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
SECTION ONE: SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED|
Broadjam Pro Reviewers Service
6401 Odana Rd. Madison, WI 53719
PH: 608-271-3633 FX: 608-273-3635
Get professional feedback with our NEW Pro Reviewers service. If you're looking for professional feedback on your songs, look no further than our selection of professionals within the music industry. Submit your song(s) today!
Bham Music Blog
Hip Hop and R&B music blog based out of Birmingham, Alabama that features videos, news and interviews. Send your news & videos to us today!
A music blog ... with new bands, videos, live news, album reviews and industry news. Want to tell us something? Want to send us music or show us a video or tell us about a gig? Send us an e-mail!
9162-160 St., Surrey, BC V4N 3A5
Started in 2009 as a Canadian specialty Rock music website, RSW has grown to join the ranks as one of the Top 1.4% of all websites in the world according to Alexa (July 31, 2011), leading the next generation of popular music, entertainment, fashion and movie coverage across Canada. With more than 3 million visitors and 9 million page views per year. Features include entertainment headline news, concert reviews across Canada, concert photography, CD and music DVD reviews, indie band profiles and the "Music Video of the Week."
Indie Female Hip Hop
Tia Krichel firstname.lastname@example.org
A music blog devoted to showcasing the hottest independent Hip Hop artists of the female gender.
Have your album reviewed by a professional music journalist. This is a pay to get reviewed service. Use COUPON CODE "RY-INDIE" and receive a 10% discount off your order.
SECTION TWO: RADIO SHOWS AND PROMOTION
2.1 RADIO - STATIONS AND SHOWS
X Wave 104.9FM
PO Box 1250, Willcox, AZ 85644
Mark Lucke email@example.com
FM radio station willing to play indie music that can stack up with our current rotation.
Rockcast w/ Jim Santora
PO Box 904, Hammonton, NJ 08037
Jim Santora Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
A pre-recorded program featuring national and independent Rock artists from around the world. PLEASE e-mail me before sending your music!
PO Box 32507, Newark, NJ 07102
A great mix of Smooth Jazz, Soul, Smooth R&B; Neo-Soul and Inspirational Jazz, 24 hours a day. Artists wishing to get their music played on ACTONE JAZZ! can submit by sending their bios along with MP3 files to our e-mail address.
Indie Country FM
Streams music for people with a deep passion for undiscovered Country talent. IndieCountryFM.com gives a voice to unsigned artists and bands with a resolve to provide airplay, promotion, and exposure.
PO Box 7730, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-7730
Each week, listeners around the globe tune in to hear the latest from today???s great songwriting talents. It???s hard to put a definitive label on Acoustic Caf?????s music selections. After all, a good song is a good song ... any individual set of music could contain a bit of Country, Rock, Blues, Folk, Pop ... and more! All artists and bands are welcomed to send CDs for consideration on Acoustic Cafe. Due to the volume of submissions however, it is impossible to respond to each request for information about a submission. For artists with a regional, rather than national touring base, we have an occasional feature called "One To Watch." Please note on your materials if you'd like to be considered for inclusion in this feature.
Internet Dance Music station. We have always been a level playing field for everyone from the biggest names to the brightest upstarts. Whereas there may be what many might consider to be bigger playing fields, ODU has always been and will continue to be the proud home for the finest in Electronic music programming.
Radioactive Metal Podcast
Snowy & Roch
Bringing you news, views, interviews, and all sorts of cool stuff related to Heavy Metal. We cover all genres including Hard Rock, Death Metal, Power Metal, Punk, Grind-Core, Black Metal, Hardcore, Metal-Core ... you get the picture!
Hybrid Jazz from Trish Hennessey
Two hours on Tuesday and Thursday of music and guests. Hybrid Jazz is a vision of all that is Jazz - both traditional & contemporary, domestic & global.
Iron City Rocks Podcast
Dedicated to Pittsburgh's Rock, Hard Rock, Metal and Blues music scene.
From the Creators of Brocket 99 comes our less hard edged, not so controversial little brother... Radio Waves. We're looking for the best pod friendly, indie and unsigned Rock, Pop, Dance and Top 40 bands in the world. A bit of Reggae too mon'. Surf in, get the love lotion ready and hear the waves! RadioWaves.us The very best music you've never heard. Guaranteed... or we'll clean the sand out of your shorts. E-mail at least 192 kbps music links to us. LIKE us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/radiowavesus C'mon... Don't be ShellFish!
2.2 RADIO - PROMOTERS
1100 18th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212
PH: 615-364-5145 FX: 615-321-2244
We have a personal relationship with the 1300+ stations that collectively comprise the secondary Country radio marketplace.
South Beach Marketing (SBMP)
7332 Erin Ct. Longmont, CO 80503
Specializes in the Adult Contemporary radio format.Our expertise has helped many artists attain national radio airplay and has been highly successful in charting our clients on national radio charts. Helping our clients succeed in commercial radio is a top priority. SBMP utilizes our extensive network of individual and label relationships within the music industry to help elevate your project to the next level of promotion. From the established artist on a major label to the indie band, SBMP can work for you.
SECTION THREE: SERVICES/VENDORS/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC
3.1 SERVICES - PROMOTION/PUBLICITY
Neil Diaz PResents
A public relations company that focuses on entertainment and fashion. Clients span from Austin to Los Angeles to London. We also offer a new talent division for start-up companies and up-and-coming talent.
137 E. 25th St. 11th Fl. New York, NY 10010
Brand development, marketing, and management. Founded with the mission to turn inspiring ideas and artists into brands. Freedom is unique in that unlike standalone consulting, branding or marketing firms, we effectively increase the value of the brands we touch by creating a unique story, adding value through business development services and utilizing the best vehicles to make it known. We provide foundational insights to ensure that the proper strategic and creative platforms are in place and all initiatives are cohesive and complementary.
The Management Agency
Committed to providing the very best in development support, production and marketing for artists, ministries, and other businesses needing professional services so they can focus on what they do best. Our services include artist management, artist development (all aspects), tour management, promotions & marketing, concert & event promotions, website design, world-class production services (audio & video), branding & logo development and social network & fan development. We have over 30 years' experience in church and ministry business administration, Christian education, worship team training & development, and in the management and administration of tours (domestic & international), events of all kinds, non-profit consultation services, and artist development, administration and management.
PO Box 4102, Hollywood, CA 90078
PH: 323-276-1000 FX: 323-276-1001
A boutique promotions & marketing company focused on music promotion, print & online media support, placement and licensing for film, TV & ads on behalf of independent labels, independent artists and production companies. The goal for our clients is maximum industry exposure. Band Promote has also gained the respect and reputation within the music industry as a key source for discovering new music. Since it's humble beginnings, Band Promote has helped negotiate and secure record deals and licensing deals for over 300 bands, while establishing a solid awareness for every one of our clients. We are known for our carefully selected artists and quality roster.
GiGi Capone PR & Associates
We offer the following services for Hip Hop and R&B artists. Publicity, Management, Promotions, New Media Marketing, Distribution and Record Servicing.
5636 La Mirada Ave. #201, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Jessica Rivera email@example.com
Full service independent music marketing and promotion and distribution service for Hip Hop and R&B artists. We specialize in branding, online presence and reputation, marketing and distribution services.
A full-service artist and brand development company that melds public relations, marketing, and radio promotion in to one neat package. Everyone that joins the Audio Blood family will get the best from us. Every time. Up and coming artists will get the help they need to kick start their careers; the coaching they need, help developing the right strategy to grow their fan base, and the backing of our client roster. Established acts also have a lot to gain. Full service new release promotions, strategically managed media relations, and integrated marketing campaigns are just a few of the ways we can help to further establish your band/company as a leader in the Canadian industry. Please reach out to us to inquire about how we can help take your band or company to the next level.
Absolute Marketing & Distribution
The Old Lampworks, Rodney Pl. London, SW19 2LQ UK
PH: +44 (0) 20-8540-4242
The most established label services business in the music and entertainment sector in the UK. Absolute are constantly evolving to integrate new technologies and implement innovative campaigns for clients. Our in-house marketing division will work with you and oversee your release, managing every aspect of the campaign with proven success. Each marketing campaign is bespoke and targeted to the specific needs of the individual project. Working alongside its distribution partners (see Partners section for more info) - Absolute offers the full range of physical and digital distribution outlets across the UK as well access to the European market via our strategic alliances.
PO Box 18126, Fairfield, OH 45018
Specializes in assisting Independent Gospel artists with pushing the life of their CD / DVD project to its maximum potential. In the last 3 years, Push-It has managed to elevate SIX independent Gospel artists into Stellar Award Nomination status! This does not necessarily mean every artist that utilizes Push-It services will be nominated, but it shows you what IS possible ... even for your CD project!
4817 S. Westshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33611
We have built a reputation for helping companies, artists, musicians, entertainers, vloggers and entrepreneurs increase followers, boost sales and raise awareness of their brands. VideoViralViews.com is driven by a core team of dedicated online marketers, software engineers, video promotion specialists and customer support staff. Our main goal is to provide reliable, quality iTunes and YouTube marketing services at a low cost to our clients.
34 E. 23rd St, 6th Fl. New York, NY 10029
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.
Big Noise Management
11 S. Angell St. #336, Providence, RI 02906
We do artist development, A&R, music marketing, and film and TV licensing. We work with Pop, Rock, R&B, Hard Rock, Metal, Jazz, Acoustic, Dance and Blues artists. Currently seeking new artists. Please call or email first. We also run Big Noise Records.
LaFaMos Marketing & Publicity
4657 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027
PH: 323-668-9383 FX: 323-668-9386
We offer many services such as marketing and publicity, graphic & web design, press kit layout & design, radio promotion, procurement of album and show reviews, copyright & PRO registration assistance, legal referrals and everything else associated with the music business.
Dream Town Media
We create cohesive digital marketing and social media campaigns; develops websites; provides event and marketing services for independent musicians, artists and authors. We take the burden off you so you can focus on your creating art. Are you a musician looking for a way to get your music published and heard? Dream Town Media has the resources to help you get your music recorded. We can help you take your music to market. We have the relationships to get you spins and downloads. Are you tired of trying to go it alone? We can help.
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157, Hollywood, CA 90093
PH: 323-806-0400 FX: 323-462-0829
Created to bridge the gap of companies working directly with music artists and entertainment based projects who are in need of additional marketing support. MHP also focuses on non-music ventures such as corporate brand building, cosmetics, gaming, sports and other industries. MHP's goal is to elevate your product or artist to a higher ground in an expedient timeframe by exposing them to new and existing online audiences. MHP also focuses on taking our campaigns one step further by cross-promoting all traditional methods of marketing with online opportunities for further outreach. @MilesHigh
Ariel Publicity Artist Relations and Cyber Promotions
389 12th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
PH: 212-239-8384 FX: 212-239-8380
Professional promotional services for indie artists. Ask about our discount for Indie Bible customers!
500 SW 10th St., Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
A Grassroots/visionary-Oriented Miami based positive entertainment management company, sowing the inestimable virtues of faith, hope, love, encouragement, humility, integrity, patience & joy worldwide. All genres of thankful, joyful & encouraging music & art. Personal entertainment artist management/A&R & licensing/consulting/getworking.
Jam Sessions Marketing
Helps musicians and singers promote their musical talent and/or product(s) and services through a niche publicity tactic that will be made available to the public via the internet and print marketing. JSM would like to discuss your goals and objectives to see if we are able to assist you with your next project.
Box 22001, Vernon, BC V1T 9L7
PH: 250-309-1299 FX: 250-545-4822
A Unique Entertainment Company dedicated to servicing the needs of independent musicians worldwide. We also review artists with a unique honest spin in our Vandala Ezine! We have a wide range of services for every artist, drop us a line.
Daylle Deanna Schwartz Consulting
When major label artists sells 20,000 CDs, or even 200,000 CDs, they're treated like failures. When indies sell those numbers, they celebrate. I encourage you to develop your career first in order to give yourself more leverage to get a deal that will advance your career. Contact me about my fees if you need CONSULTING on how to make progress in your music career or need a shot of motivation by using my CAREER COACHING. I do it in person and by phone.
3.2 SERVICES - LABELS, DISTRIBUTORS AND ONLINE VENDORS
You Rock Media Group
An innovative music label that has created, protected, and begun packaging an unprecedented business model. With our uniquely formatted integration of content and media communications technology we are positioned to revolutionize entertainment, communications, and philanthropy. Furthermore, this model inspires investors AND participating audiences of nearly any age and means, with opportunities to earn equity. This model, within one - season, can elevate deserving partners and sponsor brands to an enviable and distinguished position.
Independent Distribution Collective
880 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107
PH: 415-292-7007 FX: 415-292-5007
Helping the next generation of musicians get their music to market. Never before has a distributor opened its doors to the thousands of talented artists who work so hard to score a record deal. The idea is that many of these people could bring a CD to market, without the overhead of a middle man. IDC will actively promote its services to the thousands of bands and solo artists who have spent years trying to secure that ever-elusive distribution deal. "Independent Music Moving Forward!"
SECTION FOUR: SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
A professional solution for serious artists who want to retain complete control of their web presence and global digital distribution - at an affordable price. Fans can discover, preview, stream & share music; registered users can purchase Artists??? merchandise and downloads & get free tracks, make Track & Blog comments, contact Artists & more! Artists get 100% of the price they set; make special promotions & limited editions; define their previews (full track or any part they chose); create ringtones; get ISRCs; widgets; embed track links; product bundling; manage mailing lists and mail outs; blogs; covers & more.
208 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Our primary mission is to help bands sell their music online, keep more of their profits, and to give them world wide exposure via the free web pages they custom create on our site using our in-house developed easy software tools. We help artists sell traditional CDs, stream their MP3s, promote concert tours and appearances. Musicians keep 50% from all their MP3/CD sales.
All the music on hypetree.com is uploaded by independent musicians and labels themselves, and anyone can add their music to the system. The system works by assigning each song an "interest" score based on its win/loss ratio compared to all the other songs in the system. Songs with the highest interest get to be on the homepage, and are displayed throughout the site. The data collected from voting is accessible to the artists via detailed graphical song analytics, in addition to the overall score. Musicians get exposure for their songs, and feedback about which of those songs people are into. It's market research for every musician. People looking for new music get a fun way to discover artists, and they contribute to what ultimately end up being the top songs.
The leading independent digital distributor in Europe. Believe has also an office in the Unites States. As a philosophy, we prefer to have control over our own technology and distribution network. Not relying on any third party allows us to digitalise and put your albums online rapidly. That way we can recommend them directly and efficiently to our partner's editorial teams in order to ensure promotion and optimise exposure. A dedicated music A&R professional will work with you to build the appropriate digital development strategy for your music. All of Believe???s A&R music professionals have a solid experience in record labels & major companies and a strong knowledge of the digital world. That is our difference and our commitment to you. Please visit our website to locate the contact for your Country.
The New Record
The first free music discovery platform curated by independent record labels. Labels include Anti-, Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop, Century Media, Daptone, Rhymesayers, Brushfire Records, Side One Dummy and over 30 others with more being added weekly. The New Record offers users filtered environment to play and download new songs (often weeks in advance of release) for free. For labels, if you would like your music added, just e-mail us and we'll work with you to get the ball rolling.
Empowers the artists by letting them take charge of their own destiny. Artists upload their music. Fans listen and download. All for FREE!
2399 Blake St. #170, Denver, CO 80205
The world's largest music store for DJs, now features "Baseware" - a new digital music distribution company focused on emerging artists, producers and labels. Baseware expands the opportunities and simplifies the process of packaging, distributing, and selling music through Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Stompy, mobile and tablet applications and other retail platforms.
Moozone has partnered with Tinypass to provide a new way for independent artists and DJs to sell their tracks and streams. The beauty of it is that all accounting and payments are handled for you. Simply create a playlist, set prices and terms, embed it anywhere you want, and start selling.
The Gospel Takeover Television Show
A TV show featuring music videos and powerful performances from the best Gospel artists. The show airs on Sunday mornings with 1,500,000 viewers. Gospel artists and record labels are welcome to submit music videos to Gospel Takeover for possible airplay.
An online video network that produces original short form content for the smart, hip and web savvy China youth. We carry a mix of action sports, music and youth culture videos, pop and indie culture coverage. Our brand can be loosely translated as the "database of the kick-ass people." We fully intend to live up to our brand and share videos and perspectives, that are cool, funny, and mind-blowing, with you.
A groundbreaking digital producer marketplace where music and technology meet. Music producers and songwriters can license their compositions to recording artists as well as music supervisors of TV, Film and Video Game companies by utilizing the BeatStars marketplace, widget and Facebook application.
Indie music reviews, music charts, indie radio & free music downloads!
311 Montford Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Will Cumberland firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SECTION FIVE: SOCIAL NETWORKS AND ONLINE COMMUNITIES
Combines social media, game mechanics and direct artist/fan interaction under one roof. Artists engage their fans, leveraging not only social media tools, but also dedicated fans who now have an incentive to promote on their behalf. Music fans sign and represent their favorite artists on RockStar Motel, essentially creating their own record labels. Fans promote their artists and get recognized and rewarded for their efforts with points, status and visibility among both their peers and artists. Artists, both signed and unsigned, can create or claim their RockStar Motel page to engage their fans through the site and recruit super fans as representatives.
Community for people who are passionate about R&B and Hip Hop! We have brand new urban music artists, cool new urban music, funky profiles, a cool messaging system, urban themed chat rooms and Urban-Nation tv with the coolest urban music videos. Please also note that Urban-Nation.com is an invitation only website for music artists. Please support urban music!
Our main purpose is for songwriters to post the lyrics they are working on and get feedback from other songwriters. Members can also post songwriting questions and tips (anything songwriting related is acceptable). Songaide can be used not only to get feedback and ask questions, but also as a tool for collaborating online with other songwriters. Please keep in mind that You don???t have to use Songaide to get advice. Even if you???re the greatest songwriter who ever lived, you can simply post your lyrics or poems here for others to enjoy. Since every member has a profile page, Songaide could be an easy place to send your friends to view all your poetic masterpieces.
Our aim is to create the world's very best music community, maximising the opportunities for members to CONNECT, SHARE and soon to COMPETE globally in their music genre.
Rock City Club
Whether you just formed a band yesterday or you are an artist that has twenty years in the music biz ... we created the world's only "Social Music Network" to work with the millions upon millions of undiscovered and unsigned artists and bands around the globe. We have truly leveled the playing field for musicians to finally expose and distribute their music content to a worldwide audience.
SECTION SIX: HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
6.1 RESOURCES - GENERAL
Future of Music Coalition Artist Revenue Streams
We're heading into the final days of Future of Music Coalition's "Money from Music" survey, as part of the Artist Revenue Streams research project. The survey closes October 28. We would like to get more musicians working in Rock, Hip Hop and Latin music to take the survey.
A volunteered based networking website that allows artist and industry professionals to come together and build our music and arts scene. We join with local industry related business???s to forge a working platform and offer opportunities. Many services provided by OrlandoBands.com are free, including live show sponsorships, newsletter updates, and advice directories. Having one of the largest street teams provides valuable support as we continue our mission to help educate and motivate the local scene.
Circ. San Gabriel 44 Rincon del Cielo, Bahia de Banderas, Mexico
Irma Iniguez email@example.com
We promote international Metal music in Mexico and Mexican Metal music around the world!
Custom CD Corporation
50 Lakeshore Rd. E. #200, Mississauga, ON L5G 1E1
PH: 905 891-2070 FX: 905 891-2577
Jeffrey Barkin info@CustomDiscs.com
We license and produce branded music compilations for corporate loyalty, retention and sales promotions. We've been operating since 1996, and have worked with leading brands like A&W, Fruit of the Loom, GM, Ritz-Carlton, and Shell.
North Pittsburgh Music
23 Pearl Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Mark Yester firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer live sound reinforcement and lighting to bands in venues of up to 500 guests in Pittsburgh and South Western Pennsylvania.
Unsigned Only Competition
1307 Eastland Ave. Nashville, TN 37206
A unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist ... newcomer or veteran ... raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.
The Indie Project
PO Box 2449, High Wycombe, WA 6057 Australia
A non-profit group dedicated to the promotion of indie music. The aim of The Indie Project is to connect, assist and promote.
40 W. 116th St. #B408, New York, NY 10026
We empower creatives with the credibility & infrastructure necessary to successfully leverage the financial power of your community.
Bandit A&R Newsletter
68-70 Lugley St., Newport, PO30 5ET UK
Helping ambitious bands target their demos to labels, publishers etc.
19049 Janisse Ln. Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Provides music licensing solutions for independent artists, labels and music publishers. It enables publishers to license their songs, recordings and related assets directly from their own websites.
6.2 RESOURCES - CD DUPLICATION
7905 N. Rte. 130, Pennsauken, NJ 08110-1402
PH: 856-663-9030 FX: 856-661-3458
The nation's leading CD / DVD duplicator, replicator and printer. When you're ready to make CDs, we're ready to make it happen. We're musicians too, so we know what you need to make it in this business: The best-looking product, the hottest-sounding audio and the most valuable (and free) promotional tools, including free distribution, a free UPC bar code and much more!
CRT, Custom Products
7532 Hickory Hills Ct. Whites Creek, TN 37189
Manufacturing, printing, packaging, fulfillment & distribution. Your All-In-One Custom Products SOLUTION!
259 W. 30th St. 3rd Fl. New York, NY 10001
PH: 212-695-6530 FX: 212-695-4304
Founded in 1990 to provide local musicians and other content owners with a one stop solution for all of their duplication and graphic needs no matter the size of the project.
Creative Sound Corp.
5515 Medea Valley Dr. Agoura Hills, CA 91301
PH: 818-707-8986 FX: 818-707-8164
CD/DVD replication, special packages include graphics / high quality color printing. Full Guarantee
for Competitive Pricing & Premium Quality. Plant Locations: California and North Carolina.
Mention that you saw us in The Indie Bible and we will match or beat any advertised price.
6.3 RESOURCES - MASTERING
The Mastering Room
480 Baldur Run St., Las Vegas, NV 89148
World Class CD Mastering and Replication. Give your music the edge over your competition. Luxury Mastering at indie rates.
204 Still Water Cir. Nashville, TN 37221
PH: 615-662-6870 FX: 615-662-6870
A full service multimedia company specializing in CD Mastering services as well as Short-Runs of CDs and DVDs, CD/DVD
replication, digital editing, enhanced CD development, song catalog archiving, audio restoration, MP3 mastering, multi-track to stereo mixing, 5.1 Surround Sound mixing and mastering, website design, digital content delivery, video editing, DVD authoring, graphic design and much more. Chances are, if it has to do with digital media - we do it!
6.4 RESOURCES - MERCH
3133 Chester Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
PH: 877-246-3132 FX: 866-900-0901
EcoGreen Stickers are Here! Introducing the world's first and only earth-friendly alternative to vinyl stickers. It's just as durable as vinyl but made from limestone and manufactured with zero water consumption or toxic agents. And the best part -- EcoGreen Stickers are a green product that actually costs less!
4838 E. Baseline Rd. #121, Mesa, AZ 85206
PH: 602-334-4741 FX: 866-847-4508
Everything we do here at Ultra Entertainment is about artist development. Our mission is to provide bands affordable tools, products, and services. All of those tools, products, and services are designed to get your band to the next level. We talk about the "Next Level" a lot here at Ultra Entertainment. What this means is simply a development process of learning and growing as an artist while at the same time growing your fan base. Mention this listing to receive FREE POSTERS!
SMI Promotional Merchandise
7277 Hayvenhurst Ave. #B-9, Van Nuys, CA 91406
We specialize in factory direct band merchandise, apparel and accessories. We have produced items for over 50 major tours.
6.5 RESOURCES - MUSIC EQUIPMENT
We help people make music. You're guaranteed the lowest price from Guitar Center. Period. If at any time within 30 days of your purchase from us, you find the identical item in stock and advertised by any other authorized dealer at a price lower than what you paid, Guitar Center will fully protect you. Just bring in that dealer's ad, along with your original Guitar Center receipt, and we'll gladly refund you 100% of the difference, plus another 10% of that difference.
2711 Empire Ave. Burbank, CA 91504
What makes Mojave different? A Mojave microphone's journey begins and ends in Burbank, CA. US made Jensen transformers and NOS (new old stock) tubes are shipped offshore and mated to capsules and bodies, according to David Royer's design specifications, at a highly respected factory that David has worked with for over 15 years. All Mojave microphones are constructed with respect to David's unprecedented research and attention to electronic design and quality. After assembly, they are shipped back to Burbank for extensive QC inspections. Prior to packaging, every mic is burned in for 24 hours and personally listened to by David.
PO Box 68842, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Looking for new record sleeves, special mailing boxes for vinyl records, record cleaner, CD or record supplies of all types, Audio-technica turntables, headphones or...just want to take a peek at the latest retro-looking record players, radios, or jukeboxes from the old/new CROSLEY RADIO Company?
We have it all! record & CD players and turntables, record cabinets & stands, headphones, jukeboxes for CDs, radios and CD & DVD supplies
PH: 617-623-5581 x111 FX: 617-623-5857
Distributors of fine pro audio products. Magneto Audio Labs features the all new VariOhm! The latest in impedance control technology. Get more from your mics and preamps. Nimbus us designed for advanced audio and video content creation. Powered by Intel quad core technology. Microsonic Music brings you a range of earphones designed for the professional musician through to the everyday iPod user...
6.6 RESOURCES - STUDIOS
Saint Claire Recording Company
2640 Spurr Rd. Lexington, KY, 40511
We offer you 7,800 sq. ft. of recording studio bliss! Our facility is situated on 14 acres, just outside of Lexington, KY. We have luxurious overnight accommodations, one of the biggest control rooms in North America, and a gear list that can satisfy even the most seasoned professional. Come see for yourself why so many artists love to call us home!
6.7 RESOURCES - EDUCATIONAL
Josh Cary Audio - Blog
A blog featuring tips on indie music production and promotion.
Seven Simple Strategies for Musicians, Bands & Indie Labels
PO Box 2385, Benicia CA 94510
An eBook that describes exactly what you have to do to capture the audience that is perfect for you and your music. It will help you understand the mind set as well as teach you some time tested strategies that work! The Workbook will walk you through the process of creating a targeted market Media Plan unique to your act. The videos will show you "How To" use some tools that professional marketers use.
Daylle Deanna Schwartz
6.8 RESOURCES - TOOLS
CD Baby MusicStore For Facebook
13909 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230
This new, customizable store is the easiest way for musicians to sell downloads and CDs directly to fans on Facebook. With just a few clicks, the MusicStore integrates right into an artist's Facebook Band Page, allowing fans to listen to, purchase, and share their music. CD Baby then handles the rest automatically, including the transaction processing, music delivery, customer service, and artist payout.
Offers a leading web presence to local talent for an affordable price. By using industry leading BandVista tools, musicians can broadcast their sound and image within minutes and for a fraction of the cost and time others invest in similar websites! Hundreds of Layouts and Designs to choose from! Our system is designed to understand your look and feel, which means your website will look like yours and not like everyone else's. Truly build a unique web presence without being an expert developer. Our tools make this usable by anyone.
110 Brookline St., Cambridge, MA 02139
The ultimate DIY tool for musicians. We provide small labels with unique codes that allow fans to download your music, artwork, and/or videos! Artists attach these labels to their merchandise to sell at shows or on a download card to sell individually. Creative uses are endless ??? try it for free!
A user-friendly, feature-rich, online newsletter management program for novices and professionals alike.
6.9 RESOURCES - FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES
Go To Team Productions
A high-end video production company with markets in L.A., Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, Nashville, and D.C. We specialize in filming musicians from all genres for the purpose of producing video for EPK's, live and studio performances, behind the scenes, music videos, interviews, cruises, and festivals. Some of the musicians we have filmed include T.I., Paulo Nutini, Serena Ryder, Jamie Foxx, Avett Brothers, Raekwan, NeedToBreathe, Sharon Van Etten, Chatham County Line, and Trey Songz. We also partner with MTV, VH1, Atlantic Records, and the Hopscotch Festival to create high definition footage and exceptional service for various artists. As a team of talented professionals, we are looking to give you a fresh and unique way to market your music. We aim to jumpstart your career and show people why you rock!
6.10 RESOURCES - ORGANIZATIONS
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007-0030
Collects license fees on behalf of the more than 400,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers it represents and distributes those fees as royalties to members whose works have been publicly performed. As a performing right organization, or PRO, BMI issues licenses to various users of music, including television and radio stations and networks; new media, including Internet services and websites and mobile technology businesses such as ringtone and ringback providers; satellite audio services like XM and Sirius; nightclubs, discos, hotels, bars, restaurants and other businesses; digital jukeboxes; and live concert venues.
1121 14th St. NW. #700, Washington, DC 20005
PH: 202-640-5858 FX: 202-640-5859
Distributes royalties from internet airplay (ie: XM, Sirius, Live365). If you have had airplay from any internet sources, you probably have some royalties waiting for you. Sign up today!
SECTION SEVEN: THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE |
How To Get Your Song On Commercial Radio
by George Howard
© 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
Why is it that even with all of the changes that have occurred of late in the music business - changes that have altered the face of nearly everything - commercial radio today is still not that different than it was ten, twenty, or even fifty years ago?
As Jeff Price rightly points out in his article "The Hidden Money In Radio," commercial radio is the last stronghold of the majors. They lost control of perpetual copyrights when artists could fund their own recordings via the advent of ProTools. They lost control of distribution once Apple and TuneCore got in the game. And, arguably, they lost control of publicity once artists began using social media to connect directly with their constituent group.
So ... why not radio? Why has radio remained in tact when all the other elements in the industry have changed?
To answer that question, it's first important to understand how a song gets played on "Big Time" radio. By "Big Time" radio, I'm referring to formats like Adult Contemporary (AC), Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC), Contemporary Hits Radio (CHR), Active Rock, Pop, and Urban. There are other formats - college, Adult Album Alternative (AAA) - but, because their impact is smaller (read: less money can be made from them), they operate more in line with the way one would think radio operates: program directors try to pick music that the listeners of their stations will like, and if the listeners respond (calling in to request the song; calling in to ask what the song was, etc.), the song gets played more and more. If there's little or no response, the song doesn't get played for very long.
"Big Time" radio doesn't typically operate that way. For an artist to even be considered by a Program Director at one of these stations, a tremendous amount of other activity must be going on. For instance, the artist may have had tremendous (and I do mean tremendous) success at one of those lower formats (AAA or College); or the artist might have had their music used in a TV commercial or film; or (and this is rare) the artist could be blowing up (selling out live shows, etc.) in a local market, and one of these Big Time stations "tests" their music during one of their "specialty" shows (i.e. shows that feature local music, which are typically aired on weekends or late at night - when few people are listening), and it goes so well, that other stations pick up on it.
All of the above seems (and is) fair and reasonable. Unfortunately, this type of organic, merit-based radio play usually does not end with an artist's song actually being programmed and played. Instead, there is another, less reasonable way artists find their music being played on Big Time radio.
This other way involves most everything you've ever thought it involves - primarily money (lots of it) and the old boys club of relationships. A major label (and that's an important distinction) signs an artist, spends a bunch of money to make a record, and then must get that artist's music on the radio in order to have any chance of success.
When you're faced with a "must do" scenario, you do what you must. In this case, the labels first try to find some early supporters: program directors willing to "test" the song - give it limited play, and see if there's a response from the stations' listeners. If there is, great. If there isn't ... well, great. In either case, if the label decides they have to get the song on the radio, whether the "test" went well or not, they're going to do what they have to do. And for what it's worth, getting a "test" spin is no easy task in and of itself. Favors are given to those who have greased palms for years to provide the three and a half minutes of airtime at 2:30AM on a Thursday night to test a song.
Getting a song "added" to a station's playlist to get a certain number of plays per week involves a rather byzantine process that brings in various parties, called independent promoters ("indies"). These "indies" are first paid by the label. It's important to note that the money the indies receive isn't necessarily compensation paid directly to them for getting Program Directors to get a song played. Rather, they work more like an intermediary to pass the label's money to the radio station. These indies, with the money paid to them from the labels, pay the radio station money for various listener give-aways, bumper stickers and so on. To top it off, these very same indies are often also paid a second time by the stations themselves as a consultant to advise the stations on what songs they should play.
Top indie promoters make a lot of money.
You're meant to be.
That's because it is.
It's all obfuscation. It's all a way for the labels to avoid being seen as engaging in direct payment to a radio station in exchange for the radio station playing the label's song. In other words: Payola.
Payola emerged pretty much alongside radio. However, it wasn't until the 1950s that anybody paid it much mind. At this point, payola was criminalized, and it's been illegal to induce a station to play a song in exchange for money, without disclosing that money has changed hands, ever since.
The methods change; the labels always trying to stay one-step ahead of the government, and obfuscate just enough to keep the system churning along as it always has.
The reason the majors are willing to take these risks, and bear these costs - and the costs associated with breaking a record on Big Time radio can easily reach the seven figures - is because when a record breaks - even today - the returns are massive. One could argue, in fact, that due to the ineffectiveness of other means of promotion, Payola has become even more frenzied and high-stakes.
You may ask, at this point, "well, fine, I get it ... the majors pay a bunch of money, and they get their records played, but why couldn't some non-major (indie label or investor) do the same - pay a bunch of money and get a hit record?" The answer ties us back to Jeff's article, and explains why Big Time radio is still the purview of the majors. Assuming you had a million bucks or so, you very well could hire yourself some of these indies to "work" your record to Big Time radio, and, believe me, they'd take your money. Your record even might get a few spins (though likely only during times when prisoners, insomniacs, and long-haul truckers are listening), but those spins would peter out pretty fast. The indies would come back and say something along the lines of, "We've got our toe in the door with station KCUF, and if you can just give it a bit more juice, they'll move it from overnights to drive-time." And you may give them that juice, and it may get a few spins during drive-time. And then you'll be told that you need to "juice" some other stations. You can juice until your money runs out, but the chances of the record ever really breaking is almost zero.
Here's why: You've come to these indies, and they've gone to the labels, and they've taken your money, and they know that you're probably not coming back any time soon. On the other hand, the majors are coming every week with money and new artists. Who would you prioritize if you were in the indie/radio station's shoes?
So, the majors have a lock on this. Every once in a blue moon a song will be so powerful that it can't not be played, and it doesn't matter if it's on a major or not. But this is so rare as to be almost non-existent. The reality is the songs you hear on Big Time radio all got their the same way, and if you look at the label who released these songs, 99% of the time, they'll be on a major.
It's not all doom and gloom however. Any time a system exists that is as corrupt as what I've outlined, it eventually falls under its own weight. Customers who have been fed a steady diet of music that is not being played because it impacts the market, but rather because it was the highest bidder, eventually lose interest and look for alternatives. Up until recently, there weren't alternatives, but now with internet radio, satellite radio, subscription services, and your own playlists on your iPod/iPhone, the alternatives abound.
Our challenge and opportunity is to not allow these alternatives to follow the same path that traditional radio went down.
George Howard is the former president of Rykodisc. He currently advises numerous entertainment and non-entertainment firms and individuals. Additionally, he is the Executive Editor of Artists House Music
www.artistshousemusic.org and is an Associate Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee. He is most easily found on Twitter at:
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