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|
We write reviews, features, and promote Independent and unsigned bands and musicians as much as we can. Are you in a really kick-ass band? It's tough to get noticed, so we'd like to help. Fill out our online form and we'll give you a listen, and if we like you, we'll write up something really spiffy for you to brag about! Please note, submitting your band does not guarantee that we'll write a review for you, it just means we'll give you a listen. You'll have to "wow" us with your music for a review. For the sake of ease, we prefer that you direct us to a site where we can STREAM your music (i.e. Your Site, Reverb, Bandcamp, SoundCloud). This is useful if we write a review for you so we can embed your music player with your review. If your music isn't able to be streamed, bands and artists may submit up to 3 files for us to listen to. We do NOT want you to send us a CD.
PO Box 839, Keyport, WA 98345
Markus Druery firstname.lastname@example.org
Features music reviews primarily for independent artists, but also supports music publicists, labels and pr firms.
Calle Q #20, La Agustina, Santo Domingo, 10516, Dominican Republic
Rafael Jovine email@example.com
We publish simple, sometimes deep reviews and interviews. We listen to all the albums we receive.
Go Hard Magazine
13 Berry St. Montrose PA 18801
Grady Slade firstname.lastname@example.org
Music blog that reviews Hip Hop and R&B artists.
Gundelsheimer Str. 22, 96052 Bamberg, Germany
Ska and Reggae related magazine, community and download store!
PO Box 46762, Kansas City, MO 64188
PH: 206-666-4038 FX: 208-379-6621
A new online entertainment news magazine that is published bi-monthly and will feature news stories and bios of independent Christian and Gospel artists and their ministries.
SECTION TWO: RADIO STATIONS, SHOWS AND PROMOTERS
2.1 RADIO - STATIONS AND SHOWS
Sunset Island Music Radio Show
DJ Frankie V
We help indie and unsigned music artists worldwide by offering services, organizing events, and promoting bands through our radio show.
7001 Seaview Ave. NW, #160-225, Seattle, WA 98117
An internet radio station that encourages and features Rock, Indie Rock, Pop & Blues artists.
La Nuit des Sauriens 90.1 FM
10 rue Carnot, 89100 Sens, France
Patrick Pincot email@example.com
On the air since 1985 !! Ambient, Industrial, Noise, Improvised, Unusual, Electroacoustic and Indie music. Your productions are welcome for broadcasting! To find out if your music fits our show, please view our playlists. Send submissions to our mailing address.
Kong Monster Rock
I am jonesing for great Rock bands. I will not only play music from up and coming artists, I'll also invite them to perform live (acoustically) on the air. Please use our online contact form to get in touch.
1800, ave. McGill College, Bureau 2700, Montréal, QC H3A 3J6
We operate 84 licensed radio stations in 50 markets in Canada. From every perspective, including revenues, number of stations and employees, Astral Radio is Canada's largest radio broadcaster. Deeply committed to promoting local music and dedicated to constant renewal and global openness, Astral Radio is a leader in innovative programming.
Fallen Rock Zone
136 Barton Cir.e Bartonsville, PA 18321
Sherry Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
An internet radio show that features independent/unsigned musicians in the Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative genres.
Radio Domination Streaming Network (RDSN)
An international internet radio broadcast network specializing in providing internet, mobile, and on-demand music and entertainment to listeners in 101 different countries around the world. Anyone interested can contact with information about your act and links to your music. Shows feature Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative, Country and Metal.
38521-2 5th Ave. Zephyrhills, FL 33542
#1 station in women's genre on Live365. Send your MP3s to our e-mail address. Pop and Dance format.
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.
2.2 RADIO PROMOTERS
Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion
1828 Broadway, 2nd Fl. Santa Monica, CA 90404
PH: 310-998-8305 FX: 310-998-8323
Indie airplay promotion to commercial, commercial specialty and college radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.
Grit PR & Promotion, LLC
4207 SE Woodstock Bl. #269, Portland, OR 97206
We offer the perfect blend of traditional and web based publicity and promotion services, completely customized to your needs. Grit works with all genres of music and represents Emmy and Latin Grammy nominees. 20+ years experience in the music industry!
Howard Rosen Promotion
521 W. Channel Islands Blvd. #15, Port Hueneme, CA 93041
PH: 805-382-2200 FX: 805-201-7816
Since 1985 We have been helping artists reach their goals of obtaining radio airplay, expanding their fan base, and creating awareness throughout the industry. @Howiewoodpromo
SECTION THREE: SERVICES/VENDORS/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC
3.1 SERVICES - PROMOTION/PUBLICITY
PH: +61(0)403 997 278
Australian service that specializes in placing new music by Indie artists to visual media projects. We license music to advertising commercials, TV shows, films, documentaries, web videos, fashion clips, sports events, computer games, corporate communications & new media projects. Our catalogue is full of new music releases with killer tracks by Indie artists from around the world. We are a "one stop shop" with full clearance rights for all the music in our catalogue. We also provide music clearance, music supervision & music branding services. Playup is always looking for hot new music to add to our catalogue. Please note that we only work with new release albums and EPs. Please do not e-mail us MP3s. Please e-mail us some basic information and LINKS to streaming music. We do listen to all music that is submitted to us. Please note that we cannot reply to all submissions.
Sound Mindz Entertainment
1225 Bush Cir. Birmingham, AL 35208
Tony Gideon email@example.com
We work with artists with music in genres of Southern Soul, Blues, Gospel, and R&B. Sound Mindz and its family of artists work closely together to bring to the entertainment industry music that is love by many worldwide. Sound Mindz executives and staff have many years of experience in the entertainment industry and business, so they are working hard to bring even better music to people everywhere. Music that will last a life time for young and old.
Carrie Hill Public Relations
Whether you need a mini-campaign, on-demand services or a full service package, Carrie Hill Public Relations offers everything you need to jump start your publicity, and create a great relationship with the media through honest, personalized representation. At Carrie Hill Public Relations, there is nothing more fulfilling in the field, than seeing a client introduced and accepted by the media for their specialized industry contributions. If you have something interesting, unique and press worthy to share with the media-you are always welcome at Carrie Hill Public Relations.
3718 Stocksbridge Dr. Sugar Land, TX 77479
PH: 888-603-1999 x3
Offers effective digital PR for Hip Hop and R&B artists. We enable clients to reach more consumers and target wider audiences through effective digital PR services. Specializing in demographics research, e-mail blasts, press release distribution to music blogs, magazines and reviews for Urban based music.
PO Box 948, Georgetown, KY 40324
Dave Knoch firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent PR firm specializing in all levels of press awareness and media management for Heavy Metal and Hard Rock artists.
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157, Hollywood, CA 90093
PH: 323-806-0400 FX: 323-462-0829
Created to bridge the gap of companies working directly with music artists and entertainment based projects who are in need of additional marketing support. MHP also focuses on non-music ventures such as corporate brand building, cosmetics, gaming, sports and other industries. MHP's goal is to elevate your product or artist to a higher ground in an expedient timeframe by exposing them to new and existing online audiences. MHP also focuses on taking our campaigns one step further by cross-promoting all traditional methods of marketing with online opportunities for further outreach. @MilesHigh
110 West 26th St., New York, NY 10001-6805
PH: 212-645-3068 FX: 212-989-6459
We broker intellectual properties (sell major gold & platinum recording artists music publishing catalogues and catalogues of masters). We also represent bands, groups, singers, songwriters, musicians, composers, music producers and music managers, to independent music labels, production companies and major recording labels. We provide music publishing deals, music licensing deals, film music deals, TV music deals, and record distribution, as well as non-exclusive, non-commission *personal* music consultant services to help your career.
3.2 SERVICES - LABELS, DISTRIBUTORS AND ONLINE VENDORS
Dagger Sight Records
D.I.Y. Punk Rock record label.
SECTION FOUR: SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
iFame TV (Independent Film and Music Entertainment)
Hip Hop and Dance Music television. Our goal is to bring back the uniqueness of the music and movie TV network and make it all about the artists and the TV content. We specialize in breaking new independent TV shows, incredible new music artists, groundbreaking movies, plus intertwining a hot fresh feel with some classic music programming. To submit your video, please fill out our online form and include a LINK to see the footage.
2399 Blake St. #170, Denver, CO 80205
The world's largest music store for DJs, now features "Baseware" - a new digital music distribution company focused on emerging artists, producers and labels. Baseware expands the opportunities and simplifies the process of packaging, distributing, and selling music through Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Stompy, mobile and tablet applications and other retail platforms. Our mixes platform has emerged from invite-only status, now allowing any DJ in the world to upload, share and sell their mixes.
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
A place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users. We're here to provide a place where people can collectively determine the value of content and we're changing the way people consume information online.
SECTION SIX: HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
6.1 RESOURCES - GENERAL
The Music Licensing Directory
A revolutionary new tool created for artists, bands, producers, record labels & industry professionals that lists & analyzes more than 400 companies globally that license music into Film, TV, Advertising, Games and Brands.The Music Licensing Directory provides a fast and simple way to get your music heard by hundreds of music supervisors for Film & Television and to easily connect your music with Advertising and Brands. You can also submit to opportunities for getting your music licensed and learn how to make money with your music with a unique and easy-to-read Guide Book to music licensing.
Alive Network Entertainment Agency
Ground Fl. Silk Mill Studios, Princess St., Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1DD UK
PH: 0845-108-5500 FX: 0845-226-3119
Rich Hearn firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK's largest supplier of live music to private events, weddings and corporate functions.
1085 Commonwealth Ave. #322, Boston, MA 02215
Dedicated to providing the highest quality restoration. We offer the highest quality stereo and 5.1 pre-mastering, CD, CD Enhanced, and DVD-A authoring and full audio restoration. Our staff is exceptional at giving our clients the best quality and service, guiding them through the final phase of their sonic process with ease and expertise. We are uniquely equipped to provide the highest quality mastering available anywhere. We have the expertise, equipment, and skills to achieve the full sound potential of your album. As more and more artists are choosing to record in project and home studios, high-quality professional mastering in an acoustically accurate room has never been more important. Working at Peerless' state-of-the-art studios with our highly trained engineers, you can realize your sonic vision and make your recording sound as full, warm, punchy, and clear as possible. We will guide you through every step of this final phase of your project, and you will be truly amazed when you hear how incredible your music can sound. @PeerlessMaster
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
IC Virtual Music Conference & Expo
2720 Old Lebanon Rd. #108, Nashville, TN 37214
The world's only global online music conference! Indie Connect is bringing Independent artists and music professionals from around the globe together online for 3 days of live high-level networking, education and business development! The event features an artist expo where artists and record labels can showcase their act and their music to the industry (live and/or with video). There is also a global music industry trade show where music-related businesses can introduce their products or services to thousands of artists worldwide (live and/or with video). There will be 50+ presentations on how to be a more successful artist or musician from industry experts across the globe.. There will be moderated, topic-based and general chats, as well as contests, giveaways, games and much more!
136 Barton Circle Bartonsville, PA 18321
Sherry Thomas email@example.com
A monthly column in Rock Thiz Magazine that features independent/unsigned musicians and tips from heavy hitters in the music industry.
Daylle Deanna Schwartz
Music Marketing Manifesto Blog
Advanced strategies, secrets, tactics and tips on selling your music online. @JohnOszajca
6.3 RESOURCES - TOOLS
Your Band Is A Virus! Expanded Edition
The bigger and better version of the best selling book "Your Band Is A Virus - Behind-the-Scenes & Viral Marketing for the Independent Musician". At double the size of its predecessor, it is the ultimate music marketing guide for serious independent musicians and bands.
3131 N. Franklin St., Indianapolis, IN 46226
Looking for new record sleeves, special mailing boxes for vinyl records, record cleaner, CD or record supplies of all types, Audio-technica turntables, headphones or...just want to take a peek at the latest retro-looking record players, radios, or jukeboxes from the old/new CROSLEY RADIO Company? We have it all! record & CD players and turntables, record cabinets & stands, headphones, jukeboxes for CDs, radios and CD & DVD supplies
A user-friendly, feature-rich, online newsletter management program for novices and professionals alike.
6.4 RESOURCES - AUDIO
DIAMONDISC AUDIO - "Where Audio Meets Art"
204 Still Water Cir. Nashville, TN 37221
A full-service multimedia company specializing in Audio and CD Mastering services as well as Stereo Mixing, CD/DVD Duplication and Replication, Video Editing, DVD & Blu-ray Authoring, Graphic Design, Website Design, Music Supervision, Composing, Publishing and more. We are dedicated to providing top-quality creative services, excellent customer care, and affordable prices to independent artists and small businesses. Let us help you put those finishing touches on your final mixes in the all-important Mastering stage. You're going to want your project to be equivalent to those found in record stores when it comes to Volume Level, EQ, Compression, etc. - that's where we come in!
6.5 RESOURCES - ORGANIZATIONS
The most progressive and efficient music rights management company in Europe. Born in England, Soundreef decided to revolutionize the way in which royalties from the use background music are collected and distributed. We offer an alternative option to Performing Rights Organizations and national Collecting Societies for the European territories. We are a young and dynamic group of experts from the record, advertising and services industries.
SECTION SEVEN: THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE |
Music Career Killers: Sure Ways to Ruin Your Chances of Success!
by Chris Rockett, Music Marketing Classroom
© 2013 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
Every hour of every day, there's a talented musician somewhere on the planet who makes the decision to put their artistic side on the back burner in favor of a more stable career. Although they vow they will pursue music in their spare time, just this simple mindset shift could mean that writing songs and playing gigs will always take a back seat to almost everything else in life.
In a way, it hurts too much to do music when you make this decision because it reminds you of all the dreams you had and gives you the feeling of being a failure. Even the most committed musicians can be ground down to nothing after years of playing empty shows and sending out hundreds of demos with no reply. But once you start to recognize the common mistakes you're making, you will be able to avoid them and get on with the real work of consistently creating music that your fans will appreciate.
Music Career Killer #1: Not working on your music every day
You can spend your whole life learning music marketing and still fail if you don't have great music to promote, but you can suck at marketing and still do well if your music is on point. The ideal, though, is to find that perfect balance between marketing and music creation.
Commit to working on your music skills for an hour a day, and do your marketing in any additional time that you can spare. It can help to make this into a little game, so every once in a while go back three months in time on your YouTube channel and see the kinds of songs you were writing then. Over that time period, you can really start to notice an improvement if you work on your music and songwriting daily.
Music Career Killer #2: Not selling anything
So many musicians drop the ball at this stage: they produce great music, but then feel bad and don't ask people to take the next step to buy something. Or they do try and sell, but because they don't feel comfortable, they get nervous and do a poor job of it.
So if you don't currently have anything for sale on your website, then don't do anything else until you do. It can be as simple as a $5 per month subscription to get a song of the week delivered to their inbox.
Music Career Killer #3: Not taking at least one marketing action everyday
I've mentioned the importance of daily progress with your music, but just as important is the power of doing one thing per day that will get your music out into the world and in front of a targeted, interested fan. See, music marketing is like trying to push a car with your bare hands. At first it seems like it won't budge, but then you start to get a little movement and before you know it, you're going at a steady and predictable pace. Once in a while, you'll come across a hill where you can sit back and let things roll, all you have to do is steer. But if you just start to push for five seconds then stop for a few days, then come back and try again for five minutes, you will never build up enough momentum and it will never get easy.
One of the biggest challenges that faces the modern DIY musician is consistency, because things will come up in your life that seem more fun or more important than working on your marketing.
But a little bit of focus on one really cool project can work like magic – all you need to do is remember why it's important and why you decided to start learning music marketing in the first place. For me, it's being able to work for myself and staying out of the rat race. I find that idea always allows me to refocus on what's important.
Music Career Killer #4: Boring your fans and playing it safe
I can't tell you how many times I have seen this happen. You go to a show and see a band rocking out some amazing tunes, but each time you see them, they just continue to play the same old set over and over again. The bottom line is that one set of good songs does not make a career.
Make sure you write something new everyday, and the gems will come by default. You'll be showing people considering an investment into your music (a fan, a record company) that you are making a commitment to being consistently productive now and in the future.
Music Career Killer #5: Playing every crap gig you get offered
When you first start out you might as well play every show that comes along because this is valuable experience, and can even save you some money on the practice room. This becomes a career killer, though, when you continue to play every bad show that comes along in the hopes that it might just convert one new fan.
Playing to empty rooms with no pay not only sucks, but it's also like a cancer to your career because it will destroy your enthusiasm. Next time you get offered a bad show, turn it down and spend the evening connecting working toward getting a killer show. One really good gig is worth a hundred empty venues.
Music Career Killer #6: Getting jealous of other musicians
Nobody feels great about getting jealous, but it's natural right? You work your tail off for months to try and get hits to your site, and then you see another musician getting featured in the press and you know that in one day they are going to get more hits than you got in the last three months. I'm sure you may have felt something like this at some point.
But if you just make a little mindset shift, you can get a new perspective on the success of others. When you see another musician doing something cool like getting played on the radio, getting signed, or getting press, think to yourself, "Cool, that means I have the opportunity to do the same thing, because this guy has just uncovered another opportunity for me to market my own music."
If you go as far as to track other musicians who have a similar fan base to your own using Google Alerts, you can get daily updates offering new opportunities for you to connect with people who will be open to what you do because they just featured something similar. This follow up approach is something I call the "slip stream," because you get to ride on the wave of the work done by other musicians and PR companies and it can take a lot of the guess work out of your marketing.
Shoot For The Tipping Point
There comes a time in the life of every successful musician, when you have added so much value to the world that suddenly your Twitter and Facebook numbers are going up everyday, and your website traffic is increasing by itself.
This is the point at which enthusiastic fans start to become like your automatic promotion machine, and if you give up before this ever happens you will never know what it feels like.
Having reached "The Tipping Point" you can scale back your music promotion a little bit, and focus much more on the creative process.
Diligently promoting your music on a regular basis for an extended period of time will bring you great rewards, especially if you keep these killers in mind and stay on your toes.
As Bon Jovi once said ...
"Oh you got to KEEP THE FAITH!!!"
This article is excerpted from "Music Career Killers! 20 Things That May Be Holding You Back In Your Music Career and How To Fight Back!" a white paper released by Music Marketing Classroom.com. The mission of the Music Marketing Classroom is to empower musicians to create a sustainable income, even with a modest music career, and teaches a simple four-step marketing philosophy to achieve that goal. Learn more at
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