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|
Independent Music Promotions
I'm looking for high quality artists to cover. I do brief reviews that include a music video as a blog-style post. Preferred genres are Rock, Alternative, Electronic, Metal, Punk, Progressive, Indie, Singer/Songwriter, Hip Hop, Blues and Folk. NO Country, Pop or religious music please.
400 West St. Elmo Rd.
Tumblr "Music to drive to" site. We post and review indie music only.
122 Cliffside Dr. Wilmington, NC 28409
Terri Craft firstname.lastname@example.org
A surf, Skate/Punk Rock music magazine and website celebrating 19 years of independent publishing.
7154 W. State St. #301, Boise, ID 83714
Music blog focused on creative, unconventional Pop and Experimental music.
A premier music magazine developed around the idea of keeping it real. We know how hard musicians work to create a name for themselves. E-mail a bio or EPK. Please be sure to include all pertinent links to your website and/or social networking sites. Include any and all of your latest/important accomplishments & endeavors and any additional information you see fit for consideration. Your photos should be high resolution; at least 1000px wide! You should own the rights/permissions to your submitted photos. Your photos should pertain to the subject matter (your artistry). Please folks, no nudity! Were you raised in a barn? Everyone has a logo. If you don't, then just send us pictures of your mom's cleavage and we'll forgive you. We welcome Alternative, Metal, Industrial and Punk.
The site has three main purposes, firstly to give independent artists exposure, secondly to give a foundation for journalism students to practice the art of critique, and finally to give indie music junkies great recommendations on new and upcoming music. Not only does the site serve as an independent voice for under appreciated music but it is also a launch pad for journalism students. Many have come and gone over the years. We now allow artists to create their own profile pages to give community members exposure to their music. The site's motto tends to sum it all up: Rate, Review, Recommend.
Our mission is to highlight independent recording artists but with an added bonus - this new publication also profiles entrepreneurs and innovators within the industry. The goal of the publication is to educate and entertain the music industry professional and provide a forum for artists and business people to discuss their work and life - a forum that ROCKWIRED Radio has provided for seven years now. PLEASE NOTE: This publication DOES NOT do reviews. Interviews only.
28 Bucyrus Dr. Amherst, NY 14228
Whether we're giving you our insight into the latest in politics or introducing you to some of the best indie music out there, we're the place to be! We know it's a digital world, but the sound quality of a CD is much superior to that of MP3 files. If you're going to have your music reviewed, it makes a certain amount of sense to put your best recording before reviewers. We want to hear your best sound and share it with my readers. Digital submissions are accepted, but preference for reviews is given to submissions on hard copy.
Box 22001, Vernon, BC V1T 9L7
PH: 250-309-1299 FX: 250-545-4822
Our Vandala Ezine and blog brings top independent music, interviews, reviews, news, events and more to fans with a 100% unique honest spin! Check our website for Submission Guidelines.
SECTION TWO: RADIO STATIONS, SHOWS AND PROMOTERS
2.1 RADIO - STATIONS AND SHOWS
New Driven Radio
A weekly 4 hour radio show that features only independent Rock from across the US and around the world. It airs Tuesdays 8-midnight (est). We feature independent bands from Soft Rock, Hard Rock, Punk, Metal, Southern Rock, Americana, Pop and everything in between. The first 2 hours are called New Driven Cruise and we feature the softer stuff there. The second two hours is called New Driven Torqued and the harder stuff is featured there.
158 Dublin St. # 1, Peterborough, ON K9H 3B5
Rev. Brandon Gillis
Created to empower, encourage and celebrate the beauty, strength, diversity, intellect, courage and wonder of women, but also to educate and inform our male counterparts on matters that are important to women specifically, and to the world in general.
WFKU - Your Dark Alternative Radio
23-08 Newtown Ave. #3 WE, Astoria, NY 11102
A Dark internet radio station broadcasting live. We play the newest Dark and Dance music and fulfill your musical lust for the sinister and mysterious.
Simpatico - WSPN
162 Edie Rd. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Sunday mornings from 9AM to Noon - a place where you can hear a whole lotta Folk, a little bit of Bluegrass & a hint of the Blues!
Mostly Folk - WIOX
PO Box 100, Roxbury, NY 12474
Folk music weekdays from 10am-12pm.
Acoustic Planet - CHES
Box 881, Erin, ON NOB 1T0
Features Folk, Roots and Acoustic music in their many forms from both established and emerging artists. Artists or management wishing to submit music for consideration for airplay should send a CD and information sheet to the above mailing address.
An online radio service based in the UK providing a wide range of music in various genres. Please include a bio along with your submissions or press kit along with ID tags on your MP3s. Please supply your songs with a bitrate of 128. Visit our website to find which show/contact fits YOUR style of music.
2.2 RADIO PROMOTERS
SECTION THREE: SERVICES/VENDORS/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC
3.1 SERVICES - PROMOTION/PUBLICITY
1 Way Public Relations
PO Box 116250, Carrollton, TX 75011
Dr. Kenneth Love
In addition to producing powerful, original, instructional and career-informative YouTube videos for musicians and recording artists, 1 Way Public Relations distributes press releases for artists of all genres on state, regional and national levels. 1 Way PR also produces and edits music videos, provides music career consultation and carries musician tools that dramatically boost music careers.
God's Country Promotions
Doug Hudson email@example.com
Promoting the best in Christian Country, Country Gospel and Southern Gospel music!
Grit PR & Consulting
14300 NE 20th Ave. #102-364, Vancouver, WA 98686
We offer low-cost services to artists in the areas of publicity, marketing and promotion. Our commitment to our artists continues to exceed expectations and shatter preconceived notions about those on the "business" side of music and the arts.
Elise Anne firstname.lastname@example.org
We will create exposure for your album with PR, publicity, marketing and radio promotion. A major label campaign on an indie budget.
We are a full service management group with in-house booking, graphics, recording, videography, publicity and more. We cater to mostly Metal and Rock.
Our team offers general management, consulting, photography and assists with bookings, promotions and PR/brand recognition. Our company is based in Michigan with coverage from coast to coast.
Elite Artist Services
7905 N. Rte. 130, Pennsauken, NJ 08110-1402
PH: 800-468-9353 x5552 FX: 856-661-3450
Created to offer infrastructure support for major artists who want to go independent. The formula is simple: you own all the rights and you generate all the revenues. We simply collect a nominal service fee to manufacture, distribute, and sell your product. Best of all, you are always in charge. Consider us your privately owned record label - without the label constraints.
A music promotion site that provides new and upcoming Hip Hop and R&B artists with promotional assistance. Audio Hype provides different features for our users to interact with. Artists have the ability to upload their music and share it with their fans. Our video section provides storage for recorded music or in studio performances. We at Audio Hype also aim to provide upcoming artists a medium to further develop their music, and help them build a larger fan base.
Paina B Music Marketing
E. Alexcina Brown
Various artists have that quality talent but not the proper promotional schemes, campaigns, and branding to get them to the forefront where their music can be heard as well as the tools to keep them relevant within the industry. Our company works to reach our client's target market for distribution purposes and to further their career by grabbing the attention of consumers, major distribution deals and media. Services include consultations marketing plan/strategy development, social media development/maintenance, website maintenance, media kit development and distribution, contest/fan club promotions, new project release marketing plans/campaigns and public relations.
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!
The Musicians and Authors Media Group (MAMG)
1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Promotes the works of established and emerging musicians and authors through our custom promotional print and website programs.
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.
3.2 SERVICES - LABELS, DISTRIBUTORS AND ONLINE VENDORS
848 N. Rainbow Blvd. #889, Las Vegas, NV 89107
PH: 800-704-7101 FX: 800-705-5716
Allan Carter email@example.com
An artist friendly, independent record label created to help talented, interesting, creative and passionate artists record and promote their music, develop their brand and image and increase their exposure to a larger audience. Our focus includes, but is not limited to Punk, Funk and aggressive Indie Rock.
Cherokee Valley Records
Doug Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org
Promoting the BEST in Independent Country Music.
SECTION FOUR: SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
The new video and social network for music and unsigned bands with cash prizes and music video charts. Beat 100 is a space where musicians, bands and fans can come to listen, vote and connect for the latest rising stars in the world of music. Are you a musician, artist, singer or in a band waiting for your time to shine? Want to be in the spotlight for once with people recognizing your talent whilst at the same time gaining exposure? Upload and broadcast your music videos and MP3 music files through Beat100.com and be rewarded in return, it really couldn't be any easier. Beat 100 is a completely free and fresh way to be seen, heard and rewarded, connect, make and follow friends whilst sharing & discovering media from unearthed talent that's otherwise very hard to find.
A service that helps artists connect to music fans. By way of our remarkable and embeddable widget, artists and fans can work together, exchanging music for a little information and giving fans ways to share music from artists they like. NoiseTrade helps artists in a variety of ways. In the short term, you are able to freely distribute your music online, and enable your fans to virally promote it. You also capture fan information (email and postal code) and make money from fan donations. This leads to the long term benefit. The more you know about your fans the easier it becomes to make your living. For instance, knowing your fan's postal codes means knowing where your fans are, touring accordingly, and inviting those local fans to the shows. You can also make meaningful connections with your fans online and promote additional albums or merchandise.
The premier music cross platform (social, mobile, etc.) application that exponentially increases the discovery, promotion & distribution of music, videos and ringtones created and owned by indie artists and labels.
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
11410 NE 124th St. #427, Kirkland, WA 98034-4305
Our mission is to create a common ground where all musicians from all cultures and experience levels can meet, play music and exchange ideas. At Bandating.com we offer a safe, convenient and SMART talent matching and networking site built by musicians for musicians, songwriters, professional and amateur players, bands and anyone else in the music industry who would like to connect with them. Find a peer to jam with. Hire a musician or band. Discover fresh talent.
SECTION SIX: HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
6.1 RESOURCES - GENERAL
Battle of the Bands TV Show
Attention Metro Washington DC artists, we are putting together a regular community TV show, tentatively called "Battle of the Bands" based on live performances taking place in over 30 cafes, pubs and restaurants each week. If you are a Metro DC artist or band, please get in touch and we'll try to arrange an appearance on our show.
Songwriters can take control of their music publishing and related rights by streamlining the complex process of registering and protecting song copyrights, collecting royalties, maximizing licensing opportunities and tracking where their songs are being used around the world.
A website that lists current opportunities and projects for musicians to learn about, and if interested, submit their music to.
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.
6.2 RESOURCES - EDUCATIONAL
The Indie Insider
Created to disseminate news and information for and about the indie music community - exclusively!
Daylle Deanna Schwartz
Music Marketing Manifesto Blog
Advanced strategies, secrets, tactics and tips on selling your music online. @JohnOszajca
6.3 RESOURCES - TOOLS
Our upload/download system is designed to empower independent artists. All are welcome to use this service with the condition that uploads are the property of the site holder or permission has been given from the "owner". You have control of selling or having the music free to download. You can edit all your information online as well as embed photos and YouTube videos.
Wildy's World - Publicity Materials Services
28 Bucyrus Dr. Amherst, NY 14228
Wildy Haskell firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional writer of artist bios, one-sheets, liner notes. I also offer proofing/editing services.
4211 Holland Ave. #107, Dallas, TX 75219
Kedrick Mahoney email@example.com
Publishes potential deals with labels, publishers, managers and producers that are looking to sign new acts and material across all commercial genres.
A free web service which allows you to sell your digital music online and keep 100% of your sales. You can sell and promote your digital music to your fans on Facebook, SoundCloud, VibeDeck and your own website.
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.
A user-friendly, feature-rich, online newsletter management program for novices and professionals alike.
6.4 RESOURCES - ORGANIZATIONS
The Sing Me a Story Foundation
Children in children's hospitals, orphanages and youth organizations across the country and around the world are given the opportunity to write and illustrate stories about ANYTHING they want. Those stories are then uploaded to our website through the collaboration of the partnering organization and The Sing Me A Story Foundation. Participating songwriters view the stories, turn them into songs, record them and send them back to the children by uploading them back to the site. By doing so, not only is it on the site, but the partnering organization gets an e-mail with the song attached as an MP3.
SECTION SEVEN: THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE |
Negotiation Technique: Playing for the Door-How to Make Sure Everyone Pays
by Jeri Goldstein, Performingbiz.com
© 2013 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
Percentage gigs or playing for the door is often one way to break into a new market or play new venues. Your biggest challenge is to get accurate audience counts when a door person is collecting the money, rather than a box office.
It's difficult for you to prepare for your show and keep tabs on the door. That is certainly true when it is a bar gig with multiple sets and people coming in throughout the night. The club or venue usually takes care of collecting the money with one of their employees, so whew you don't have to worry about that, or do you?
Yes, it's great that someone else is responsible, but the money collector doesn't work for you, they work for the venue. They have the venue's interests in mind and not necessarily yours. The money collector probably lives in town and may be familiar with a lot of the people who frequent the venue, whereas if you are a touring artist you may just be passing through.
So here are some problems to be aware of and some solutions to begin using on your very next percentage or door gig.
1. You neglect to discuss who collects and how the money is collected at the time you book the gig.
2. The money collector, if provided by the venue, may have friends that they let in for free. There goes some of your income.
3. They may only collect for the first part of the night and not the full night. This accounts for a bunch of lost income.
4. They may pocket some money, after all who would know, and only report a fraction of the real income to the club owner.
5. They may report all the money to the club owner, but the club owner may only report a fraction of the income to you.
1. Include a discussion of money collection in all of your negotiations. Let the booker know that you have some ideas to discuss with them, in a non-confrontational manner, regarding the money collecting process.
2. Buy a tally hand counter either manual or electronic, ranging from $6.-$16. They have them at office supply stores or many online outlets, just Google "tally hand counter."
3. If you have not negotiated providing your own money collector then, get your own door monitor whose job is to stand next to the money collector and click the hand counter each time a person pays, and makes sure that all of the people are paying. Most of your travel entourage probably has their responsibilities laid out for them, so you might want to tap some of the following folks for this job.
If you have a loyal friend, family member or fan in the town where you are playing, ask them to be your door monitor for the night or even to come to a number of local gigs in their area. You can offer to pay them with free tickets to the show, in CDs, in merchandise or even with an hourly wage. Believe me; they are worth their weight in gold! The difference you will see in your income will astound you. They can confirm that those on your comp list are the only one's let in for free. The counter numbers can confirm the exact number of paid people when you settle your money for the night.
Ask to meet the money collector before the gig starts, introduce them to your counter person/door monitor so there are no questions, control issues or weirdness when people start coming in. They are now officially on notice that you are in charge and watching out for your business.
4. Make sure the money collector is collecting money at the door until one-half hour before the end of your last set. If you want to collect a lower ticket fee for the last set of the night, that should have been negotiated when you booked the date. Most venues stop collecting money much earlier in the night, resulting in less income for you.
These four steps, when done consistently, will increase your income on those playing-for-the-door gigs. Try it on your next percentage gig and track the results for yourself.
After 20 years of working as an agent and manager, Jeri Goldstein authored the award-winning book, "How To Be Your Own Booking Agent: A Performing Artist's Guide To A Successful Touring Career."
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