As an aspiring musician, your career depends on a variety of factors including your fans, your branding and the music itself. Many artists struggle with getting the right people and influencers to not just follow them on Instagram, but actually listen to their music. If you’re struggling to get your music heard, here is what you need to know.
Invest in Your Email List
You might be surprised to learn that email marketing offers the best return on investment when compared to other online marketing methods. If you don’t have an email list, you should work on setting one up. The bigger that your list grows, the more people you can contact to get your music heard. Having a big email list also helps when trying to book gigs, as you can show your email and social media followings as evidence that you’ll be able to draw a crowd.
Radio might seem like a dying industry, but between traditional radio and online radio, there are plenty of ways to get your music heard. Before you send out your music to DJs or radio stations, you should make sure that you have a finished, polished promotional CD or mp3 and not just a demo. The stations you send music to will play the music right from the file that you send, so you need to make sure that it’s the best quality possible.
Work with Music Blogs
Music blogs are another one of your allies when you are trying to get your music heard. Reviewers are always looking for new things to listen to and cover, and getting featured on even one blog can win you a ton of new fans and listeners. When sending an email intro or DM to a music blog, keep it brief and professional. Include a link to the song you would like to be featured, and always let the reviewer know that there is more where that came from if they are interested.
Post on Social Media
Finally, social media is a successful way to get your music heard. The timing and content of your social media posts should change based on the platform, so monitor your channels carefully to see when you get the most traction. Don’t forget to engage with your fans on each social platform while you’re there!
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