Sunday, October 5, 2008

Music and Music Showcase

If you're going to music showcases only seeking to perform you are missing out on a number of opportunities to make money in the music business right now. Read the Make Money Online in Music Blog for full details on how you may begin making money in the music business.

When you go to a music showcase remember to get business cards, flyers and cd's to collect email addresses. You'll also want to request emails from people that you meet. Emails are one of the ways to stay in contact with people in the music business. By offering people in your database something that will help them, you run the chance of converting those people to clients/buyers of products and services you might offer.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Grammy Producer and Motivational Speaker


Hakim Ast
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Grammy Winning Multi-Platinum Music Producer & Motivational Speaker Nominated for Same Music Award

Atlanta, GA (Sept. 2, 2008) --For several years Janiro Hawkins II, Founder of the SEA’s (Southern Entertainment Awards) and staff have organized one of the most prestigious award shows and music conference throughout the southeast region of the United States.

Previous nominees and winners of the Southern Entertainment Awards include some of the most respected and accomplished djs, music publicists, music magazines, recording artist, music producers, models and industry power players. One of the things that make the Southern Entertainment Awards such a well respected brand and event is nominees and winners are chosen by their peers in the industry and the public at large by voting online at Additionally, the music conference component is free, giving anyone who truly wants to learn about the business of music the opportunity to do so with little obstacles.

Among the categories for this year’s Southern Entertainment Awards is the Industry Power Player Award.

JaWar, Motivational Speaker, Author and Business Consultant is honored to have been nominated for the coveted Industry Power Player Award along with DJ Toomp, Grammy Winning Multi-platinum Music Producer and others, but says “being nominated is merely a continuation of the burning desire, practical written plan and daily execution of that plan that others are beginning to recognize.” Additionally, JaWar states “this isn’t even about him, but about those who give the business 110%, it’s about those who’ve sacrificed, it’s about those who constantly get overlooked and underpaid what there worth, it’s about the people who’ve been to a Music Therapy 101 Music Conference, read a Music Industry Connection Book or experienced JaWar giving a motivational seminar during a music conference.” “This nomination is about you” JaWar states.

Because his nomination isn’t merely about him as much as it is about you, JaWar is asking for your vote to successfully win the coveted Southern Entertainment Industry Power Player Award by visiting

Finally, JaWar states he’s “running for the Southern Entertainment Power Player of the Year Award and he approves this message.”


JaWar, Motivational Speaker, Author and Business Consultant speaks and consults on personal achievement, Internet marketing, monetizing (making money online) your Internet presence, SEO (search engine optimization), book publishing and the music business. He’s authored and published over 20+ paperback, audio and ebooks including the Music Industry Connection Book Series, while maintaining over 60+ websites, blogs and social networking profiles. He has spoken and appeared in over 50+ conferences, seminars, workshops, radio shows and publications. JaWar believes you may will your destiny into existence when you THINK, PLAN AND EXECUTE.



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

DJ Wants Your Soul


DJ seeking drops and mp3's from Soul, R&B and maybe conscious Hip Hop/Rap Artist.

The message below is from DJ Young Venom who I found on Soul Commune. I thought this may be of interest to some of our readers and wanted to share this with you. Because a number of people visit the site it's safe to assume that DJ Young Venom is seeking Soul, R&B and maybe conscious Hip Hop/Rap Artist.

Ok here is the deal I have reached the point of my dj career where I am getting a high demand for my mixes and its weird because I have done only 2 mixes thus far. And since im trying to mainly promote the artist why not have them do all the talking. So before I start this Soul series I have be procrastinating on since forever I need drops and mp3s NOT wmas from every artist that wants to be heard. Send drops and mp3s to

Here is a link to my previous stuff for free on itunes! WOW

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Always fact find and double check all information. This is the Internet and you should always know who you are doing business with by checking references and Googling people among other things. Enjoy, have fun and make money.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Music Showcase Are You Protected.

There's currently legislation that if passed could have an adverse affect for anyone who creates intellectual property -songs, lyrics, books, music, paintings, photographs, etc. The entire arts, entertainment and music community is being made aware of the Orphan Works Legislation.

According to Tess Taylor -Big Changes To The Copyright Act That Will Affect YOU!

Congress is quietly passing a significant change to the Copyright Act that will radically restructure copyright law and legalize the infringement of artists' rights.

Driven by commercial interests, the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act (named for the late AOL lobbyist) creates a safe harbor that will allow the use of songs, sound recordings, illustrations, music videos or any other copyright in any manner by anyone (whom the Shawn Bentley Act defines as an infringer) who is unable to find the copyright owner after a "reasonably diligent" search "in good faith." No requirements exist for a "reasonably diligent search" in the Act.

Click Here to read the full story.

For more in depth information on the the industry visit the music business blog and download the Music Industry Connection Book Series. The Atlanta Music Showcase list is somewhere on the site, but I wanted to ensure that you have some real information that could directly impact your career as a recording artist who creates original music. Now that's Industry Pimping.
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Music Showcase During Juneteenth

Recording Artist -Music Showcase Opportunity During Juneteenth Celebration

Please join us for a Juneteenth Celebration at the APEX museum on June 19-21, 2008. Youth Summit on Thursday, Panel discussion on Friday and on Saturday there will be vending and a stage for entertainment. Auditions for clean acts will be June 14, from 3p.m. - 6p.m. The event will be held at the APEX museum on 135 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA. For details on vending and entertainment please call Sylvia Hayes, Storyteller at 770-83-5578.

What is Juneteenth?

Two and a half years after the Emancipation the people in Texas found out that slavery was over. It was on June 19, 1865 –that’s why it’s called “Juneteenth”.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Music Industry Pimping

Industry Pimping offers a compelling read into who is pimping who in the music business. After reading Industry Pimping one learns that if you ever performed at a music showcase, attended a music conference, paid a music publicist or paid for radio promotions in hopes of commercial radio airplay you probably got pimped which means you were treated like a (***).

Hold on now, don't be mad at me I'm just sharing what I found on Industry Pimping. It would seem to me that you would want to find out how you were/are being pimped in the music business. Visit Industry Pimping to find out how bad and how long you've been getting pimped in the industry.

Once you know how you getting pimped then you can stop the pimping and move on with the wholesome growth and development of your music business and career.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Has Jermaine Dupri Lost His Mind?

Are you aware that if you're reading this music business blog then you love controversy? Are you aware that in a sea of media blitz you have to get your message to your target audience some how, some way. Are you aware that you may need to hire (pay) a company or someone to consult/coach you on music marketing, branding and promotions to ensure you get the exposure you deserve?

If you're still reading than I've done something right will see if Jermaine Dupri has lost his mind in a moment.

Your familiar with Jermaine Dupri the multi-platinum music producer, songwriter and music business executive, but are you familiar with one of the top djs and radio personalities in the country -Greg Street? Did you know that Greg is responsible for bringing a number of hit records to J.D.? Did you know that Greg is responsible for helping break many big southern records? Did you know Greg is one of the people that can green light a hit record in the streets? Did you know that Greg Street is the silent weapon to the Hittmen DJs -one of the most influential dj organizations in the U.S.? Did you know that the Hittmen DJs is not a record pool? Did you know that if you're a music producer, songwriter, recording artist or music manager and Greg sees your potential he can walk you in the door to help you get a placement? Did you know that Greg Street has non-profit foundation where he gives back to the youth in his community?

Did you know you may meet Greg Street -V-103, DJ Holiday, DJ Drama, TJ -TJsDJs, JaWar, DJ Khaled, Wend Day -Rap Coalition, Jason Geter -CEO Grand Hustle, Chaka Zulu -CEO DTP, Devyne Stephens -Upfront/Convict, Mr ColliPark- CEO Colli Park Music, Johnnie Cabbell- Manager Shawty Lo, Fabo, Crime Mob, P. Brown -CEO Streettalk Marketing at the ATL Record Pool Hip Hop/R&B Music Conference June 26-28, 2008?

Maximize your experience at the ATL Record Pool Music Conference and any other music conference by downloading the Truth about Record Pools & Music Conferences, Talent Shows & Open Mics and visiting the Music Conference Blog.

Now let's see if Jermaine Dupri has lost his mind and what Greg Street has to say about it. Remember Greg will be at the ATL Record Pool Music Conference June 2008. Music Business Videos


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ATL Record Pool Music Conference

The ATL Record Pool seems to have sprouted out of no where but with the 2008 First Qtr, which boasted over 1,500 attendees and some of the biggest producers and djs in the business it has quickly become one of the most anticipated music industry events in Atlanta.

Creating a venue that djs of all affiliations -radio, mix tape, club, different dj cliques, and more; can come together to hear and review the new music of hot new independents as well as seasoned major recording artist. Hosted by such powerful music industry individuals in the past like Dj Drama, the Aphilliates, Oomp Camp’s Southern Style Djs, V103’s Greg Street and more.

The Atl Record Pool has become a mecca of sort, for on the rise promoters, marketing companies, independent record labels and artist, to attend and begin to establish the key relationships and networking that is so crucial to success in this ever changing industry.

Occurring 3 times a year (winter, summer, fall) with the summer session, being a 3 day music conference in June, we have succeeded in bringing the djs of Atlanta, surrounding areas, states, and beyond together for one common goal... to see the who’s who of the “Who’s up Next” crew. Because of the relationships built by Co-Ceo P. Brown, owner and operator of the wide spread Atlanta Publication Streettalk Newspaper & Streettalk Marketing and now paired with the major up and coming grind of Co-Owner Dj Holiday, the Atl Record Pool Music Conference is quickly becoming the absolutely no miss event for not only independent grinders in addition to well known music industry tastemakers, such as Mr. ColliPark, Hit Record Breaker Dj Greg Street, The Aphilliates, Rap Coalition’s Wendy Day, Ray Hamilton -President of Legion of Doom, Dj Jelly of OOMP CAMP, Kaspa -President of Hittmenn Djs and DJ Toomp along with many other major record labels including ColliPark Music, Grand Hustle, CTE, Shonuff, Atlantic, BME, Universal, Capital & more!


If you have any questions concerning sponsorship packages, please call Renee Miller or P. Brown of Streettalk Marketing at 404-474-2804 or email your questions to STREETTALK404@AOL.COM.
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Friday, May 16, 2008

Music Promotion Grant $5,000

The good folks at the Vassall-Gore Law Firm/Entertainment Law told me about this music business promotion grant. I had to pass this music business information along to my readers.

N.Y.L.A. Entertainment Group Announces $5000 in Music Promotion Grants Available to Record Labels and Recording Artists for full details CLICK HERE.

Always verify information that you receive. Vassall-Gore Law Firm nor Music Industry Connection is liable for your participation in the contest. The details are being provided as a resource to you. Always seek a competent entertainment attorney before signing any contracts. Do you due diligence and homework.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

BMI Atlanta Music Showcase

U.S. performing right organization BMI will present its 11th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase Thursday, April 24, featuring some of the recording industry’s eminent stars and most promising unsigned talent. Held Thursday, April 24 at Atlanta’s Luckie Lounge (375 Luckie Street), the event begins at 9 p.m.; doors open at 8 p.m. The festivities are open to the public; attendees must be 21-years-old with valid identification. Admission is $20 until 10 p.m.

Past & present music industry tastemakers for BMI's Annual Unsigned Urban Music Showcase include:
  • Lil’ Wayne
  • Sean Garrett
  • JaWar
  • Teyana Taylor
  • Jarren Benton
  • Brandon Hines
  • Holly Weerd
  • Trimm
  • B. Brown
  • Don Vito
  • Ethiopia Habtemariam
  • DJ Toomp
  • DJ Montay
  • Thedy B
  • Reid Hunter
  • Val Patton
  • Sandra Brown
  • Willie Hunter
  • No I.D.
  • The Clutch
  • Ezekiel “Zeke” Lewis
  • Keri Hilson
  • Teddy Bishop
Click Here to read the full article by Urban Network.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Your Music Business Book Inspired Me

The following is a testimony from Tha Sticman, who bought my first book sold in Alabama a number of years ago.

…A couple years back Ali Shabazz [Bama Hip Hop] was having a music industry event in Anniston, AL and my crew and I came down, I bought one of your books, the Atlanta Music Industry Connection. You autographed it "To My Man CJ Tha Sticman, My First Book Sold in Alabama."

Later on I bumped into you a few more times and I got the updated version and the Los Angeles Music Industry Connection. I got that one from you last year at the Ozone Music Conference. I said next time I see you I’m going to have something to tell you bro. I didn’t get to really chop it up with you when you came to the Come Claim The Mic Music Conference in Birmingham.

…I was reading in the L.A.M.I.C. Edition of your book series about the mp3s, how artists can grow and get paper from digital sales. …Basically [I] took that and applied it to what I do as a dj and I use it to break records. This is partially what caused the revival of the paid in full mix show. As you saw on the site it was originally done on college radio and grew rapidly but was shut down due to micro-management by the university and their staff.

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Rovella Williams Endorses Radio Music Conference

Rovella Williams, Founder, Almost Famous Showcase & Versus Entertainment gave the How to Make Money Online Seminar scheduled during the Radio Music Conference a Recommended Event to attend.

Rovella goes on to say "JaWar encourages emerging artists to begin making money before securing a record deal. He's a marketing guru with creative methods for exposure and generating profits online and at conferences and shows. Anyone serious about being self sufficient should head to Albany, GA this weekend."

The Southwest Georgia Radio and Music Conference is a one-day/one-night music conference that’s being mentioned on Clear Channel’s Albany, Georgia WJIZ 96.3FM. In addition, WJIZ will feature a "LIVE" radio broadcast/remote during the Southwest Georgia Radio and Music Conference.

The Radio Music Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2008 Albany, GA at the Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S. Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. The Southwest Georgia Radio Music Conference will feature the groundbreaking workshop HOW TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE by JaWar, Motivational Speaker/Author/Consultant.

JaWar has built and maintains over 40+ websites, blogs, web pages, ebooks, special reports and audio books. He regularly consults and gives seminars on personal achievement, How to Make Money Online, the music business and self-publishing your own book. After the How to Make Money Online Seminar, JaWar will sign copies of his Music Industry Connection Book Series, How to Self-Publish for Profit and the Atlanta Modeling Industry: Secrets Revealed Books.

For additional details on registering, sponsorship and performance opportunities for the Southwest Georgia Radio & Music Conference Call 404-543-0675 or 229-255-4016.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

SESAC Talks Money & Radio Music Conference


Antonio Richardson, Conference Organizer
(229) 255-4016
Jamey Perez, Public Relations
(404) 247-3874

SESAC’s Cappriccieo M. Scates talks Money to Songwriters & Music Producers at Radio Music Conference

Performing rights organization will provide participants with real ways to make money in the music business.

March 13, 2008 (Albany, Ga) The worlds of business and the music industry have long collided, and have proven to be both a viable and lucrative mix. On Saturday, March 22, 2008 the Southwest Georgia Radio and Music Conference, which is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, Georgia, will bring an impressive roster of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and recording industry executives together to network, educate and inspire participants. Cappreccio Scates of SESAC Atlanta is just one of the confirmed speakers, and his vast knowledge of the business of music, songwriting and publishing rights is worth its weight in platinum.

Professional people seeking tried and true information on launching and growing a successful enterprise in either the traditional landscape or via the internet will not only receive insight from these dynamic speakers, but will have the rare opportunity to meet and talk with them face to face. Additionally, workshops and hands-on training will be available for those looking to take their web presence to new heights.

SESAC, a performing rights organization (PRO), will be represented by Cappreccio Scates, Associate Director for the Atlanta branch. The organization represents songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed publicly. SESAC was the very first PRO to use a highly sophisticated digital tracking device called BDS (Broadcast Data Systems) to keep track of artists’ songs. The organization collects royalties in every facet of public performance. Cappreccio Scates and the SESAC Atlanta team are an important aspect to the conference because they represent the songwriter and publisher—a vital component to the success of an entertainment professional.

“I’m thrilled to be participating in the conference and look forward to meeting all of the amazing speakers. This is the first event I’m attending where I can learn how to start my own business, make money online, and get the inside track on being successful in the entertainment business—all in one day!”, exclaims Misha Ellzy when asked about her thoughts on the conference.

The Southwest Georgia Radio and Music Conference is setting a new standard for the way entertainment industry events are conducted. With the emergence of new media, the growing free enterprise landscape, and the changing face of corporate-managed entertainment companies, this groundbreaking conference is cultivating a new crop of entrepreneurs and professionals aspiring to carve their own path in business. For more information or to register, please visit

About the Southwest Georgia Radio and Music Conference:

The Southwest Georgia Radio and Music Conference is a one-day/one-night music conference and seminar with prominent music industry and business professionals. This music conference is anticipating a variety of tourists and fans to flood the streets of Downtown Albany, Georgia for this HISTORY making Radio Music Conference and How to Make Money Online Seminar!

The Radio Music Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2008 in Albany, GA at the Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S. Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. The Southwest Georgia Radio Music Conference will feature the groundbreaking workshop How to Make Money Online by JaWar, Motivational Speaker/Author/Consultant. JaWar has built and maintains over 40+ websites, blogs, web pages, ebooks, special reports and audio books.

For additional details on registering, sponsorship and performance opportunities for the Southwest Georgia Radio & Music Conference call 404-543-0675 or 229-255-4016.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

SWGA Radio Music Conference

The 1st Annual Southwest, GA Radio & Music Conference is a day-long workshop with prominent music industry professionals. This year's sponsors are anticipating a wide variety of tourists and fans to flood the streets of Downtown Albany, GA for this HISTORY making event! Some of the celebrity guest appearances will be from Entertainment Attorneys (John F. Christmas, Esq.), Cappriccieo M. Scates-Associate Director/SESAC, Music Consultant (Allen L. Johnston -The Music Specialist), Motivational Speaker/Author/Consultant -JaWar, DJ's (DJ Judge Mental), Publicists (Rovella Williams), Distributors (Select-O-Hits), Recording Artists, Music Producers, Music Managers, Photographers, Media Outlets, Magazines (S.I.R. Magazine), and more!

Vendors are invited to set up displays/booths/expos inside the Hilton Garden Inn - (Conference Center) during the event. Contact a representative for more details.

This year's event has secured the sponsorship of the largest radio media outlet in the U.S. - Clear Channel Radio/WJIZ! The Radio & Music Conference will feature a "LIVE" radio broadcast/remote during the event. The event will be hosted by Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker & Consultant - JAWAR -Author of the
Music Industry Connection Book Series.

The Radio Music Conference is scheduled for SAT, MARCH 22, 2008
in Albany, GA. The conference will feature the groundbreaking workshop HOW TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE by JaWar, Author of the Music Industry Connection book series and the Atlanta Modeling Industry: Secrets Revealed and over 40+ websites, blogs, web pages, ebooks special reports and audio books.

For additional details on the Radio & Music Conference contact 404-543-0675 or 229-255-4016.

Everyone is invited out to take part in this event. Up-and-coming Managers, Agents, A&R's, Producers, Artists, Models, DJ's, Colleges & Universities, High Schools, Community Organizations, Small Businesses, and Major Corporations will have the opportunity to mix & mingle with representatives for multi-platinum Artists, Producers, Record Labels, and Entertainment Companies.
Anyone interested in networking with some of the biggest movers & shakers in the MUSIC BUSINESS today needs to be at this day long workshop filled with valuable (asset producing) information. Invest in yourself, your family, and your future by attending this seminar. Learn how to actually make money while you SLEEP! Internet Marketing is the wave of the future so don't be left behind. Learn how to start, run, and maintain your very own INTERNET BASED BUSINESS. The cost for registering your domain name is less than $10.00, so what are your reasons for not taking advantage of the opportunity? Remember, MYSPACE is not YOUR SPACE!!!

Register Now and learn how to MAKE MONEY ONLINE: hosted by JaWar!
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Finding a Music Manager

Frequently, I get recording artists looking for a music manager and I get music managers looking for artists. Outside of finding a music manager in the Atlanta Music Industry Connection Book artist may find a manager at the following events and sites:
It's strongly advised that every artist read the Manager's Chapter in either the Los Angeles Industry Connection or the Atlanta Music Industry Connection to know what to look for in a music manager.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Atlanta Music Showcase International

While readers of the Music Industry Connection Book Series and the Atlanta Music Showcase Blog are primarily read by folks in the United States (US) countries such as Belgium, United Kingdom (UK), Kuwait, Thailand, Portugal, Jamaica, Japan and Canada often check it to get full details on what's going on in the U.S.

Remember to expand your reach. As Chuck D once said "think globally and act locally." It starts with having resources, ebooks, tools and events that allow you to tap into a think tank of others. Boosting your music career goes far beyond performing live at a music showcase or talent show. You should know what to do before, during and after going to any of these events to truly maximize your experience. You should always consider how will "I" make back my investment and how long will it take. Learn to make money online.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Music Showcase

Are you just on stage to perform at a music showcase or are you on stage to effectively promote yourself and build a buzz to boost your music career?

Get details, contacts and resources on how to protect your songs, music, production, trade name and image by filling your copyrights and trademarks. For details download either the Atlanta Music Industry Connection or Los Angeles Music Industry Connection Ebooks.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Music Industry Connection Testimony

"Yo What Up [JaWar],

I got the book you hold in your hand [Atlanta Music Industry Connection] in the picture from you while we were at the Ozone Awards in Miami last year!

JaWar at TJsDJs Music Conference

Just like you said, when u get this from me by the time I talk to you again you should have something good to tell me.

Well brother I got good news from this end. Using some of the knowledge I got from your book [Atlanta Music Industry Connection] infused with some of my own knowledge, we kicked the Paid in Full Mix Show back off at the top of the year.

1 MONTH and 2500 Downloads later (YEAH!) we were picked up by WGFX Goodfellas Radio whom is getting hits in over 45 countries and is about to get picked up by XM Radio, that may be kicked off by this summer. I got to tell you [JaWar] I'm still kinda like WOW! I didn't expect this to take off like this. The response to it was like pouring gas on the ground and dropping a match!" Tha Sticman -

The details above are from Tha Sticman. Tha Sticman is a reader of the Music Industry Connection Book Series. You may download Music Business Books by clicking here.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Music Opportunity in Atlanta

There is plenty of music opportunity in Atlanta, but is it the land of milk and honey? Yes and No. Opportunity may be created if you are clear on what you want (have a definite chief aim or burning desire), create a practical plan and begin to execute that plan where you are (start immediately; learn as you grow).

Within business and the music industry in particular in order to achieve various degrees of success you'll need a music industry contact or contacts. You may find a music industry contact or contacts in the Atlanta Music Industry Connection Ebook, Music Showcases or a Music Conference.

When seeking a music opportunity in Atlanta consider the following:
  • What value do your bring to the table?
  • How will you help your business partner grow their business?
  • Why are you doing what you're doing -what's your motivation?
Having clearly answered these questions you should be in a better position to create mutually beneficial music business opportunities for yourself and others.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Athens-Almost Famous Music Showcase

It was cold and windy. Very few people were present, it looked as though there would be no music showcase tonight. Two vinyl banners were hung on stage. The DJ took to his equipment and started playing old school hip hop, r&b and pop tunes. The few people who were in the club seemed to paste back and forth accepting and making phone calls on their cell phones -everyone wants to look busy.

Slowly the crowd begins to thicken. 4-Ize, DJ Scorpio and others begin to enter. Elle -female recording artist from Birmingham, AL enters the club. Seemingly out of thin air the club gets really really thick waiting for the Almost Famous Music Showcase to begin. B-rich and B.O.B. are second to perform and hit the stage with rage giving the audience a stellar performance. The crowd is amped and wants more.

With two djs and three mics on stage you hear... "I started rapping as a way to communicate with my mother. While in high school I started my first record company called Boot Camp Records as a way to protect my copyright and publishing interest as a recording artist..." I graced the stage with confidence, poise, wisdom, strength and beauty. The audience was told that fame don't equal fortune. To obtain a certain level of success in the music industry you must think, plan and execute, you must get your business tight. Recording artists and garage bands were told to learn about copyrights, music publishing, trademarks and more by reading the Music Industry Connection Book Series.

I suggested that most artist will not succeed in the music business not because they don't have good music, but because they don't have the integrity to keep on keeping on, they are not willing to go the extra mile and truly build their brand. In fact, it was suggested that most artist go back to school and become an entertainment attorney, accountant, doctor or engineer, etc.

Rovella Williams -Founder, Almost Famous Music Showcase provides a platform for aspiring artists and rising personalities. To make the most from Almost Famous and any music showcase or talent show download the Truth Book.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

How do Talent Shows Make Money?

More often than not recording artists and garage bands pay some fee to perform in a music showcase, open mic, talent show or music conference. Seasoned, creative and business minded talent show organizers make money in a number of ways. They also realize that charging a nominal fee allows them the chance to get more people involved on a regular basis. When you get more people participating you have more people talking about your music showcase, talent show, open mic or music conference. The more people talking the better.

Other ways talent shows make money outside of charging recording artist and garage bands to perform is by...
  1. Charging a general admission to enter the talent show
  2. Selling vendor/booth space
  3. Getting paid sponsorships
  4. Selling merchandise that brands the talent show/music showcase/music conference
Remember in most instances in order for talent shows to make money they must start off by making a lot of micro-money. A lot of micro-money is getting small amounts of money from a lot of different sources. This strategy is used to get many people involved a talking about your event. Getting a lot of micro-money positions other people to benefit while having little upfront risk on their part -it's a win/win or mutually beneficial.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

A&R Music Industry Connections

For those of you who still think the only way to make it as a recording artist or garage band is by through an A&R, you'll want to participate in the A&R Music1 Hookup. Stephen Strother, Founder & CEO has been operating A&R Music1 for over 10 years. His music conferences started like traditional conferences in person. However, Stephen has always been ahead of the curve and several years ago he started holding online music conferences where attendees could interact directly with major label A&R.

By following the details in the Music Industry Connection Book Series, performing at music showcases and attending music conferences like A&R Music1 recording artists and garage bands should be on course to achieving their goals and realizing their potential.

A&R Live Hookup - Guarantee Your Music Heard And Live Feedback By Record Company A&R, by Phone and Web!
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The A&R LIVE HOOKUP is an exclusive weekly demo review conference call with top music industry executives and attendees from around the world, held by phone and web! Just think of the A&R Live Hookup as a three-way call with some of your friends and a top industry executive on the line to review your music on our website playlist for deal consideration and live feedback on the spot! We guarantee t or your money back!

There's no travel and all you need is a phone to attend.


Each A&R Live Hookup includes one industry guest (typically a major label A&R Director or A&R Manager), moderator-music consultant and 8-12 attendees logged into our website playlist from around the world. The format of the session includes an attendee and industry executive get-to-know-you session, question and answer, and record company A&R demo review and live feedback session.

During A&R Live Hookup demo review session our industry guest will listen to your music through our website playlist and give you live feedback on the spot by phone. If the industry guest likes your music they will request it from you personally and instruct us to provide you with their direct contact info to work your situation to the next level. Now the ‘next level’ is up to your follow-up, hustle, execution, and of course your music. That’s it! The A&R Live Hookup gives you direct access to some of the most sort-after executives in the music industry, all from the privacy of your phone!


1 - Welcome
3 - Attendee Introductions and Interview of industry Guest
4 - Q&A (Host/You/Attendees)
5 - Listening session and feedback
6 - Final comments


To attend the A&R Live Hookup is easy:

1. Select a record company A&R from our A&R Hookup schedule that you would like to review your music and register.

2. We’ll send you welcome email with your dial-in number, pin code to call into the A&R Hookup, along with a Music Submission Number to upload your music to our website. (Note: You may also mail-in a CD).

3. On the scheduled day and time of you’re A&R Live Hookup, call in an speak directly with our music industry guest, learn the biz and have your music heard for deal consideration and live feedback on the spot!

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Atlanta Music Showcases, Music Connections, Music Money

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Money at Music Showcases & Open Mics

I've written on this before and with the increase in traffic to the Atlanta Music Showcase & Open Mic Website it's time to revisit the discussion of "how to AND are you making money at music showcases, talent shows and open mics in Atlanta and beyond."
  • Record/CD sells continue to decline, yet digital downloads increase.
  • Indie Rock/Alternative garage bands & recording artist still sell while on the road.
  • Hip Hop/R&B recording artist still perform in front of other artist at music showcases.
  • Newbies to the music business are still seeking a major record label deal.
  • Indie labels still spend a lot of money for artist to perform at music conferences.
According to Disc Makers, Feb. 2008 Catalog "You can make a lot more money selling Merch [merchandise] at your gigs [music showcases, talent shows & open mics] than you can selling your music [CDs]."

The bottom line is this friend in order to make money something has to be sold. Typically, artist will not buy music from other artist. So, as an artist your first goal is to perform in front of music fans. If you don't bring the fans they will not come. Your job as a professional is not only the music, but getting people to your show or gig. Having good music helps, but you still need to market and promote each and every show.

Many fans get music for free and often don't value music like they use to -love it or hate it, it is what it is. With that being the said you'll want something to sell at all your live performances. Merchandise is a good call, because most your fans wear clothes, at least they should. For some of you very lucky artist you'll have some real attractive fans taking off their clothes, please invite me when that happens I may be reached at 678-887-****.

Seriously, friend start selling merchandise: t-shirts, hats, tank tops and whatever else you think will work. Attempt to make a 100% profit and keep it moving. If it cost you $5 per shirt then sell the shirt for $10, if it cost you $10 then sell the shirt for $20. You can always add your CD as a bonus, if you're still selling CDs. However, you'll want to focus your time and energy on monetizing your web presence. The moral of this blog is to sell something other than music whenever you perform at a music showcase or music conference.

Atlanta Music Showcase, Music Industry Connection, Get Money

Monday, January 7, 2008

Atlanta Music Showcases 2008

Are you ready for a New Year and New Season of possibilities? Are you ready to learn to earn to use music showcases and open mics to boost your music business and advance your music career? Do you know what to do before, during and after attending a music showcase, live performance or open mic to maximize your chances for long-term success? The Truth about Record Pools and Music Conferences, Talent Shows & Open Mics Book can help you fully benefit from your music showcase, live performance and open mic experience.

Most recording artist and garage bands reading this are independent and will remain that way. With that being said, as a performer you should work on building your brand and fan base. You should have something to sell -without something to sell how will you make money? More than likely your music is only the carrot to get people to your performance. Work on selling merchandise -independent Alternative and Rock Bands do this very well. R&B, Hip-Hop and Gospel Artist would be wise to study how Alternative and Rock Bands make a living selling merchandise on the road.

Turn your music showcase and open mic performance into a total event, giving fans an experience they will never forget. After your set they will support you because they want to remember the event and cherish the experience. Ahhhhhh, I still remember seeing the Jackson 5, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick, X Clan, Ice Cube, Freestyle Fellowship, Sade, 2Pac and many others perform over the years. It was the event; the experience that the performers create that made those moments special. As a professional performing artist you must provide that type of event, so your fans remember you and your music. This is what it's all about.

If you attend a music conference this year and you should. Do yourself a favor; attend as many of the music business panels, workshops and seminars as possible. What you learn and who you meet during the music conference panels may be just what you need to boost your music business and push you to the next level.

Atlanta Showcase, Music Industry Connection, Get Music Money

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Tila Tequila: Grinds for Fortune Video

I posting this Youtube Music Business Video of Tila Tequila, so that recording artists and garage bands can hear what it takes to rise to the creme of the crop. Tila Tequila speaks on how she spends about 24 hours a day on Myspace promoting her brand, which has lead her to become the single most popular woman on Myspace.

Keep in mind what she says about her work ethic. She created her own brand, by doing what others were not willing to do. She mentions that it's hard to maintain a healthy romantic relationship, because of her dedication to hustling online.

If you're ready to boost your music career be prepared to have a practical plan and put in the time. If you need help on learning music business terminology, getting contacts and resources download the Music Industry Connection Book Series.

While you're building your brand remember that now is the time to make money online. Do you want fortune or fame?

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