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- September 2002 -

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. How to Make the Most Out of a Music Conference PART I by Valerie DeLaCruz
8. Getting Your Music into Film PART II by Scooter Johnson
WMMW CD Review of The Month by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


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Welcome to the September edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

I read an article in a recent Just Plain Notes newsletter by Valerie DeLaCruz on how to get the most out of a music conference. Valerie was kind enough to let me place her article in this month's newsletter. Valerie's article offers an easy-to-follow series of steps that will help you before, during and after the conferences you attend.

Also this month is PART 2 of Scooter Johnson's article on how to get your music into TV and Film.

I feel obligated to warn you this month about a company that I have found to be underhanded and disturbing. I signed up with a company called Bulkworks www.bulkworks.com earlier this year. They offer all sorts of promotional assistance to the wide-eyed musician ... but nothing ever comes of it. They also will not refund your money as promised (I found that out the hard way). Please avoid this company at all costs!! They do a lot of mass mailings to artists, with all sorts of glowing promises, but believe me, they will not sell a single CD for you.

I've run across a lot of shady companies while researching the Indie Bible the last 4 years, but no company has compelled me to warn others like this shameless bunch. They are currently offering copies of the Indie Bible to any musician that joins their service (this was never brought to my attention). It's just another lie in their long string of lies.

On a happier note, 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 September issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble


Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in August.
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




Gospel Synergy Magazine
Gospel Music/Gospel Hip/Hop/ Gospel Traditional/Contemporary/ Gospel rap. In other words we accept all genres of GOSPEL MUSIC.

AfterFX MAgazine
James noah1996@hotmail.com
We are always looking for new music for review, as well as submissions from writers, artists, poets etc. Send all submissions to AfterFX c/o James D. Harvey, 371 Crossfield Rd., King of PRussia, PA 19406. AfterFX (formerly KiT'Zine or Keeping in Touch MagaZine) has been pubished since 1993, distributed world wide and free in the Philly area and is $1 for a sample copy.

Dominick Miserandino dominick@thecelebritycafe.com
With over 1 million readers a month, we're always looking for indie bands to review or possibly interview.

Anti-Elitist Audio Zine
We are moving to a short weekly band feature rather than the huge quarterly 'zine.

American Songwriter
Reporting on the craft and business of songwriting. Includes interviews, writing tips, industry news, reviews, lyric contest and more.

Guitar Noise
A website that contains tons of resources for beginner and professionnal musicians, with weekly columns on Guitar techniques, Songwriting, Bass and Sound Engineering. We also have a new section on women and the guitar. We like to help non-mainstream artists. If you send us a promo and press kit for one of your albums, we will review it and add links to your website and order desk. We want to review your music in a timely and fair manner. It would be best if you first contact us and give us an idea of what it is you would like reviewed and we will make sure it goes to the right person.

Jeff Leisawitz sales@indiemusicreview.com
We empower indie artists by offering critical reviews of any and every independent CD that is submitted. Guaranteed!

Performing Songwriter
We cover the subjects that are important to songwriters-writing, performing, and recording their work. Everything that helps them achieve their goals is presented in a way that speaks directly to them, in a language they can understand. Each issue includes exclusive interviews with recording artists and producers (along with their gear listings); columns detailing the use of equipment in the studio and on the road; record reviews and new release spotlights; a salute to the masters of the American songbook; and regularly updated resource information (festivals, song contests, venues, song schools, books, dot coms, etc.).

Online community made up of a network of theme based indie hip hop sites and stations and more. The Source of conscious hip hop online. News, reviews, spotlights etc.

America's premier quarterly publication specializing in the music the record and radio industries stubbornly choose to ignore. Our focus is outside the mainstream, in the progressive and experimental hinterlands where rock meets jazz, classical meets folk, electronic meets avant-garde, and so on.

Nashville New Music Conference -2NMC Oct 9-13th, 5 days of networking, panels, workshops and showcases by over 300+ artists/bands. Keynotes by Derek Sivers, Moses Avalon, Walter F. McDonough. Go to www.2nmc.com for registration information. Sponsored by Cdsteet.com, Disc Makers, American Airlines, BMI, SESAC, EM, Mix, Onstage, Rage, Music Business Registry, Music Connection, Mapex, Shure, Sennheiser, NSAI, NAPRS, USA Songwriting Competition.

Subscribe to the award-winning free ezine/webzine MUSIC MORSELS - the music industry's monthly publication featuring self-help for musicians and songwriters including interviews with national and unsigned recording artists, industry profiles, CD reviews and much more. Just send an email to MusMorsels@aol.com with the word "Subscribe" in the subject field.

MUSICIANS & LABELS: Send your presskits (must send complete presskit (photo, bio, clippings), not just a CD) to us for possible upcoming reviews or interviews in Music Morsels. We cover all genres. Mail to: Sandy Serge, Editor, Music Morsels, PO Box 672216, Marietta, GA 30006-0037 USA URL - http://www.serge.org/musicmorsels.htm Published since 1995 targeting musicians, songwriters and music industry professionals serving over 35,000 readers.

RAINMAKER MUSIC PUBLICITY devoted to working with unsigned bands and indie labels across the U.S.A....So..Ride The Revolution... go to: www.rainmakerpublicity.com




Light Show
Evan Ginzburg EGinzburg@systec.com
I am a DJ on 50,000 Watt WBAI-FM's Light Show in NYC (part of the Pacifica Network). Our station reaches 135,000 listeners in the area plus a worldwide live Internet audience. On our program we play unsigned and small label bands of all musical genres. Submissions to: Evan Ginzburg, WBAI-FM's Light Show 120 Wall St. NYC 10005.

Songwriters Network Internet Radio
Patty Yagtu pyagtu@yahoo.com
Songwriters Network, Cyberstationusa.com, All Indie, All Genres. Live, Saturdays 6-9 p.m. EST 3 Million listeners worldwide, BE ONE!

The Sonic Chronicles
Aaron Childs aaronchilds@ameritech.net
A live, interactive web radio program from Jackson, Michigan, and plays unsigned and independent label acts in rock, blues, jazz, and electronica genres, with an emphasis on the local music scene in south central Michigan.

The Stepping Stone Radio Program
Rich "The Messenger" Maidment indieradio@hotmail.com
100% Independent, everything from rock thru to blues (NO COUNTRY or DANCE)!! We are always looking to add to our listenership and playlist.

Way Out West Radio
Bill Bruedigam williamb@thirdroad.com
Online semi-commercial radio station playing Indie music 24/7!

New Music Canada
Mary-Anne mymusic@newmusiccanada.com
Fresh, current, recently recorded music is what you'll find here. Independent bands, underground DJs, and just-about-to-be-discovered artists make up the eclectic sound mix on NMC. Send us your new Canadian music MP3s and we put it up on the site for everyone to hear.

The Net's best all Indie Rock station.

The Composer's Voice
John Zech mail@mpr.org
The public-radio program that asks current classical music composers: Who are you? - What does your music sound like? Why does it sound the way it does?

Inside The Music Business' Monthly Audio Series is designed to help emerging artists and industry professionals succeed in the business. Each month the Audio Series offers a new, in-depth interview with an industry "power player", revealing helpful strategies for success.

The first 100 Indie Contact Newsletter subscribers who email lucy@urbanmegamusic.com, will receive a 40% discount on a subscription to the Monthly Audio Series. Instead of paying $16.95 (plus $2.95 s&h) each month, you will pay only $9.99 (plus s&h) every month.

MidPoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH - September 26th - 28th

150 bands from all over the world have been selected to play the 2002 MidPoint Music Festival. They'll be playing Cincinnati's best venues for live music. During the day, panels and speakers will discuss the music industry. Registration to attend the festival has already begun. Go to www.mpmf.com/attending.html and see how you can save by registering before Monday, Sept. 16.

MidPoint Music LLC - POB 909, Milford, OH 45150 - info@mpmf.com


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

Hey Baby! Looking for something different? http://www.cdpimp.com Visit www.CDPimp.com on the web and find the coolest online CD Store for Independent Artists of all genres. For a one time $30 set up fee you get: Web page with your bio, a picture, Sound Clips of all songs, Paid for MP3 downloads, a reviews page and more. Also get a matching store for your website. Checks mailed monthly. Also avail- able: Graphic design, website design, Multimedia CD authoring, streaming video and rapid turnaround for UPC Barcodes.




Sriracha Sauce
Sophie sophie@sriracha-sauce.com
We are a French based booking and management agency.

Flint Records
Christine frictionfarm@hotmail.com
An independent artist collective, seeks Florida based musicians and bands to add to its cooperative label roster.

Delvian Records
Fredrick Wilson delvian@gatemedia.com
Specializing in Electronica, Darkwave, World, and New Age. Please contact us for submission guidelines.

Ego Trip Entertainment
Dave dave@egotripent.com
An independent promotion firm specializing in hard rock, heavy metal, pop, country and jazz acts.

Great White North Records America
Remi Cote general@gwnrecords.com
Production, distribution, manufacturing, mailorder, licensing...

The Gate Media Group
Robin Ackerman-Gray rag@gatemedia.com
The Gate has twenty years experience developing successful independent music promotional campaigns. Call us for the keys to success.

Modern World Records
Craig Mitchell cross@castle.net.au
Australian online catalogue specializing in Australian and overseas indie vinyl and cds.

Impact Entertainment - Artist Management
Rob Cohen impactent@aol.com
Full service artist management group specializing in management, development and promotion od signed and unsigned artists.

PK Music
Danielle Clout manager@pkmusic.com.au
I am an experienced and qualified music manager that will give you an objective and insightful opinion on your music and career direction for a fee. I respond to all requests and provide practical steps to get where you want to go. All styles of music accepted, email for more details.

Solar Creations Independent Records & Promotions
Scott Roe scott@solarcreations.net
Birmingham (UK) based Independent label/promoter with non-exclusive deals working mainly with UK bands. Also involved in organising tours, PR work etc.

Due to your participation with The Indie Bible, you are eligible for worldwide distribution through The Orchard and can take advantage of this offer for a special reduced rate. Just send an email to indiebible@theorchard.com to receive more info on The Orchard and to obtain the special Indie Bible application into The Orchard.

The Orchard (www.theorchard.com) is one of a kind! We are dedicated to giving independent record labels and artists access to the same distribution opportunities the Major Labels have enjoyed almost exclusively for years. The Orchard makes the music of independent artists available, side by side with Major Label albums. We are an entertainment company that has grown in just three years time into one of worlds largest suppliers of new music. Through agreements with the nations largest one stop distributors, we are the leading and most dominant provider of independent and global content to all of the major on-line stores including, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, CDNow etc... as well as traditional retail.


Indiemusicreview.com is a new website that empowers independent artists by offering them CD REVIEWS as well as in- depth CRITIQUES of their works by an award winning producer. Instead of funding the site with money from subscribers or advertisers, any artist may submit their disc along with a small fee. REVIEWS are posted on the site and detailed CRITIQUES are emailed directly to you. For more info, click over to http://www.indiemusicreview.com/indiebible




Melissa Adams melissa@music4women.com
Women making music for women. Free music and information about M4W artists. Membership fee to join as a member artist.

Heather Buettner heather@classical.com
A classical music subscription offering online listening, downloads, custom CDs and a resource of entertaining information.

Aux Send is the new monthly e-newsletter from Onstage magazine. It offers news about the latest gear, a calendar of upcoming events of interest to performing musicians, tech tips to help you on your next gig and "Indie Picks," a section where we spotlight several indie and unsigned artists.

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"Chicken Soup for the Music Lover's Soul" is looking for heartwarming stories about music, and how it changes lives and inspires people. Stories should be approx. 300-1200 words in length, and must make the reader "Laugh, cry or get goosebumps". If your story is accepted into the book, the writer receives $300 and a paragraph in the back to promote/introduce yourself (CD's, websites, projects) to potentially millions of readers. For story guidelines and submission information, please visit http://www.MusicLoversSoul.com. For example stories, please read a book in this best-seller series or visit the official http://www.ChickenSoup.com website.

Substation 7
Trevor Brawn coldwarning@yahoo.com
Absolutely FREE exposure for Independant artists.

By Musicians For Musicians
Jim Burke ceo@pompanoro.com
Helping to develop artist's dreams and teach them how to make them come true.

The Spot Online
D-ROBB webmaster@2thespotonline.com
One stop production house in San Antonio. Currently catering to local artists.

Melissa Esquibel melissa@putmeontheweb.com
Low cost, high-quality, fast turnaround websites for artists and musicians. Web development, hosting and maintenance.

ALCATRAZ Production
G?rard Yahiaoui gyahiaoui@compuserve.com
Our indie record label has launched a big contest for bands. A selection of 10 or 12 bands will be selected to be in the compilation "The Ultimate Indie Hooks Compilation". Selected bands will receive 1 title in the compilation (to be sold in shops and e-shops), 1 publishing agreement for 3 titles, and maybe more... For more details visit our website.

Coast To Coast Musicians Resource
Amy pressed_fairy@yahoo.com
Website design, web promotion, logo design, and JUST IN: Independent artists review.

FREE CD OFFER!: Lynn Carey Saylor, GuitarGirls.com Founder and contributor to the Indie Contact Bible (her articles on creating Real Audio for your Web site appear in the latest edition) has made available her Limited Edition, hand-signed and numbered CD single of her song "If We Believe" (Featuring Brian May of QUEEN) for FREE to purchasers of The Indie Contact Bible through her Web site http://guitargirls.com Additionally, Lynn will personalize the CD signings by request. The CD can also be purchased alone (while supplies last).

Hear the song at http://mp3.com/Lynncareysaylor and visit http://guitargirls.com/Believe.htm for full details.

SONICBIDS is an online service that connects musicians and music promoters. Instead of mailing out traditional, bulky press kits, Sonicbids' members email Sonicbids Electronic Press Kits (EPKs). Soncbids EPKs - which contain the MP3 files, pictures, press reviews and contact information - can be easily emailed to anyone, anywhere! In addition, members can directly submit their EPKs to some of the world's biggest festivals, clubs, and conferences for free. Members are also eligible for exclusive Sonicbids spots at some of the hottest conferences around the world. Promote your band in a powerful new way, for only $39.95 a year. Go to www.sonicbids.com/default.asp?pID=1435 today!

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OK, so you've decided to take a positive step toward your goal as a songwriter or artist; you want to check out that music conference you keep getting brochures or email blasts about. It's time to take the plunge, whether you are a seasoned veteran and have attended them before, or a "newbie" hoping nobody at the conference notices! Here's some steps to take to make sure you get the most out of the reinvigorating and inspirational experience that they always are:

1. Review the promotional materials to determine what the main focus of the conference is; i.e.: songwriting, legal issues, performance, and make sure that this is an area you are interested in.

2. Define your goals. Are you going to strengthen some qualities you already have? Gain more knowledge about something technical or legal? To network with others at your level and hopefully move up a notch in your field of expertise? Write them down and refer to them as you determine your schedule. Often, panels or workshops are taking place at the same time and you have to choose between them. If you go with a friend, you can split up and compare notes and resources later.

3. Figure out the overall cost including travel, accommodations, conference fees, etc. Start saving up and realize this is an investment in your profession. You may be able to interest a friend to go and share the expenses of a room.

4. There is almost always the opportunity to showcase at these events, and usually, if you are selected to showcase, you can attend the conference at a reduced fee or for FREE. This is certainly worth doing as you will get to show the industry professionals and potential collaborators what you can do. Be realistic about the costs involved in bringing your band to the conference. You may elect to do a solo or duo acoustic set to cut costs if that presents your material well. If not, again it may be a worthwhile investment to perform a showcase, always more fun than a bar gig and in a concert setting where people actually listen. We'll touch on the showcase preparation further on.

5. Send in the application. Many times there is a reduced "early bird" registration fee and this is great if you can take advantage of it. If you are also applying for a showcase slot, tailor your presentation materials to the theme of the conference to better your chances of being selected. Remember that professional presentations, or something that stands out, will cut through the many, many packages that the organizers will be receiving. Perhaps your press materials are printed on black and you make the edges ragged if you are a hard metal band; perhaps you spray paint the outside of your envelope a bright color to have it rise to the top of the pile.

6. Reserve your room and travel arrangements. Often the conference will have blocks of rooms reserved for the conference at a reduced rate. It is always better to spend a little more and stay right at the hotel where the conference is taking place. A great deal of the networking and connections that take place are during casual times between seminars, and you don't want to waste time in a taxi getting back and forth. You may need to run back up to your room to get another package or CD to give out. They usually have special airfare rates, too. I use www.expedia.com for the best rates and schedules.

7. Now that you are set to go, you need to prepare the materials you will need. Make a checklist and give yourself a few weeks to gather them. Once I left printing out lyric sheets and bios 'til the last minute, and of course, the cartridge on my printer started to act up on a Sunday evening when there were no stores open! I also email things like the bio file and one-sheets to myself so that in a pinch, I can download them at Kinko's or forward them to someone I meet. They are up there in my virtual file cabinet wherever I go.

a. 5-10 full packages including:
1. bios
2. photos
3. one-sheet of several of your reviews and critics' quotations
4. photocopies of great press if you had a photo in print or if it is from a major publication like Billboard. Use the magazine's actual heading on your press sheet to get attention and gain credibility.
5. business card and CONTACT INFORMATION (the most important thing, seemingly obvious, right?)

The packages should be set up so that your name (or band name) and photo are on the front. If you have a CD, using the CD cover on the front of your folder looks very professional too. You want them to quickly identify you when they are digging through a huge pile of packages. Inside, have something visually compelling like a color copy or photo on one side and your bio immediately available on the other. Insert a CD or demo into one of the pockets. I hate to say this, but it's time to bite the bullet if you are still using cassettes and get a CD burner so you can make CD demos tailored to the audience you are trying to reach.

b. Loose extras of all of the above materials in case you need to throw together more packages or don't want the expense of handing out an entire package when selected materials will do.

c. Flyers of your performance time and venue if you are showcasing to hand out and leave all over the place.

d. A stack of business cards. It is worth it to spend a little extra on these, as they are truly your calling card, and will remind someone of who you are. I always like to have a photo on it, and color stands out. An unusual layout is important, and if you are a band, have a graphic designer (not your cousin's girlfriend) design a logo that will identify you. The most important thing here is to make it legible! A card that you need a magnifying glass to read already makes your contact frustrated. Business card basics 101: NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL, WEBSITE.

e. Plaster your website on all of your materials. Everything you hand out should have all your contact information. This seems obvious, but how many CDs have ended up in the trash can because no one could find the envelope or cover it came in? A website is the most important business tool you can have. Busy industry people are inundated with wanna-be and would-be artists. They love to peruse your site in the privacy of their own office/home and get the important info at their own pace. Please do not have frustrating extra plug-ins, etc. that slow down your site viewing, just to say you have the latest whiz-bang technology. A slow-loading site is one that will not be viewed as they go on to the next one.

8. Take advantage of early check-in, arrive the night before so you are rested and don't have to fight a crowd. I always plan to stay one more day if possible too so that I can really enjoy the last day and night, which is when you are really feeling connected to the other participants and start making plans to get together for follow ups or collaborations.

9. Get the materials upon registration and go back to your room and plot out your schedule. Leave time for regrouping; non-stop seminars can be exhausting.

Stay tuned for PART 2 next month!

Valerie DeLaCruz's passionate career pursuit and professionalism has been a model for other grassroots artists. Through hard work and persistence (and talent!) she's continued to make headway in the rough and tumble music industry. To learn more about Valerie, visit her website at www.valeriedelacruz.com.
(This article first appeared in the July 3rd "Just Plain Notes" newsletter). ============================================

Songsalive! Expo 2002 is a spectacular, indie-focused event that will bring together songwriting organizations, music business professionals and services, and artists under one umbrella for a full-action packed day, celebrating our global songwriting community and the needs of songwriters. Saturday September 28, 2002 LOS ANGELES

This will be your chance to EXPOse your music, network, share your indie experience, promote and become empowered with the tools to achieve self- made success.

We will have panel discussions (the main focus, with celebrated and honored industry professionals discussing various "hot" music industry topics throughout the day,) songwriting critique workshops, closed pro- sessions with leading songwriters, exhibition booths for artists and the industry to expose their services, and artist showcases at the main venue and surrounding Los Angeles clubs.

Apply to Showcase or register for this fabulous, unique event. http://WWW.SONGSALIVE.ORG/EXPO

Subscribe to the Songsalive! email list for more news about this at http://enotes.songsalive.org or email a blank email to songsalive-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Songwriters, bands & artists! Enter to win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash, merchandise and more! This the largest prize package in any annual songwriting competition. Also, winners' songs will be featured on a nationally syndicated radio program serving over 60 cities in the US and Canada. Judges include A&R Managers from Major Record labels and publishers. BONUS: Early bird entrants receive a FREE gift.
Hurry, visit: http://www.songwriting.net


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If you are willing to let go of a lot of control, a full-service online licensing agency like Realia Music Inc. (www.realiamusic.com) may be worth looking into. One of the larger agencies online, their online catalogue consists of indie music from around the world and it's pre-cleared and priced by a sliding scale that caps at $5,000/world-wide usage. They have restrictions available but only a special case basis (pre-existing contracts between musicians and other parties - I asked) and provide a one-stop service for people who have limited budgets, tight schedules and credit cards. They have a one-time $5 membership fee and a $1/song submission fee, 50/50 license split and a $2/song shipping fee for songs licensed. Your songs are represented for as long as you wish and if you get an exclusive deal with a publishing company or label, they promise they will remove your songs within 24 hours.

If you have a good idea of what your music is worth and prefer to wrangle your deals yourself try SongCatalog Inc. (www.songcatalog.com). Their system provides a virtual middleman for your negotiations. You submit as many tracks as you wish for placement in their online 'Active List' or in the 'Vault' and pay per track. Fees are billed monthly and start at $4.95 for up to 25 audio files stored in the 'Vault' and $9.95 for up to 25 songs featured on the 'Exchange' (site search engine) and increase by smaller increments every 50/100/200 songs registered. There are different levels of search capabilities that have a separate fee rate but you can check out there website for more details. People who wish to license music register at no cost, browse the catalogue and when a suitable track is located, they send an email - through the website - to the owner who then responds. Dialogue and negotiations ensue and you are ultimately responsible for finalizing your deal.

I would advise to check out the smaller companies, they appear to have more staying power than the large online music companies (licensemusic.com - one of the first and definitely the largest - shut down business abruptly months ago and is currently being auctioned off on the internet through a bankruptcy trustee). Many have forayed into licensing but the complicated traditional licensing system (long protracted negotiations, complicated territorial and usage structures, clearances, exorbitant fees, favored nations, and script/scene approval) has not translated well online. There was no immediacy, no click through satisfaction that everyone has come to expect from the web. Once the costs of software development, technical support, hosting fees and high-priced management were factored in the license fees were unaffordable and potential buyers were back in the nightclubs chatting up bands after their sets.

Online there is a market for indie music even if the band has broken up, doesn't tour, is brand new or not commercially friendly, and it requires hardly any work on behalf of the band. You fill in an application, get the appropriate signatures, mail it in and wait for the money to arrive. It is the agency's business to market their catalogue, customer services and bring the buyers in.

With record labels setting their standards higher and higher for new signings, showing up with a portfolio of licensed tracks in your package just might be the wedge you need to get in the door. It really doesn't matter where the track was used or for what product, the fact that your music can be sold for hard cash is the attractive quality they are looking for.

Always remember to be realistic with your expectations and tell everybody that you have a 'licensing agency' (it does sound impressive and looks even better on your bio). There are hundreds of thousands of bands in the world with at least one album under their belts. That's a lot of competition for the same dollar. It's also unlikely that directors Steven Spielberg or Kevin Smith are cruising these sites for music for their next big project - they have budgets that afford them just about any song they want. As an indie musician with an indie agency, your music will be marketed to projects without a great deal of exposure attached to them. Focus will usually be on the catalogue not the individual bands, there are fees and it is a relatively new industry - it may take years for it to take off and compete with traditional process.

But don't despair, it only takes one new digital filmmaker with a vision and a few thousand dollars to help pay off the band van or press those extra 500 cd's. It's a cheap and viable new way to get your music heard by a larger and potentially lucrative audience - and that's what you want. Isn't it?

(all fees listed are in Canadian dollars)

Scooter Johnson spent 5 years touring Canada with his Hillbilly band The Hard Rock Miners and has created 5 internationally distributed albums with his psychobilly band The Deadcats. Living in Vancouver (Hollywood North) also afforded him the opportunity to engage in the business of acting. A regular (background performer) on the Chris Isaak show and having worked in films and TV with such luminaries as "Sly Stallone", Greg "BJ and the Bear" Evigan, Isabella Rosellini, and musicians Paul Stanley, Thomas Dolby, Stuart Copeland, and Sheila E (amongst many others); his search for fame and immortality has almost been concluded and it is time to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of seekers after the flame. deadcat@shaw.ca ============================================

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9. CD REVIEW OF THE MONTH by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
? 2002 Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


Artist: Gwen Avery
Title: Sugar Mama
Genre: Blues
Label: Sugar Mama Music
Website: www.gwenavery.com

Gwen Avery wants to be your one and only "Sugar Mama" of the blues on her debut release. From her opening lines in the title track, she comes across as very convincing and natural.

I was a bit disappointed that half the tracks were not her own. That always seems like the easy way out to making an album; you do not have as many songs to write, thus making the process quicker. It is not uncommon to have several covers on your debut CD though; I imagine there is a very good reason for it, such as having a comfort level with certain songs, and factors that I am unaware of. Nevertheless, she does come up with six originals that are real barnburners, and for her first CD that is a great accomplishment by any estimation as far as I can see.

Avery covers the array of the blues with authoritative vocalizations and a band as tight as 10-year-old Levi jeans. She stretches herself over the blues, gospel, and rhythm and blues with roots that run as deep as the great Mississippi River. With original down home cooking, her musical recipe starts simmering then comes to a full boil with her earnest and sensitive lyricism. She personifies each song with all of her that she has to give. She sings as if her delivery to humankind was a special order by the man upstairs. Now, you cannot ignore powerful stuff like that can you?

I love music like this because it feels so real and genuine. Gwen Avery is the real deal folks.

1. Sugar Mama 2K-4:48
2. Thrill Is Gone-4:16
3. Georgia On My Mind-3:52
4. Marianne-3:21
5. Suzanne-5:00
6. You'll Find Love-2:33
7. Sugar In My Bowl-2:30
8. Sad Song-5:01
9. I'm On My Way-4:10
10. Cry No More-5:46
11. Do I Move You-4:30
12. Precious Lord-5:57

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck muzikman@bcn.net is an independent music reviewer. Keith writes reviews for "Women Of Music-Music Of Women" as well as several other sites on the Internet. (due to overwhelming volume, Keith is not accepting submissions until further notice).

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