Great resources for independent musicians

ACOUSTIC/FOLK RESOURCES: Folk Concert Listings. If you play acoustic/folk/celtic/traditional music you should list your concerts on this web site. Also gets printed in Dirty Linen magazine. The Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange. MusicAlive! Has links to acoustic music venues, performers home pages, REVIEWS of contemporary folk, acoustic, celtic, bluegrass, traditional, and world music, and more links to other acoustic music resources. David N. Pyles, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, PO Box 459, Brattleboro, VT 05302, 802-257-0336,

BLUES RESOURCES The BluesWeb directory of web sites for the Blues, Gospel, Blues Labels, Blues Musicians, Blues Festivals, Blues Societies, Commercial Blues Sites.

CD MANUFACTURING/TAPE DUPLICATION (1-800-468-9353) Well respected CD manufacturer. Expensive, but provides great service and quality. Offers special deals on posters, distribution, free web page, etc. (1-888-296-2747) Well respected CD manufacturer. Offers special deals on distribution, free web page, CD samplers by genre, etc. Fairly expensive, but provides great service and quality especially for acoustic musicians.

CD REVIEWS Reviews CDs. See web site for submission info. (See DIY Resources.) They publish the College Music Journal New Music Report (sold to radio programmers, retailers, booking agents, press) & New Music Monthly (a consumer publication sold on newsstands) web site. Has info on the annual conference. Lists the college charts. Reviews some indie CDs. Includes some indie tracks on their sampler CDs that go out with the New Music Report once a month. If you're trying to get a buzz going with college radio, CMJ is your top target. Send CD for review to CMJ New Music Report, 11 Middle Neck Road, Suite 400, Great Neck, NY 11021-2301 - Attn: Music Editor. If your recording is reviewed you will receive a clipping of the review in the mail. For CMJ New Music Monthly, must have national distribution, same address. An online indie music community. For online REVIEWS, send albums to Outer Sound, 1752 Columbia Road, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20009. (See DIY Resources.) Send CDs for review to GAJOOB, PO Box 3201, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84110. Also runs the Homemade Music Association.


The Musicians Atlas: A useful contact guide for working musicians. The guy who started the company is really nice, also! ;-) Provides great databases for practically everything an independent artist needs including booking agents, music stores, festivals, music conferences, media, radio, labels, industry organizations, cd manufacturers. Hundreds of articles on management, contracts, equipment, publishing, etc. Also provides to diy resources, genre info, radio, retail stores, bands, studios, festivals, etc. William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indian University School of Music, Worldwide Internet Music Resources. Has lists of web sites for various genres, from country music, to dance music, to reggae/ska. Also has huge list of Music Journals and Magazines, Newspapers and Periodicals--you should check this out and see which ones you should send your CD for review to. Lists of web sites for artists, country music, labels, recording studios, resources and venues in Nashville.

INTERNET RADIO Links to 2000 radio stations from more than 100 countries around the world, all broadcasting on the Internet using "streaming audio." Great site. Frequently updated.

LEGAL Great web site from Michael P. McCready, Attorney at Law, that provides answers to lots of legal music business questions such as copyrights, publishing, hiring management, and contracts.




Harry Fox Agency: Contact Harry Fox if you want to record a cover of a commerically released song.

US Copyright Office


MUSIC CONFERENCES & SHOWCASE OPPORTUNITIES Wilmington Exchange Festival: Annual Festival in May for indie bands, filmmakers, zine publishers. Showcase opportunites. WE Fest, PO Box 2071, Wilmington, NC 28402-2071. Association for Independent Music. Annual CONFERENCE (MAY, location varies). Publishes monthly "Indie Music World" magazine with wholesale and retail indie music charts, news and trend, and interviews with indie music artists, labels, etc. They will list info on your new release using the on-line submission form at "". Music be less than 6 weeks since release. For membership info/conference info call 800-607-6526 or email Atlantic Music CONFERENCE (AUGUST in Atlanta, Georgia). Showcase opportunities. 770-499-8600 or Cutting Edge Music Business CONFERENCE and Roots Music Gathering (AUGUST, New Orleans, Louisiana). Showcase deadline in June. 1-405-945-1800 or Folk Alliance CONFERENCE (FEBRUARY, location varies). Official showcase opportunities, deadline May. Also has privately sponsored showcases. 1-202-835-3655 or LMNOP Music CONFERENCE (MAY, New Orleans, Louisiana). Has special "Women In Music (WIM)" Symposium, devoted towards issues facing women in the music industry. Showcase opportunities, deadline February. (504) 592-9800 or CMJ Music Marathon CONFERENCE (SEPTEMBER, NYC). A large music business gathering with 10,000 industry professionals, artists, and listeners come for panels, and 1,000 band showcases. Showcase application for bands due in May. 516-498-3150 or

NEMO Music CONFERENCE (APRIL, Boston, Massachussetts). Showcase opportunities. 781-306-0441 or New Music West CONFERENCE (MAY, Vancouver, British Columbia). Showcase opportunities. 1-604-684-9338 or North by North East Music CONFERENCE (JULY, Toronto, Ontario). Showcase opportunities. 1-416-469-0986 or North by North West Music CONFERENCE (SEPT/OCT, Portland, Oregon). Showcase opportunities, deadline June. 1-512-467-7979 or Northern California Songwriter's Organization CONFERENCE (SEPTEMBER, Los Altos, California). Lots of opportunities to pitch your songs to publishers, for film & TV. (650) 654-3966 or The New York Music and Internet Expo CONFERENCE (MARCH, NYC). Philadelphia Music CONFERENCE (JANUARY, Philadelphia, PA). Showcase application due in October. 1-215-587-9550 or South by Southwest Music CONFERENCE (MARCH, Austin, TX). Showcase opportunities. One of the biggest, most important Music Industry Conferences. 1-512-467-7979 or Undercurrent International Music Expo CONFERENCE (MAY, Cleveland, Ohio). Showcase opportunities. (website was totally nonfunctional. I'll check again soon.) Urban Focus Music Foundation CONFERENCE (JUNE, Hollywood, California). Showcase opportunities, deadline in May. (323) 860-6604 or Winter Music CONFERENCE (???, Miami Beach, Florida). Showcase opportunities. 1-954-563-4444 or

ONLINE CD STORES Be sure to sign up with most well known CD store on the Internet. Provides secure credit card processing and marketing assistance. They build a new web page for each album you sign up. (1-212-414-1707) A online CD STORE that focuses on indie bands and non-commercial music . Email them at or call to find out how to get your CDs on their site. CD Baby sells independent CDs through their web site. They don't do custom compilations or sell MP3 downloads. Secure credit card ordering. 2 minute sound clips per song using Real Audio. Each CD has it's own page with album cover, sound files and a description of the band/music. $35 one time set up fee. Well respected web site and organization. If you already have your own web site and want to add secure online ordering via credit card, will host your product and handle shipping/consignment. No setup fee, you get 70% per customer order. (They also have a licensing section for movies, TV, etc. looking for music to license and they reviews albums.) Their mission is to "provide a one-stop solution for independent musicians, filmmakers, and artists to sell direct to consumers and license their work to industry professionals."

PRESS DATABASES (magazines, ezines, fanzines, newspapers) Provides excellent search engine for press (magazines, newspapers, fanzines, etc.) that review CDs in the "diy center." A great list of EZINES/paperzines. Useful Press database. (Booking directory is not so great, however.)

PROMOTION You can promote your tours by submitting tour dates to this site. They will set up a band page and tour listing for you on their web site. A great place for someone to post a review of your band's show. They call themselves "The ultimate source for concert reviews on the web." Provides web page with real audio of four songs, cover art, bio, and contact info. Send tapes and CDs to William Roselli, 5327 NW Esther, Vancouver, WA 98663. Free.

SEARCH ENGINES/DIRECTORIES The Music Business Internet Guide. Register your record label and bands with them. Not a truly great site, but may be worthwhile to be listed in their Directory. A search engine for do-it-yourselfers of all kinds--music, writing, business. Add your web site with "Add URL" in the music section. Click on "Add URL" to add your band to their extensive list. (See DIY Resources.)

TOURING/VENUE DATABASE The 8th Note from Randy Browning gives a great list of Internet sites that have venue info for various regions in the US, Canada, and Europe. Fabulous venue resource! Touring, booking, promotion, manufacturing, and record label database. The Deterrent Tour Guide. Booking database for US and Canada focus mainly on small promoters, local booking agents, and underground shows. Really great for Punk/Hardcore/Noise bands, but could be useful for other genres too. (1-803-732-6222) National Association for Campus Activities. Colleges, universities, talent firms, artists/performers, student programmers and leaders, and professional campus activities staff. Very expensive membership fees. Another, slightly smaller association for campus activities.