Portal Production Ltd


Over the years we have done many of hours of research on the the music business and how it can benefit the independent artist.  There so many incredible resources out there for those of us who want to take the time to learn: articles, books, websites, etc.  We figured that there is no point in reinventing the wheel, and felt that by compiling these resources here, we could assist those who want to learn the ropes and experience the true autonomy that comes from being an independent musician.  We can all benefit from the wisdom and experience of those who have gone before us, and continue to blaze a trail for those who follow through the amazing opportunity that is the internet. 

This resource list is provided as a free service; however, if you feel you have benefitted from it and feel moved to drop something in the tip jar, we are most helps us keep the lights on here.

You don’t have time to do this research for yourself?  Portal Production provides a wide array of services to musicians as a part of our Artist Management Program.  Turn your AMP up to “eleven,” and let us show you how we can make your life as a musician easier!

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          Knowledge is Power. . .Power Shared is Power Gained.

Internet Based Services

  1. ReverbNation

  2. Sonicbids (beware...they’ll spam the living daylights out of you!)

  3. Bandcamp

  4. Kunaki

  5. DiscRevolt

  6. Oasis

  7. DigStation

  8. DiscMakers

  9. Tunecore

  10. Jango (Internet Radio)

Copyright Your Songs

Industry Required Codes

  1. UPC Codes

  2. ISRC Codes

  3. Nielsen SoundScan

  4. If you want to sell your CDs online or in stores, you will need a UPC code.  Many companies will provide you with one of theirs for free or for a nominal fee, but they won’t allow you to use them interchangeably with other companies.

  5. ISRC Codes are necessary if you wish to have your song plays tracked for Billboard ratings.

  6. SoundScan is the resource you need to use for tracking your song ratings.  An ISRC code is required to use this service.

Social Media Promotional Tools

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