How Artists Can Skip the Offline Middleman

New, Web-based production and distribution models give entrepreneurs--creative or not--ways to bypass traditional companies and turn a profit

Last year, New Jersey indie rockers Maybe Pete released their debut CD Between the City and the Stratosphere. However, when it was time to make a full-length album, the group didn't pursue a recording deal with one of the big music labels or even one of the boutique independent companies (see BusinessWeek.com, 6/28/06, "They Signed Gnarls Barkley").

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