Resource Links for Event Promotion

The following links and advice will help you promote an event you are organising. Publicity for a ‘one off’ gig uses different strategies to the long-term promotion of your music as an artist.

Advice about a long-term publicity campaign to promote your music and yourself as an artist can be found on B Sharp’s Links for Music Promotion, Marketing & Getting Heard

EVENT PROMOTION ADVICE

B Sharp has written a publicity guide for promoting gigs, as part of its free online short course on event/project planning. It covers strategies to co-ordinate a multi-media campaign using press, social media, posters and how to create content that will connect with your audience etc. The guide will help you use the links below to tell your story.

Promote a Gig advice by , About.com Guide.

Watch the 2nd video (under 5 minutes) at the bottom of the page in this link, of Harvey Goldsmith, one of the UK’s iconic event promoters, giving great advice on the most important parts of event promotion. Excellent music business advice! It’s not all about publicity, it’s about problem solving and communication between a team to create the best possible experience for the audience and performers.

JamMob has useful blogs about music marketing. It has various categories such as concert promotion, social media, radio, mobile marketing, publishing and more.

The Youth Media Agency is the National home for UK Youth Media: raising the profile of, and supporting over 300 exciting media platforms. They deliver campaign and media training, working with 16-25 year olds.

PRESS RELEASES

Sending in a story of around 300 words to your local press will often get you free editorial coverage. Many more people read their local newspaper than national ones, so it is a good way to reach a potential audience who are near your gig venue. The first paragraph should use the 5 Ws rule – who, what, when, why, where. More advice about when and what to put in a press release can be found in B Sharp’s publicity guide. In addition, good advice about writing press releases has been written by Ideas Tap  and can be seen here: How to write a press release. They have also blogged Five common press release mistakes.

A really good contemporary piece of advice about press releases has been written by . It makes full use of links to social media, images and story telling. She says, “The content and structure of press releases have a far greater influence on the visibility of the message, and as competition for attention increases, the formula for a successful press release is changing. Here are some ways to freshen the news releases your organization publishes, and get more results for your campaigns.”

WEBSITE

Having a website as a promoter, or an organisation running events is an important way to keep people aware what you are doing. Your website is the place where you can tell your story in its fullest form, using text, video, audio, photos and has the ability to be designed and navigated to attract and lead viewers to what you want to say. It is important to keep it up to date. All other campaign tools can direct people to your website so you can tell your story in full. You can create QR codes for print material so that smart phones can be directed to your website on the spot, from wherever they see your poster, newspaper advert etc.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Great advice on how to use social media to promote events/organisations/projects by SoundDelivery. It explains the pros and cons of various social media sites, etiquette, and how to tell your story and interact with your audience. Some sites help you track how effective your posts are so that you can evaluate what works and prioritise your tools and time.

Facebook. Social media site to share information with friends/fans. It is an important tool to let potential customers know about what you are doing. You can create an event page and invite friends who can then invite their friends. It can be interactive and updated as news develops about your event. Facebook tools:

Twitter. Social media site for short blogs of up to 140 characters. Useful to link your more detailed story on another site.  For concise advice, see this infographic on how to create the perfect Tweet.

YouTube. Video sharing. The second biggest search engine (after Google), so a very important tool to tell your story. If you are promoting a small event, you may not have the resources or time to make a promotional video. However, one or more of your artists may have uploaded a video of their work and you can link your publicity to this. Videos are easier and more accessible for viewers than text. To make a video, see

Vimeo Same principle as YouTube. Video sharing – Upload, share, connect on your TV and phone, sell your work, promote your event.

Soundcloud. Link your event campaign to any uploads by your performers on Soundcloud. It is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. SoundCloud enables anyone to upload, record, promote and share their originally created sounds across the internet, in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way. As an artist, it’s a good way to get feedback on music you are producing/remixing. Twitter: @SoundCloud

Mixcloud‘s mission is to deliver great radio, for everyone. They describe themselves as “Re-thinking radio, joining the dots between traditional shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes. Still curious? Check our FAQTeam page. Upload your own music, interview your band etc to make a small radio show.” You could make a short audio piece about you event and direct people to it e.g. through Facebook and Twitter.

Audioboo allows people to record and upload audio that can then be shared via other social networks. Audio can be recorded and uploaded straight from your phone or computer, allowing you to become a “social reporter” at events – where a group of people interactively and jointly contribute to some form of reporting, in text, photos, images or video. You could make a short audio piece about you event and direct people to it through Facebook and Twitter. An example of Audioboo at work is Zoe Ivory from the Big Lottery talking about the importance of blogging. Twitter: @theboobot

Blogging – opinion pieces, behind the scenes, what’s happening. They give more information than Facebook or Twitter. You could blog about the artists in your event, why you are putting the gig on, funny things that have happened when organising it etc. Lots of tips about blogging can be found on these links: basic blogging and blogging resources.  How to become an online ‘influencer’ Blog with 10 tips on how to become an influencer, as a ‘taste maker’ and opinion former.

Linkedin is a network for professionals to interact, get advice and support and make connections and endorsements. Useful for promoters, musicians and the music industry. Check out the range of groups with mutual interests e.g. Event Peeps: For Live Event Industry Professionals. The groups have lots of discussions and you can ask questions and receive advice from experienced peers.

MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. There is MailChimp for Music.

Storify users curate what people post on social media and turn them into stories. Create your own stories about what you do, your music etc.
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Addthis. Merge tag tools for sharing – allows readers to share your music/story/campaign with their friends by connecting your posts to other sites. Add ‘follow’ and ‘share’ buttons to your social media sites.
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Hootsuite is a tool that allows you to manage all of your social media accounts in one place. Control all of your accounts on the move with the mobile version. You can set up times for posts to be released, so that a social media campaign can be coordinated to ‘amplify’ your story at times most likely to be read. Twitter: @hootsuite or @HootSuite_Help

GigaTools manages your gig promotion publicity across several social media sites. Designed for artists, DJs, bands, labels and agents to manage, promote and share their upcoming gigs online. A little like Hootsuite.

ReverbNation – Similar to Hootsuite but designed just for music. It can update all of your online profiles with new information from one central location and track stats from all of your social media sites. Reverb Nation also gives you multiple ways to sell your music, from linking to your offsite shop on your Reverb Nation profile with a free membership to having your music on iTunes and Amazon in exchange for a nominal membership fee.

Digital toolkit – websites for modern musicians seeking to promote and distribute their music, or for music entrepreneurs looking to develop their businesses.

GIG LISTINGS

Lemon Rock. A site that automatically finds your location (it asks for your permission) and then gives a local gig guide. Register your gig.

South West Music Services This is your portal to concerts, gigs and other music related events in the South West of England. If you would like a reciprocal link please get in touch. Bands, Jazz, classical and more. Register your gig.

Gig Guide provide information on Gigs, Live Music Venues, Wedding and Function Bands, Music Festivals and a host of other music related businesses in the UK. Register your gig.

Music Glue has event listings and offers services to support gigging artists. Register your gig.

Vocalist Gig Guide Add Your Gigs FREE to our online Gig Guide.  Amateur to Professional Solo & Duo Singers, Vocalists, Musicians, Songwriters, Venues, Pubs, Clubs, Covers & Original Acts.

PUTTING YOUR SHOW ON THE ROAD

You may want technical expertise or other resources for your event, whether it’s at home or you are taking a show on tour. To find what you need, you could use Showcase, the International music directory. Find contact details for a vast range of specialist suppliers to the music industry – concert services, venues, equipment, recording studios, music business services, media, musical equipment and musical equipment hire.
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Lucky Dip Music Resource Links

The following are some fun, quirky, absorbing or useful music resources. Click on one at random and see where it takes you…..

Music Jokes! Just for fun.

Association of Blind Piano Tuners website contains information about everything related to pianos, from history, makers, movers, teachers, tuners and more. A fantastic resource for all piano enthusiasts!

BandName Worldwide search and registration of band names. Why Register? Establishing prior usage is a key component in protecting your name and avoiding unwelcome legal challenges. The Worldwide Registry notifies artists and labels where potential territorial name conflicts exist and registers your historical claim to ‘name’ usage.

BBC Music – Music across the BBC.

Bemuso gives detailed advice to the self-employed independent musician. A brilliant resource.

British Music Magazines A comprehensive list of British music magazines from Wikipedia, Click on them for Wikipedia’s page about them – their background and what they cover. Links to their websites are at the bottom of their Wikipedia page under External Links.

Buying Concert TicketsDon’t get caught out by ticket cons and fraud. Advice about buying concert tickets can be found here on the Concert Promoters Association website.

Electronic music blogs like Generation BassTropical BassSoundNomadenRadio CanalhOrganikFunk and Eclectikstudio. On Facebook e.g. sublvl

Get Safe Online covers everything you can think of about internet safety, from shopping to chatting, banking, smartphones and tablets etc.

Glossary of terms used about copyright, copying and distribution of music on computers.

How to tour in a band Humourous take on touring and how to get along. Warning – lots of bad language.

International Association of Music Libraries  exists to represent and promote the interests of music librarians and libraries, music–related archives and music information providers. They have an excellent resource page with links to loads of interesting information about music.

Looking After Your Hearing – advice by Action on Hearing Loss

LP Cover Lover Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of record covers from the golden age of LPs. Lots of quirky categories.

Monkeyboxing is the “number one blog for FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NU/ GHETTO FUNK, associated MASH-UPS/ BOOTLEGS and a bit of REGGAE, SKA and PSYCH. We bring you the latest news, (p)reviews, features and release details because we’re all about the funky bumpin’ beats. Put simply, if you’re someone who thinks fat drum breaks and basslines are the apex of musical culture, then you’ve come to the right place”. Lots of links to related music and lifestyle sites. Facebook chatter.

Music facts and statistics for the UK Interesting data about music in the UK, covering UK market size and value, digital music, live music, export performance, research and publications. Compiled by The Creative Industries.

Shindig Weekender A weekend of dancing, with great DJs and live performance based on GhettoFunk. A welcoming crowd. End weekend of May.

Showcase, the international directory of the music industry, with over 10,000 contacts to choose from e.g. backline rental in Berlin through to a New York recording studio. Scroll down the categories on the left of the listings page. See the bottom of the page for common search listings – everything from tour buses, catering, legal services, stage crew and much more. A bit of a resource gem!

Social Media Handbook An excellent guide written by SoundDelivery, on using Social Media to tell your story and interact with your audience.

SoundCloud shares people’s original sounds and remixes. A strong interactive music community. If you like an artist, check out who they follow to find new related music. Twitter: @SoundCloud

Student Guide to Music Education is a free download by Rhinegold Publishing (Music, the Arts & Education specialist) giving a complete guide to music higher education.

  • Universities & Conservatoires, UK & International
  • Advice to help you choose the right place to study

Plus full listings of professional development courses.

 

The Knowledge is a leading UK-based online directory service for the video and broadcast production industry, enabling users to find film and TV contacts as well as a wide variety of production information. It helps you choose from over 20,000 UK and international production suppliers. It’s frequently updated, free to use and you don’t need to register. (You can register to get lots of free extras.) The Post Production and Sound section is particularly relevant to music.

Vocalist Everything you can think of related to singing and music generally! A fantastic resource for all musicians. One of the best and most comprehensive music information and networking sites on the internet! Every link takes you into a new world.

WFMU – FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station and is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. Worth checking out. WFMU’s programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.

Women in Music is a national membership organisation that celebrates women’s music making across all genres of music. They raise awareness of gender issues in music and support women musicians in their professional development. They have links to other organisations that are useful for female musicians.

Links to Classical Music

Here are some links to help you find Classical Music, see it live or play it. If you know other websites we can link to, please reply below.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Classical Music Resources:

Youth Ensembles Survey Report 2014 undertaken by the Association of British Orchestras describes a total of 1240 ensembles, including 114 youth orchestras, 85 string ensembles, 57 choirs, 44 brass bands, 21 recorder groups and 18 percussion ensembles. Most of the survey focused on youth orchestras and data was gathered about the 9176 musicians who play in them, as well as information about repertoire, funding, touring, the management of youth orchestras and the challenges they face over the next 3 to 5 years. The survey report includes issues for further consideration ranging from funding and financial challenges, the involvement of young musicians in decision making, and promotion, to touring, repertoire, and the challenges of recruiting musicians of minority instruments: viola, double bass, oboe, bassoon and French horn.

Youth Ensembles in the UK with links to them.

Youth Orchestras in the UK with links to them.

Youth Orchestras around the world with links to them

European Union Youth Orchestra exists to unite Europe’s most talented young musicians under internationally renowned conductors, in an ensemble that transcends cultural, social, economic, religious and political boundaries – all in the common pursuit of musical excellence.

The National Childrens Orchestra of Great Britain is the premier symphony orchestra for children. They offer children a life-changing experience with training from top professional musicians. Twitter: @ncogb

Young Classical Artists Trust nurtures the careers of outstanding young UK based musicians. Twitter: @YCATrust

Orchestras Live is a national music charity that brings orchestral music to thousands of people in under-served areas across England. Twitter: @OrchestrasLive

Musical Chairs. Great resource for classical music around the world – jobs, competitions, courses, instrument sales, directory of orchestras and opera houses/youth orchestras/conservatoires/musicians and stolen instruments.

List of Professional Orchestras in the UK – nearly 70, with links to them.

List of Early Music Ensembles from around the world, with links to them.

List of British choirs with links to them. There are loads!

An online diary of classical choral concerts.

B Sharp’s Links for Singing has lots of links related to classical music.

List of Flute Choirs in the UK

Concerts in the West showcase classical music in the South West region – some concerts are in Lyme Regis. They have exclusive and generous discounts for B Sharp participants.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The BSO is one of the UK’s leading orchestras, proudly serving communities throughout the South and South West as well as performing nationally and internationally. It is one of the most dynamic and innovative symphony orchestras in the world, a tradition that dates from its foundation in 1893. They have a number of community and educational outreach programmes, including work with B Sharp – a fruitful partnership. Twitter: @BSOrchestra

BBC Proms Summer. Mostly in the Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music, with some events at the Cadogan Hall. Twitter: @bbcproms@bbcpromsguide

PhilharmoniaOne of the world’s greatest Orchestras, resident at the Royal Festival Hall in London as well as Bedford and Leicester, or on tour around the UK or the world! Twitter: @philharmonia

The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Its many activities include an energetic and ground-breaking education and community programme LSO Discovery, a record company LSO Live, a music education centre LSO St Luke’s and pioneering work in the field of digital music. Twitter: @londonsymphony

The London Symphony Chorus is one of the UK’s leading choirs, performing regularly at the Barbican and other venues. Twitter: @LSChorus

The English National Opera is based at the London Coliseum. The ENO has a world class reputation for distinctive and highly theatrical productions of opera, sung in English. Twitter: @E_N_O

City of London Sinfonia are one of the UK’s leading professional orchestras committed to delivering outstanding performances and unforgettable music experiences in London and beyond. Twitter: @CityLdnSinfonia

BBC Philharmonic Broadcasting Orchestra, we record for @bbcradio3, perform at The Bridgewater Hall, BBC Proms & venues worldwide. Twitter: @BBCPhilharmonic

The Opera GroupAn award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned opera company, specialising in commissioning & producing new operas. Twitter: @TheOperaGroup

Royal Philharmonic Society: creating a future for classical music since 1813. Twitter: @RoyalPhilSoc

Association of British Orchestras  enables and supports a vibrant, innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector. It exists to support and champion professional orchestras in the UK in their ambition to perform music to the highest artistic standards for the widest possible audience.

Acadamy of Ancient Music energise baroque and classical music. And to do it, they get back to the style and spirit in which this music was first performed.

NMC Recordings is a contemporary classical record label (registered charity 328052) almost exclusively devoted to releasing & promoting works by living British composers. Twitter: @nmcrecordings

Naxos Records is a leading classical music label is known for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent. Twitter: @naxosrecords

Chandos Records – Classical record label specialising in bringing neglected works to the public domain. Twitter: @ChandosRecords

Intermusica is one of the leading international agencies in the field of classical music, representing some of the foremost conductors, instrumentalists, singers and stage directors as well as composers and orchestras from around the globe. Twitter: @IntermusicaLtd

The International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA) – is the only worldwide association for classical music artist managements. It is dedicated to serving all its members’ needs including Affiliate and Group members and it strives to raise professional standards in the business of music.

UK Ensembles – an agency that hires Musicians, String Quartets, Ensembles and Orchestras for weddings and corporate events. 

Here are some links that may particularly interest you if you’re a choral singer or a classical music enthusiast, especially if you live in the U.K.

Classical Music UKLeading UK Classical Music news and jobs website. Twitter: @classicalmusuk

Brightcecelia is a classical music forum and social network for everyone interested in good music. Twitter: @brightcecilia

Muso Fresh and unstuffy coverage of classical and contemporary music. Jobs section. Twitter: @Musomag

How to earn a living as a composer – a blog with advice on various ways to make money from your compositions.

Classical Source publishes reviews of #classical concerts, #opera#ballet#musicals and #recordings, along with #interviews. Twitter: @ClassicalSource

Classical Music Tweets. Interesting facts, up and coming concerts, classical music news, recommendations, polls and reviews.

Guitar Societies in the UK  – mostly classical.

National Youth Guitar Ensemble offers the highest standard of ensemble training in the U.K for young aspiring guitarists. Membership by audition.

Piano Society a free online resource to listen to over 5,000 pieces of piano music by 268 composers. Site exists by donations.

Digitised archives of thousands of scores, parts, programmes of the New York Philharmonic. Search by composers, instruments, parts or scores.

List of Classical Music online radios stations in Europe, with links to them.

Classic FM. Popular radio station in the UK. Twitter: @classicfm

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts classical music, jazz, world music, new music, arts programmes and drama… Twitter: @bbcradio3

Modern Classical Music. A collection of TV programmes from the BBC Four archives featuring trailblazing 20th Century classical music composers who changed the course of music forever.

Gramophone. The world’s authority on classical music since 1923. Twitter: @GramophoneMag

BBC Music Magazine for classical music. Twitter: The official random musings of the BBC Music Magazine editorial team @MusicMagazine

Biographies of Classical Composers. Hundreds of composers are listed, with a short history about each one. In alphabetical order.

Links to What’s On? Music Listings

These links will help you find live music to see and hear, or find venues that may book you to perform as an artist. Some venues may have age restrictions. Venues usually have e-newsletters about what’s coming soon. Join mailing lists of local venues and those that you like further away. Also see Festivals.

Buying Concert Tickets:

Don’t get caught out by ticket cons and fraud. Advice about buying concert tickets can be found here on the Concert Promoters Association website.

What’s On? Music Listings:

Ents24 – “dedicated to bringing you the easiest way to find events and buy tickets no matter where you live or what you’re into. Live music, stand-up comedy, festivals, clubbing, theatre, family days out, or cinema”.

Songlines gig guide where you can search and purchase tickets for concerts, tours and festivals in the UK and Ireland. Roots, World and folk music specialists.

Skiddle guide to events around the UK. “Our huge What’s On Guide covers clubbing, live music and gigs, comedy, dating, theatre. Plus, we sell the cheapest available tickets for many events!”

Britevents is a diverse cultural event guide.

Dorset Gig Guide The Dorset Music Guide aims to be the definitive destination for Music related News, Reviews and Events Information for the wonderful county from which it takes it’s name. Twitter: @DorMusicGuide

Lemon Rock. A site that automatically finds your location (it asks for your permission) and then gives a local gig guide.

Dolphin Music – Gig listings for Bournemouth, Poole and beyond.

South West Music Services This is your portal to concerts, gigs and other music related events in the South West of England. If you would like a reciprocal link please get in touch. Bands, Jazz, classical and more.

Bridgewater Music Scene is an open Facebook Group for people that are involved in the Bridgwater’s live music scene.

Yeovil Music/Gigs An open Facebook Group – All the info you need on the hottest gigs in Yeovil. You can be a promoter, A Band member or a punter

Yeovil Music Scene An open Facebook Group – Builing a scene for everyone.

Student Traffic Home of the UKs biggest student parties! Twitter: @StudentTraffic

Gig Guide provide information on Gigs, Live Music Venues, Wedding and Function Bands, Music Festivals and a host of other music related businesses in the UK.

GigaTools – search tool choise for/by artists, venues, cities and countries.

Vocalist Gig Guide For Amateur to Professional Solo & Duo Singers, Vocalists, Musicians, Songwriters, Venues, Pubs, Clubs, Covers & Original Acts.

Music Glue has event listings and offers services to support gigging artists.

Bandsintown Facebook ap that tells you when bands you like on Facebook have up and coming gigs. Good to register as an artist.

NME Music magazine. News, tickets (thousands of artists), videos, blogs, new music, reviews.

Concerts in the West showcase classical music in the South West region – some concerts are in Lyme Regis. They have exclusive and generous discounts for B Sharp participants.

Where to find live folk music, by region in the UK.

Folk music in the South West.

Nags Head pub in Lyme Regis. Local pub with regular live music. Free entry.

The local Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis has a diverse live music programme.

Time Out London. Comprehensive listings of what’s on in London. Twitter: @TimeOutLondon

Worldwide guide to what’s happening  “in the most exciting cities on the planet”.

Gigs and ToursTour Announcements, Music News, Priority Booking! Subscribe for free to receive weekly email announcements. Twitter: @gigsandtours

Crowdsurge. Ticket company. Event listings.

Ticketmaster. Ticket company. Event listings.

Local newspapers usually have an entertainment section with coverage of what’s on. e.g. around Lyme Regis there are:

View from Lyme Regis A free weekly newspaper with sister editions covering towns in Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News A weekly newspaper covering the Lyme Regis and Bridport area.

Yellow pages for nightclubs in the UK, listed by town/city, with links to the clubs websites to see what’s on.

Venues in the UK listed by region, compiled by Showcase – the international music industry directory.

If you know of other links to help find music events, please reply below.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey

B Sharp has created a number of blogs that aim to help young people (and others) progress their musical journey beyond the activities we offer.

The blogs give links to websites that may be useful to them. Safety on the internet is particularly important for children and young people, and we have posted safety guidelines here.  B Sharp has come across these sites while looking for potentially useful information and has posted them here in good faith.

The links have been grouped into topics, and can be found by clicking on the topic titles below.

Links for Singing

Links To Buying Musical Instruments and Equipment

Links to Funding Support for Individual Musicians and Music Entrepreneurs

Links to Music Training and Colleges

Links to Music Jobs and Volunteering

Links to Early Years Music Resources

Links to Music Resources and Support

Links to Music and Health

Links To Youth Enterprise And Music Business

Resource Links for Event Promotion

Links for Music Promotion, Marketing & Getting Heard

Links to Music Blogs/News/Discussion/Interaction

Links to Finding/Discovering Music

Links to What’s On? Music Listings

Links to Music Festivals

Links To Classical Music

Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education

Links to Music Industry Organisations

We hope these posts will be useful and enjoyable to explore. We look forward to your feedback and receiving additional information that we can pass on.

B Sharp has also posted notes on event and project planning. They are aimed at young people who want to make thing happen, and to encourage innovation and enterprise in music. The notes are under different topics such as aims & objectives, budgets, marketing, etc. They can be found in Ideas Into Action.

This B Sharp resource website has been developed as part of our current project, The Big Mix, funded by Youth Music, West Dorset District Council and Lyme Regis Town Council. We are very grateful to have their support.

Links to Finding/Discovering Music

Here are some links to sites that may help you find or discover music you enjoy. If you know of other useful links, please reply below.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Finding/Discovering Music Resources:

List of music styles & genres. From Wikipedia: Music can be divided into many genres in different ways. These classifications are often arbitrary and closely related styles often overlap. Hundreds of styles explained here. Fascinating!

List of band and ensemble types Lots of different ways of playing music together.

Pro-Music All you need to know about getting music on the Internet – legally. Has lots of links to legal sites around the world.

List of online music databases including a list of sites that currently provide free and paid for on demand music as a streaming media. Lots of sites here.

Links to UK music radio stations, categorised by music style.

European internet radio stations – over 4,000 radio stations listed by country or genre. A list of Internet radio stations in the UK.

TV music stations A list with links.

WebRings Site that links lots of websites together so you can jump about within a common theme. Lots of different music styles covered.

List of Online Music Stores with number of tracks (in millions) and type of format – WAV, MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, WMA, DRM, Vorbis.

BBC Introducing support unsigned, undiscovered & under the radar musicians. Check out who is getting attention. If you want to share your music, no need to Tweet links, just upload your tunes at bbc.in/Uploader. Twitter: @bbc_introducing. Here is a guide on how to send them music.

Tom Robinson Introducing: BBC Radio 6 Music’s free weekly mixtape download: an hour of fresh new tunes from BBC Introducing, handpicked by Tom Robinson each week from the BBC Introducing Uploader.

World Music on BBC Radio 3. Over 150 programmes in their A-Z of world music section.

Jazz Websites Links to jazz websites, compiled by Jazz Services.

Tippers Network UK new music tastemakers recommending new music and artists. A public list by Generator. The contributing tastemakers are here. Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeneratorNE/lists/tippers-network

Beatport is a popular music store. Twitter: @beatport

itunes. Online music store. Twitter: Official music updates for the U.S. iTunes Store including new releases, pre-orders, iTunes LP, exclusive offers and more. @iTunesMusic

Fairsharemusic. Twitter: Award winning Youth Music download store doing good things with great music. “You Download We Donate”. @fairsharemusic

Mixcloud – Internet radio startup based in London – re-thinking radio for the 21st century. Listen at http://mixcloud.com or on iPhone at http://mixcloud.com/iphone You can upload your own radio show or playlist. Twitter: @mixcloud Also mixcloud twitter by music genres e.g. @MixcloudElectro, @MixcloudIndie, @MixcloudIndie, @MixcloudHouse, @MixcloudDnB

SoundCloud shares people’s original sounds and remixes. A strong interactive music community. If you like an artist, check out who they follow to find new related music. Twitter: @SoundCloud

Spotify There are millions of tracks on Spotify. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you. You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back. Twitter: @Spotify

Monkeyboxing is the “number one blog for FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NU/ GHETTO FUNK, associated MASH-UPS/ BOOTLEGS and a bit of REGGAE, SKA and PSYCH. We bring you the latest news, (p)reviews, features and release details because we’re all about the funky bumpin’ beats. Put simply, if you’re someone who thinks fat drum breaks and basslines are the apex of musical culture, then you’ve come to the right place”. Lots of links to related music and lifestyle sites. Facebook chatter.

Twitter #music is an app: if you’re interested in the songs that have been tweeted by the artists and people you follow on Twitter, you can navigate to #NowPlaying to view and listen to those songs. Free download here.

Junorecords. The world’s largest online dance music store, with over one million tracks on vinyl, CD and download. Twitter: @Junorecords

Junodownload Dance music download site with over 2 million tracks.

Kudos Records provide physical and digital distribution services to a hand-picked selection of quality, independent record labels.

Online BBC 6 Music radio station exposing lots of new music. Twitter: Your music news fix, including exclusive interviews with all the big names, the latest gig news, behind the scenes insights, festival updates and gossip. @BBC6MusicNews

BBC Music Magazine for classical music. Twitter: The official random musings of the BBC Music Magazine editorial team @MusicMagazine

The Line Of Best FitNew Music Discovery. Leading UK-based website focusing on independent & alternative music from around the world. Twitter: @bestfitmusic

Free sheet musical scores. Explore.

Links to Music Resources and Support


Here are some links to music resources. They are a little random. A bit of a lucky dip odds and ends list.

Music Jokes! Just for fun.

LP Cover Lover Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of record covers from the golden age of LPs. Lots of quirky categories.

Monkeyboxing is the number one blog for FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NU/ GHETTO FUNK, associated MASH-UPS/ BOOTLEGS and a bit of REGGAE, SKA and PSYCH. We bring you the latest news, (p)reviews, features and release details because we’re all about the funky bumpin’ beats. Put simply, if you’re someone who thinks fat drum breaks and basslines are the apex of musical culture, then you’ve come to the right place. Lots of links to related music and lifestyle sites.

Bemuso Great insight and information “Debunking music biz middlemen, info about the industry and web for indie musicians”.

Are you a songwriter? Lots of advice about publishing, contracts, protecting your rights and marketing on the International Songwriters Association site. E.g. The Basics, an impressive list of songwriting links.

Music Publishers Association’s code of fair practice concerning copyright.

B Sharp’s Links to Music Training and Colleges.

An excellent resource page by the International Association of Music Libraries with links to loads of interesting information about music.

British Music Information Centre Links to music resources. A little random!

CV circulated to friends and members of AIM.

Advice on starting a record label.

Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet. Search by genre or curator. Listen or download.

WFMU – FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station and is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. Worth checking out. WFMU’s programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.

British Music Magazines A comprehensive list of British music magazines, with links to them.

List of online music databases including a list of sites that currently provide free and paid for on demand music as a streaming media.

List of Online Music Stores with number of tracks (in millions) and type of format – WAV, MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, WMA, DRM, Vorbis.

Music Software list Listed here are articles for free and commercial software concerned with various aspects of music creation or enjoyment. Music software covers a wide array of functions ranging from musical composition softwareaudio recording software and editingmusic synthesis softwaremusic playing software, music education tools, etc.

Free sheet music Over 1 million musical scores, categorised by instrument or composer.

Index of Musicians Biographies of over 8,000 musicians and bands.

Music and environmental responsibility. From Julie’s Bicycle website, “Our global infrastructure – including music – is reliant on fossil fuels and other finite natural resources. It is critical that we revalue, reconfigure and rebalance what we do. The music industry can make a positive difference by transforming the way it does business”. Here’s how – guides for artists, producers, festivals, record labels, orchestras etc.

HSE Entertainment Information Sheets Health and safety guidance provided by the HSE on a number of operational areas in film, broadcasting, theatre and live events.

KFTV – the worldwide guide to film and production services. KFTV is essential for anyone involved in finding suppliers for producing films, TV programmes and commercials.The website enables you to find facilities around the world – helping you to find the very best production equipment hirestudiospost-production facilitiesfilm crewcrew servicesbroadcasting facilitiesproduction companies, and location services.

The Knowledge is a leading UK based online directory service for the video and broadcast production industry, enabling users to find film and TV contacts as well as a wide variety of production information. It helps you choose from over 20,000 UK and international production suppliers. It’s frequently updated, free to use and you don’t need to register. (You can register to get lots of free extras.) The Post Prduction and Sound section is particularly relevant to music.

Music Business: Producers is a resource for the music industry, including record companies, music business attorneys, managers and producers information.

A glossary of terms used about copyright, copying and distribution of music on computers.

The Live Music Forum is a group of independent live music campaigners representing the interests of performers and gig goers.

The government’s Departure of Culture, Media and Sport. DCMS works to make sure the communications, creative, media, cultural, tourism, sport and leisure economies have the framework to grow and have real impact on people’s lives.

The Musical Instrument Makers Forum: Acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, archtop guitar building, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, banjo building, or any other type of lutherie; pickup winding and rewinding; drum making; flute and recorder making and repair; brass instrument building and repair; and more.

Musical instrument makers A massive list of musical instrument makers and suppliers.

Musical instrument repairers What they do, qualifications and how to learn to be one, trade associations.

A large set of links for music resources. Quite a few are out of date and sites are not found, but many are still live and useful.

If you know of more useful links, please comment.