Combining Forces = WINNING!

Combining ForcesBeing an independent artist doesn’t mean you need to take the word ‘Independent’ too literally. Chances are, you’re missing big opportunities to take your career to new levels if you’re not actively looking for chances to join forces with other artists and industry pros. A piece of something big is worth a lot more than all of little or nothing. If you feel like you’re bashing your head against the wall trying to get people to your shows or to buy your music on your own then changing your approach can make all the difference in the world. Read more…

Kickstarter: A New Way to Fund Ideas and Endeavors

Kickstarter got picked up by the New York Times! If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s a “funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers…” where the average Joe can make pledges to artists who need a little help getting started. The Kickstarter website explains that “money is collected only if a project reaches or exceeds its funding goal before time expires. If a project’s funding goal is $5,000 and only $4,999 is pledged when time expires, no money is collected. Zip, zero. Also, no rewards will be delivered. No funding, no rewards. Everyone walks away as if nothing happened.” Why did they decide to run the system like this? They provide three reasons: Read more…

Introducing: Works Progress Administration

Elite Artist Services, a division of Disc Makers, is proud to announce the recent signing of Works Progress Administration! New album releasing September 15, 2009.

Works Progress Administration

Works Progress Administration takes its name from FDR’s 1939 New Deal initiative, which put millions to work making buildings, bridges, theater, art and music. The original WPA was rooted in the values of community and creativity, and helped to keep the fire of human dignity burning through the darkest years of the Great Depression. Read more…

Pro Studio: Record and Remix Online

Online recording, collaborating, and remixing has come of age

When world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma offered musicians a chance to record with him – via the internet on indabamusic.com – thousands took the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with the virtuoso. Ma offered the opportunity as part of a competition to win a spot recording with him on his forthcoming album in the hopes of making the CD a more interactive experience. Read more…