A Modern Day Gold Rush (pt. 2)

A list of services that I either have used or will use. For many of those I haven’t used, I plan on checking them out and giving reviews to help you make a decision:

Marketing ToolsTopspin, ReverbNation, CD Baby, Trackbuzzer, FanBridge, Headliner.fm

FundingKickstarter (great idea for a site, it lets artists set up projects with goals so that fans can support the art they consume), ReverbNation “street teams”, ChipIn. You can also include a Paypal button for donations, or an Amazon Simple Pay Donation button. Here is an article from Music Think Tank

Playing More Live Shows — From a Hypebot article “10 Resources That May Help Artists Book More Gigs“: GigMasters (booking platform for artists and talent buyers), GigMaven (free and easy-to-use booking website for musicians; currently available in NY, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Austin, Phoenix and Ohio), Gigwish (influence venues, promoters and booking agents by enabling an artist’s fans and their local music scene to vote for them), G2.fm (an online booking community where bands and musicians connect with venues by sharing their music), Live Music Machine (get booked anywhere for any type of live music event, as well as getting booked directly from MySpace), MusiGigs (a private beta service that helps artists get booked by connecting venues directly to bands), OnlineGigs (booking and promotional tool, and one of the largest detailed venue databases), ReverbNation’s Gig Finder (search over 100,000 venues and clubs, and locate those that have booked similar Artists), Sonicbids (the largest and most successful online booking service for musicians, bands, managers, promoters, etc., as well as corporations and organizations looking to book artists), SplitGigs (a new social web-app that helps emerging artists find other artists to exchange and share gigs with).

Online Distribution: Tunecore, ReverbNation, Ditto Music (UK based global online distributor worth checking out, I believe they offer free daily reports, 100+ stores), CD Baby, IODA Independent Distribution (Distributes audio and video, they do more work for you, but you must be accepted by the IODA team)

Recording Software — Here is a list that I published near the beginning of the Chi Guy Entertainment Blog. It is in order of popularity according to an article I found in Hypebot: 1. Avid Pro Tools, 2. FL Studio, 3. Steinberg Cubase, 4. Cakewalk Sonar, 5. Apple Logic, 6. Adobe Audition, 7. Apple GarageBand, 8. Sony Sound Forge, 9. MOTU Digital Performer, 10. Ableton Live, 11. Sony Acid, 12. Band-in-a-Box, 13. Steinberg Nuendo, 14. Steinberg Wavelab, 15. Propellerhead Reason

Online Mixing/Mastering: Studio ProsOnline-Mixing.comGotchanoddin.com (specializing in hip hop) and others. I prefer to go to a physical engineer who I have a relationship with for all my mixing/mastering needs.

Video Distribution for artists: YouTube, Vimeo, UStream

A pretty solid list, and I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch. These are the tools, now fly, fly like a bird.

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