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Alternative Website Options for Artists

There are some great events going on at the GARAGE this weekend and we hope you can make it down to catch a few of them!

Friday November 9th, is our Acoustic Coffee House Show that will feature various singer/songwriters from the Twin Cities area.  Come on down to enjoy an intimate night of music!

http://www.facebook.com/events/459353614108006/

Saturday November 10th, the band Attila will be coming to bring their brand of heavy metal to the GARAGE.  They will be joined by Make Me Famous, Issues, Ice Nine Kills, Adestra, and MORE!

http://www.facebook.com/events/385745298163882/

Sunday November 11th, will feature touring act Nine Lashes, Senseless Beauty, The Protest, Awaken, Forever Waiting, and MORE!

http://www.facebook.com/events/106362072855331/

 

Thanks to the internet we have seen vast changes occur in the music industry over the past 15 years.  In 1999 Napster became the first to shake the cage when music become downloadable and free to the listener.  Myspace, yes Myspace, literally set the tone music branding and marketing when it was founded in 2003.  To think we now have two generations of artists who have grown up downloading music and promoting their own music for free really puts the whole industry in perspective.  Have we begun to diminish music as an art form or is this now the general trend of an ever-expanding industry?  This blog post is not going to dive into that conversation but instead guide you in traversing the numerous sources available to promote and market your band.

 

Websites have become a thing of the past.  Why do you need to trouble yourself with paying someone to host your domain and give you an “official” source for where your information is held?  With Facebook coming to the forefront as a provider of this service it seems almost wasteful to go the route of the domain name.  Instead, beef up your Facebook “fan page” with various apps and 3rd party services that allow you to post the same information as you would on a website.

ReverbNation – One of the best Facebook music apps. Upload music, photos, show schedules and more. The Band Profile app is an easy and powerful way to create a good-looking band page without diving in to a bunch of code.

Bandpage – A powerful app that lets you showcase music and videos on your fan page. It also includes some great messaging tools for getting the word out to fans through Facebook and Twitter.

FanRx – A powerful app that lets you customize your Timeline and Fan Page with a host of configurable modules like an audio player, video player, email collection box, upcoming events, Twitter updates, contents and much more.

Involver YouTube – Easily display videos from YouTube on your fan page.

 

If you are looking to simply host music on a page and not necessarily create events, share statuses, and promote shows then you may be in the market to use a strict music host.  These sites are developed so artists can publish their music online to either be linked to a larger site (Facebook, Myspace, etc) or used simply as a place for an artist to showcase their work.  Artists are able to then sell their music directly to fans without having to pay multiple fees to other various companies who could care less about who you are anyway!

Bandcamp – Helps artists sell their music and merch directly to their fans, and helps fans discover new music and directly support those who make it.

SoundCloud – Allows artists to create, record and share the sounds you create anywhere to friends, family and the world with SoundCloud, the world’s largest community of sound creators.

Tunecore –  An online distribution service that offers musicians and other rights-holders the opportunity to place their music into online retailers such as iTunes, AmazonMP3, Zune Marketplace,Rhapsody, eMusic, and others for sale.

Tindeck – A free MP3 upload site that helps you share your original music and audio with people around the world.

 

As you can see there are literally hundreds of options available to artists that allow them to promote, sell, and share their music.  With all of these tools at your fingertips you can reach people all over the world!  Now you just have to find the right site that works for you.

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