Music Connection

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Music Connection
Music Connection Magazine March 1985 Cover with Madonna.jpg
Cover for March 1985, featuring Madonna
EditorMark Nardone (Senior Editor)
CategoriesMusic magazine
PublisherE. Eric Bettelli
Total circulation
First issueNovember 10, 1977 (1977-11-10)
CompanyMusic Connection Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inGlendale, California

Music Connection is a United States-based monthly music-trade magazine, which began publication in 1977.[2] It caters to career-minded musicians, songwriters, recording artists and assorted music-industry support personnel. The magazine began by focusing on the Southern California music scene, but now has a national focus and national distribution. The publication and its website offer inside information about the music business, including specialized directories of contact information about music professionals and Free Classifieds for musicians. Music Connection also publishes reviews of unsigned and independent live performers and recording artists.[3][4] A number of acclaimed artists achieved their first music-magazine-cover status from Music Connection. Those artists and groups include Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette, White Stripes and Adele.[5][6][7]


Music Connection magazine was founded in 1977 in Los Angeles, Ca. by J. Michael Dolan, an unsigned singer-songwriter who worked as a background engineer/projectionist at various film and TV studios. Looking for songwriting gigs but finding no useful resource to help him, Dolan came up with the idea of a weekly music publication, with articles and reviews rivaling Cashbox and Billboard, and free classifieds patterned after the Recycler. After quickly realizing that his idea had a real chance of success he invited long-time pal Eric Bettelli to join the company as its first VP of Advertising. Eventually the publication became a “must read” for industry executives, and a trusted advocate for musicians and songwriters, who promptly dubbed it “the musician’s bible.” Shortly thereafter, Michael got the idea for Songwriter Connection magazine, which became part of the MC family of invaluable products and services. In 2010, after celebrating 33 years as CEO, Michael sold his shares of Music Connection Inc. to his longtime friend and partner, Eric Bettelli (who is now the sole Publisher, with Senior Editor Mark Nardone promoted to Associate Publisher/Senior Editor).


Music Connection has maintained an online presence since 1997. The main site at features a digital edition of the entire print magazine. The digital edition has an archive that currently dates back to January 2008. The company launched the AMP Network, in 2007.[5]

Annual Top Artist lists[edit]

At the end of each year, Music Connection magazine publishes a Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists and Bands list of live performers, as well as a Top 25 New Music Critiques list of unsigned recording artists. Artists who've appeared on the Hot 100 list include: 2003 Hot 100 Holy Ghost, 2003 and 2004 Hot 100 Sara Bareilles and 2008 Hot 100 Steel Panther.[5][8][9][10]

National Directories[edit]

In the course of each year, Music Connection publishes a series of annually updated directories containing music industry contact information. The directories focus on the following areas: Music Attorneys, Record Label A&R Reps, Music Schools, Vocal Coaches, Mastering Studios, Film/TV Music Supervisors, Music Publishers, Producers and Engineers, Managers, Booking Agents, Guitar/Bass Instructors, Recording Studios, Indie Record Labels, Marketers/Promoters, Publicists, Rehearsal Studios, Gear Rental/Cartage/Tech Services, Duplicators/Replicators, Merchandise/Swag Manufacturers.[11]


  1. ^ "Music Connection - Magazine Advertising Costs". Gaebler. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  2. ^ "Music Connection Magazine Selects House Band Wines for 2011 Holiday Gift Giving Guide". House Band Wines. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
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  4. ^ "Music Connection Magazine". Tyler Stenson Blog. January 6, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "MUSICIANS AT HEART » Blog Archive » Q & A with Music Connection". February 22, 1999. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Music Connection". Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
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  9. ^ Archived from the original on April 15, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "news | Katie Named Music Connection Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist Of The Year!". Katie Garibaldi. November 23, 2009. Archived from the original on December 10, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  11. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Warner Bros Records. March 19, 1958. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2013.

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