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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. ""UPC & Barcodes for Pennies and Sense by Lygia Ferra, LAMusicGuide.com














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- Christin Cook, Houston, TX

This month's winner of the A&R Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) is:
- Emow, Hollywood, CA

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

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- Bruce Swanson, Aurora, CO

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- Timo Närväinen, Espoo, Finland

This month's winner of "The Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook" e-book by Bob Baker (for more info visit http://www.thebuzzfactor.com) is:
- Sandira, London, England

The winner of the Galaris Musician's Directory (for more information visit http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?icb ) is:
- Dan Smolla, Bloomingdale, IL

This month's winner of the an Artist Press Kit (ArtistPK) (for more information visit http://TOURdatabase.com ) is:
- Samy Elgazzar, Athens-Alimos, Greece

This month's winner of a one year subscriptions to Electronic Musician Magazine (visit http://www.emusician.com) is:
- Corey H. Maass, State College, PA

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the October Indie Contact Newsletter.

There is only one article this month because there are a LOT of listings for you to check out.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lygia Ferra while I was attending a conference in Los Angeles recently. Lygia is an artist, freelance writer, and also writes for the "LA Music Guide". She has written an article that will help you to better understand the importance of Bar Codes - what they are, why they're necessary, how Soundscan works, plus a valuable list of resources where you can find more information about them.

I will be at the Global Entertainment & Media Summit on Nov. 6 and 7. http://www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com If you're in the New York City area, I highly recommend that you check out this conference. It's inexpensive, and there are always lots of great panels. I'll have a booth there, so if you do attend, please stop by to say hello.

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 October 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 September.
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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Get your copy today at http://www.indiebible2004.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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Sing Out!
PO Box 5460, Bethlehem, PA 18015
PH: 610-865-5366 FX: 610-865-5129
info@singout.org
http://www.singout.org
Feature articles and interviews, tons of recording and book reviews, the most comprehensive and up-to-date Folk festival and camp listing anywhere, plus regular columns on the Folk process, songwriting, storytelling and Children's music.

Trad Music / Music Maker Magazine
c/o Magnet Publishing Ltd. 28 Grafton Terrace, London NW5 4JJ UK
PH: 020-7424-0027
Brian Healey tradmusic@btinternet.com
http://www.tradmusic.net
The official journal of the Music Maker Association. Dedicated to the promotion of independent record labels, songwriters & performers. Folk to Country, Rock, Jazz and World Music.

The Village Broadsheet
302 E. 3rd St. #5A, New York, NY 10009
PH: 917-579-3586 FX: 877-471-4862
eric@ericfeig.com
http://www.villagebroadsheet.com
CD and show reviews.

MusicShopper
11 Trout Road, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1RD, ENGLAND
PH: 44-1428-656878
Stephen Reynolds info@musicshopper.info
http://www.musicshopper.info
We review and allow you to promote your music on our site.

Sick Among the Pure
PO Box 72043, Ottawa, ON K2K 2P4, Canada
PH: 360-513-9121
Jett Black editor@sickamongthepure.com
http://www.sickamongthepure.com
Is your band of the alternative / industrial / metal / electronic genre (or sub-sub-sub-genre?) Do they just plain fucking rock? SATP is always interested in bringing established, up-and-coming, and underground artists to the forefront of everyone's attention. With an established circulation of 250,000 (and growing!) readers worldwide, we can get your band some attention!

Thrasher Magazine
1303 Underwood Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124
PH: 415-822-3083 FX: 415-822-8359
greg@thrashermagazine.com
http://www.thrashermagazine.com
Covers the San Francisco Punk and Hardcore music scene.

Ink 19
1189 Johnson St. Melbourne, FL 32935
PH: 860-985-4587
Rob Walsh walsh@ink19.com
http://www.ink19.com
Accepts CDs and artist bio's for review.

ICON Magazine
PH: 775-363-6821 FX: 425-799-0546
help@icon-magazine.com
http://www.icon-magazine.com
Monthly e-zine featuring the best independent artists/bands. Please contact via phone, fax, or email for press consideration.

Daydreamer Music Reviews
PO Box 198, Goole, DN14 0WZ UK
Bryan Machon info@daydreamer-music-reviews.com
http://www.daydreamer-music-reviews.com
Professional, comprehensive album, demo and live reviews. Note: This is a paid service.

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3. RADIO SHOWS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MUSIC

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iRADIO Los Angeles - 91.7 FM
561 S. Calvados Ave. Covina, CA 91723
PH: 626-780-6323 FX: 626-974-4776
Mark Coon iradiola@yahoo.com
http://www.iradiola.com
We are an independent radio station playing only independent artists and bands.

Maltanetworkresources Praise and Worship Internet Radio
PH: 356-99882177
Clyde Meli streamingprobs@catholichealing.com
http://www.maltanetworkresources.com
A 24 hour Catholic Christian internet radio from Malta playing a range of praise and worship songs as well as contemporary Christian artists.

"Highway 61" and "Un Mondo Di Musica" (A World Of Music)
PO Box 12, 15040 San Michele, Alessandria, Italy
PH: 39-131-225791 FX: 39-131-225791
Massimo Ferro highway61@interfree.it
http://www.highway61.it
The two radio shows of Italian DJ Massimo Ferro on Radio Voce Spazio 93.800, Italy. Highway 61 plays American Roots based music (Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Blues but also Roots Rock, Americana, Alternative Country, etc.) Un Mondo Di Musica deals with every form of Folk, Roots & World Music from around the globe.

Music Maker Web Radio
c/o Magnet Publishing Ltd. 28 Grafton Terrace, London NW5 4JJ UK
PH: 020-7424-0027
Brian Healey tradmusic@btinternet.com
http://www.musicmaker-web.co.uk
Music covering different styles from Folk to Country, Rock, Jazz and World music. If you have produced a CD you would like to hear broadcast on this station, just send a copy to the Editor.

The Tink's Metal Show on WVUD
The Tink thetinksinc@lycos.com
http://www.thetinksinc.com/radio.htm
The TINK is metal incarnate. Radio. Video. Online. And, In Person. He is the Godfather. He is the man, the myth, the legend and the entity that makes it possible for the rest of us to be metal.

WRKL (Polskie Radio New York)
1551 Rte. 202, Pomona, NY 10970
PH: 845-354-2000 FX 845-354-4796
WRKL@polskieradio.com
http://www.polskieradio.com
Polish radio. Plays Independent music.

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

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The CD Party
236 Fairmont Court
PH: 615-293-8887 FX: 615-329-9831
Bill Lee McCleskey bill@thecdparty.com
http://www.TheCDparty.com
We sell and Promote indie music online and worldwide, representing all genres of music from Country, to Hip Hop, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rock, Pop, Reggae, Spoken Word, Gospel, etc. Artists can sell and receive personal a page on our site for a one-time fee of $25.

BlackCat Talent & Entertainment/ Blackcat Music Publishing
PO Box 26174, El Paso, TX 79926
David O. Samaniego info@blackcattalent.com
http://www.blackcattalent.com
A multi-service company within the music & film industry.

X-Static Records
190 E. Olmstead Dr., Suite B-7, Titusville, FL 32780
PH: 321-735-9428
Marty True info@x-staticrecords.com
http://www.x-staticrecords.com
Independent record label specializing in Dance, Pop, Hip Hop & modern Rock.

Remembrance Records
13001 Summit School Rd. #1 Woodbridge, VA 22192
PH: 703-499-1720 FX: 703-491-1813
Rana Sobhany remembrancerecords@yahoo.com
http://www.remembrancerecords.com
Emo, Indie and Hardcore label out of Washington, DC constantly looking for bands who can bring the rock.

4Sight Media Relations
555 Washington Ave. #2F, Brooklyn, NY 11238
PH: 718-789-1818 FX: 718-789-0808
Jackie O. Asare jackieo@4sightmedia.com
http://www.4sightmedia.com
A diversified public relations firm whose areas of media specialty includes, but is not limited to recording artists, television and motion picture personalities, special events, and other corporate and individual projects that require unique entertainment/music-based experience.

Doublehorn Entertainment
104 Doublehorn, Stephenville, TX 76401
PH: 254-968-7185
Mark Murphy management@doublehorn.com
http://Doublehorn.com
Management for selected Rock, Metal & Heavy bands.

By Faith Records
PO Box 431647, Pontiac, MI 48343
PH: 313-531-3808 FX: 313-531-3808
Anthony Frazier byfaithprez2@aol.com
http://www.byfaithrecords.com
We provide spiritual uplifting through music.

Ritual Records Music
PH: 323-605-3429
Stacy Lande ritualrecords@hotmail.com
http://ritualrecordsmusic.com
An independent label providing full service artist development. We'll help you manage everything from booking gigs, to getting your CD designed, recorded and sold! We are always looking for talented new bands and musicians to promote! At Ritual Records we build Rock Stars!

Hi-Fi Disasters
Suite 392, 1100 Memorial Ave. Thunder Bay, ON, P7B4A3 Canada
PH: 807-472-9082
Jason Bruce jason@hifidisasters.com
http://www.hifidisasters.com
Distributor of independent Hardcore, Punk, & Thrash music.

Ichiban Music
3809 Osage Dr. Rowlett, TX 75088
PH: 214-850-1102
Ty Keller tkeller@ichibanmusic.com
http://www.ichibanmusic.com
Supporting Indie artists and labels through Internet music sales and information.

Factory Chime Records
Lance Leonnig factorychime@msn.com
http://www.factorychime.com
Independent online music distribution and sales.

Lux.-NOISE Productions
Steinengraben 30, CH-4058 BASEL - Switzerland
PH: 41-61-271-39-05
Michael Hediger info@luxnoise.com
http://www.luxnoise.com
Record label & promotion company. Alternative/Garage-Rock! NO ELECTRONIC-stuff!

cdreeves.co.uk
14 Whitchurch Close, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7TZ UK
PH: 01628-674184
Daniel Reeves hello@cdreeves.co.uk
http://www.cdreeves.co.uk
Albums and ep's from unsigned bands and independent labels.

Ara Tipu
10 Raleigh Street, Cambridge, Waikato 2351, New Zealand
PH: 6478276863
Stewart McFarlane stewart@aratipu.co.nz
http://www.aratipu.co.nz
New Zealand music distributor for new & emerging artists.

M.P. Records
Via Municipio, 5 - 35019 Tombolo -Padova- ITALY
PH: 39-049-9470749 FX: 39-049-9470748
Vannuccio Zanella mprecords@mprecords.it
http://www.mprecords.it
A vendor/label that sells Independent music.

Retrospect Records
18 Lakeside Ave. Webster, MA 01570
PH: 508-943-5839
Joe Dolan joedolan@retrospectrecords.com
http://www.RetrospectRecords.com
Independent label for bands who are a cut above the rest.

Sunshine Daydream CDs & Gifts
2027 E. Euclid Ave, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
PH: 847-299-2622
Mark Paradise sales@sunshinedaydream.biz
http://www.sunshinedaydream.biz
New & Used CD retail store that specializes in Jamband music.

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CD Baby has been featured in the NY Times, MSNBC, Wired, CNET and more.
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Such a popular online store, you HAVE to make sure your CD is there.
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ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO START SELLING is go to http://www.cdbaby.net
Takes 5 minutes. Send them a box of CDs. They'll sell them and pay you.
Real cool people. Total first-class treatment. Great CD distribution.
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DAD (Digital Audio Distribution)
http://www.discmakers.com/dad
Launched by DISC MAKERS the DAD service gives independent bands and artists the opportunity to sell their songs online on sites like Apple's iTunes Music Store, Listen.com's Rhapsody, AOL's MusicNet, Emusic, a nd newcomer BuyMusic.com. The DAD service is FREE with all new CD orders with DISC MAKERS. The service is also available to artists who do not make their CDs with DISC MAKERS for only $75.
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5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s OR VIDEOS

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MusicGorilla.com
12407 Mopac Expressway N. 100-312, Austin, TX 78758
PH: 512-918-8978 FX: 212-258-6394
info@musicgorilla.com
http://www.musicgorilla.com
Finally, artists receive the access and exposure to the Music Industry (major labels, indie labels, film studios and publishers) that is necessary to take their career to the next level. No longer must artists find themselves in the right place at the right time. MusicGorilla.com is that place and time.
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6. HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND

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Festival Network Online
http://festivalnet.com/ib
There's nothing like a live performance! FNO lists more than 7,000 events throughout the U.S. and Canada seeking performers, from local & regional to national & international. @_festivalnet Search by 22 different music genres, event attendance, zip code radius & more. Plug in festival dates with club dates.

Mediaguide, Inc.
1000 Chesterbrook Blvd. Suite 150, Berwyn, PA 19312
Paul E. Wright AMSales@mediaguide.com
http://www.artistmonitor.com
A technology-based music monitoring company that provides radio airplay information products on nearly 2,500 college, non-commercial and commercial broadcast stations to music industry professionals, artists, and radio stations. Our ArtistMonitor service gives you 24/7, online access to exactly when, where and how often over-the-air radio stations play your music...down to the minute it was played.

NocturnalMovements.net
c/o Music Media, PO Box 5583, Vancouver, WA 98668
PH: 360-513-9121
Jett Black submissions@nocturnalmovements.net
http://nocturnalmovements.net/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi
Find and post music news, web links, resources, reviews, interviews, media contact info, gig swap info, events, photographers, fetish, graphic designers, comic strip artists, music writers, DJs, and promotors, our collective music mpromotersand promotion services, and so much more!!

Music Arsenal
12105 W. Center Rd. #280, Omaha, NE 68144
PH: 818-303-3161
Jimmy Winter jimmy@musicarsenal.com
http://www.musicarsenal.com
A new way for record labels to organize, track and utilize their business information. Our unique application replaces many separate utilities and combines them into one easy to use, time-saving package custom tailored to the music industry.

The Almighty Institute of Music Retail
11724 Ventura Blvd. Suite B, Studio City, CA 91604
PH: 323-851-2430
Clark Benson clark@almightyretail.com
http://www.almightyretail.com
Services record labels and youth culture companies looking to promote their product in record stores and other outlets that sell prerecorded music.

DEMO: Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc.
244 5th Avenue, #C292, New York, NY 10001-7604
PH: 212-252-2359 FX: 212-591-0650
Andre Gray andregray@d-e-m-o.com
http://www.d-e-m-o.com
Online music sales certifications on a global scale.

Clarke Entertainment Law
Nationwide, serve clients online
PH: 877-687-4291
Daphne Clarke, Esq. lawmanager2004@yahoo.com
http://www.clarkeentertainmentlaw.com
Our music teleworkshops educate and provide practical tips for independent artists to gain exposure on radio and via marketing.

DigiPie
22647 Ventura Blvd. #145 Woodland Hills, CA 91364
PH: 800-582-0932
max davis artists@digipie.com
http://digipie.com
Offers creators/artists powerfull tools to profit from their digital creations from A-Z built into our model and software.

All-Access-Minus
87 Gless Ave. 2nd. Floor Belleville, NJ 07109
PH: 732-266-9828
M. Pimentel jk224nj@aol.com
http://www.minusp.com
Site for upcoming Hip-Hop artists in the tri-state area.

Lyrics Incorporated Magazine
PH: 800-759-8888
R.Allen navjoallen@yahoo.com
http://www.lyricsinc.0catch.com
A monthly magazine for the independent world of music. Our stories span the country and overseas.

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7. UPC & BARCODES FOR PENNIES AND SENSE by Lygia Ferra, LAMusicGuide.com
© 2004 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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With all the details that go into making a CD it is easy to put off making certain decisions, especially if there is cost involved or contradictory information.

So what exactly is a barcode?
Bar codes are also called UPC Symbols (generated by the Uniform Code Council (www.uc-council.org.) They are the small black and white lines that correspond to a unique 12 digit number used to track sales of CD's, while Sound scan correlates the information with your barcode in their database. Unless you are planning on starting a record label and putting out a number of releases with several artists, the $750 expense isn't really necessary.

Soundscan
Since Soundscan (www.soundscan.com) has a direct influence on placement in Billboard and CMJ music charts and other forms of recognition, payola has all been obliterated. It is a tracking system that did away with the potentially subjective reports of radio programmers and store managers prior to 1991. Sound Scan's records are not public, so the only way to access their data is open an account at a minimum price of several thousand dollars per year. The only ones checking are the larger labels and bigger companies. If you want to impress, you would need to sell more than 1,000 units to catch their eye.

Why do you need one?
One reason why you may need a barcode at all is that most stores and online retailers require an UPC code on every product they sell. So sparing the $750 expense, you can acquire one through Oasis or Discmakers for "free" when you replicate your discs, or through CD Baby for a modest $20 fee.

In the case of CD Baby the agreement does not bind you to the company in any way, other than having them listed as your "Parent Label" in Sound Scan's database. They provide you with the code as an electronic image, and you can include it in any cover art as appropriate.

How do you get credit for sales?
To ensure you are properly credited for all record sales as in the case of Discmakers you fax the necessary forms to Soundscan (914-328-0234), you will need a separate form for each release. Any independent artist or band can have their retail sales tracked through Sound scan, though only a label with two or more acts can take part in their Venue Sales Reporting Procedure. You must also have been in business two years or more, with a $500 fee.

It's never too late
You can always purchase one afterwards and have them printed on stickers. If you do it yourself make sure your printer is at least 720 dpi so they will read correctly. You can easily download a shareware barcode. A simple search for "UPC Barcode" @ http://shareware.cnet.com, or http://www.download.com will yield many results.

Alternatives
You can also go through a company (usually with a minimum order of 1,000 stickers) they will print them out for you, saving you the hassle of doing it yourself. If you are only going to sell your product at gigs or through alternative means, you really do not need a barcode at all. But for a mere $20, CD baby will save you all the worry and give you many more possibilities to sell your product.

Sources:
The Uniform Code Council: 1-800-543-8137 www.uc-council.org
Soundscan: (914) 684-5525 www.soundscan.com
clientservices@soundscan.com

Note: If you do decide to bite the bullet and purchase a barcode through the Uniform Code Council the process can take a number of weeks so allow for that extra time.

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