Rising Star Systems

Debra Recommends Bob Baker – The Buzz Factor

indie music, marketing

Bob Baker is an author, musician, and workshop leader who is dedicated to helping musicians, authors, and creative people of all kinds get exposure, connect with fans, and increase their incomes through their artistic passions. Bob’s books include “Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook,” “Unleash the Artist Within,” “Branding Yourself Online,” “Self-Publishing Success Secrets,” and more. I […]

Debra Recommends Ariel Publicity and Cyber PR

publicity, Internet marketing

Since meeting Ariel Hyatt from Cyber PR in 2009, we have become good friends.  I was honored to participate on a Panel at the TAXI Road Rally that she moderated.  (Pictured left to right, Dean Krippaehne, Vikki Flawith, Ariel Hyatt, Derek Sivers, and me, Debra Russell) I was very impressed by her knowledge and presence […]

Debra Recommends ifanz

contact management, sales, marketing

ifanz is a very cool resource originally developed for musicians, but really applicable for creative professionals in all walks of life who are building their career by building their relationship with their fans.  More than just a database and newsletter management tool, it also offers one-stop shopping for many of the needs of the small […]

Debra Russell Recommends Indie Band Manager

sales, marketing, administrative

My friend, Charlie Cheney, designed this system based on filemaker Pro for his own career in music.  But when he saw how many musicians, agents and other professionals in the music industry needed this product, he made it available to the public. This program is a comprehensive contact management, booking and tour management system. And […]

Debra Russell Recommends ReverbNation

fulfillment, marketing

I’ve been hearing nothing but great buzz about ReverbNation as a one stop shop for contact management and social networking for your music business. Here’s what they say on their website: ReverbNation.com is a Music 2.0 company that is responding to the changing music business paradigm. We provide innovative marketing solutions that musicians need to […]

Debra Recommends Songsalive

songwriting, business

Since 1997, Songsalive! is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the nurturing, support, promotion and education of songwriters and composers worldwide. Founded in 1997, by Gilli Moon and Roxanne Kiely in Sydney, Australia,  Songsalive! is run by volunteer songwriters for songwriters and has reached the far corners of the globe with over 25 chapters worldwide. […]

Debra Recommends TAXI

marketing, business

I’ve been working with TAXI as a speaker for the yearly conference, the Road Rally, since 2005.  I’ve come to know many TAXI Members, as well as Michael Laskow and the other staff who tirelessly work to help their members create a prosperous living doing what they love. I can without hesitation recommend TAXI Membership […]

Debra Recommends Ruthless Self-Promotion in the Music Industry

promotion, marketing

by Jeffrey Fisher Product Description from Amazon.com Despite the ever-changing nature of the music industry, one constant remains: you must become a ruthless promotion fanatic to achieve success. There are no quick fixes or shortcuts to fame and fortune in the music business. But if you truly desire success and are dedicated to putting your […]

Debra Recommends Music, Money and Success

business, finance

The Insider’s Guide to Making Money in the Music Industry by Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec My friends, Jeff and Todd, have written a comprehensive and incredibly informative book about the world of music licensing. From Amazon: The music and entertainment business means money for songwriters, composers, recording artists, musicians, music publishers and record companies. […]

Debra Recommends I Am A Professional Artist

creative, artist

My dear friend, Gilli Moon, brings a level of reality to this topic filled with illusions and lies. And she does it with great humor and compassion. A fellow TAXI Road Rally speaker, she created Songsalive! and several other resources for musicians. I’ve also interviewed her for the Artist’s EDGE Membership.