Music Resources

Music Resources

Here are a few resources for musicians interested in digital media:

Digital Music Resources

Look who owns URLS:

There are many ways into the “Whois” database.


See some of the Hosting options below – some may also get you your domain name as part of the deal.

Websites – Design:

Website – Hosting:

  • – — You can get a Website tonight feature, but it won’t have many options for you.
  • Open Source: Wordpress — — 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 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) (; Dream Host @$2/month (; Media Temple $20/month for industrial strength hosting (; and Laughing Squid @$6/month ( These usually include multiple email accounts as well, so you can have a professional email presence for your music.

Digital Distribution/Resources:

  • CD — $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 – — $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 — — $30 fee

EPK (Electronic Press Kit):


Public domain searches – generally music and lyrics (not recordings) before 1/1/1923 or ones that the music hadn’t had copyright renewed.

Music Rights/Licensing/Performing Rights Organizations (PROs)

  • Harry Fox — — 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):
  • BMI Search —
  • ASCAP Title Search —
  • SESAC Repertory —

Public Domain? Check at links in prior section.

Community Building Resources:

Audience Measurement

Email Management

  • Constant Contact – – Reasonable and nice interface
  • Mail Chimp – – A little less expensive and much newer; nice interface
  • Patron Mail – – this is geared more toward non-profits with many tools that are special for that type of organization

Software for Concert Management

Local Events Calendars

Online Video – Embed/Send

Selling Stuff


Digital Connections

  • Taxi – — $300/year plus $5/song to get bid requests, music reviewed, and selected music going to TV and movie music supervisors
  • Hello Music — — connects artists up with digital deals for resources