MI2N
Music Industry News Network
FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD
Advanced Search
MusicDish Advertising Network
HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Web Events (more headlines) 05-10-2007

Industry Giants Join Forces, Launch Groundbreaking Indie Artist Support Tool: The Virtual Publicist

Bookmark and Share
Website: http://www.thevirtualpublicist.com

GoGirls Music's Madalyn Sklar, Rainmaker's Rhonda Kelley and Burn In Silence/3000K's Ben Schulkin shatter the cost/time barrier between independent musicians and critically-important media coverage.

Finding the right industry media contacts has been the most daunting challenge facing indie musicians: lots of time away from the studio and stage doing research, or lots of money to hire someone to do it.

Today, the indie world has changed dramatically with the launch of The Virtual Publicist (www.thevirtualpublicist.com), a Web-based service that enables independent musicians to download a current list of over 400 music magazines, zines, blogs and freelance writers; and ready-to-use labels for mailing press kits along with resources such as: writers, web designers, distributors and music coaches.

Madalyn Sklar, founder and CRC (chief rockin' chick) at GoGirlsmusic.com; Rhonda Kelley, founder and publicity guru of Rainmaker Public Relations; and Ben Schulkin, web programmer for 3000K and founding member of Burn In Silence (Prosthetic Records); had a first-hand understanding of the need as music business coach, publicist and musician.

"We're all about supporting and empowering everyone to rock out and perform and be wildly successful," said Sklar, whose GoGirlsmusic.com is the oldest and largest online community devoted to women musicians. "But the harsh reality is that you need to get noticed to create buzz. The Virtual Publicist helps you do that—right down to the mailing labels."

Artists go to the website, purchase the list and get a download of the contacts and labels, which are formatted and ready to use. The Virtual Publicist plans frequent updates to ensure that the list is always current, but at $39.95 per download, the service is affordable even for the artist who wants to update their contacts periodically.

"Anything that empowers musicians to take control of their music careers like The Virtual Publicist does, is always a smart move," says Roy Elkins, founder and CEO of Broadjam.com. "Created by working musicians and working publicists; it gives new meaning to DIY."

"There's nothing worse than putting your heart and soul into writing, recording and producing a CD and then seeing it go flat because you don't have the right contacts," said Kelley, whose PR agency was one of the first agencies devoted to servicing the unsigned artist; it opened over 12 years ago. "With The Virtual Publicist, you can send your press kits with confidence and have more time to make music."

The founders say that the Virtual Publicist reflects the reality of the indie market today: the number of artists vying for attention is exploding; there's an underlying attitude that indie—once the bastion of do-it-yourself, street-level, down-and-dirty promotion—has become commercialized; and there are so many new media outlets—good and bad—that it is hard to figure out which will work and which are junk.

"It's the double-edged techno-sword," says Schulkin, who knows about the rigors of indie publicity first-hand as a member of Burn In Silence. "The technology delivers a lot of new sites and blogs and online music sites, but you really need to be an industry expert to sort them all out. The Virtual Publicist brings both together."

Bookmark and Share

back | top



MusicDish Advertising Network

Mi2N Music PR

First Acts For ADE LIVE Announced: Hercules & Love Affair, Fatima Yamaha, Anna Of The North, Phlake, Vessels And More

Gospel Blues Singer/Songwriter, Kimberlee M. Leber, Reveals How To 'Fight The Good Fight Of Faith' In Her New Music Video

IndieNinja, An Artist Services Marketplace, Launches At A2IM Indie Week In NYC

Houston-Based Rapper Vile Intentionz And Guitar Instrumentalist Seismic Anamoly Release Their Latest Thought-Provoking Single "Solidz N Stripez"

'Where Is Your Heart?' From Award-Winning Album 'Pop' Released By NYC-Based Young Pals Music

Baserock Launches Immersive Bass-Frequency Backpack

GrooveShine New Album - So Cal Acoustic Funk Reggae & Instrumentals



MusicDish*China Song Blast
Promote Your Music Single In China

News Headlines
Mi2N EDITOR'S PICKS
» Merlin Member Survey 2017
» Baserock Launches Immersive Bass-Frequency Backpack
» Killer Tracks Launches GUM Tapes
» MusicDish Review: Kenn Rowell Music Video "It's Good To Be Back"
» Edison Research: Broadcast Radio Controls More Than Three-Fifths Of Canadian Listening
» China Music Licensing Pioneer Mathew Daniel Moves To NetEase Cloud Music
» IndieNinja, An Artist Services Marketplace, Launches At A2IM Indie Week In NYC
» THE BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC KICKS OFF A SUMMER OF PERFORMANCES, CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS
» Suzann Christine's New Single "Dope Queen"
» Legendary Musician Proud To Be Named New Animals Asia Ambassador


Get your music news covered...
Have your press release written
by the pros at Mi2N

Articles
MUSICDISH E-JOURNAL
» MusicDish Music Releases In China: SLC, HearIM, Tom Ricci, Voodoo Swing
» ASCAP And YouTube Reach Multi-Year Agreement For US Performance Rights
» Supreme Court Rules Unanimously In Favor Of The Slants
» Longtail Music Provides An Alternative To The On-Demand Algorithm
» Magna Entertainment Invests In Rock Icon Label Loud & Proud Records
» Analysis Of Merlin's Revenue Distributions
» Rockwood Music Hall First Virtualized Venue To Livestream Concerts In VR
» Vivid Seats Reveals Summer Concert Pricing Preview
» Nick Brodeur Wins Studio Package From ReverbNation
» The Changing Face Of China's Music Market
» China Music Licensing Pioneer Mathew Daniel Moves To NetEase Cloud Music
» MusicDish Music Video Review: "CPR (Start Again)" By Metaract

Mi2N's Music PR distribution service guarantees online exposure for your press release. Choose from seven (7) different packages.


HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Copyright © 1997-2017 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.