The music industry can be incredibly frustrating and difficult, especially if you are trying to make performing and recording your day job. It's hard to know where to start and how to plan future career steps. Do you really need a recording contract to be successful? Daylle Schwartz has written some helpful books for the independent musician to answer these questions-
I Don't Need a Record Deal, Start and Run Your Own Record Label, The Real Deal- how to get signed to a record label. She has also created a series of music biz instructional tapes with titles like: How to do your own publicity (and tour support), On getting distribution, Marketing your music on the internet. She has put together some valuable resources on her web site that she calls Indie Ammo (resources to help you succeed). Read and subscribe to her free music biz email newsletter.