How cool is it when you come across a great resource that makes your life easier?
Sometimes a great tool is something that makes you save time. Sometimes money. In some cases, both.
Some other times, you find a tool that enables you to do something you thought you couldn’t do.
Think about life as an independent musician for a minute. There are so many things you should take care about: build a fanbase, promote your music, make money, get gigs, promote your shows. And this is only the beginning!
Being an indie, DIY, musician means that you are responsible for all those aspects of your career. Sometimes this can be overwhelming and frustrating. I mean, after all a day only has 24 hours, right?!?
Ok, so if you have ever felt overwhelmed by all the things you have to do as DIY musician, or if you are simply looking for great tools you can use to take care of some of the business aspects of your music career, you will love this episode!
Today, I welcome on the show Boston-based music industry expert and blogger Andrew Hall to talk about must-have online tools for independent musicians.
As a lifelong Bostonian, Andrew has been an advocate for the local music scene by participating, managing and consulting with bands since 2006. A founding team member of a service-based music management company Deer in Headlights Music Group, Andrew has taken his experience in community building and tech and applied that knowledge learned cross dimensionally. He regularly writes music business articles for the music blog Sonicbids.
In this episode, Andrew discusses the online tools independent musicians can use to do things like build a fanbase, sell their music, promote upcoming shows and deal with both licensing and royalties.
Andrew and I also talk about platforms for building your website, what to have in your electronic press release and why you should build an email list TODAY.
Today, You’ll Hear More About:
- Which social media are optimized for musicians (and these are the ones you want to focus on)
- A social media that has become very popular, especially among artists with a young fanbase
- What to avoid doing on social media
- Why you shouldn’t ignore music streaming sites
- What you are missing out by not having your music on places like iTunes, Spotify and Pandora
- The things independent musicians should have on their website
- Tools for promoting your tour dates
- What to include in your Electronic Press Kit
- The #1 tool Andrew would choose, if he were to choose only one tool
- And More!
Resources, People and Links Mentioned in This Episode:
- www.ahall.co (Andrew’s site)
- Andrew’s post 16 Must-Have Online Tools for Independent Musicians
- Episode 4: Soundcloud Mastering with Budi Voogt
- ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
- CISAC (The International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies)
- Andrew’s post How to Segment Your Email Lists
Thank Andrew on Twitter!
Enjoyed the episode? Know someone who could benefit from these tools? Give Andrew a shout out on Twitter and let others know about these great resources for indie musicians!
Download the Report “Must-Have Online Tools for Independent Musicians”
I have put all the resouces Andrew mentioned in this report, so that you have them all in one place for you to access. Download Must-Have Online Tools for Independent Musicians.