album proceeds go to our artists, and half are donated to a music-related nonprofit that we work alongside the artists on selecting. facebook.com/givingrecords @TheGivingGroove
Romanian Electronic Dance Music label. For submissions, we prefer a Soundcloud private LINK. Genres accepted: House, Deep House, Funky House, Tech House, Techno, Tropical House, Chill Out, Indie Dance/Nu Disco. facebook.com/sylrecordings
SECTION FOUR: SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
The Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV Show
507 Rte. 46, Ste. A, Belvidere, NJ 07823
A music orientated TV series that educates the viewers about upcoming indie artists and their quest to greater success. The show is dedicated to exposing the arts to new and old fans alike by featuring original music, videos, Art, and history from different cultures with each new show. Guest interviews are done in the studio of SHOWTIME in Belvidere, NJ or remotely with modern technology medias like Skype. The show is now syndicated on 12 channels. facebook.com/bongoboyrecordsllc @Bongoboyrecords
SECTION FIVE: SOCIAL NETWORKS AND ONLINE COMMUNITIES
PO Box 182, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Fans rank (not rate) the best of the best. Every month one indie band or musician wins $5,000 in addition to exposure with industry tastemakers and influencers. facebook.com/OurStage @OurStage
SECTION SIX: HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
6.1 RESOURCES - GENERAL
Because of China's Great Firewall, nearly all of the sites we rely on to connect with fans are blocked in China. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube... all blocked. Language is also a bigger barrier as Chinese surfers are less accustomed to surf English-language sites than other non-English websurfers. As such, you have no digital presence in China. Our solution to help you put an anchor on China's digital shores is Indie Stir-Fry. Indie Stir-Fry helps you establish your first digital presence in China, including translation, artist blog/website and social media marketing campaign for your song and video. It's a one month campaign that you can renew (at a discounted rate) or discontinue at any time - you manage your level investment. We can also help set up your discography for online and mobile distribution. @MusicDish_China
BTR Live Studio
954 Lexington Ave. #199, New York, NY 10021
Musicians play exclusive sets and chat with Maia Macdonald, a veteran musician and DJ with a knack for asking questions musicians actually enjoy answering. facebook.com/BreakThruRadio @BreakThruRadio
The International Booking Agents Directory
A list of booking agents that can help you land gigs LOCALLY, REGIONALLY or AROUND THE GLOBE. The directory features 2300 booking agents covering EVERY genre and style of music. Our directory will help you to land gigs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Japan, China, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, South America and Africa. The directory can help you to find gigs in MUSIC VENUES, CLUBS, FESTIVALS, COLLEGES, CONCERT HALLS, RESTAURANTS, WEDDINGS, CASINOS, PRIVATE PARTIES, CORPORATE EVENTS and more! The International Booking Agents directory also features an ENTIRE SECTION of agencies that specialize in booking artists on CRUISE SHIPS. facebook.com/bookingagentsdirectory instagram.com/bookingagentsdirectory
Your premier radio airplay broadcast monitoring service that tracks radio airplay of songs in the US and worldwide on more than 5000+ radio stations. These radio stations include Major FM Terrestrial, College, Commercial and Non-Commercial as well as thousands of streaming Internet radio stations. Some of the radio broadcasting networks Although there are many genres of music, DigitalRadioTracker.com specializes in monitoring radio broadcasters in the following formats: CHR/Pop (Top 40), Rhythmic, Urban/Hip Hop/R&B, Country/Americana, Rock/Alternative, Gospel/Christian/Inspirational, Adult Contemporary and Jazz/Fusion. DigitalRadioTracker.com gathers millions of songs being played each day and compiles DRT Reports for our clients. A DRT Report breaks down exactly who is playing a song, when it's played and how often it's played. DigitalRadioTracker.com also offers Historical 8 Week Reports which list the history of airplay detections on all of our monitored stations during the last 8 week period. In addition, we provide Comprehensive Reports which shows the exact time of day/night a song is played on each of our monitored radio stations. If you have a song receiving airplay on radio and want to know when and where it's being played, get your DRT Report today!
Festival Network Online
PO Box 18839, Asheville, NC 28814
PH: 828-658-2779 FX: 828-645-3374
Lists more than 10,000 events throughout the U.S. and Canada seeking performers, from local & regional to national & international. @_festivalnet
6.2 RESOURCES - EDUCATIONAL
CD Baby Podcast
13909 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230
Join CD Baby's Kevin and Chris as they discuss current music news, interview artists and industry professionals, offer tips and tricks to help today's independent musician move their career forward and much more! Interviews about how to be a successful musician without compromising your art. It's a perfect time to take advantage of the many opportunities for Do-It-Yourself artists that are springing up everywhere. @cdbaby @kbreuner
6.3 RESOURCES - TOOLS AND APPS
c/o Founders House, Njalsgade 19D, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
PH: +45 60607634
Real-time Radio Monitoring. We are tracking 21.000 radio stations in more the 100 countries. This gives you the biggest coverage of radio stations in the world. WARM is the first large-scale radio airplay monitor, built solely for the purpose of giving transparency to individual musicians. By using WARM, independent musicians, songwriters and producers can monitor any song in real-time on radio stations worldwide. Download our app and see your real-time radio airplays on the go. facebook.com/worldairplayradiomonitor instagram.com/worldairplayradiomonitor
A user-friendly, feature-rich, online newsletter management program for novices and professionals alike. facebook.com/MyNewsletterBuilder1
6.4 RESOURCES - AUDIO
2841 Hickory Valley Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421
Our mission: Maintain integrity throughout WTS while delighting our customers and clients. WTSmedia is the South's leading blank media source for CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, Blu-Ray BD-Rs, professional recording media, media storage, and accessories. facebook.com/WTSmedia
6.5 RESOURCES - ORGANIZATIONS
Americana Music Assoc.
PO Box 628, Franklin, TN 37065
Promotes awareness of this genre. facebook.com/AmericanaMusicAssociation @AmericanaFest
SECTION SEVEN: THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE |
How to get Music Bloggers to Reply to Your E-mail
by Paul Loeb, Droptrack
© 2017 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
The typical music blogger gets 348 emails per day.
Ok, that's a claim that can't be proven, but the point is that the powers that be who decide on which music gets featured receive a lot of emails, direct messages, @ mentions, and snail mail.
You already know your music is something special, but how do you make editors and writers see that when all you have are a few words to grab their attention?
First off, if you're really serious about getting featured, commit to making this your part-time job, especially in the beginning. This post will help you map out a plan, then weave a few of those tasks into your schedule every week.
This process starts with lots of research, so get organized with a spreadsheet. It may take some time upfront, but it's going to save you loads of headaches in the long run. Though your spreadsheet can have any information or function that's most useful to you, you'll want to focus on the most relevant contact information for the people who can get you on the homepage or front cover.
This is a good starting point:
Once you have that set up, you'll go to town finding every, any, and all people you could reach out to. Even when you get to 100 people on your list, keep going.
- First name
- Last name
- Where they work
- Social accounts
- Genres they cover
- Status on correspondence - reach out dates, followups, replies, etc.
To make it easy, we've created a template for you.
Download it for free here.
Who doesn't want to celebrate the hometown hero? Local blogs, publications, and channels are a great first bet when it comes to getting the attention of a music blogger. Not only will you be up against less competition, it'll also be easier to speak the writer's language, i.e. mentioning venues that person will be familiar with, other local acts who've asked you to join their show, etc.
You want to provide information that helps the blogger quickly put you and your music in context. If you played the biggest venue in town, that's going to catch attention.
Find Your People
Your spreadsheet has a column to record specific music genres covered by various writers because you need to keep track of the right people to spend time on. If you're in a hip hop group, don't bother sending an email to someone who covers EDM. Find the people who are already interested in and covering the type of music you make.
Keep It Short and Direct
Think about it - if you're someone who gets hundreds of emails per day, all asking the same thing, and you open one that seems to be pages long, you're going to delete and move on. The three most important elements a strong email has are:
Personalized introduction: Sending personalized emails is easy using a tool like DropTrack. When you send a message, do not bcc a template email to music bloggers. Doing that may get you blocked altogether, let alone ignored. You don't need to spend a paragraph flattering the writer, but greet him or her by name, and mention a detail specific to them. For example, if you're reaching out to a local blogger, you could say: Hello Tim, I saw your review on the show The Screaming Monkeys last Thursday. I also love The Descendents vibe they put out in their first song.
Info + Ask
Your band's story should be one line. We'll talk more about how to craft that one line below, in the section Tell Your Story. Your "ask" should be direct and actionable. If you're sharing your new single and want to see it featured in the "New Local Music" section on the writer's site, say exactly that. Do not ask the blogger to "let me know what you think." Not only is that a huge question to answer, it's also highly doubtful such a vague request will lead to your original goal of getting featured.
Links to Music
Oh, just the whole reason you're reaching out in the first place. Do not forget to include obvious, clickable links to your music. The links should only be streaming links and lead exactly to what you're referencing. If you want the blogger to listen to a single, make sure you link them directly to that track (a tool like DropTrack can help).
That's it. Oh, and a friendly sign-off.
Of course, that little bit of information doesn't begin to fully describe you and your band, which is where your website comes in. There, include anything you feel helps describe your band and tells your unique story. That's everything from creatively describing what your music sounds like, who's in the band, news on past and upcoming shows, and photos. On your homepage, it's also a good idea to provide press release-style information that a blogger can easily copy and paste from. When you do get featured, you want to make it super easy for the busy writer to create a blurb about you.
Tell your story
Think about what makes you and your band different and compelling. Chances are it's not necessarily what you're doing with your music, but rather your personal origin story. Maybe you're a solo artist who got your start when you inherited your grandfather's guitar. That's going to stand out a lot more than telling a music blogger your sound is a mix of folk and top 100 alternative. If you're having trouble pinpointing your unique story, research some of your favorite bands for inspiration, or check out the Authentic Artist Branding Bootcamp.
Promote yourself to top of inbox
It's not over once you send out that initial email. Following up keeps your band's name at the top of a writer's inbox and increases the likelihood your email will be opened.
For a general follow up, wait at least a week before sending another note. You don't need to say or provide anything new, just check in to see if the person has had a chance to listen to what you sent over, and then close out with a friendly sign-off.
Any time you get covered by another publication, use that as a chance to reach out again to share the news that you got a mention in so and so publication. Often, hearing that a competitor has taken an interest in you is a good push to get someone to check you out.
Give thanks the blogger way
Any time you get a mention, thank the blogger directly with an email (better yet, a handwritten card if you have mailing info), and share the link with anyone and everyone. Bloggers make money through ad revenue based on how many people visit their site. If they see that by featuring your music their traffic spikes, that's a good reason to write about you more in the future.
If you feel yourself getting frustrated or deterred, remember why you're doing this in the first place (it may even help to take a break and go play a little music). Even the most popular bands in the world started with just wanting to get their music heard.
Paul Loeb has been at the intersection of music and tech for 20 years. He is founder and CEO of
DropTrack , a music promotion platform for independent artists. His goal has always been to give musicians like himself the tools to stand out from the rest, get heard, and make deals.
This article originally appeared in the
April 2017 DIY Musician Blog
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