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    Dedicated to the culture, business and interests of the indie artist. EVJ delivers controversial points of view, hard-news commentary, Industry Insites, artistic prose and photography and welcomes responses (pro or con), feedback and topic suggestions from readers. If you would like to submit an opinionated article, inspired poem, photo or essay to EVJ, forward all copy to Editor ESJ and put To the Editor in the subject field.


    The Association Of Independent Artists Helps Give Indie Bands The Recognition They Deserve!
    By Christy Tuttle

    The Association of Independent Artists (AIA) was started in Los Angeles, CA. Its founders, Bruce St. Hilaire and Robert Hensley, could see the potential and importance for indie artists to get their music heard without relying on being signed to a major label, and instead using the Internet as a major networking tool and resource for bands to do it themselves. The Association of Independent Artists is here to help independent artists and bands expand their fan base and musical relationships through our ever-growing music community.

    The digital age is changing the way we hear and listen to music and media. The possibilities are endless when it comes to online networking, and many musical veterans recognize this. The purpose of the Association of Independent Artists is to give bands and artists a forum where they do everything themselves with a high probability of success. On our website, bands can sell their merchandise and concert tickets, book a show, get signed and endorsed, get radio and television air play, connect with other music professionals, be featured in news articles, interviews, and online, and be heard by fans on a world-wide level.

    We have hubs opened up world-wide on myspace that focus on featuring bands from those local areas. Our presence here is to further promote our bands and members by posting their upcoming shows, banners, and news tid-bits. We also feature anywhere from 3-5 bands at a time, with bio's, show reviews, and photos and page links, opening up our bands to a much-larger fan base.

    On our website, bands can sell their merchandise for free in the Indie Depot, get submission info for radio airplay through The Indie Highway, read-up on the latest indie news (or be part of it) on our Indie News page, and check out some of the great Digital Presentation Packages we offer in the Artist Development Division of the site.

    This is just the beginning of the features we will have at our artists' disposal. Anyone that belongs to the musical community is more than welcome to check out all the great benefits we offer our members on our webiste. The easiest way to become a member is to find any of our many hubs on myspace, and send us a friend request.

    The music industry can be a tough nut to crack, and even harder to break in to without being taken for a ride. With our help, bands can drastically expand their fan-base on a world-wide level and get their music heard by the people who need to hear it. In this day and age, there is no reason for bands to depend on label sponsorship to make it big. They can do it all with a little help, and a little work. The Internet is a resource that is vital to an artist's success. Let us help you get there. It's time to take advantage of the many features we offer. Do something big, support local music!

    For more information about the Association of Independent Artists, please visit our website at http://www.aiarocks.com

    Christy Tuttle is the Director of Artist Development for the AIA, and also a freelance photographer. She has been supporting indie bands for years, and can be seen at many local shows in the Chicagoland area. You can also find her on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/sassdeluxe and on the AIA website at http://www.aiarocks.com

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