In addition to an endless supply of PORNOGRAPHY, the Internet offers a wealth of resources for the DIY musician. Here are a few sites of the many that can help.
¥Sarah Dougher vs. The Scum of the Earth
¥John Brodie: He Pulleth Strings
¥Leah Eberhardt: Book 'Em
¥Keith Schreiner: All About the Benjamins?
¥Adam Selzer: Putting It on Tape
¥Alicia Rose: Career Girl
¥Annoying Websites: You Can Have One!
¥The Big Band List: Every Band in Town (the Ones Who Signed Up, Anyway)
¥ONLY ON THE WEB! See our directories of Portland gear shops, clubs and booking contacts, and useful websites.
This information clearinghouse includes links to music-industry companies, many how-to articles, handy guides to such sticky matters as intellectual-property law, publishing and business planning. A treasure trove.
The entertainment division of the local ad and creative firm Overland offers tons of free resources to bands. The site aims to create "a new model for the business, an approach that joins advertising, music, entertainment and content."
The Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, drops major wads of science on digital music law and activism. If you want a partisan, yet informative, primer on various legal and philosophical issues confronting musicians in the digital age, start here.
The great Portland Internet music success story. CDBaby is sort of the indie-rock Amazon, a site that will sell anyone's CD. Just about everyone who's worked with 'em raves about 'em, and with nearly half a million units shifted in a few short years, it's not hard to see why.
Yes, the national 'zine's sanctimony-"We're left-leaning punk rockers...with master's degrees!"-can be grating, but its website provides a gang of links to independent music-industry businesses. You wanna order some buttons with your band's logo on 'em, you might poke around here.