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|
918 Lake Ct. Madison, WI 53715
Adam Mico firstname.lastname@example.org
We are launching on March 15. Among many other things, we will have a weekly written review /feature on the best indie artist(s). Spunout Central reviews Indie Pop/Rock, Country, Dance, Hip Hop and nearly everything else with a vocal track.
PO Box 3457, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Samuel Markus email@example.com
A music review blog of amazing and unique artists. Home of The Peer Press - a panel of professionals that review music in an unconventional way. We accept submissions from musicians from all over the world in these genres: Folk, Indie, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop (not Gangsta Rap, please), Electronica, Trip Hop, Dub Step and anything that is a mixture of these.
Imade iN Truth
4406 Meadowcroft Rd. Greensboro, NC 27406
Imade Borha firstname.lastname@example.org
Passionate Soul music writer who interviews, reviews and writes bios for independent artists. I prefer Soul and Hip Hop submissions from Christian artists.
4719 Quail Lakes Dr. Ste. G, Box 190, Stockton, CA 95207-5267
Our mission is to support and promote live Blues as an art form through social media and monthly newsletters. Our magazine features reviews, news and articles.
The Metal Den
Online Heavy Metal music magazine created in 2006 offering news, reviews and interviews of some of the best unsigned and signed Metal bands on the planet!
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
Cowgirl Divas Radio
924 Andrews Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Bringing you the very best in Country, Bluegrass and Country Gospel music from all around the world. Classic, signed and indie artists. We built the station out of love for the artists and the music they create and share with the world.
The Dino & Jason Variety Hour KLRG
102 Stringham Rd. Higginson, AR 72068
An new indie music show that is looking for submissions. The show features Blues, Jazz, Rock and Funk.
Supporting independent Rock & Blues since 2001. For airplay consideration please complete our Music Submission Form.
Metal Kulture Radio
11677 Creek Gate Rd. Conroe, TX 77385
We showcase independent extreme Metal talent through internet radio and our website.
WorldWideWavez Radio Showz
PO Box 3222, Evergreen CO 80437
The world's first syndicated indie music radio shows, which have featured 20,000 unsigned artists. We play music in all styles, but are partial to Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Acoustic, Worldbeat, Alternative Rock, Reggae, Country Rock and Instrumentals. To submit music, you must first set up an account. There is a small fee to submit your music file(s). Please do not send MP3s or LINKS via e-mail.
2.2 RADIO PROMOTERS
SECTION THREE: SERVICES/VENDORS/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC
3.1 SERVICES - PROMOTION/PUBLICITY
Clouddancing Artist Management
Management services, music career consultant, promotional/marketing services. We are a small boutique management company so you can expect personal service from Dakota. Dakota has a long history in the music industry and the experience and expertise to take an act to the next level(s). We are looking for acts that have a long history of touring, recording, releasing CDs with good sales and are established on all levels including social media. Female artists are especially encouraged to contact us. We are looking for an artist in one of the following genres: Acoustic, Americana/Alt-Country, Blues, Country, Folk, Pop, Rock/Indie or Singer/Songwriter.
PO Box 3457, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Jennifer Thorington email@example.com
A boutique PR and licensing company geared in helping independent artists rise to the top.
One Song World
11 Habrosh St., Bet Shemesh, Israel
PH: +972-525665600 FX: +9722-9918502
Jonty Zwebner firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual PR company packaging and delivering songs to media and industry professionals worldwide
PH: 888-603-1999 x3
Michele Thompkins email@example.com
Offers effective digital PR for Hip Hop, Jazz 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.
Adarga Entertainment Group
685 E. California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106
We exist to assist artists, musicians, event coordinators, entrepreneurs, writers and other industry professionals achieve their goals in music, business and entertainment. We strive to unite your talents and creativity with our established network of industry professionals. Whether you are an independent artist, record label, organization, or small business, our staff possesses the necessary resources to provide an exceptional service.
The Metal Den Promotions
The Metal Den was created by legendary Rock n Roll journalist Randy "Rocket" Cody. Is your up and coming Heavy Metal band looking to take your 'publicity' to the NEXT LEVEL? Press releases, bookings, band publicist, band management, phone consultations and more.
Park Avenue Talent
1560 Broadway #1100, New York, NY 10036
A leader in the artist management and event production businesses, setting the standards for serving our artists and providing an incomparable range of services to its customers and clients alike. With our main office located in Times Square, the heart of the entertainment world, Park Avenue offers a suite of expertise and services including management and/or booking many of the greatest artists in the entertainment world. Following in a 40 year plus legacy as an international leader in managing the careers and touring activities of some of the world's most distinguished artists and creating industry standard productions, Park Avenue Talent is committed to breaking new ground in the ever-evolving performing arts world. With an unparalleled degree of expertise covering a wide range of entertainment related industries, Park Avenue Talent continues to strive to create distinctive relationships and collaborate on exciting initiatives. Jazz, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Latin, Blues, R&B/Soul.
Big V Entertainment Group
1100 Farmington Dr. #1, Vacaville, CA 95687
Marshall Tubbs firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides marketing, promotion, distribution, management, service retail, radio and publicity for Gospel artists.
C&C Music Group
Gospel and Christian management company. We take a multi-disciplined approach to building our clients' platforms through strategic career planning that goes beyond the traditional route of promoting an artist.
9 Southview Dr. Mont Vernon, NH 03057-1424
David Gjester email@example.com
We distribute music for artists and small labels to all the major retailers and streaming services. For this comprehensive service we charge a FLAT annual fee.
14090 FM 2920, Ste. G117, Tomball, TX 77377
PH: 281-890-5034 FX: 281-890-5034
Using the indieExtreme management suites, we have the resources, staff and expertise you need to expand your career. You now have the tools to build your business, with a support system that is accessible anywhere, any-time.
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
118 S. Sherman, Ames, IA 50010
Edward Bignar firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission is to get the voices of the least likely and obscure out into the world, by releasing limited edition music (mostly hand packaged tapes & cd-rs / digital releases).
Sacred Rhythm Music
56 Bogart St. #4N, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Music label and vinyl distribution in World, Jazz, Electronic, House and Dance music.
Pohjolankatu 2B FI-00610, Helsinki, Finland
Welcome to the future of music. For 99 Euros per year we open a label for the artist - in the cloud - to use it as their own. We handle all contracts, rights management, and industry connections - to enable the artist to concentrate in their art. Giving them major label support and unique tools for creating, collaboration and commercial publishing with global physical & digital distribution. Sign up for alpha testing now!
SECTION FOUR: SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
TalkicMusic.com - Promoting New Music & Social Change
378 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto, ON M5N 1A2
David Katz email@example.com
TalkicMusic.com is the musical sidekick to social network for social change Talkic.com, where connecting on topics benefits causes. TalkicMusic.com is a free new music promotion service promoting unsigned bands and musicians who help drive change to the charities on Talkic.com.
Radar Music Videos
A worldwide network of talented music video directors, used by independent labels and DIY artists to commission exciting, popular music videos. Radar also promotes music videos, through partnerships including Arte and the BBC Film Network and promotes on Radar, YouTube and Vimeo. The weekly Radar Tipsheet recommends music videos direct to hundreds of music journalists worldwide.
Providing artists with an affordable platform in which to upload your music and mix tapes, promote events, sell your music, sell your merch and connect with your fans.
This is the anti-iTunes of online music. On the last day of the month at midnight, the NewMusic Ten website is erased and you can expect another 10 artists. For how long? Who knows: it's a true pop up shop so we can shut it down at any time. Yes: at any time. So enjoy it while it lasts. Sign up is FREE. Actually there is no sign up. Show up and enjoy the party. Bring your friends. Cast votes. Leave comments. How much is the music? Totally up to the artists - they determine the value of their music. Artists earn 70% from each album sale while 30% goes to NewMusic Ten.
The first user generated content and video sharing site launched in China where users can upload, view and share video clips.
The first and only 24/7 interactive music video network that puts the viewers in control.
311 Montford Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Will Cumberland firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Enables artists to leverage their existing social media fans and send highly targeted promotional messages to the music fans on the web who they want to reach.
SECTION SIX: HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
6.1 RESOURCES - GENERAL
Oh Just Eat It - Hungry for Toronto Music
46 Murellen Cres. Toronto, ON M4A 2K5
Angela R. Campbell email@example.com
Our website promotes and supports Southern Ontario bands gigging in Toronto by presenting the bands to our audience through blog articles and video presentations.
The Nashville Muse
PO Box 121456, Nashville, TN 37212
A comprehensive listing of songwriter appearances and industry happenings all over Nashville, which is eagerly read by 1000's of tunesmiths, radio personalities and Music Row executives every Monday.
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
When it comes to the BUSINESS of ENTERTAINMENT and the vast amounts of talent that is out there looking for a way to get heard by the masses....there's one place to turn to ... QMEDIA NATION where we break the business down for you.
The first comprehensive online resource centered on the concept of music tourism. This hybrid news magazine/travel guide equip readers with everything they need to live the life of a music traveler and get the most out of every experience. Rather than focus on the traditional attributes of a destination, Cultivora's travel resources (recommendations for accommodations, restaurants, shopping, etc.) is tailored to specific festivals or music events, while the website's editorial component provides media coverage of these global events. Our readers are kept abreast of the latest news in music tourism and plan their trips based on advice from experienced music travelers.
The Internet Musician
A downloadable online radio show where the host Brian Hartzog shares music marketing tips, news, insights and advice about making and promoting your music online. The show covers all aspects of releasing your music on the internet, from setting up your website and e-mail list to getting traffic and building your fan base.
A website for people interested in writing songs and understanding the structure of popular music. Hooktheory teaches by taking elements of music theory and applying them to popular songs, in a simple and approachable way.
Daylle Deanna Schwartz
Music Marketing Manifesto Blog
Advanced strategies, secrets, tactics and tips on selling your music online. @JohnOszajca
6.3 RESOURCES - TOOLS
Music Industry News Network (mi2n)
1814 Astoria Blvd. Astoria, NY 11102
Submit your press releases for free.
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
AUM (America's United Musicians)
A cooperative UNION of high quality musicians with music that makes things happen. The benefits of being an AUM member:
1. Affordable & effective radio promotion to 10 to 200 radio stations in the USA & Canada which includes soliciting testimonials & gig opportunities.
2. Savings on studio time, instruments, strings, books & services.
3. Being a member of AUM will show the world that you have something extra special, be it songs, vocals or musicianship.
It's free to audition. Please send your 3 best songs, via your website or ReverbNation to our e-mail address.
AVLA Audio-Video Licensing Agency
85 Mowat Ave. Toronto, ON M6K 3E3
PH: 416-922-8727 FX: 416-967-9415
A non-exclusive agency that provides licences on behalf of record companies and producers for the purpose of broadcasting or duplicating audio and video recordings in Canada. Any group or person making copies of sound recordings or music videos or exhibiting or broadcasting music videos requires authorization from the copyright holder or from their appointed agent, AVLA. Without this permission, the group or person is subject to legal prosecution for copyright infringement.
SECTION SEVEN: THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE |
How To Use the SoundCloud DropBox for Demo Submissions
by David Adams, The SoundCloud Blog
© 2013 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
When any band starts one of the first stepping stones is recording that first demo and sending this to their favourite labels. This system classically has taken place with artists submitting demos through the post, sending over MP3 files or bands sending across links to their Myspace pages. And sometimes all three. From a label's perspective it's becoming more and more essential to simplify this whole process.
What if this system was streamlined and centralized? Well it can be. SoundCloud has a really useful free tool called DropBox, that enables you to streamline your demo submission process. It's being used by labels ranging from Fat Cat Recordings to EMI and we think that more people could be making the most out of their DropBoxes.
So here's a quick post covering everything you'll need to know to create a quick, simple and cost effective demo submission policy for your label. Hopefully it will make checking demos feel like an interesting discovery process again, not just a chore.
Why use a DropBox?
Your DropBox page is where people can go to send you tracks directly via SoundCloud. By using the SoundCloud DropBox feature it allows you to:
- Centralize and organize all demo submissions
- Stream submissions without taking up space on your desktop
- Enables everybody, even people who are not on SoundCloud, to share their tracks with you
- Embed a DropBox on to any site where you want to receive submissions (including Facebook)
- Receive submissions that can feature links to videos and further information on an act
How do I setup and let people know about the DropBox?
If you have a SoundCloud account then you automatically have a DropBox. So you can get started straight away with receiving demos. There are two ways you can direct attention to your DropBox page. Firstly you can use the direct link to the DropBox and include this link wherever necessary eg. in your email signature. Alternatively you can grab a rather nice looking DropBox widget to embed on your own site eg. on your 'Contact' page. The widgets work as a great visual presence on your site as an easy click through for people to follow to go to your DropBox. You can grab the embed widget codes from the right hand side of the DropBox page on your public profile.
How can I customize my DropBox?
With our premium accounts you can customize the look and feel of your DropBox page as well as leaving information on your demo policy, what you're looking for etc. To customize your DropBox click on the 'Edit your branded DropBox' option as shown in the image above. From here there is a number of options you can edit on your branded DropBox page:
- Add header and body background images
- Customize the text and logo
- Edit the color scheme
With these options you can make this page come across as an extension of your own site. Here is an example of how EMI Norway branded their DropBox to match their look and feel ...
What happens when I receive music from my DropBox?
All your submissions through your DropBox can be viewed from the 'Tracks' section on your SoundCloud account. If you go to 'Tracks' from there you can choose to view tracks sent to you 'from people you follow' and 'from others'. By making the most of the follower aspect of this separation it is a helpful filter to separate submissions to other incoming audio. Tick the box saying "Only show tracks shared to my DropBox"
The tracks on this page will play one after another so from a label perspective you can leave the page open while you get on with other asks and listen through all the submissions. If one track hits you with a moment of inspiration then click through on the player for further info on the artist and to contact the individual via SoundCloud. Once you have finished with a track in your DropBox just press the delete icon on the top right of each player, as simple as you would with an email client. If you don't want to hear any more tracks from a certain user then simply click the 'mute' option!
DAVID ADAM'S INTERVIEW WITH FATCAT RECORDS
We caught up with Tom Lavis from FatCat and asked him about how he has been using SoundCloud and the DropBox feature in their working life.
1) How long have you been using SoundCloud?
Not long - only about four months. But it's already made a difference to how we work with demo submissions. We're really excited about it, I don't think it will be long until we release our first album sourced through SoundCloud.
2) You have been keenly using the DropBox feature. What was your process before using the SoundCloud demo DropBox?
Before SoundCloud we were receiving demos through the post, on CD, vinyl and tape. We still do - it just means we get twice as many submissions, which is great. We did used to get emailed links to myspace pages etc but we found that they sometimes got lost in our inboxes. The DropBox is much better... all the tracks are in the same place, we just have to press play and carry on working whilst the tracks play through.
3) How has SoundCloud eased the process of receiving demos than in the past?
It has eased the process of receiving demos, but we still very much enjoy receiving CDs through the post and wouldn't want that to stop. It's added a refreshing and exciting new element to the type of demo we get. The tracks we get in the dropbox are from a wider range of influences.
Like I mentioned above - listening to the tracks we receive through our dropbox couldn't be more simple. It's certainly easier than opening packages and logging in CD's.
4) Are there any creative ways you are looking to use this influx of music received through your SoundCloud DropBox?
Well, of course we would love to release some - which will certainly happen. The standard so far has been way higher than the average standard of our physical submissions.
For the moment we're just adding our favourite tracks to our demo player on the FatCat site and myspace. We want these talented artists to get some recognition - so it's important to us to get them some exposure.
We're also thinking of releasing some soundcloud curated compilation of the best demos we've received through soundcloud. We released a CD called 'No Watches. No Maps' a long time ago which was a compilation of the best demos we got through the post, we'd like to do a part two which would be made up of entirely SoundCloud submitted demos.
At the moment we're running a remix competition - we have put the stems of a David Karsten Daniels & Fight The Big Bull track on soundcloud, anyone can go in and download them and then have a go at remixing the song by submitting through the group dropbox - there's still 2 weeks left and 15 remixes in. We're hoping to do remix comps for a lot of our forthcoming releases.
5) What tips can you give for artists sending you tracks through to your DropBox?
Don't drop in more than 2 tracks, make sure they're the ones you're most happy with. If we don't get back to you or put your music up, it doesn't mean you shouldn't submit some more stuff in the future.
We like all kinds of music, so don't think that what you do might not be for us. Also - don't worry about your track sounding under-produced or too rough, some of the bands we've signed in the past started out by sending us very lo-fi demos recorded with 1 mic in a cupboard... sometimes these ones are the best.
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