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Guidebook to self-Releasing your music: Resources

This is the webpage with supporting resources for my Guidebook to Self-Releasing Your Music. If you’ve managed to stumble onto this page and don’t yet have the book then head to The Guidebook to Self-Releasing Your Music page to pick up your physical or digital copy.

The resources are divided up by the chapter they refer to so you can easily navigate to the part you are reading.

I’ve created a playlist on Apple Music for all of the music I mention during the book. You can listen to it here:

You will understand why I am not sharing a Spotify playlist once you have read the ‘Industry Thoughts’ section of the book.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter/X, Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp, Spotify and/or Apple Music or wherever else you get your music from.

Chapter One: Introduction

Workbook download: coming soon in early 2024 when general book release is live.

Chapter Two: Choosing the best people if you are a member of the Musicians’ Union you get access to a searchable member directory. Join the Musicians’ Union, they are an excellent and supportive organisation to be part of.

The Approved Contractor (fixer) List can be accessed here

Chapter Three:budgeting

Budget Template: make a copy of the budget template and save it to your own Google Drive. Then you can use it as the basis for your own budgets. Make sure to update the figures to reflect the costs you have been quoted. Costs may have changed since the creation of the budget. Access it here.

Recording / Live Session Rates: the page with the most up to date session rates from the Musicians Union:

MU / BPI Session Agreement: direct download. Also can be accessed at above Recording / Live Session Rates link

Chapter Four: funding and earned income

List of aggregators / digital distributors in no particular order

List of major funders in no particular order. This list is not exhaustive.

Director for Grant Making Trusts and Funds: this is a link to the most up to date version. Check out new, used and older copies for cheaper options but with similar information.

Entangled: my 2019 album of string quartet music.

Musicians Union & Ivors Academy application check service. You need to be a member of the relevant organisation to use this service. Once you join the service is free. The MU and Ivors have a joint membership.

Chapter Five – recording venues

MU / BPI Session Agreement: direct download. Also can be accessed at above Recording / Live Session Rates link

Chapter Six – prep

My Quartet No. 4 (Entangled) markup page in higher quality
Timothy Cooper’s The Narrow Way in full colour.

A great guide from Shure on Microphone Pickup Patterns

Below are a few documentation photos from over the years of recording sessions I’ve been involved in. The photos are of varying qualities but all are good to be posted on social media.

MU / BPI Session Agreement: direct download. Also can be accessed at above Recording / Live Session Rates link

Chapter Seven

The Night With… Live Vol Three

Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia

Apple Music Mastering resources:

Spotify Mastering resources:

Chapter 8

Join PRS and/or MCPS :

Join PPL

Worldwide PROs

Chapter 9

Musicians’ Union Specimen Co-Writing Agreement

MCPS AP2 license

PPL Label code

Chapter 10

List of aggregators / digital distributors in no particular order

Amazon Market Place Signup

Zettle or Sumup to take card payments

Chapter 11

Cover art examples

Record Label Logos

Band Logos / Images

Italio Calino – Invisible Cities

Birnam CD

Chapter 12

Entangled Info Sheet

Entangled Full Press Kit

Chapter 13

Rule of Seven

Meta advertising guide

Google Advertising guide

Google Ads Home

Google Analytics

Meta Pixel

Guide to GDPR

Chapter 14

Home page for my Weekly Playlist (which I haven’t had time to do for ages…)

Spotify for Artists

Amazon for Artists

Apple Music for Artists





SEO Guide from Google


Chapter 16

Spotify Teardown

Spotify 1000 streams blog explanation

The Bulgarian Scam

Soundcloud Fan Powered Royalties Analysis for Portishead

Chapter 18

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