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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. Artist-Management Contracts: CONCLUSION - by Richard P. Dieguez
8. When to Quit Your Day Job - Your Risk Analysis as a Business Planning Tool - by John Stiernberg
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WMMW CD Review of The Month by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck














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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the June edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

Richard P. Dieguez is an Entertainment Lawyer working out of New York City. Richard also hosts the very popular Entertainment Industry Forum called "The Circle". This month Richard concludes his invaluable series on Artist - Management relationships.

John Stiernberg is principal consultant with Stiernberg Consulting, a California based business development firm. I had the good fortune of meeting John at this year's Folk Alliance conference in Jacksonville. John has over 25 years of music industry experience and has submitted a tremendous article that addresses the "anxious moment" when an artist must decide whether or not to quit their day job, and follow their dream full-time. John discusses this and other issues in his new book "Succeeding In Music: A Business Handbook for Performers, Songwriters, Agents, Managers, and Promoters" You can visit http://www.succeedinginmusic.net for more information.

As always, The MuzikMan is back with another review. This month he reviews Sylvie Lewis's CD "Beautiful Mess".

I will be at NXNE in Toronto, The Musician's Expo in Minneapolis, and the Music Media Expo in New York this month, so if you're at any of these conferences, please stop by my booth to say "hi".

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 June issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor
indiecontactnewsletter@rogers.com

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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in May. 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 WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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Pulse Weekly
Michael Faillace Michaelf@pulseweekly.com
http://www.pulseweekly.com
Covering the arts and entertainment scene in the Lehigh Valley (PA) and beyond.

Internet Exploiter
Mark submissions@internet-exploiter.com
http://www.internet-exploiter.com
An online publication that reviews live shows, cds and interviews indie bands in the Northwest.

Kiss My Heart
info@kissmyheart.com
http://www.kissmyheart.com
We interview bands and review CDs for our Website, which is updated every 2 weeks. Bands and single artists can email us, and ask to be interviewed. They may also send in a Press Kit & CD, however not necessary, to: Kiss My Heart, PO Box 8113, Somerville, NJ 08876, USA. We also have an Events Calendar where you may post your upcoming gigs.

The Honest Truth Indie Music E-zine
Debra Roque prorockreviewer@hotmail.com
http://pro_rock_reviewer.tripod.com
New e-zine devoted to music reviews and promotion of indie bands/artists.

ERA JAZZU
Dioni Piatkowski erajazzu@jazz.pl
http://www.jazz.pl
If you are interested in our assistance in reaching jazz market in Poland (from radio and press promotion to distribution and concerts) as well selling licences of yours recordings --- could you please send us samples of CDs, DVD, publications, press-kits, promo-sets etc.

The Music Consultant
Evan Sanchez Evan@TheMusicConsultant.com
http://www.TheMusicConsultant.com
Get your demos reviewed by music industry professionals. Also, check out our book on how to get signed!

Roots Music Report
rmr@rootsmusicreport.com
http://www.rootsmusicreport.com
Roots Music encompasses a variety of different musical genres and their offshoots, such as alternative country, traditional country, American folk, blues, and bluegrass. The Roots Music Report will feature weekly music charts, reviews, and articles on roots music, its artists and labels. These charts will identify and help develop new recording artists, independent record labels, and bring to light the careers of many exceptional but otherwise "unknown" performers.

Faceless
rachel@facelesszine.com
http://www.facelesszine.com
CD reviews, interviews with your favorite punk, emo, and ska bands, exclusive contests, and awesome galleries of photos for you to look at.

UndergroundBeatOnline
Aaris Schroeer aschroeder@undergroundbeatonline.com
http://www.undergroundbeatonline.com
Shares with mass society a taste of the underground. The Underground is comprised of people who are interested in creating literature, music, and art that is individual, different, and yet still stays within the parameters of uniqueness.

Brokenstar.com
Nicole brokenstarsite@yahoo.com
http://www.brokenstar.com
We are basically six college students that love music. We are located in six different states; all with totally different music scenes. Basically what we want to do is support labels and bands that we like through promotion. Anything you would like to send us would gladly be reviewed.

The Green Man Review
kim@greenmanreview.com
http://www.greenmanreview.com
Our musical focus, whether CDs or live performances, is folk music in all its aspects, whether it be the Celtic and English traditions or folk rock or world music -- even roots music (such as jazz, cajun, English ceilidh, contradance, bluegrass, old-timey, country, and blues).

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The new edition of "The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Label" by Daylle Deanna Schwartz has just been released by Billboard Books. It's VERY different from the first edition because it encourages musicians to put their energy into developing their career as the best way of attracting a more lucrative record deal. Daylle focuses on taking your music seriously as a business and gives MANY resources for developing a career and making money on the road to a record deal, including making money from songwriting, getting to the next level of touring, touring Europe, getting a satisfying recording deal. This book is in stores or can be ordered directly from Daylle's website at
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GroupieChick Radio
don@groupiechick.com
http://www.GroupieChick.Com
GroupieChick Radio, like it's sister web site GroupieChick.Com, is dedicated to getting the Indie artists' music heard. GroupieChick Radio is hosted by Dr. Don, veteran radio announcer and advocate for Indie Music.

Alpha Rhythms
Lori and Jerry allank@earthlink.net
http://www.wyso.org/wysopgs/alpha.html
4 hours of ambient and new age music Sunday nights from 8 to Midnight.

WJRH Lafayette College
Matthew Hokanson hokansom@mail.lafayette.edu
http://www.lafayette.edu/~wjrh
We have a very diverse line up, and welcome all styles of music.

SpydaRadio
info@spydaradio.co.uk
http://www.spydaradio.co.uk
A fully independent UK based company, our unique mix of music, interviews and live concerts embraces a wide audience profile. We believe that much of the best new music is ignored by the mainstream media and so we aim to fill the gap and give this music the promotion it deserves.

BeatAudio
John D. john@otis2.com
http://beataudio.com
I accept submissions from any beat or rhythm oriented band.

Kristall Radio
kristallradio@inwind.it
http://www.kristallradio.it
Based in Milano, we are one of very few Italian stations that welcomes all kinds of music, expecially the music of underground bands and musicians.

NeverEndingWonder Radio
Lee Widener ozma@neverendingwonder.com
http://www.neverendingwonder.com/radio.htm
Streaming mp3 internet radio station featuring a very wide variety of music and comedy from the dawn of recording history, to modern day, from all lands, and many styles. Very open to independant artists.

Frenzy Radio
pawan@ultranet.com
http://www.frenzyradio.com
The most listened to punk/hardcore station. Let me know if you would like to hear something on this site, or if you want your stuff reviewed, etc.

KAMP
Andy Depew aldepew@u.arizona.edu
http://kamp.arizona.edu
We cater to the underground/indie music scene. Send your material to: KAMP Radio, Attn: (specify music director, or genre of music) PO Box 3029, Tucson, AZ 85702

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ADD YOUR LISTING TO THE GALARIS MUSICIANS DIRECTORY!!
http://galaris.com/musiciansdirectory/submit.php

This summer Galaris is publishing a new resource for musicians!!
This all inclusive musicians directory will include the following categories: Booking Agents, Clubs, Disc Manufacturers, Distributors, Legal Services, Magazines, Managers, Music Retailers, Photographers, Promoters, Publicists, Publishers, Radio Stations, Record Labels, Music Schools, Studios, Video/Sound Production, Engineers and Producers.

Those who fit into any of these categories are encouraged To submit
their listing at: http://galaris.com/musiciansdirectory/submit.php
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INTERNATIONAL URBAN MUSIC CONFERENCE 2002 - Chicago July 11-14

Since Urban is the impulse that drives business and entertainment on July 11-14, 2002, music industry professionals from around the world will come together in Chicago, IL for the annual "International Urban Music Conference 2002" www.iumc2002.com The purpose of this conference is to give an educational experience to music industry leaders, artists and consumers on how to be successful in the R&B, Hip-Hop and Gospel music marketplace. The conference will consist of educational seminars with high profile panelists; luncheons with high profile keynote speakers; a networking reception; networking breakfast meetings; nightly talent showcases; private listening parties and VIP after parties. Our guests for this years conference are those of the mainstream, urban and gospel music markets. We are expecting an attendance of at least 5,000 people.

The three-day conference will bring together many of the urban industry executives, media, artist and promoters to contribute their knowledge and expertise in this urban movement. IUMC will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place ? Downtown Chicago, July 11-14.

Registration and additional information is given at http://www.iumc2002.com or you can reach Rochelle A. Brown rbrown@iumc2002.com at 1-708-865-8322 or Tollfree: 1-877-443-5282

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Groove Music Canada
A&R info@groovemusiccanada.com
http://www.groovemusiccanada.com
Pop / R&B Record Label based in Toronto, Canada with National & international distribution.

Countdown Entertainment
James Citkovic CountdownEnt@netzero.net
http://www.CountdownEntertainment.com
An International multi-faceted Artist Management & Consultant firm. We have represented Major Platinum Artists, and secured: Record & Publishing deals, Int'l Licensing, TV/Film Soundtrack placement, and can help connect Songwriters to Producers.

NICOTINE RECORDS
alberto rosa31@libero.it
http://www.nicotinerecords.com
An Italian label specialized in punk, r'n'r, garage and psychobilly.

Hitman Records
C. Michael Brae info@hitmanrecords.com
http://www.hitmanrecords.com
Hitman Records has US national Distribution and CD manufacturing at the lowest prices.

Bailey Records
Bryan K Borgman bryan@baileyrecords.com
http://www.baileyrecords.com
Independent label in Columbus, Ohio. Featuring our own studios and promotion. Christ-centered.

Prostar UK
David Priest david@priest01.freeserve.co.uk
http://www.prostaruk.co.uk
We are a A&R talent scout agency searching for the stars of tomorrow. We are currently developing an easy access site so we may provide an audition platform for unsigned Bands & Artists to showcase their work to us and the music industry.

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IndieLaunch.com
Eric submit@stationMP3.com
http://www.indielaunch.com
Post your music and have it distributed to the masses. You will have your own URL with your band name, a customized web page where you can post all your band info and MP3s, create message boards, fan lists, and of course, get e-mail from your fans. In addition, IndieLaunch.com registers and uploads a band's music to over 15 other music sites as well, plus you receive a statistical recap of your progress across participating sites from one central location.

getoutthere
biged@getoutthere.com
http://www.getoutthere.bt.com
We have loads of great stuff to browse and play with. You can download some of the best work from tomorrow's new young talent, or you can get creative and play with some of the easy-to-use-tools we?ve put online.

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THE FIRST ANNUAL MUSICIAN'S EXPO WILL BE HELD JUNE 15th, 2002 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Musicians Expo 2002 is a one- day event targeting the independent musician who wants to start a career or advance a career in the music industry. Guest speakers and celebrities are coming from across the country to give YOU the valuable knowledge needed as a musician to help you get where you want to be in the music industry. Local and regional Exhibitors will be on hand providing services, products and information to the independent musician. PLUS many exhibitors are waiting to hear YOUR music. So bring your demos and promo material, because this is the place to get the knowledge and make the connections you need to succeed! Register early because space is limited. For more information visit our website at:
http://www.musiciansexpo.com
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The 3rd Annual Midwest Music Conference and Film Festival is now accepting submissions from bands, songwriters, filmmakers, and video producers for showcase and screening consideration at the MMCFF. The event takes place this August 21 to 24 in Lexington, Kentucky, and includes a full scale conference with workshops, educational panels, and demonstrations, a trade show, and showcasing and screenings at venues throughout the city. This rapidly growing event is the premiere entertainment industry conference in the midwest. Visit http://www.midwestmusicconference.net or email midwestmusic2002@aol.com for further information, and to get proper checklists of items for submission packages. Early registration for the conference itself is available for just $50, which covers the entire event from the conference to the venues.
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MusicLoversAuction.com
Dan Shapiro dan@musicloversauction.com
http://www.MusicLoversAuction.com
An auction site, like eBay, but exclusively for music-related products and services (including bands for hire!). The best thing is we are completely FREE (for a limited time). Please come visit our site and support the first auction site designed by musicians for musicians.

Texas Jam - the resource that rocks!
TJ Taylor info@TexasJam.com
http://www.TexasJam.com
Resource for entertainment industry professionals to share with others in the same or different areas of work.

Songlounge.com
info@songlounge.com
http://www.songlounge.com
The web's first quarterly song contest site, awarding over $4,000 in cash and prizes every THREE months to the best 3 songs.

Band Promotion Software
mike mike@misterbuster.com
http://www.misterbuster.com/programs.asp
Two free promotion tools for artists: a program that helps you submit your music to mp3.com stations, and one that helps you promote your music on online messageboards. Both services are free!

Copyright Your Song
http://www.loc.gov/copyright/forms/formpai.pdf
The PDF form to file with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Copyright Your Sound Recording
http://www.loc.gov/copyright/forms/formsri.pdf
The PDF form to file with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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a Radio &/or Retail Promotion Company to get your music played on Radio Stations & placed in the stores, this is a company with a great track record. Run by Jon Flanagan, the goals of this company are to build a band's fan base, increase CD sales, concert attendance & music industry recognition ( esp. Distributors, labels & press ). Jon learned the business at Capitol, Columbia, EMI, A&M, Tower Records & was a Radio Music Director himself. More info & client list; http://www.radioandretail.com
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7. ARTIST-MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS: CONCLUSION by Entertainment Lawyer Richard P. Dieguez
? 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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If you've been following this series from the beginning, you'll begin to appreciate how the negotiations can go around and around until everyone settles on a deal they can live with. Of course, there are many other aspects of the artist management contract that will be subject to negotiation. An issue may be made of as to who collects the income: the manager, you or maybe a third party like a business manager or accountant. Another traditional sticky point is the extent of the manager's authority to sign contracts on your behalf.

There may even be some negotiating points that to you and the manager don't seem crucial, but to the attorneys seem to mean all the world. For instance, the attorneys may wrangle over whether all or some breaches of contract must be brought to arbitration rather than litigated in court. You may even find the attorneys considering which law applies to disputes arising from the contract. Will California law, New York law or some other state's law apply? Perhaps it's even a question of whether the contract is governed by American law or English law.

In fact, the personal circumstances surrounding any given artist management contract can be so unique, that I suppose the three big questions covered by this article may actually end up being among the easier things to negotiate for some artists and managers. A point that can be agreed upon in five minutes between an artist and a manager on one deal, may bring about a deadlock for another artist and manager in a different deal.

The point is that, unlike your musical instrument, studio or promotional plans, a contract is not something you should try playing solo or doing on your own. But with the professional help of an attorney, there is much room for creativity in the negotiation process to try protecting everyone's best interests, especially on the difficult points like the time, the money or whatever it happens to be in your case. As you can see, the art of compromise expands the parameters of the so-called "standard" contract.

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Richard P. Dieguez has over 16 years of experience as an entertainment lawyer and 5 years of experience managing major label talent. He is also the founder of The Circle, a monthly music industry educational and networking forum. You may contact Mr. Dieguez at (516) 621-6424,
RPDieguez.com@RPDieguez.com or www.RPDieguez.com.
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8. WHEN TO QUIT YOUR DAY JOB - YOUR RISK ANALYSIS AS A BUSINESS PLANNING TOOL by John Stiernberg
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Many indie music people aspire to full time jobs as performers, songwriters, agents, managers, or promoters. What?s at risk in business? How do you feel about risk? Are you ready to pursue your music full time from a business standpoint? Whether you are already doing music full time or not, read on to understand "when to quit your day job".

How Do You Feel About Risk?

Any business involves risk. Risk is the possibility of danger, loss, or some other negative consequence. In any business--whether you work for yourself or someone else--your time, money, reputation, and self esteem are at risk. Let's look at each of these briefly.

o Time. You may spend a lot of time learning new skills (musical chops, business chops), establishing relationships, and working at the music business before you achieve your financial or creative goals. How much time do you have? Can you afford to take time away from other things? Are you patient or impatient by nature?

o Money. Starting and operating a business requires working capital--cash. Do you have enough? Are you willing to put your own money at risk? If yes, how much? If no, where are you going to get the money?

o Reputation. Your reputation is what others say about you, your character, and your accomplishments. When you operate a business, whatever you do both in your business and in your personal life is subject to public scrutiny. How do you feel about that? Are you open to praise and criticism on a regular basis, or are you more private?

o Self esteem. Your confidence is an asset which needs to be protected. I'm not referring to vanity, arrogance, or exaggerated self-importance. I am referring to the need to have a positive feeling about yourself and what you do. In any business--especially a subjective and creative field like music--your self esteem is always at risk. Some people are "thick skinned" or more resilient than others.

Some people are very comfortable taking risks. Others are "risk averse"; that is, they consciously avoid risk and are willing to accept lower returns (like less money or notoriety) as a result. Ask yourself where do you fall on the risk spectrum. If you tend to be risk averse, that?s OK, but indicates that you should look for work in the music business on someone else?s payroll.

When To Quit Your Day Job

If you are working a straight job to make a living and would like to focus on music full time, this is the important question. If you already doing music full time, the conditions below are still valuable to review and put in perspective.

Here are three conditions to be met before you can "quit your day job" with confidence.

. You have a business plan--written down and ready to share with others. (Editor?s note: Planning is a primary subject of "Succeeding In Music: A Business Handbook for Performers, Songwriters, Agents, Managers, and Promoters" by John Stiernberg) . You have funding to cover both business and personal expenses for at least one year. Once you have drafted your business plan and budget, you'll know how much money you need.

. You are comfortable taking the risk. Some people handle risk easily, others don't. There is no rule on how much risk to take, so don?t feel that one or the other is the best way.

It helps a lot to have family and friends who are comfortable with your music career too. Having that emotional support is likely to make things go a lot easier, especially on the home front.

A Final Thought

Don't quit your day job pre-maturely. Once again, the three conditions for full time focus in the music business are 1) you have a written business plan, 2) you have enough cash on hand to cover business and personal expenses for a minimum of one year, and 3) you are comfortable taking the risk involved in being in the business. If one of the three elements is missing, you are probably not ready to do music full time.

Why did you read this article? How did you get to this point? It is probably because you want to get ahead by some means other than trial and error. Just like practicing your musical chops, developing your "business chops" helps you deal with the important decisions, and keeps you focused on your path to success in music. Good luck!

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John Stiernberg is principal consultant with Stiernberg Consulting, the Sherman Oaks, CA-based business development firm. John has over 25 years of music industry experience including eight years as performer, recording artist, and agent, twelve years working for sound equipment manufacturers, and nine years as business analyst and consultant.

John's book "Succeeding In Music: A Business Handbook for Performers, Songwriters, Agents, Managers, and Promoters" is published by Backbeat Books. For details, visit www.succeedinginmusic.net or e-mail John at askjohn@succeedinginmusic.net.
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Artist: Sylvie Lewis
Title: Beautiful Mess
Genre: Folk-Pop
Label: Holdenbass Music
Website: www.sylvielewis.com

Sylvie Lewis has a new release called "Beautiful Mess." The title is a reflection of life itself; it can be one big beautiful mess at times. The picture of her on the cover reveal eyes that are of a kindred soul that has traveled to many lands, whether it is in this life or another lived long ago. Perhaps that is why she sounds so confident and knowing when she sings.

This is the kind of album that grows on you with each listen. I gave it a spin the first time and enjoyed it, and then the next day I listened again and heard some more things that caught my ear. Not only is this quality music, there are some cleverly thought out lyrics. Lewis has a contagiously warm voice that delivers a song in a most endearing way.

There are tracks on this CD I can envision playing on the radio this summer. "A Town Like Alice" and "Long Before I Knew You" would be good picks for airplay. The only sad part of this entire experience is that it ends so quickly. That's probably why I found myself reaching for this CD to play it again so soon. A lot of folk and pop music is uneventful and boring; this was like a breath of fresh air. Call it musical invigoration if you will.

Go ahead, do your self a favor and pick up this CD. Before you put it in your CD player grab a nice cold glass of lemonade and then sit by the pool to listen to Sylvie Lewis. This summer will be a special one if you do.

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9. I'm Not Playing Anymore
10. Long Before I Knew You

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