Here are a few resources for musicians interested in digital media:
- Overall links to get you started — basics below
- Open source tool lists for content creation
- Detailed lists of online tools, continuing to be updated
Digital Music Resources
Look who owns URLS:
There are many ways into the “Whois” database.
- http://www.whois.net/ — Feeds leads into Vario.com
- Network Solutions: http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp
- GoDaddy: http://www.godaddy.com
- Register.com: http://www.register.com/whois.rcmx
See some of the Hosting options below – some may also get you your domain name as part of the deal.
- GoDaddy.com – www.godaddy.com — Approx. $10/year/site name
- Network Solutions — http://www.networksolutions.com — $35/year – yikes!
- Register.com — http://www.register.com
- Yahoo! Domains — http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/domains/ — $10/year
Websites – Design:
- Open Source: WordPress.org – downloadable templates that can be hosted yourself (or by a friend). Changeable, adaptable, cool. Can include various community tools.
- Open Source: Joomla (http://www.joomla.org/about-joomla/getting-started.html) , Drupal (http://drupal.org/getting-started). Great open source tools that can go onto a hosted location. For more complex sites with big playlists, groups of videos, message boards, resources, etc.
- Free Software: NVU — http://net2.com/nvu/ (hosting is $5/month on top of that)
- Free Software: Kompozer — http://kompozer.net/
Website – Hosting:
- GoDaddy.com – http://www.godaddy.com — You can get a Website tonight feature, but it won’t have many options for you.
- Open Source: Wordpress — http://wordpress.com/ — blog-driven websites, but don’t think about this as your traditional blog. Lots of great templates. You can get a URL and “domain map” it to your blog for $10/year ($15/year if you also want to register the domain through them, which isn’t bad vs. the $10 alone for the URL). Add-ons cost money.
- For WordPress.org templates, they say you need PHP 4.3 or higher, MySQL 4.0 or higher, Apache or nginx. They suggest Blue Host @$7/month (including domain name) (http://www.bluehost.com); Dream Host @$2/month (http://www.dreamhost.com); Media Temple $20/month for industrial strength hosting (http://mediatemple.net); and Laughing Squid @$6/month (http://laughingsquid.net). These usually include multiple email accounts as well, so you can have a professional email presence for your music.
- Yahoo! Hosting: http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/domains/ — $10/month including the domain name
- CD Baby.com — $35/album plus $20 if you need a barcode; $10/single; digital or physical sales; they keep $4/CD or 9% from digital
- Tunecore – founded in 2005 – http://www.tunecore.com/ — $47/album; $10/indiv. Track; 19 stores; they don’t keep any $ from the sale
- ReverbNation – fee plus charge to take it DOWN
- Zimbalam – new in 2010 — http://www.zimbalam.com/ — $30 fee
EPK (Electronic Press Kit):
- SonicBids — http://www.sonicbids.com — $6/month or $11/month, depending on your services; does not include feeds to put your EPK in for gigs
- Reverbnation – http://www.reverbnation.com — $6/month with “unlimited” storage and use
- Mudcat Café — http://www.mudcat.org/ — great online community resource for US historical music
- Smithsonian Jazz — http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/start.asp
- MIT Lists of music resources — http://libguides.mit.edu/pop-and-rock#top
- Library of Congress, Performing Arts — http://www.loc.gov/performingarts/
Public domain searches – generally music and lyrics (not recordings) before 1/1/1923 or ones that the music hadn’t had copyright renewed.
- US Copyright office search — http://cocatalog.loc.gov
- Public Domain Information Project — http://www.pdinfo.com/. Song list: http://www.pdinfo.com/list.php
Music Rights/Licensing/Performing Rights Organizations (PROs)
- Harry Fox — http://www.harryfox.com/index.jsp — for licensing tracks for producing CDs or selling online, the music licensing organizations have arranged with Harry Fox to take care of the smaller pressings/use. For 25 to 2,500 uses, you should go through Harry Fox, who will charge you a $13-15 song fee plus the anticipated statutory royalty (now 9.1 cents) per track anticipated to be recorded. For streaming or limited use digital music , you can contact them directly to make arrangements.
- Songfile search (should include all US PROs): http://www.harryfox.com/songfile/public/publicsearch.jsp
- BMI Search — http://www.bmi.com/search
- ASCAP Title Search — http://www.ascap.com/ace/
- SESAC Repertory — http://www.sesac.com/Repertory/Terms.aspx
Public Domain? Check at links in prior section.
Community Building Resources:
- ReverbNation – http://www.reverbnation.com — guerilla marketing tools. Can integrate into Facebook Fan Page.
- iLike – http://www.ilike.com — matches friends’ fans. Integrates into Facebook, MySpace, iTunes. Owned by MySpace now.
- Facebook – http://www.facebook.com — Fan Page
- Twitter – http://www.twitter.com — check out many of the monitoring tools. Tweetdeck is a nice tool that lets you search and watch for mentions
- YouTube – http://www.youtube.com — Create a Channel for yourself
- MySpace – http://www.myspace.com — Don’t count them out – they are reworking their musicians’ tools
- Compete.com – www.compete.com – check out past few months’ audience; doesn’t measure subdomains
- Quantcast.com – www.quantcast.com
- Constant Contact – www.constantcontact.com – Reasonable and nice interface
- Mail Chimp – www.mailchimp.com – A little less expensive and much newer; nice interface
- Patron Mail – www.patronmail.com – this is geared more toward non-profits with many tools that are special for that type of organization
Software for Concert Management
- Indie Band Manager — http://www.indiebandmanager.com/ — 30 day free trial, $50 Lite, $220 Pro – organize gigs, expenses, and marketing.
- Bandize – launched 2009 — http://bandize.com/index.html — 30 day free trial, $15/month
- Reverbnation – http://www.reverbnation.com – includes band management tools
Local Events Calendars
- Upcoming.com (owned by Yahoo!) – http://www.upcoming.com
- Going.com – http://www.going.com
Online Video – Embed/Send
- Kyte: http://www.kyte.com – high end coordination of media solution
- Amazon Advantage (Consignment) — https://www.amazon.com/gp/seller-account/mm-product-page.html?topic=200329780
- ReverbNation – I think it is through Zazzle, but you can run your merch through their management tool
- Zazzle — http://www.zazzle.com/
- Café Press — http://www.cafepress.com/