Promotion, Funding, & Career Tools
Disc Makers artists get a free trial of Radio Airplay giving you internet radio play to 100 people at no cost. It’s easy to set –up and get started, first you’ll upload music and target the right listeners, next you’re music will begin to reach listeners & fans worldwide on internet radio, and finally you’ll get regular reports and data on your new fanbase. Start your FREE trial.
Whether you’re selling out arenas or still rocking out in your bedroom, Artist Growth can help you manage every aspect of your career with award-winning tools designed for a digital music world.
Artist Growth is used by world-class artist management companies like Vector Management (Ke$ha, Kings of Leon, Emmylou Harris), as well as independent artists the world over. Start your free 14 day trial.
Instruments & Equipment
When you finish recording, you trust Disc Makers to provide you with top-quality discs and printing. But who do you turn to when you need instruments and music gear you can count on? When you want the best gear, the best service, and the best deals, find out for yourself why the hottest names in the music industry shop at Sweetwater. www.sweetwater.com
MusicPro’s standard Instrument & Equipment policy covers your musical instruments and gear as well as computer hardware and software. In addition MusicPro offers healthcare policies, studio liability, and special event liability insurance. It’s never to late to start protecting you and your equipment, and MusicPro insurance is the leader in providing musicians insurance. Review policy types and get a free quote.
Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, Audio-Technica now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for professional and home use. www.audio-technica.com
Established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. www.taylorguitars.com
Deering Banjo Company was founded in 1975 as the world’s specialist in banjos and has grown to become the largest manufacturer of American made banjos in the world. Located in Spring Valley, CA, Deering produces all of its quality banjos in the same US facility and boasts the most knowledgeable team in the industry. www.deeringbanjos.com
Direct Sound is a leading manufacturer of professional studio headphones, made in the USA. We use environmentally responsible passive noise attenuation technology exclusively. The company was founded in 2001 by a studio drummer. The goal? To help serious musicians set themselves apart. Direct Sound allows musicians and music enthusiasts to focus on creating, performing and experiencing music. Direct Sound – Set yourself apart. www.extremeheadphones.com
Namba Gear is a Portland, Oregon based bag and accessories company that designs and produces premium, high performance transport solutions for the working musician. The essence of the brand is defined by the working musicians and dj’s at Namba Gear who are dedicated to creating and delivering exceptional carrying solutions that will stand up to the unique and rigorous workload of professional musicians. www.NambaGear.com
GearTrack is an online musical instrument registry that aims to deter theft and recover stolen instruments through volume registration. We aim to be the first stop for resellers, used instrument buyers, and law enforcement in verifying an instrument’s status. In addition to stolen instrument alerts to our WatchDog community of around 6000, GearTrack also offers the ability to catalog, organize, and export gear lists. www.gear-track.com
Established in 2012, Guitar Chalk is an online magazine for guitarists and musicians, committed to publishing thorough and high-quality guitar-related content. www.guitarchalk.com
Licensing & Performance Rights
If you’re putting cover songs on your next release work with Easy Song to obtain 100% of the rights you need to release any cover song in 1-2 business days. Get started now.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 75 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. www.bmi.com
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. www.ascap.com
Songwriting & Recording
MasterWriter is the premier writing software built specifically for songwriters. Used by renowned songwriters such as Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor, Rob Thomas, and David Foster MasterWriter is a songwriter’s best friend.
As a Disc Makers artist you receive a free trial of MasterWriter but you also receive exclusive savings of $15 on a one-year membership, or $20 on a two-year membership, making MasterWriter super affordable for songwriters at any level. http://masterwriter.com/discmakers
Cakewalk is the leading developer of powerful and thoughtfully designed products for the modern musician. These products include award-winning digital audio workstations and innovative virtual instruments. Millions of musicians worldwide—including Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers, and engineers—use Cakewalk products daily to produce audio for the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries. https://www.cakewalk.com
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. https://www.izotope.com the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries.
Groove3.com is the premier online Pro Audio tutorial provider, making exceptional videos about today’s DAWs, Plug-ins, Recording, Production, Mixing, and Mastering. They feature certified trainers and industry professionals who love to share their knowledge and skills, inspiring you to use your studio tools more efficiently and creatively. Groove3.com also features the All-Access Web Pass, which gives you instant access to every video on the site, plus any that get added during your membership. https://www.groove3.com
For over 35 years, Aphex has been at the heart of professional audio, recording, broadcast, M.I., live and installed sound. Whether you’re performing, recording, broadcasting or using sound for communications and safety applications, Aphex is committed to providing the cleanest, clearest and most effective signal and dynamics processing technologies available. http://www.aphex.com
Auralex® Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best possible value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex® Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. https://www.auralex.com
Schools & Training
Berklee School of Music Network
The Berklee Music Network is an online music community of the world’s most talented, Berklee-trained musicians, songwriters, music producers and music industry professionals who are actively moving the business of music forward, both creatively and entrepreneurially. The Berklee Music Network offers extensive deals on music products and services; provides members with exclusive music industry jobs, gigs, and music career opportunities; and is a one-of-a-kind music collaboration engine that fosters creativity between our members. network.online.berklee.edu/
Founded in Hollywood in 1977, Musicians Institute (MI) is a college of contemporary music built on the idea that musicians should teach — and learn from — other musicians. This unique college offers education in every aspect of the industry, including performance, composing for video games, audio engineering, guitar building, music business, and training in the latest technology. MI connects students to the global music industry with tools they need to build careers and pursue their dreams. https://www.mi.edu
Tom Jackson Productions
Tom Jackson’s Onstage Success goes beyond the usual Artist Development, focusing on the Live Show to build your fan base, create a demand for your music, and to develop and communicate your unique style! We help you take what you want to say and put it in a language your audience will understand. Artists at every level can benefit from our online resources, book, DVDs, and workshops, helping them to become compelling, confident performers. https://onstagesuccess.com/
School of Rock
School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education for kids. Through our performance-based approach to music lessons, School of Rock students are more inspired to learn, more motivated to excel and more confident as a result. School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, and drums. We combine weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. https://www.schoolofrock.com
Cari Cole Voice & Music Co.
Cari Cole is a celebrity vocal coach, artist development expert and new music biz mentor. She has over 25+ years experience working with independent artists and A-list performers. Her website offers tools and materials for serious vocalists, bands and singer-songwriters, and her “Standing in the Spotlight” blog is a great resource for vocal and music industry info. https://www.caricole.com
H.E.A.R.® - Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers, is a Non-Profit Organization 501 (c)(3), established in 1988 with the support of founding donor Pete Townshend of The Who and many others. H.E.A.R. is dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians, other music industry professionals and all music fans (especially young people). H.E.A.R. provides music hearing services, referrals, and hearing education “Listen Smart” programs for schools. http://www.hearnet.com
House Artist Grants
As the #1 Recording and creative Studio in the Washington, D.C; Our partnership with Disc Makers allows us to provide great merchandising for Artists and brands we work with. It’s important to align our company with other companies that focus on providing the highest level of service and quality like our friends at Disc Makers. https://in.house/
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions — with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 “Song of the Year.” http://www.jlsc.com
International Songwriting Competition
Now that you have recorded your songs, why not enter them into the International Songwriting Competition? ISC gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes and includes over 60 celebrity and industry judges such as: Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, John Hiatt, Avicci, Bastille, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), American Authors and many more. https://www.songwritingcompetition.com
Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only offers great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals. Unsigned Only also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision-makers. For more information visit: https://unsignedonly.com
Independent Music Awards
Earning an Independent Music Award is more than just a badge of distinction. The IMAs leverage its unrivaled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to place winners & nominees in front of Talent Buyers, Film & TV Music Supervisors, Media outlets, and 1 Billion music fans. That’s why artists previously on major labels, as well as notable indie label and self-released talent from 70 countries around the globe submit their best work in 86 Song, Album, EP, Music Video & Design categories every year. independentmusicawards.com
Knowledge & Resources
The Indie Bible
The latest edition of the Indie Bible gives you access to: 4,200 publications from around the world that will review your CD, 3,400 radio stations from around the world that will play your songs, 600 vendors and services that will help you to sell your music, 500 helpful resources and sites where you can promote your band, and much more! Purchase the Indie Bible at the discounted price. indiebible.com/dm/
Indie On the Move
IndieOnTheMove.com is the music industry’s destination for show & tour booking. From music venues, festivals, and college/university programming board contacts to show availabilities, gig swaps, and radio/press directories, IOTM is THE hub for artists, venues, agents, labels, promoters, & managers to find relevant, up-to-date booking info and assistance. Simply put, IndieOnTheMove.com is show/tour booking made easy. www.indieonthemove.com
Guitar Tricks is the leader in online guitar education. The inventors of online multimedia guitar lessons continue to innovate and expand their reach with 2 million members and 8,000 award winning lessons. Their step-by-step curriculum caters to a broad range of guitarists whose skills range from beginner to advanced. Their vast library of over 500 song lessons teaches classic hits by artists like The Beatles, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, KISS, Pearl Jam, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix and more. www.guitartricks.com
Music Industry How To
Music Industry How To, run by Shaun Letang, is a ‘one stop shop’ for gaining knowledge in the music industry. Whether you want to learn how to get more gigs, build up your fan base, start earning money from music, become a music manager or just know more about the music industry, there’s information here that will help you out. www.musicindustryhowto.com
Concerts In Your Home
ConcertsInYourHome is the world’s most active house concert community, inspiring and connecting more than 2000 events each year. The site is dedicated to solving the touring problems of small independent acts, allowing them to connect more deeply with fans and put on concerts in unique places. CIYH also puts on the yearly Florida Listening Room Festival, which creates profitable tours and showcase opportunities for artists. Talented artists, inspired fans, remarkable performances. www.ConcertsInYourHome.com
Music Marketing [dot] com
Need help making money with your music? Music Marketing [dot] com is a free resource to help you sell more music, get more people to your shows, and make more money in the music business. If you’re looking for realistic strategies to make $100,000/year (or more) with your music. www.musicmarketing.com
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