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Performing Rights Organizations

These are the major US organizations who collect performance royalties from radio stations and pay it to publishing companies:

Conferences/Showcases

These are events that give you an opportunity to meet other people in the industry and to play in front of gobs of industry hot shots. If you want to showcase, you typically have to pay an application fee and be accepted, and then you have to actually get the hot shots to come to your show. Still, most people consider them to be huge amounts of fun, and at least a few bands saw their careers really take off after a showcase.

Lawyers for the Arts

These organizations provide (relatively) low-cost legal information to artists of all types, including musicians, writers, and graphic artists. They often sponsor workshops on protecting your work and understanding copyright law, and typically have law libraries available to members or open to the public.

I don't know that the various Lawyers for the Arts organizations in different cities are related, but I have always assumed that they were. This is only a partial listing; check the phone book in your area to see if there's a chapter near you.

Racer has no formal affiliation with these folks; however, I have been a member of the San Francisco chapter and used their law library and referral services.

Contact them at:

Chicago Lawyers for the Creative Arts
213 W Institute Pl, Suite 411
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 944-2787

or

California Lawyers for the Arts
1529 11th St., Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-8893

or

California Lawyers for the Arts
Fort Mason Center, Suilding C, Room 255
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 775-7200

(Strange ... I can't find a listing for New York ...)


Creative Musicians Coalition

According to their literature, the CMC is:

... an organization that helps you sell your original music and get new radio airplay; deeply and passionately cares for you and is devoted to your success; and operates with honesty and integrity in mind at all times.

CMC is a global, artist-guided collaboration devoted to the success of the independent musician. It is CMC's mission to encourage and nurture the dream, not through fate but through hard work and perseverance.

Racer has no affiliation with these folks. However, we have talked to them quite a lot over on CompuServe, and they seem really nice and helpful. I've considered joining a number of times, and have just never quite gotten around to it.

Contact them at:

Creative Musicians Coalition
1024 W. Willcox Ave.
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 685-4843

or send e-mail to 71333.3702@compuserve.com


Doing Music and Nothing Else (seminar)

This is the music business seminar I attended a couple of years ago which motivated me to start my own label. Instructor Peter C. Knickles really knows the business (or at least he seems knowledgeable to me (grin)), and the seminar does two things: it gives you a lot of useful information about how things typically work in the industry and how to get where you want to be; and it encourages you to plan, plan, plan. I think goal-setting is one of the most important factors in achieving any dream, and I think Peter's emphasis on it is well-placed.

Aside from attending the seminar once, I have no affiliation with these folks.

Contact them at:

Music Business Seminars
Long Sands Rd
Center Ossipee, NH 03814

or call 1-800-448-3621 for a free issue of their Basements to Backstage newsletter. The next series of seminars won't be happening until 1996 (their 10th anniversary tour!), but the course is also available on 12 audio cassettes with a workbook. Enjoy!


UPC and the Uniform Code Council

You'll probably want to be able to use a UPC on your releases. In my experience, retailers really like to have UPCs on the CDs they buy. UPCs are also essential in getting your sales tracked by SoundScan. You can reach the Uniform Code Council at:
Uniform Code Council
8163 Old Yankee Road, Suite J
Dayton, OH 45458
513-435-3870
At the time I signed up, it cost about $300 to join. Once you've done that, you have a unique company code, and you can merrily apply UPCs to your CDs and cassettes.

Racer is looking into starting a subsidiary company that might, among other things, give you access to UPCs without having to sign up yourself. If you'd like more info, please email me at racer@racerrecords.com.