REVERBNATION is a huge player in the independent band space. They connect 2.5M+ musicians, venues, labels and industry pros with a powerful platform. They have a solid track record of innovation, and their free version is a more than substantial resource in and of itself. If you're willing to pay small monthly fees for add-on services, it's easy to use ReverbNation to turbo-boost your marketing and grow your fan base. As always, don't get exploited by music submission fees from 3rd parties.

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CASH MUSIC is an open-source initiative founded by champions of independent music. It's essentially an all-inclusive content management system and web store for bands. Though still in early stages of development, the suite of web-based tools are already robust, with elegant design and functionality. For now it's suited to musicians with a background in web development, but this platform could really take off if it sparks interest from the open source community and enterprising indie…

We are now more than a decade into the technological revolution that turned the music industry upside down. Initially, it felt like there was so much possibility, that the internet might be the great democratizer, that it could empower artists.

ONE RPM gives musicians the opportunity to distribute their music to almost all the world's largest digital distribution platforms. Unlike competitor TuneCore which provides wide distribution for a flat annual fee, ONErpm charges a small fee (usually 2 bucks) for each distribution platform you want to reach. This is a one-time fee meaning you're not pressured to pay TuneCore's 50 bucks a year just to keep your titles in online stores.

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MUSIC XRAY bills itself as a "song to opportunity matching" service. Its digital A+R staff evaluates your tracks and submits the good stuff to industry reps for consideration in licensing and other deals. There's no annual membership fee, but submission fees vary and can add up quickly unless offset by landing a gig. For those with great music, pro production and tunes that can play on ads or radio, it can be worth the investment.

MUSIC XRAY bills itself as a "song to opportunity matching" service. Its digital A+R staff evaluates your tracks and submits the good stuff to industry reps for consideration in licensing and other deals. There's no annual membership fee, but submission fees vary and can add up quickly unless offset by landing a gig. For those with great music, pro production and tunes that can play on ads or radio, it can be worth the investment.

FLATTR is the premiere tipping platform for creators, and facilitates gratuities for a 10% cut. Supporters use the system budget an amount that's divvied up each month to the folks they "Flattr". This ensures that a regular stream of tips are distributed to creative entrepreneurs everywhere, every month.

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ARTISTS HOUSE MUSIC is an indispensable video catalog of music business wisdom and knowledge. Every career-minded musician should swing by and learn tips and techniques from big names in music. The organization is dedicated to "helping musicians and music entrepreneurs create sustainable careers", and the education to be gained at their site is bar none.

ARTISTS HOUSE MUSIC is an indispensable video catalog of music business wisdom and knowledge. Every career-minded musician should swing by and learn tips and techniques from big names in music. The organization is dedicated to "helping musicians and music entrepreneurs create sustainable careers", and the education to be gained at their site is bar none.

ARTIST GROWTH is a great resource to help musicians achieve their entrepreneurial goals. While their "Artist Growth 2.0" web app is still under construction, they currently offer a pretty cool mobile app. For 10 bucks a month, you get a bundle of really useful features like music industry databases, functions to track band finances, generate set lists and schedule other tasks and appearances. If you're committed to getting your career on track, this might be a good investment in your future.

Music business best practices, tips, and updates for artists and other music professionals.

CONCERTS IN YOUR HOME has a slogan: "Living rooms were made for live music." Judging by the recent resurgence in home-hosted shows, they're right on. The site features a rich suite of tools for both hosts and musicians. Since these are living rooms after all, acceptable music genres tend toward acoustic singer/songwriter, and for those musicians, it's an invaluable resource.

house concerts - venues, listings, artists, and tips to host your own events.

TUNECORE helped democratize the music industry years ago with a revolutionary business model: Charge a flat annual fee for distribution to all the major digital music outlets. For those who will sell at least 50 bucks worth of downloads and streams per year per album, it's financially sound. But many indie musicians' album sales drop below this level after a year if they reach it at all, only to be forced to pay 50 bucks per album per year or disappear from stores and services, so use…

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CDBABY is one of the oldest web services for independent musicians. It was acquired by Discmakers but continues to offer musicians digital distribution to major platforms on fair terms that bridge the gap between Tunecore and ONErpm. A one time 50 dollar fee per album and a 9% take on net income from digital sales and streaming is a deal that suits emerging artists who want to be on the virtual shelves but don't expect to sell in volume. Other services include bar codes, hosting and…

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BANDPAGE has half a million users who use the platform to keep their websites and social media pages updated from one central control panel. It's appreciated by artists and managers, large and small, for its ease of use and simple but powerful toolset. With its origins as the leading solution for band feature integration into Facebook, BandPage is useful in both its free version and its premium, twenty bucks-a-month offering.

BANDPAGE has half a million users who use the platform to keep their websites and social media pages updated from one central control panel. It's appreciated by artists and managers, large and small, for its ease of use and simple but powerful toolset. With its origins as the leading solution for band feature integration into Facebook, BandPage is useful in both its free version and its premium, twenty bucks-a-month offering.

PUMP AUDIO is Getty Image's music licensing catalog, and it's wide open to independent musicians to join. The terms -- 35% of licensing fees -- aren't the most favorable, but then again, it is free to submit music to the catalog. As long as your production quality is acceptable, each track will get a listen and will be cataloged and classified. That makes Pump Audio a great tool for folks who want a shot at a licensing deal without any work or cost.

Pump Audio represents the best independent music from around the world, for licensing to advertising, television, film and web clients.

TOPSPIN is an industry leader in providing a plethora of services for independent, unsigned musicians and chart-topping talent alike. From free services to custom white label solutions, TopSpin will scale with your career. They have all the bases covered and are strongly focused on turning your official website into a marketing and sales powerhouse. It's a 360° solution for bands and their managers.

TOPSPIN is an industry leader in providing a plethora of services for independent, unsigned musicians and chart-topping talent alike. From free services to custom white label solutions, TopSpin will scale with your career. They have all the bases covered and are strongly focused on turning your official website into a marketing and sales powerhouse. It's a 360° solution for bands and their managers.

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