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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. Services/Labels that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. Writing a Band Bio by Suzanne Glass, Indie-Music.com














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Former founding music director of MP3.com has announced that he has created the world’s first auction house dedicated to the sale of music related copyrights.

AuctionSongs.com is a new site where independent musicians can sell their songs to the highest bidder. This opens a new method of income for talented musicians who can offer either the sound recording or composition copyrights of their songs.

For Further Information please contact:
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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the March Indie Contact Newsletter.

Suzanne Glass of Indie-Music.com has written a very helpful article listing the key elements to be considered when creating your "Band Bio". This is an area where artists either get a nice jump on things, or shoot themselves in the foot...right out of the starting gate.

I'd like to welcome a new sponsor this month. 3000 Records will be offering "2" prizes in the April draw. The first prize is a free listing through CD Register. This includes 90 days promotion to radio, magazines, film & T.V. production companies and record companies. See http://www.cdregister.com for more info.

The second prize is free space on an Indie 360 Compilation CD (Push Play Volume 2). Your song will be promoted to music industry connections around the world. You will receive potential airplay, reviews, film & T.V. placement, and additional promotion to help you gain new fans. See http://www.indie360.com for more info.

I often get people asking me to resend them newsletters from various months. Just a reminder that ALL past newsletters are available online. You can view them at: https://www.indiebible.com/newsletter

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

David Wimble
The Indie Contact Newsletter
newsletter@indiebible.com

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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in February. 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/labels that will help you to sell/promote 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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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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HitClick Indie Music Network
138 W. 14th St. Tucson, AZ 85701
PH: 520-867-6686 FX: 216-929-1049
Avallon Julian Rai avallon.pm-div@hitclick.net
http://www.hitclick.net
Offers "Band Finder" for fans searching for new music on the internet & MP3 Reviews.

Mantis Magazine
PO Box 9566, Silver Spring, MD 20916
PH: 301-980-4777
Mark M. Chou admin@mantismagazine.com
http://www.mantismagazine.com
A web magazine reviewing primarily Rock, Alt, Hip-Hop, Emo-type acts. We also feature artist profiles / interviews and photography.

AlternativeAddiction.com
400 E. 77th, 2L, New York, NY 10021
PH: 917-991-2756 FX: 336-778-0170
Dru Rajacich dru@alternativeaddiction.com
http://www.alternativeaddiction.com
Features spotlights unsigned bands by offering both CD reviews and the possibility to have your song listed in our Top 10. We currently receive over 150,000 unique visitors per month. We also offer indie band banners for just $35/month

Northeast In-Tune Magazine & E-Zine
PO Box 355, Epping, NH 03042-0355
PH: 603-767-4440
Bob Donovan Editor@northeastintune.com
http://www.northeastintune.com
Indie Music, Arts/Body Art publication focusing on music of the Northeast (NJ, NY, New England).

ReVaMP
2001 Table Rock Rd. #24, Medford, OR 97501
PH: 503-351-0487
Erik Beyer info@revampmusic.com
http://www.revampmusic.com
Promoting music in Southern Oregon. We do CD reviews for bands and labels across the globe!

Chain-Whipped Magazine
2976 Washington Blvd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
PH: 216-397-1191
Warren Davis chain-whipped@chain-whipped.com
http://www.chain-whipped.com
Artist interviews, CD reviews, DVD reviews, and miscellaneous bollocks. Born in the back alleys of Tokyo and spreading like a virus worldwide.

Modern Guitars Magazine
11 Ridge Rd. Norton, MA 02766
PH: 508-285-7651
Brian D. Holland bholland@modernguitars.com
http://www.modernguitars.com/holland
My main interest is to introduce and promote deserving musicians and bands to our readers. This mainly pertains to guitar oriented material, of course, but can be of any musical genre. Recognition is my primary goal. Supply me with anything guitar/music related. General news and pre-release CDs/DVDs for review.

Being There Magazine
220 Viceroy Rd, #13 Concord, ON L4K 3C2
PH: 647-881-8884 FX: 905-764-8367
Cari Crosby cari@beingtheremag.com
http://www.beingtheremag.com
An online music & film magazine for the literary minded. We include interviews, features, and reviews.

Kriselen Traxx
PO Box 158, Rialto, CA 92376
Kristine Capalla Kris@kriselen.com
http://www.kriselentraxx.com
Provides interviews, reviews, news, show dates, and profiles on the indie music scene.

Westcoast Indie
#507, 2005 Pendrell St. Vancouver, BC V6G 1T8
PH: 604-505-9492
Waynerd webmaster@westcoastindie.com
http://www.westcoastindie.com
Online music community for West Coast musicians to connect, post shows and news. Also does reviews.

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SIRIUS OutQ
1221 Ave of the Americas
PH: 212-584-5334 FX: 212-584-5200
Charlie Dyer cdyer@siriusradio.com
http://www.sirius.com/outq
America's only 24/7 radio station for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Provocative, entertaining- even titillating! Plus news, interviews and music from GLBT recording artists.

Newgrass, Prog & More! Live365.com
HCR 66, Box 1999, Mathews, VA 23109
Steve Sikes-Nova/virginiaprograsser MFSB@SAFe-mail.net
http://www.live365.com/stations/virginiaprograsser
http://www.progressiveradiocat.com
The best in Newgrass, Progressive Rock, Indie & Alternative. Musicians are welcome to submit CDs.

The Electric Croude WCVE
23 Sesame St. Richmond, VA 23235
PH: 804-560-8172
George Maida George_Maida@wcve.pbs.org
http://wcve.org
The show is a one hour weekly sampler that airs Saturday night in central VA. As far as music goes, the show is very eclectic and I play both acoustic and electric. The only genre I don't play is Rap.

Roots Rock Radio
PO Box 1307, Sykesville, MD 21784
PH: 410-978-9807
Richard Roots@RRRadio.com
http://RRRadio.com
The home of indie Roots Rock-Radio shows, podcasts, articles, reviews, and more of Indie Roots Rock, garage Rock, alt Country, & rockin' Rhythm & Blues artists.

SayHy Radio
9442 Leo Dr. Brighton, MI 48116
PH: 517-861-9380
Ron Howard info@sayhyradio.com
http://www.sayhyradio.com
An internet radio station that plays only indie and unsigned music 24/7 365!

Writer's Block WDVX
PO Box 18157, Knoxville, TN 37928
Karen E. Reynolds writersblockinfo@aol.com
http://www.writersblockonline.com
Airing ONLY independent performing songwriters. This program was created to bring attention to original artists that deserve being listened to. Whether you like Blues, Folk, Rock or Americana the show offers something for every listener. With interviews, A NEW LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES, in studio performances and airing cuts from the artist's CDs.

RelaxRadio
Ron Trigwell relaxradio@perthinternet.com
http://www.relaxradio.net.au
Australian Internet Radio Station supporting Independent Artists worldwide. We play most genres of music except the Heavy Youth Genres of today.

Evolving Artist
18 Mill St. Southbridge, MA 01550 ATTN: Derek Tremblay
PH: 508-764-9500 FX: 508-764-9501
Craig Frand craig.frand@evolvingartist.com
http://evolvingartist.com
There are tons of great opps for exposure with Evolving Artist Media! You can submit your CDs/ MP3s for consideration for ENGAGE Internet Radio. And there is no charge if we ad your songs to our playlist. You can also submit your DVDs/ MPEGs for consideration for Evolving Artist Internet Television. And like internet radio, there is no charge if we add your videos to our playlist.

ExtraPlay.com Radio
Nicholas Cope marketing@extraplay.com
http://extraplay.com
Broadcasts unsigned band music world wide, 24 hours a day, everyday, non stop. Unsigned band and unsigned artist songs from both the UK and the US. We'd like to hear your music. If you'd like to make your sound available and broadcast on our radio, register today.

What's the Buzz WCNI
247 Haley Rd. Ledyard, CT 06339
PH: 860-572-2705
John Fogg Jr. buzzradiowcni@aol.com
http://oak.conncoll.edu/wcni
A weekly 3 hour show. Christian Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop. I am happy to play the music of independent artists.

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4. SERVICES/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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Solnze Records
Russiam 129090, Moscow, per.Vasnezova11/2-9, Russia
PH: +7-095-6845383
Oleg Tarasov info@solnzerecords.com
http://www.solnzerecords.com
Label/Distributor/Booking Agency for unusual music that's not mainstream.

Broken Record Productions
1210 Gamma, Pasadena, TX 77504
PH: 832-457-7790
Devon Mikeska devon@brokenrecordproductions.com
http://www.brokenrecordproductions.com
A full service music/live event video production company as well as artist management/development.
benzull1972
26 Well St. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1ER UK
PH: 07833337316
Benny Edgar melbenny@yarco.fsnet.co.uk
http://www.benzull1972.com
Fast service with cheap prices on new DVDs and UK Hip Hop. We also promote new bands in the UK.

Indie or Die Records
3160 N. Jog Rd. #11206, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
PH: 561-762-0099
Frankie T. indieordierecords@pegrp.com
http://www.pegrp.com
Record label for DIY bands. No contracts and no BS. Demo's accepted 24/7.

AFBPromotions
Wednesday Elektra wednesday@aidforbands.com
http://www.aidforbands.com
We have been promoting underground musicians and music services since 1996. Currently we are an international street team service specializing in online and offline promotions and marketing for our roster artists.

Street Corner Records
PH: 407-595-7569
Dennis Vinegar dmenace@streetcornerrecords.com
http://www.streetcornerrecords.com
A nationwide retailer and producer of Hip Hop music.

IndiePodcasting.com
314 Centre St., South Orange, NJ 07079
PH: 973-763-9215
Tony Alexander webmaster@indiepodcasting.com
http://www.indiepodcasting.com
A new service devoted to promoting unsigned and indie artists using a combination of podcasting technology, syndication, and viral marketing.

On That Note Entertainment
525 Mt. Pleasant Ave. West Orange, NJ 07052
PH: 973-486-0867 FX: 973-486-0875
Dan Balassone dan@onthatnote.net
http://www.onthatnote.net
A full service booking agency working with national and regional acts of all types and genres.

RES - Registrazioni e Suoni
PO Box 292, 31100 Treviso Centrale - Italy
PH: +39-335-8409306 FX: +39-0422-235743
Joachim Thomas info@res-net.org
http://www.res-net.org
A record label always looking for new music.

Prodigal Son Entertainment
115 Penn Warren Dr. Ste. 300, Box 145, Brentwood, TN 37027
PH: 615-377-0057
Scott E. Williams prodigalsonents@aol.com
http://www.prodigalson-entertainment.com
Artist management & development. Indie & signed mainstream and Christian (no Rap/Urban).

Number 3 Records
5870 Franklin Ave. #302, Los Angeles, CA 90028
PH: 323-605-8199
toddrick spalding toddrick@number3records.com
http://www.number3records.com
A diverse independent label formed from a true love of music. Also, the best records you never heard!

GRUUVE Music Search & Syndication
333 Cobalt Way #107, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
PH: 408-678-1000 or 647-722-4181
Daya Baran mail@gruuve.com
http://www.gruuve.com
We provide artists, DJs, podcasters and content providers a way to build their distribution. GRUUVE offers a free fan club system, tracklist, photo gallery and event listings.

Dubxpress On-Demand Music Publishing
146 A McKnight Circle, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
PH: 412-519-8250
Peter Sysko pete@dubxpress.com
http://www.dubxpress.com
Free manufacturing and distribution integration for artists that cannot afford to manufacture their own products. For musicians that do offer their own products, they receive a merchant page and receive 95% of all sales.

Addic Records
14 E. Hughes St. PO Box 145, Belfast, NY 14711
PH: 585-365-8021
Scott AddicRecords@hotmail.com
http://www.addicrecords.com
Hip Hop/R&B Independent Label. Bios, songs, artists, pictures, release dates n' where to purchase artist's Albums!!

FRG Records
101 Upper Abbey Rd. Belvedere, London, DA17 5AF UK
PH: 01322-403-593
Steve Lane steve.lane4@ntlworld.com
http://frgrecords.com
We are looking for new artists. Pop, Dance, RnB, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Rock, Indie, Soul and more. All styles of music are welcome.

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

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Syndicate Entertainment
1016 Morse Ave. #17, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
PH: 408-744-9092
David Mack dmack@se-global.com
http://www.syndicateentertainment.com
Entertainment company dedicated to the advancement of the independent music community. Sell your music online today!

Digital Beat Music
Etappitie 3 a 202 95400
PH: +358-405094034
Kimmo Rinta-Pollari digitalbeat@lycos.com
http://www.digitalbeatmusic.com
Independent Electronica label and MP3 hosting service for artists.

Parasme Records
42 Milton Rd., Cowes, Isle Of Wight, PO31 7PX UK
PH: 01983-200416
Parasme ian@parasme.com
http://www.parasme.com
Ambient, Experimental and Electronic digital distribution record label.

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Artistopia - The Ultimate Music Artist Resource
PO Box 3538, Alexandria, VA 22302
FX: 703-566-7500
Donna Liguria info@artistopia.com
http://www.artistopia.com
Professional presentation of the music artist to the music industry, with comprehensive profile and press kit building tools, artist development, musician community, and services.

Indie Managers Association (IMA)
554 N. Frederick Ave. #218, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
PH: 240-638-5060 FX: 240-597-1330
Jeremy Rwakaara jeremy@indiemanagers.com
http://www.indiemanagers.com
Exists to promote and educate this and the next generation of independent music managers and self-managed artists; and connect managers with artists seeking representation.

Visual Image Marketing
PO Box 120576, Nashville, TN 37212
PH: 615-419-0886
Steve Baker sbaker@visualimagemarketing.com
http://www.visualimagemarketing.com
Awareness marketing for your video products that targets viewers and impacts sales. We specialize in Country & Americana video promotion & marketing.

Pear Music Ltd.
Unit 65a, Eurolink Business Centre, Effra Rd. London, SW2 1BZ UK
PH: +44 (0) 207-274-2006 FX: +44 (0) 207-274-2552
Esther esther@lovelypear.com
http://www.lovelypear.com
Releases quality song based tracks with Dance remixes from artists across the globe. Previous releases have been supported by by key players in the scene.

Gold Guitars Music
Box 348, Omar, WV 25638
PH: 304-946-4808
Stephanie gold_guitars@yahoo.com
http://goldguitars.atspace.com
A music publishing and music supervision company that also offers consultation services. We can also critique your material and give you helpful information to help better your songs.

ABC Pictures
1867 E. Florida St. Springfield, MO 65803-4583
PH: 888-526-5336
http://www.abcpictures.com
Quality publicity picture reproduction, posters, 8x10's, headshots & composites for the entertainment industry.

Busy Beaver Button Co.
PO Box 87676, Chicago, IL 60680
PH: 773-645-3359
Christen Carter buttongal@busybeaver.net
http://www.busybeaver.net
We make custom buttons good, fast and cheap!

CDstands.com
30 Compton Way, Hamilton Sq. NJ 08690
PH: 609-689-1711
info@cdreview.com
http://cdstands.com
We manufacture our own line of CD Boxes for artists to sell their music at shows or in stores.

AcidFlyers.com
4491 62nd Ave. N. #210, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
PH: 727- 520-7399 FX: 727- 520-0430
Brooks Palmer brooks@acidflyers.com
http://www.acidflyers.com
Good source for printing club flyers, business cards, postcards and posters.

Bandwear.com
PH: 877-226-3932
http://makeit.bandwear.com
A full-service merchandising company.

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7. WRITING A BAND BIO by Suzanne Glass, Indie-Music.com
© 2007 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Having a little trouble coming up with a decent band bio? Check out these suggestions:

1. Don't worry about writing a book. One page or even a few paragraphs is fine. In fact, most people don't want to read any more than that.

2. Do emphasize your strong points while minimizing areas where you lack. If you have played gigs with well known bands, be sure to list it. If you haven't played many gigs, don't bother mentioning the fact. Go on to your recording, or your other musical experience. Also, while it's OK to "hype" a little bit, never tell any out-and- out lies or make a boast you might not be able to come through on. It will come back to haunt you, and then you will lose all credibility in the reader's eyes. Not to mention these music people talk to each other...and HOW!

3. Do use your band's letterhead to write it on. (You DO have a logo and letterhead, right?) Be consistent in your entire promo package with the image, logo, etc.

4. Don't say your band's music is "not able to be classified". Aside from the fact that a million other bands say the same thing, the music industry contact reading your bio wants and NEEDS to know who you are comparable to. For instance, if someone recommends a movie to you, you probably need to know if it's a horror flick, a romance or whatever before you decide if you want to see it.

5. Do use humor or slight sarcasm if it fits your band's image. But avoid the temptation to go overboard. A bit of humor can make a low budget press kit seem better. Too much is a loser. Also, some types of bands fit into a niche that is more open to humor. Just make sure what you say will not offend anyone.

6. Don't, repeat, DO NOT say you are the coolest, best, or greatest band around, or anything even remotely close to it. Music Industry people want to decide for themselves if you are good or not. Avoid the flowery adjectives.

7. Do list the band's major musical influences. This goes along with trying to give the person an idea of what you sound like. It can work great to come up with a unique description of your music. For instance, Indiana guitarist Michael Kelsey describes his music as "Progressive, aggressive acoustic music".

8. Unless your band has former members of Aerosmith and Van Halen in it, it's probably not a good idea to do one of those story bios. "John was playing in Joe's band until the singer quit. Then John met Steve, who was playing with the Nobodys. They formed a band called The Losers. When the drummer quit, they changed their name to The New Losers", etc. This is irrelevant and, well, boring. Not to mention it shows your lack of ability to keep a band together. It is OK to use an interesting line or two about how the band got started, or how songs are written. It's also OK to add any interesting facts, like maybe your band donates all proceeds from their cassette sales to charity.

9. Of course you want to list all your major accomplishments. Any recordings, awards, education, or whatever.

10. A quick concise listing of each member is good. Sometimes you can do fun things with this like a listing of each members' favorite drink, or other non-relevant stuff. But make sure it works. Nobody really cares what your favorite anything is, so it has to be part of a humorous image. If any members have played in well known bands, it's good to mention it here, but don't make a big deal out of it.

11. You may use a different version of your bio depending on who will be receiving it. For instance, a record label and a club booking agent might need different info to decide if you interest them. A record label wants to know you have it all together: music, business, a fan base, songwriting, etc. A club agent is mostly concerned with whether you have a following that will bring paying business to his club.

12. Do make absolutely sure you have your address and phone number (and your e-mail and website URL, if applicable) listed prominently. This goes for all items in your press kit. Name, address, and number on EVERYTHING. (Demo tape included!)

13. Read other bands' bios. Compare and rewrite. Have other people read and comment on what you write. Make sure it is grammatically correct, with no typos. If you really feel yourself lacking in this area, consider hiring someone to write your bio for you. A good bio is part of the press kit that forms the first impression of your band. Don't mess it up.
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