Matt Fecher is the executive director of IndianapolisMusic.net.  Q: For people who haven’t read, listened to the radio or gone to live shows in the last few years, what is the function of IndianapolisMusic.net?  IMN highlights music in Indy, from the under-the-radar touring artists, to local artists, to marquee acts at Verizon Amphitheater. We reach out to the public through Internet, print, radio, TV, CD compilations and any other vehicle we can use to spread the word.  Q: The Indy MP3 Project has really turned out to be an incredible coup for the city and for local music. How has the media treated the project?  The Indy MP3 Project has been the first thing I’ve seen in the last 10 years that has really drawn the attention of the general public to the local music scene. After only being out for a few weeks, local artists are selling more CDs, getting high profile gigs and press opportunities as a direct result of the compilation. People outside the music community are clamoring to get the disc. Virtually every print, radio and TV media in the metro area has featured and supported it. It just went to a second pressing and another 10,000 copies will be available beginning in June. Info on free copies is available at www.indymp3.com.  Q: The final frontier seems to be turning the demographic of people that regularly stand in lines around the corner to get into the dance clubs of Broad Ripple and downtown on to checking out local music.  I think that’s just a “grass is greener” illusion. They do now. Just head down to the Emerson Theater. The shows frequently sell out. For the Indy MP3 Project release party there was a line around the building an hour before the doors opened. I head to dance clubs all over the city and it’s the same small group of people — it’s not an overwhelming majority.  Q: Speaking of IMN projects, please explain the Artist of the Week.  The point of the “Artist of the Week” segment is for multiple media sources to unify and promote a single local artist each week. Each week a different local artist is featured online on IMN, in print in NUVO and played on WTTS, 92.3 FM. I’d love to add a TV station into the mix to round out the circle of influence …  Q: Do you care to comment on the rumor of a possible Indy talent competition in the vein of American Idol being organized for the near future?  There’s a great deal of singers and talented people in this city that might not be in “traditional” bands. Reaching out and supporting them is just as essential and noble an effort as supporting local bands playing at clubs. I think this might be the next step for IMN.

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