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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. So, What's the Scoop with Electronic Press Kits? - by Panos Panay, CEO Sonic Bids
8. Increasing Your Internet Presence PART II by Bobby Borg














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The winner of "The Songwriter's Guide to Demo Submission" e-book by Brian Cook (for more information on this book, visit http://www.songwritersguide.com )
- Adam Cassidy, Toronto, Canada

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- Scott Mann, Fort Worth, TX

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- Christi Baeuerle , Valley Glen, CA

The winner of the Musician's ToolKit CD (for more information visit https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com ) is:
- Travis Abraham, Nashville, TN

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the January Edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

This month's newsletter features PART II of Bobby Borg's article which focuses on the multitude of tools on the Internet that are available to musicians and songwriters.

Panos Panay is the founder and CEO of Sonicbids, an online pioneer of the Electronic Presskit. Panos has written a helpful article that identifies the many advantages that the electronic presskit offers today's artists. Changes are hard to make, but it looks like this is the format of the future.

I'm happy to announce that 2003 brings some great new sponsors to the newsletter (that means more free goodies available for you each month).

New monthly prizes include:

A. Copies of the "Musician's ToolKit CD" developed by Indie-Music.com If you need to book gigs or otherwise advance your music career, order this CD-ROM! It is packed with essential tools to save you time and money, and give you a competitive advantage in the business. For more information visit: https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com

B. A CD Trophy Clock from CDStands.com Make your "moment in history" the center of attention by turning your own CD into a clock. Now you can create the coolest new merchandise for your friends, fans, or just yourself. For more information visit: http://www.cdstands.com/index.shtml?icn

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D. Two copies of the Galaris Musician's Directory. The GMD was created for musicians by musicians. It is a comprehensive resource with all the contacts that musicians and music professionals need, at a price every musician can afford. For more information visit: http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?icb

I'd like to thank these sponsors for their generosity, as well as the returning sponsors, Sennheiser, OnStage Magazine, Midnight Rain Productions, The Buzz Factor, The Advent Marketing Group and GuitarTabBooks.com

And as is the case every month, there is a sizable group of new contacts listed below that can help you to gain more exposure for your music.

Have a great 2003!

David Wimble
Editor

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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in December. 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
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The Hook
Leah Woody leah@readthehook.com
http://www.readthehook.com
We are an alternative news weekly and web site that covers local and national acts that play shows in Charlottesville, VA.

AustinExperience.com
Jason Massey jm@austinexperience.com
http://www.austinexperience.com
CD reviews of musicians in the Austin, TX area.

The Latex Lounge
Ryan Hohman latexlounge@yahoo.com
http://www.geocities.com/latexlounge
Reviews and Resources for the Independent Musician.

The Dainty Crew
Miss Mention info@daintycrew.com
http://www.daintycrew.com
Urban music and entertainment website covering Reggae, Dancehall, Soul, R&B, Hip Hop including interviews, reviews, headlines, black history and more.

Culture Shocker!
Yolanda Best cultureshocker@hotmail.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cultureshocker
Online newsletter that reviews and promotes artist of all types for free. International subscriber base.

Digress Magazine
Annie Knight (Mable) mable@digressonline.com
http://www.digressonline.com
An indie art and music publication that promotes artists, their work, and their creative process.

The Agro
Ceth Carter crcarter5@blomand.net
http://www.theagro.com
An underground hardcore and metal website devoted to exposing bands through interviews,reviews and listing band information and offering cd sales.

??????? ????-??????. (Indie music history)
Mitia Berkhin meetee@online.ru
http://www.evermusica.com
The review of Joy Division and some great Indie bands.

Kaytronika
Paul Madden kaytronikaweb@hotmail.com
http://www.kaytronika.btinternet.co.uk
Music site with reviews and featured artists section, featuring Sonic Youth, Ikara Colt, Chicks on Speed and many more.

Long Gone Loser
Mondo Bizarro mondobizarro@hotmail.com
http://www.longgoneloser.com
The coolest Australian music magazine.

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Blue Fortune.com
Ken Kinds ettico0513@yahoo.com
http://www.blue-fortune.com
An artist community that promotes independent hip hop and electronic music through our website and a radio station.

Radio Airedale
Sarah Tedder (Teddy) teddy_u2@hotmail.com
I'm a presenter on hospital radio Radio Airedale in Skipton, North Yorks, and we have a very limited collection of indie records in the archives. If you would like to donate some samples/promos that I could play, that would be great (you would get recognition etc.) and would be helping out too!

Miuzik.com
Vram Oknayan vram@miuzik.com
http://www.miuzik.com
Not your average zine. Miuzik.com also promotes the Miuzikfest gigs in London, broadcasts from its 2 radio stations in London and Edinburgh, runs an in-house label...and has been promoting music since 1885! Serious.

Songwriters Network Internet Radio
Patty Yagtu pyagtu@yahoo.com
http://expage.com/songwritersnetworkusa
Songwriters Network, Cyberstationusa.com, All Indie, All Genres. Live, Saturdays 6-9 p.m. EST. 3 Million listeners worldwide. BE ONE!

No Pigeonholes
Don Campeau campaudj@jps.net
http://www.kkup.com/donc.html
A radio program featuring home produced and small studio independent music in all styles. Send your music for airplay. This show broadcasts to the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas on 91.5FM KKUP in Cupertino California. European and internet broadcast provided by Radio Marabu.

TraceLength.com (TLRadio)
Rich Teslow rteslow@tracelength.com
http://tlradio.tracelength.com
Our format is indie music of all genres. Before you send us your new hit single make sure it fits this criteria: It must be of MP3 format and at least 128kbit/sec. Why? Because our streaming server re-encodes all MP3's at 24kbits. Because of potential quality loss, a low bitrate encoded file that is re-encoded at a low bitrate again may sound even worse. We will listen to every piece of work sent to us. If your MP3 sounds too muddy or incoherent we won't play it.

WBCX, 89.1 FM
J. Scott Fugate JAZZevangelist@aol.com
I have been attempting to help promote and support local musicians within the jazz continuum for the last few years. I manage a radio station that does play, promote and support independent artists from throughout the Southeast - Gainesville/NE Atlanta GA. Contact: J. Scott Fugate, Station Manager / Program Director, WBCX 89.1 FM, Brenau University, One Centennial Circle, Gainesville, GA 30501

Live365 Record Pool
Betty Ray betty@live365.com
http://www.live365.com/community/labelservices.live
Live365 is the world's largest Internet Radio network with over 3 million visitors per month and 5,000 radio stations, programmed by people who love music. Submit your track or album to the Live365 Record Pool and reach thousands of DJs who can easily add your track to their playlists. Setup fee is $50 per track with a $25/ month maintenance fee. It's way cheaper than shipping promo copies or demos to get your music out. Not to mention the worldwide reach!

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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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full in bloom.com
adam@fullinbloom.com
http://fullinbloom.com
Online distributor for independent bands. We can help expose your music.

Viros Music
N. Gavin viros@sympatico.ca
http://www.virosmusic.com
New independent music sold here. Specializing in Reggae music.

Atlas Music
Carmen L. Gomez clgomez@atlasmusic.biz
http://www.atlasmusic.biz
An independent record label distributor, endeavored to bring to consumers contemporary world music. We strives to develop and release projects from talented singer-songwriters, performers and musicians. Our mission is to foster global musical culture awareness and understanding, by providing music that is both delightful and tasteful to the heart and the intellect. Our productions are distinguished for our special attention to detail, from state of the art graphic design to excellent sound quality.

Onzou Records
Stephen Conroy info@onzou.com
http://www.onzou.com
Onzou Records produces traditional West African music.

Solarise Records
Paul/Lee info@solariserecords.com
http://www.solariserecords.com
An online Independant resource/label. Solarise Records help to showcase, promote and sell Talented Original independant Artists music cds online from any genre from all over the world. Seeking Artists Now!

SoundCheckMusic
Danny Wu hughjazz08@aol.com
http://soundcheckmusic.com
We find all types of bands whether they are local, breakthrough, and/or mainstream to promote them.

Aarvak Marketing Communications
Christopher Buttner amcarpr@mindspring.com
http://www.aarvak.com
Public Relations & Marketing Services for the Professional Music, Film, Video and Audio Industries.

SonicAwareness
Zach zach@sonicawareness.com
http://www.sonicawareness.com
Targeted promotion of independent musicians. We recommend music to people around the world and make sure indie musicians are heard!

Indie Heaven
Keith Mohr info@indieheaven.com
http://indieheaven.gospelcom.net
The Indie Heaven site provides all indie Christian artists and musicians a vehicle to fulfill their vision and mission.

Frontline
Vicente Mena frontlinesite@frontlinesite.com
http://www.frontlinesite.com
Promotion, production and booking company in Spain.

BennySkyn.com
Benny Skyn mail@bennyskyn.com
http://www.bennyskyn.com
Dedicated to music makers who write, perform, produce and distribute their own music. Promoting new talent. Computer based recording tech support.

Acidsoxx Musicks
Erik Bonner erik@acidsoxx.com
http://www.acidsoxx.com
Indie label specializing in bedroom-rockstar psychopop, low-budget concept albums, soundtracks for non-existent films, and subliminally- enhanced electro-acoustic collage.

Ventilator Records
Greg Fishman Gproject@adelphia.net
http://www.ventilatorrecords.com
The record label that is home to some of indy's best artists... and growing daily!

Latex Records, LLC
TG Mondalf tgmondalf@latexrecords.com
http://latexrecords.com
Specializing in Goth/Industrial/Electronica/BDSM/Paganism and related genres.

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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

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IntoMusic
Killa Kranium killakranium@signmyband.com
http://www.intomusic.co.uk
One of the UK's Fastest growing Legal Downloadable Music Websites featuring independent musicians, all files are checked to ensure they are virus free and of good sound quality.

Definition of Sound
John Frankel john@definitionofsound.com
http://www.definitionofsound.com
We provide space for DJ's that want to sell their music, or play it.

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Link2wales
Neil Crud neilcrud@aol.com
http://www.link2wales.co.uk
An encyclopaedic guide to the alternative scene past & present in Wales & Liverpool, receiving over 1,000 hits per week.

Ambient.us
Cameron Akhunaton info@ambient.us
http://www.ambient.us
A positive energy ambient music guide featuring related articles and artist listings from around the world.

Musicians Placement Service
Mick Martin imps@froggy.com.au
http://174319564.home.icq.com
If your band is looking for members or if you would like to join a band in Sydney Australia MPS can help you. "Placing Musicians Into Bands Since 1984"

ColorBlindMusic Ministries
Lynn Geyer info@colorblindmusic.com
http://www.ColorBlindMusic.com
We offer Christian music, programs and services as well as links to other music ministry sites and opportunities.

JB Productions Artist Assistance
John Borgia John@Assistaband.com
http://Assistaband.com
We provide smallrun CD duplication and promotional services at affordable rates.

2003 Orange County Music Awards
Martin Brown Printcreat@aol.com
http://www.orangecountymusicawards.com
Over 20 categories. Judging by press, TV, radio, bookers. High profile event full of artistic integrity (what a concept!). For full information check visit our website or call 714-624-8729.

M.A.T.E. - Music Around The Earth
Fatz Lee FatzLee@cs.com
http://www.musicaroundtheearth.com
Our mission is to create a community network among musicians and music lovers all over the globe. Every single person in this world should have the chance to experience music and the qualities of life it teaches. Find out how you can help. Spread the word..."I Support Music Around The Earth."

NashvilleSongwriter.net
Jerry Work jerry@lavodica.com
http://NashvilleSongwriter.net
This is a site for songwriters looking to expose their music to the people in Nashville looking for songs.

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7. SO, WHAT'S THE SCOOP WITH ELECTRONIC PRESS KITS? - by Panos Panay, CEO Sonic Bids
? 2003 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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It seems that the big buzz out there in the music word today is all about Electronic Press Kits (EPK). Should independent musicians use an EPK? or a traditional press kit when approaching club promoters, festival organizers, radio programmers or record label A&R representatives? Do they work as well as regular press kits or should one stick with the tried and true method of snail mail kits? Are industry insiders even using them?

The answer is simple: like every other major innovation over the years ranging from the Compact Disc to the MP3, the industry was slow to initially accept it, but it's fast becoming the ubiquitous standard that everyone from up-and-coming independent artists to word-renown festival directors is using to send and receive information about groups and artists from around the globe.

An EPK? is like a virtual passport that you can use again and again to gain entry into hundreds of conferences, festivals, clubs, music competitions, colleges, or to even get your songs played on radio or reviewed by record companies or music producers. It contains everything your regular press kit contains and more: music samples, downloadable photos, bio, pres reviews, and even an upto- date gig calendar (try that with a regular press kit).

What's great about an EPK? is that it takes literally 20 minutes to create one online and you can put it to use and start saving money almost immediately. For the cost of a little more than sending out two regular press kits, you can sign up for an account, create an EPK? and email it out to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. An EPK? not only communicates all the information that is found in your average press kit or web site, but it does so more quickly, more efficiently and far more effectively. Think how mind-blowing it is to be able to email someone everything they need to know about you or your band as soon as you get off the phone with them (or better yet, while you are even still talking with them).

Think of the implications of this innovation for the average upand- coming artist. For the first time in history, there is no direct correlation between how many people you can reach and the cost of reaching them. For example, with a traditional press kit there is a vast cost difference between sending out 10, 100, or 1,000 of them. This means that even though today an independent artist has access to an unprecedented amount of information (think of the wealth of information contained in this very book you just bought), the ability to take full advantage of this access had, until now, been limited to all but the richest of us (consider the vast cost involved in sending a regular press kit to every single possible contact contained this book).

The Electronic Press Kit has changed all this. Every day there are artists that are sending out their EPK? to say, 100, or 200 college buyers at practically zero cost and frequently get two or three offers from people that they would normally have to spend way too much money in their attempt to reach them (and often paying way more in reaching them than the actual fee they receive). The cost and effort of emailing an EPK? to all these buyers is a small fraction of the corresponding investment in regular press kits ? not to mention the benefits of the fact that communication is practically immediate (versus waiting for a week or so to get a press kit in the mail).

Does all this mean that you will never have to send another press kit in the mail? What about the promoters who want to listen to a full CD blasting through the speakers of their car stereo? The answer is simple: traditional press kits and CDs still have their place but, save your money and send them to the few people that specifically ask for them after they review your EPK(. Then you at least know that these are high prospects that are worth spending an extra $20 in trying to communicate with them.

So, who is using EPK? today? Musicians, agents, managers, music conference directors, festival organizers, radio programmers and record companies ranging from the scruffy up-and-comers to the world-renown ? as well as the band right next door to you.

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Panos Panay is the founder and CEO of Sonicbids, the online pioneer of the EPK? platform Prior to founding Sonicbids, he was VP of the International Division of the Ted Kurland Associates Agency, where he was responsible for the international tours of over 50 world-renown artists.

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8. BUILD CAREER AWARENESS BY INCREASING YOUR INTERNET PRESENCE - PART II by Bobby Borg
? 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Live Web Casting

Live "web casting" is a great way to take your live concerts to those people who live in another part of the country or world. Web casts are essentially live performances over the web. Sites such as L.A. Live (www.lalive.com) have centered on introducing the web community to the underground world of L.A's music culture. Companies such as L.A. Live actually show up at live performances, wire up the club, and broadcast performances over the net. In fact, more and more clubs are becoming what's known as "wired" clubs themselves. The House of Blues (www.hob.com) brings concerts online to its own site. The Knitting Factory located in New York and L.A., is also wired. There are many others. Check out Broadcast.com (www.broadcast.com), 52nd Street media (www.52ndmedia.com) and Much Music (www.muchmusic.com) for a larger view of online concerts.

Chat Rooms, Web Rings, Newsgroups, Mailing Lists, and Webzines

Getting on the web and just hanging out with the music online community is another good way to spread the word about your music. By getting on sites such as iMusic (www.imusic.com), you can find over 1.5 million fans of all shapes and sizes, and begin spreading the word 24/7 via message boards and live "chat rooms" (chat rooms are places where you can talk with other people over the web in real time).

The Internet also allows you to join and/or create what's known as "web rings." Web rings are groups of websites all linked together by people who share similar interests. For instance, there's a U2 web ring. A huge directory of existing web rings can be found by logging on to webring (www.webring.com).

"Newsgroups" are also a great way to make new contacts and increase your fan base. Newsgroups are places on the web that allow you to post messages and converse with other readers about specific topics. A list of all types of newsgroups can be found by logging on to Deja.com (www.deja.com).

Another great way to connect with particular interest groups is to become part of e-mail based discussion groups called "mailing lists." Mailing lists are similar to newsgroups but only more private. Messages on niche topics are sent directly to your computer from other people who have chosen to subscribe. You can find a variety of existing mailing lists by connecting to Liszt (www.liszt.com/select/music/).

And finally, there are a number of online magazines known as "fanzines" or "webzines" in which you can get your music reviewed, post pictures, and list your concert events.

Needless to say, the Internet provides endless opportunities to spread the word about your music. The key to becoming part of the net community is to get involved a little bit at a time. You'll be surprised at how fast you get a hang of it.

Personal Websites

Even if you make your presence known on a variety of other web sites, creating your own web site is still a good idea - it's your place to shine! Your personal website becomes your headquarters - a place in which you can provide links to other places on the web where your information and music can be found. You can get listed in search engines and directories such as Excite, Lycos, and Alta Vista to help people find you. However, once someone logs on to your site, the key is to a give them a reason to want to keep on coming back.

Keep your web design simple and easy to navigate. Keep your site fresh and up-to-date so that visitors can always expect something new. Create your own newsletter. Provide message boards where people can post messages for other fans visiting your sites. Give people an opportunity to converse with other fans in chat rooms. Provide your e-mail address so that fans can contact you personally and so that you can respond to as many people as possible. You can also include MP3 files of your music for people to download, and give people an opportunity to purchase your CD. You can include streaming video clips of concert footage, live interviews, or even your own home-made music video. Try posting pictures and posters that fans can download. You can provide concert and tour information. You can also create opportunities for people to join and form "street teams" to help you promote your music in their home town. The opportunities are limitless. Be sure sure to surf the web and see what your favorite bands are including on their websites. You can be sure to find some really impressive sites. Check out Radiohead's site at www.radiohead.com, and Prince's site at www.npgonlineltd.com as a start.

Okay, that's about all on Internet promotion for now. For more ideas, or to brush up on some terms you may be unfamiliar with, check out author Peter Spellman's book, The Musician's Internet (Berklee Press, 2000), or David Kushner's Music Online for Dummies (IDG Books Worldwide, Inc, 2001).

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Bobby Borg is the author of "The Musician's Handbook"-A Music Business Primer soon to be published by "Billboard" books in May 2003, and is also a staff writer for Music Biz magazine. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a B.A in Professional Music, and a graduate of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) with a certificate in music business. Borg is also a composer, artist, and performer. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Japan and Europe with a variety of artists ranging from pop to R & B to rock. As a signed artist with both Atlantic Records, BMG, and sevral other labels, Borg has worked alongside some of the world's best personal managers, attorneys, producers, and agents.
For more information please visit his website: http://www.bobbyborg.com. Or e-mail him at: bborg@earthlink.net
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