Tools exist to educate oneself about the music business and, more specifically, about booking. We believe it's invaluable for artists to learn how to book their own touring before they ask someone else to take over the job. Additionally, an artist should know how he or she wants to be represented before asking another party to do it for them.
In that spirit of grassroots education, we offer the following information as reference sources. Fleming Artists does not have an investment in any of these entities, nor should their listing here be considered a blanket endorsement by us. These are simply sources of info we know to exist.
- DIRTY LINEN
Published bimonthly, this magazine offers reporting and insight into the world of folk & world music. Artist itineraries are included, along with record label info, CD reviews, feature artist articles, classifieds, etc.
- PASTE MAGAZINE
Paste Magazine is one of the fastest growing independently published entertainment magazines in the country. It is the premier magazine for people who still enjoy discovering new music, who prize substance and songcraft over fads and manufactured attitude, and who appreciate quality music in whatever genre it might inhabit--indie rock, Triple-A, Americana, folk, blues, jazz, etc.
- PERFORMING SONGWRITER
In-depth exclusive interviews with musicians and songwriters of every musical genre.
This magazine always includes lots of practical info and is wonderfully encouraging to those who wish to maintain artistic control of a music career.
- ROCKRGRL - supporting a woman's right to rock
An important, independent and alternative voice reflecting female musicians' diverse points of view. As a r esource for musicians, this publication provides useful information on industry news, starting your own label, juggling music and motherhood, booking your own tour, publicity, getting on the radio, legal issues, gear, studio tips and more.
- HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BOOKING AGENT (AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS): A PERFORMING ARTIST'S GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL TOURING CAREER
By Jeri Goldstein
Published by The New Music Times, Inc., 1998
- THIS BUSINESS OF MUSIC
By Sidney Shemel and M. William Krasilovsky
Published by Billboard Books
This should be easy to find in either your local library or bookstore. Many consider this the standard reference guide to the music industry; it has info about copyrights, agents, legal issues and much more.