Online Resources for Musicians

Onstage Success: Performance skills for Singers & Musicians

Tom Jackson is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist’s live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level to create a live show that is engaging and memorable and teaching them to exceed their audiences’ expectations and to create fans for life.

CD Baby for Musicians

CD Baby offers a variety of services for the DIY minded musician. Services include making cds, selling vinyl, sell on cdbaby, cd distribution, cover song licensing, download cards, custom band merch, free musician guides and soo much more. 

American Federation of Musicians

Established in 1896 when musicians gathered in Indianapolis and organized the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) for “any musician who receives pay for his musical services.” Representing 3,000 members, AFM was granted a charter by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Now we are 80,000 musicians strong. Fighting for fair wages and royalties for musicians and providing insurance opportunities and options is just a few of the perks of joining the AFM.

TAXI

TAXI helps independent Songwriters, Artists, and Composers get their music to Record Labels, Film & TV Music Supervisors, Music Libraries, Music Publishers, Music Licensing Companies, Ad Agencies, and Video Game Companies.
Record labels, Publishers, Music Libraries and Film & TV Music Supervisors tell us what kind of Songs, Instrumental Tracks and Artists they currently need - then we tell you. When you see a match for your music, send it to us, and our A&R team will pre-screen it for the company that needs it.

If your music is on-target and great, we send it to them. Your music becomes solicited because it came from a trusted industry source (that's us!)

You'll get about 100 different opportunities every month and they come in nearly every genre you can think of - Rock, Pop, Country, Adult Contemporary, Modern Rock, Jazz, Film/TV, New Age, Instrumental, and just about any other style you'd commonly hear on the radio, in movies, TV shows, video games and commercials.

Thousands of independent songwriters, artists and composers have made Record Deals, Publishing Deals, Film & TV Music Licensing Deals and countless Sync Placements using TAXI.

Merch Cat

Sell Merch Anywhere.

Playing for a packed room or just a few diehard fans may fuel your soul but you need to sell a few t-shirts to fuel the van.

Merch Cat is your all-in-one solution.
Providing Point of Sale, Inventory Management & Real-time reporting.

Music Mates

 Music Mates is a 100% free national musician referral service featuring musicians seeking bands, bands seeking musicians, music instructors seeking students and bands/solo performers for hire/studio musicians for hire. The Music Mates system has helped thousands every year since 1995. Where other systems might have fancier graphics and lure you into their system claiming to be "free" and then barraging you with upsell offers to get you to their paid membership, we continue our simple tradition of offering free posting, free searching, AND free contacting. ONLY at Music Mates will you never be pitched for money for higher profile positioning, annual membership to view additional details, or extra fees for adding your website or a link to a video! Our focus has always been asking the important questions and providing the most detailed musician profiles online.  

Gig Salad

GigSalad is the marketplace for booking bands, musicians, entertainers, speakers and services for parties, productions, and events of all types and sizes. With tens of thousands of performers and professionals for hire across the U.S. and Canada, we provide an easy and secure way to create an extraordinary gathering, whether you’re a first-time event host or a seasoned pro. Book something awesome! 

Bandmix

Since launching in 2003, BandMix.com estimates it is responsible for matching tens of thousands of musicians with each other. With hundreds of new members joining everyday, you'll be sure to find the right person for your musical talents and be well on your way to making new friends and new music. 

DIY Musician Blog: Music Promotion for Independent Musicians

CD Baby hosts a DIY Musician Conference once a year, however for those who cannot attend you can check out all of the amazing free information available through their blog/site.

Guide to Festival Applications 2018

Sentricmusic.com has done everyone a solid by crafting a master list of Music Festivals and applications. While most of these dates are already closed, it is a great resource and guide for filling out festival applications. Check out their blog entry. 

Sonicbids

Think of Sonicbids as a new member of your management team

We provide a suite of tools and resources that connect you with promoters, venue owners, and great music opportunities all over the world. Member perks include:  Professional Electronic Press Kit for musicians, Artist metrics, Integrated messaging system, Gig booking platform, and a network of opportunities. 

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

ASCAP is the only performing rights organization in the US owned and governed by songwriters, composers and music publishers. Our Board of Directors is made up entirely of writers and publishers elected from and by the membership every two years. Writer members elect 12 writers to sit on the Board, and publisher members elect 12 publishers, ensuring that every decision the Board makes is in the interest of ASCAP members as a whole. This Board elects a President and Chairman, who must be a writer member.


Bandcamp

Bandcamp’s mission is to create the best possible service for artists and labels to share and earn money from their music, and for fans to discover and enjoy it.

We believe that music is an indispensable part of culture, and for that culture to thrive, artists—no matter the size of their audience—must be compensated fairly and transparently for their work. Without this belief, our mission would be meaningless, and it’s why we’ve built our business around a model that puts the artist first.

SoundCloud

As the world’s largest music and audio platform, SoundCloud lets people discover and enjoy the greatest selection of music from the most diverse creator community on earth. Since launching in 2008, the platform has become renowned for its unique content and features, including the ability to share music and connect directly with artists, as well as unearth breakthrough tracks, raw demos, podcasts and more. This is made possible by an open platform that directly connects creators and their fans across the globe. Music and audio creators use SoundCloud to both share and monetise their content with a global audience, as well as receive detailed stats and feedback from the SoundCloud community. 

ReverbNation

Since 2006, ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging artists build their careers. We’ve connected artists to venues, festivals, brands, publishers, labels, and the fans themselves. ReverbNation’s mission puts Artists First. Our powerful career management and online marketing tools, combined with rapidly growing A&R capabilities and broad industry relationships offer emerging artists from around the world access to the global music industry. The results speak for themselves.

SoundOut

SoundOut is the world's most advanced insight automation platform.  We enable you to instantly test a wide range of digital assets, music, movie trailers, commercials, concepts, brand value, pricing and much more.  With fully automated yet highly configurable results sets and on-the-fly dynamic project creation we operate at an unmatched speed, accuracy, cost and scale. We do this by crowdsourcing millions of reviews and ratings from our proprietary 2 million strong consumer panel via our review site at www.slicethepie.com.  All reviews are normalised and weighted, meaning that everything we test can be benchmarked against all items previously tested.

Spotify for Artists

Spotify for Artists helps you make the most of your music. Sign up and take control of your profile. Get your numbers. Update your look. Share your story.

Jamendo Music

Jamendo platform for independent music. Artists can upload their music for free. Depending on your goals, this site may be for you. Offering a variety of services.

Berklee College of Music Online

 Berklee Online is the online school of Berklee College of Music, delivering access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. Berklee Online's award-winning online courses, multi-course certificate programs, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs are accredited and taught by the college's world-renowned faculty, providing lifelong learning opportunities to people interested in music and working in the music industry. 

Adva Mobile

Adva Mobile is a marketing services and technology company dedicated to helping creative individuals including musicians, photographers, personal trainers, writers, performing Artists and other creative professionals who have their own brand to develop, nurture, engage and sell to their fan base using digital technology in the mobile ecosystem.

 

DropTrack

Music promotion tool, Marketing services, Record Label Demos and A & R services.

Disc Makers

Disc Makers is the world’s largest CD, DVD, and Blu-ray manufacturer for independent musicians, filmmakers, and businesses. We offer everything you need to make your release successful, including duplication, replication, printing, graphic design, audio mastering, DVD authoring, worldwide distribution, and so much more. 

Women In Music

Women in Music is an organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthens community ties. 

Sparkplug

Sparkplug is the first community marketplace where musicians and artists can rent instruments, equipment, and space from one another. We evolved out of a simple idea: it should be easier to make and share your music with the world. By creating greater, transparent access to affordable equipment as well as generating additional income for owners who wish to rent to other musicians, our goal is to connect you with whatever you need to further support your creativity and growth.

Sparkplug exists to drive connections around the world through the power of the sharing economy, helping artists to more effectively share their creative resources, ultimately to greater creative impact.

Indie Connect

The company began as just an informal weekly luncheon at with 5-6 people from different sectors of the industry would get together for lunch to talk music business and try to help each other. It didn't take long for the industry to take note and within 2 months each weekly meeting had 20-30 participants. Each meeting also featured a guest speaker who was videotaped, giving us the foundation for our online training library.  Over the first few years the company hosted up to 5 music industry networking events in the Nashville area every week and had several chapters meeting monthly around the country.  

Today the comapny specializes in these distinct areas:

  • Artist Management - We represent serious established artists who perform mostly in mid-sized concert venues.
  • Artist Consulting - We choose exceptionally talented artists and serious artist managers and mentor them to the point where they are making a steady profit from their music.
  • Artist Manager Training - We help newer artist managers better understand the industry and how to set up and manage their artist's business affairs.
  • The Business Side of Music podcast - Hosted by industry veteran, Bob Bender, this weekly show is geared toward helping you have a more successful music career. It features in-depth interviews with successful artists and industry professionals.
  • Live and Online Workshops and Courses – We host live and online workshops and develop online courses for musicians and industry professionals.
  • Indie Connect Magazine - This is our free online publication featuring interviews, articles, videos and audio training from reputable industry experts around the world.
  • Online Training Library - We have a free online library with over 100 video and audio workshops and hundreds of articles on all aspects of building a music career.
  • Music Industry Networking: Indie Connect runs multiple music industry networking events as well as workshops in the Nashville area. 

Merchly

Make affordable custom band merch that appeals to your sound and their taste. Everybody knows the branding power that custom printed t-shirts and merch provides to bands, businesses and organizations. Custom merchandise helps your fans celebrate the spirit of your brand in their everyday wardrobe. 

LOUDR

 

Big Data for Music Rights.

Easily obtain mechanical licenses to distribute recordings as digital downloads, ringtones, CDs or vinyl records.  

  • 100% royalties. No finder’s fees
  • Monthly reporting and annual statements
  • Digital or paper payments

Register your catalog with Loudr for free - we’ll be able to match your works to usage and get you paid. Additional benefits include no paper waste, money sent directly to you in the mail or digitally, and licenses for artists who need them.

Brooks Pierce Entertainment Attorneys

The Business behind the Beat

Many performers and producers breaking into the music industry have very little understanding of the complex legal issues they are about to encounter.  Brooks Pierce attorneys bring a wealth of legal and industry experience to bear for a diverse clientele, including songwriters, singers, bands, record producers, DJs, record companies, radio stations, and many others.

We also advise broadcasters, music websites, restaurants and bars, and advertisers on the legal use of music and licensing issues.

Our experience includes:

  • Contract negotiation – negotiating and drafting major recording and publishing agreements, as well as producer agreements, production and co-production contracts, songwriter agreements, management and agency agreements, sponsorship agreements, and live performance contracts.
  • Music licensing – advising on compulsory music licenses, negotiating and drafting mechanical, synchronization, master use, and public performance licenses for use of music by broadcasters, radio stations, business presentations, restaurants and bars, and on behalf of music user licensees and artist/ songwriter licensors.
  • Copyright – advising on copyright and trademark protection, assisting with copyright and trademark filings.
  • Dispute resolution – litigating and otherwise assisting in resolving disputes involving music copyright infringement, copyright ownership, and breaches of contracts.

Brooks Pierce entertainment attorneys are sought by musicians and music producers throughout the country for their industry experience, their contacts with industry executives, and their understanding of the unique issues that music industry professionals face.

Fame House

Fame House is an award-winning global agency with a modern approach to direct-to-fan marketing and e-commerce. We build, manage, and activate online fan bases through a comprehensive service offering. With roots in the music industry, our team works with artists, labels, events, and brands to implement digital marketing, commerce, and social media strategy to drive fan acquisition, engagement, and sales. We grow businesses and monetize audiences through the forward thinking use of technology. Since 2011, we have been critical behind-the-scenes partners to the most successful players in the music and entertainment industry, helping our clients navigate the ever-evolving world of digital. 

SoundExchange

SoundExchange develops business solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 155,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts and administers direct agreements on behalf of rights owners and licensees. To date, SoundExchange has paid out more than $5 billion in royalties. 

Cyber PR

Cyber PR is a boutique PR firm based in Brooklyn. We help musicians and music-related brands. Our digital PR campaigns target blogs, podcasts, and influencers. We are also masterful at email marketing, social media, fan acquisition, and long-term marketing strategies.

BandZoogle

From the beginning, we've had a simple goal: to empower musicians to build effective websites for their music.

It all started in 1999, with a single band website, built by Bandzoogle's founder Chris Vinson for his alt-rock band, Rubberman. Grass roots promotion, plus the online community that the website created helped the band get a record deal.

In between tours, Chris worked at the record label, building websites for multi-platinum selling artists. To save time, he built a "control panel" to let managers and artists make the changes themselves. Realizing this could also help independent bands and musicians build and update their own websites, Chris launched Bandzoogle in late 2003.

Now, more than a decade later, tens of thousands of artists around the world use Bandzoogle every day to build their website and promote their music online.

Hype Machine

Hype Machine indexes hundreds of music sites and collects their latest posts for easy streaming and discovery. We're here to help you find the best new music first.

Tracks being favorited the most by the Hype Machine community start to chart on our Popular page. We also keep tabs on the most-posted artists of the week and popular music videos, so you don't miss out on any good stuff.

Hype Machine was built in a college dorm room, and continues today as an independent company based in Brooklyn, NY. This is our 12th year on the web.

Hypebot.com

Music. Technology. The New Music Business.

Music Think Tank

Where the Music Industry Thinks out loud. Articles and blogs pertaining to the music industry.

Pollstar

Founded in 1981 in Fresno, California, Pollstar is the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. They have been supplying in-depth information to every professional concert promoter, booking agent, artist manager, facility executive and every other entity involved in the live entertainment business for 30 years. Pollstar produces a weekly print magazine for professionals and publishes that information daily to the web at PollstarPro.com. Pollstar's free Pollstar.com website is for live music fans and contains the same high quality information that industry professionals use daily to route their concerts. 

Bandname.com

Incorporating the Worldwide Band Name Registry.

Established since 1997 Bandname.com is the music industry standard for registration of band names. Band name registration helps your band establish whether the name is uniquely yours and assist in consolidating its awareness.

The online registration carries a $15 fee. This includes automatic free entry in the Worldwide Band and Artist Directory worth $5. Plus entry in the Online Database archive at Bandname.com. All this is included in the the $15 registration fee. By completing the Electronic Registration Form, you will be allowing the entertainment industry to know how to reach you, your manager, publisher, record company and publicist.

Music Help

The following contracts were all provided by Artist Management Services to benefit indie musicians and to help protect themselves legally. 

Free Advice Legal

Music is a form of intellectual property protected and regulated by aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright laws and various licensing regulations. Together, these laws work to safeguard the rights of musicians, performers, producers, and others in the music industry as well as the music itself. A current issue in music law revolves around technological developments in online file-sharing systems that increase the prevalence of illegal distribution – that is, without the copyright owner’s permission – of protected music. Music law attempts to address this and other issues related to the dissemination of music, and to reconcile the protection of the rights of artists with the rights of consumers 

American Songwriter

American Songwriter magazine is published bi-monthly. The magazine offers in-depth Q & A’s with up-and-coming, established and legendary songwriters, covers recording technology, including the latest gadgets and gear every songwriter should know about, and reports on the business of music publishing with interviews and insight from publishers, producers and other industry professionals.

American Songwriter explores all genres of music – from country to hip-hop, folk to classical, rock to pop, blues to electronica and soul to r&b. Distributed internationally with a heavy domestic subscriber base, the readership of American Songwriter is just as diverse as its contents—professional to aspiring songwriters, music fans to music publishers, studio owners, copyright lawyers, record label presidents to music consumers.

Nashville Songwriters Association International

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and professional members spans the United States and foreign countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.    

BMI

BMI was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music. 

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Serving thousands of member organizations and individuals since 1957, APAP works to strengthen the field and advance careers through professional development, grant support, advocacy, networking and the annual APAP|NYC conference.
Our story begins in the 1950s when college and university concert managers directed their interests toward the educational role of the arts and the unique issues related to professional performing arts on campus. In 1957, a group of these presenters formed the Association of College and University Concert Managers (ACUCM).
Today, APAP has 1,600 organizational and individual members and serves more than 5,000 performing arts professionals every year. Members include: presenting organizations; regional, state and local arts agencies; service organizations; producing companies; artist management; booking agencies; and individual artists among other performing arts professionals.
  

Folk Alliance International

FAI exists as a registered 501c3 federal organization (#56-1698333) to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

FAI has six areas of concentration to achieve the above mission. It seeks to strengthen and advance organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy, professional and field development, and consumer development.

1.  Education - To increase understanding of the rich variety, artistic value, cultural and historical significance, and continuing relevance of folk music and dance among educators, media, and the general public.

2.  Networking - To provide a bridge to and from folk music and dance organizations and needed resources, and to help those organizations link with their constituencies.

3.  Advocacy - To influence decision makers and resource providers on the national, state, provincial, and local levels, insuring the growth of folk music and dance.

4.  Field Development - To support and encourage the development of new and existing grassroots folk music and dance organizations.

5.  Professional Development - To strengthen the effectiveness of folk music and dance organizations by providing professional development opportunities.

6.  Consumer Development - To build a stronger consumer base by identifying and involving current and potential folk music consumers and players through programs, marketing, and outreach.