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- January 2004 -

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 Low Down on Downloads" by Jeff Leisawitz, IndieMusicReview.com
8. "How to Trademark Your Band Name" by Derek Sivers, CD Baby














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This month's winner of the Sennheiser E835 microphone (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Kevin Loy, Leonardtown, MD

This month's winner of a pair of Sennheiser HD280Pro headphones (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Bill Tucker, Douglas, Isle of Man, UK

This month's winners of the A&R Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) are:
- Katrina Dickson, New Glarus, WI
- Becky Archibald, Indianapolis, IN
- Jacqueline Curtis, Oakland, CA

The winner of the Musician's ToolKit CD (for more information visit https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com ) is:
- Claire Berry, Atlantic City, NJ
- Barry Intl., Radcliff, KY

The winner of "100 Miles to a Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth (for more information on this book, visit http://www.songrepair.com )
- Mauro Scatozza, Smiths Falls, ON

The winners of The Indie Band Manager (for more information on this program, visit http://www.indiebandmanager.com) are:
- Rita Leydon, Lahaska, PA
- Karl Reamer, Patchogue, NY

The winner of "How To Successfully Promote Your Music on the Internet" e-book by David Nevue (for more information on this book, visit http://www.promoteyourmusic.com ) is:
- John Kirby, Burlington, ON

The winner of the Sumadek (for more information visit http://www.sumadek.com/indiebible.html ) is:
- Ganga Clamoungou, Seattle, WA

The winner of a press release distributed by musicSUBMIT (for more information visit http://www.musicsubmit.com ) is:
- Amy Carr, Media, PA

The winner of the Galaris Musician's Directory (for more information visit http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?icb ) is:
- Rhonda Kist, Santa Barbara, CA

The winner of a 3-month subscription to the Bandit Newsletter (for more information visit http://www.banditnewsletter.com ) is:
- Scott Reyns, San Francisco, CA

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

The winner of a shirt/jersey from Enjoy Music (for more information visit http://www.enjoymusic.com ) is:
- Rick Farmer, Greensboro, NC

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Join us the weekend of April 15th-17th, for the FMF 2004 aXis Music Conference in sunny Downtown Orlando, Florida. More than 150 bands, 75 DJ's and 30 acoustic artists will display their wares for dozens of A&R reps, major league managers and entertainment attorneys.

With more than a half dozen artists realizing their dreams of signing major label contracts and meeting major league managers and attorneys, the first two FMF conferences have been heralded by industry and artists alike. We are expecting more than a dozen majors, and hundreds of regionally and nationally known reps from various backgrounds, such as management, publishing, legal and licensing.

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the January Indie Contact Newsletter.

Since the digital download industry has exploded, I thought it would be appropriate to present an article that gives an overview of what's been going on since MP3.com's disappearance. Jeff Leisawitz of IndieMusicReview.com was kind enough to do the research and get a feel for what is currently available to Independent Artists that want to make their music accessible online.

The second article addresses an important legal issue, and presents several points to consider when it comes to trademarking your band name. Derek Sivers of CD Baby has written an informative article on how to go about finding if the name you have chosen is actually available, and how to protect your band's name (from others using it) if it is. Remember it doesn't necessarily have to be another band that is using the name (or a name very similar to it) - it can be any type of company or product.

Starting next month there will be yet another monthly prize. This new prize is from the "1-2-3 Music Store", and they are going to give away a license for their newly developed software. The 1-2-3 Music Store from easybe.com empowers independent labels and musicians to sell their music from their own website, direct to the fans. To date the first of its kind, it opens up the internet as a sales channel. Visit http://easybe.com for details.

As is the case every month, there is a large group of new contacts listed that can help you to gain more exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the January issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor
The Indie Contact Newsletter
newsletter@indiebible.com

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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. Services that will help you to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful resources and promotional sites for recording artists
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The INDIE BIBLE is a worldwide directory that lists THOUSANDS of services that will help to increase your CD sales!

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"This thing is loaded with incredible sources to send your music to!" - Mike Perazzetti, RadioMike

"It's helped me to get rave reviews and spins already!" - Genie from GenieSongs.com

To purchase a copy go to http://www.indiebible2003.com or visit your local Guitar Center, Sam Ash, Borders or Barnes & Noble (in Canada at Long & McQuade).
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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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Get Proven
Jim Burgoine jim@get-proven.com
http://www.get-proven.com
The new face of the unsigned band, and everyone is more than welcome to be a part of it! The site will enable you to have your band reviewed and featured. Tell people where they can watch your band and you can sell your music with 100% of the money going to you! and this is just scratching the surface of what this site has to offer you.

The Heard
Trevor support@theheard.org
http://www.theheard.org
The magazine includes a compilation CD composed of songs from indie artists worldwide (punk, hc, emo, metal, ska) as well as reviews, comics, articles, and all that good stuff.

Electrocult
Andreas Rimheden andreas@rimhedenmedia.com
http://www.electrocult.com
A popular non commercial Swedish webzine/community focusing on electro music and all related genres: electroclash, electropop, electropunk, synthpop etc. We are the only site of its kind in Sweden and will review CDs and demos in Swedish to help electro artists from any country promote their music to a Scandinavian audience.

Brand X Media
Jesse jesse@brandxmedia.ca
http://www.brandxmedia.ca
Cultural Dumpster-Diving In The garden City - Art Music & Words from Victoria BC: Includes live reviews album reviews, zines, fiction, an online forum and more.

The Mind's Construction
Neil Scott themindsconstruction@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.themindsconstruction.co.uk
We review and interview new, unsigned and upcoming bands.

InterStitial Zine
James McQuiston neufutur@hotmail.com
http://www.neufutur.com
A musical and political zine, that covers anything from Christian praise to Death metal. Mainly has a focus on activist culture, do it yourself activities, and a recalling of our collective history. Fight on, little ones. The zine is $1 or trade, and all content I write, plus exclusive material, will be online.

The Gospel Zone
Curtis Jermany info@urbangospelalliance.com
http://www.thegospelzone.com
A music news site for gospel artists.

Chicago Stoner Rock
Stu Helm indiemedia@cheesygraphics.com
http://www.chicagostonerrock.com
I review heavy, stoner, drug metal, and space rock CDs and live shows. I list shows & events on my web site and in my weekly newsletter, plus do promo & design posters & flyers & cover art for local & out-of-town bands.

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Independent Nation
Bruce or Paul independentnation@guardianproductions.com
http://www.independentnation.net
Every week, Bruce Horne, (you know him as "Sweet Old Bruce"), and Paul Smith, ("The Average White Guitar Player"), bring YOU the listener a Showcase of the artists that make up the "Indie Nation",all members of the Newartistradio.net and many more. There's music news, a brand new segment called "Gear Guru's" (where your e-mail questions about live gear and recording are answered),and as always,somebody is bound to be pissed off. You never know what might be stirring in the "Independent Nation".

Hussieskunk
Matt mattg@hussieskunk.com
http://www.hussieskunk.com
An online radio station and web zine for fans of punk rock music in all its variations. Every CD Hussieskunk receives is reviewed and promoted on our site, as well as featured on Hussieskunk radio. Get in touch to hear your music streamed live to the global punk rock community!

Lexrock.com
Steve lexrock@insightbb.com
http://www.lexrock.com
Lexington's only independent net radio station playing indie music from across the globe.

RadioDevil.com
James Wilson webmaster@radiodevil.com
http://radiodevil.com
Our website offers communication and collaboration tools for Indie musicians, songwriters, and the fans of Indie music, as well as our popular Multi-Genre Internet Radio serving the Indie Music Community.

?The Studio? Radio Show
Frank frankie@mojomusicstudio.com
http://www.mojomusicstudio.com
Please, send us your music for consideration for air play on a cool radio show called, ?The Studio? that airs at over 80 - High School, College, and Commercial Radio stations around the Planet. Visit our web site and check it out and mail me your press packages ASAP. Note, you must fill out our License and Release form before we can play your music.

LIQUID-A RADIO
Wendell Cornwallis liquidaradio1@yahoo.com
http://www.liquidasite.citymax.com
An Internet radio station that profiles unsigned/underground artists from around the world.

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4. ONLINE SERVICES/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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Digitone Records, LLC
Gary Gaskin g@digitonerecords.com
http://www.digitonerecords.com
An Independent record label located In Richmond, Virginia. Accepts and reviews solicited and unsolicited material.

Malvolio Inc.
Sonny Malvolio Malvolio@m3xico.com
http://malvolio.cjb.net
A Mexico City based Indie label all about bringing up the underground. Our mission is to provide the best of hard to find subterranean music. Be sharp, be yourself & stand strong!

Media Pro Music
Mihai Ogasanu (A&R) centralbpm@hotmail.com
http://www.mediapromusic.ro
A label from Bucharest/Romania - searching for talented artists to promote/produce them nation wide and international. Please contact us via e-mail and know where to send your demo today!

C-Sharp Productions: Indie Label and Studio
Chad Sharp chad@sharpmusic.com
http://www.sharpmusic.com
A music production company and label based in Mitchell, SD. We sign and develop acts as well as offer an affordable project studio.

Project For Life Promotion/Artist Management
Alicia Grimes projectforlifemanagement@hotmail.com
http://www.projectforliferecords.com
Artist management, college/commercial radio promotion, record pool promotion, CD manufacturing, internet radio and much more. Contact Terrell T. Slaughter for a quote at 217-443-3579.

Saguaro Records
Neil Barber neil@saguaro-records.co.uk
http://www.saguaro-records.co.uk
An Independent record label in Flitwick, England.

HMG- Higgins Music Group
Sherrye Ehrenberg info@powersourcemusic.com
http://www.powersourcemusic.com
Providing today's promotional services to US and Overseas radio in 6 different genres of Country, Contemporary & Gospel. Recording, Producing and more! Let HMG release your song to the world!

LOL Records.
Brad Ray info@lolrecords.com
http://www.lolrecords.com
We are a Record label gearing up to sign more music, and help indie artists get their careers off the ground. We are currently working on getting bands from across the nation to play here in Los Angeles.

Heinz Promotions
lightboxboy lightboxboy@mail2cute.com
http://hp.dailydiva.net
U.K. dance music marketing and promotions company. Interested in promoting fledgling labels and labels with untapped potential.

BFM - Management and Promotion
Dennis dennis@bfmmanagement.com
http://bfmmanagement.com
We handle personal management in the New York City area. We will always allow the artist to maintain a sense of self esteem and control over his or her own creativity.

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5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s OR VIDEOS

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Pop Theology Records
John White john@sheepmail.com
http://www.poptheologyrecords.com
Free 99 cent down load program for artists. No cost for program or maintenance, we just get 10 cents when someone downloads one of your songs. Call 800-613-5110 or visit the site :>

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The Vision Grove
Greg McGuire visiongrove@earthlink.net
http://www.thevisiongrove.com
A new web community for all artists, including musicians. Members get a personalized profile that features their work, in the case of musicians, 10 or 15 second playable clips of their music and an image of their cd cover. The Vision Grove is also about interaction - connecting artists with other artists and with buyers, producers, etc. Each member gets a personal email inbox allowing them to contact or be contacted by anyone in the community. Thus you can not only sell your work but communicate directly with potential buyers and fellow artists.

Dig Your Roots
Tracy Martin tracy@ncra.ca
http://www.digyourroots.ca
A not-for-profit service that promotes independent Canadian artists via compilation Cds, promotion via the DYR website and concerts that are broadcast nationwide on community and campus radio.

Floorelevators.com Dance Music Industry Directory
Adrian Fusiarski adrianf@floorelevators.com
http://www.floorelevators.com/dancedjlinks
The definitive resource for indy musicians in the dance genre. Our directory has 1200 contacts so far, all edited personally by me for relevance, and it is being updated daily with roughly 100 additions A DAY. Vinyl manufacturer, specialist press, distributors, radio shows, shops, studios etc. etc.

Independent Soul
Michael Nicholson staff@independent-soul.com
http://www.independent-soul.com
A new and upcoming source for locating musical talent for events at a low cost. This company will soon be the source for any musicians, singers, choirs, song writers or poets who would like to further their career as well as their resources. Independent Soul specifically caters to Gospel, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Poets/Spoken Word and Blues artists.

CD Music Publishing
Cassandra Dillon info@cdmusicpublishing.com
http://www.cdmusicpublishing.com
Music publishing, artist management and development.

Dallas Music Guide
Paul Salfen psalfen@dallasmusicguide.com
http://www.dallasmusicguide.com
The # 1 online music magazine in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. It is updated every day with interviews with today's hottest music acts, album reviews, concert reviews, music news, contests, and notices about events of local interest.

The Buzz
Scot Bolz developer@mediawright.net
http://www.beenbuzzed.com
A local entertainment guide Michigan. The Buzz features a business directory, local band / musician database, event calendar, chat, and a user opinion section called the Complain Game.

webookbands.com
Jerry Doby jdobypr@sbcglobal.net
http://www.webookbands.com
SHP books talent and promotes for over 30 venues, both club and theatre, in California and Seattle with more venues being added in 2004. They also give local artist the opportunity to be part of A-list concerts by earning opening slots for national acts.

Subversion Media
Annette Narciso info@subversionmedia.com
http://www.subversionmedia.com
WHAT WE DO - Live shows - excitement and intensity - captured for posterity, or at least for your full length DVD, website, television broadcast, value-added DVD, or live album. From concept or pre-production to shooting, editing, and DVD authoring.

The San Antonio Texas Metal Group Online
Alessandra OfInfinityEmail@aol.com
http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/SanAntonioTexasMetal
A group dedicated to connecting San Antonio, Texas metalheads, metal musicians, metal bands, and metal everything together. This group unites all metal including but not limited to: Heavy, Melodic, Black, Death, 80's, Hair, Alternative, Dark, Power, Progressive, and Gothic. Includes musicians classifieds, personals, band and member photos, links, mailing list and more.

The Urban Gospel Alliance
Curtis Jermany info@urbangospelalliance.com
http://www.urbangospelalliance.com
Our focus is on the urban gospel music and alternative Christian entertainment. It serves as a forum and platform for all facets of urban gospel music. UGA is here to broaden gospel music's reach into the streets and show youth in all communities, especially in the urban and inner city areas, that there is an alternative to the negative music currently in the mainstream market place.

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7. THE LOW DOWN ON DOWNLOADS by Jeff Leisawitz, IndieMusicReview.com
? 2003 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Unless you've been in a coma for the past five years or so you've probably noticed that digital music files are radically changing the music industry. When mp3's and Napster first hit the scene in the late nineties, zillions of songs were traded between music fans from all over the world. It was a full blown free-for-all, and was fun while it lasted. But there were two serious problems - it was illegal and the artists, labels and publishers got seriously ripped off.

Since those carefree days, the RIAA has been cracking the whip, suing your grandmother and making life miserable for the poor suckers that they catch. Since the music industry began raising hell, illegal file sharing has dropped off considerably. Still, the internet is the perfect way to distribute music. It's fast, cheap and easy. And big companies are not idiots - they wanted to get in on the action.

So, huge websites like iTunes, the born again Napster, MusicMatch and a bunch of others recently launched legal music services. Soon there will be a music distribution site on every corner. Wal-Mart, believe it or not, has announced plans to open up their own site. Very hip, indeed.

Even though some of these sites claim to offer music from indie artists, they are not particularly friendly about it. They primarily deal with indie labels and other digital music distributors, and refuse to work with bands that are not associated with an established company.

Sites like CD Baby offer a blanket digital download license for their artists. CD Baby submits their artists to some of the big players and the various sites choose which artists they want to post. And if you don't have a good track record it's difficult to get in the door.

If you actually make it on to Emusic, Napster, or one of their ilk, the site is not real likely to promote your files. They know that they're going to make more money slapping a big juicy picture of Britney on the home page than featuring some band from Wichita.

However, the benefit to these sites, is that there is mass traffic and there's always a possibility that random visitors will check out your tunes and buy them online.

In regard to payment, most sites pay their music providers 30 to 60 days after the end of the quarter. If you're going through a third party like a label or distributor, it could take another month or more before you actually get your check.

The last issue with the major sites is that their whole business model is to sell the songs to one buyer and then use the technology to stop them from sharing it. Fair enough. But what realistically happens is that some hacker boy in a cruddy apartment in New Jersey busts the code and posts the files for free on the internet. Again, the artist gets screwed.

To help prevent the inevitable file sharing, a brand new system has emerged on the digital playing field that addresses this concern. It's a new file sharing technology called Weed http://www.weedfiles.com that pays artists fairly, promotes indie artists like rock stars, and actually encourages fans to share music. This company is currently seeking to sign thousands of new indie artists and labels into the system.

Weed works like this - first, a digital music file is converted into a Weed file. Music fans can download a Weed file and listen to it on their computer three times for free. The fourth time they try to play the song they're prompted to pay for it. If they choose not to pay for the song, that file is locked forever and can never be played again on that computer.

Once the music fan buys the song they can listen to the music on that computer, burn audio CDs and transfer it to their portable devices. Then, if they choose, they can resell the file on their own website. If they sell that Weed file to another buyer, the first music fan gets 20% as a cut of the distribution. The seller also continues to get a cut for two more generations of sales. The artist always gets 50% of each sale no matter who sells it. And the money from each sale is credited to the artist's online account in real time. So you don't have to wait till your next birthday to spend your money.

Essentially, Weed files offer a multi level marketing strategy on top of a secure digital file format. This completely changes the game that the mainstream music business is trying to enforce by limiting the distribution of their files. Instead of trying to stop fans from sharing their music, the Weed system encourages music fans to further distribute their files. And instead of punishing them for doing it, the system encourages fans and gives them legal financial incentive to continue to distribute the music. Effectively, this could turn millions of illegal file sharing fans into the biggest and most influential sales force in history.

Of course, the music industry and the digital landscape is changing rapidly and no one can really see the future. But it is clear that digital music distribution is leveling the playing field for indie artists. Now all you have to do is record some amazing songs and get the word out. Instead of mass marketing and a controlled distribution system, great songs will create a buzz on their own and earn their creators royalties as they fly around the internet.

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Jeff Leisawitz is an award winning independent artist (lovetheory.com) and electronic music producer (electronproductions.com) based in Seattle. Since the rise of the internet he's worked in the music departments of numerous start up operations and mega corporations including Discover Music, IndieMusicReview.com, Viacom and Microsoft. ============================================
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New York GEMS: April 3-4

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8. HOW TO TRADEMARK YOUR BAND NAME by Derek Sivers, CD Baby
? 2004 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Anytime you're promoting, you're promoting your NAME - so make sure it's yours!

I'm giving you some unofficial advice here from my own experience. There are attorneys and specialists that can help you much more. Most of all, you should REALLY go get a book called "TRADEMARK - Legal Care for Your Business & Product Name" by Stephen Elias - from Nolo Press. It covers *everything* and even includes the forms you'll need to register. FOR BASIC TRADEMARK ADVICE, go to my web page of reprints from NOLO Press: http://www.hitme.net/useful/c.html

Anyway - here's some introductory advice from a fellow bandleader:

RESEARCH TO MAKE SURE NO ONE ELSE IS USING A SIMILAR NAME
- check the PhonoLog at your nearest record store.
- if you can, check Billboard's Talent Directory. (it's expensive to buy).
- if you've got $$, hire a search firm (attorneys) - this is the most reliable but it'll cost you between $300-$500.
- I also heard CompuServe has a trademark research center.

Call the nearest largest Public Library and ask if they have a Federal Trademark Register CD-Rom. Between 1-3 libraries in each state have it. You can go in and they'll show you how to do a search. Search for your full band name, then each word individually.
Example: my band HIT ME: search "HIT ME" then search "HIT" then search "ME") The reason is - there may be a band called "KICK ME" or "HIT US" that could be a conflict. If you can think of other similar words to search, try those, too. You can get a printout of all this.

If there's nothing even remotely similar, you're doing OK. If someone, even a clothing company, is using your name, then you should consult an attorney.

Make sure you search the *Federal* Register, then the *Pending* Register. These are for the names that have been applied for, but not completed yet.
Call Washington, DC: (703)308-HELP and ask for the book "BASIC FACTS ABOUT REGISTERING A TRADEMARK"
Trademark covers a product. Servicemark covers a service.

As a musical act, we are a service. If ALL you do is make CDs and tapes, but never play live, maybe your name only applies to a product. But for most of us, it's a service first, then a product second. It's all the same form, just a technicality. You'll still use the ? [little (R) in a circle] when you are registered.
On that note, you can start using "TM" or "SM" after your name now. It means you have intent to register, or are claiming legal ownership of that name. You can use the ? *after* and only after the whole registration is complete.

Each registration class costs $245. If you want to register a Servicemark, and a trademark, that's $490. That's the *complete* way to do it. But when I called the Patent & Trademark office help line, they said if you register your servicemark, that's plenty of protection for now. (Until you start selling loads of T-shirts, hats, action figures...)

You may get a form that says it's only a $200 fee, but those are old forms. It's $245. Save this information for when you are filling out the form: (because they don't really tell you this anywhere)

For a servicemark for a musical act, you want to file a "CLASS 41" description of product/services is: "Entertainment Services in the nature of Musical Performance." Everything else will be explained when you get the book.

Don't forget - do this NOW, or ALL the work you're doing to promote your act will be wasted.

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