If you’d like to be included on here, drop us an email and we’ll check you out. In the meantime, here are some links to keep you busy.
Black, aka Colin Vearncombe: Official website – http://www.colinvearncombe.com, Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/blackakacolinvearncombe, YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/colinvearncombe, Twitter – @cvblack
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) – http://www.musicindie.com The trade body representing the interests of the independent music community and an invaluable source of information, support and training. If you work in the independent music sector and haven’t joined AIM yet, we strongly recommend you do.
Music Managers Forum (MMF) – http://www.themmf.net/ The the largest representative body of Artist Management in the world. They have over 400 members in the UK, representing over 1,000 of the most successful acts on the planet. If you manage an artist (or you’re an artist who self-manages) the MMF provides a lot of support and training.
Proper Music Distribution – http://www.properdistribution.com Our distributors and the largest independent distributor in the UK, Proper provides top quality distribution services to over 400 labels from around the world supplying UK retailers and export accounts.
Promotions teams and PR companies
Manilla PR – www.manillapr.comFull National TV/Radio & Press PR campaigns at an affordable price. And they’re very nice people too.
Prescription PR – http://www.prescriptionmusicpruk.com/ Music PR, music promotion and digital marketing agency. They know what they’re talking about and their website has a bunch of handy information too.
All About Promotions – http://www.allaboutpromo.com An independent national radio and television promotions company. They’ve got great ears and great contacts.
Frontier Promotions – firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +44 (0)1760 756394. Sue Williams at Frontier is efficient, focussed and has a great contact book.
Artwork and Website Design
Simply Marvellous Music – http://simplymarvellousmusic.com/ We’ve used Simply Marvellous several times, for artwork and sleeve design (check out Hafdis Huld’s album ‘Synchronised Swimmers’ and The Bible ‘Walking the Ghost Back Home’) and website design for both these artist. Martin Rowsell is an absolute pleasure to work with and we highly recommend talking to him about any design work you’ve got coming up.
Junction 10 – http://junction10.net/ The online home of ace photographer Jason Sheldon. His live performance shots are some of the best in the business – and his studio work is pretty fine too. Tell him we sent you, but just don’t mention Jelly Babies.
Vicki Sharp Photography – http://www.vickisharpphotography.com If you’re looking for beautifully natural and relaxed portraits, wedding photography or a great picture of your dog, Vicki’s your woman.
Grange Studios – http://www.grangestudios.co.uk A lovely residential studio in Norfolk housed in a C17th 90 foot barn with a large recording area with rooms off the main room, popular with artists/bands that like to record with a live feel. They have a Radar digital machine (up to 192 sampling rate) in addition to 16 and 24 track 2 inch analogue machines so are geared up for everything. They also have a nice new sofa in the control room.
Advice and general good sense for all independent artists
Fresh On The Net – http://freshonthenet.co.uk/al/ I thoroughly recommend taking a look at this website for a whole heap of invaluable advice and ideas.