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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Enter the Independent Music World Series

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Deadline is May 3rd.
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The 2006 IMWS features showcases in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. We will award a mammoth prize package at each showcase that includes:
IMWS Prizes $5,000 Cash
A digital recording workstation
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Electric guitar and bass
Guitar and bass amps
Drum set with hardware
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Recording microphone package
CD manufacturing & mastering package
Recording software
Strings and endorsements
Drum heads
40 hours' studio time
Music conference showcases
Memberships to TAXI, Sonicbids, CD Baby

Plus, you get a FREE copy of the Musician's Guide to Touring and Promotion, Electronic Musician, and DRUM! Magazine just for entering!

Friday, April 21, 2006

How conferences and award events can help you

Disc Makers' Fast Forward, May 2006
Interact, showcase, learn, and network at conferences and award events to boost your career.
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Interact, showcase, learn, and network at conferences and award events to boost your career.
There's a trade show for just about every industry you can name. There are conferences for all sorts of niche specialties and hobbies held every day all over the world. Why should it be any different for independent music? There has long been a definable indie community, and for decades there have been indie music conferences that pull these factions together to interact, showcase, learn, and network with each other.

There are also a huge number of other events - awards programs, showcase series, song contests, band battles - and it's up to you to determine which, if any, you want to pursue. The question is, where do you start?

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Find a conference that benefits you
Or: What to consider when you are choosing conferences and events to attend by Jim Attebery, Founder of the Durango Songwriter's Expo

For those of you looking to attend artist/songwriter conventions in the near future, asking yourself a few key questions can be beneficial in making your decision. In this article we'll discuss some of the positives and negatives of various types of events and how you can really benefit from your convention experience.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Local artists at Starbucks

Lee Anna tells me that the Starbucks in Target on St. Rd. 26 stocks and sells CD's from local artists. Perhaps other Starbucks do the same?

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Public radio fund drives

Use the bi-annual fund drives at your public radio station to not only support public radio but also to promote your CD as well.

I've not tried this but in theory, it should work. There's a couple different things that could be done:

You could give a CD to everyone who gives over a certain amount during, like, a two hour period.

You could have every one who pledges to enter a drawing to win your CD.

The WBAA Local Music Show

Many local artists have had their music played on The WBAA Local Music Show on WBAA 920 AM, public radio from Purdue University.

Send a recording and your contact info to David Bunte

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A great tool!

This will be a great tool for us all. When do we want to meet? What a bout Saturday Morning?

Monday, April 03, 2006

Hey Folks:

I just got this email, and wondered if any of you have experience with this company?

Hi Joe,

Just in case we didn't already contact you... What are you currently doing to get airplay and charting for your most current release? That's what we do... artists hire us to get them airplay and charting on stations in the U.S. and Canada. I can send you some details in the email if you like... just let me know if this is a good email and I'll get them to you. Also... would love to get your physical CD or EP too, when it gets here, let's talk!

Musically Yours,

June CaldwellBryan Farrish Radio Promotions1828 Broadway, 2nd FloorSanta Monica, CA


Take your CDs to Artists' Own

If you have not done so already, take your CDs down to
Artists' Own cooperative. They will sell your CDs in
their store for a reasonable fee. I have had good
success there with both joedaiwarriors' CDs, "Given
Birth" and "Rebirth." Note, however, that you will
have to pay taxes on the revenue, as AO reports sales
to the IRS.

Note: this was originally posted by JOEDAIWARRIORS

The Indie Bible

Claims to have:
  • 4000 publications from around the world that will REVIEW your CD!
  • 3200 radio stations from around the world that will PLAY your songs!
  • 500 vendors and services that will help you to SELL your music!
  • 200 sites where you can UPLOAD your band's music files!
  • 500 useful resources to help PROMOTE your band!
  • Over 50 articles that will help your career to MOVE forward rapidly! Authors include Tim Sweeney, Daylle Deanna Schwartz, Jeri Goldstein, Brian Austin Whitney, Derek Sivers, Diane Rapaport, Janet Fisher, Jodi Krangle, Lord Litter and many more!
    Have you had any experience with it? Would you recommend this book?

    Ask the library to buy a copy of your CD

    Why not have a copy of your CD at the library? I just checked out the Bittersweet & Briars CD. Its just a little bit of PR for the greater good. Heck, you could even donate a copy of your CD to your library. This form works for the Tippecanoe County Public Library only.
    Acquisitions Request Form

    And so it begins...

    This is the first post of the Music Marketing Co-op as its called. Initiated by Scott Greeson and joined by Joe Peters and Mike Atwell, may these pages document indie music marketing opportunities and provide a place for conjecture and comment of such.