Resources

AffordableRecording.com
affordable-recording.com
Low-cost recording.

Allmusic
allmusic.com
Research and listen to music on this comprehensive reference source.

Amazon.com
amazon.com
Online store.

Aquarium Drunkard
aquariumdrunkard.com
Audio blog featuring daily music news, interviews, features, reviews, MP3 samples, and sessions.

ArtistData
artistdata.com
Updates your band profiles across MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.

ArtistForce
artistforce.com
Booking widget, interactive press kit, live entertainment business network, career support, performance
feedback, eight thousand venues.

Artistopia
artistopia.com
Membership-based independent artist portal with industry news, music, charts, and shopping.

Audacity
audacity.sourceforge.net
Cross-platform sound editor.

Audio Incorporated
audioincorporated.com
Sound system installation, sales, and rentals, New York City area.

Audiolife
audiolife.com
Drop-ships merchandise, CDs.

Avid Audio
avid.com/US/products/family/Pro-Tools
Pro Tools audio creation and production software.

AWeber
aweber.com
Dedicated e-mail marketing system helps you build e-mail lists and stay in touch with your
contacts.

Bandcamp
bandcamp.com
Easy tools to share your music. Shows where your fans are, what they’re listening to, tracks they’re
obsessed with, and which they’re skipping; streaming and downloads.

BandCentral
bandcentral.com
A communication, organization, and management tool for bands, enabling bands, crew, and
management to communicate, store files, and manage gigs, social networks, finances, and fans.

Band Metrics
bandmetrics.com
Analytics. Identify fans, measure social engagement, find hot markets, track radio plays, discover
trends, gauge attitudes, get in-depth reports, and more.

Band Name Maker
bandnamemaker.com
Name your band.

Band Promote
bandpromote.com
Band promotion and marketing, music industry relations.

Bandize
bandize.com
Take control of your career, get organized. “A suite of DIY tools all available and packaged in one
smooth, cohesive web application.”

BandVista
bandvista.com
Easy-to-use tools for bands and musicians to create and maintain websites with industry-level
features.

Bandzoogle
bandzoogle.com
An all-in-one musician marketing platform that helps bands build their websites, promote their
music, and sell it online.

Big Live
biglive.com
Films concerts of emerging and unsigned bands and broadcasts them on the web. Also uses its social
network for virtual concert events.

BigChampagne
bigchampagne.com
A digital media measurement (metrics) firm, the digital-industry equivalent of Nielsen SoundScan.
Tracks digital airplay, streams, and downloads. Publishes Ultimate Chart (ultimatechart.com),
the week’s most popular artists and songs; integrates data from song and album sales, radio airplay,
online audio and video plays, and fans.

Billboard magazine
billboard.com
Music industry Bible.
Note: Billboard and MySpace’s new Dreamseekers chart is made up from aspiring artists culled
from the web. The chart appears weekly in Billboard magazine and on the Billboard website.

Blip.fm
blip.fm
Twitter-like music sharing and recommendation network.

BobDigital
bobdigital.com
Mobile recording truck (New York City area).

Bravado
bravado.com
One of the world’s leading concert merchandise companies owned by Universal.

Cakewalk
cakewalk.com
Audio equipment and software. Leading developer of powerful and easy-to-use products for music
creation and recording.

CD Baby
cdbaby.com
CD Baby is the largest online distributor of independent music, providing digital and physical
distribution; DIY musician blog.

Champion Sound
championsound.com
E-mail marketing, Twitter and Facebook integration, guest list management, MP3 track storage,
and distribution.

CreateSpace
createspace.com
Free online publishing tools help you complete and sell your work. Distribute on Amazon, your
own website, and other retailers without setup fees or inventory.

Cut Merch
cutmerch.com
Smaller-batch, on-demand merchandiser.

Disc Makers
discmakers.com
Everything you need to copy, print, and package CDs, DVDs, posters, and postcards. A sister
company of CD Baby.

Donenfeld Management
donenfeldmgmt.com
Financial services; business management, tour management.

ECPI
ecpi.cc
Thomas Reitz’s Entertainment and Concert Promotion, Inc. represents artists and events and
provides services to major and upcoming touring artists.

Eventric
eventric.com
Provider of software and online services for touring, offering “Master Tour,” a system to help you
plan, manage, and track your touring operations.

Express Entertainment
expressent.com
Keith Cooper’s artist management and music publishing service.

Facebook
facebook.com
World’s number one social network that allows you to create a band profile, set up an artist page,
and add your music from other sites. Use it!

Fanbase
getfanbase.com/
Music fans get the latest content from their favorite bands in one download. Interactive platform.

FanBridge
fanbridge.com
“We make managing e-mail lists, mobile lists, and social networks fun, easy, and effective. . . . Get
more fans, excite and track fans, keep fans engaged.”

Fanscape
fanscape.com
A social media marketing agency “fostering targeted word-of-mouth conversations with the
individuals, influencers, and gatekeepers who inhabit the online social-media landscape.”

Fenway Recordings
fenwayrecordings.com
Mark Kates’s artist management (not a label).

Foursquare
foursquare.com
Location-based social networking. Use to interact with your fans and maximize your appearances.

Gen-Y Rock Stars
GenYrockstars.com
Greg Rollett’s fantastic resource guides and blogs for the independent musician.

Gigleader
gigleader.com
Find venues and events; get gigs.

GigMasters
gigmasters.com
Database of live bands; helps you book gigs throughout the United States.

Go Daddy
godaddy.com
Domain name registration.

Google Analytics
google.com/analytics
Google Alerts
google.com/alerts
Stats from your website; get e-mailed whenever you are mentioned online.

Grooveshark
grooveshark.com
Online music search engine, music streaming service, and recommendation software application
allowing you to search, stream, and upload music; offers ways to share and promote your music
to fans; Grooveshark artist dashboard offers tools for creating and managing merchandise sales,
licensing new music, and making deals with labels, producers, film, and TV.

Gotham Rocks
gothamrocks.net
New York City’s modern rock showcase series. Prizes, endorsements, marketing, terrestrial and
Internet radio, plugs, interviews; websites and web content; television ads and shows.

Guitar Center
guitarcenter.com
Ultimate place to find instruments, amps, and other band gear.

Home Recording
homerecording.com
Blog offering advice and equipment for home recording.

Howard Rosen Promotions
howiewood.com
Independent radio promotion. Gets your music on the radio.

iContact
icontact.com
E-mail marketing solution allowing you to capitalize on the revenue generating power of e-mail
marketing.

Inadaba Music
inadabamusic.com
“Network and make music together through online collaboration . . . Tools and services from
networking to education, to production, promotion, and distribution.”

IndieHitMaker
indiehitmaker.com
“Provides your live show sales numbers” to SoundScan to help get your indie band charted on
Billboard’s indie charts.

Indie Band Manager
indiebandmanager.com
Helps with gigs, promotion, and merchandise.

Indie on the Move
indieonthemove.com
Venue details and ratings from across the United States.

Invisible Records
invisiblerecords.com
Martin Atkins’s website. Label, Tour:Smart programs (see also toursmart.tstouring.com),
tips for touring, videos, music, and forums.

iTunes
itunes.com
Online store.

JamBase
jambase.com
“The largest database of show listings and ticket information, authoritative content, community,
and personalization tools for fans.”

KMFDM
kmfdm.net
KMFDM band website.

Last.fm
last.fm
A music service that connects you to people who like what you like.

LawDepot
lawdepot.com
Basic legal agreements; see especially lawdepot.com/contracts/bandpartner/.

Live Nation
store.livenation.com
Big merchandise companies.

Library of Congress: U.S. Copyright Office
copyright.gov/forms
Copyright forms. File online.

Live Music Machine
livemusicmachine.com
Get gigs.

Loud Feed
loudfeed.com
Promote your music on websites, blogs, social networks, or on your Loud Feed site.

Mobile Roadie
mobileroadie.com
“A turnkey platform to quickly and inexpensively build and manage mobile apps.”

MoFuse
mofusepremium.com
“Makes it easy and affordable for any business to build and manage a mobile website”

Music and Technology
music-and-technology.com
“Resources for the recording musician.”

Music Arsenal
musicarsenal.com
Manage and schedule upcoming projects, plan tours, and find places to promote your music.

Musician’s Friend
musiciansfriend.com
Gear, lighting, accessories, and effects.

Music Submit
musicsubmit.com
Submits your music to genre-specific radio stations, online music magazines, directories, blogs,
podcasts, indie record labels, and other electronic music media.

MySpace
myspace.com
Leading social network offering music, videos, and products. A social entertainment destination that
includes a mashup with Facebook, providing customization of interests that allows the subscriber
to follow artists or celebrities they like and lets them establish a personal entertainment stream on
their profile. Also provides artists with a vehicle to sell their music, list performance calendars, and
promote their band via MySpace Dashboard.

Nettwerk/Polyphonic
nettwerk.com
Terry McBride’s companies: labels and management.

New Music Seminar
newmusicseminar.com
New Music Seminar: a conference for the next generation music business. Go there!

Next Big Sound
nextbigsound.com
Tracks analytics and provides a centralized place to monitor all the behavior and activity happening
for artists both online and off.

Nimbit
nimbit.com
One place to easily manage everything about your business; direct-to-fan e-mail marketing, MP3,
CD, merchandise, and ticket sales, as well as management tools for marketing and analytics.

1212
1212.com
Database of music-industry-related web information in over fifty countries.

The Orchard
theorchard.com
Music and video distributor that drives sales across more than 660 digital and mobile storefronts
in seventy-five countries, as well as physical retailers.

OurStage
ourstage.com
Music discovery and community for all genres, with iPhone app for connecting with artists on the
go. Owned by AOL.

Owngig
owngig.com
Provides software and services that help you manage gig booking and promotional and administrative needs.

Pandora
pandora.com
Online streaming radio in all genres allows indie musicians with physical product available on
Amazon to be in their rotation.

Ping
apple.com/itunes/ping
iTunes-based social network for music. “Follow your favorite artists and friends to discover the
music they’re talking about, listening to, and downloading.”

Pitchfork
pitchfork.com
Killer commentary, music and tour news, and reviews.

Playlist
playlist.com
Discover and listen to free music online; create and share playlists.

Pollstar
pollstar.com
Worldwide concert industry news and reviews.

PopMatters
popmatters.com
Music news, reviews, blogs, and tour dates; also film, TV, and pop culture.

PulseAMP
pulseamp.com
Get your band organized, from your contacts to inventory to press.

RecordLabelResource
recordlabelresource.com
Resource site with info on general business, recording, touring, promotion.

RethinkPopMusic
rethinkpopmusic.com
Marketing, publicity, booking, recording, and legal tools to “make a living making music,” utilizing
marketing initiatives via showcases, tours, music, and innovative projects.

ReverbNation
reverbnation.com
A central site for tracking, promotion, on-demand CDs, download cards, merchandise, and
distribution. “Fan collection features, gig tools, stats tools, opportunities to earn money.”

Richards & Southern
richardsandsouthern.com
Country music’s top tour merchandise company.

RocketHub
rockethub.com.
Helps artists promote and fund projects via Internet crowdfunding.

Shoutcast
shoutcast.com.
Radio directory with over 47,000 free streaming Internet radio stations.

Section 101
section101.com
Web-based publishing platform “provides artists with an easy-to-use environment to intuitively
create, deploy, and manage their digital persona, while providing integrated tools to organize and
leverage their fans via branded communities and viral content.”

SongCast
songcastmusic.com
“Release[s] music into major digital retailers including iTunes, Rhapsody, AmazonMP3, eMusic,
Napster, MediaNet and all of their respective international stores such as iTunes Europe and
Amazon UK; . . . link[s] social networking into the retailers.”

Sonicbids
sonicbids.com
Create EPKs, book gigs, get analytics, and other tools.

SoundCloud
soundcloud.com
Online audio distribution platform. “Takes the hassle out of receiving, sending, and distributing
music for artists, record labels, and other music professionals.”

SoundOps
soundops.com
Online mastering studio.

Spotify
spotify.com
On-demand music streaming, in both free and premium services, and now claims to have more
than six million users in Europe.

StarPolish
starpolish.com
Business advice.

Super D
sdcd.com
The nation’s number one rack jobber, a wholesaler with “the world’s largest selection of music,
movies, and games.”

Tech-9 Music
Tech9music.com
Concert promotion and booking at Live Nation, AEG Live, and Six Flags venues and others on
the East Coast in conjunction with Gotham Rocks.

Topspin
topspinmedia.com
Services ranging from full-service marketing and site development to web design; pick, pack, and
ship custom merchandise.

Track Entertainment
trackentertainment.com
Lee Heiman’s website. Lifestyle marketing, event management, technology.

TubeMogul
tubemogul.com
Automates video uploads and gets them posted to YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, etc.

TuneCore
tunecore.com
Digital music distribution, promotion, manufacturing, registration, product.

Twitter
twitter.com
twitter.com/tweetforatrack
Use Twitter and Twitter music apps to connect with fans.

Unsigned Band Web
unsignedbandweb.com
Free music: unsigned bands.

Virtual Label
virtuallabel.biz
Digital and physical distribution; manufacturing, marketing, publicity, touring, business
management; artist management. This is Peter Wright’s new company. Make sure you read his
interview for some great insight on distribution.

Wanduta
wanduta.com
Insurance, equipment deals, travel, events booking, and management.

WordPress
wordpress.com
Content management system.

Zazzle
zazzle.com
On-demand merchandise.

zZounds
zzounds.com
Musical instruments, amps, and recording equipment.