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|
Souls Gravity Music Blog
28 Grace Ave. Lynbrook, NY 11563
New York-based writer focused on finding the best new Singer/Songwriter, Indie, Americana and Folk bands worldwide
Boy Meets Music
Cory Burnsed email@example.com
An indie music blog dedicated to reviews, interviews, thoughts, musings and recommendations of bands, artists, concerts and musical pop culture. Based in Portland, Oregon.
Real Roots Cafe
Lincolnstraat 2, 6566 CT Millingen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands
Supporting all those fabulous musicians. who almost never get the chance to promote their music on settled national radio stations and magazines. Cherishing the sound that average listeners never get the chance to explore or hear.
PO Box 190264, Boise, ID 83719-0264
Writing quality and compelling album reviews of the latest Christian music releases every week.
A music website that incorporates the content of an indie music publication with the services of an online music retailer. Our intent is to create a site that empowers independent musicians to be who they are while maintaining creative control over their music and financial control of their sales. Receive 80% of sales made off of music downloads and ringtones sales, and 85% of all merchandise sales (hats, t-shirts, CDs etc.). All MadeLoud users have the chance of getting reviewed as we listen to all the music our new users upload. If you'd like to have the chance of being reviewed, sign up. It's easy and FREE.
A music blog that includes Christian music news, reviews, interviews and band features. If you’re interested in having your music reviewed on this site I only review EP’s or LP’s (No Singles). Also I’ll need to have an actual online download link for your music; I don’t review music from streaming sources.
Get Your Song Reviewed As Well As Press Advice From The Author Of "Your Band Is A Virus"
James Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the success of "Your Band Is A Virus", I've teamed up with Music Xray to provide song reviews and consultations to serious independent musicians.
Box 22001, Vernon, BC V1T 9L7
PH: 250-309-1299 FX: 250-545-4822
Each issue includes reviews and interviews of independent artists from around the world by independent writers.
SECTION TWO: RADIO SHOWS AND PROMOTION
2.1 RADIO - STATIONS AND SHOWS
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!
59 Forest Hills St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-2933
Interviewing today's most innovative performers from across genre lines, Well-Rounded Radio is an interview program (featuring podsafe music, provided for use by the artist, publicists, or record label) that digs deep into the creation of music, and allows songwriters and musicians to reveal what inspires and influences their work. Send CDs to the above address or LINKS to MP3s or streams to our e-mail address. Do not send MP3s!
Features a wide variety of Hip Hop shows. Hosts include Chuck D.
We know you want your music heard everywhere you can. Because we don't have to strike deals with major labels and their counterparts across the world, anyone with internet access and an account to Radical Indie can listen, comment, and even buy your music. So don't be surprised if you take your band on tour to Serbia and find that you're their equivalent to Lady Gaga. It happens.
MSC Radio Network
1419 E. 40th St., Cleveland, OH 44115
Internet radio station featuring a variety of shows. We are looking for unsigned bands or bands that are established and would like their music heard on our station. Visit our website to fill out our permission form. We cannot play your music until this form has been filled out.
Monday Morning After Show CKUT
3647 University St., Montreal, QC H3A 2B3
Every Monday morning between 7-9am. Be in a transient state of mind and you'll see things clearer.
Wildman Jim & C Dogg
Featuring music from unsigned bands.
FMRoots Radio FMmusicLive
A two hour block of music, deep cuts, local music, interview and comedy hosted by Michael Martin, Heather 'Yoakam' & Graham Watson. Each week we feature a different band or artist making music in the community!
Ryan Smith email@example.com
The best free music from unsigned artists from around the globe. We require all artists to register online and sign a release form before submitting. Visit online for details.
2.2 RADIO - PROMOTERS
CRW Radio Promotion
5350 N. Academy Blvd. #200, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
PH: 719-536-9000 x101
The industry leader in providing innovative, results-based radio promotion campaigns for independent Christian artists.
National Record Promotion
137 N. Larchmont #500, Los Angeles, CA 90004
PH: 323-658-7449 FX: 323-658-7699
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. National Record Promotion-NRP will assist you in weekly tracking reports...national chart activity & radio interviews.
We offer digital promotion and tracking services to artists and labels of all genres of music. Created with the independent artist in mind, RadioMavens.com is the vehicle you need to get your music out into the world and drive broadcasters to your website, social networks, videos and most importantly, to download your single for airplay.
47 Mellen St., Framingham, MA 01702
PH: 800-356-1155 x234
We have solid connections at over 500 college and AAA stations across the U.S. and Canada and hundreds of press contacts.
SECTION THREE: SERVICES/VENDORS/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC
3.1 SERVICES - PROMOTION/PUBLICITY
Hip Hop and R&B entertainment agency that will heighten and raise the awareness of your project(s). We will generate a bizz, provide street team promotion and will hold or host your event(s). We are offer a CD and digital distribution network that is one of the largest in the world.
Indie Squared Entertainment
Robyn A. Davis
As a small boutique entertainment company, our core values rest upon the foundation of a strong work ethic combined with personal and professional integrity; not only as representatives of Indie Squared Entertainment but as, if not more importantly, representatives of our artists. Genres we represent are Americana, Country, Rock, Indie, Bluegrass, Folk, Rockabilly and Powerpop.
The Record Label Door Publicity Wire
A must have for any artist or band. A music press release/publicity wire attracts the attention of fans, media, booking venues and music industry professionals. Check out our website for the different types of publicity wires that we offer. Publicity wires can be a bit confusing so please e-mail me if you have questions.
P4:13 International Ministries
Sandy Lindsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Gospel artist booking and management. Encouraging everyone through different forms of ministry.
We're a marketing company that works with independent musicians and other music entities to cultivate their fan base using the social media space.
Thompson Entertainment Group
924 Deervale Dr. Nashville, TN 37217
We offer artist development, consulting, marketing and public relations for Country Music artists. Great music and great ideas are what drives us! Got some you think that we should hear? Then mail it to us or call us to talk about our services or to discuss your project.
Pla de Palau, 5 1r. 08003, Barcelona, Spain
Offers a wide range of services including marketing, promotion and distribution.
Our mission is to provide musicians with the services, products and resources they need with professionalism, integrity and an invested belief in the unlimited potential of our clients. Our vision is to offer a one stop artist's services and products company with several departments under one parent corporation. We provide exceptional customer service and nurture each client relationship with personal dedication.
110 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001-6805
PH: 212-645-3068 FX: 212-989-6459
Countdown Entertainment's distinction - They Broker Intellectual Properties (sell Major Gold & Platinum Recording Artists Music Publishing Catalogues and Catalogues of Masters. Countdown Entertainment also represents bands, groups, singers, songwriters, musicians, composers, music producers and music managers, to independent music labels, production companies and major recording labels, and also provides music publishing deals, music licensing deals, film music deals, TV music deals, and record distribution, as well as a non-exclusive, non-commission *personal* Music Consultant services to help your career.
Started by industry veterans to further the goal of helping develop the cutting edge of new artists and labels with innovative marketing and talent. Combining 25+ years of valuable experience with an arsenal of talents and a passion for breaking albums and artists, Indie Power is about to add a few new pages to the history books! @indie_power
AIF Records/Music Productions
PO Box 691, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Artist career planning and consultation. Mailouts in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and or Asia to both major labels and indies. Music publishers, music supervisors for possible film/TV/ad agency soundtrack placement, internet record labels.
How Are You Changing Things?
PH: 613-216-1082 x6006
A consulting collective and idea incubator, we are excited about asking and answering the question: How are you changing things? We've worked with universities, authors, non-profits, artists, entrepreneurs small + large in helping them change things for the better: streamlining processes, identifying marketing opportunities, delivering a clear message, reducing development costs, and helping them change things for the better.
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. MENTION THIS LISTING AND RECEIVE A $300 CREDIT!
322-43 Samson, Laval, QC H7X 3R8
PH: 888-819-3065 FX: 888-310-6045
A vertical advertising network that represents 50+ Rock, Heavy Metal and Alternative music sites. In August 2010, we delivered 40+ million ad impressions to 3 million unique visitors. Thanks to enterprise-level ad serving technology, we are thriving with the latest in delivery methods and tracking. We are pleased to pass along cutting edge geo-targeting, online targeting, rich media delivery and tracking, as well as iPhone, iPad, PS3, and XBOX targeting. We offer standard banner campaigns, audio ads, video ads, Superbanners, high-impact background ads, as well as aggressive roadblocking capabilities.
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
PO Box 88456, Los Angeles, CA 90009
Eric Knight email@example.com
An independent record company that is currently looking for artists and bands to sign to their roster. (online links or submissions only!)
Legacy Bound Records
Buffalo, NY based label now accepting submissions from artists who are interested in management/booking contracts and who are ready to be booked locally and tour. Recording contracts are possible in the future. Genres accepted are Country, Pop/Rock, Alternative, Adult Alternative and Acoustic. EPKs are our preferred form of submission to our company, however other forms of submissions are also accepted.
Indies Scope Records
Dolni Loucky 191, 594 55, Czech Republic
Indies Scope Records has been succesfully releasing CDs since 1989. We feature CDs, MP3 downloads and internet radio.
64 Prospect Ave. Buffalo, NY 14201
Death Metal label. We're interested in putting out CDs of bands that have that old sick dark sound.
PO Box 35113, Jacksonville, FL 32235
Troy Sweeney firstname.lastname@example.org
Hip Hop record label. We have the resources if you have the talent!
Recognizing the difficulty many recording artists encounter in the music industry, Powerhouse Music has started a record label to sign Hip Hop, R&B and Gospel artists.
Forward Motion Records
Indie label based out of Miami. We put good music into rotation! Pop, Alternative, Singer/Songrwriter, Power Pop.
6348 N. Milwaukee Ave. #301, Chicago, IL 60646
PH: 312-583-7342 FX: 773-467-8010
Metal and Hardcore label. Also offers management, promotion and distribution.
Big Noise Records
11 S. Angell St. #336, Providence, RI 02906
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.
Island Girl Records
PO Box 520, North Beach, MD 20714
We want to help you get your music heard, appreciated and distributed to the world. We will work in a very selective fashion in that we hand select the music that we support and sell. Regardless of where you live, we can work together to make IGR work to build your career. Before you can submit your music to Island Girl Records please read and approve our online Submission Terms and Conditions.
SECTION FOUR: SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
Gary Alan email@example.com
Our video-driven platform enables singers, bands and musicians to showcase their talent and tell their story in a format that draws you in and helps fans connect emotionally with each performer. Fans rate artists on their talent, entertainment and likeability.
43 Norfolk St., San Francisco, CA 94103
A new kind of music company that connects artists, entertainment service providers and audiences worldwide. Through an extensive global content distribution network, we deliver fresh music video content from the best new artists to the web, mobile devices and television.
PO Box 35113, Jacksonville, FL 32235
Troy Sweeney firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are anywhere close to Jacksonville, FL - we will play your music, videos & interviews!
A leading daily online viral music show that features bands, musicians and other variety acts on balconies around the world. Please don't send us large attachments; we prefer links to where we can hear your music. Check our website for the contact in your city or region.
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 can submit music videos to Gospel Takeover for exposure on television. please contact us via e-mail.
501 Washington St. Ste. D, Durham, NC 27701
We provide innovative marketing solutions that musicians need to compete, cooperate, and differentiate in an increasingly noisy online environment. Unlike typical "closed" communities, artists use ReverbNation as their home base for approaching marketing and promotion across the Internet as a whole — be it via social networks, blogs, or the artist's homepage. Tools like TunePaks, FanReach, and Widgets give the artist the power to spread their music and information virtually anywhere. Real-time stats then provide a 360-degree view of how the music is spreading, who is listening, and which fans are actually passing it on to their friends and posting it on their pages.
Film Music Network
A leading worldwide professional association of composers, songwriters, bands, recording artists and more who are seeking to place their music or compose custom music for film or television projects. One of the Film Music Network's most popular member benefits is providing leads for projects seeking music or composers, including film projects, television projects, corporate videos, music libraries and more. Want To Get Your Music Into Film & TV? Submit your music today for film and television projects currently seeking music.
Experience music like never before. Meet new friends, discover new music, and share your talent with the world!
12407 Mopac Expressway N. 100-312, Austin, TX 78758
To help musicians, artists and songwriters get their original material into the eyes and ears of industry members who have the ability to take their careers to the next level. We asked Reps from Major Labels, Indie Labels and Film Studios to commit to using MusicGorilla.com as a resource. In return, we would build individual pages for them that would automatically display artist material they are specifically looking for. They agreed, as long as we would not ask the artist or themselves for a percentage of their deals. We built it, they came. From that point on, we dedicated ourselves toward providing artists worldwide with an opportunity.
311 Montford Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Will Cumberland email@example.com
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
13793 Bunker Hill Rd. Moss Point, MS 39562
BJ Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
Promoting Christian songwriters. Allowing them to create an online song catalog. We review, chart, rate and comment on new music that is submitted. We also offer radio airplay promotion.
We wanted to bring freedom to online social expression, so we created a new service where conversations happen in free-form spaces called "webdocs." Participants can put almost anything into a webdoc : pictures, videos and music from all over the web, but also interactive applications like games, polls, slideshows or web services such as Google Maps and Twitter. Anyone can start a conversation naturally with just one friend or all of them, and users can both friend people and follow conversations.
FMMusicLive.com / Folly Moon Music
215 S. Walnut St., Muncie, IN 47305
Features videos, blogs, music, services, webcasts & so much more! Blog your local music scene, music festivals, dreams, thoughts and album reviews.
The music lovers' social network. Connect Flowd to Facebook and Twitter, and let all your circles of friends know your latest whereabouts and news! Flowd makes it all simple for you.
A community supporting the pioneers of live electronic musicianship. We combine musical innovation and inspired celebration to produce an immersive & heartfelt multi-sensory experience. Our engaging playshops, interactive art, and hands-on Digital Jam Lounge help create an optimal environment for education and collaboration. Discover the future of music technology & live performance! LoveTech will blow your mind, shake your ass, and inspire your creative soul.
A website that lets you easily put your videos and photos on the web in a daily log format. If friends/family have their own MyDailyFlog pages, you can see everyone's latest videos and photos on one page and link back and forth to each other. And, you can comment in each other's guestbooks.
A professional networking website for professionals and businesses in Film, Television, Advertising, Radio, Theater, Digital Media, Publishing, Music, Dance and Fashion Industry. Showcase your work; add unlimited videos, images, articles and audios to your portfolio.
113 W. G St. #510, San Diego, CA 92101
Enables people to buy, sell, and promote their digital content through web & mobile technologies. We've created the tools that allow our community of over 50 million users to make money doing what they love. Enabled by global billing solutions, FanBox connects musicians, filmmakers, application developers and other content providers to millions of billable consumers worldwide.
SECTION SIX: HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
6.1 RESOURCES - GENERAL
The Belle Report
PO Box 14618, Richmond, VA 23221
PH: 804-612-3187 FX: 804-612-3186
Dubbed "the CNN of Gospel News", more people rely on "The Belle Report" for what's going on in the Gospel industry than any other daily internet news letter in the world! 380,000 readers of The Belle Report get Gospel, Urban, and entertainment news everyday.
A free website that allows people from all over the world to collaborate and share original music compositions to create new songs. Every user can start a new project uploading a music file with his idea for a new song (for eg. a guitar line, a drum beat or a vocal part). The other users can download it, play with it, write their part and upload a new file adding their track.
MusicPro Insurance Agency
45 Crossways Park Dr. Woodbury, NY 11797-2002
PH: 800-605-3187 FX: 888-290-0302
Affordable and convenient insurance for musicians, including instruments, equipment, studio, tour, composer's liability, travel accident and health.
Festival Network Online
There's nothing like a live performance! FNO lists more than 7,000 events throughout the U.S. and Canada seeking performers, from local & regional to national & international. @_festivalnet Search by 22 different music genres, event attendance, zip code radius & more. Plug in festival dates with club dates.
Website Music Player
A service that provides you with an easy way to sell your digital music. You get multiple MP3 player widgets that embed into home pages, blogs, MySpace/Facebook profiles and many other types of pages. At any time while listening to your music, your fans and customers can select individual songs or full albums that they want to buy. They click the 'Click Here To Order (or your own custom text) button that is prominently displayed on the bottom of your player and an order summary page will open in a new window.
6.2 RESOURCES - CD DUPLICATION
OASIS CD Manufacturing
7905 N. Crescent Blvd. Delair, NJ 08110
PH: 540-987-8810 FX: 540-987-8812
We help you manufacture your CD or DVD project. We also help you package it creatively, promote and distribute it so it doesn't become just more clutter in your apartment.
1222 11th St., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
We offer CD and DVD replication, CD and DVD manufacturing as well as a wide range of services to market and promote your CD or DVD at wholesale rates. It's our "one-stop-shop" convenience that sets us apart from other companies. Check out what we can do for you!
Media Replication Services (MRS)
1 Woodborough Ave. Toronto, ON M6M 5A1
PH: 416-654-8008 FX: 416-654-3663
For customers seeking an end-to-end replication services company, Media Replication Services provides dependable, complete replication services on all media platforms.Our services include pre-mastering, graphic lay-out services, packaging, fulfillment and distribution. At Media Replication Services, our mandate is to provide a very high level of service to our client-base, which includes companies from a range of different sectors including corporations, software developers, and the audio industry. Our process is fully documented and we are in the process of completing our ISO registration in compliance with ISO 9001:94 standards.
2719-B Dorr Ave. Fairfax, VA 22031
Discs packaged in Jewel Cases are still a favorite amongst musicians and labels looking for an inexpensive package that does the job and is retail friendly. Its uniform design fits a simple 2 panel insert up to a 32 page stapled booklet and tray card. Add top spine barcodes and a marketing sticker and you'll be ready to compete with the majors. Furnace has quick 9 day turns along with the best quality, customer service and value in the industry. And now, all orders of 500 units and up receive a FREE UPC BARCODE.
7359 NW 34 St., Miami, FL 33122
PH: 305-392-9572 FX: 305-392-9574
As a full service manufacturer, Intermedia Disc offers integrated or standalone services, including Audio CD, CD-ROM, CD-Text, CD+G, Business Cards and Shape CDs, DVD 5s, DVD 9s, and DVD 10s. We will also print and assemble, even help with your graphic design. We have a variety of innovative tools and the people that know how to use them to enable you to achieve your project objectives. With a personalized, courteous, and friendly customer service, Intermedia Disc is committed to learning your needs to constantly exceed your expectations. We know our future depends on our ability to help make our customers successful.
6.3 RESOURCES - MASTERING
Crazy Daisy Productions
Our state-of-the-art CD mastering provides high-quality professional sound at a price anyone can afford. Have all the tracks you can fit on a single audio CD (up to 80 min) mastered for only $279!
Creative Visual Productions
4131 S. 89th St., Omaha, NE 68127
In today's fast paced environment it takes an organization with unparalled commitment to value and service willing to stake its reputation on the commitments it makes and keeps! Creative Visual Productions is just such a company with over 2 decades of successful fulfillment of our customer's multimedia needs. We offer audio and video authoring, editing, mastering, printing, CD duplication and film and video transfer to digital. MENTION THIS LISTING FOR A FREE BARCODE!
6.4 RESOURCES - MERCH
Sinergy Merchandising Concepts (SMC)
PO Box 1908, Spring Hill, TN 37174
PH: 615-261-8592 (East Coast)
PH: 714-255-1000 (West Coast)
SMC began as a distributor of merchandise for the entertainment industry in 2000. We targeted the music industry and specialized in the design and production of band & artist merchandise. SMC has always kept the end user in mind and never compromised our goal. This goal being: To provide the best product for the best price and deliver it on time. We have come a long way since 2000, but one thing has and will always remain the same, our passion for good design, excellent customer service, and most importantly, our attention to detail and superior quality.
6.5 RESOURCES - MUSIC EQUIPMENT
Magneto Audio Labs
PH: 617-623-5581 FX: 617-623-5857
We are dedicated to bringing the latest impedance technology to the audio market. Our scientific approach offers users a novel way to craft their creative projects in an affordable fashion. Our goal is to make impedance based tools as common in the audio world as microphones. Long recognized in technical circles, the impedance relationship between a microphone and preamp/interface affects sound greatly. Different mics and preamps/interfaces have a range of impedance values that contribute to sonic texture. It can affect warmth, sizzle, clarity, grit and many other aspects of sound. Many classic microphone and preamp combos work well together because of their impedances. By inserting the VariOhm between the mic and the preamp/interface, you now control this important relationship. Impedance values can be matched for maximum output or altered for additional tone settings for all kinds of microphones.
Audio Engineering Associates
1029 N. Allen Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104
PH: 626-798-9128 FX: 626-798-2378
AEA currently manufactures a range of studio ribbon microphones, ribbon mic preamps, and tools to help you get your equipment held securely, right where you need it. The studio 4038 and ENG 4104B 'lip-mic', designed by the BBC in the '50s, still are unequaled. AEA is Coles' full service distributor, has written the 4038 manual, and manufactures accessories. AEA's matched pair package includes our SMT stereo mount and tutorial: "Basic Stereo Microphone Perspectives."
The Hook Studios
Featuring one of the industry's premiere inventories of classic & comtemporary microphones, The Hook offers affordable rental packages for tracking drums, guitars, and vocals. We cater to engineers, producers, labels, and production companies whose projects have limited budgets, yet demand the highest standards. Contact us today, and put "The Hook" in your recordings.
6.6 RESOURCES - STUDIOS
Innovative Music Studios
Our missions is to help musicians to reach their goals. We are a music production services studio offering an array of services such as studio time, mixing, mastering, demo and album packages, music production services as well as music courses such as pro tools 1 and 2, Reason 3.0 classes, MPC classes, mixing classes and much much more!
76 Green St., Boston, MA 02130-2271
PH: 617-522-1412 FX: 617-524-8377
Since 1972, Soundmirror has been the premier recording and post-production company of choice for countless orchestras, choral groups and solo artists. We pride ourselves on producing only the highest caliber of recordings with our state-of-the-art equipment, racking up more than 45 Grammy nominations and awards in the process. Please contact us to find how easy it is to make a great recording.
6.7 RESOURCES - EDUCATIONAL
Future of Music Coalition Artist Revenue Streams
Future of Music Coalition has launched a multi-method research project to assess how musicians' revenue streams are changing in this new music landscape. We invite musicians and composers to participate in this ambitious project. Visit our participation page to learn about how you can engage. Project ends October 28.
Music Success Coach
This blog is for musicians and music entrepreneurs who are committed to establishing meaningful careers in the music industry. This blog will feature articles and practical tips to help artists market, promote, and distribute their music. Topics will include: music marketing, music business trends, music business careers, music management, music promotion, music branding, and concert promotion. My Mission is to educate, encourage, and empower indie musicians to deliver music that is valuable to their fans and to society in order to solve social needs.
Artist Management Resource
554 N. Frederick Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 20877
A central point of information and resources for both artist managers and self-managed artists. The purpose of this site is to illuminate the path upon which today's successful managers and self-managed artists should travel.
Artists House Music
An online, non-profit musicians' Website where all musicians can receive informational support, guidance, and expert resources to help them navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities available to them within the music industry.
9 Eves Dr. #120, Marlton, NJ 08053
PH: 856-596-2221 FX: 856-596-3268
The home for the digital initiatives of NARM (National Association Of Recording Merchandisers), the trade association for the business of music. NARM provides a central platform for the discussion of industry-wide concerns and spearheading the implementation of initiatives to advance the business. While primarily focused on physical formats for much of its history, NARM has expanded its mission in the past 10 years to include all facets of music commerce … physical, digital, and mobile commerce partners, as well as gaming, applications, and other emerging revenue models.
6.8 RESOURCES - TOOLS
520 Broadway, 10th Fl. New York, NY 10012
A free file sharing software that makes downloading, streaming and sharing large media files fast, easy and fun. Need to email large attachments, IM a folder, or publish your downloadable videos to the Web?
1233 Howard #714, San Francisco, CA 94103
The #1 app on Facebook. BandPage is the solution for bands and artists across all genres to connect directly with their fans.
30 Compton Way, Hamilton Sq. NJ 08690
We manufacture our own line of CD boxes for artists to sell their music at shows or in stores.
5925 NE 80th Ave. Portland, OR 97218
The best place to host your website/domain! Powerful artist tools including blogging, calendar, mailing list, selling merch, and streaming audio. Integrate your site with Facebook, Twitter and more! No design skills are needed. We have hundreds of professional design templates. Sell your music through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, Rhapsody + over 15 other music sites!
6.9 RESOURCES - FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES
6.10 RESOURCES - ORGANIZATIONS
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023
PH: 212-621-6000 FX: 212-724-9064
A membership association of more than 390,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP's licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music.
SECTION SEVEN: THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE |
Musicians and Bands: 5 Tips for Selling More at the Merch Table
by The DIY Musician
© 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
We've all experienced it: You just played a killer show. The venue was packed. The crowd loved you. And yet . . . you only sold 2 CDs (and one of them was to your little sister, Sammy).
Getting your fans to the merch table can be tricky and also one of the last things you want to think about when you're dealing with sound checks, set lists and late bass players.
But putting some time and thought into how you sell can pay off . . .literally.
1. Step up Your Presentation
How many times have you seen a band drag out a cardboard box at the end of their show and place it at the foot of the stage?
Then somebody mumbles something into the mic about CDs and walks away. If you want to sell merch, you need to SELL it. Present it in an attractive way and put your best salesman (or woman) at the helm.
Bring a tablecloth and maybe a suitcase you can display your albums in.
Decorate with items of interest. What will make people stop by and ask "what's that?" or say "that's cool!"?
Instead of writing your prices on a dirty cocktail napkin, get one of your artistic friends or bandmates to create a sign with style. What about calligraphy, a woodcut or a painting?
Bring tape, tacks, hangers and whatever else you need to display your T-shirts, posters, and other merch in a semi-orderly fashion, so fans can easily see what's available.
Set up the merch before you play, and make sure it's attended to during your performance.
Bring a light. Clubs are dark. Make sure your merch is visible.
2. Give Them Payment Options
Make sure to bring some one-dollar bills for change, and don't charge 9.99 for anything unless you have a big bag of change.
Not everybody has cash on hand. Sign up for CD Baby's Swiper program so you can take credit cards at your shows, or use one of those nifty iPhone apps that take credit cards.
Get one of those "Accepts Visa/Mastercard" table tents so people know they can pay how they like.
3. Sell More than Just CDs
Not everybody still listens to CDs. Sell download cards for the digitally inclined. Sell vinyl for the music collectors.
Sell T-shirts, mugs, stickers, DVDs.
Try to think of items that your audience will connect with.
4. Sell From the Stage
You've got the ears of your audience. Take advantage.
Describe what you're selling on the mic.
Introduce the person who is selling your stuff. Tell the audience how nice and approachable they are.
Don't wait until the end of the set to sell your wares; plant the seed after your first few songs. Remind them again at the end of your set.
5. Special Offers
Special offers are a great way to encourage sales and make your fans feel appreciated.
Offer your fans a discount for buying more than one CD.
Offer a special limited-edition T-Shirt or single.
Tell your audience that everyone who stops by the merch table gets something free like a sticker or . . I don't know, a pocket protector?
Try a raffle or a contest.
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