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Dan McAvinchey is a composer/guitarist living in Raleigh, NC.

He believes every musician or composer has the power to release their own record.


His CD release on Guitar Nine was entitled "Guitar Haus".

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Help For Your Independent Label or Release

Many of you, at some time or another, will be exploring the possibility of releasing your own independently produced record, tape, or CD. You may even want to start your own record label. The benefits of doing so are numerous:
  • Earnings from sales of a smaller number of independently released recordings can be more profitable than large sales on a major label
  • You can start your label and release a record today; you do not have to wait for a label to contact you
  • Your future is in your own hands, not in the hands of hardened bureaucrats
  • You retain complete creative control over your music
  • Releasing your own record is a relatively inexpensive option, and it's a way to get heard
With that in mind, you may need some help in completing a recording project for the first time. Following are reviews of several excellent books on everything from making your record and setting up a label to publishing and legal concerns. Good luck!

Note: All books reviewed may be purchased through our association with Amazon.com Books -- simply click on the book cover to order.


How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording (5th Edition)

By: Diane Sward Rapaport

Now in its fifth edition, Ms. Rapaport's guide to setting up a new record label is a true classic. The book opens with extensive chapters on promotion and sales, giving musicians an idea where their projects should start to be successful. How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording then goes into great detail about recording, packaging, distributing and copywriting your music, and includes a step-by-step guide to establishing and financing a new record label. Excellent advise is also given on recording and preparing a master tape. I found this book to be very clear and easy to follow. Musicians looking to make the jump from peforming artist to recording artist will find exactly what they need to make their dreams a reality. Highly recommended. Prentice-Hall, ©1999, 240 pp.


Label Launch: A Guide to Independent Record Recording, Promotion, and Distribution

By: Veronika Kalmar

Whether you're in a band, a business entrepreneur or just interested in the music business, Label Launch will let you take your fantasies of holding the reigns at your own record label into reality. In fun, easy-to-understand language Veronika Kalmar takes you step-by-step through the intricate process of running a label from the moment you think about entering the biz until your first CD, vinyl single, or demo tape rolls off the press. Topics covered include: Funding your label, maneuvering through the legal maze, selling your product online and off, picking and signing bands, promotion and touring, and avoiding the most common pitfalls of a new label And it even tells you when it's time to sell out to "the man." Kalmer has culled information from the best in the independent record business interviewing heads of labels who have made a great success and those that almost didn't make it. Griffin Trade Paperback, ©2002, 192 pp.


Tim Sweeney's Guide to Releasing Independent Records

By: Tim Sweeney & Mark Geller

If you believe your music fits into one of the many radio formats in the United States, then Tim Sweeney's book may be just what you're looking for. Filled with money-saving tips, helpful hints, and strategies used by industry insiders, Sweeney's guide will show you how to set up your own independent record label; make a great-sounding record without spending a lot of money; get distribution into major retail chains and indie record stores; design a promotional strategy for your release; convince college and commercial radio stations to play your record, and use the exposure generated by your release to bring yourself to the attention of a larger label. In comparison with How To Make And Sell Your Own Recording, this book spends little time exploring the mechanics and economics of recording and pressing your records, and focuses on the processes you need to go through to start a label and promote your release. TSA Books, ©1996, 152 pp.


The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense

By: Dick Weissman

For the soup-to-nuts take on making it in the Music Industry, regardless of the career path, check out Weissman's 400+ page book. Whether your interests are songwriting and performing, or studio engineering and instrument manufacturing and repair, you'll find Weissman's reference to be a huge timesaver, as he spends as much time telling your what to avoid (including legal tricks and scams), as he tells you what to focus on. The bottom line, read it and absorb as much as you can - The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense is an indispensable reference. Three Rivers Press, ©2003, 416 pp.

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