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Monday, November 20, 2006

FastForward: Digital Downloads

From joedai!

Indie Does Digital
Table of contents:
Indie Does Digital
Digital Download Glossary
IMWS Studio Spotlight
Spotlight: Indie-Music.com
Sell your music on DigStation
IMWS Northeast Winner Crowned
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A recent report indicates that digital download sales are up 106% from last year, represent 11% of music sales worldwide, and add up to $945 million. Digital distribution is big money, and when labels see a loss of revenue from a product they own the rights to, they will try to find ways to recoup and limit their losses.

The issue of digital downloads is also a hot topic among independent artists, though the conversation has a different timbre. The indie argument centers more on the value of publicity versus lost revenue.

Independent artists, as a general rule, have a grassroots revenue stream: gig revenue combined with CD, t-shirt, and merch sales represent a large bulk of the money an independent musician can hope to earn, and most of these sales come through hand-to-hand sales at gigs. Certainly CD sales through web storefronts and band web sites can play a significant role in sales, but indie artists often have little to lose when it comes to digital piracy. For most indie artists, the goal is to increase awareness, attract fans, and create a buzz.

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Digital Download Glossary
Learn to speak digital

DRM or Digital Rights Management: Any of several technologies used by publishers (or copyright owners) to control access to and usage of digital data (such as software, music, movies, etc.) and hardware, handling usage restrictions associated with a specific instance of a digital work. DRM techniques include Microsoft's PlaysForSure, Apple's FairPlay, watermarking, and fingerprinting. Most internet music stores employ DRM to restrict the usage of music purchased and downloaded online.

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IMWS Studio Profile: Northeast '06
Big Sky Audio

October 1, 2006 marked Big Sky Audio's 15th anniversary, and finds owner Drew Raison enthusiastic about what's lined up for the future. Prospective Broadway deals have the potential to change the landscape of the studio's business model, and the current spate of projects keeps Raison optimistic and proud of Big Sky's ability to remain a recording facility catering almost exclusively to music production.

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Fast Forward Spotlight
Build A Buzz at Indie-Music.com

Since 1996, Indie-Music.com has been serving the independent music community with streaming audio, podcasts, reviews, a huge industry search directory, and success-building resources. The web site offers a wealth of information to artists trying to survive and thrive in today's competitive music industry.

Learn more at Indie-Music.com

 
 
 
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

FastForward: Back to School

from joedai:

Grammy Camp
Table of contents:
What I Learned at Grammy Camp
From Indie Rocker to NY Doll
IMWS Southeast Studo Sponsor
IMWS News Flash
Selling downloads just got indie
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This year marked the second annual Grammy Camp, a 17-day interactive experience held in July in the Los Angeles area. A group of 77 students, ages 15-19, assembled on the campus of Citrus College and other local venues. As the business guy, I presented a seminar called Doing the Numbers: Setting Realistic Personal and Financial Goals in the Music Business.

We also did an exercise to set goals in three critical areas: creative, financial, and personal. Here are some memorable examples (paraphrased):

  • I want to write 50 new songs in the next six months
  • I want to make music my career
  • I want to balance my life so I don't get burned out on music

    That last point struck a chord with me, and it raises a pertinent question: How do you stay involved with music as a career without getting jaded, tired, spoiled, frustrated, or worse?

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  • 6 Degrees of Steve Conte
    From indie rocker to New York Doll

    A quick glimpse at Steve Conte's musical resume doesn't give him away as a struggling indie artist. He was signed to Mercury Records with Company of Wolves; he's recorded with Maceo Parker, Billy Squier, and Peter Wolf, among others; he's been Paul Simon's rehearsal body double; he's toured with Willie Nile (among others); and he's currently a member of the resurrected and critically embraced New York Dolls, accented with four writing credits on the Dolls' new album.

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    IMWS Studio Profile: Southeast '06
    Ledge 7 Studios

    Tony Copley, who owns and operates Ledge 7 Studios in Dallas, GA, is working to establish more than just a local studio that caters to independent artists. With the Ledge 7 Entertainment Group, Copley is developing an integrated model that combines the studio, a management arm, and a record label.

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    Disc Makers-TAXI Seminar Winner

    Congratulations to Lee Bailey and Delonso Barnes, winners of the Disc Makers/Taxi Roadshow Giveaway. Lee and Delonso each won airfare, lodging and admission to the 2006 Taxi Road Rally in Hollywood CA.

     
     
     
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    Thursday, September 14, 2006

    Exclusive event invitation from Disc Makers and Taxi

    From joedaiwarriors:
    Dear Joe ,

    I'd like to personally invite you to the most powerful music seminar in the country – absolutely FREE. It's an evening with Michael Laskow, CEO of A&R company TAXI, and myself, Tony van Veen, Executive Vice President of Disc Makers, discussing what it takes to be successful as an artist in today's world. Read on to learn more, or sign up now.

    Together, Michael and I will be covering hot topics like:
    What you should NEVER Say When An A&R Person Calls You
    What Makes An Artist Or Band Instantly Signable
    How Good Your Demos Really Have To Be
    How To Write The Perfect Bio
    How To Dramatically Improve Your Songwriting Overnight
    How To Record Better Demos For little or NO Money
    How To Make Big $$$ Getting Your Songs In Movies And TV Shows

    We'll also be sharing proven marketing methods to help you promote your music to its max. These are all the things I wish I'd known when I was performing, recording, and selling my own albums, like:
    How to Double Your Mailing List With Practically No Effort
    How to Perform at Locations You've Never Thought Of
    How to Dramatically Increase Your CD Sales
    How to Create Your Unique Selling Proposition
    How to Create a Band Name that will Increase Your Sales
    Radio Airplay: Myth or Reality for Independent Artists?
    How to Get Distribution and Not Get Burned

    Michael and I have been doing seminars on our own for years, but this is the first time we're joining forces. This is your chance to learn what we've learned over the past 15 years (in just one night!). We'll take your questions, and promise to stick around until every last one has been answered. This seminar is all about YOU and helping you take your music career to the next level.
    We're  holding TWO events and admission is completely FREE.
    I've known Michael Laskow for over a decade, and he's one of the sharpest minds in the music business, with three decades of experience in recording, production, and A&R for independent and major artists under his belt. We've never tried this before, and may never do this again, so choose the seminar closest to you, hold the date, and make sure you come see us. Space is limited and we won't be able to accommodate everyone, so please pre-register and guarantee a spot by visiting www.discmakers.com/roadshow.

    You are guaranteed to leave this seminar with at least one great idea that will allow you to make more money with your music (and folks attending my talks in the past have told me they pick up dozens of nuggets to help them in their music careers).
    Tony van Veen  & Michael Laskow
    Please join Michael and myself for this powerful FREE seminar that will help you kick your music career into high gear. Bring your musician friends. Bring a note pad and a pen (heck, bring TWO pens!).

    I look forward to meeting you in Chicago or Atlanta! Again, click here to pre-register.

    Warm regards,
    Tony van Veen
    Tony van Veen
    Executive Vice President
    Disc Makers

    P.S. As if the great information we're going to share isn't enough, each evening we'll also be holding a drawing for one lucky artist or songwriter to get free airfare, lodging, and admission to the TAXI Road Rally, held in Los Angeles this November. So visit www.discmakers.com/roadshow to reserve your spot.
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    Tuesday, August 22, 2006

    FastForward: Benefit Concerts

    Submitted by JoeDai!


    Disc  Makers' Fast Forward, September 2006
    Raise the  Roof! Benefit concerts raise money and awareness.
    Table of contents:
    Benefit Concerts
    IMWS Midwest Studio Profile
    All Things IMWS
    Song of the Year Contest
    FFWD Archive: Distribution
    10-Day Turn Time
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    Benefit concerts have been organized as a means of raising money and awareness for those in need since the 1700s. In more recent years, Live 8, Live Aid, Farm Aid, and Katrina relief concerts have benefited huge numbers of people and have put causes like famine in Africa, the plight of the American family farmer, and third world debt relief in the spotlight.

    Producing any sort of live event takes operational knowledge and organizational skills, not to mention a lot of time and dedication. Fortunately, there are plenty of successful benefits produced to model yours after.

    "The event wouldn't be what it is without those live bands on the beach," says Jesse Gray, who helps coordinate the music events for the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund. "It would still be a great vehicle for raising money and awareness, but the music adds an energy and a life to the event that only a live performance can bring. Especially combined with the beach environment."

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    IMWS Studio Profile: Midwest 2006

    Chicago Recording Company
    Take one look at Chicago Recording Company's catalog of clients and you know it's home to a lot of hit records. Billy Corgan, Cheap Trick, Ice Cube, Kanye West, Pearl Jam… the list is insane. Ask Chris Shepard, CRC's General Manager, what makes the studio home to so many top-notch music icons, and he doesn't hesitate. "It's easy," he says, "it's our staff."

    Click here to learn more



    IMWS Sponsors

    Dewey Beach Music Conference
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    September 28 - October 1, 2006
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    September 28-30, 2006
    Boston Center for the Arts
    539 Tremont St.
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