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Drumming Fame and Fortune

Most musicians fail to make it to the big time not through lack of talent, but simple lack of exposure! Learning how to network can help you build fame and fortune in the drumming and music business by getting maximum exposure for yourself, your drumming, your band, and your music.

Tiger Bill's Tips for Drumming Success

Digital City
This site has the skinny on more than 200 cities and towns across the country. If you're looking for a club to gig in, you'll probably find it here. As a bonus, you can sign up for a free email update that'll inform you of concerts and festivals coming to your town.

Getsigned.com
This site offers plenty of how-to advice whether you're following an independent music career, or searching for a major label deal.

Gigmasters
Here's a great concept, it's the world's first self-service booking agency. When someone wants to hire a band, they log onto this site and choose one. If your band registers with the service, you'll pay nothing until they get you a gig. Then you'll owe Gigmasters a 10 percent commission.

IndieCentre
Lots of do-it-yourself info on starting your own independent label, recording your songs, manufacturing your music, sales promotions, touring, and more. Who needs a major label anyway?

Indie-Music.com
Looking for a gig? This is the place to go for independent musicians. Go to Venues and select by state. You'll get a list of clubs, addresses, and contacts. Some of them even list seating capacity. Practically every listing you'll need is here: Radio stations, recording studios, record labels, hotels, restaurants, and even other bands.

Just Plain Folks
Need advice on how to succeed in the music business? Look here. Join for free and receive a free tri-monthly newsletter that includes lots of links and contacts.

Live 365
This site, officially licensed by ASCAP, lets you create your own Internet radio station. It also hosts both known and unknown indies.

Media Power: Getting Your Signal Through the Noise
An excellent two-part article, by Music Business Solutions director Peter Spellman, on how you can best use the media to promote your band.

MP3.com
This site is reportedly "signing" 200 new artists a day. Here's your chance to introduce the world to your music, build a following, sell CDs, and, hopefully, make some cash too. If you're in a band that writes original music, give it a shot. What have you got to lose? It's free.

Musicians Contact Service
If you’re looking for a musician for your band, the service is free. If you’re looking for a job, you can post your resume for a fee. This company has been around since 1969, so they definitely aren't a fly by night. Check them out.

Musi-Cal
Concerts, festivals, and clubs listings. You can add your own gigs and links to your own Web site.

Promotion World
Loads of info on promoting your work via the Web. Includes tips on creating effective press releases, online tools, informative articles, and reviews of promotion services and products.

Record Labels & Companies Guide
Would you like to connect with people who can further your career? Then look here. Listings are updated regularly.

Taxi
Looking for a record deal or a publisher? Maybe you're looking for a band or a musician for your band? Try "calling" a taxi. This leading independent A&R company helps unsigned bands, artists, and songwriters get record deals, publishing deals, and placement in films and TV shows. Although they do charge a yearly membership fee, they also offer a full, one-year money back guarantee. And they have a free musicians referral service.

Virtual Promote
This site offers info on site promotion, free tools for webmasters, search engines, Web site reviews, a free site promotion and e-commerce newsletter, and more. Look it over. Site originally was maintained by Jim Wilson who passed away in 2003 and continues to operate in his memory.

Zip Code Directory
Never can tell when you'll need to snail-mail something. Maybe your latest Demo CD?

 

What You Need to Know About the Drum Business
Yes drumming is an art form and a ton of fun to boot but to make a living from it, you must consider it what it actually is - a business! Click the link to check out what you need to know about the drum business.

 

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