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Singers, Songwriters, and Musicians: How to Get a Record Deal!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Arty Skye asked:


For the singer, band or musician looking to have an illustrious career in the music industry, a record deal often seems like the best way to go. While there is no absolute guarantee of getting a record deal by following any set plan, there are things that you can do to increase your chances of landing one. The following is a checklist for aspiring musicians, singers, and songwriters looking to land record deals.

The Music Demo:

The first step towards landing a record deal is often the “music demo” or “demo tape”. The music demo is a representation of who you are and what you can do, what makes you special and why the record companies need to sign you to a record deal and invest millions of dollars. The music demo is your product. When approaching record companies, management companies, music producers and talent agencies, your music demo will be the first thing that they ask for. If it’s good enough, they will consider working with you in some capacity or will at least keep their door open for future consideration. If your music demo sounds like crap, you can bet that their door will close to you and remain closed to you.

Give them what they want:

So what do record companies look for when evaluating a music demo? While the details may vary from person to person, one thing that they all have in common is that the music needs to move them emotionally. They have to “feel it”. But with hundreds of music demos coming across their desk, they don’t have the time to wait until the second chorus to see if they like it or not. About 95% or more of the music demos received by management companies, music production companies, music producers and record companies, are of such poor quality that often the music demo will be rejected within the first 10 seconds simply on that basis. It’s often the job of the assistant to weed through the piles of music demos and separate the quality ones from the poorly produced, poorly recorded ones.

You have to be heard within the right context:

If the sonic quality of your music demo or demo tape is acceptable, then the person you’re trying to impress may now be willing to listen to at least a verse and chorus. But you must sound legit.

If you’re an R&B singer, but you’re singing against a music track that’s country, your singing won’t be heard against the proper backdrop and most likely will be rejected before they reach the chorus. Another example might be a female Pop/R&B singer trying to sing against a big, loud hard rock band, or a country artist trying to sing against a dance track. While the singers might be good in each case, they will sound “wrong” to whomever might be listening. The music MUST complement the vocals. The subtleties of each style of singing must be enhanced by the appropriate musical arrangement and production. That is often the job of the music producer or record producer.

What about the song?

The song is as important as ever in today’s modern music. A song can make or break an artist, as is demonstrated every day on the radio. How many times do you hear a hit song on the radio with an average singer? Every day many top recording stars may struggle with their careers trying in vain to find another hit song. As in the case of Michael Jackson’s last record, they spent about $50 million recording and promoting the record. But there were no hit songs and sales were way off their projected numbers. They lost big money on that one.

So what makes a hit song? No one can say with absolute certainty. But here’s what music mogul Clive Davis had to say about Diane Warren, one of the most successful songwriters in history: “Diane is able to combine tremendous feel for melody with lyrics that deal with genuine emotions, and she is able to do it time after time”. With over 50 Top 10 songs to her name, I’d say that’s a reasonable formula!

Hit songs are rare. Do your best to record a quality song that you feel has hit potential. Don’t record a bad song just because you happened to write it. Many singers may have exceptional voices but their songwriting skills haven’t caught up yet. If necessary , seek out songs from an established published songwriter or music producer.

Self Produced Demos:

Many music demos are self produced these days in home studios. With the technology more affordable, it’s possible for a talented, technically oriented musician to make an acceptable music demo in their home. But all too often the home technology exceeds the skills of the operator and the music demo sounds flat and homemade, with too much reverb on the vocals, no punch in the bass and no clarity in the hi end. The talent of the musician may not translate into talent as a music producer or recording engineer, and so the entire music demo suffers, even though the singer and the song may have been outstanding. That’s where the skills of a talented music producer first come into play. The music producers experience in the recording studio can save countless costly mistakes and deliver to you a product that sounds professional and polished, which will increase your chances of getting that record deal.

The Music Producer:

The role of the music producer varies, based on the style of music. For most styles, the music producer makes the technical decisions in the recording studio, helps choose songs and works to get the most out of the artist, showing off the strong points and burying the weak points. It’s the role of the music producer or record producer to help create the vision for the artist and to make it into a reality.

For live rock bands, a music producers role can sometimes be more one of guidance and direction. With a good recording studio and engineer, bands can often achieve decent results on their own and may not need a music producer in the earlier stages, such as recording the music demo. Though for the recording of an entire album, it’s recommended.

For Pop, R&B and dance however, the music producers role is essential. Often, the music producer will help write the music, play some or all of the instruments and be responsible for every aspect of the musical production, from the sonic quality of the recording to keeping things within budget. This allows the singer to focus and concentrate on giving their best vocal performance and doing what they do best-sing! A good music producer should make you and your music demo sound polished, explosive and exciting. It should be appropriate for the style of music you’re singing and should sound close to a finished record. If your music demo doesn’t sound professional, don’t send it out yet. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so you want it to be good.

Making Your Music Demo:

The first thing that needs to be established before heading off to do your music demo, is why you are doing it. Bands often need a recording to give to a club before being able to play there. What’s required in that situation is much different than what’s required for a Pop or R&B singer looking to get a record deal.

Many artists first thought is to call a recording studio. While this may yield results, most recording studios make their money from selling time. The recording studio provides the space with all the equipment and an assistant and/or engineer to run it all. They charge a set fee by the hour and you’re free to do whatever you like during that time. If you’re a band, this may be precisely what you need. But if you’re a singer and don’t have any music production skills, this kind of setup will be useless to you. You first need the music before you can record your vocals. Again, this is where the services of a experienced music producer are desired.

Making A Master Recording:

So what exactly is the difference between a Master recording and a demo? A master is made for commercial release. You hear masters on the radio and buy them in stores or download them from iTunes. A Master is a finished, full production. The quality is superior to a music “demo”. The “demo” (which is short for “demonstration”) is intended to interest the Record label or publisher in investing the money to record a music master. Traditionally, the music demo was something as simple as a vocal and piano. But with the advances in technology it no longer pays to record a simple “music demo”. A Master quality music production is now affordable for those serious about their careers. Record labels are used to hearing finished music productions and that’s what they expect. With internet distribution, a music master can be sold, placed in radio, licensed, etc. Though “music demo” is still a buzz word, any music productions worth doing should be of Master quality and radio ready.

Choosing a Music Producer:

Like anything, you need to shop around to find the right music producer to produce your music demo. Ask a lot of questions. Precisely what qualifies this individual to call themselves a record producer? Ask about their experience. Do they have any album credits, have they worked with any famous recording artists, won any awards, worked on hit records, etc.? Are they known in the industry and do they have a good reputation? Is this a part time job for them? Are they involved with the style of music you wish to pursue? Some other considerations would be location. What studio will you work at and with what engineer? Meet with them and hear their work. Are you impressed with the quality of their music production? Do you like them and vibe with them? Ask how they would treat your project.

How Much is it?

Finally, ask about cost. A music demo can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars, to record company budgets of tens of thousands of dollars per song. Some producers may charge by the hour. While occasionally this might be appropriate, it has the potential of costing you many times more than you originally planned. Ask about additional costs, such as musicians, studio costs , engineering fees, etc. A set fee for the music production demo is usually the best way to go and the way that most record companies work with music producers. While you don’t want to mortgage your house for your music demo, you must realize that you get what you pay for. The cheapest demo around will sound like the cheapest demo around. This isn’t how you want to portray yourself if you’re serious about pursuing a record deal. You want to go with the highest quality music demo from the best music producer that you can afford.

Choosing a Studio:

Unless you’re technically proficient in the area of recording studio equipment, seeing an equipment list won’t help you much. But you should be interested in the clientele that the recording studio attracts.

If they regularly work with signed recording artists, record companies and publishing companies, chances are they have the necessary equipment and technical skill to give you a professional product. Check out a list of their clients. The music producer will most likely have a recording studio that they’re comfortable working in and that has the necessary equipment to produce your demo. But while home studios may have come a long way in recent years, they still don’t match the environment, acoustics, sound, equipment and personnel of a commercial recording studio.

Alternatives to a Record Deal

So much has been said here about getting a record deal. But that is no longer the only option these days for aspiring artists to get their music to the people and be heard by the masses. No record deal does not mean no career in music. The internet has changed everything, and many artists who have had record deals in the past are now looking towards the internet as a preferred method of selling their music. While an artist may sell 300,000 units, (CD’s) the amount of money spent on their behalf by the record company may exceed the amount brought in by sales. The artist may only receive a small percentage of CD sales and end up owing the record company millions of dollars, which have to be “recouped” before the artist can begin to see any real dough. In contrast, an artist who sells only 15,000 of their own CD’s on the internet and at live shows, can likely clear over $100,000 after expenses. Record companies are usually very interested in them after they hear about that. The major expense for the artist however is hiring a music producer and funding their own recording. But this supports the idea of finding an experienced music producer and doing a great sounding music demo that has the quality of a record. It becomes a viable product that can be sold. The music demo can be released on a per song basis on the internet and more songs can be added as they’re recorded.

A poor sounding music demo is likely to damage your reputation, so keep it in the closet. Better yet, avoid getting stuck with a bad music demo in the first place.

One final note:

It’s important to get a great sounding music demo to help open up some doors and to eventually get a record deal. But be cautious. After searching around the internet for music producers and recording studios to recommend, we came across many sites that appeared to be…less than honest about their intentions. For example, song contests that resulted in the winner having to spend money to get their song recorded by the company having the contest. Home studios where the singer was forced to sing in a closet. Claims by so called producers with no music industry credits to back them up. Producers with no solid music industry contacts offering to shop your music demo. And a few more. Just make sure they’re legit and that you’re comfortable talking and working with them.



Behind Kerchoonz, the Story of an Indie Artist

Friday, July 17th, 2009
Eric de Fontenay asked:


An interview with Kerchoonz co-founder and Scotland-based, singer-songwriter Indiana Gregg (part 1 of 2)

Imagine working for years developing your music career. You’ve released several albums, signed with an indie label, inked licensing deals, and received love from the press and radio, all while you’ve toured the country. An indie artist’s dream! That is until you find out that your latest release has been illegally downloaded over 250,000 times off of major pirate sites like The Pirate Bay.

This is the nightmare Glasgow, Scotland-based, singer-songwriter Indiana Gregg faced about 18 months ago when she released her album “Woman at Work.” The level of piracy was actually threatening the financial viability of her independent label Gr8Pop. So Gregg decided to take matters in her own hands and fight back. She contacted the UK-based Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI), as well as contacting the various websites linking to the illegal copies of her album. While nearly all the sites complied with the link removal request, file-sharing website The Pirate Bay responded with a “cyber-bullying” campaign, publicly releasing Indiana’s email that resulted in a malicious deluge from the site’s supporters.

Instead of getting mad, Indiana - with her manager and husband Ian Morrow - decided to get even on behalf of all artists. To accomplish this, she has set out to create a site that would pay artists for every stream of their music; and even pay when the artist would want to offer their music for free download. Slated for beta launch later this month, Kerchoonz.com has already attracted the attention of media outlets like the BBC and Digital Media Wire, as well pirate forums such as TorrentFreak and suprbay.org.

MusicDish e-Journal sat down with Indiana to find out more about Kerchoonz and how it might just tilt the music industry balance in favor of musicians.

[Eric de Fontenay] Where did the idea behind Kerchoonz originate?

[Indiana Gregg] I’ve always believed that art and music should be free and accessible to the people who can perhaps not afford it. However, it shouldn’t be at the expense of the people who create music and film. Since the late 90’s, billions of copyrighted files have been downloaded illegally. Free art is a great concept, but musician’s can’t live on “thin air” and it’s hard to make music without some investment. Music, film and art costs money, time and dedication to produce. We believe that if this continues, nobody will want to invest in new creativity, and we can’t let that happen. Brainstorming took place, and Kerchoonz is what we decided to offer as a solution.

I spoke with my partner/producer Ian Morrow, and we started to put this idea into motion. We began developing the site in late 2006 and in April 2008, we founded a new Scottish-based company, Kerchoonz Ltd. We’ve been working on the site around the clock with developers from all over the world (and every time zone!). You might say we’re workaholics, but it’s actually been terribly creative, fun and exciting despite the long hours we’ve put in. So, Kerchoonz is a site where artistic creators can give their music away for free and still get paid!

[de Fontenay] Obviously, piracy was a driving force behind Kerchoonz’ drive to compensate artists. In what other ways has piracy influenced the site?

[Gregg] To be honest, piracy is only a tiny part of what has influenced the development of Kerchoonz. In the early days, even before social sites like MySpace and YouTube came into the mainstream, we were discussing paying artists for streams and how social networks were using music to draw traffic to their sites. Having millions of people visit my own social networking pages, I thought it would be cool if we were able to pay artists for their streams.

You know, there is a fine line between a band getting “free promotion” on the internet and crossing over to that point where sites are really more or less “freely exploiting” a band’s work. Many sites are making millions in advertising each year from delivering the “goods” (music, film, software, games), however, the creative people whose work is being exploited earn absolutely nothing from these sites.

If a label or musician doesn’t want to give their music away as a free download, they can still be paid for their streams and even provide a link to iTunes or wherever their music is available for sale.

The bottom line is we need to protect the future of art and we hope that people will make the choice to support artists simply by listening or downloading for free.

I believe that on-demand streaming of music will be one of the main ways people access music in the future. Kerchoonz is a site where people can access music and create playlists on-demand at any time they want via the Internet or mobile phones.

So, really, I’d have to say that we’ve developed Kerchoonz primarily to cater to this huge shift in how people are choosing to access music. Was it due to piracy or the birth of social networking? Maybe a bit of both. People are changing the way they access music now and, to be honest, that’s been the strongest influence upon the creation of Kerchoonz.

[de Fontenay] Kerchoonz’ website mentions that Kerchoonz does not use DRM or embedded ads in download files. How does Kerchoonz generate the revenue to compensate artists? Do you feel that DRM and embedded ads will still be around in five years?

[Gregg] Advertisers want to reach specific numbers of people within a specific demographic. We want Kerchoonz to be fun and informative, and advertising is a way of finding out about new products and services. It’s also the way we plan to help compensate artists. But, we won’t be using pop-up ads or ads attached to the downloadable files.

Kerchoonz advertising is done in a way that’s more attractive and even entertaining for the user. We use a system where video adverts are played during downloads but they are not “attached” to them. There are no annoying force-fed ads. However, advertisers get their message, products and services across to their target demographic on the site, and that’s what’s important for this kind of ad-funded model.

Whether or not DRM or embedded ads will be necessary five years from now (or if they are even necessary now) depends upon the future of downloading. I have a feeling we are moving towards an era of ‘on-demand’ where people won’t want or need to actually “own” the files. So, it’s hard to say.

[de Fontenay] Do you feel that the industry’s approach to tackling piracy has been effective? What would you want to see proposed that would help you in developing a revenue channel for artists?

[Gregg] The music industry has suffered a tsunami of change over the past decade. It’s becoming more and more difficult for bands to compete by selling music alongside the huge popularity of “free.”

Has the industry been effective in tackling piracy? I don’t know. I think this is a difficult one to assess. I can only say that from my personal experiences, some of the pirate sites have been rather antagonistic in their approach towards musicians. They say that the industry is trying to force their old model on people. However, those same sites are the ones who are trying to force musicians into accepting “nothing” as an option.

As a result, the file-sharers have been targeted by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). I don’t know how effective that has been. However, recently more ISPs are getting involved and perhaps they will help reduce the problem.

http://www.kerchoonz.com

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Next week, in part 2 of MusicDish e-Journal’s interview with Indiana Gregg, we learn more about Kerchoonz, the site’s multiple features and it’s Choonz origins.



Embedded Ads In MP3s? Apple’s New Marketing Ploy

Friday, July 17th, 2009
Danny Wirken asked:


The Internet has definitely revolutionized our lives. From shopping to communicating to the way we listen to music - all these aspects of our lives have changed dramatically due to the Internet. It has been said that music is the universal language. It is probably more so now, as music can easily be shared all over the world, transcending traditional geographic barriers.

Statistics show that digital music has become the regular fare of majority of listeners the world over. That is why digital music stores have been popping up left and right, trying to take advantage of this boom. Yet ask anyone who is a regular digital music listener - what are the main advantages of downloading music off the Internet? Chances are you’ll get a response similar to this: it’s free and it’s convenient.

Who can forget the days when you can get all the music you want on Napster? All you needed was an Internet connection and you were all set to go. That is not to say that there are no more sites and services offering similar services for free today. With the outcry that the music industry has raised (and is raising), legislation has been put into effect with the aim of curbing illegal downloading. Thus the birth of online music stores.

Perhaps the most popular online music store today is the one created and maintained by Apple - the creators of the iPod. Apple iTunes is a digital media player application released in 2001. You can use iTunes to play and manage all your digital files. Music and video are both supported by iTunes. You can also use iTunes to manage files on your iPod. More so, iTunes has its own online music store, from which you can download music and videos for a fee. With the big success of podcasting - broadcasting over the Internet - iTunes also features a podcast site where you can get podcasts both for free and for a fee.

Apple has always prided itself in keeping itself pure. That is, providing services to its users without the irritating ads that the Internet is widely known for. From the start, Apple has been known as the alternative to the big companies who make money off ads online. Yet in April of this year, a rumor that Apple was going to sell ads through iTunes emerged. With the release of iTunes version 6.0.5.20, the rumor became truth. Now listeners and viewers are exposed to certain ads on iTunes.

How does it work? For now, the ads are limited to the lower part of the window whenever you listen to a song on iTunes. This feature is incorporated into the new MiniStore. Anytime you click on any song on your playlist and listen to it, you will see visual ads on the MiniStore window. These ads are basically songs and albums related to the song you are currently listening to. In addition to this, you will see another section with the heading “Listeners Also Bought.” This part shows you albums by different artists which are being patronized by other listeners who liked the same song you are currently listening to. For example, if you click on Eric Clapton’s Lonely Stranger. What you will see in the MiniStore window would be something like this: Unplugged by Eric Clapton (this is the album from which the song comes from); More from Eric Clapton (other albums released by Eric Clapton, as well as some of his popular songs); and a list of other songs and albums that other listeners bought.

If you think about it, it’s not so bad as it initially seemed. The ads are not really ads in the strictest sense of the word. You see products that may actually enhance your listening experience. You are listening to Clapton, you will probably appreciate - or at the worst, not mind - seeing related material to what you are currently listening to. They are not irritating ads selling you stuff and services that you are most probably not interested in. Furthermore, you have the option of minimizing the MiniStore window. If you do this, then you won’t be bothered by the ads. If the ads are such a hassle for you then all you need to do is turn the MiniStore off.

However, many people think that this “small” step that includes embedded ads on iTunes is a precursor of ominous things to come. The fact is that iTunes originally offered an ad-free listening experience and this attracted many users to leave their old client behind and switch to Apple iTunes. Now that ads are finding their way into iTunes proves to be foreboding to these very listeners. Though the ads seem to be limited to iTunes itself for now, people can’t help but wonder how much longer till the ads find their way to their portable devices as well. Apple has to consider that fact that majority of iPod users choose to use this product in order to “unplug” from the world of radio which is rife with advertisements. All they want is an uninterrupted supply of music (or video or talk, as technology evolves). With the introduction of ads, this luxury can be taken away from them.

With the widely varied formats that iTunes support, there is more opportunity for ads. Videos and podcasts are probably as popular as MP3s nowadays. In fact, Apple has introduced some ads in their podcasts as well. An example would be ESPN Radio. With this step towards providing ads, they will probably come up with more ad offerings. At present, videos and TV series episodes are still ad-free. Several TV networks are now coming up with free versions of some TV shows they are selling on iTunes. Of course there is a catch - ads that cannot be skipped. If this trend continues to go the way it is going, it is only probably a matter of time till iTunes will be completely full of ads instead of being completely ad-free.

For users, the bottom line is simple. They have the choice between convenience and free content. Convenience and portability would probably come with a price soon. Some people would be willing to pay for that, it is sure. Then again, some would just want free content whenever and wherever they could get it.



Get Set Go With Free Music Downloads!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
Jacob Marshal asked:


Offering young consumers an easy- to-use alternative to pirated music sites is compelling. Still, given the fragmentation of the digital music business - there are hundreds of them who are willing to offer cost-free music. Analysts believed that this new offering would help further booming of the music industry.

While the music industry for years thought of offering free music downloads, rampant online piracy has created the need to experiment with new digital business models. The growth of online advertising has encouraged industry executives, and the advertisers are supporting music services so as to win consumer acceptance, while still the record companies and artists are still compensating somewhere down the line.

Few service providers are currently in a position to provide the large audiences the variety that all the music addicts would love to, with the power of advertising revenue by their side. This is certainly being pitched as a challenge to the piracy world and probably an answer to the world of piracy. It was a very memorable moment or, at least, for the sake of true music lovers when different companies decided to offer downloadable music.

After more than a decade of neither publicly affirming nor denying, music buffs have finally gone online and are engaged in downloading movies, songs, etc. One can also download music tracks of your choice and save on the desktop or for that matter our mobile. Apple brands iPod, in conjunction with iTunes, its music web site, has given a facility on the internet where iPod users can purchase and download songs for less than $1 per song. Any artist can have an online presence, promote their music to an audience of millions, and let consumers download their music to their hearts’ content. Music download sites include over 5,00,000 digital music downloads. eMusic is one such site where you can get 50 free music downloads just for the beginners. Downloading music is simple and easy. One just needs to know few basic process and can get started.

You could listen to your favorite music tracks or download the songs of your choice to your handset and drive away your blues. Download your favorite soundtracks and enjoy listening music tracks on go!



How to Make Money With Your Music Online

Friday, June 12th, 2009
Don Taylor asked:


Many things have changed since the Internet became an essential part of our lives.

Not only it changed the way we communicate but also how we

work and play.

Things are changing drastically every day with new trends and

ideas like never before.

The internet played a huge role for the music industry as well

changing everything since the CD revolution.

Digital delivery is becoming the major selling format and it’s

growing every day as more people gain access to the Internet.

iTunes alone has sold over 3 Billion legal music downloads since

the service launched in April 2003.

Due to the internet today it is easier for every musician to get his music out to the public without having a record deal a manager or crazy connections.

But it could also be pretty frustrating if your music is out there and heard but you don’t make any money from it.

If you consider that record companies pay you every nine months, getting money directly in to your PayPal account right after you sell your music is a great deal.

By selling your music on your own you are also managing your publishing rights. You get to choose how and where to sell your songs and you can determine your price.

Personally I like to manage my music copyrights on my own as well.

Find out the most effective ways to convert your music into cash

and start making money with it today.

Go to : http://www.internetmusiciansbible.com/

Learn The Secrets On How to Make Crazy Money With All Your Music Over And Over Again



Where is the Music Industry Heading?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Josh Lipovetsky asked:


Where has the music industry been in the past few years? Even worse, where is it headed? Every year, sales seem to keep slipping, and more artists are losing motivation. What can we do as consumers? For one, we can write articles and act to help generate a movement, and make people aware of the problem. We can also buy more CDs, especially now that certain retailers are selling for below $10. If you prefer to download digitally, that can be done as well. Throughout the article, you can find various resources which will help consumers do their part to save the music industry.

Our economy is consumer driven, and we are in quite a recession. Therefore, all types of industries are going south; music being one of the many. So the first thing we can do to help is spread the word. Why should we care about saving the music industry? For one, we don’t want new artists like Soulja Boy gaining confidence in their “singing” abilities. Music is also one of our main productivity and confidence boosters. If we didn’t have good music, how much tougher would it be to get things done? Lastly, most independent music artists don’t rake in enough money to make a living, and they will be stuck there until they get discovered. With the current state of the music industry, it looks like we will be dealing with situations like these for a long time. Only the consumer can do something about it.

There are many places where we can go to purchase music, so don’t just think that you’re limited to a small amount of record stores or online shops. Here is a compiled list of some of the places where you can go to buy/sample/obtain music to help support the crippled industry.

Online Stores:

New Retail Music

www.amazon.com

www.buy.com

www.circuitcity.com

www.bestbuy.com

www.deepdiscount.com

www.barnesandnoble.com

www.tower.com

www.cduniverse.com

Sell/Buy Used Music

www.secondspin.com

www.spun.com

www.wherehouse.com

www.cashforcds.com

Digital Subscription Services/Online Music

www.itunes.com

www.rhapsody.com

www.napster.com

www.emusic.com

Other/Social Networking

www.last.fm

www.imeem.com

www.seeqpod.com

www.pandora.com

As you can see, there are so many ways that consumers can get out and support their favorite artists, or just discover new ones. As a Rhapsody subscriber, getting a very large selection of music for the price of 1 album every month is a great deal. It lets you discover new music, listen to the old classics, and even some exotic world music when you are in the mood for it. New services like Imeem and Last.fm let you connect with others who like the same music as you, and Pandora uses the Music Genome Project to find other music that you may like. So now you have no excuses not to get out there and do some good for the music industry today.



Music-industry Expert Moses Avalon Launches Groundbreaking Portal

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Eric de Fontenay asked:


Leading music-industry expert The Moses Avalon Company announced the launch of an interactive educational portal based on its successful Confessions of a Record Producer live-workshop series. Confessions Workshop On-Line contains 11 lessons, containing subjects ranging from copyright and royalties to new developments in digital distribution, music piracy, and the iTunes model. There is also an extensive library of Q&A compiled from years of live workshops and a link to ask Mr. Avalon direct questions. The only music-business workshop in the nation accredited by the California Bar Association, Confessions Workshop On-Line makes it simple for artists, songwriters, producers, and others to view the program anytime, anywhere.

Superstar producer Rob Chiarelli (Christina Aguilera, Will Smith) describes it as “the most well thought-out, articulate, and comprehensive workshop ever conceived. Absolutely the best”. Other industry pros’ comments have echoed this sentiment. “With so much change in the music industry lately and more artists using unconventional methods to further their careers, Confessions Workshop On-Line is the perfect tool for them to stay informed and empowered about their rights in a contract and their business in general”, says CEO Moses Avalon, “This is like having 24/7 access to a music-industry expert at your beck and call. Considering today’s economy, it’s far better than traveling to a live workshop or spending thousands on a music-industry college class.”

For more information, visit http://www.confessionsworkshop.com.

About The Moses Avalon Company

For over eight years, the Moses Avalon Company has offered a wide array of products and services for those interested in learning about the music business. From platinum-selling recording artists and producers to the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Record-Industry Accounting Practices, countless knowledge-seekers have sought the company’s expertise on the ins and outs of the ever-changing business of music. Services include music-industry contract analysis and consultation, dispute resolution, expert-witness testimony, and the ever-popular Confessions of a Record Producer live workshop, based on Mr. Avalon’s best-selling book. The workshop, the only one of its kind to offer CLE credits to practicing attorneys, is also available online at www.confessionsworkshop.com. For more information, visit http://www.mosesavalon.com.

About Moses Avalon

Mr. Avalon began his career by producing and engineering records for several major and independent labels. After noticing that all the “how-to” books on the music industry were written from a formally-legal perspective and thus inaccessible to musicians, he took a more informal, real-world approach when writing his first best-seller, Confessions of a Record Producer: How To Survive the Scams and Shams of the Music Business. The book is now integrated in over 40 colleges’ curricula and the inspiration for a successful live workshop and online education portal. Mr. Avalon remains an active lecturer around the world, popular blogger of Moses Supposes, frequent guest at Bar Association events, CEO of The Moses Avalon Company, and author of two other books on the music industry.