MUSICIAN’S ATLAS

Review by Anne Brown

Musician’s Atlas ($49.95 – Music Resource Group) provides a fast, efficient connection to performance and promotional contacts who can put you on a selling track. The state of the economy is bringing about a reconsideration of priorities and a sharpening up of focus on local opportunities. In this regard the Atlas can assist the musician/songwriter in eliminating the middleman, bringing his work directly to the public, creating a fanbase, thus recreating a local scene. But the Atlas doesn’t limit you to a local or regional focus; listings are national in all the categories mentioned below.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
– lists accomplished artists and bands on the move

ASSOCIATIONS
– provides contact info for associations such as BMI, ASCAP and others, who collect licensing fees and distribute royalties for copyrighted music, provide grants, scholarships, workshops and career development
seminars.

BOOKING AGENTS
– reps to appropriate venues on a national basis

CLUBS
– lists clubs and their submission policies

COLLEGE RADIO & VENUES
– plays indie releases, sponsors campus gigs and specialty shows, and publishes campus magazines

CONFERENCES AND FESTIVALS
– runs forums, legal seminars, showcases, panels, workshops and exhibits

CONTESTS, COMPILATIONS & TOURS
– helps indie artists overcome mainstream obstacles to reach wider audiences

DISC REPLICATORS
– includes names of manufacturers, packagers and fulfillment houses

FILM & TV
– provides instruction about submission policies for game developers, music departments, music libraries, music placement and supervision

GEAR
– suggests locations for new and used gear as well as info on insurance for touring, studio, instrument and health insurance

LAWYERS
– mentions lawyers focused on entertainment law and intellectual property

MANAGERS
– provides lists of managers who accept material and their submission policies

PRESS
– writes features and profiles on artists, including performance and CD reviews.

PROMOTION & PUBLICITY
– helps indies develop strategies and boost presence through comprehensive marketing

RADIO
– airs interviews and releases from the indie music scene

RECORD LABELS
– links to artist-friendly recording opportunities

REGIONAL PROMOTERS
– assists in booking national touring acts

Also includes Independent Music Awards information and a submission form to enter your music for consideration. An online subscription ($39.95 activation/$9.95 monthly renewal for a single artist), which provides contact information to everyone in the book with the click of a button, is another valuable addition to boost one’s profile.

https://www.musiciansatlas.com/