Most of the Music directories I’ve collected in past years had a tendency to focus on major and larger labels. The Indie Bible, however, is a great tool that spotlights the independent music industry. It’s 1218-page long directory available in various formats, including the Indie Bible e-book, Indie Bible Online and a set of music venue directories for the United States and Canada.
The Indie Bible is meant to help independent artists. The resource focuses on useful contacts for artists seeking to promote their music or expand their horizons. The great advantage of this guide is that its resources are categorized by musical genre. For World Music Central’s readers, the most interesting sections are World Music, Folk, Reggae, Blues, Cajun and Bluegrass.
Resources are divided into several categories:
- 1000 Publications that review music
- 2500 Radio stations that will play indie music
- 1200 Record Labels that accept demos
- 140 CD Distributors
- 180 Digital Music Distributors
- 500 Digital Websites that offer music upload services
- 350 Music Blogs
- 150 Music Supervisors that can help get music into TV and Film
In addition there are listings for publicists and marketing services plus 66 articles with useful music career advice.
The Indie Bible provides an additional service, which is a December update provided right after the new edition of The Indie Bible is released. It contains every new and revised listing added into The Indie Bible since the last full edition. “The Online Indie Bible and Indie Venue Bible are updated frequently, all year round, so the information is fresh as can be,” says Indie bible Editor, David Wimble. “The Indie Bible e-book is a yearly release. No new information is added during the year, but outdated information is removed. Updates are also made to current listings – new physical address, website, phone number, etc.”
The makers of The Indie Bible also provide a significant directory of music venues for artists interested in touring.
Although record label support and publicists are certainly great ways to promote music, the Indie Bible allows artists to develop their own marketing or promotional plan.
The most helpful World Music component is the great listing of public and college radio stations that play various forms of world music.
“To get listed in the Indie Bible, we have an online form that you can fill out at
indiebible.com/submit.html,” adds Wimble. “To have a venue added, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Listings are free.”
The Indie Bible is currently offering a Bundle that includes all 3 of its directories, “ [The bundle] was created as an affordable option for independent artists during the current recession,” says David Wimble. The bundle includes the Indie Bible e-book, Indie Bible Online and the set of 7 venue directories for the US and Canada (both directories cover all genres). The price is $59.95.
Overall, The Indie Bible is an extraordinary publication for veteran and new artists who want to take part in the development of their careers.
For more details go to: www.indiebible.com
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.