Music-related links

The websites below all are powerful (and mostly free!) ways to promote yourself and your craft, from selling your CDs, announcing gigs or getting your music played on the radio. If you know of a great music-oriented website that isn’t listed here, send your suggestions to Amy at

Local Gigs/CDs/Promotions
A great place to sell your CDs! sells indie musician’s CD’s to the world. If you released a CD, we’ll help you SELL it! It’s easy and there are no contracts.
CelebrityAccess is a business to business on-line resource for entertainment, music industry, performing arts and event planning professionals. The website profiles over 30,000 performers including musicians, comedians, lecturers, actors and sports figures. The CelebrityAccess database contains extensive contact information on talent agents, managers and record labels including production requirements, performance fees, direct dial and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, biographies, website links, and much more.
All music. All Chicago. Whether you’re looking for information on the band you saw last weekend or you want to know which bands are coming to town, this is the place for you.
FolkWeb is an on-line CD store for independent folk and acoustic artists and labels. With over 600 CDs presented, each CD features two to four on-line 2 minute song samples in RealPlayer, in addition to various information and links about each artist. FolkWeb is a reviewed site, so the music you hear here has our “stamp of approval” – we think you will like the albums presented here as much as we do!
Write your own music reviews of up-and-coming local bands. Check out the bands who’ve earned $250,000 recording contracts from
A great resource and marketing tool for independant musicians. Lots of articles, how-tos, state-by-state studio and band listings, reviews and much more!
This site is a gathering place for people who are looking for music that will connect to their souls, whether to buy an album, read about a new artist or listen to a song at PasteRadio. The styles are as varied as alternative pop, rock, and Celtic, with a concentration of modern singer/songwriter folk/rock. While the vehicles may differ, the commonality is in the poetry, the stories, the truths, and the emotions of the artists.
SongwriterUniverse provides a free, music website, full of massive resources, research, articles and links to benefit all songwriters and artists. Importantly, SongwriterUniverse also offers two, primary services. The first is to provide professional Song & CD Evaluation. We will give you an expert, comprehensive analysis of your demo or CD, helping you perfect your music in every possible way. The second service is Individual Consultations, which provides an exclusive, one-to-one consultation to help you achieve your personal, career music goals.
TAXI is the leading independent A&R company helping unsigned bands, artists and songwriters get record deals, publishing deals and placement in films and TV shows.


The Chicago Reader

Find out who’s performing in the Chicago Reader Online.

The Illinois Entertainer
Find out the latest buzz on local bands, theatre and the movie industry, also read record reviews, in-depth interviews and calendar listings.

The Chicago Tribune’s local music and entertainment website.

New City
Check out another one of Chicago’s alternative weekly newspapers.

This specialty radio show takes the listener on a trip around the world, through the multi-cultural genres of the most talented female artists working yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The host, Laney Goodman, has over 16 years experience as a host and radio producer and club DJ. She’s also been a performer over the last 25 years, and has developed connections with many unsigned artists, as well as independent labels, who send their CDs to her and can be heard on Women In Music, when airplay is hard to come by everywhere else.

Music & Arts Schools/Organizations
A web site for info on the Chicago cabaret scene and how to get involved.

Chicago Songwriters Collective
We are an organization that promotes and encourages songwriting, storytelling, composing and lyric writing. We provide information and opportunities to performers of all experience levels.
ON-THE-JOB, ONE-ON-ONE APPRENTICE / MENTOR TRAINING FOR A CAREER IN: RADIO & TV BROADCASTING RECORDING ARTS FILM & TELEVISION PRODUCTION. Get training in the real world No prior experience required. Personalized training schedules – Part-time, nights weekends.

The Illinois Arts Council
For over 30 years the Illinois Arts Council (IAC) has been instrumental in supporting Illinois’ highly acclaimed and diverse cultural community. Thousands of partnerships throughout our history have helped to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the arts while expanding the accessibility of this artistic wealth to children and adults in every corner of the state. The IAC recognizes and supports not-for-profit arts organizations, community programs, schools, universities and individual creative artists through grant programs, technical assistance, workshops and special initiatives every year.
We are an ever growing group of Songwriters, Recording Artists, Music Publishers, Record Labels, Performing Arts Societies, Educational Institutions, Recording Studios and Engineers, Producers, Legal Professionals, Publicists and Journalists, Publications, Music Manufacturers and Retailers and about every other type of member of the Music Industry.<

The Music Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1931 as the Dushkin School of Musical Arts and Crafts, the Music Institute of Chicago is the oldest and largest community music school in Illinois. The Music Institute provides the highest quality music education for students of all ages and levels of ability. With campuses in Winnetka, Evanston, Buffalo Grove, Chicago and Hyde Park, the Music Institute of Chicago serves over 2,000 students, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, from communities all over Illinois, surrounding states and as far away as Alaska and Japan.

The Old Town School of Folk Music
The Old Town School of Folk Music is the world’s largest permanent center for the study of folk music from all cultures, founded in 1957. We have a faculty of 175 teachers, and offer instruction to more than 5,000 students weekly in group classes and private lessons.
The Singers’ Workshop provides information that singers need to know and is brought to you by Los Angeles vocal coach Lis Lewis.
A site that answers all your questions about the voice over business.
Woman Made Gallery is a tax-exempt, not for profit organization which was founded in 1992. Its goal is to support women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness, and advocacy. It specifically accomplishes this through monthly thematic exhibitions which raise public awareness and recognition of women’s cultural contributions. Woman Made Gallery is located in Chicago, at 1900 South Prairie Avenue in the Keith Mansion.


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