Below are some handy tips and links for anyone wishing to find out more about the music industry.

Online Resources

CMU Daily
http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/daily/
- music business news service
FREE!

HypeBot
http://www.hypebot.com
- Music business news blog
FREE!

Record of the Day
http://www.recordoftheday.com/
- music news subscription service

Music Week
http://www.musicweek.com/
- The music industry's traded magazine

Music Ally
http://musically.com
- a digital music business information and strategy company

London Connected
http://www.londonconnnected.org/
- AIM supported service for independent labels and business.

U Talk Marketing
http://www.utalkmarketing.com
- is an online community for the marketing industry. It aggregates the latest marketing news, case studies, advertising campaigns etc

NME
http://www.nme.com
- web version of their indie focused print magazine

RWD
http://www.rwd.com
- web version of their urban focused print magazine

Pitchfork
http://www.pitchfork.com/
- Online music magazine

Resident Advisor
http://www.residentadvisor.net/
- independent electronic online music magazines record companies and distributors in the UK.

Musician's Union
http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk
Represents over thirty thousand musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

MMF (Music Managers Forum)
http://www.musicmanagersforum.co.uk
Represents the interests of Pop music artists managers. Subscription information, and services offered.

Print Magazines

These are all magazine you should be reading or familiar with.
Music Week - http://www.musicweek.com/
NME - http://www.nme.com/
Mixmag - http://www.mixmag.net/
DJ - http://www.djmag.com/
Kerrang - http://www.kerrang.com/
RWD - http://www.rwdmag.com/
Clash - http://www.clashmusic.com
Word - http://www.wordmagazine.co.uk/
Wired - http://www.wired.com/
Mojo - http://www.mojo4music.com/
Q - http://www.q4music.com/

Newspapers

All the big papers have music supplements on the weekend.

Observer Music Monthly
http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/musicmonthly

The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/

The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/

The Times
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/
arts_and_entertainment/music/

Essential Reading

Books to buy or borrow:
Author - Title

  • Bill Drummond - 45
  • Bill Drummond/Jimmy Cauty - The Manual: How To Have A Number One The Easy Way
  • Ann Harrison - Music, The Business
  • David Kusek/Gerd Leonhard - The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Revolution
  • Andrew Loog Oldham - Stoned
  • Simon Napier-Bell - Black Vinyl, White Powder
  • Bill Brewster/Frank Broughton - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
  • Tony Portelli - The Music Industry Raw: Clubs, House and Garage
  • Sian Pattenden - How To Make It In The Music Business
  • Music Managers Forum - The Music Management Bible
  • Henri Charmasson - Dummies Guide to: Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
  • Ewan Pearson/Jeremy Gilbert - Discographies: Dance, Music, Culture and the Politics of Sound
  • Rough Guide to Music (any from the series)
  • Brian Eno - A Year Of Swollen Appendices: The Diary of Brian Eno
  • Julian Cope - Head On
  • Paul Morley - Joy Division: Piece By Piece
  • John Peel/Sheila Ravenscroft - Margarve of the Marshes
  • Lloyd Bradley - Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King
  • Various edited by Barney Hoskyns - The Sound and the Fury: A Rock's Backpages Reader (Bloomsbury)
  • Norman Kelley - Rhythm and Business: The political economy of Black Music
  • Nelson George - Life and Def: The story of Russell Simmons
  • Jeff Chang - Can't Stop, Won't Stop
  • Erica Kennedy - Bling
  • Chuck D - Fight The Power
  • Craig Werner - A Change is Gonna Come
Industry Bodies

UK Music
http://www.ukmusic.org/
A new umbrella trade organisation representing the collective interests of the UK's commercial music industry

BPI (British Phonographic Industry)
http://www.bpi.co.uk
Trade body that represents the British recorded music industry.

AIM (Association of Independent Music)
http://www.musicindie.com
The Association of Independent Music is a non-profit-making trade organisation for independent

Other Useful Organisations

Defcon Workshops
http://www.defconworkshops.org.uk/
Specialise in creative artistic workshops for today's up-and-coming youth.

Urban Voice
http://www.urbanvoice.co.uk
A Midlands based production company dedicated to using the performing arts and new media to educate, entertain and inform.

Princes Trust
http://www.princes-trust.org.uk
Help young people through training, skill building, business loans, grants, personal development and study support outside school.

Urban Development
http://www.urbandevelopment.co.uk
Home of London's new urban music talent. Specialise in professional development, live events and education.

Bigga Fish
http://www.biggafish.com
Specialise in events for young people.

DV8
http://www.dv8training.com
Training for young people in industries such as music, film, fashion and IT.