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|
Blah Blah Blah Science
PO Box 291429, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Dedicated to covering only the best past, present and future music spinning throughout the universe. Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. we work closely with a team of handpicked taste-makers positioned throughout the globe. Tune-in 24/7 to discover the latest breaking acts, to the minute track and album reviews, live show and event reviews, as well as exclusive interviews, performances and even contests!
369 Stephens Rd. Akron, OH 44312
Covers anything from Christian praise to Death Metal. Fight on, little ones. facebook.com/NeuFuturMagazine @NeuFutur
Since 2012, We have grown into one of the most respected Artist and Repertoire (A&R) Blogs. Our readership includes independent and major labels, publishers, management companies, radio station, PR and sync companies from across the world who use our website as a resource to discover and sign acts. We are always on the look out for the next big hit so please submit your demo via our website. facebook.com/anrfactory @anrfactory
We Close Tonight
A blog which reviews submissions from unsigned and independent artists. Specialising in indie music and features a selection of reviews, interviews and semi-regular features. It is a London-based blog and there is a priority for UK submissions, however, submissions from outside the UK are also more than welcome. If you have any music you'd like to submit (preferably as a Soundcloud LINK) please e-mail me. @WeCloseTonight
We're an promotional service that represents musicians worldwide. We submit our talent roster to magazines, radio stations, festivals and licensing opportunities. We also promote all of our artists in our magazine. facebook.com/MuzicNotezCrew @MuzicNotez
SECTION TWO: RADIO STATIONS, SHOWS AND PROMOTERS
2.1 RADIO - STATIONS AND SHOWS
Celtica Radio Wales
PO Box 48, Bridgend, CF32 9ZY UK
A platform for artists who have been denied elsewhere. We are NO LONGER ACCEPTING CDs. Only MP3 tracks please. E-mail us with details of where we can listen to samples of your material via our online form. @CelticaRadio
A progressive and upbeat look into the LGBT culture examining those things which keeps us ticking including celebrity interviews and the common and uncommon interests we share. In addition, Dishing TEA will be shining a spotlight on those things that needs to be improved such as social injustices and internalized phobias within the culture. Dishing Tea is open to ALL who will listen with an open mind as the show will give insight and distinguish between our allies and our adversaries!! All potential guests can submit their music to our e-mail address along with a full press kit containing contact information. All music types will be considered! facebook.com/DishingTea @BigMeach1 blogtalkradio.com/dishing-tea
Dekmantel Radio - Red Light Radio
Oudekerksplein 22, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gilb'R & Brian Not Brian
Cutting-edge Dance music w/ the Dekmantel crew and special guests. facebook.com/dkmntl
WDOM - Providence U.
1 Cunningham Sq. Providence, RI 02918
A student-operated, non-commercial educational radio station. Our frequency is 91.3 FM on the radio dial. WDOM is an ever growing media outlet that streams online and interacts with the Providence Metropolitan area. At WDOM, we give students the ability to exercise their wide variety of music and talk interests to the entire public. WDOM is also a vehicle to inspire students to enter the field of broadcasting and other related fields. We operate from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m., each day during the school year. We hold many events throughout the year, from our annual Stuartstock concert to numerous open Mic nights, which give the student performers the stage in McPhail's throughout the year. facebook.com/wdom913 @wdom913
Metal Cock Radio - WUSC
RHUU Rm. 343, 1400 Greene St., Columbia, SC 29208
We play all types of heavy metal, from Power Metal, to Thrash, to Death Metal, to Progressive and beyond. Tune in and bang your heads! facebook.com/WUSC90.5FM @WUSC
Red Light Radio
Oudekerksplein 22, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
An online radio station broadcasting from a former prostitution window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Red Light Radio brings you daily shows of local DJs, live performances and cool personalities doing a one-time only radio show. You can expect shows full of Afro Beat or shows with Black Metal next to live Acoustic performances or DJ sets by artists. facebook.com/redlightradio @Red_Light_Radio
2.2 RADIO PROMOTERS
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
Empire Music Promotions
A premiere music PR company focused on ensuring that all of our clients receive both prominent and quality, news-worthy press results; every single time. Here at E.M.P we truly believe that every band or musician that we choose to work with is unique, and that each client of ours deserves a custom campaign that reflects that core belief. We understand that what works for one band simply will not work for another, and using both tried and true methods of the past, Ryan focuses his efforts on reaching out to the multitude of publications personally, to guarantee that every one of our musicians receive the very best support possible from us. We can't wait to hear your music and we can't wait to share it! facebook.com/EmpireMusicPromotions @empiremusicpr
Glass Onyon PR
PO Box 18254, Asheville, NC 28814
A multi-facetted publicity company specializing in the promotions of bands, labels, releases, tours and gigs. Glass Onyon PR differs from most commercial/AOR press agencies due to our expertise in the promotions of alternate genres of music including Hard, Classic and Progressive Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative, Avant-garde, Blues and Country. facebook.com/glassonyonpr @glassonyonpr
7332 Erin Ct. Niwot, CO 80503
With almost 40 years of experience in the music industry, Mazzetta offers expertise in all facets of the business and provides concise, all encompassing Consultation to his clients.Consider Mazzetta Promotion your 'Virtual Label Director'. Mazzetta will address international licensing, a 'sell in' to China of your music as a Ringtone, terrestrial, satellite and internet radio promotion, in addition to creative marketing concepts to help you achieve what should be your # 1 goal, increasing your fan base. Mazzetta's expertise, dedication, passion and connections will have you making the artistic and career progress you have always deserved. More than radio promotion or a simple marketing plan, Mazzetta Promotion not only 'talks the talk' but 'walks the walk as well'. Our full service approach and approach custom tailored to your needs, have frequently been described as 'Music Advocacy'. Mazzetta Promotion offers Adult Contemporary Promotion, including: Mainstream Adult Contemporary, Hot Adult Contemporary, Modern AC, Soft AC and Adult CHR.
Legacy Artist Management
PO Box 395, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0395
Founded on the vision that when we share the transformative love of God with others, we are laying the foundation for true hope and change in the world, because nothing but the love of God truly has the power to change lives forever. We provide consulting services to aspiring artists seeking guidance and mentoring regarding: artist development branding/logo, booking/touring, online presence/web design, marketing/promotions, songwriting/publishing, live performance and management. @Inspirealegacy
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
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
3346 Princeton Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19149
A record label / distro that caters toward fans of sick and vile underground Metal! In addition to releasing our own titles, we distribute various Metal labels from around the globe and carry an extensive selection of imported items with new products added weekly. facebook.com/horrorpaingoredeath @hpgd666
PO Box 578720, Chicago, IL 60657
A new paradigm for independent Jazz and Improvisational artists. Created for artists by artists, it addresses the needs and concerns that the current major label and major independent label system cannot. Blujazz assures artist ownership of his/her own music, publishing and royalties, and artist involvement in all decisions regarding his/her product and career, while providing a professional vehicle through which important artist produced improvised music reaches the international market place. facebook.com/BluJazzRecords
SECTION FOUR: SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
PO Box 6016, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Dedicated to providing unsigned artists and music industry professionals with the tools they need to successfully connect in a professional way. By educating and providing real world exposure to major record labels, authentic social media outlets and online/fm radio stations all over the world. Additionally, Exposed Vocals aims to stimulate the natural interest in indie music fans by providing an easy to use platform for which members music, mostly underground, is easily accessible by general visitors. facebook.com/Exp0sedVocals @ExposedVocals
A live streaming platform where musicians can easily perform, share and engage with you in real time. Our mission is to help artists take steps towards financial and professional freedom by building a community around the intersection of music and live streaming. facebook.com/KrueTV @KrueTV
SECTION FIVE: SOCIAL NETWORKS AND ONLINE COMMUNITIES
PH: +44 (0) 203-143-3245
A global business platform, which connects music professionals from around the globe in one simple, easy to use website. Unlike LinkedIn, we are Project workflow focused so you don't get connected until you are actually doing business or collaborating. We offer targeted ways of reaching new talent and bringing that talent to your own projects. We are stimulating work and generating paid session work for the community. Our projects allow you to reach out on a global scale and provide your services to other professionals, equally you can hire & source other music pro's and develop your career with feedback following each project. Your profile acts as a portfolio for other users to review. Get registered today for free and start working your music projects. facebook.com/MusicGateway @Music_Gateway
SECTION SIX: HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
6.1 RESOURCES - GENERAL
Helps creators of all kinds get sustainable income and connect with their biggest fans. For creators: Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things you're already creating (webcomics, videos, songs, whatevs). Fans pledge a few bucks per month OR per thing you release, and then you get paid every month, or every time you release something new (whether it's on SoundCloud, YouTube, your own website, or anywhere). For fans: Patreon is a way to pay your favorite creators for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen (trust us, that doesn't work), you can now pledge a few bucks per thing that a creator makes. For example, if you pledge $2 per video, and the creator releases 3 videos in February, then your card gets charged a total of $6 that month. This means the creator gets paid regularly (every time she releases something new), and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts. facebook.com/patreon @Patreon
Plot-167-169, DEPZ Ext Area, Savar, Dhaka-1349 Bangladesh
A review site for guitar pedal reviews & useful tips for playing guitar, guitar maintenance, buying guide etc. The content of this site is written by real users. As a result our audience will get the true insight.
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
Sunny Stuart Winter Blog
This blog comments on the latest music business news & updates, gives valuable free advice to upcoming musicians, bands and artists, as well as sharing insights into what makes the most popular artists popular. Whilst I don't review albums or singles on this blog, I am always interested in listening to new music and offering my feedback and advice. Should you have any demos, submissions, interviews and/or features that you'd like to be discuss, please send me as much information as possible to my e-mail address. However, please note that if you are sending music, I would prefer a link to it rather than an attachment (we don't want my inbox getting clogged up now do we?) and replies may take a little while as I like to respond to every email in full detail.I will do my best to listen to as much music sent in as possible but please note that I do not do features or reviews of upcoming music; instead, this blog focuses more on the business of the Music Industry and tips for upcoming bands and artists looking to get ahead within it. facebook.com/sunnystuartwinterblog @sunnynorwich
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
International Country Calling Codes and World Time Zones
Find the international dialing code or time zone for any country. Online tool will instantly show you ALL telephone prefixes needed to call from one area code to another. facebook.com/CountryCallingCodes @callingcodes
LISTBABY: your e-mail list mailer
13909 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230
Instead of sticking everyone you know into "BCC:" field of your e-mail program, an e-mail list manager on your site will let you e-mail some or all of your contacts, using their name right in the e-mail itself. @hostbaby
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
Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS)
16 Mountain St., Ultimo, NSW 2007 Australia
Represents music publishers in Australia and New Zealand.
SECTION SEVEN: THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE |
Facebook 101: how to make a band page on Facebook
by Chris Robley, DIY Musician
© 2017 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
How to create a page on Facebook for your band in minutes
Creating a Facebook band or artist page is usually one of the first steps musicians take when establishing their online presence, and there's good reason for that: Facebook is the largest social network in the world and it's an important place to connect with fans when you have big news to announce.
Isn't Facebook for... old people?
Even as social platforms like Snapchat and Instagram have established huge popularity among younger demographics, Facebook is still the standard for social band profiles. In fact, Facebook has become so important, many music fans and industry people would find it strange if they couldn't find an artist on Facebook.
Doesn't Facebook want me to pay to reach my fans?
Yes, it's true that over the past few years Facebook has made it increasingly difficult for you to reach your following on their platform through organic (unpaid) means.
I would argue that it's still important to establish and maintain a Facebook presence for your music though, because when you have big news to announce - a new album, a crowdfunding campaign, a tour, a video launch - Facebook is THE place online where the bulk of your fans are likely to be hanging out. For those big news announcements, it's probably worth spending some promotion dollars to make sure you reach your Facebook followers.
Organic reach is still a thing
Not all effective Facebook communication is done through promoted posts and paid ads, though. It's still possible to have a piece of content extend its reach based on its own merit (or the merit Facebook's algorithm deems it to have based on engagement).
Just for an anecdote about the current power of Facebook, towards the end of 2016 I simultaneously posted a video to Facebook AND YouTube. By the end of the first day, with no paid promotion, the video had way more engagement on Facebook than on YouTube. The video had as many likes, comments, and shares on Facebook as there were total views on YouTube, to say nothing of the total view count for the video on Facebook (which admittedly is unreliable, since it tallies muted videos that auto-play in your Facebook feed).
Long story short, every once in a while you can still get some serious attention from your Facebook audience without opening your wallet.
Getting started on Facebook
Creating and maintaining a Facebook band page isn't difficult, but there are some common misconceptions that can cause issues down the line. Follow the steps below and you'll be just fine.
Facebook profile Vs. Facebook page
First we need to clear up a little terminology. Facebook calls the typical individual profiles "Personal Profiles." The profiles created by brands, products, organizations, musicians or bands are called "Pages."
It can get confusing as the two can look similar, but there are some big distinctions in how they work. Also, you must have a Facebook personal profile before you can create a page, so if you're brand new to Facebook, you'll have to create that first. Once you're up and running with a personal profile, here is how you can create a band page.
How to create your Facebook artist/band page
1. Go to this link http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php (or you can click the little arrow in the top right of your personal profile and use the dropdown menu to select "Create Page.")
2. Select the "Artist, Band, or Public Figure" button
3. Once that is selected, you will get a drop down menu where you will want to select "musician/band"
4. Enter in the artist or band name in the "name," check that you agree to the Terms of Service (if you agree with the ToS, of course), and then click "Get Started."
Now that you Facebook band page is created, be sure to post a profile image and a cover photo (which is also sometimes known as the header image).
Also be sure to drop your bio into the ABOUT section.
Why not just promote my music using my personal profile on Facebook?
As mentioned above, there are some key functionality differences that make a Facebook page a better option for promoting your music.
But the #1 benefit of using a page instead of a profile has to be the security for your personal information. Most people use their personal profiles as a way to share info, pictures and updates with their friends and family. So certain aspects of their life outside of music are visible for all their "friends" to see. If you grant a fan access to your personal profile, they'll see all your pictures and updates. That might be too much personal information to grant your average fan.
Making a Facebook page for your music career allows anyone to be a fan without the worry that they're getting to know a little too much about you.
Selling your music on Facebook
Once you've set up your artist/band Page on Facebook, you can be selling your music in minutes. There's an easy way to create a Facebook Shop and integrate it with your CD Baby store - so fans can purchase music via Facebook, CD Baby will handle the order fulfillment, and you don't have to worry about trips to the post office!
Why a Facebook page is better than a profile for music promotion
1. Anyone can see your content - With a Facebook page, all Facebook users can go to your artist page and see your content, listen to your music, watch your videos, etc. They do not have to be a fan or have your approval. This makes it easier for your content to be shared with other Facebook users.
2. Fans, not friends - An artist page gives anyone on Facebook the ability to become a fan - by "liking" your page. This means they can choose to see your content in their newsfeed without having to get your approval. This is ideal for music fans AND for you (you don't want to have to manually approve friend-requests from every single person that wants to hear what's happening in your music career, right?)
This feature is a must for bands, and helpful for the solo artist as well. It allows everyone designated with "admin status" to post from the page (and create events) as the band or artist. Admins also have the ability to make changes to the page details. The more popular your band gets, the more engagement you'll see on Facebook - and that means you're going to be spending more time interacting with your fans on that platform. If you can divvy up the Facebook responsibilities between several band members, awesome! Also, if you're a solo artist, you can have a manager, trusted friend, or partner help out with the Facebook duties in those moments when it's more difficult to stay on top of responding to comments (like when you're on tour).
Facebook gives you a quite a few ways to reach fans through their advertising tools. You can run an ad campaign designed to increase the number of fans who like your band page. You can drive traffic to your official website where people can find out more about your music. You can boost a post or video to ensure that more of your audience sees it. And those are just a few of the options.
Also known as analytics, this section of the Facebook page gives you all the info you need to improve your Facebook marketing efforts by showing you info such as the reach of your posts, audience engagement, and a full demographic breakdown of your fans and page visitors.
Set Your Own URL
You can also set the URL for your Facebook page. This makes it easier to remember - something like http://facebook.com/YOUR-BAND-NAME. Just go to http://facebook.com/username to create the URL for your page.
A Facebook page always displays more info for anyone with admin status. It's easy to get confused, but your Fans will not see the stats and admin links that can show up on your page when you are viewing it as an admin.
Chris Robley is the Editor of CD Baby's DIY Musician Blog. I write Beatlesque indie-pop songs that've been praised by No Depression, KCRW, The LA Times, & others. My poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Prairie Schooner, The Poetry Review, & more. I live in Maine and like peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, a little too much.
This article originally appeared in the
February 14, 2017 DYI Musician Blog
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