As this week starts out and new projects are coming up, I've made a short list of the 5 websites every musician should be aware of. Hopefully at least 1 one them will be useful for you today
Sonicbids.com connects music venues to musicians online. It works in a similar way to Craigslist, but it's reliable and easy to navigate. I recommend Sonicbids to musicians who are already stablished and looking to be more efficient.
The best part is that you can use it to book for music festivals and across different cities of the country. There are the change of applying for contests and of course it naturally connects musicians and give you some kind of exposure. It is a paid subscription service for as low as $132/year or $19.99/month. However, the website is offering discounts regularly. Especially around the holidays you could get a deal of as low as $66/year.
A lot of musicians say that they don't need a website. For them, social media platforms are enough to keep them in touch with fans and handle business opportunities. What they probably don't know is that having a web page does more for them than they could imagine. For example, it links your band's name to metadata crucial to make you more "findable" on Google. Also, makes your brand stronger and its a way of having your fans know more about you.
Bandzoogle is a platform for musicians to construct they own website. Anyone can try it for free and it's very easy to navigate. You can link your own url and also use tools such as Google Analytics to see some very compelling data that could dictate your next steps. This service makes it very easy to create your own look through a web page. To upload music, set a blog, an online store for your merchandise.One of my favorite features is that once you subscribe you have the option of making a business email with your own url.
LANDR is an online service who offers Mastering of your songs for a reasonable price and also online distribution to major platforms such as iTunes and Spotify. There are different plans to fit each musician and the interface of the website is pretty well done. You can also collect data directly from your account on LANDR to keep track of your success and the best part is that you can keep 100%of the royalties generated by your material. Even though musicians shouldn't rely too much on those I believe it's fair and it feels great to own your creation.
Musicians or any other kind of creator who is supplying a crowd with quality content should at least try Patreon. It allows your fans to compensate your work and effort for providing the entertainment they love. It gives you the freedom to express yourself while getting the proper support from those who believe in you the most.
It seems that it's important to have continuous material coming up regularly in order to succeed in this platform. It's inspiring to even browse in the Patreon website and see some of the creators growing to be better without ruining their creative vision.
5. Tweet for a Track
An easy way to promote you music is asking your friends and fans to tell others. In exchange of a Twitter or Facebook post your fans will get a free download of your music instantly on their email. Simple and fun! Every musician should give this a try for sure.
Thank you for reading the post. Please let me know if you would add any other website to this list and also your experience with some of these tools