Indie music, derived from "independent", describes the small and relatively low budget labels on which it is released and the do-it-yourself attitude of the bands and artists involved. Although distribution deals are often struck with major corporate companies these labels and the bands they host have attempted to retain their autonomy, leaving them free to explore sounds, emotions and subjects of limited appeal to large, mainstream audiences. The influences and styles of the Indie artists have been extremely diverse and includes all types of music.
Indies musicians biggest problem is getting exposure to mainstream audiences. Major record labels do not wish to sign unknown artists until they have had a modest amount of success and are known at least regionally. Promoters and booking agents mainly are only interested in bands and performers that have a following of fans which is a difficult task for indies.
Indie music showcases are a great way to get a band some exposure to the people in the music business that matter. They may gig for years and never get those industry people at their shows, but they are swarming at indie music showcases. Many indie bands have been discovered at these showcases. Showcases are a way for a band to see what music others in your industry, at the same level as you, are producing. It is always a good idea for people to check out their peers no matter what industry you are in. These get togethers will give you a new outlook at your own music, and help you grow as a musician. You can get excellent feedback from the industry about your music. Not only from bands from around the country, and sometimes from around the world, but recording industry people. The amount of knowledge a band can gain from these events is enormous.
Indies Musicians Showcase is an effort to provide a chance for those musicians to perform before an audience and on the radio using the Internet for an opportunity to be heard by music fans and people in the business that may open a door to a promising future. I plan to promote Showcase opportunities with the financial donations of music lovers that will help these independent musicians. The shows will be free admission with the performers being able to sell their self produced CDs and EPs. The primary purpose is to provide exposure for the bands. If you would like to help with this project, please make a donation at www.indiegogo.com All of the funds collected will go directly for the expenses of the Showcase.
I have been a promoter and booking agent who was a member of the Country Music Association (CMA), The Blues Foundation, Bluegrass Music Association (BMA), and the American Federation of Musicians, I know the frustration of those who 'love' music and are trying to make it in the music business. Now that I am 68 years of age and retired, I am trying to assist those dedicated singers/songwriters and bands that need an opportunity to get noticed.
What We Need & What You Get
We need approximately $1500 for each Showcase show to cover the actual expenses. This will pay for the rental of the concert hall, radio/Internet broadcast, advertising, sound system and sound technician plus a small travel allowance for the performers. No one will receive a salary or performance pay. Each show will showcase about six performers during a three hour performance. We are hoping to present one show each month as donations are available.The total amount being requested will present one showcase each month for the year of 2012. The audience and donors will get to listen to and see the young performers of today that maybe the future stars of tomorrow. They will get an opportunity to live their dream of performing which was made available by your donation.
Other Ways You Can Help
Any help you can provide to publicize our Showcases through your Facebook or other social contacts would be appreciated.
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