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1. Introduction
2. Sites Where You Can Get Your Music Reviewed
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Online Services that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. Artist-Management Contracts: Money...Negotiation Ideas - by Richard P. Dieguez
8. Alert the Media! - Publicizing Your Career (PART 1) - by Teresa Conboy
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Introduction
2. Publications that will Review Your Music
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Online Services that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources For Your Band
7. Artist-Management Contracts: Money...Negotiation Ideas - by Richard P. Dieguez
8. Alert the Media! - Publicizing Your Career (PART 1) - by Teresa Conboy
9. WMMW CD Review of The Month by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the April edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

Entertainment Lawyer, Richard P. Dieguez, is back from his short sabbatical. In this month's issue, Richard takes a look at the all important negotiation aspect of Artist-Management Contracts.

Teresa Conboy is an independent publicist who has written an insightful article that identifies the important areas to cover when it comes to publicizing your new CD release.

The MuzikMan is back with another review. This month he reviews Linda Regan's CD "Cinematique".

As is the case every month, there is a sizable group of new contacts listed that can help you to gain more exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the April issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor
indiecontactnewsletter@rogers.com

Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in March.
The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.

1. Publications that will review your music
2. Radio stations/shows that will play your music
3. Online services that will help to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Resources and promotional sites for Independent bands
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The Continental Magazine
Sean Berry records@dblcrown.com
http://www.dblcrown.com
Annual magazine covering surf/instrumental and garage rock n' roll.
Each issue comes with a CD sampler.
Metal Core
metalczine@aol.com
http://www.metalcorefanzine.com
Our webzine has a review section that signed and unsigned bands can send stuff for review. We prefer the heavier side of things.

groovevolt.com
Roy Opochinski royo@groovevolt.com
http://www.groovevolt.com
A music website that gets approximately 5,000,000 hits per month. Among our many sections is UberGroove, which has recently been transformed into the indie section of the site. There, we will run features, reviews, and interviews with indie artists. Our focus is primarily rock, punk rock, pop, r&b, hip hop, folk, ska, dance and soul...basically everything except for new age, country, and christian music. We always encourage artists to send us a CD of their work for review. For more information please contact us.

LEFT OFF THE DIAL
Catherine Nicholas webmaster@leftoffthedial.com
http://www.leftoffthedial.com
Provides exposure for music, past and present, that tends to get ignored or go under-recognized by radio and mainstream media. We're accepting presskits and CD's for review, particularly from artists from Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.

Reviews From Hell
Cindy Carlier contact@reviewsfromhell.com
http://www.reviewsfromhell.com
Professional and unbiased in-depth review of your songs.

Snagglezine
Kim or Chris snagglezine@hotmail.com
http://www.geocities.com/snagglezine/Snagglezine.html
A good look at the local bands from the NJ scene.

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GOTHIC BEAUTY, A NEW FASHION MAGAZINE, also accepts music submissions for review. Each issue also features music interviews. Gothic Beauty is interested in goth, electro, industrial, ethereal, and punk. Gothic Beauty is published quarterly and has major distribution through Hot Topic, Tower Records, and Books-A-Million covering 600 outlets in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Japan. Issue 4 will be out mid December and in-stores on January 7 '02. Please send us your material now for Issue 5 (April 9 '02). See website for more details http://www.GothicBeauty.com
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QBN-FM 96.7
Rob Davidson rothshir@sci.net.au
Presenter on radio station QBN-FM in Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia. Playing country music,contemporary and traditional, folk, pop & rock. President of aspirant radio station, Braidwood FM in Braidwood, NSW, Australia. Will listen to all CD's sent to us for consideration for airplay. Will give feedback on CD and airplay status. Send CD's to: Rob Davidson, PO Box 230, Braidwood NSW 2622 AUSTRALIA

Allegheny Mountain Radio (AMR).
amr@neumedia.net
http://wvls.cfw.com
AMR's programming is eclectic ranging from country, bluegrass, and gospel to rock, classical, and jazz. Due to this musical diversity the network draws from a cross spectrum of listeners unlike most public radio or commercial radio stations that target very limited market segments. We hope to be spinning your material soon. Send your music to Attn: Vicki Wanless, Music Director, Allegheny Mountain Radio Rt. 1 Box 139, Dunmore, WV 24934

Cranial Explosions: Sounds That Blow Minds!
Gil and Tony cexplosions@hotmail.com
http://www.cjtr.ca
A free form-odyssey of musical moments and experiences. Submit your impacting music to us, and if it moves us, as per our mission statement, we will play it on our show!! Please include biographical information etc. Music can be submitted to: Cranial Explosions P.O. Box 22177, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4S 7H4 Please indicate on package: Music for promotional use only. No commercial value.

Kulak's Woodshed
paulkulak@earthlink.net
http://www.kulakswoodshed.com
Kulak's Woodshed is a Unique and Growing Community of Professional Musicians & Volunteers in North Hollywood, California, Dedicated to the Celebration of Music just fer the FUN of It. We have an exciting new cutting edge Live Internet Video Web Cast Acoustic Music Showcase. Acoustic Music, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Blues, Country, Rock, (anything goes). The Music That Music Lovers and Performers Have Taken Into Their Hearts.

On-the-I.com
Pamella McReynolds pam@on-the-i.com
http://www.on-the-i.com
Multicast broadband Internet radio with four channels. Channel 1 is exclusively for Indie Artists. On-the-I.tv for music videos!

Seldom Heard Radio
singinggrove@conknet.com
An independently produced freeform program hosted by Frederick Moe. Focus is on folk, folk-rock, psychedelic and indie music from the 1960s to the present. Promo CDs welcomed at: Seldom Heard Radio, 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

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4. ONLINE SERVICES THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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CDreview.com
Scott Sherman Info@cdreview.com
http://www.cdreview.com/index.shtml?indiebible
Our mission is to provide a simple looking, uncluttered place for local musicians to gain exposure and to be able to make their music available to both old and new fans. The atmosphere here is completely down to earth. Most of us are musicians and it doesn't take long for people to notice how much we love music and helping local talent as much as possible.

Double Crown Records
Sean Berry records@dblcrown.com
http://www.dblcrown.com
Bellingham, WA based surf and garage rock label, with an online catalog featuring 100's of releases.

Sin Promotions
Megan sinpromos@attbi.com
http://www.sinpromos.com
We provide promotion for New England area metal & hardcore bands through many different types of shows, battles, cd compilations, festivals & MORE. Our site also has infinite resources for these bands.

The Logoed CD
David Cubitt david@mmsdirect.com
http://www.thelogoedcd.com
We pay royalties for music used by our corporate clients for customized music CDs. we offer our clients ALL styles of music for various marketing and promotional campaigns. We would like to add your music to our catalogue It's FREE...and if used by our clients, you get credit and...WE PAY YOU ROYALTIES! Contact us and find out more!

Soundsational Music Group
Lisa Walstad lisaw@prairie.lakes.com
http://www.soundsationalmusic.com
Full service aggressive promotional company, offline and Online!

Eyeball Records
Hambone Hambone@eyeballrecords.com
http://www.eyeballrecords.com
Record label where bands like Thursday, H20, and the Casualties got their start.

Musicdistributors.com
info@musicdistributors.com
http://www.musicdistributors.com
We cater to independent artists and Labels.

Signiture Entertainment
Sterling "G" sterling@signitureproductions.com
http://www.signiturentertainment.com
Entertainment Company, Artist development, Audio & Video production.

Pshaw Music
Johann pshawmusic@hotmail.com
http://pshawmusic.com/
Record Label and Distribution based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fueled by passion not profit.

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hatch 11
http://www.hatch11music.com
email@hatch11music.com
The site contains only original music of all types and the site is open to all genres. Bands submit songs to the site and we take the ten most original and put them on. The site is updated each month with new material. The song or songs which get the most hits each month stay on the site for an extra month. The best part is that it's FREE.

UntoldGood.com
Seth FOUG@UntoldGood.com
http://UntoldGood.com
UG.com is "dedicated to nurturing emerging artists" including musicians. We are doing many things to create publicity for the artists on our site. A Smorgasbord of Entertainment. . . A Veritable Buffet of Good. . .

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SONICBIDS is an online service that connects musicians and music promoters. Instead of mailing out traditional, bulky press kits, Sonicbids' members email Sonicbids Electronic Press Kits (EPKs). Soncbids EPKs - which contain the MP3 files, pictures, press reviews and contact information - can be easily emailed to anyone, anywhere! In addition, members can directly submit their EPKs to some of the world's biggest festivals, clubs, and conferences for free. Members are also eligible for exclusive Sonicbids spots at some of the hottest conferences around the world. Promote your band in a powerful new way, for only $39.95 a year. Go to www.sonicbids.com www.sonicbids.com today!
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THE FIRST ANNUAL MUSICIAN'S EXPO WILL BE HELD JUNE 15th, 2002 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Musicians Expo 2002 is a one- day event targeting the independent musician who wants to start a career or advance a career in the music industry. Guest speakers and celebrities are coming from across the country to give YOU the valuable knowledge needed as a musician to help you get where you want to be in the music industry. Local and regional Exhibitors will be on hand providing services, products and information to the independent musician. PLUS many exhibitors are waiting to hear YOUR music. So bring your demos and promo material, because this is the place to get the knowledge and make the connections you need to succeed! Register early because space is limited. For more information visit our website at:
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Living Room Theatre Productions
Shane Morris shane.morris@mailcity.com
http://www.livingroomtheatre.com
Independent short films, music videos, and original music. LRTP is always on the lookout for film scores and soundtracks.

Realia Music Inc.
Helen Siwak admin@realiamusic.com
http://www.realiamusic.com
Non-exclusive indie music licensing agency for visual projects. Accepting all genres of music on mastered cd.

Last Dark Sky
Shaun Holley sholley@lastdarksky.com
http://www.lastdarksky.com
A links resource for independent artists and bands creating beat-driven ambient electronica.

IrishUnsigned.com
Ron Healy ron@IrishUnsigned.com
http://www.IrishUnsigned.com
Resource for the development and promotion of any unsigned Irish artists, anywhere.

PB Productions (music needed for movie)
David J. Rubin drubin14@hotmail.com
http://www.breathevideo.com
"Breathe" is an extreme kayaking video highlighting the adventures of Isaac and Jordan Priestley. The film showcases the brothers attempting first descents throughout Oregon, Wyoming, and British Columbia, Canada. Shot in digital format, the film captures Isaac and Jordan tackling huge drops in numerous creeks and rivers that have never been caught on film… until now! The producers of Breathe are looking for up and coming bands whose music fits this genre. Please feel free to contact us or just send us your best stuff. David J. Rubin PB Productions, 1705 SE 24th Ave., Portland, OR 97214 Phone: (503)233-2229
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7. ARTIST-MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS: MONEY...NEGOTIATION IDEAS
by Entertainment Lawyer Richard P. Dieguez
© 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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In the last installment, I discussed how the amount of the commission can be anywhere from 10% to 25% of your gross income. But as I have stressed before, the amount that is settled on may very well depend on the circumstances. Again, the art of compromise may bring new life to a negotiation that is at a deadlock on the issue of the commission amount. The attorneys can suggest that the commission percentage be staggered. In other words, your attorney can suggest, for example, that the first $25,000.00 of gross income will be commissioned at 10% and the next $25,000.00 of gross income will be commissioned at 15%. The manager's attorney may rearrange these numbers and offer a counterproposal. Some further give and take may be necessary before something is finally agreed upon.

Regardless of the particulars, the concept here is that the lower percentage rate should be satisfactory to you, while the manager is also given an incentive to make a bigger percentage if he can get you to earn in excess of a certain amount of gross income. And, of course, getting you over that amount, whether it's $25,000.00 or whatever, will be to your benefit as well. As you can see, the concept of staggered commissions is an alternative compensation plan that can be suggested during negotiation, but, even so, the actual percentage rates and the income levels when these rates kick in must still be negotiated.

Another factor in this negotiation is determining which of your income-earning activities will be subject to the commission. The manager will try to have his commission apply to every conceivable entertainment-related activity from which you could possibly earn an income. Examples of such money-making activities would be live performances, record sales and the sale of promotional merchandise such as T-shirts, posters, buttons, programs and pictures. So if you feel that the commission rate the manager is asking for is too high, you can try to compromise by proposing that you'll accept the commission rate, but only if certain activities are excluded from the commission.

Your attorney may want to suggest, for example, that the commission not apply to any publishing income you earn from your songwriting activities. If you are multi-talented and occasionally earn extra money as a model or actor, your attorney may argue that these activities be excluded from the manager's commission as well. If the manager, on the other hand, insists that all your activities be commissionable, then you may want to agree, but only if the commission rate is lowered.

So far we've discussed the issues involved in negotiating the manager's compensation during the life of the contract. Another touchy subject, that is especially close to the manager's heart, is whether he will continue to get a commission on gross income earned by the artist after the contract has ended. Stay tuned. We'll discuss this in the next installment.

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Richard P. Dieguez has over 16 years of experience as an entertainment lawyer and 5 years of experience managing major label talent. He is also the founder of The Circle, a monthly music industry educational and networking forum. You may contact Mr. Dieguez at (516) 621-6424,
RPDieguez.com@RPDieguez.com or www.RPDieguez.com.
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8. ALERT THE MEDIA! - PUBLICIZING YOUR CAREER (PART 1) by Publicist Teresa Conboy
© 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Major or independent record labels have several avenues in which to promote an artist’s career with the aid of in-house publicity, independent publicist (hired by the label or artist), marketing department, tour support, distribution, videos and radio promotion. Though this does not guarantee an artist the cover of Rolling Stone or Spin (or coverage within its pages), it (hopefully) enables him or her easier access to the media. The independent or unsigned artist (without the aid of a label or publicist) can also achieve a fair amount of publicity through various media avenues and even more so now, of course, with the Internet.

If you’re releasing a CD, touring, landed a song in TV or film, received an award, or any other significant news item you need to "alert the media." But, before you do there are a few things to understand about the unpredictable nature of publicity.

*In the world of entertainment nothing is impossible but rest assured there are some things that are highly unlikely. Concentrate your efforts where they’ll be most effective. Look at your career realistically and start from there. We live in a celebrity culture, however, you are most likely not yet a celebrity. Given that, unless you are a Billboard Top 10 artist you most likely will not be booked on Jay Leno or David Letterman. You’d have a better chance of figuring out where Jay might be hanging out interviewing people on the street, giving odd answers and then being selected to provide commentary from the Grammys or the Olympics. Though, I did hear there was an opening for an intern…

* You most likely will not get reviewed in Rolling Stone or Spin magazine. But, RollingStone.com may be a possibility. Read Rolling Stone or Spin magazine and notice for yourself who is reviewed or featured in either publication. If you have read about one or two unsigned acts they were most likely winners of a corporate sponsored contest such as VH1’s "Bands On The Run" or yes, on a rare occasion, there is enough of a buzz about an artist that the magazines will feel it warrants coverage.

*You may not land a single interview your first time around promoting a CD. The mere fact you’ve recorded a CD doesn’t guarantee an interview. If you can start out getting mentions of your CD and/or reviews – this is a part of the building process that starts familiarizing your name with the media and the public.

*Publicity is a process that involves researching the media, writing press releases and bios, mailings, communicating with the media, and then...waiting. The first few months require a fair amount of patience because unless you have a breaking news story, it could take just that long before any coverage or reviews appears in print. Interviews and reviews don’t happen overnight. The web, of course, has proven to be a quicker source for reviews being posted and email is, I think, the best way to communicate with any number of writers. Persons in all areas of the media receive enormous amounts of mail and it takes at least two weeks or more (a very generous estimate) before a CD makes it to the listening pile. Major label releases as well as news concerning popular recording artists usually receive priority coverage. And there are times, when reviews and/or interviews, even if already written never see the light of day. A story or review could be "bumped" if say, some bluegrass movie soundtrack CD wins a Grammy or the new- much-anticipated CD by said artist of the moment arrives on the Music Editor’s desk. Unlike advertising, which secures your place in a magazine, the number one rule of publicity is that nothing is guaranteed.

Basic Publicity Tools

Keep your mailings simple which will help keep postage costs down. You need only send the CD, a few press clips, press release, bio and cover letter. Artist photos are not always necessary to include when sending out your CDs for reviews as the publication or website will usually use your CD cover to accompany the review.

WEBSITE
Have your bio, press release, photos, music samples, video clips (if any) and CD ordering information on your website. Be sure to include in your press release and bio where the CD is available (Amazon.com, your website, or if it has distribution). Have your photos available on your website and the CD cover so that any interested party can access them to accompany reviews or interviews. However, not any old photo will do.

PHOTOS
When it comes to photos I have seen artists waste more money on trying to save money. Poor quality photos are difficult to reproduce in print. In this day and age with digital cameras you should be able to produce a decent photo. But the best case scenario is to hire a photographer. An experienced photographer understands lighting and composition and good, quality photos make all the difference when submitting to newspapers and magazines. Before hiring a photographer, ask to see their "book" or portfolio. Make sure their style suits what you are trying to portray. If your funds are low seek out student photographers at local universities or new photographers who want to enhance their portfolio. Sometimes they will shoot for free, charging only for the rolls of film and developing.

If you are mailing your photos - whereas 8x10 is the standard size for black & white photos, color slides or transparencies are the preferred "color" format for newspapers and magazines, though sometimes the former will accept color prints. Again some will just grab them directly off your website.

BIOS
The bio is an essential item for any press kit or mailing and should let the reader know the following - who is the artist, style of music, influences, instruments played, experience (tours, music training, studio), awards, releases, radio airplay etc. Pull a positive quote from your reviews (or add quotes later as you gather reviews) and note credit i.e., "brilliant musicianship, and beautiful songs make up this artist’s CD" (Los Angeles Times). Discuss past musical endeavors and if it relates to your current project. If inspiration fails you - call a publicist, journalist, fellow college student, bio writers, etc. Professional fees for composing bios may range anywhere from $50 up to $300 or more. Once written a bio should be periodically updated, keeping current with each project.

THE PRESS RELEASE
One of the most effective publicity tools for generating press (aside from pure word of mouth) is a well-written press release. If you are not sure how to write the information, read the industry news columns in various music magazines to get a feel for how it is presented to the reader. Keep it basic and to the point, without too much editorializing i.e., "it is the greatest song ever written," unless it is a quote from an outside source (review or producer of recording). If your press release is announcing a forthcoming show - tie it in with any significant news. Stay away from throwaway lines such as "come see what everybody is talking about...the buzz on this band is huge...major label interest" - if there is a buzz your press release will be filled with quotes from positive reviews or news about which labels are vying for your attention. As with bios, keep it to no more than two pages in length. One page if possible. The writer who decides to run your press release may alter whatever is written.

To get your show listed, forward the information by email, snail mail or fax (depending on type of publication the lead time is anywhere from two to six weeks in advance) to your local daily and weekly newspapers. Necessary contact information is sometimes provided in the entertainment listings section in the paper or on their website.

Writing the press release - Using the "who, what, where, why" format let’s write a press release for the following group.

Here is what we know about the alternative-sans-grunge- psychedelic-jazz styled w/a Salsa feel-group - Rosarita & The Refried Beans.

*Rosarita & The Refried Beans will play the Coconut Teaszer in Hollywood.

*Rosarita is being sued by the bean company for use of the name without permission

*R&TRB’s shows are usually zany and often feature guest musicians

*R&TRB haven’t played much in town lately because they are touring in support of their recently released debut CD

Current Date

For Immediate Release

Contact Name
Phone Number/Email

ROSARITA & THE REFRIED BEANS TO PLAY COCONUT TEASZER , FRIDAY, JANUARY 14

ROSARITA & BEANS SLAPPED WITH LAWSUIT UPON RETURN FROM COAST TOUR

Fresh from their California coastal tour in promotion of their recently released "Too Many Beans, Not Enough Tacos" CD - Rosarita & The Refried Beans will play the Coconut Teaszer, Friday, January 14, 11:30 p.m. As can be expected the band will serve up its alternative-sans-grunge- with-a -Salsa-flavor brand of music. A recent gig was described by the Los Angeles Times as "their show reminds me of eating chili peppers with my grandma." R&TRB will feature the usual round of antics and special guest musicians.

In other matters, Rosarita & The Refried Beans, were recently slapped with a lawsuit by the company of the same name in a "cease and desist" order. A portion of the proceeds from the gig will be donated to the band for its impending legal fees. Commenting on the lawsuit, lead singer Wendy Pragmatic nee Rosarita, stated, "its very disheartening to all of us because we grew up eating those damn beans."

Rosarita & The Refried Beans’ CD is available through UGOTTABKIDIN’ Records.

** Part Two of this article will appear next month **

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Since 1992 Teresa has worked as an independent publicist through her company Teresa Conboy PR. Prior to starting her own business she worked at a major entertainment public relations firm and with numerous independent artists. Teresa's clients have included major and independent record labels, films, entertainment industry support services, music & cultural festivals, authors, music equipment manufacturers, radio & film personalities and theatre projects." tcpr@earthlink.net
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Artist: Linda Regan
Title: Cinematique
Genre: Rock-Pop
Label: Orchard Lane/Anonymous
Website: http://members.home.com/linds.regan

What separates the stars from the superstars? It's those magical intangibles that you can't put your finger on, and pure natural talent. Well, once in a blue moon you come across an artist that has it all and has nowhere to go but up. Linda Regan is one of those special people that have the world of music at her fingertips. On "Cinematique," don't you just love the name?, She pumps out a "Madonna" like production covering the gamut of pop sensibilities all in one fell swoop.

This CD is a sparkling assorted production with no boundaries. The only mistake she makes is the use of distortion on her beautiful voice, it's a bit overdone. It's appropriate in certain instances, but in this case it was a bit much. That is just the excitement of technology in the studio spilling over into the music; everyone does it one time or another. Other than that, this is fine outing that lives on the edge of pop, rock, and alternative rapture. When you're in the studio and it all falls into place the world is your oyster. You can hear Regan bubbling over with exuberance and confidence throughout this entire session. It's refreshing and invigorating to see a women artist so empowered and feeding into her own talent and the talent around her. The attitude pays off in spades, as this captivating woman shows how the entire world is a stage. It's up to you to figure out the actors and who is the person that wrote the script. Listen to the music and you will find the answer.

1. Second Nature
2. Don't Go
3. Could've Been Me
4. It All Comes Back To You
5. Aaah
6. Cinematic
7. Convince Me
8. I Have Seen
9. Colorful People
10. I've Almost Learned
11. I Am Revealed

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www.musicdish.com/muzikman
www.indiebible.com/muzik
www.themusic.com/muzikman
www.2upbeatmag.com
www.lancerecords.com
Indie-Music.com
www.buzzemporium.com
www.womenofmusicmusicofwomen.com
www.girlmusician.com
www.progressiveworld.net/muzikman.html
www.classicrecords.com (DVD-DAD Reviews)
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BARCHORD AND ARTISTS TO DONATE EARNINGS TO SEPTEMBER 11 RELIEF FUND
The owners and operators of BarChord are very pleased to announce that they will be working with the Rockaway Partnership Relief / Memorial Fund ('the Fund') to raise money for people that were affected by the events of September 11 and November 12 (when the American Airlines flight crashed in the Rockaways).

Basically, the way it will work is that BarChord artists will upload their tunes under the moniker of the Rockaway Fund. They will assign a price that they feel is appropriate and we will arrange to donate all of the funds received from the download (their half AND ours) to the Fund.

More information about the Rockaway Relief / Memorial Fund can be found here: http://www.barchord.com/artists/rockaway
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