A Letter From The Founder of Indie Connect


Being an independent musician trying to make a living with your music can sometimes leave us feeling alone, tured, frustrated and brole.  If that’s you, rest assured that you are not alone! Millions of musicians, songwriters, bands, record labels, service providers and music professionals are facing the same challenge. The economy has wreaked havoc on the entertainment industry, and everyone from the biggest stars down to the weekend warrior bands at the corner bar have been hit by it.

Now, here is some good news. As an independent musician, you are part of the fastest-growing segment of the music industry! More and more people are choosing to listen to and purchase independent music over major label music daily! The challenge is knowing how to take advantage of this trend, and each of us has been fighting this battle alone.

The very best news is that there is both hope and help! Where? Everywhere! It is time for everyone in the industry to start coming together to help each other. You have ideas, knowledge, contacts and expertise that other people need, and other people have different ideas, knowledge, contacts and expertise that you need. We will all be more successful if we just band together, lift each other up, pool our creativity, share our resources and brainstorm together on innovative ways to create, market and sell our music. We need to learn to work in cooperation with each other rather than in competition with each other. The whole will truly be much greater than the sum of the individual parts.

How do I know this will work? It’s been working for millions of businesses worldwide through organizations like your local Chamber of Commerce, CEO roundtables, and business-networking organizations like BNI and LeTip. Networking is by far the most powerful way to move your career forward. That’s because you meet new people and then leverage each other’s success, know-how, markets, contacts and even each others’ customers. And it is not only ethical; it is expected and appreciated because it is a win-win situation!

So where do you as a struggling musician, record label, vocal coach, producer, artist manager – or anyone in any of the hundreds of sectors of the industry, go to take advantage of this powerful form of business development? The answer is Indie Connect. We want to be your chamber of commerce – locally, nationally and worldwide! We don’t want you to be in business alone any more. We have local chapters that run ongoing music industry networking events where you can not only connect with other people in the industry, but also find the help, advice, resources or brilliant ideas that you’ve been looking for. And you get to help others at the same time! Indie Connect is harvesting and sharing the knowledge and skills of industry experts worldwide and sharing it in our free online magazine and in our extensive online training library. We help you get connected with our industry-only social network. We save you money by negotiating special rates, discounts and offers from partner companies worldwide, such as Sweetwater, MusicPro Insurance, Broadjam, Airplay Direct, MyWerx and many others.

Are you tired of beating your head against the wall? Do you wish you didn’t have to build your music career alone any more without any support? Are you frustrated at not knowing what to do next, or just not having the right connections? Have you had enough of being the proverbial ‘broke musician’? Join the Indie Connect family. Alone we’re all just fighting against each other and nobody wins. But together, as a solid, unified organization, we can all be successful while insuring that independent music remains a powerful and undeniable force in the worldwide music market!

Vinny Ribas
Indie Connect

About The Author

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the founder and CEO of Indie Connect, an artist management, consulting and training company. The company also hosts networking and educational events and has published an app that connects people to the Nashville Music Industry. During his 40+ year career, Vinny has been a full time musician, artist manager, booking agent, songwriter, studio owner, producer and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He has also coached over 1000 artists and songwriters. He is a sought after speaker and has authored over 400 music industry articles. Vinny is also the CEO of Top 4M Entertainment, an independent film and television production company.