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THINK INDIE is a consortium of independent record retailers determined to bring true music lovers back to the stores that make a difference. Besides sharing the avid fan's passion and enthusiasm for music, THINK INDIE stores are equipped with a unique catalogue of exclusive releases, live shows and limited-edition goodies from a variety of well-known artists - the kind of stuff that makes cool record stores even cooler. So take a look around, find a store near you, and remember what it's like to shop in a store where the only appliances are in the break room.

Find out about the Music Industry at Music Business: Producer, with the dirt on record labels, music lawyers, producers, and more.

Musicians. Promoters. ONE Way To Connect. Sonicbids has become one of the fastest-growing music communities on the web trusted by over 70,000 artists and over 6,000 festivals, music conferences, and clubs from over 100 countries. Sonicbids makes it super-easy for musicians and promoters to connect online using Electronic Press Kits (EPK™).

myHitFactory is the leading A&R tip lead sheet for songwriters, music publishers and record producers.

Indie-Music.com connects musicians, music industry, & music fans. Indie-Music  facilitates connections between the major players in the music business - musicians, music industry professionals, and music fans. Their cumulative 100+ years experience in the media and music industries is leveraged for members and clients through specialized website content, including artist EPKs (electronic press kits); underground music news, reviews, & interviews; charts; radio stations; marketplace; and massive music industry search engine.

RadioDirectX : We gaurantee you'll get radio airplay
Jazz RadioDirectX generates radio airplay for your CD release(s) worldwide by promoting and marketing it to over 900 radio stations and media members.

AMG is a full service CD and DVD manufacturer offering major label quality
and affordable pricing with boutique type service. We cater to all of our clients, whether you are the first time independent artist or the label with dozens of artists. Check out the website for pricing, past and present clients and much more.

From replication to printing to packaging, Disc Makers handles every manufacturing step in-house. On-site post production in The SoundLab™, and graphic design services in The Design Studio™.

National Entertainment Guide (ACME-US) provides an easy to use, fully searchable web site to promote all types of Entertainment. Most sites don't provide unbiased information, they provide what they want you to see. ACME-US.com allows free listings to any pertinent site.

Your source for songwriting tips, songwriter resources, songwriting articles, and songwriting techniques.

CD Baby is a little online record store that sells CDs by independent musicians.In a regular record deal or distribution deal, musicians only make $1-$2 per CD, if they ever get paid by their label. When selling through CD Baby, musicians make $6-$12 per CD, and get paid weekly.

International Association for Jazz Education
The mission of the International Association for Jazz Education is to assure the continued worldwide growth and development of jazz and jazz education.

MusicCares Foundation
It is the mission of MusiCares to ensure that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical or personal crisis. Its primary purpose is to focus the attention and resources of the music industry on human services issues that directly impact the health and welfare of music people.

Jazz Foundation of America
With a tax-deductible donation, you can become a Member of the Jazz Foundation of America. For a donation of $30, you will become a Friend of the Jazz Foundation of America. For donations of $50 or more, you will receive a free CD with your membership. For donations of $500 or more, you will receive a Jazz Foundation of America Membership Pin and the CD.

Online Communities:

consilience productions
A New York City based music label, created to engage a "dialog" BEYOND music.

A listserv of about 900 members dedicated to building and promoting a
stronger jazz community and a greater proliferation of jazz music in Atlanta, throughout Georgia and the Southeastern United States. Founded in 2001 and moderated by J. Scott Fugate, station manager and program director of WBCX 89.1 FM, membership and participation in this forum is truly beneficial to Georgia jazzers. (Thanks Scott!)

An online community that lets you meet your fans.

A Washington, DC-based online jazz community that allows artists to submit their profile to its CyberUnion directory.

An online indie music community that allows you to submit your bio, music,
photos and schedule to help maximize your exposure.
JamBase works towards the goal of sustaining and growing the vibrant musical community it serves. The Company hopes that its website can be a place where those who are passionate about improvisational music can come together to share their musical views, and expand their musical horizons. National in scope, local in focus, JamBase exists to help its readers GO SEE LIVE MUSIC!

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Jazz Police Jazz Police
A jazz and travel information website. JazzPolice.com has a mission of promoting the best of live jazz in local communities nationwide, particularly for travelers.

Jazz In Georgia:

Atlanta Jazz Festival (Memorial Day Weekend)

Coastal Jazz Association

Churchill Grounds

Columbus Jazz Society

Dailey's Downstairs

High Museum of Art Friday Jazz

Macon Jazz Association

Copyright Matters and Licensing:

National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA)
Currently representing over 800 American music publishers, NMPA has worked to interpret copyright law, educate the public about licensing, and safeguard the interests of its members. To insure a fair and orderly market for everyone involved in music publishing, NMPA is dedicated to the protection of music copyright across all media and across all national boundaries.

Harry Fox Agency, Inc.
The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. was established in 1927 as a musical copyright information source and licensing agency for the music industry. HFA currently represents more than 27,000 music publishers, and is the premier licensing resource for the mechanical use of music reproduced in all formats and media. HFA specializes in the following licensing and monitoring services: Mechanical Licensing, Digital Licensing and International Monitoring.

Royalty Compliance:

Royalty Collections & Distributions

Downloadable forms to register copyrights
Form PA with instructions - for published or unpublished works of the performing arts www.copyright.gov/forms/formpai.pdf
Form SR with instructions - for published or unpublished sound recordings www.copyright.gov/forms/formsri.pdf

Performance Rights:

ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
ASCAP is a membership association of over 145,000 U.S. composers, songwriters and publishers of every kind of music and hundreds of thousands worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP's licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music.

BMI Broadcast Music incorporated
BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents approximately 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music. The non-profit-making company, founded in 1940, collects license fees on behalf of those American creators it represents, as well as thousands of creators from around the world who chose BMI for representation in the United States. The license fees BMI collects for the "public performances" of its repertoire of approximately 4.5 million compositions - including radio airplay, broadcast and cable television carriage, Internet and live and recorded performances by all other users of music - are then distributed as royalties to the writers, composers and copyright holders it represents.

SESAC Society of European Stage Authors and Composers
SESAC, Inc., is a performing rights organization, with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles and London. "When a songwriter or publisher affiliates with SESAC, SESAC then represents the right for that music to be played in public. As the technological leader among the nation's performing rights organizations, SESAC was the first p.r.o. to employ state-of-the-art Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) performance detection. SESAC pioneered the use of Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) to provide SESAC's writer and publisher affiliates with the fastest, most accurate royalty payment available anywhere. The system required to compute compensation is based on many factors, including music trade publication chart activity, broadcast logs, computer database information, and state-of-the-art monitoring.

SGA Songwriters Guild of America
Organized in 1931, the SGA is the nation's largest and oldest songwriters organization, serving its members with the vital information and programs to further their careers and understanding of the music industry.

Look Up Songs and Artists:

Gracenote CD Data Base
Online music CD database: over 1500000 titles, searchable by artist, title, and song.

AMG All Music Guide
Search by artists, albums, songs, styles, labels.

Music Magazines and Directories
All About Jazz
Any Swing Goes
APPLAUSE Music Careers
Artist Pro Publishing
Electronic Musician
EQ Magazine
Georgia Music Magazine
Hot House Jazz Magazine
Jazz Improv Magazine
Jazz N Blues Entertainment
Jazz Now
Jazz Online
Jazz Review
Jazz Times
Jazz & Blues Report
JazzHouse.org (Jazz Journalists Association)
Jazziz Magazine
Jazzwise Magazine
Jus' Jazz

MIX Magazine
MusicDish, Industry e-Journal
Rolling Stone
Signal To Noise - the Journal of Improvised & Experimental Music
Tape Op
The Jazz Site
The Mississippi Rag

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