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Band/Musician Web Promo Resources Master List

Post by baytamusic » Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:16 pm

So, there's been some discussion in another thread about social media and using the internet to promote your band. Some points were made about the demise of Myspace and social media in general for band promotions. But, the fact remains that there are more people using the internet and social media every single day. I think the difference now as apposed to a few years ago is that we as band members need to spread our music and promotions to many different sites, not just Myspace. My band/recording project is getting ready to release a three song single for free download and I think this list will help me spread our music to as many sources as possible. It may help you guys too. There are a lot of good resources out there.

I wanted to make a master list of online resources for bands and musicians to use to promote and sell their music, shows, videos etc. I'll start the list here. I'm going to break it down into categories and provide a very short description of each site/resource.

Be aware, some of these sites fit within more than one category. I'm trying to place them into the most logical place.

Web Site Design/Blogging Home Web Site

Wordpress - http://wordpress.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Wordpress is a very popular and powerful blogging platform that can be used to create an entire website. Many useful plugins are available. It's recommended to install Wordpress on your hosting server to maximize it's potential.

Squarespace - http://www.squarespace.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Squarespace is another blogging platform that can be used to build a web site for your band. It is very easy to use for even someone with no web design knowledge

MP3 Aggregators Etc. - Sell, Stream, or Give Away Your Music

Tunecore - http://www.tunecore.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - MP3 Aggregator that gives 100% royalties w/ a one time fee per song/ringtone/album.

CDBaby - http://members.cdbaby.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - MP3 Aggregator that also has a per song/album fee and also takes a cut of sale price. They also offer the ability to sell physical CDs to your listeners.

Bandcamp - http://bandcamp.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Sell your music directly from your bandcamp site. This is more than just a place to sell music, this could double as your main band site if you'd like. It also allows free downloads up to 200 per month, after that there is a fee.

SoundCloud - http://soundcloud.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Basically this is a place to host music from what I can tell. They have widgets you can place on websites in order to make your music available for streaming anywhere an HTML widget is allowed. This makes it easy to track who's listening and from where.

PureVolume - http://www.purevolume.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - One of the older sites for artists. You can set up a page, give away music, etc.

Social Media - Promotions/Fan Relations/Etc

Myspace.com - http://www.myspace.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - I think we all know what Myspace does. :)

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - I think we all know about Facebook by now as well. I think they allow you to add music to your band's fan page now. I'm not sure though, I haven't tried yet (we are still mixing).

Twitter - http://twitter.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Follow your fans, have your fans follow you. Make updates from anywhere on your phone. Offer free giveaways, whatever. The worlds most popular microblog. 144 characters or less. It looks like you'll be able to add media from DailyBooth, DeviantART, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, TwitVid, USTREAM, Vimeo, yfrog, and YouTube really soon.

Tumblr - http://www.tumblr.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Tumblr is a pretty cool microblogging site too. Worth checking out.

ReverbNation - http://www.reverbnation.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Host and promote your band. Will allow you to send out info regarding upcoming shows and new songs etc. etc.

Video Hosting

YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Host your videos here and post them everywhere you can think of!

Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Another place to host videos. Vimeo allows higher quality than YouTube but the videos are hard for people with older computers to watch. Probably best to post your videos on both YouTube and Vimeo and offer an option.

Online Radio - Get Your Music Heard

Pandora - http://blog.pandora.com/faq/contents/31.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Pandora is an amazing place to get your music heard if they accept you. I've offered the link to the submission guidelines.

Last.fm - http://www.last.fm/home" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - A huge online radio station/social site/music discovery site. You can set up a page, sell your music from iTunes, give away free downloads, and also get online radio play from users. The site is very robust and well worth checking out.

Grooveshark http://www.grooveshark.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Setup a profile, upload music, get your music heard.

Publishing Etc. - Protect Your Music

I won't get into much detail about these organizations, but you need to be familiar with this stuff. If you aren't, get that way if you are serious about doing this yourself.

SoundExchange
- http://www.soundexchange.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - How you get paid for satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), internet radio, cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings.

ASCAP - http://www.ascap.com/index.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Get Paid

BMI - http://www.bmi.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Get Paid

SESAC - http://www.sesac.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Get Paid

Miscellaneous, Books, Unproven Sites Etc.

cbcradio - http://www.cbc.ca/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - May be for Canada only?! - They will play your music.

Hello Music - http://www.hellomusic.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - Promotes your songs to help get you signed, as well as get you opening gigs for festivals and other events, not sure on how legit, but hey never hurts to see. Maybe a Scam?! Proceed with caution. My advice is if they want you to pay them, walk away.

The Indie Bible - http://www.indiebible.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - The Indie Bible will help you get your music reviewed, your songs played on the radio, your music distributed (both physically and online)

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Please feel free to make comments and to also post suggestions for sites to add to this list. I'll edit this post to add new resources as they are suggested. When you suggest a site please indicate:

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Post by bfitz » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:32 am

online radio

http://www.grooveshark.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

setup a profile, upload music, get your music heard
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Post by Ddjembe Mutombo » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:55 pm

I was about to post Groove Shark. You are on the ball bfitz.

Where is the submission page for Pandora. I might have 2 songs to submit in a couple weeks...
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Post by Borderline Productions » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:22 pm

Great List. I will need to make a copy. Do you have priorities for who to go to first, or would you suggest that you saturate all of them?
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Post by Ohara » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:28 pm

another one to add to the list is http://www.reverbnation.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; it will host and promote your band and allow you to send out info regarding upcoming shows and new songs etc. etc.

For us Canadians, cbcradio will promote your music and add it to their regular play list, not sure about international artists but it never hurts to try.

There is also something called hellomusic.com which apparently promotes your songs to help get you signed, as well as get you opening gigs for festivals and other events, not sure on how legit, but hey never hurts to see.

And again for us Canadians there is http://www.mycanadianmusic.ca" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by Van Cleef » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:54 am

BILLY - - - PLEASE STICKY THIS

excellent work Bayta


I'm currently just starting the online and offline marketing thing for our debut album so this is a timely thread -


I set up CD Baby and Bancamp a couple of weeks ago, waiting for the physical copies (replication) before cd baby can 'go live' also have a FB group and have has myspace since mid 2008... about to set up reverbnation

i might report in from time to time

i would also recommend The Indie Bible...

it's an e-book and it's $40 bucks but it's updated regularly

The Indie Bible will help you get your music reviewed, your songs played on the radio, your music distributed (both physically and online)

http://www.indiebible.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

•300 pages with over 9000 contacts
•Listings have email, web, physical address, phone, and fax
•Sorted by genre and location for precise targeting
•Lists only music sites that have actual value to Recording Artists
•Enables you to connect with local and international press
•Lists Radio Shows from around the world that will plug your songs
•Articles will help you map out your road to success
•Will help make your music available worldwide
•Lists services that can get your music into TV and Film
•Connects you with Labels actively seeking new acts
•Lists Distributors that can carry your music to other countries
•Features hundreds of tools that make your music promotion easier


...that is their words not mine - but i can tell you tit's a great resource
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Post by baytamusic » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:20 pm

Ddjembe Mutombo wrote:I was about to post Groove Shark. You are on the ball bfitz.

Where is the submission page for Pandora. I might have 2 songs to submit in a couple weeks...
The link goes straight to the submission rules and instructions.

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Post by baytamusic » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:23 pm

Borderline Productions wrote:Great List. I will need to make a copy. Do you have priorities for who to go to first, or would you suggest that you saturate all of them?
Well, I plan to saturate as many places as possible.

As for an aggregate if you plan to sell your music, I'd just pick one. I think CDbaby puts it in the most places, but I'm not sure. I haven't really sat down and weighed the pros and cons of the main aggregate sites yet. There is another big one that's not on the list but I forgot the name and can't find it with a quick google search.

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Post by Van Cleef » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:31 am

cd baby have rules in their distrib contract about using other digital distribution channels while using them... read the fine print...
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