So, many of you know that besides being a guitarist and vocalist, I own a record label and promotion company, Blujazz Label and Promotions. BUT did you know that I also do all of the radio and press promotion for Blujazz and for a small subset of the roster I do management and booking. Over the last 15 years I have definitely made my mistakes and had my failures but overall I have had incredible experiences and reached remarkable highs. This is not an easy business. Recently I have met and watched so many young artists coming out of school who want to rush to put out that first CD and who are struggling find out the best way to “get my music out there”. They check around with other artists as to who to go to and where to spend the hard-earned money that they have. I am one of the people who take their money. Hopefully I am able to help them take a step up the ladder and impart some knowledge as to the realities of the business.
Please don’t get me wrong. There some really hard-working talented promotion people out there that generally deserve the dollars that they charge. Most have developed relationships as I have over the years with radio and press professionals and are able to help an artist crack open some doors. I remember after gaining some experience and relationships over the years a wonderful radio programmer in Cleveland,at WCPN, Bobby Jackson, who passed recently, told me “Greg, we are getting 100 CDs per week. We trust you because you understand how we curate our airplay”. So for those that can afford these great promoters and want to just let go and go back to playing their music then they should go for it.
BUT! I have thought long and hard on this. What about those just out of school who have about enough money through Kick Starter or Indigogo projects to record a CD and get 1000 pressed. What about the college jazz director at the hundreds of colleges in the country, or the “war veteran artist” who has spent a ton of money putting out CDs but wants to do more and just doesn’t have the money. I believe that the changing jazz industry is pushing more of us in to the DIY (Do it yourself) movement.
So yes I am still taking on artists and I generally charge between $2,000 to $3,500 for a radio/press package (what many promoters charge for only one area). So why am I telling you this???
I have now designed a package for the DIY (Do It Yourself) artist that will give them the same contacts that I promote to or solicit for bookings. This is data that I not only pay monthly and yearly subscription fees for but that I am constantly massaging as it tends to be very voliatile. Some say I am crazy for selling it so cheaply but I say two things. To keep jazz alive we need to enable those that are trying to keep it alive. And I know that I have the experience and relationships to do great work for those that do not want to do it on their own.
So please see the menu item on THE BARGAIN if you are interested. I am selling in excel files 6 databases of radio, press, jazz clubs, festivals, and concert contacts for the LOW PRICE of $250. I am also offering free consulting to anyone that asks and there questions are reasonable.
I truly look forward to talking to you,