May 2008

The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.
    1. Publications that will REVIEW your music
    2. Radio Stations/Shows that will PLAY your songs
    3. Labels, Vendors and Promotional Services that will help you to SELL your CD
    4. Sites where you can UPLOAD your band's MP3s or videos
    5. Helpful Resources for recording artists

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BullFrogMusic Reviews
PO Box 5041, Victoria, BC V8R 6N3
PH: 250-370-5448
Jeremiah Sutherland
Comprises reviews of indie releases in Jazz, Blues, Folk, Pop, Early Music and Opera. Affiliated with

Box 20064, Stock Exchange RPO, Calgary AB T2P 4J2
PH: 817-715-9543
Brian Rutherford
An independently run music review community. We focus on independent labels and artists that fit into the Alternative music category. We publish music reviews of CDs on a daily basis as well as weekly interviews and biographies. believes in independent music.

Ape Quake Music Freak
918 Lake Ct., Madison, WI 53715
PH: 608-250-2427 FX: 608-250-2427
Adam Mico
A frequently updated blog devoted to getting your music heard and viewed. Check the site for additional details!

Wildy's World
Whether we're giving you our insight into the latest in politics or introducing you to some of the best indie music out there, we're the place to be!

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Troy's Room Radio Show
137 E.Anaheim St., Wilmington, CA 90744
PH: 310-308-2920
Troy Spiropoulos
An internet Rock show featuring the best in unsigned Rock from around the world. Garage, Psychedelia, Indie, Punk, Metal submissions accepted only. Send press packages or MP3 attachments.

The Johnny Mack Gospel Music Show WNAH
44 Music Sq. E., Nashville, TN 37203
PH: 615-254-7611
Johnny Mack
I also interview up and coming Singer/Songwriters in the Gospel genre.

A Place In The Dirt
DJ Silvermyth
I play Industrial, Gothic, Metal and all the other stuff you didn't know you had forgotten.

The Bush! Radio
PH: 989-400-6381
Charlie Kole
We are devoted entirely to local Michigan music!

Punk101 WUPR
DJ Kris
Punk radio streaming Punk, Emo, Ska and Metal, 24/7. Forum, contests and more!

Local, Loud & Proud with Unkle Bonehead
3435 Dietz Rd. Williamston, MI 48895
PH: 517-512-9259
Unkle Bonehead
A show on The Bush Radio showcasing the best indie music that Michigan has to offer. With news, reviews, interviews contests and more!

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1313 Racquet Club N. Dr. D, Indianapolis, IN 46260
PH: 317-536-5637 FX: 317-536-8416
Fred Demming
Markets artist songs at the online digital media iTunes store and connects artist and bands and musicians to online music resources with a provided free electronic press kit.

609 Corona Ave. Corona, CA 92879
PH: 951-858-0709
Anthony Pratt
A growing record label that also utilizes digital media. The company hangs its hat on artist development.

Broken Window Production
3501 Block Dr. Irving TX 75038
PH: 214-507-1649
Glendon Guttenfelder
We are a multi-media promotional/marketing company that specializes in independent film and music.

Arizona University Recordings
10700 E. Prince Rd. Tucson, AZ 85749
PH: 520-749-9895 FX: 520-749-9893
William Penn
A sophisticated catalog of music that is reflective through consistently high artistic quality and outstanding recording technology. It is intended that each release guarantees listeners that they have received a production that has been originally crafted and designed with painstaking, loving care. The seeds for the recordings are gathered from such widely varying sources as Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova, Latin Music, World Music, Sophisticated Pop, Classical Music and more.

Ploeglaan 28, 3755HT Eemnes, Holland
PH: +31 (0)35-523-0514 FX: +31 (0)35-533-6875
Tom Pearce
Actively promotes new artists and composers in the entire media industry, including gaming and broadcast.

JETT FOX Promotions
PH: 620-200-3437
Jett Fox
Works with Alternative bands. We are PR/publicist affiliate of - Worldwide Rap and Hip Hop Music Network
PH: 626-443-3850
Alberto Martinez Jr.
We specialize in promoting independent music alongside of major acts. Hip Hop, Rap and R&B news, exclusive music and interviews.

Big Top Music
2801 Meadow Lark Trail, Duluth, GA 30096
PH: 678-851-4282
Sean Owen
20+ years of artist management, promotion and production, provides coaching to indie artists

Big Noise
PH: 401-274-4770
We have been exposing recording artists to the world for over 15 years. We are an award-winning independent A&R firm specializing in artist development and music promotion & publicity.

Lucky 7 Records & Entertainment
PH: 866-721-5825
Frank Wilson
An entertainment consulting firm for R&B artists.
160 Aztec Way SE. Acworth, GA 30102
A CD megastore that is dedicated solely to independent music and the artists that create this music. We've got room for all styles, genres and categories!

650 Pennsylvania #25, Miami Beach, FL 33139
PH: 888-476-8745 FX: 303-444-9122
Promotes your music to the decision makers at Internet radio stations, music blogs, online music magazines and more, AND we give you a full report of everything we do for you!

Nina Denny Public Relations
PO Box 1248, Ogdensburg, NY 13669
PH: 315-323-1058 FX: 877-349-0225
PR with a personal touch, affordable rates and music expertise.

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The Big Ugly Review
490 2nd St. 2nd Fl. San Francisco, CA 94107
Elizabeth Bernstein
We accept songs for our online magazine that relate to that issue's theme. WE DO NOT REVIEW MUSIC. We have the actual music on the site. See for specific guidelines.

116C Hazelton Ave. Toronto, ON M5R 2E5
PH: 416-561-6536 FX: 416-944-3191
A national television channel devoted 100% to Canada's amazing music.

311 Montford Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
PH: 828-232-0016
Will Cumberland
Our Advanced Jukebox Player protects your music from being digitally downloaded, yet allows fans to hear your music online. This creates exciting possibilities for you to present yourself to new audiences without being ripped off.

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License Quote
19049 Janisse Ln. Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-6212
PH: 951-678-5725
Michael Borges michael[at]licensequote[dot]com
Provides you with the tools you need in order to license your music from your own website, blog or other pages. Tap into the growing worldwide music licensing business with our professional tools. This widget provides you with a simple and effective means for providing standardized license price quotes, accepting quote requests or bids.

Inner Rhythm
PH +44 (0) 20-8133-6475
Kavit Haria
I write, speak and consult on the topics of independent music business strategy, music entrepreneurship and music marketing. I?m a musician myself. I set up Inner Rhythm in 2004 so I could share with musicians music promotion ideas, how to get more gigs and how to get more music sales as independent musicians. I fused together my passion of results psychology (see wiki: ?NLP?) with the music business and I spent a lot of time working one-on-one with musicians from around the world by phone and in-person. Since then, the ideas, strategies and models have produced massive results and case studies that made other independent musicians sit up and listen.
PH: 514-227-8500 x201 FX: 309-424-9094
Marc Tanguay
The world's largest online concert listing site that focuses on both mainstream shows and independent music. receives over 500,000 unique visitors per month and powers the concert listing sites for AOL Canada, Yahoo, MSN Canada, dozens of websites, and even Mobile concert listings. This means when you add your shows to, they will not only show up on TiB, but accross our entire network! Now that is exposure! Adding your concerts is easy and completely FREE. Our focus is getting more people to local shows, not nickel and diming bands. So visit our site today and get the word out!

Crazed Hits
Alex William
A leading A&R tip sheet used by record labels, managers, booking agents, entertainment attorneys, publishers and various other people in the music industry to identify the best up and coming talent!

Arising Artist
50-52 Paul St., London EC2A 4LB UK
PH: +442077491980 FX: +442077298951
Ged Malone
Online and offline A&R and music business advice from music industry professionals

IndieCan Music
50 Cordova Ave. #2102, Toronto, ON M9A 2H5
PH: 416-239-8737
Joe Chisholm
Online community for Canadian artists where fans, bands and industry insiders meet.

Band's Eye View
222 Guideboard Rd. PMB 127, Clifton Park, NY 12065
PH: 518-570-7610
Louis Savalli
Profiles and reviews music sales sites like CD baby, we music store etc. It's a great resource for bands and musicians looking to sell their music online. More sites are being added to it every week (it takes time to review them all!).

The CD Seller
PH: 612-208-0071
Jeff Kartak
I designed "The CD Seller" because I knew I could sell more CDs on my gigs if I could just present and display my CDs continuously before, during and after my performances and make it easy for my fans to purchase a CD without waiting to interact with me to complete the sale. I started The CD Seller business to share this powerful product with my fellow musicians.

Free Acid Loops
Daniel McCarthy
Download free acid loops, FL studio samples & more!

Lansing Indie Music Project
3435 Dietz Rd. Williamston, MI 48895
PH: 517-512-9259
Ryan Ridenour
An e-zine helping to bring Michigan artists to the world stage. Affiliated with The Insomnia Radio Network & The Bush Radio!

Sam Ash Music
PH: 800-472-6274 FX: 800-818-9050
The only online musical instrument website backed by over 80 years of experience servicing the needs of musicians - from beginners to professionals. Every one of our sales associates are pros that can answer any question about the gear we sell. Yes, we actually have musicians, producers and DJs working in our call centers.
An online networking and collaboration platform for musicians, engineers, producers, and all music professionals. Site members can connect with others in our international community and create online music projects - editing and mixing tracks recorded in different parts of the world using a custom online digital audio workstation. Join for free today to create your profile and host audio and unlimited photos.

Sounds Atlanta
PO Box 49266, Atlanta, GA 30359
PH: 404-329-9438 FX: 404-325-8401
Bill Tullis
Studio & remote recording - mastering.

3133 Chester Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
PH: 216-622-6360 FX: 216-622-6361
We continually strive to help each and every customer big or small, to expand and promote their passion with the highest quality service and merchandise.

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ABC Pictures
1867 E. Florida St., Springfield, MO 65803-4583
PH: 888-526-5336
Quality publicity picture reproduction, posters, 8x10's, headshots & composites for the entertainment industry

nobucks dot net
945 S. Glaspie St., Oxford, MI 48371
PH: 877-662-8257
Our goal is to provide you with fast service and error-free duplications. Don't let our low prices fool you. We're able to keep our overhead low so we can get you the high quality you want at a price you can afford.
30 Compton Way, Hamilton Sq. NJ 08690
PH: 609-689-1711
Scott Clark
We manufacture our own line of CD boxes for artists to sell their music at shows or in stores.

Bandit A&R Newsletter
68-70 Lugley St., Newport, PO30 5ET UK
PH: +44-1983-524110
Helping ambitious bands target their demos to labels, publishers etc.

PO Box 1964, Salt Lake City, UT 84110-1964
PH: 801-487-7302
Bands compete for visitor's votes in hopes of being named RiPPYFeST's best.

Crystal Clear Disc and Tape
10486 Brockwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75238
PH: 800-880-0073 FX: 214-349-3819
6520 Platt Ave. #729, West Hills, CA 91307-3218
Need CDs? For over 30 years, thousands of artists across the country have trusted Crystal Clear to take their Audio CD duplication, DVD replication and cassette tape manufacturing projects from concept to finished product. We can do it all - from full-color art design and digital mastering and editing to professional "retail-ready" duplication and packaging. 1000 CDs for $999. 1000 Promo CD Pack for $599. 1000 DVDs for $1499!

Rock Star Promotions
PO Box 5867, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310
PH: 954-739-9205 FX: 801-740-6554
Aaron Schimmel
Dedicated to helping everyone live like a rock star, even if you can't play a note!

Seatthole Shirts
PO Box 3137, Bellingham, WA 98227
PH: 360-733-2154
Django Bohren
High-quality custom t-shirt screen printing and Rock n' Roll promotional items for your high-, medium-, low- or no-budget project.

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by Donna Flynn,
? 2008 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

What does it mean to create a singing style that is unique and distinct to you? We all attempt to develop a singing voice that brings out all the ?best? qualities in our voice, but how is that achieved? How do we take our ?best? vocal qualities and develop them in a way that is different from everyone else? How can we make our style engaging and pleasing to the listener?

First, you need to understand the fundamentals of vocal technique. Second, and more specific, you will need to learn where tone is produced and how that tone is transformed into a sound that radiates from the point a singer projects the voice, to the point where it softens and eventually fades out completely. This is referred to as resonance. It is the result caused by air traveling through the vocal cords, producing a tone and pitch that is carried outward on sound waves. In other words, resonance is what you hear when you sing using proper vocal co-ordination.

Resonance may be more easily understood when thinking of the speaking voice rather then the singing voice. Public speakers and business professionals, for example, will fall into two categories. They will either speak from the throat only where tone is produced resulting in a harsh shouting sound for men and a shallow squeaky sound for women or they will speak from a place that produces a slight ?humming?. This ?humming? combined with tone from the vocal cords will project a firm and confident voice that smoothly and warmly communicates each word. All great speakers have learned to achieve a balance between tone production and resonance.

When we produce tone only and do not modify it with resonance, blending the deeper pitches from the chest with the higher pitches from the head, the result is unbalanced and unpleasant to listen too. Lack of resonance will result in long-term vocal cord damage and will keep you from reaching your potential. You will be unable to sing in a contemporary manner and will limit the variety of styles you can sing.

Guidelines for Creating Resonance and your UNIQUE Singing Style:

? As tone is produced in the vocal cords, lifting the tone above the vocal cords and placing the sound forward in the front of the mouth will allow you to have creative freedom and the ability to locate the exact spot where you resonate your unique sound.

? Use proper breath control to move the tone upward and into position.

? Keep your mental focus on the front of the mouth and not on the throat to avoid unnecessary pressure around the vocal cords.

? When practicing, work up the scale singing gently. Let the feeling of singing the scale guide you. Do not maneuver or impose the sound, as this will not give you the results your need.

Once accomplished, you will be free to focus on creating your unique singing style rather then being concerned about cracks, breaks or pitch. You will be able to sing up and down your entire range easily, without tension. Your larynx will stay seated, not rising up to high notes. You will feel a vibration in the head and/or chest. While similar for everyone, each person is slightly different, so you will need to experiment.

It is very easy to fall into old habits. Don?t! Stay focused on the long-term benefits and resist short-term thinking that will limit and likely stunt your ability to develop your voice and grow beyond your current limitations.

The point where you create resonance is the same place where you create your singing voice, modify and amplify the sound, and make any adjustments necessary to express a song in whatever way you choose. This is where all of your training takes action. Enjoy the process, push your creative boundaries and dare to be who you are musically. Everyone will be glad you did.

Vocal Coach Donna Flynn teaches a training method designed to develop your best voice. The voice that is unique to you. She combines specific rhythms and music patterns along with exercises designed to build proper breath control while strengthening the entire vocal range, allowing the voice to reach its greatest potential. You can phone her at 416-436-8063, e-mail her at or visit for more information.

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