Items to check out for the Week of April 13

1) The Future of the Music Industry – Part II by Mike McCready (formerly Pearl Jam)

2) Interested in getting radio play?

Check out Airplay Direct.where you can set up a profile for free, then sign up to participate in any number of their promotional programs (for a fee). For example, the Radio Programmers Newsletter features 10 artists each month. Past “Featured Artists” include Dolly Parton, The Raconteurs (Jack White), Merle Haggard, Ann Wilson (Heart), Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, Susan Tedeschi, Black Label Society, Quiet Riot, Nils Lofgren, Pam Tillis, Deana Carter, Elvin Bishop, Ray Stevens, Collin Raye, Conway Twitty, etc. The newsletter goes out to over 3,300 AirPlay Direct radio members and a select number of tastemaker stations that have requested to be on their newsletter list for info on new artists. Plus it is distributed to over 17,000 record label / artist members.

3) Artist or Entertainer?

A blog posting by Artist House Music. My favorite paragraph:

“The line between art and entertainment has always been blurry, particularly with the rise of “popular music” but I think where we are today is a crossroads where every musician is going to have to ask the question of themselves – am I an artist or an entertainer, and from that determine how or even if they fit into the industry.”

4) A little wisdom from Seth Godin, marketing guru

So, who should you listen to?

Your sneezers.

You should listen to the people who tell the most people about you. Listen to the people who thrive on sharing your good works with others. If you delight these people, you grow.

5) LOCAL WORKSHOP: Copyrights & Contracts for Musicians: Sound Advice

Featuring Attorney Peter Vaughan Shaver of Sound Advice, LLC

At AFM Local 99, 325 NE 20th Avenue, Portland.

Sunday April 26, 2009   1:00 – 3:00 PM

$20.00 pre-registration; $30.00 at the door. Free to AFM union members

Description:

The American Federation of Musicians (AFM Union Local 99) and Sound Advice, LLC present an educational workshop with attorney Peter Vaughan Shaver on Copyrights and Contracts for Musicians.
This event will be held at AFM Local 99, 325 NE 20th Avenue, Portland, on Sunday, April 26, 2009 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.; $20.00 for pre-registration through Sound Advice; $30.00 at the door for the general public. The event is free for AFM union members This two-hour, interactive workshop will provide practical information on various legal topics related to the music business, with a focus on copyrights and contracts. Anyone involved with the music business should attend: bands, singer-songwriters, managers, producers, promoters, or record label owners.

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