This time last year, Donald Askew, Jr., better known as local rapper Teflon Don, had just wrapped up work on his record, God, The Government, The Game. With the tracks in hand, however, he was unsure of just what his next step should be to get his music to the public.

“At the time I didn’t have distribution,” he says. “I had a full album with bar code and everything but no CDs. There were certain little steps that I was needing.”
BMI’s Clay Bradley (left) with Teflon Don at last year’s ‘Plug In Memphis’.

BMI’s Clay Bradley (left) with Teflon Don at last year’s “Plug In Memphis”.

Then Askew, the winner of the 2008 Showcase, attended the Memphis Music Foundation’s first “Plug In Memphis: Indie Music Expo,” an event designed to connect music industry professionals with local artists, many of whom, like Askew, may not even be aware of all the goods and services that are available to them right here.

“It opened a lot of doors for me,” says Askew, who connected with music licensing company BMI, with which he recently signed, and CD duplication house Audiographics Masterworks, who ultimately ended up pressing his disc, an entry on several 2009 best local record lists and a nominee for Best Indie Rap Album of the Year at this spring’s Southern Entertainment Awards. “It really clued me in to some other areas. I’ve got a much better sense of all the available resources here now.”