The story of the music business is really a tale of two industries. On one hand, you have the major labels - or the "big four," as they are known in industry-speak. These four major record labels - Sony BMG, EMI, Warner and Universal - represent most of the big name artists you hear on commercial radio stations and see on MTV. In fact, though the percentage fluctuates, the major record labels are behind about 70 percent of music sales.
But what about the other 30 percent? And for that matter, what about the up and coming artists that don't have deals yet? That is the other side of the industry, the indie music side. "Indie" music is short for independent music, and it is a catch-all term that refers to all music that comes from outside of the major label structure. With the advent of digital music sales, many musicians are opting to forgo any desire to sign to the majors and keep their own rights by keeping it all indie, all the time.
If you are ready to dip your toes into the indie music waters, we have tips that can help. Find out who does what in the music business, how to promote your own music and how to find free software to record your masterpieces. You can even learn how to become an internet radio host. There are lots of opportunities in indie music - find out how to put your musical plans into action.