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- February 2003 -

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. The Written Agreement Amongst Band Members PART I by Entertainment Lawyer, John Tormey
8. 25 Things To Remember About Record Distribution PART I by Christopher Knab














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- Adam Goldberg, North Easton, MA

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The winner of the CD Trophy Clock (for more information visit http://www.cdstands.com/index.shtml?icn ) is:
- Darren Browne, Toronto, ON

The winners of the Galaris Musician's Directory (for more information visit http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?icb ) are:
- Ash Pocock, Buckinghamshire, England
- Dan Cunningham, Morgantown, WV

The winner of the Enjoymusic Enjoylife shirt (for more information visit http://www.enjoymusic.com ) is:
- Eric Cavanaugh, Charlotte, NC

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the February Edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

In the first article this month, John Tormey, an Entertainment Lawyer based out of New York City, presents the first installment of a two-part article emphasizing the importance of having a written "Agreement Amongst Band Members" (AABM). John suggests that no band member should skip the AABM if the band member takes his or her band (or career) seriously.

In this month's second article, music business consultant, author and lecturer, Christopher Knab, presents a number of extremely helpful insights about the "Distribution" side of the music business. Distribution is always a confusing topic, and Christopher lays out the key points for us in an easy-to-understand manner.

I'd also like to welcome a new sponsor this month. Enjoymusic Enjoylife is presenting one free shirt every month (the style of shirt is chosen by the winner of this prize). Enjoymusic Enjoylife is the music lover's very own clothing company. http://www.enjoymusic.com

You may remember that I warned you a few months ago about a rogue company called Bulkworks. They have since change their name to VendorPro.com, so watch out for any contact from this company! The bottom line is that they won't sell any CDs for you, regardless of how many times they change their name.

On a happier note, I will be hosting a panel at the Global Entertainment and Media Summit http://www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com at the end of the month (my panel actually takes place Sat. March 1st). I've asked 3 successful Independent artists to join me and share their secrets to success. It's important that today's Independent artists realize that they CAN make a good living if they go about things in an appropriate manner. Panelists include artists Elza Mueller, Valerie Ghent, Gary Jules and author Daylle Deanna Schwartz.

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 February issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor
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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in January. 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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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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Is This Music?
Stuart McHugh editor@isthismusic.com
http://www.isthismusic.com
Scotland's newest and only glossy music mag. 100's of reviews and a free CD monthly.

The Female Musician
Theresa J. Orlando fm@femalemusician.com
http://www.femalemusician.com
FM consists of: an electronic monthly publication, "Listen, Learn & Groove" a CD/educational clinic series, & FM Digital Studio. FM's electronic monthly publication offers interviews & CDreviews with commercial and independent artists. Free classifieds for musicians. Offers paid & non paid areas for cd review & interview placement.

Long Gone Loser
damo@longgoneloser.com
http://www.longgoneloser.com
Australian music magazine. If you wish to be featured in Long Gone Loser, please send a press kit and all that jive that sounds wanky but all bands do it and we'll give it all a whirl and be in contact with you if we dig it. Feel free to also send anything for review. Please don't send us religious music. (I apologize for having the wrong contact info last month!..editor)

Pork TarTare
Rebecca Hill rebecca@porktartare.com
http://www.porktartare.com
A Los Angeles online magazine devoted to the Sounds, Sights, Eats, and Living of all things not yet discovered. I am the music writer and would love to get CDs / tapes, and even records to review.

Incultura
To?o incultura@terra.es
http://fly.to/incultura
A Spanish independent music webzine. Updated daily with interviews, articles, news etc.

Jockrock
Stuart McHugh stuart@vacant.org.uk
http://www.jockrock.org
Scotland's longest running music site. For all things Caledonian. Reviews, competitions, radio and a very active messageboard.

MP3 Scene
Shauna Skye shaunaskye@hotmail.com
http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/clap/127/mp3scene/index.htm
Harcopy zine covering indie music online.

MusicbOOm
Carlo Crudele musicboom@musicboom.it
http://www.musicboom.it
Italy's best resource for indie music. Covering all genres with experience, knowledge and sheer passion.

SongCritic.com
J Atkinson songcritic@attbi.com
http://www.SongCritic.com
Where fans can download and listen to your song(s) and then post "reviews" of your tune. Also review other Artists.

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Sautee Valley Music
Lee Cooke Lcooke@sauteevalleymusic.com
http://www.sauteevalleymusic.com
Playing "The Blues" around the clock and around the world!

Asylum TV
Susan Hedley asylumtv@hotmail.com
http://www.asylumtv.com
Music television program focussing on independent artists, broadcast in Melbourne, Australia on community television Channel 31. All genres. Overseas submissions welcome. For video clip submission details see http://www.risingstar.com.au/tv.htm

jazz for a sunday night
Barrie Woodey jazz4a@hotmail.com
http://chrw.usc.uwo.ca
CHRW 94.7FM, University of Western Ontario's popular Sunday night Jazz show.

Rock3.co.uk
Ken Collinson collinsonsforever@hotmail.com
http://www.rock3.co.uk
We review and play new and unsigned Bands from the British isles (for free). We have five radio stations that play British rock.

Cyberage Radio
Tommy T tommyt@dsbp.cx
http://www.cyberage.cx
Specializing in all kinds of electronic music and underground sounds.

Today FM
dconway@todayfm.com
http://www.todayfm.com
Ireland's biggest Independent Radio Station. Our format is lively, Bright and Fun.

Some Experiences in Jazz
Robert Fogle robfogle@interactive.rogers.com
http://www.yorku.ca/chry
After 12 years still a great mix of Jazz with heavy Canadian content. Topical guests.

New Artist Radio
tmc@newartistradio.net
http://www.newartistradio.net
We will need a few things from you in order to get your music on our station. The first thing we need is your Promo Packet containing CD, Bio Photo and a letter giving N.A.R. Permission to use your material royalty free for airplay. Three songs will be placed in each artist voting booth. Artist may choose three songs or we will choose them for you. This is a free service to all N.A.R artists. If any artist at anytime would like to add more songs or exchange songs in their voting booth they can do so for .99 cents per song.

XM Satellite Radio
http://unsigned.xmradio.com
We scout the entire country for amazing new sounds that the recording industry hasn't discovered yet or won't go near. We find them playing in basements, garages and coffee bars. And their music will blow you away.

Broad and Cast Live
info@broadandcast.com
http://www.broadandcast.com
Attention New Artists From around the World - GET AIR PLAY!!! GET NOTICED!!! BCL's mission is to entertain and promote new independant artists. If you're one, send your CD, your Bio and a letter of permission granting us royalty free play of your music.

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NYRock.com...
Featuring services for indie musicians such as gig listings, cd reviews, concert reviews, more. While you're there, check out the latest music news on artists such as Eminem, Missy Elliott, Courtney Love, and David Bowie. Plus interviews with Andrew WK, Red Hot Chili Peppers, more. http://nyrock.com
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4. ONLINE SERVICES/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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SugarMamaPR.com
J. Johnson indie@sugarmamapr.com
http://sugarmamapr.com
Got Promo? SugarMamaPR.com makes it all better with intimate clientele, a wealth of online content, and schmooze you can use!

Dirtbag Music
Todd Newman todd@dirtbagclothing.com
http://www.dirtbagmusic.com
All about helping the DIY band that just needs a break. DIRTBAGMUSIC.COM will do what we can to help out.

The Seventeen Music Group
Marty Hollands theseventeenmusicgroup@ntlworld.com
http://theseventeenmusicgroup.co.uk
Independent Songwriting Artist and Production Resource and Label.

DecadentArtWorks.com
David Goodman davidgoodman@decadentartworks.com
http://www.decadentartworks.com
An independent South Florida music label dedicated to pushing the edge of music.

DSBP (Ditch Sex Buy Product)
Tommy T dsbp@dsbp.cx
http://www.dsbp.cx
America's most potent hard elektro / harsh industrial label. Specializing in elektro-industrial, EBM, power noise, synthpop, experimental and underground music.

Prostar U.K. A&R Talent Scouts
David Priest enquiries@prostaruk.co.uk
http://www.prostaruk.co.uk
Searching for unsigned Acts for major & Independent Record Companies.

Jazz Promo Services
Jim Eigo info@jazzpromoservices.com
http://www.jazzpromoservices.com
With over twenty five years experience in the Jazz business, we are uniquely qualified to advise artists on career development, self-producing, and media campaigns. Our experience enables us to work closely with record labels and Jazz organizations as well to help you plan a cost effective campaign that gets results by budgeting and assisting with production, promotion, marketing and distribution.

Notorious Marketing & Promotion
Liz Koch aka Notorious L.I.Z. notorious@notoriousradio.com
http://www.notoriousradio.com
I promote bands to New Music shows on Commercial Radio. I get your music heard or at least get you feedback.

Solid Ground Records
Jesse Morales jecjam@solidgroundrecords.com
http://www.solidgroundrecords.com
New hip hop indie out of central Cali. Site is a must see!!!! Phat Graphics!!

Three Hot Chicks Promotions
Robyn robynm@threehotchicks.com
http://www.threehotchicks.com
We are a promotions company based out of Philadelphia. Our purpose is to spread the word about local musicians.

KMB Records
Ken Wells KMBRecords@aol.com
http://www.kmbrecords.com
Our mission is to provide a haven for those seeking an escape from the mindless over-played music mainstream radio offers.We are always looking for more artists! KMB Records is currently involved in a major compilation project called "Sound Diversions."

Desert Rock Promotions
Benjamin Niebla II desertrock@desertrockpromotions.com
http://www.desertrockpromotions.com
Hard Rock / Heavy metal music company based in Southern California. We deal in Band Management, Public Relations, Mexico Radio Airplay, A&R, CD Reviews.

Titan Entertainment Inc.
Jim Devericks jkdtitan@earthlink.net
http://www.titan-entertainment.net
A music entertainment company that specializes in artist management, music consulting, publishing, manufacturing & marketing/promotion of music by talented artists of various backgrounds. Titan Entertainment Inc. develops, manages and publishes artists within the music and entertainment industry. We discover new and emerging talent and then introduce that talent to various record industry contacts in hopes of obtaining a recording contract.

Prose Productions
Jason Broadwater jb@proseproductions.com
http://www.proseproductions.com
Label for independent musicians, artist, and writers.

Halogen Records
Halogen Records info@halogenrecords.com
http://www.halogenrecords.com
Independent record label based in Vermont. Grassroots promotion, marketing, distribution and manufacture.

Reason Y
Moe moe@reasonY.com
http://www.reasonY.com
Online support, promotion, and distribution for up and coming independent bands of all styles and genres.

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New Robyn Hitchcock tribute CD: http://wampus.com/robyn.html
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IMC2003 ANNOUNCES SHOWCASE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE

The first ever Independent Music Conference, a national conference by and for indie musicians, has begun accepting Showcase Performance Workshop applications from those interested in performing at the event.

The event promises to be radically different from typical music conferences in many ways, not the least of which is its DIY ethos. Organized and presented entirely by indie musicians and organizations, the IMC2003 will focus most heavily on education. Even the showcases have been upgraded to "Performance Workshops" to maximize the learning value of this event for its attendees.

Artists wishing to be considered are encouraged to visit the web site where information and a printable application form can be found: http://www.IMC2003.com

If you need more info, you may call anytime: (203)606-4649
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5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s OR VIDEOS

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The Women of MP3.com
J Johnson sugar@sugarmamapr.com
http://mp3.com/womenofmp3
Dedicated to promoting the advancement and achievements of women in the music industry. Free MP3s--for artists, and music lovers.

GigAmerica
info@gigamerica.net
http://www.gigamerica.net
Submit your music for our College Tours, Venue Showcases, Music Television Program, etc. If selected, your band will gain exposure that money cannot buy. Featured Artists routinely have their songs downloaded 2,000 times in a week.

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MidPoint Music Festival Announces Opening of Registration for 2003

Last year close to 10,000 music fans watched over 150 bands and solo artists perform at this three-day independent music showcase and industry conference. 2003 looks to be even bigger and better. Go to http://www.mpmf.com and register online NOW. Online registration ends Friday, April 25. See what all the noise is about!

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Seriously Groovin.Org
Jason Rowley jrowley@groovin.org
http://www.groovin.org
Allows independant artists the place to post information about their band as well as gig dates and more.

The Songwriter's Tip Jar
Robert Cote robert@songwriterstipjar.com
http://www.songwriterstipjar.com
FREE weekly ezine focused on helping craft a better song. Full of juicy, creative songwriting tips and eye-opening ideas.

Dirtbag Music
Todd Newman todd@dirtbagclothing.com
http://www.dirtbagmusic.com
The one stop marketing/merchandising site for up and coming bands!

Koala Bear Studios
Kelly McTiernan kelly@kbearstudios.com
http://www.kbearstudios.com
We promote and feature new local talent from the greater Los Angeles area. Record free if your music has merit!

Forever Unholy Productions: The Business Of Rock And Roll
Jon Dunmore dunmore_ego@foreverunholy.com
http://www.foreverunholy.com
For all your rock and roll business: CD & Video Production, Create Press kits and merchandise, Online listings for Bands and Musicians, Photography, Tutors, Graphic Arts, Live entertainment for Special Events, Web Design. Get Listed - or Get Serviced!

The Artist Couch Exchange
Audra Coldiron audra@couchexchange.org
http://couchexchange.org
A network of independent artists and supporters who offer free lodging to other independent touring artists.

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7. THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT AMONGST BAND MEMBERS by John Tormey III
? 2003 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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I have seen references to the above-mentioned document as both "Inter-Band Agreement", and "Intra-Band Agreement". Rather than initiate any argument with grammarians as to which term is correct - although "intra" is probably technically closer to the mark - let's simply call this all-important document the "Agreement Amongst Band Members"; or, "AABM", for short. (As for the grammarians who want to debate the use of "amongst" versus "among", well... you can discuss this amongst yourselves!)

Now, on to the issues of interest to musicians who might be reading this article.

If one is a musician playing in a multi-member band, is an AABM needed?

Absolutely, yes.

There are some parallels to an agreement amongst band members, on the one hand; and a pre-nuptial agreement between prospective spouses, on the other hand. But I actually find the case for having an AABM more compelling than a pre-nup. A marriage should be a function of love. A band formation, on the other hand, is often a commercial exercise - with perhaps some attendant art and love themes to it, playing in the background.

Written agreements should be considered required for any collaborative commercial endeavor between 2 or more people. One should use one's discretion as to whether or not to skip the pre-nup - after all, the prospective spouse could get insulted, if he/she originally thought the other spouse was in it for love only. But no band member should skip the AABM if the band member takes his or her band or career seriously. And no one band member should ask another to leap into a state of blind trust, in default of a good operative document.

If the band formation is not viewed as a commercial exercise, then I suppose the band members can simply agree on a handshake, and then gig for free in the subways. However, the majority of bands that I hear from, are concerned about their financial, as well as their artistic, futures. Many are trying to find a way to become economically self- sufficient on music alone, while preparing to quit their "day jobs". This result is not easy to achieve. And, this result is even harder to achieve without careful planning. An AABM is one planning tool which is essential - and which can also become virtually worthless if "left to a later day".

No one wants to be required to negotiate and close the AABM once the band is already successful, or once the band has already been furnished with a proposed recording agreement. The optimal time to close the AABM is while the band is just being formed or while it is still struggling. Period.

When business partners or stockholders agree amongst themselves in connection with a business formation, they do so in one or more signed writings. So, too, should it be with band members. A good AABM should be firm enough to recite the substance of the agreement at the moment, but should also be flexible enough to contemplate future changes, such as changes in personnel and in artistic direction.

If every marriage were a true 50/50 proposition, I suppose that one could say that no pre-nuptial agreements would ever be needed. Similarly, if every business partnership were truly 50/50, maybe a written partnership agreement could be viewed by some as a waste of time. But the fact of the matter is, the percentages of investment and return are seldom exactly identical amongst all co-venturers.

In the average 4-person band, each member may play a different instrument. Some may have been in the band longer than others. Some may be older and more experienced in the business of music. Some may have "connections" to clubs and labels, where other band members don't. Some may have more free time to invest in the running of the band's business, while others may be working 2 day jobs.

And finally, perhaps most importantly, some may have more of a hand in the writing of the words or the music of the band's original songs, than other members. This potential disparity is probably the best reason for creating the AABM as early as possible.

A good AABM takes into account all of these types of factors, and more. Put conversely, if none of these questions came up while one was putting together one's AABM, then the resulting document is probably not worth very much today. An AABM is a forward-looking document that asks "What if...?"

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8. 25 THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT RECORD DISTRIBUTION PART I by Christopher Knab
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1. Distributors will usually only work with labels that have been in business for at least 3 years or have at least 3 previous releases that have sold several thousand copies each.

2. Distributors get records into retail stores, and record labels get customers into retail stores through promotion and marketing tactics.

3. Make sure there is a market for your style of music. Prove it to distributors by showing them how many records you have sold through live sales, internet sales, and any other alternative methods.

4. Be prepared to sign a written contract with your distributor because there are no 'handshake deals' anymore

5. Distributors want 'exclusive' agreements with the labels they choose to work with. They usually want to represent you exclusively.

6. You will sell your product to a label for close to 50% of the retail list price.

7. When searching for a distributor find out what labels they represent, and talk to some of those labels to find out how well the distributor did getting records into retailers.

8. Investigate the distributor's financial status. Many label have closed down in recent years, and you cannot afford to get attached to a distributor that may not be able to pay its invoices.

9. Find out if the distributor has a sales staff , and how large it is. Then get to know the sales reps.

10. What commitment will the distributor make to help get your records into stores.

11. Is the distributor truly a national distributor, or only a regional distributor with ambitions to be an national distributor. Many large chain stores will only work with national distributors.

12. Expect the distributor to request that you remove any product you have on consignment in stores so that they can be the one to service retailers.

13. Make sure that your distributor has the ability to help you setup various retail promotions such as: coop advertising (where you must be prepared to pay the costs of media ads for select retailers), in-store artist appearances, in-store listening station programs, and furnishing POP's (point of purchase posters and other graphics).

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