Artist Management & Music Industry Links


Music Industry News and Information Sites

These websites provide brief, daily updates on the music, touring and radio businesses of various formats. It is easy to see who’s signing, who’s cut from the roster, who’s fired, and who’s hired. Various sites also include airplay charts, as well as the latest Nielsen Audio’s ratings for radio markets. The sites are especially helpful if you don’t have regular access to the major trade magazines. Register at each site with your email address to receive free news updates.

All Access
All About Country 

Billboard Magazine
Country Aircheck 


Friday Morning Quarterback 

Hits Daily Double 


Urban Radio Nation

Urban Network

Performing Rights Organizations (U.S.)



Global Music Rights


Sound Exchange

Artist Management Trade Organizations

International Music Managers Forum 

The Music Managers Forum-U.K.

The Music Managers Forum-U.S.

Songwriting, Publishing

International Confederation of Music Publishers

Nashville Songwriters Association International

National Music Publishers Association

Promoters, Presenters, Talent Buyers

Association of Performing Arts Presenters

International Entertainment Buyers Association


Entertainment Industry Labor Unions

American Federation of Musicians

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

International Federation of Musicians

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Music Industry Conferences and Organizations

Academy of Country Music

Americana Music Association

Association for Electronic Music

Billboard Touring Conference

College Music Journal

Country Music Association

CMJ Music Marathon

Coalition Music Canada

Country Radio Broadcasters

Folk Alliance International

Global Entertainment Retail Association

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry


Music Business Association

Music First Coalition

National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Awards)

North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents

Revolt Music Conference

The Featured Artists Coalition

The Gospel Music Association

The Independent Music Companies Association

The Radio Conclave

Winter Music Conference

Music and Entertainment Industry Blogs

Digital Music News

Music Think Tank

The Music Law and Copyright Blog

The Trichordist

A Scratchy Throat

Music Funding Resources

Artist Share

Feed the Muse


Pledge Music




Additional Useful Sites and Management Tools

Artist Growth Artist Growth helps musicians and managers streamline touring, finances, merchandise, royalties and more, all in one place.  This site includes networking for Europe-based artist managers. The international music manager’s forum is at   This site offers a wide range of information about the music business.  Click on “resources.”  This site offers a money management planner that serves as an excellent tool for setting an artist’s budget and helping the artist understand the flow of money during the average month.

Artist House Music is a great resource for interviews with music industry professionals.

Pro Music The international alliance of musicians, performers, managers, artists, major and independent record companies and retailers across the music industry work together to promote the myriad of different ways in which people can enjoy music safely and legitimately online.

Law Talk Blog offers a close look at key considerations when an artist is offered a type of recording contact which is often referred to as a “360 deal,” or “all-in” agreement.  This two-pager is an excellent analysis of things an artist and their manager should consider.

Jeff Leeds, formerly of the New York Times writes an excellent article on the 360 deal and the success of an indie band.

Rumblefish: a market leader in music micro-licensing, YouTube monetization and license verification.

Sonicbids: resources for the DIY musician.

Small Business Administration: The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Wenday Day: author of the book “How to Get a Record Deal” and founder of the Rap Coalition

Suggested Reading for More Information on the Music and Entertainment Business  One of the top publishers of books for the music industry professional

Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts by Rena Shagan

Performing Arts Management by Tobie S. Stern and Jessica Bathurst

Record Label Marketing by Tom Hutchinson, Amy Macy and Paul Allen

The Twelve Lessons of Rock’N Roll (For Your Career and Your Life) by Larry Butler

All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman

The Business of Concert Promotion and Touring by Ray D. Waddell, Rich Barnett and Jake Berry

The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras by Robert J. Flanagan 

The Business of Concert Promotion and Touring by Ray Waddell, Rich Barnett and jake Berry

When I stop Talking You’ll Know I’m Dead by Jerry Weintraub

Tour Smart and Break the Band by Martin  Atkins

Understanding and Negotiating 360° Ancillary Rights Deals, by Kendall Minter Esq.