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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,

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), (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 (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.


Review of

In line with my previous post about I signed up for the service the other night. It’s a pretty interesting idea for promoting your music and discovering other artists in your genre that are also trying to spread their music. is an artist community where artists can earn “band bucks” by sharing the music of other artists with their fans. You can earn 1 band buck for each fan that you expose someone else’s music to. These band bucks can be used to buy promotions on other artists’ social media pages.

When you sign up you start out with 10,000 band bucks (theoretically enough to expose you to 10,000 fans of other artists). The first thing I did on the site was to schedule a promotion. found 10 other artists involved with Hip Hop and scheduled a promotion for Saturday, Nov 6 (a time that these other artists agreed to allow posts on their sites). Within hours after I signed up I had 6 requests from other artists to share their music on my social media sites. It definitely makes you want to listen to these artists music so you can tell if you want to share their music with your fans.

So, overall, nice idea. We’ll see if it works…

5 Ways to Reach New Fans Using

This is an article from CD Baby’s DIY Musician blog. CD Baby is a leading online distributor for independent musicians. More on CD Baby in the future. Here’s a link to the story. is a music website where bands reach new fans by trading recommendations. From big budget major label acts like Travie McCoy and One Republic to indie musicians gigging in DIY venues, bands of every conceivable genre are using to reach new fans. Since launched in February of 2009, over 26,000 bands and artists have registered for the service. Why have bands flocked to Headliner? Headliner’s service is unique. Many sites offer bands opportunities to upload their music and slowly gain fans, but only Headliner offers users the ability to reach the fans of thousands of other bands in real-time.

Check out the TOP FIVE WAYS TO Reach new fans on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace using

1) Reach new fans: Bands and Artists with accounts on have a combined fan base of over 88 million music fans. Every day more than 3 million music fans are reached by messages via Get started by signing up for Headliner and creating promotions. Send your promotions to bands on Headliner whose fans you think will like your music. Those bands will see your promotion and, if they like it, send it on to their fans via Twitter, Facebook and Myspace as a recommendation to their fans.

2) Build a list of Artists who like your music: As you use Headliner, you’ll start to connect with artists who like your music and who are comfortable recommending your music to their fans. Keep a list of these artists, so you can run promotions with high acceptance rates and reach fans who will like your music. With a pro account on Headliner, you can rerun successful promotions with a single click, so doubling up on successful campaigns is just a button away

3)Create A Contest: Running contests is a great way for small bands to make big waves. Fans love contests, and is a great platform to set them up. Choose a small to midsized prize, perhaps a t-shirt or poster, and send out a message that gives fans an opportunity to win that prize by promoting your music. Something simple like: “Retweet this to win a t-shirt signed by (your band’s name)”. Then insert a link to your music in the message, and send it out. A pro account on Headliner will let you keep track of how many retweets your promotion has received.

4) Promote a video: Social media isn’t about selling; it’s about communicating. Promoting a video through is a great way to communicate with new fans online and to build awareness about your music. Nationally touring acts like Travie McCoy and fun. have used Headliner to drive thousands of viewers to their Youtube pages, and you can do the same with a small effort. Just set up a simple promotion; insert a link to your newest video, and send it out to some bands. Headliner will keep track of the results, so you know exactly how many fans you have reached.
5)Earn Band Bucks: Band Bucks are the virtual currency that powers’s economy. When you create a promotion on, it has a cost in Band Bucks. Creating promotions on Headliner can burn through your Band Buck supply, but luckily there a few easy ways to get them back. You can earn Band Bucks by accepting promotions. Everytime you recommend another artist to your fans through, you will receive a share of Band Bucks based on the number of fans you have. You can also earn Band Bucks by inviting other bands to join Everytime a band you invite to the system joins, you’ll earn 10 Band Bucks for every fan they have.

Headliner sounds tight I’m definitely going to check it out. I’ll let you know how it is…

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