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HOME
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. "How to Overcome Age Discrimination in the Music Business" - PART III by Bobby Borg author of "The Musician's Handbook"














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- Mealtime Brown, Morganton, NC
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- Jim Caterine, Phoenix, AZ

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- Lance McFarlin, Hamilton, TX

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- Christopher Paul, Boulder, CO

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- Yuri Batygin, San Jose, CA

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THE INDIE BIBLE is the all-in-one resource for Recording Artists. It lists 4000 publications that will review your music and 3200 radio stations that will play your songs. Over 10,000 contacts in all. ALL genres of music are covered!

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the June Indie Contact Newsletter.

Our first (and only) article this month is Part III of Bobby Borg's informative look at age discrimination in the music business.

The reason that there is only one article is because of the extraordinary number of listings that were submitted this month. Special thanks to the many radio hosts who saw my post on the FOLK DJ list and submitted their show's information.

Remember to check the description of each listing carefully to see what kind of music they are seeking. Nothing ticks off a reviewer or radio host more than when they're being bombarded by CDs that they have no interest in. If you're unsure whether your music fits or not, send a personal e-mail (not a mass e-mailing) telling them about your style of music, and ask if they would be interested in receiving a copy of your CD.

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 June 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 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. 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 2004 Call to Arts! Song & Music Competition is rolling! Finalists in the Spring Competition compete against finalists in the Summer Competition for prizes such as a Sennheiser e835 microphone, their own copy of The Indie Bible, a one-year membership to Onlinegigs, books by music pros such as Bobby Borg and Harriet Schock or other GREAT prizes AND may be invited to perform at the Call to Arts! IV Expo in Los Angeles.

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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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Chaos and Fruit Punch
PO Box 13380, Mill Creek, WA 98082
Adam Chaos adam@operationphoenixrecords.com
http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/zine.html
Quarterly Punk Rock zine that reviews music and other zines while publishing personal stories and articles.

Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal E-ZINE
Rua Tailandia 426, Bras de Pina, Cep 21011350, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Carlos Vaz carlosvaz@br.inter.net
http://www.progressiverockbr.com
Progressive Rock around the world. Music without frontiers. Reviews, interviews, best bands of the week, the best release of the month and much more.

Indie Music Magazine
39-37 50th Ave. 2nd Fl. Sunnyside, NY 11104
Kelly McTiernan kelly@kbearstudios.com
http://www.indie-music.info
For independent music news, reviews and information. Indie music is where it?s at!

Mindset Magazine
20 Brookside Dr. Paola, KS 66071
http://www.mindsetmagazine.com
If you would like a review go to the contact page on our site and submit a request.

Blues Blowtorch
RR 2 Box 5, Clinton, IL 61727-9802
PH: 217-935-8603
Frank deltafrank@bluesblowtorch.com
http://www.bluesblowtorch.com
We are devoted to promoting the Blues in all its forms, so Blues Bands, get in touch with us!

Sonic Soul
Eichendorffstrasse 6c, D-30916 Isernhagen, Germany
Joerg Michael Schmitt jms@soulsite.de
http://www.soulsite.de/sonic
The home of Soul in Germany.

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3. RADIO SHOWS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MUSIC

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Artist Empowerment Radio
PO Box 43058, St. Louis, MO 63143
PH: 314-963-5296
info@thebuzzfactor.com
http://www.TheBuzzFactor.com
Our mission is to awaken within creative people the optimism and attitude that so often eludes them. I break up my spoken word advice with short samples of music from some of my favorite Independent artists.

Semi-Twang
59 36th Way, Sacramento, CA 95819
Paul A. Hefti semitwang@yahoo.com
http://www.angelfire.com/indie/semitwang
A weekly radio show; wherein the roots of music are wide ranging and always growing, including Classic Country, No Depression, Brit-pop, New wave, Old wave, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Soul, Jazz and of course, Indie music.

CKUT's Folk Roots/Folk Branches
235 Metcalfe #402,Westmount (Montreal), QC H3Z 2H8
Mike Regenstreif mike@ckutfolk.com
http://www.ckutfolk.com
Montreal's only broadly defined Folk and Roots music radio program.

Radio Risor
Klingra, Gjernes, N-4990 Sondeled, Norway
PH: 47-3715-4528 FX: 47-3715-2022
Dagfinn M. Pedersen dagfinn@bluegrass.no
http://www.bluegrass.no
Weekly 1-hour Bluegrass radio program with reruns, currently on two radio stations. All types of Bluegrass, including Gospel, Roots and music on the edges.

Heaven's Bar 'n Grill
KZSC, 126 Lennox St. Santa Cruz CA 95060
Clytia Fuller clytia@cruzio.com
http://kzsc.org
Folk/Country/Bluegrass music, featuring acoustic singer- songwriters.

Profiles in Folk
WSHUWSUF, 5151 Park Ave. Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
PH: 203-330-6203 FX: 203-365-0425
Steve Winters winters@wshu.org
http://www.wshu.org/profiles
A thematic exploration of the diverse world of Folk and Acoustic music with programming ranging from a steady diet of traditional Anglo-American and Celtic Folk with Bluegrass, Old-timey, Singer-Songwriters, Blues and World music mixed in.

Ireland: Then & Now
Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave Union NJ 07083
PH: 201-991-7242
Ed Callaghan Ireland@kean.edu
http://www.kean.edu
A 2 hour radio program playing Irish, Celtic and Irish American. We like to play new artist's material.

Jack and Jill Radio
PO Box 450967 Sunrise, FL 33345
PH: 954-741-7233
Grant Porter djradiojack@jackandjillradio.com
http://www.jackandjillradio.com
Multi format Internet radio station. Acoustic, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Country and Light Pop.

Psyche van het Folk
PO Box 28, 2570 Duffel, Belgium
PH: 0472-769207
Gerald Van Waes Gerald.Van.Waes@pandora.be
http://psychevanhetfolk.homestead.com
Radio show with website reviews. The genres I play are World progressive music, Acoustic crossovers, Acid Folk, emotionally & spiritually rich music, mind expanding moments (Singer- Songwriters as well as Progressive Rock, Fusion).

Moving On
PO Box 10652, Portland OR 97296
L.C. Hansen lchansen@spiritone.com
http://www.KBOO.org
Alternative Folk radio program. Political, feminist, pro guitar.

Online Folk Festival
580 E Town St #101, Columbus OH 43215
PH: 614-224-2906
Greg Grant greg@onlinefolkfestival.com
http://www.onlinefolkfestival.com
An Internet only streaming radio station playing a wide variety of Folk and Folk related music including Country, Bluegrass, Singer/Songwriter, and Folk/Rock from both independent and major label artists.

The Sunday Session
Clanrye Radio, 77 Drumalane Rd. Newry, Co Down, N. Ireland, BT35 8AR
PH: 02830252265 FX: 02830261291
Ben Sands bensands77@hotmail.com
http://www.bensands.com
Weekly Sunday radio programme in Ireland, playing Folk/Trad/Roots /Bluegrass/World music, with a soft spot for singer-songwriters.

Folk Image and Troubadour
154 Great Road #C, Shirley, MA 01464-2812
PH: 978-425-2524
Jeffrey Gill fjockey@mailblocks.com
http://www.folkimage.com
Web site featuring two hour on demand shows, plus a low power AM radio station serving a two mile radius. Music featured includes Folk, Americana, Celtic, New Age & Ambient, and World.

JC's Americana
KRFC, 619 S. College #4, Ft.Collins, CO 80524
PH: 970.221.5075
JC Shepard jc@mcn.net
http://www.krfc-fm.org
Americana music on community radio--Acoustic, Alt.country, Bluegrass, Blues--Roots music for the Front Range of Colorado.

The Folk Sampler
PO Box 517, Siloam Springs AR 72761
Mike Flynn mike@folksampler.com
http://www.folksampler.com
A syndicated radio program of Folk, Traditional, Bluegrass and Blues.

Acoustic Eclectic
114 Braithwaite Lane, Quakertown, PA 18951
Otto Bost folkdude@acousticeclectic.org
http://www.acousticeclectic.org
A weekly radio program presenting all kinds of acoustic music, with a particular focus on contemporary Singer/ Songwriters and Acoustic instrumental music, and featuring frequent in-studio performances and interviews with acoustic artists.

Massattack Records
PO Box 3126 Hollywood CA 90078
Shawn McPherson info@massattackrecords.com
http://www.massattackrecords.com
With three online radio stations and magazines Massattack Records discovers and supports Alternative music from all over the world.

Lunch on the Back Porch
Mary Aigner - PD, KZYX, PO Box 1, Philo, CA 95466
PH: 707-895-2324 FX: 707-895-2451
Diane Hering gm@kzyx.org
http://kzyx.org/show_profiles/lunch_on_porch.htm
Traditional and contemporary Bluegrass.

The Indie Rock Haven
6654 S. Buffalo Dr. Littleton, CO 80120
Maxwell Seeman maxwell@theindierockhaven.com
http://www.theindierockhaven.com
An online station playing a dazzling mix of Indie Rock, Slow-Core and Post-Rock, both new and old.

Music You Can't Hear On the Radio
WPRB, PO Box 342, Princeton, NJ 08542-0342
PH: 609-258-3655 FX: 609-258-1806
John Weingart VerySeldom@aol.com
http://www.veryseldom.com
Folk music, string band music, Bluegrass, Blues and humor.

FreeWorldRadio
152 Meads Cross Rd. Stormville NY 12582
PH: 800-259-7130
Paul dos Santos cavalierhome@aol.com
http://www.FreeWorldRadio.com
Broadcasts anything from 2 nationally syndicated FM radio shows with over 100 markets each.

WPKN FM
attn: Music Director, 244 University Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06605
PH: 203-331-9756
wpkn@wpkn.org
http://www.wpkn.org
Our programmers enjoy extraordinary freedoms. They conceive and deliver their programs without interference from funding sources or concerns about popularity.

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

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MMH Records
2795 San Pedro Road Alameda CA 94501
PH: 510-258-4731
Phil Hadley motorhads2004@yahoo.com
http://www.mmhrecords.com
Indie Label always searching for new talent.

CD Judge.com
6598 Hartford Dr. Memphis, TN 38134
PH: 901-461-7448
Andrew Finger indiemusic999@yahoo.com
http://www.cdjudge.com
Get your indie CD bought/sold and judged by thousands and maybe win the $1000 giveaway.

Redstar Budapest
1144 Budapest, Tihany U 38-40, Hungary
Mikorka Kalman crvnazvezda@freemail.hu
http://redstarbudapest.tk
An independent label interested in all kinds of "do it yourself" activities.

Context Music Group
24-21 27th St., Suite 2-B, Astoria, NY 11102
PH: 973.715.1101
Don Di Napoli don.dinapoli@contextmusicgroup.com
http://www.contextmusicgroup.com
Full service artist development company that handles all aspects from production to publicity.

Plata Records
Innherredsveien 51A, 7043 Trondheim, Norway
PH: 47-93-02-41-83
Steinar H. Bohn steinar@platarecords.no
http://www.platarecords.no
Norwegian record company that specializes in extreme music.

Fallen Angel Record Promotions
3034 Enisglen Dr Palm Harbor FL 34683
PH: 727-773-9620 FX: 727-781-0074
Lisa Yates farpromotions@knology.net
http://www.farpromotions.com
We are now accepting band demos to sell your CD on the internet. Does your band have what it takes? We will make your music soar.

RPM Records
Lyntone Group, PO Box 679, Doncaster, DN3 3WW, UK
PH: 01302-371791 FX: 01302-371791
Richard Hazelwood richard@nightcafe.co.uk
http://www.rpmrecords.uk.com
Well established Online Record, CD and Memorabilia shop, offering most genres of music at very competative price!

Carolina Bread Records
Redd redd@kasmel.com
http://www.CarolinaBreadRecords.com
Independent Hip Hop label located in Charlotte, NC.

The Night Cafe
Lyntone Group, PO Box 679, Doncaster, DN3 3WW, UK
PH: 01302-371791 FX: 01302-371791
Richard Hazelwood richard@nightcafe.co.uk
http://www.nightcafe.co.uk
Distributor of relaxing yet stimulating late night music with a high "chill out" factor. staffed by music enthusiasts!

Avail Records, Inc.
PO Box 13011, Gainesville, FL 32604
PH: 305-205-0024 FX: 352-372-1634
H. Pierre hpierre@availrecords.com
http://www.availrecords.com
Christian record label specializing in using the gift of music to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

LC Records
Box 451624 Garland, TX 75045
PH: 4692351148
Travis Jones taj@lastchancerecords.com
http://www.lastchancerecords.com
Provide free web space and promotion to indie/alternative bands of any type (Punk, Experimental, etc).

Music Utopia
Rikk info@music-utopia.com
http://www.music-utopia.com
Music-Utopia.com and Music-Utopia.co.uk are a no frills music shopping and selling experience. Get your music heard and sold at Music Utopia.

First Street Live Records
412 N. First St. Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
PH: 904-435-1620
Spade McQuade spade@firststreetlive.com
http://firststreetlive.com
A new label looking for fresh talent North Florida.

everestrecords
Schuetzenmattstrasse 12, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
Mich Meienberg info@everestrecords.ch
http://www.everestrecords.ch
Swiss Electronic-Experimental label.

Postunder Records
19 Haruv Street Alfe Menashe 44851 Israel
PH: 972544346705
Yaron Eshkar postunder@postunder.com
http://www.postunder.com
We are an Electronic music record label offering both online mp3 releases and CD releases.

Team Clermont Promotion
191 E. Broad St., Suite 310, Athens, GA 30601
PH: 706-548-6008 FX: 706-548-0094
Nelson Wells nelsonwells@teamclermont.com
http://www.teamclermont.com
We get maximum exposure for the records we promote.

Gary Records
Block 207, Flat 6, Jakande Estate, Oke - Afa, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria.
http://www.garyrecords.com
Gary Stinno Nwobu gary@garyrecords.com
Music distribution and marketing. Music promotion, audio and visual.

Afrisongs
Block 207, Flat 6, Jakande Estate, Oke - Afa, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria.
http://www.afrisongs.com
Gary Stinno Nwobu info@afrisongs.com
Music marketing and duplication.

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

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Gospel Elevations
2710 Barth Street Flint MI 48504
PH: 810.625.0992
James Robinson jrobin747@yahoo.com
http://www.gospelelevations.net
A site where people can hear area artists.

Rate Sum Music
PO Box 122, Kings Mill, OH 45034
Matt Trimble info@ratesummusic.com
http://www.ratesummusic.com
Provides artists with an outlet to promote their music by giving them optimal exposure, advantages, and opportunities to be heard, discovered and reviewed by the public and industry players.

HitMusicInc
PO Box 5731 Winter Park fl 32793
PH: 407-619-4531
Paul Shirley paul@hitmusicinc.net
http://www.hitmusicinc.net
A site where you can promote, sell and distribute your music CD and digital downloads.

gimmemusic.net
PO Box 2718, Glen Rose TX 76043
PH: 254-898-9418 FX: 254-898-9418
Tommy Randall tommy@triasite.net
http://www.gimmemusic.net
Offering unsigned artists nationwide the opportunity to sell their downloadable mp3's online.

Local Sounds Online
10085 W. 18th Ave. Lakewood, CO 80215
PH: 734-775-9575
Dave, Mike, Tim info@localsoundsonline.com
http://localsoundsonline.com
We bring Music, Art, Fashion and Culture...together.

Media-Net
Jonathan sales@jbservers.net
http://media.jbservers.net
We provide free/cheap turn-key multi-media web sites for musicians and video artists to upload and stream/broadcast to the internet, and have a great listener interface to help bring in more listeners!

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Network with music and entertainment industries leaders, discuss the inside scoop on current news, events, leads and opportunities. Attendance is expected to be high; however guests and new members are always welcome. A cash bar will be available.

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Visual Image Marketing
PO Box 120576, Nashville, TN 37212
PH: 615-419-0886
Steve Baker steveb@visualimagemarketing.com
http://www.visualimagemarketing.com
Promotes & markets Music Videos to video outlets across the nation & in some cases, the world. Though we specialize in Country music, we also promote Americana, AAA, Pop & Christian videos.

WOMEN OF MUSIC-MUSIC OF WOMEN
Cilene Bosch cilenebosch@comcast.net
http://www.womenofmusicmusicofwomen.org
A Nashville based International Alliance of women in the Music Industry with members in Italy, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Australia and cities across the US.

Mary4Music.com
PO Box 25922, Baltimore, MD 21224
Mary mary@mary4music.com
http://www.mary4music.com
Blues, Indie & DIY music links, musician's resources, reviews and band listings.

The Tyrus Musicians Group
PH: 972-353-2763
Scott Owen TheTyrusGroup@comcast.net
http://www.thetyrusmusiciansgroup.com
We are a non-profit promoting indie artists and their music through CD compilations, Videos, musicians gatherings and Internet radio.

Unstable Ground
1-428 Quebec Ave., Toronto, ON M6P 2V4
PH: 416-762-8782
Justin info@unstableground.net
http://www.unstableground.net
Music video, DVD, EPK, live video production.

Phat Cats Entertainment LLC
6483 Fenestra Ct. Suite#100 Burke, VA 22017
PH: 202.415.9268
Enrique Lopez management@phatcats.com
http://www.phatcats.com
We are a management/entertainment company that promises to bring the best talent to the DC, MD and VA area.

Whatz Happenin' TV
1529 Spring Rd. Suite E, Smyrna, GA 30080
PH: 770-437-0002 FX: 770-319-6694
Rodney Lundy sales@whtv1.com
http://www.whtv1.com
TV program on Broadcast Television that has videos and interviews.

UMO Music
10 West 15 St. Suite 313, New York, NY 10011
PH: 212-727-1352
Ernest Budnick umo@umo.com
http://www.umo.com
Provides online artist promotional accounts, live music events and compilation CDs.

dallastexasmusic.com
PO Box 2718, Glen Rose TX 76043
PH: 254-898-9418 FX: 254-898-9418
Tommy Randall tommy@triasite.net
http://www.dallastexasmusic.com
Promoting bands/artists in the Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas in Texas.

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7. HOW TO OVERCOME DISCRIMINATIONTION IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS - PART III by Bobby Borg author of "The Musician's Handbook"
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Side Step It
Another potential alternative for creating longevity in the music business is to side step out of the more creative realm of the music and investigate more "business-related" careers that are typically less restrictive of age. These possibilities may include: Personal management, business management, music publicity, musical equipment design and manufacturing, music supervision, music education, studio proprietorship, or starting your own music licensing company (to name a few).

Derek Sivers, founder and president of CD Baby; one of the largest music-related companies on the Web, once said, "As a Berklee graduate and devoted musician first and foremost, who ever thought I would be spending my days in the music distribution business. But I love it." R&B singer Pebbles stepped into the more business side of the music industry when she went on to form Savvy records and created the Atlanta Georgia group TLC. She also guided the group as their personal manager for many years.

These examples are nothing to sneeze at. Sure, side stepping or changing gears may not be what you originally set out to do with your musical career, but let's face it-if you can be successful and still in the entertainment business-more power to you!

Build A Loyal Fan Base
If you'd rather not change a thing about yourself or your music and prefer to hang on to the past - then, you'd better build a strong and extremely loyal fan base that will continue to support you for several years to come.

Artists such as Journey, Styx, Poison, Warrant, Great White, Vince Neil, Slaughter, and Quiet Riot are all artists who have stuck with the "very same formula" as they did back in their hay day-and interestingly are all still touring and making a modest living doing so to this day. Surely, these bands have shown very little development over the years and are somewhat living in the past (perhaps you've even denounced these bands with a chuckle wishing they'd all just throw in the towel along with the tight pants and eye liner). But don't be so quick to judge. From a purely business perspective, these bands have actually done something incredibly right! By relentlessly hitting the road and performing live before audiences around the country, interviewing with radio stations and the press, visiting record stores, and making a special effort to connect with their fans, these bands were all able to successfully built a grass roots following and "brand" name in their day that was so powerful they are able to continue their careers today far beyond current trends and the support of their major record labels.

Personal manager and booking agent Chris Arnstein, who has worked with Bad English, Bret Michaels and Journey confirms, "If you're smart and lucky enough to develop a substantial customer base by making every effort to connect with your audience one fan at a time, you can almost bet on a career in music through touring for several years to come. Loyal fans will grow old with you; that's long after you're label drops you and the next generation of consumers is brainwashed to believe you're no longer cool."

*****Continued Next month*****

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Bobby Borg is the author of "The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business," now available by Billboard Books on-line at Amazon.com, or in a store near you. mailto: bborg@bobbyborg.com
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