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Dan McAvinchey is a composer/guitarist living in Raleigh, NC.

He believes every musician or composer has the power to release their own record.

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Help For Your Independent Label or Release

Many of you, at some time or another, will be exploring the possibility of releasing your own independently produced record, tape, or CD. You may even want to start your own record label. The benefits of doing so are numerous:
  • Earnings from sales of a smaller number of independently released recordings can be more profitable than large sales on a major label
  • You can start your label and release a record today; you do not have to wait for a label to contact you
  • Your future is in your own hands, not in the hands of hardened bureaucrats
  • You retain complete creative control over your music
  • Releasing your own record is a relatively inexpensive option, and it's a way to get heard
With that in mind, you may need some help in completing a recording project for the first time. Following are reviews of several excellent books on everything from making your record and setting up a label to publishing and legal concerns. Good luck!

Note: All books reviewed may be purchased through our association with Amazon.com Books -- simply click on the book cover to order.


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Music Publishing: The Real Road to Music Business Success (Mix Pro Audio Series)

By: Tim Whitsett



An excellent guide for those musicians or entrepreneurs wishing to start, run and build their own music publishing company. This book includes a lot of great information including performing rights societies, songwriting contracts, co-publishing, administration, and more. Music Publishing also teaches you how music publishers work, how to set up your business, how to build your catalog, and even how to market your songs. Recommended. Mix Bookshelf/Mix Books, ©2000, 207 pp.


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The Billboard Guide to Music Publicity

By: Jim Pettigrew, Jr.



A clear-headed reference providing career-minded musicians and their representatives with key information about activities such as getting media exposure, preparing effective publicity materials, and developing short-term and long-range publicity. Musicians and other related professionals can learn how to gain the attention of the media and the general public with Billboard Guide to Music Publicity. New to the revised edition is coverage of desktop publishing, compact disks, basic copy-editing tips, and a recommended reading list. Watson-Guptill Publishing, ©1997, 176 pp.


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This Business of Networking in the Music Industry

By: Eric Olsen



If you are wondering how to find and meet other music professionals capable of directly assisting your music career, your recording or your record label, this book may be just what you need. The book uses over 100 interviews with music industry professionals to cover all aspects of music networking: the press, music conventions, radio airplay, national and regional music associations and more. I found that this book (especially the chapter on 'The Indie World'), intentionally or not, serves as a real inspiration to those wishing to start a record label for their own music. Reading the stories of those who have accomplished their dream will help you clarify your goals, and see real possibility for your own music in the marketplace. This Businees Of Networking In The Music Industry may not be a 'how-to' book, but the insights and distictions about the inner workings of the entire music industry will definately help you find the widest possible audience for your music. Watson-Guptill Pubns., ©1999, 320 pp.


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