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Because you may not have face-to-face contact with potential fans or music industry executives, a CD or CD demo must tell a unique story about you and your music. Learn how to make a lasting impression that will have them tuning in instead of turning you off.

A great CD / CD demo can mean the difference between getting the job and not working. Here are a few tips on how to make an excellent CD that will impress them.

Back in the day, there were full-length CDs and CD demos. A full-length CD was usually put up for sale, while a CD demo, which was usually three to four songs in length, was used for marketing purposes. In today's digital world, recording a partial CD (previously known as a CD demo) is easy and cost effective; therefore, a traditional CD demo has become obsolete.

A great CD is your calling card to the world. Because in many cases you may not have face-to-face contact with potential fans and music industry executives, it's important that your calling card tell a wonderful and unique story about your music.

Things to remember when making your CD / Demo

The Music

If you wrote the words and music, protect your intellectual property by applying for a copyright. If you didn't write the words and music, contact the publisher or writers of the song in order to obtain mechanical licensing for your project.

Recording Studios

Research recording studios in your area to find one that works for your needs and budget. Many studios have different discounted rates. E.g., if you book your recording session for an entire weekend in 12-hour blocks, the studio offers a price break. Be sure to ask the studio manager permission to drop by during the same time of day you want to book your session. Listen for any sounds, such as loud music from a club next door, which might interfere with your recording session despite soundproof booths.

Time is Money

It's important to remember that studio time can become expensive. Be prepared before you go into the recording studio. Have your music charted for each player prior to your recording session. If you can't chart music, hire someone who can. Find out if the musicians in your session can read a Nashville Chart (a.k.a The Nashville Number System developed in the 1950's). If they can, only have one chart made. Make Xerox copies for everyone else. You will need to have a special chart made for the drummer.

Stage vs. Studio Musician

When a musician is on stage, they may be able to bring the house down by delivering a high-octane performance. However, the same musician may not have the correct technique to be a studio musician. Clanging pedals and whizzing strings do not translate well in a recording studio. While some musicians can perform well in both mediums, many cannot. A studio musician must be very exact in the use of their instrument, avoiding all extraneous sounds.

Using a Producer

A good producer will not only move your recording along, keeping it on budget, but also can make or break a song. Additionally, some producers will double up as an engineer, but only charge one fee for both work hats.

Finalizing Your Recording

You've done your homework, finished recording and now it's time to finalize the mix. Take a day or two and step away from the recording before you listen to it again. This will give you a fresh set of ears. Once you've distanced yourself from the recording, listen to the "final" mix on your car stereo, iPod and the worst boom box you can find.

Most people will be listening to your recording on their iPod's and boom boxes. If your recording sounds good on sound systems that aren't perfect, your job is nearly done. If the recording sounds bad, it's time to talk to your producer and band mates to figure out what should be done to make the recording better.

Mastering

A good mastering job can really make a difference in the sound of your recording. Use someone who knows what they are doing. Get references.

Pressing a CD vs. Digital Distribution

If your goal is to have CDs to sell at your shows and on your website, you might want to use a professional disc manufacturer. Low-end costs can range $0.39 to $2.00 a CD depending on the amount you press. It is possible to press the CDs using your own printer and computer, but the quality won't be as high and the labels have a tendency to peel off. Additionally, the cost of ink may raise the cost of each CD printed.

If you decide to go the digital route, after the recording has been mixed and mastered, convert your file to MP3, MP4 or .wav.

Whichever route you choose, make sure your project is graphically pleasing on top of sonically superior. The cover (digital or paper) is the first thing a consumer or music professional views. Make an impression by having a cover that impresses.

Note: Not all music industry personnel and music reviewers will accept a digital press pack. You might consider a short disc run to fill their needs. When you press your CDs, make sure you have all contact information directly on the CD. Jackets usually become separated from the actual CD and if they can't reach you easily, you may have lost your chance.

One last thing to think about: If your goal is to impress music industry personnel, you have 10 seconds to make an impact on them before they skip over to the next piece of music. In days gone by, music industry personnel said they listened to a piece of music for 15 - 30 seconds. However, today many say they give the music 10 seconds before they turn it off.

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Jaci Rae's grit and determination brought her from a poor childhood to a successful singer and performer who tours around the world. She is the recipient of the "Female Vocalist of the Year" award at the Golden Music Awards in Nashville, as well as a Barnes and Noble and Amazon No. 1 Best seller.

Jaci is the dating coach for igniteromance.com, on the dating team of Savvymiss.com, the relationship expert for lovingyou.com and is a relationship advisor for loveisgreat.com and singlescafe.net.

She is the author of The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money, as well as Winning Points With The Woman In Your Life One Touchdown, Shop for a Day with Jaci Rae and Collista's Search for the True Meaning of Christmas.

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"Jaci Rae is a one-women power house. She's had great success as an author, musician, radio show host and more. In her Book "The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money" she reveals everything she's learned in her colorful career - from recording and running a music business to publicity, promotion and sales.

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"Jaci Rae is a one-women power house. She's had great success as an author, musician, radio show host and more. In her Book "The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money" she reveals everything she's learned in her colorful career - from recording and running a music business to publicity, promotion and sales. A great primer on the music biz from an insider who has been there and done it on her own terms!"

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"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? If you make music and nobody hears it, did it make a difference? So you love to make music.

If that music is made out of inspiration, then it's going to move others. But to get your music to others you need a plan.

I've been successful in the music business for 40 years, and I can tell you that Jaci's book The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing and Money gives you that plan. You won't need to figure it out by trial and error. Now it's up to you to follow that plan and successfully spread your music."

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The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money is a book designed to help the indie artist navigate through the shark infested waters of the music business.  While most artists concentrate solely on the creative aspects of their career, they typically are unaware and/or unprepared for the business and marketing side of show business.

In the highly competitive world of the music industry, it is never wise to sail alone.  Equipping yourself with the necessary resources can ensure safe passage through the often rough waters of show business, and lead the aspiring musician straight to musical success.

Putting on a show is important; learning the business is imperative.  This book will provide the struggling artist with everything they need to pilot and navigate their own course towards musical victory without American Idol, Nashville Star or other reality based shows. 

Your Ultimate Guide to Indie / DIY Music Success 2006

The independent / DIY revolution is here and the time for indie musician has arrived! Are you ready to make music And make money?

Marketing is the key! Learn how to market your music effectively, making an impact And make money with the most up-to-date techniques.

  • Blogging


  • Podcasting


  • DJ Lists


  • How to Make Music, Money and Tour!


  • Guerrilla Marketing


  • Record Pools - Are You Swimming Yet?


  • How to set up your own Successful Indie / DIY Label


  • JV Partners


  • Affiliate Programs


  • Effective Email Marketing (Not SPAM)


  • Whitelisting


  • Finding Musicians, photographers, studios, producers, managers and more...


And much much more! Read sections of the book throughout this page!

What is The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money? It's a beautiful, 8 x 11 199 page softbound book plus the free Indie Contact Guide e-book which will be delivered via email as soon as you purchase The Indie Guide to Music Marketing and Money!

The Indie Contact Guide is 8 x 11 122 pages and thousands of contacts. That's 321 pages of career help.

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Is the World's Most trusted Indie Music Resource!

The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money is a book designed to help the indie artist navigate through the shark infested waters of the music business.  While most artists concentrate solely on the creative aspects of their career, they typically are unaware and/or unprepared for the business and marketing side of show business.

In the highly competitive world of the music industry, it is never wise to sail alone.  Equipping yourself with the necessary resources can ensure safe passage through the often rough waters of show business, and lead the aspiring musician straight to musical success.

Putting on a show is important; learning the business is imperative.  This book will provide the struggling artist with everything they need to pilot and navigate their own course towards musical victory without American Idol, Nashville Star or other reality based shows. 

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The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money is by No. 1 Best Selling Amazon and Barnes and Noble author Jaci Rae. It is THE industry's most reliable, must-read music resource for making it in the music industry as an indie artist today.

With advice from some of the top entertainment lawyers, well known indie advocates such as well known entertainment attorney, G. Miller Hogan III; Thom King former VP of Clear Channel; Eric De Fontenay founder of musicdish.net, mi2n and taggin and more.

Trusted and respected by some of the biggest and most successful indie / DIY musicians in the world, The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money, is the only indie / DIY resource guide you will ever need!

Your purchase also comes with The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money Contact Information. This guide is a complete, current database of who's who in music and entertainment. We constantly check and update our sources to ensure you have the most current and up-to-date email address, phone numbers, mailing addresses, etc!

Now, YOU have direct contact with the people who make it happen!

With all the A&R record label contact information, venues, conferences, booking agency's, management, film and television music directors, record pool directors and more!

Stand out in the crowd of music artists and make the money you deserve! Sell more CDs, get more gigs, airplay and get noticed by labels or start your own!

The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money is loaded with proven techniques that guide you every step of the way.

A Few Music Industry Contacts To Help You (like the ones you will find in The Indie Contact Guide)

This is only a Very small sampling taken from The Indie Guide.  It’s not meant to be a complete listing.

REVIEWERS

http://www.muzikreviews.com
http://www.billboard.com/billboard/index.jsp
http://www.cmj.com/

MUSIC INDUSTRY CONTACTS

http://www.artistdirect.com/
http://www.musicianassist.com

COLLEGE RADIO STATIONS
PD = PROGRAM DIRECTOR MD = MUSIC DIRECTOR
Note: We have not included PDs and MDs in the College section because of the vast amount each college has for each style of music. Please be sure to call them to verify which department head your music goes to.

ALABAMA

Auburn University
WEGL 91.1 FM
116 Foy Union Bldg.
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-4114
334-844-4118
wegl@auburn.edu
http://wegl.auburn.edu
genres: Alt, Underground, Jazz, Blues, World, CCM

Jacksonville State
WLJS 91.9 FM
700 Pelham Rd. N
Jacksonville, AL 36265
256-782-5572
256-782-5645
radio92@hotrnail.com

RECORD LABELS

Interscope - Geffen – A&M part of Universal Blanket
2220 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-865-1000
310-865-6270
www.amrecords.com
contact: Ron Fair, President 310-865-6272
contact: A&R 888-181-777-1000 Universal Music
They are no longer allowed to give out A&R personnel information.
genres: They accept all music

MANAGERS

Avenue Management Group
276 5th Ave., Ste. 507
New York, NY 10001
646-424-1600
646-424-1680
thewolf191@aol.com
contact: Bruce Garfield ext 2
contact: Peter Durando ext 1
contact: Glenn Stone ext 3

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FILM AND TELEVISION CONTACTS

lml Trax
125 5th Ave., Ste. 4N
New York, NY 10003
212-673-5200
212-539-0290
info@lm1.com
www.1m1.com
contact: Linda Cohen

Alr-Edel Associates
18 Rodmarton St.
London, England WI U 8BJ UK
44 207 4866466
air-edel@air-edel.co.uk
www.air-edel.co.uk
contact: Matt Biffa

BOOKING AGENCIES

Artist Representation & Management
1257 Arcade St
Saint Paul, MN 55106
651-483-8754
651-776-6338
www.armentertainment.com
contact: John Domagall
jd@armentertainment.com
genres: Rock, Country, Blues

CONFERENCES

Canadian Music Week
5355 Vail Ct
Mississauga, ON L5M 6G9 Canada
905-858-4747
905-858-4848
info@cmw.ne
ndixon@cmw.net
www.cmw.net
contact: Neill Dixon
genres: All styles

TOP MUSIC PRODUCERS

Andre Young / Dr. Dre Aftermath
2220 these are in the book, we cannot list them here
Santa Monica CA, 90404
310 the rest of the # is in the book, we cannot list it here
310 these are in the book, we cannot list them here
credits: Dr. Dre, Ice Cube Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Nas

RECORD POOLS

4 STAR RECORD POOL
Timothy Butler (DJ Jazzy T) - Pool Director
5291 Mohican Way
Antioch, CA 94531 USA
925-754-6840
925-754-6841
tbutler@4starrecordpool.com
www.4starrecordpool.com
60 DJ Members
Music Formats: URBAN Music and DANCE Music
Service Allotment Requirements: 60 on 12" Record For URBAN
Service Allotment Requirements: 20 on 12" Record For DANCE

 

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