Demo is spot on. I don't think you could have done any better on the demo. That whole feel is really hard to pull off. Nailed it all the way down.

Danny Arena, Songwriter

Get help, get heard, get ahead

Listed below are links to a variety of useful resources available to help independent artists grow in their careers. Keep in mind these are recommendations, not necessarily endorsements.


Music industry resources

All Access — Radio airplay data
All Music — Comprehensive online artist database
ASCAP — Performing rights society
BandName — Band/artist name registry
BMI — Performing rights society
Canadian Music Week — Annual conference and festival
Canada Council for the Arts — Grants and developmental support
Canadian Music Wiki — Online resource for Canadian music
CAAMA — Trade association for the Canadian independent music industry
CARAS — Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
CBC Radio 3 — CBC site for promoting new artists
GMA Canada — Canadian Gospel Music Association
CIRPA — Canadian Independent Record Production Association
CMRRA — Canadian music licensing agency
FACTOR — Funding for Canadian artists
GMA Canada — Gospel Music Association of Canada
Indie Bible — Promotional contacts resource
IndieOneStop — Indie music promotion and resource infobase
Mary4Music — Blues, indie and DIY music resources
MusicBC (PMIA) — BC music industry association
Music Business: Producers — Industry articles and information
Musicans' Rights Organization (MROC) — Collects and distributes performer royalties
Music Think Tank — Music industry blogs
New Music Strategies — Articles on different approaches to online music
Royalty Logic — Digital media licensing service
SESAC — Performing rights society
SOCAN — Canadian performing rights society
SODRAC — Society for reproduction rights in Canada
SongDemos — Demo studio directory
Sound Exchange — Collects digital music performance royalties for artists and performers
StarPolish — Artist career advice library
Taxi — A&R service for unsigned artists and songwriters
Tom Jackson — Live performance coaching
Vancouver Musicians' Local 145, AFM


Songwriter resources

Addicted to Songwriting — Articles & tips for songwriters
CCMNI — Christian songwriter information
Just Plain Folks — Music industry support community
Muse's Muse — Huge resource of information and support
NSAI — World's largest not-for-profit songwriter association
Singer/Songwriter Directory — Artist contact listings and forum
Songramp — Interactive music community offering peer feedback
Songwriters Association of Canada — National songwriting association
Songwriters Guild of America — Services for songwriter development and advocacy
Songs of Love — Contribute a personalized song for chronically and terminally ill children
We Are Listening — Singer/songwriter and lyricist competitions


Get your music heard

Adva Mobile — Mobile marketing, web, and apps
AmazonAdvantage
— Sell your CD on Amazon.com
ArtistLaunch — Internet radio network and artist promotion
Artistopia — Music hosting and marketing tools
Audiosocket — Indie music licensing
Bandcamp — Online promotion and distribution service with user stats
Broadjam — Music download store and pro reviewers
CanIndie — Canadian independent artist showcase
Cash Music — Open source promotion and sales tools
CD Baby — Popular online indie CD store
CD Review — CD sales and distribution
ChartAttack — New music reviews and charts
Coffee House Music — Music supplier for independent retail stores
earBuzz — CD sales and digital downloads with 100% of sales going to the artist
ezFolk — Folk music community with mp3 hosting
FanBridge — Fanbase relationship and management service
Hello Music — Exposure and industry contacts for independent musicians
IAC — Online exposure for artists and songwriters
iFanz — Fan development & marketing, e-mail database management, custom artist merchandise
iHeartRadio — Online radio playing upcoming artists (Clear Channel affiliated, US only)
iLike — Music-based social networking service
Indie Extreme — Major-label resources for independent labels and artists
IndieHeaven — Christian artist CD sales and support
Indie Gogo — Micropatronage site to raise project funding
IODA — Online music distribution provider
Jamendo — Creative Commons licensed music
Kick Starter — Micropatronage site connecting artists with funding
Last.fm — Mp3 hosting with fan network, stats, and streaming royalties
MapleMusic — Canadian artist CD sales
Moozar — Monitization of Facebook and YouTube plays
Music Alley — Podcaster resource for new music to place in their shows
Music Submit — Internet music promotion service
Muzlink — Online music marketing and promotion service
MySpace Music — Online music promotion
Noisetrade — Free music distribution
Northwest Convergence Zone — Podcast featuring Pacific Northwest artists
OurStage — Listener-voted charts in over 50 musical genres
OutboundMusic — CD sales, distribution and promotion
Pinterest — Social marketing tool for sharing content
Pitchfork — New music reviews and news
PledgeMusic — Direct to fan music platform
Pump Audio — Licenses independent music for TV and movies
Purevolume — Online exposure for new artists
RadioDirectX — Independent radio promotion including college and internet stations
RadioIndy — Multiple-genre internet radio station
Radio Starmaker Fund — Funding for emerging Canadian artists
ReverbNation — Online promotion and marketing with song hosting and stats
RocketHub — Crowd funding and exposure opportunities
Scoutr — Online A&R by EMI
Sell A Band — Fan funding of indie recording projects
SonicBids — Electronic press kits
SoundClick — Mp3 hosting and promotion
SoundCloud — Send, receive and distribute music files online
StoryAmp — Press kit creator and music journalist contacts
Supernova — Canadian online indie music community
Thumbplay — Mobile content aggregator and distributor
Topspin — Direct-to-fan marketing, management, and distribution platform
TrustyFiles — Peer-to-peer marketing and promotion
TuneCore — Digital download distribution service
TuneVault — Online promotion and CD sales
Vibedeck — Online direct music sales service for artists
whisperinandhollerin — New music reviews and news
Yooka Music — Music licensing marketplace
YouMusic — New music showcase site
zunior — Canadian indie digital music store


Vancouver music community

LiveMusicVancouver — Musician and live show listings
Musicians Only (Vancouver) — Online classifieds and forum
Vancouver Bands — Promoting live music in Vancouver
VanMusic — Vancouver independent music online community and information
WMN FM — BC-based online radio station


Other

CafePress — Online custom merchandise service
Constant Contact — Do-it-yourself email marketing service
DiskStore — CD & DVD storage products
FanBridge — Email and mobile fan list management for artists
H.E.A.R. — Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers; learn how to protect your hearing
Indiepool — Promotional resources for artists
Limelight — Cover song clearance service
Nimbit — Online virtual merch table for artists
The Yosh Man — Nashville producer, engineer, and all-around great guy
Vertical Response — Self-service direct marketing services
Vinyl Carvers — Vinyl record custom manufacturer
WorldWide Online Creators Registry — Copyright proof of ownership service






















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