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|
The Music Butcher
A New York based music blog for music enthusiasts that want to discover independent and unsigned music. The Music Butcher carefully curates unsigned and independent artists and makes playlists from the best of the best. The Music Butcher is also for artists. A feature on the Music Butcher generates credibility as well as a degree of exposure. We want to help you get your music heard, and get you paid. We concentrate on the things that will make YOU money and gain more exposure: Spotify plays, building your fanbase, publishing positive reviews and offering the best artist resources. The Music Butcher works with all genres. The Music Butcher is excited about sharing music. We don't write bad reviews, so everything you read is about something we like and believe is worth checking out. Submit via our ONLINE FORM. @TheMusicButcher
We are an up and coming Rock and Pop music magazine that is here to bring you daily news, awesome features and FREE monthly issues to read online. We are dedicated to positivity in the industry. We want to make sure up and coming bands get their fair shot and love telling our readers about the next big thing. For review requests, send us an e-mail. We try to check that e-mail daily, but as we get so many e-mails we might not get to yours. If we like your sound, we will let you know and pass it along to a writer for review! facebook.com/highlightzine @highlightzine
A music e-Zine dedicated to reviewing and promoting the best indie music by getting back to basics. I write objective, honest, in-depth, quality reviews about artists I select. I work with artists, labels, managers and agencies. Send an e-mail to and put "Artist Submission" in the subject line. Include your name and a LINK to your music as well as any other additional information that might help us determine if you are a good fit for our e-Zine. If selected, you will be notified by email and asked to provide additional information. We only review original music - no cover tunes. facebook.com/bwhmedia @BwhMedia
American Pride Magazine
American writers on indie music, fashion, photography, travel, food and culture. Submit your music via our ONLINE FORM. facebook.com/AvaLiveRadio @Americanpridemg @JacquelineJax
The Fat Angel Sings
I love finding new music. If I can expose any of this music too you then I would be satisfied. There is so much good music available at this time. Great musicians and songwriters abound with quality and there is also so much music to listen to. Please buy the music of the artists that appear on my site. Support their live shows go to as many gigs as you can. Buy their records, CDs and merchandise. Tell others about each and every musician featured. The blog features Indie, Pop, Rock, Psychedelia, Garage, Blues and Folk. facebook.com/thefatangelsings @thefatangelsin1
SECTION TWO: RADIO STATIONS, SHOWS AND PROMOTERS
2.1 RADIO - STATIONS AND SHOWS
PO Box 2540, Sarasota, FL 34230
WSLR's programming promotes equality, peace, sustainability, democracy and social and economic justice. facebook.com/wslr965 @WSLR965
Rankin Vibes Radio Show
Raggadee & Steppin Razor
Internet show based in Plymouth, UK, playing Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and Ska right across the spectrum from the UK to Jamaica, with selectas on Rotation - Raggadee and Steppin Razor, Corey British, Selecta Simon and Arash Torabi. The show features regular special guests, guest mixes and interviews with some of the scene's biggest and most influential artists. @RankinVibes
156 W. Granite, Butte, MT 59701
Volunteer-driven community radio. @Bamf_Radio
7/67 O'Connell Tce, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006 Australia
PH: +61 7-3123-5331
Faction: a small, passionate and organised dissenting group within a larger majority. Which describes what it's like to be into Heavy Music. You love it, you live it, you breathe it and you can't get enough of it. That's why we created The Faction. Somewhere to belong, somewhere to hear the best new Heavy music whether it be on The Faction Radio streaming 24/7, our exclusive streaming playlists, news from the best heavy outlets in Australia and the best offers and discounts on new music, shows and tours. Join The Faction. facebook.com/thefactionlive @thefactionlive
Lost Music Saloon - WRIR
PO Box 4787, Richmond, VA 23220
The Saloon has been serving up a fine mix of Americana, Alternative Country, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Tex-Mex, Irish, Rural Blues and all things Twang since 2004. You'll sometimes hear shows built entirely around a theme, an artist or a band, including occasional music-intensive and professionally-produced one-hour radio specials. I'm always on the lookout for something new. Every month or two an entire 2-hour show is dedicated to new music - albums, EPs and songs released within the weeks and months just prior to that show, or about to be officially released in the near future. The Saloon also gives special attention to new and rising artists as well as older performers who may have once been household names, but are now largely forgotten by mainstream radio. facebook.com/wrir973 @WRIR
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
Strives to support and build connections with clients who exude creativity through music and collaboration. We offer promotion of tour dates and gaining tour awareness through social media campaigns, soliciting press/interviews, local radio stations, event/calendar listings and press releases. Management of promotional band sites such as Fanbridge, SonicBids, Bands in Town and SongKick. Management of band social media sites such as FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram. Content Strategies, Creation of Content, Social Media Campaigns, Increase Followers and Fan Base, E-mail Newsletters, Blog Posts. Promotion of an album, single, EP, music video or any other performance medium. Promotions include soliciting press interviews, articles, reviews, sharing to sites, sharing to fans, social media strategies/campaigns and press releases. facebook.com/PRESSEDfreshpr @PRESSEDfreshpr
Spanish based agency. Our Press Office is a team of four people dedicated to the work of marketing, promotion, press, image, production and management. If you have a group or CD that you want to promote, our service is an inexpensive and effective way to reach your goals. facebook.com/theborderlinemusic @borderlinepress
Beyond One Entertainment
Provides management for independent Jazz artists and event creators. For artists, we offer a management team that can help you see your music career as a business and develop the tools needed to succeed. We also supply a variety of services including consultations, marketing and promotions, press kits and EPKs, album art, design services and tour management. Consultation, management, talent acquisition and event planning for live music events are also available. Genres: Jazz, Smooth Jazz, World, Gospel. facebook.com/kim.giles.39 @talentear
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
308 Pyracantha Dr. Holly Springs, NC 27540
An independent record label that focuses on artist development, distribution and marketability. Let's face it, there are hundreds of labels promising to turn independent artists into overnight successes. The truth is that, for most performers, this will never be the case. A successful career in music takes time, energy, strategy, and positioning. Our label does its best to place our artists in the right place at the right time, and also ensures that they are armed with the knowledge necessary to capitalize on those opportunities. Contact us today for more information on how you can become a part of Tabletop Records. We can power your dream! facebook.com/TabletopRecordsLLC @TabletopRecords
63 Pearl St. Box #256, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Get Played on iTunes, Spotify & 150+ digital music partners. In a flash, TuneCore Music Distribution can put your music on the most popular music stores so your fans can listen to you all over the world. They get to hear your songs on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play ... We believe in leveling the playing field for all artists, from emerging to established; that's why we provide an affordable and straightforward pricing model that allows you to keep 100% of your rights and sales revenue. Upload your music today, and before you know, you'll be heard around the world. facebook.com/TuneCore @TuneCore
SECTION FOUR: SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
Website for new Rap, Hip Hop & R&B music. Upload your music via our ONLINE FORM. facebook.com/DigitalDripped @DigitalDripped
A television network that celebrates Americana and Roots style of music. Our television network features live concerts, music videos, interviews, documentaries, and more. We produce and broadcast our own live shows and feature video from a variety of passionate music inspired video producers. We are actively seeking music-related video content to include on our music network. If you've produced or own music-related video content, we'd love to broadcast it to the world! While DittyTV produces a great deal of content, we are also curating and playing music videos and other content produced by people like you. Do you want to see your original music broadcast to world? Just submit your video via out ONLINE FORM! Our staff will catalog, process, and prepare the video for broadcast. The $35 processing fee helps cover some of the costs associated with processing the actual data into our system, preparing it for broadcast (audio levels, frame rates, codecs and other boring but important stuff) and delivering it to the world. facebook.com/DittyTV @dittytv
Stora Varvsgatan 6 A, SE-211 19 Malmo, Sweden
Introducing the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial. TIDAL is an advertisement-free, lossless, CD-quality music and music video streaming service with extensive curated editorial expertise. TIDAL gives you access to more than 25 million songs and 75,000 music videos. If you are looking to license your music for TIDAL please contact us via e-mail. facebook.com/TIDAL @TIDALHiFi
SECTION FIVE: SOCIAL NETWORKS AND ONLINE COMMUNITIES
An app used on iOS and Android smartphones. Enjoy fast and fun mobile conversation! Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend. They'll view it, and then the Snap disappears from the screen - unless they take a screenshot. @Snapchat
SECTION SIX: HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
6.1 RESOURCES - GENERAL
A members-only site offering a one-stop shop for stock video. Our members enjoy access to our unlimited library and our global marketplace. facebook.com/VideoBlocks @VideoBlocks
On Demand Vinyl. QRATES is a one-stop vinyl pressing service that includes multiple aspects to make everything as easy as possible for artists to support their DIY business. With QRATES you can press vinyl from 100 copies while a normal minimum order is 300 to 500 in the industry. Also, you can simulate your record, sleeve and label in our original vinyl design tool. From vinyl design to sales options, you have total control over the way you want to release your music. Artists can create a website to start crowdfunding/pre-sales of their vinyl release within minutes and unlike other services, QRATES can take care of the heavy lifting of vinyl pressing, fulfillment and distribution as a true all in one service for vinyl records. We offer world class speed and quality - average turnaround time 6-8 weeks. facebook.com/qratesinfo @Qrates_com
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
Make Money From Your Music
8581 Santa Monica Blvd. #92, Los Angeles, CA, 90069
Music licensing is one of the most lucrative ways an artist can make money. With just a few sync placements a year, a songwriter can easily find the freedom to write for TV & film as a full-time career. Many artists feel that it is impossible to get into the game without knowing someone or already having a reputation - this couldn't be further from the truth. There are many songwriters who make a living at licensing their music who started from scratch. The difference is knowing how the industry works behind the scenes and following the right steps in producing, vetting and targeting songs. We show you step by step from A-Z how to make it happen! facebook.com/makemoneyfromyourmusic @MakeMusicMoney
The Stage Coach / MUSIC & MINDSET
Instruction - Coaching - Development. Taking you from struggling artist to working industry professional! Success doesn't happen by accident. It takes time and planning and re planning and tons of hard work. Becoming a success is a very strategic thing. I work with people brand new to thinking this is something they may want, all the way to people who have been at it for years and don't know why it isn't working. If they are at a pro or semi pro level I can help with getting songs critiques by hit, Grammy-award winning writers, get your music on the air, find performance opportunities. But most people need to go beyond that. If they are serious about making a living doing this. These techniques are not exclusive to the performing arts. They will work with any career or aspect of life that you are passionate about. I have a COURSE and BOOK entitled "Music & Mindset" It literally tells you everything you will ever need to know to be successful in any field. It's sounds like hocus pocus but really, it's a lot of common sense mixed with a crazy amount of perseverance. facebook.com/susangabs @Susangabrielle
DIY Musician 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
Electronic Music Factory
The information website for creating or distributing Electronic music. A package providing quick information and practical tools to guide you at every stage of your project. Whether you are a label, booker, club, festival or publisher, with Electronic Music Factory you will find an ergonomic interface to guide you in a few clicks to useful explanations and suggestions.
Welcome to the school of Rock. A Mac-size practice space. Your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, GarageBand has everything you need. @TheGBGuide
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
Women's International Music Network
Our mission is to create a hub to connect women in all facets of the music industry. You are not alone! We present news about female musicians, projects relating to women in the industry, products targeted to female musicians, and so much more! Please send your news and event info to our e-mail address. facebook.com/thewimn @the_wimn
SECTION SEVEN: THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE |
6 Ways to Earn More Money From Your Music on YouTube this Holiday Season
by Chris Robley DIY Musician Blog
© 2017 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
Prep for the holidays on YouTube; reap the benefits year-round!
Aunt Sue is wondering whether she really wants to buy you that album you asked for this Christmas, the one by Sexy Demonic Wombats from Beyond the Gates of Oblivion ("SDWBGO" for short).
If she's like most people with Internet access, she'll turn to YouTube for a minute or two of "research" first.
Much to her surprise and relief, Demonic Wombats is a mostly harmless polka band that performs 1970's prog-rock covers - so you're all set. She orders the CD and everyone (Aunt Sue, you, the Wombats) is happy come Christmastime.
This is just one of countless examples of how people use YouTube these days. The video streaming giant is now the world's jukebox, a customizable replacement for both MTV and radio, a deep musical archive, the #1 search engine for music, the #1 music discovery tool online, and much more - all available on your smartphone.
So it's hardly surprising that artists are now earning so much in YouTube ad revenue. CD Baby pays hundreds of thousands of dollars a month to indie musicians for the usage of their music on YouTube - and the holidays also happen to coincide (not ... coincidentally, of course) with a huge spike in YouTube advertising revenue.
One interesting and encouraging thing about the amount of revenue artists generate on YouTube is that people who've monetized their music are actually earning more from fan-created videos (also known as "user-generated content," or U.G.C.) than from the official music videos they've uploaded to YouTube themselves.
[Check out our podcast interview with Josh Collum to hear an example of how one artist earned more than $200k from user-generated content.]
As I've said in previous articles, the modern music industry is built on a social economy. What your fans do (and want to do) with your music has real value.
No, you're not going to earn nearly as much per usage as you might if the same song were licensed for a Coke commercial. Instead, with YouTube, it's all about VOLUME and time (since the videos that use your music will be up on YouTube for quite a while) - and as our monthly YouTube payouts demonstrate, when your fan community is empowered to take social action with your music, you make money.
HERE ARE 6 TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE MORE MONEY FROM YOUR MUSIC ON YOUTUBE (THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND BEYOND)
Making money from your music on YouTube isn't just a holiday thing, but this busy music season is a perfect time to make sure you're doing all you can to take advantage of this increasingly important revenue stream.
1. Sign up your entire back catalog for CD Baby's YouTube Monetization program
The obvious early step to earning money from your music on YouTube ... is getting set up to earn money from your music on YouTube!
In the digital age, your music doesn't have a shelf life - and you never know when one of your songs will find its audience. So sign up ALL your songs, old and new.
2. Encourage your fans to create user-generated content
It's the holidays! One of your songs might be the perfect soundtrack to someone's ugly-sweater video Christmas card, or as the background music to a classic home movie of kids unwrapping presents around the tree.
Here are a couple of ways to get people to use your music:
a. E-mail your fans and let them know they're free to use your songs for their holiday videos, wedding videos, family reunion videos, company or school projects, vacation slideshows, etc. Your songs are already in heavy rotation in these peoples' households; might as well be in their crazy cat videos, too! If one of them goes viral, you'll make even more money.
b. Host a video contest where you ask your fans to create music videos for their favorite of your songs. Whether its footage of a dance party, a stop-motion animation, or a bunch of kids lip syncing, these kinds of videos can add up to serious ad revenue from YouTube. Plus, you'll get to share your favorite of these entries through your website, newsletter, and social.
3. Put your most important links at the top of your video descriptions
For any videos you upload to your own channel, be sure to include the URL to your website or preferred music store right at the top of the description. You want viewers to be able to click through without having to scroll down or hit the "show more" button. Don't make people search.
4. Create and upload videos for ALL your songs
In addition to all the other things YouTube has become, it's also the #1 preferred listening platform for younger music fans. Make it easy for them to hear your music. The more videos you make available, the more opportunities you have to earn ad revenue.
If you don't have the time or budget to shoot that many "proper" music videos, you should at the very least upload simple album art videos for every song. Important: if your distribution through CD Baby includes streaming services, we will deliver Art Track videos to YouTube for you!
5. Record a holiday greeting video
If it's not in the cards to film a video for a Holiday single or to shoot a live performance, just use the camera on your smartphone and say hi to your fans. Post it on YouTube, embed it on your website, and spread some cheer!
6. Use smart calls-to-action, cards, and end screens
YouTube offers a number of tools to enhance your videos and to drive further engagement. Be sure to explore all your options within your YouTube channel, including adding cards to your videos that will encourage purchases, boost channel subscriptions, increase views and more.
Also be sure to check out end screens!
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
November 8, 2017 DYI Musician Blog.
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