Online Promotion:List of websites for music artists

Here is a list of websites that cater to the needs of independent music artists. The list is organized according to the services the websites offer.

Music Promotion (create a profile and network to promote your music)

Epitonic – http://www.epitonic.com/

Garage Band – http://www.ilike.com/garageband

Pure Volume – http://www.purevolume.com/

Culture U – http://www.cultureu.org/

Aristopia – http://www.artistopia.com/

BBC Music – http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/

Humble Voice – http://www.humblevoice.com/

Unsigned – http://www.unsigned.com/


Get Gigs/ Sell your music

Any gig- http://anygig.com/

Champion Sound – http://www.championsound.com/

Drowned in Sound – http://drownedinsound.com/gigs

I Jamr – http://www.ijamr.com/landing.asp

mTraks – http://www.mtraks.com/

Popfolio – http://www.popfolio.net/

Pump Audio – http://www.pumpaudio.com/

Sonic Bids – http://www.sonicbids.com/

Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com

How to get a music agent

1). Do you need an agent?

It may seem odd to start with this question, but it is vital to know in your quest of finding the perfect music management. Agents cost money, and before you decide that you will like one on your team, you need to decide what it is exactly you will like them to do!. If you already know the direction you will like your music career to go, you may not need a manager just yet. First, try to find the right resources to help you organize and strategize  exactly how to get your music career on the pathway you have chosen. If  however, you are not sure which direction your music career should go, you will require the services of a music agent/manager to help you plan your career.

2). Network

Chances are that you being in the music industry, you will know many music artists like yourself. This gives you a great opportunity to find out from first hand experience the kind of talent there is out there in terms of music management, by asking other musicians about their own experiences with their management. It also gives you a chance to collect some of the names and numbers of such individuals.

3). Agencies

If you are looking for an agent, what better place to look than a talent agency! There are several talent agencies willing to manage the careers of individuals whom they have determined as capable of producing great earnings through their talents. This is of course done for a fee, usually being a percentage of your performance earnings. If you have no problem with sharing your earnings in return for the management of your career, you can consider joining a talent agency, and placing the management of your career into their hands.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

DON’T let any of your representation (agents or otherwise) take any upfront fees from you! A commission for an agent is usually 10%.

ALWAYS ensure your representation has relevant industry contacts. This ensures that you are not only getting gigs, but rather, that you are getting relevant gigs, that advances your music career.

Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com

How to get your song on radio

1). Get the college crowd

Go to the smaller radio stations first, such as college radio stations, internet radio stations etc. and try to gain a buzz with these crowds, eventually when you have a solid fan base from these sources, your supporters will start requesting your songs on the national stations and help expose you and your music to a wider audience.

2). Be Creative

The chances of you walking up to a national radio station’s office and asking them to play your music and actually getting it played may be slim, because, every other artist is doing just that! Try being more creative, for example, do you have a popular morning radio show locally? Of course you do! Go to the hosts and don’t ask them to play your music, ask them to critique it on air, tell you what they think, or have listeners tell them what they think! It’s a great way to have everyone listening to your music and even getting into a little discussion about you which can get your name out there!

3). Clarity

I’ve said this before, and I’m saying it again, radio stations will not and I repeat! will not play an un-mastered song on their station. Why? because it’s gives their station a bad image of low quality, low quality music means fewer listeners, fewer listeners means that the station will lose advertising money from commercial companies. So, always carry your highest quality and best sounding material if you wish to have your music played on radio. How can you tell if your music is well mastered? A well mastered track plays the same on all sound systems, meaning it plays at the same volume level. A well mastered track will not have a high volume on one sound system and a low volume on another!

4). Street Mission

Do you have some dedicated fans? Well give them a mission to have your music played on radio! Send your music into the desired radio station and have you fans request your music! Eventually the station will have to give the people what they want and you will have what you want! your song on radio!


Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com

How to get more exposure for your music

1). Original Content

Always have original content, the key word here is your music, limit the number of covers you do.

2). Press Kit

Have a press kit available at all times and only hand it to relevant people, meaning, music execs etc. who can help to advance your career.

3). Business Card

Have a business card made with your band logo and the names and numbers of each member. Hand these out to promoters, agents etc. who you may meet at shows/concerts in which you may perform.

4). Gigs

Perform your original content in as many of your gigs as possible. Though a gig may call for you to cover a couple of songs, ask the promoter/manager to perform a song of your own.

5). Demo CD

Also, have a copy of your demo CD, at these gigs in which you perform and hand it to anyone who may be in the music industry. Think of your demo as a second business card, it can help you get higher paying gigs if the demo can show your versatility as an artist.

6). Engage

Talk about what you do, when you engage in conversation with anyone who may be in the music industry, even another artist, show you enthusiasm and love for what you do.

Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com

Music Artist Checklist

Here is a checklist of some essentials we have gone over in previous articles, i will provide the links detailing how to prepare these items below.

1). Music Press Kit

2). Music Demo

3). Become a member of a Music Organization (royalties /copyright issues)

4). Get Distribution Outlet

5). High Quality Vocal Recordings

6). Promotional Items (videos etc.)

7). High Quality Instrumentals

How to make a Music Press Kit

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/how-to-make-a-music-press-kit/

How to make a Music Demo

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/how-to-make-a-music-demo/

How to become a member of a music organization (and collect royalties or copyright your music)

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/how-to-collect-your-music-royalties/

Where to find distribution outlets

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/tips-for-increasing-your-music-distribution/

How to get your highest quality vocal recordings

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/best-vocal-recording-products/

Ways to promote your music

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/how-to-use-video-to-promote-your-music/

How to get high quality instrumentals

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/the-perfect-beat/

Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com

Underground or Mainstream?

Now, if you have read all the information in this blog, concerning recording contracts and record labels, you may or may not have posed the following question to yourself- Why not act like my own record label and promote and distribute myself? You should not feel alone in asking yourself that question as many other artists are doing the same and some are even in the process of doing just that- recording and distributing themselves!.

This trend expands even into the hollywood circles as artists such as Joss Stone, has voluntarily left their recording contract to record independently. Also, underground artists such as Immortal Technique, continue to have a successful music career. The growth of the internet and online/viral communication has rendered getting your music and message heard easier than ever before. And many artists, unlike in the past, are starting to see that a record deal or a recording contract is not the only way to thrive in the music industry. In previous articles such as https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/tips-for-increasing-your-music-distribution/ , and  https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/how-to-collect-your-music-royalties/ , I have explained how to distribute and copyright your music on your own as an up & coming artist. This article goes a little more in-depth as we examine the actual “pros & cons” of both directions. Only when you know the benefits and disadvantages of both, then and only then, can you make an informed decision as to the direction you will like your music career to go.


Mainstream (with recording contract)


Pros

1). Worldwide exposure to your music

2). Increased fan base

3). More chances for monetary gain (concerts,increased album sales etc.)

4). Greater royalties from increased marketing of your music.

5). Upfront costs eg.studio time,music videos,CD packaging etc. taken cared of by label.


Cons

1). Label takes a large percentage of you income (going rate is 10% off retail value of album meaning $1 for every $10 album of yours sold)

2). Lack of creative freedom (some artists may record an entire album only to have it not released by the label eg. Nas’s , album- The Lost Tapes 2.

3). Label’s may own the master recordings/rights to your music unless otherwise stated in your contract.

4). Failure to sell a specific number of albums can cause you to lose your recording contract and all your hard work (master recordings) and hence start all over again.

5). Cross-Collateralization can mean that you may see very little of your royalties unless otherwise stated in your contract.


Underground (without contract)


Pros

1). 100% profits goes to you.

2). 100% of any royalties also stays in your hands.

3). Full creative control of your music.

4). Due to your ownership of the master recordings of your music, you can use your work for commercial gain as you see fit.

5). Freedom to expand into various genres or types of music/sound – not limited to a specific market.


Cons

1). Fan base may not be as wide/large due to lack of the marketing power or resources available to record labels.

2). Though economic gain is 100% yours, there is the possibility of more economic gain as a signed artist due to the above stated marketing power behind the signed artist from their label.

3). Opportunities for monetary gain from big performances such as Grammy shows and so on may be limited.

4). Royalties may be higher if marketing of your music has more monetary forces behind it.

5). All costs are footed by the artist himself unless sponsorship is otherwise gained

END NOTE: Though the cons on the part of the underground artist may seem greater on the financial aspect of things, there are always ways to get around these problems. The following articles that were previously posted should help you on your way to having a successful independent music career.

Copyright your own music and start getting your royalties

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/how-to-collect-your-music-royalties/

Distribute your music independently

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/tips-for-increasing-your-music-distribution/

Get sponsorship for your music

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/getting-your-music-sponsored/

Get gigs

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/how-to-get-paid-gigs/

Also, having a contract does not mean that you will lose the majority of your earnings as an artist. The following articles, previously posted, present some solutions to the cons listed under having a mainstream career.

Keep your master recordings and stop Cross-Collateralization

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/what_to_ask_for_in_your_record_deal/

Understand how your label works

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/how-recording-contracts-work/

Understand how your royalties work and who gets what

https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/how-to-collect-your-music-royalties/


Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com

Tips to help your music career

1). Voice lessons 

Though you may be able to sing/rap, you should still learn how to do so professionally. Unprofessional use of your vocal chords can cause your voice to crack/break during your performances, or even, shorten your music career.

2). An Agent

Getting an agent to book your shows and events can increase your exposure as well as leave more time in your hands to practice your craft. An agent can also be useful with helping you find the direction you want your music career to go, by booking only the most professional events for your performances.

3). Music Organizations

Along with an agent, having another professional entity backing your career- music organizations, you can readily be on your way to a  professional musical career. As mentioned in an earlier article,https://everythingaudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/how-to-collect-your-music-royalties/ , organizations such as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC can help keep the benefits from all your hard work in your music career (your royalties), coming to you.

Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com