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- April 2004 -

The Indie Bible: Independent Music Promotion
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Table of Contents


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. "Baby Steps and the Road to Success" by Chris Standring, A&R Online
8. "How to Overcome Age Discrimination in the Music Business" - PART 1 by Bobby Borg author of "The Musician's Handbook"














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THIS MONTH'S PRIZE WINNERS

This month's winner of the Sennheiser E835 microphone (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Graeme Sutherland, Inverclyde, Scotland

This month's winner of a pair of Sennheiser HD280Pro headphones (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Matt Bachrach, Queen Creek, AZ

This month's winner of full mastering of your CD by Rare Form Mastering (visit http://www.RareFormMastering.com ) is:
- Timothy Furstnau, Berkley, MI

This month's winners of the A&R Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) are:
- Ray Misiti, Coconut Creek, FL
- Jason Webb, Dayton, OH
- Maithri Goonetilleke, Mt. Waverley, Australia

The winner of "100 Miles to a Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth (for more information on this book, visit http://www.songrepair.com )
- Boaz Sachs, London, UK

The winner of "How To Successfully Promote Your Music on the Internet" e-book by David Nevue (for more information on this book, visit http://www.promoteyourmusic.com ) is:
- Lucy-Sian Clark, Surrey, UK

The winner of the musicSUBMIT music promotion and publicity service (for more information visit http://www.musicsubmit.com ) is:
- Kerry Hill, Hughesdale, Australia

The winner of a shirt/jersey from Enjoy Music (for more information visit http://www.enjoymusic.com ) is:
- Daniel Greenwald, Bronxville, NY

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the April Indie Contact Newsletter.

Our first article this month is called "Baby Steps and the Road to Success" by Chris Standring, owner of A&R Online. Chris keys in on how important it is to keep moving forward towards your goals, while keeping your expectations in check.

Bobby Borg is back with another great article. This month Bobby gives his take on age discrimination in the music business. It's a very touchy subject, and Bobby goes into great detail on how to overcome this industry prejudice.

I am happy to announce that we have a new sponsor this month. Rare Form Mastering has the experience to make your music sound the way your audience wants it to sound. They have over 2,500 albums to their credit. Let their experience to work for you!

Every second month a lucky prize winner will receive free mastering of their CD, DVD or vinyl record. This prize is worth approximately $700 US. You can find out more about Rare Form Mastering at: http://www.RareFormMastering.com

I'm also pleased to announce that Sennheiser USA has committed to another year of sponsorship. That means an E835 microphone and pair of Sennheiser HD280Pro headphones will continue to be given away each month. Thanks to Karl Winkler of Sennheiser for his continued support! http://www.sennheiserusa.com

As is the case every month, there is a large 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
The Indie Contact Newsletter
newsletter@indiebible.com
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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. Services that will help you to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful resources and promotional sites for recording artists

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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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CaliforniaBands.com
Rodney rodney@cabands.com
http://www.cabands.com
29679 Eagle Crest Ave. Murrieta, CA 92563
PH: 909-719-5905
Free reviews, links, and much more!

Rock Dummy
Craig Lyndall craig@rockdummy.com
http://www.rockdummy.com
1728 Brainard Rd. Lyndhurst, OH 44124
PH: 4406661087
My site covers news, releases and concerts of indie bands in all indie genres.

Inside Metal
Sam Humphreys inside_metal@hotmail.com
http://www.insidemetal.tk
PH: 03-93302920
Metal/Hardcore webzine that reviews, promotes independent bands and labels.

AngryCountry.com
Michael Allison mike@angrycountry.com
http://www.angrycountry.com
1205 Rose Lynn Lane, Birmingham, AL 35215
PH: 205-853-2106
Country Music news site that openly reviews indie projects.

Rock World Online
Dwain Watkins Dwain@rockworldonline.com
http://www.rockworldonline.com
PH: 586-675-6633
A web zine that is looking to help showcase new and up and coming artists.

IndiePerformer.com
Carla Archuletta info@indieperformer.com
http://www.IndiePerformer.com
PO Box 3721, Brentwood, TN 37024
Enables artists to be recognized and to be heard in a venue for worldwide exposure.

Equal Music
Danielle Moskowitz Danielle@equalmusic.com
http://www.equalmusic.com
PO Box 456, Marlboro, NJ 07746
Interviews/reviews of todays most talented up and coming artists. Covers all genres.

Mindset Magazine
http://www.mindsetmagazine.com
20 Brookside Dr. Paola, KS 66071
If you would like a review go to the contact page on our site and submit a request!

I Ate Your Microphone.com
Chris Williams chris@iateyourmicrophone.com
http://www.iateyourmicrophone.com
We provide the latest information on the artists you desire to know about already, while endeavouring to introduce new names and original sounds to your ears.

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3. RADIO SHOWS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MUSIC

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KSER
Ann McCoy/Music Director annkser@aol.com
KSER.org 2623 Wetmore Ave., Everett, WA 98201-2926
PH: (425) 303-9070 FX: (425) 303-9075
Independent, non-com broadcasting from Seattle to the Canadian border, playing World mixed with all other genres.

SaveSURGE Radio
Eric Karkovack webmaster@karks.com
http://www.savesurge.org/radio/
35 Winchester Gardens, Carlisle, PA 17013
With a focus on alternative rock, SaveSURGE Radio is always on the lookout for indie artists to play in our rotation.

Unsigned Online Radio
Chris chris@unsigned-online.com
http://unsigned-online.com
PH: 903.223.7205
An online radio station that plays all unsigned artists all the time!

Audiodependence.com
Wesley Clark boylstonclark@worldnet.att.net
http://www.Audiodependence.com
A New Orleans based internet radio station that features a new independent artist each week for a one hour show. We select 5 to 6 songs for that one show and it runs on demand for the week. The artists photos and bio are posted on the Audio Dependence website, when available We play pop, rock, jazz, folk, new age and country.

The Independent Recording Group Radio
Steve Harris irgradio@classicnet.net
http://www.irgradio.com
IRG Radio, 109 Poe Ave. Poteau, OK 74953
IRG is an Internet radio station that does a Top 5 requested show Monday through Friday. We are looking for music in the rock genre for airplay.

Indie Radio Live
John Horner admin@indieradiolive.com
http://indieradiolive.com
16837 64th Place North, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
PH: 561-422-3662
Indie internet radio station promoting bands for FREE.

The SMALLZ & ILL Show
SMALLZ & ILL info@thesmallzandillshow.com
http://www.smallzandill.com
The SMALLZ & ILL Show, 2707 S. Cooper St. Suite 119, Arlington, TX 76015
PH: 817-846-1150
Artists interested in getting national radio play, and national television exposure, please send EDITED MATERIAL to us. If you don't have edited material, contact us about editing it for you.

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4. ONLINE SERVICES/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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TwoShepsThatPass
Vera Sheps TwoShepsThatPass@aol.com
http://www.twoshepsthatpass.com
PO Box 380, New York, NY 10276
PH: 646-613-1101 FX: 786-513-0692
Our strong relationships with online and offline retailers, non-terrestrial radio stations, publications, and special interest groups put us in a unique position to give you a presence on and off the net.

Indie4Ever.com
Laban Johnson info@indie4ever.com
http://www.indie4ever.com
Free Independent Music Distribution and Promotion, non-exclusive, forever.

CD Army
Nic Climer Nic@cdarmy.com
http://www.cdarmy.com
PO Box 225023, Dallas, TX 75222
PH: 214-943-7550 FX: 214-943-7550
Artist hosting and online indie music sales. Fighting for independent music one CD at a time!

TRP/NME Wreckidz
Mr. Dilligence mrdilligence@aol.com
http://www.NMEwreckidz.com
32 Brooks Rd. Gloucester, MA 01930
PH: 978-394-0751
Indie Record Label/grass roots distributor for Massachusetts (and beyond) rappers/R+B singers.
LiveWireRecordz.com
Khalid Price khalid@livewirerecordz.com
http://www.livewirerecordz.com
503 Bullocks Point Ave. Apt #1, Riverside, RI 02915
PH: 401 4331753
Versatindependentdant record label.

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DAD (Digital Audio Distribution)
http://www.discmakers.com/dad
Launched by DISC MAKERS the DAD service gives independent bands and artists the opportunity to sell their songs online on sites like Apple's iTunes Music Store, Listen.com's Rhapsody, AOL's MusicNet, Emusic, and newcomer BuyMusic.com. The DAD service is FREE with all new CD orders with DISC MAKERS. The service is also available to artists who do not make their CDs with DISC MAKERS for only $75.
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5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s OR VIDEOS

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Motagator Music
Paul Asher paul@motagator.co.uk
http://www.motagator.co.uk
PH: 44-0-115 928 5091
Based at Nottingham, in the heart of the UK. Open to all genres of music, but specialising in Cajun, Zydeco, Folk, Roots and Blues. Automatic account creation and free webspace for artists to upload and promote their music.

Weedfiles.com
http://www.weedfiles.com/ib
You get paid to listen to music and turn your friends on to hot new tunes by independent artists from around the world. What are you waiting for? The revolution has already begun....

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artistshowcase@music-tech.net
http://www.music-tech.net/submissions/indiebible.htm
PH: 800 278 4931 FX: 404-795-0821
An Award of Distinction is given to the independent artist who sells the most units through our showcase during a twelve week period. In addition to the award, the winner receives a gift certificate from Music-Tech.Net and sponsors...anticipated up to $6,000.00
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Bands Thriving On Fans
NDMuse ndmuse@bandsthrivingonfans.net
http://bandsthrivingonfans.net
PH: 903.223.7205
Provides free promotion and support for unsigned bands.

Scorpion Promotions Inc.
Oliver Riley oliver_scorpion@yahoo.com
http://scorpionpromotions.cjb.net
A service that provides touring bands with shows in the Omaha/ Lincoln, Nebraska area, and we can also help book local/regional/ national bands in other midwest cities that are having trouble booking themselves.

eMusicBlast.com
Rick Moore rmoore@emusicblast.com
http://www.emusicblast.com
501 Astor Ct. Franklin Park, NJ 08823
PH: 609-406-0774
An online community that brings artists, the industry and fans together.

Nashville Rounds
Dennis Eggers info@nashvillerounds.net
http://www.nashvillerounds.net
PH: 615-977-3069
Independent Performing Songwriters network. We promote independent performing songwriters and the services/products that help them.

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BOOST TRAFFIC TO YOUR WEBSITE WITH THE INDIE LINK EXCHANGE!

The Indie Link Exchange is a list of music sites that wish to exchange links with other music related sites. With over 600 current listings, it's a great way to get some FREE exposure

It's a simple one-to-one exchange of text links or banners. ALL styles of music sites are welcome! http://www.indielinkexchange.com/ile
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7. BABY STEPS AND THE ROAD TO SUCCESS by Chris Standring, A&R Online ? 2004 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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"If you can achieve one successful thing a day to help your music career on the right path then you are on the right track".

It's very easy to sit at home and get frustrated with the apparent lack of forward movement in your music career. Especially when you know in your heart that you have what it takes to succeed. It's very easy to get discouraged, for the simple reason that it seems "you are only as good as your last event".

Musicians and actors are similar in that we like the highs that our performances give us. We thrive on the exhilaration. It's like a drug. When it goes away we want it again.

Gearing up to a live event is exciting. We can talk it up to friends and fans, promote it the best way we know how and enjoy the thrill of the performance itself. Then it is over and there may be a lull between events. It can seem like your career is going nowhere. It's very easy to feel that. However, other people's perception may be entirely different and probably is.

The music business is all about perception. It is based on hype and salesmanship ability. I wish it was different but it is not and will never ever be. If your band is perceived to be doing well then people will talk. If your band is perceived to be on the way out then people will also talk. If your band is doing nothing, nobody will talk! It is therefore extremely important that you keep the hype factor up!

This is one of the things you need to be focusing on between events. Sit back and think about what you clearly have achieved so far in your career. Think about the things that were absolutely in your control.

We are constantly bombarded with new creative marketing ideas, most of them excellent, inventive and effective. However, the ideas that you personally will primarily adopt are those ideas that you are totally comfortable with. These are the things that you will make a priority. It's too easy to get overwhelmed with new promotional ideas so we put them off and resort to the things we know we can do.

I have two words to give you. BABY STEPS.

It's just too damn hard to do every new promotional idea to get your band to the next level at the same time. Especially if you don't have a team of people working with you. But you can start by doing just one thing today.

If you can achieve one successful thing a day to help your music career on the right path then you are on the right track.

The only way you can get successful as an independent artist is by letting people know you exist. So ask yourself for example, "What can I do today to expand my fanbase?" Well, there are infinite possibilities.

Pick one thing, just one and do it today!

Let's say you want to increase your e-mail database. Think about the most effective ways you can do that. The most effective ways to build a database, (but more importantly get those people to be fans and come to shows), is to personally get to know them. So start with friends, have them refer their friends, and so on. Hand out flyers and sample CD's or tapes to everyone you know. (Make sure you have a good stack in your car.) Grab business cards of all the people you meet and get their e-mail addresses. Send them a very personal e-mail asking them if they would be interested to know about your band.

Be creative. But DO something that you know you can personally do to expand other people's awareness of you. It takes a good amount of time but you can help yourself by really being active and productive.

Read everything you can about promoting your own shows and do the things that you are most comfortable doing, the things that you know you can be effective at. Then, step out and try something new.

Do one thing a day to help get to where you want to be, and at the end of each week think about what you have achieved. There is nothing that fuels drive more than drive itself. And there's nothing that fuels lethargy more than sitting at home wishing you were successful and doing little about it!

It can be extremely overwhelming when there seems such a long way to go. Take it one step at a time. That's all truly successful people ever did.

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Chris Standring is the CEO and founder of A&R Online http://www.aandronline.com). He is also a contemporary jazz guitarist presently signed to Mesa/Bluemoon Records. The music is marketed at NAC and Urban AC radio. For more info on Chris' recording career go to his personal website at
http://www.chrisstandring.com
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MECA Music Conference ? May 12-15 ? Chicago, USA

An acronym for Musician?s Education and Career Advancement, MECA is a major music conference in the Midwest. This four-day Chicago-based event will offer forty panels, workshops and performance clinics, mentoring sessions, 250 live music showcases, and numerous networking events.

http://www.mecaconference.com
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We wanted to make you aware of a very special industry event that we are a part of and are sponsoring. It's the Global Entertainment and Media Summit and it is one of the largest pro-active events dedicated to helping artists and industry promote their projects and make valuable connections. At last years Summit, three artists secured national tours, labels secured distribution deals, and songs were chosen for films and television.

Los Angeles GEMS: June 12-13

Website: http://www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com
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One of the original musician resource websites, Indie-Music.com offers thousands of contacts - venues, studios, media, radio, labels, and more. Plus, an extensive archive of how-to's for the music business, and up-to-date commentary on the industry. The Indie News newsletter provides a free tip sheet with listings for radio airplay, record label submissions, gig opportunities, and more.
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8. HOW TO OVERCOME DISCRIMINATIONTION IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS - PART 1 by Bobby Borg author of "The Musician's Handbook"
? 2004 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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AGE DISCRIMINATION is a sensitive and real issue in our society. After a certain age you can't become a police officer, join the military, or become a flight attendant. In the music business, artists often find it difficult to get a record deal after age 25-and after that big break, it's even difficult for the established artist to sustain a career into their later years. As ridiculous as these rules may or may not be, you can always find success in the industry as long as you're open minded, proactive, and creative in finding new ways to survive and thrive.

SIGN WITH A MAJOR?
Major labels make up the majority of commercial recordings sold in the United States. As of this writing, the five largest record companies (or five majors) are Sony, Universal, BMG, EMI, and WEA. Each major is also part of larger corporations that run a system of distribution channels, regional offices, international divisions, and other music business companies. Therefore, bottom line profits and corporate reporting are of primary concern-and reps most typically seek younger more "commercially viable" artists who can theoretically ensure a faster return on their investment. Additionally, the benefit of seeking younger acts is that if successful, they could potentially reap a return on the label's investment for several years to come.

"It's a young man's game," said one A&R representative who wishes to remain anonymous. "We look for artists from age 15 to 25. It may seen harsh, but it doesn't makes sense to invest an older race horse when you can get the younger thoroughbred crossing the winner's line for years to come."

Unless a dramatic shift takes place in the industry in the next few years (which is very possible-more on this later), then seeking a major label deal may obviously not be the wisest focus for more adult artists: plan and simple.

GO INDEPENDENT
Independent record companies (also called indies) are usually not owned or controlled by the majors, and are generally distributed by smaller regional distributors. With less overhead and investment risk, indies are more open to signing less mainstream and perhaps more adult artists than the major record companies. Said one indie rep in a recent music connection A&R poll conducted in 2003, "We tend to stay away from age discrimination. I look to the music first and people who have maturity and a strong business sense. Of course they must still have a marketable image even when they're older-but it's the professional performer who keep their health and image a priority and can convince the masses they're younger than their years. If they have talent and look the part, then who cares how old they are."

Indies may not just be more open to signing more adult artists, but also older "brands" or "genres" of music. Indies are known to be the sanctuary (literally) for veteran artists are were once successful and no longer can find a home on a the majors. Case in point, Sanctuary records (formerly CMJ) made a name for themselves by signing several of the hard rock bands that were once very popular in the 1980s. Surely, labels like Sanctuary aren't trying to market to the masses nor do they have the budgets, but by signing artists who still have a modest (albeit dwindling) fan base and who are still willing to get out on the road and tour, a potential profit can be made for all parties involved.

DO IT YOURSELF
If you're still not having much luck with getting a record deal after several years of trying, then perhaps you're long over do for taking a more proactive approach and resorting to a DIY (do it yourself) method-a situation where you can make all of your own business decisions and you don't have to let the record companies or any one else dictate what you can and cannot do or be-whether it be age or anything else. Home recording equipment has become more assessable than it was in the recent past and the number of opportunities to manufacture and sell your own CDs are plentiful. Create a buzz! Build a following. You may even make a decent living.

Singer/songwriter Ani DeFranco is the classic example of someone bypassedssed the record companies altogether by starting her own label out of her parent's garin 19901990. She was only twenty years old then when she launched Righteous Babe Records. And at the time of this writing-at age 34, sales of her albums are still known to reach up to 30,000 copies per month. This brings the old saying to mind"You ever notice how fast firewood burns when you cut and then chop it yourself?" Though Defranco is a rare example, it shows what you can accomplish over time when you take the initiative yourself. So get busy!

*** Part 2 Next Month ***

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Bobby Borg is the author of "The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business," now available by Billboard Books on-line at Amazon.com, or in a store near you. mailto: bborg@bobbyborg.com
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1. Take the Gospel to the Streets at:
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2. Join the DJ Lace Mix Club at:
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3. Support the Urban Gospel Alliance:
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