Independent Music Artists – Crowd Funding

Hi All, it’s Graham here once again from Music2Tattoos!

As an independent music artist have you heard of crowd funding? No, don’t worry I hadn’t either until I read the article I’m going to share with you today!

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Crowd funding is a completely new area for me and this article help me understand it and I have to say if you are an indie music artist it is definitely worth looking in to! Check out the article below………………….

Sometimes referred to as fanfunding, hyper funding, micropatronage, or other such terms, crowdfunding can be defined as the activity of raising money from the public through individual contributions that are facilitated by a fundraising campaign hosted on one or another Internet website. A handful of third-party fundraising platforms have garnered most of the attention these days, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but there are now estimated to be over 500 crowdfunding platforms around the world servicing individuals and organizations of almost every stripe.

At its root, the crowdfunding concept is very simple. You post your project idea on a website that is set up to accept contributions, spread the word about it any way you can, and hope people become interested enough in it to contribute.

There are several general types of crowdfunding models, but only three that seem at all relevant for the independent artist……………………… you can read the rest of this article by Clicking Here Now!

 

Can you believe you can raise capital that way? What a huge opportunity!!

I highly suggest you research this further and get on with it now!

 

Until Next Time

Remember to Live Life and Have Fun

Graham

P.S. Make sure you head over to the Music Marketing Manifesto to get a complete system for marketing you material and making it in the music industry! Go click now!

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The Willow Festival – Peterborough

Hi All and Welcome to another post from Music2Tattoos! Today I wanted to introduce you to The Willow Festival in Peterborough, UK.

The Willow Festival is one of europes biggest F!ree music festivals with over 50,000 people attending over the 3 day weekend last year. This years festival is on the weekend of 12th – 14th July! It’s not a festival for big name bands and celebrities; The Willow Festival focuses on unsigned bands from around europe – show casing some awesome talent.

There is plenty of opportunity to see all sorts of bands as there are at least 3 stages (2 outdoor) and last year there were 123 bands on over the weekend. Just in case you get bored there are also the usual extras such as fairground rides, food stands, an alternative shopping village and street entertainers.

To ensure an entertaining mix of bands there are some of the top tribute acts from around the UK on the bill as well as some local cover bands to add some fun to the proceedings!

Just like any good festival you can also camp on site if you want to although places are limited so get in quick. You can get anything from a day pass to a weekend pass, head to the website now for more information.

You can find more details out about all of the fun and entertainment at the willow festival by visitng their website:

www.thewillowfestival.org.uk

They are also on Facebook and Twitter so you can keep up with all of the infomation on there as well!

If you are around Peterborough between July 12th – 14th this year I highly recommend you head down to the Embankment and join in the fun!

Until Next Time

Remember to Live Life and Have Fun!

Graham

P.S. as a personal plug, my band (The Rocket Dogs) are playing at The Willow Festival on the Saturday 🙂

Rocket Dogs @ Willow Festival

The Rocket Dogs Live at The Willow Festival UK

Indie Music Artists – The Power of Email Marketing

Hello there and welcome to the Monday post on Music2Tattoos!

Today I want to offer some information to the Indie Music Artists out there trying to make it in a tough industry and my first question is ‘Do you use email as part of your marketing package?’

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In my experience Email Marketing is something that is missing on so many Indie Musicians websites and yet it is such a powerful way of staying in touch with your audience – Why? I hear you cry………….. well let’s have a look at the 2 main social media ways you can stay in touch……………

Facebook……………… On average people spend 19 minutes per day on Facebook so if you post at the wrong time it may well slip through their timeline and the might not see it!

Twitter………………… Take a look at your Twitter feed and see just how quickly tweets disapear from the page – seconds right? With so many tweets it’s hard to stay on anyones page for long!

Now here’s the beauty of Email Marketing………………. what you send them is in their email box, all you need is a great subject line to get them to open it!! It doesn’t go anywhere, it doesn’t disapear from a feed page it just sits there until they open it! Oh and by the way if you’ve built your website on WordPress (and why wouldn’t you have?) you can get an awesome email autoresponder for free!!!!!

Here’s how simple email marketing for Indie Music Artists can be…………………

  1. Set up the Plugin on WordPress (search for the Wysija Autoresponder) and put the sign up form in prominent places. If you’re website is not built on WordPress you will need a program like Aweber which unfortunately you need to pay for!
  2. Set up the first few autoresponder messages with great content so that people get interested in what you have to say.
  3. Give away some great free info for signing up to your newsletter – an exclusive video or mp3 download would be awesome.
  4. Send everyone from your Facebook and Twitter feeds to your website and ask them to sign-up to the Newsletter and tell them about the awesome free offer.
  5. Write 1 Newsletter per week containing the following……………
  • Great info about you / your band – some small personal info is always a winner
  • If you run a blog add links to your blog posts from that week
  • If you put any info on Facebook / Twitter that you didn’t put on your blog make sure you mention that
  • Links to your Facebook / Twitter pages so that new people to your site can join you on Social Media
  • A link to a video / MP3 of yours
  • Finally (and crucially) a link to where they can buy your latest song / album

Then keep going, keep writing every week – make it as interesting as possible so that people want to read more and more.

Once everything is set up make sure you send everyone you can to your website to sign up for the newsletter – add it to posters and fliers, mention it at gigs, add it to you description on Facebook and Twitter and add a link to your YouTube account. For this to work TRAFFIC IS KEY!

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Music Marketing Manifesto is a program designed specifically for the Independent Music Artists and Musicians; it gives you a step by step guide to every type of marketing you can imagine to get your music out there and make money!

What’s more it’s from an indie artist who has been there and done it, he has been through the tough times and has found a way out – you can now follow his exact system and do the same.

Click Here Now to head to the Music Marketing Manifesto website and see just whats on offer!

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I can’t even begine to describe how important email marketing will be to your audience and therefore your sales; please make sure you investigate this more and then get an autoresponder set up – I promise you’ll see the difference!

Until Next Time

Remember to Live Life and Have Fun

Graham

P.S. If you want more info about email marketing for Indie Music Artists the Music Marketing Manifesto has a huge section on it!

Indie Music Industry – Why Be Independent?

Hi There and Welcome to the Monday post from Music2Tattoos!

While researching for today’s post I came across this fantastic article by Corey Stewart that pretty much covers everything I was looking for! Have a read of the article below:

Indie Music Industry – Why Be Independent?

By Corey Stewart

With the major labels focusing on quick returns rather than artist development and the advent of downloading music online, the traditional record company/artist relationship has become blurred to the point of being obsolete.

Nowadays, being independent has real advantages.

How many times have you heard or read somewhere that the internet has changed the face of the music industry forever? I would love a dollar for every time I heard it.

However, it’s true and there are a number of reasons for this. Two that spring into mind are that:

1. A traditional record company/artist relationship is optional and not a necessity. You can do your all music sales and band promotion online cutting out all of the ‘middle people’.

2. Websites can turn an artist with a local audience into an artist with an international audience. As the internet is not ‘owned’ by any one entity the playing field is a lot more even.

To me, being an independent artist means that you are the one driving the bus and being in control over your own affairs.

A lot of talented artists and performing songwriters around the world are at this very moment waiting for that knock at the door, the opportunity to ‘get discovered’. What is likely to happen is that they will spend their creative lives being very disappointed.

If you are reading this and feel that this is you, consider this…

Where do you think you would be if you managed your career yourself rather than wait for someone (or some company) to do it for you?

There are many sites out in cyberspace that are there to help you take control over your career by spreading practical information about band promotion and the indie music industry as a whole, take advantage of these websites and go to as many as you can

Embrace independence today and gain control over your own musical affairs.

Corey Stewart is a published Singer/Songwriter from Australia who has his own online music marketing business Orangutang Music [http://www.orangutangmusic.com]

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Corey_Stewart
http://EzineArticles.com/?Indie-Music-Industry—Why-Be-Independent?&id=685696

Wow!! What an article from a published singer/songwriter……….. I trust you found it as interesting as I did! So you’re convinced you need to be and independent music artist and now you need some help in getting your music produced and / or heard…………. below I’ve listed some excellent sites that will help you – Click through to them now and see just how they can help you!

Useful Independent Music Sites

Music Insider

Home Recording Blueprint

Blueprint To Getting Heard

Music Publication

Music 2 Money

Click on the links to head to these sites now and you could be sky-rocketing your independent music career!

That’s it for today, until next time

Remember to Live Life and Have Fun

Graham

P.S. if you want some help with promoting your music then I wrote a post a couple of weeks back that might give you the information you are looking for! Click Here Now to view that post

Indie Music…………. The 3 Key Steps to Success

Hi there and welcome once again to Music2Tattoos!

I was reading through some articles the other day and I came across a great piece by Nicholas Hooper that details 3 Key Steps to Success for Independent Music Artists!

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Have a read of this great article ………………………………

Let’s face it, the wildfire spread of web-based portals designed to introduce independent music to the world has created a bewildering array of opportunities and costs. So where do they all balance out? When does the cost of signing up to yet another music promotion service yield results? What results are we looking for anyway?
The key is to make your web promotion targeted, systematic and rich.
What is the main drive for independent artists promote their music on the web? The fundamental incentive for web promotion is the opportunity ………………………. to read the rest of this article Click Here Now!

 

The Blueprint To Getting Heard (click the link now to head straight there) is one of the best Ebooks I’ve come across for those trying to make it in the Music Industry. It goes in to great detail of how exactly how to get your music heard and sold in an easy to understand format that takes you from A-Z! If you are an independent music artists / musician and you desperately want to make it in this tough industry you absolutely need to read this Ebook and take every single step it details!

Click How Now to get more details!

That’s it for now so until next time,
Remember to Live Life and Have Fun
Graham.
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Indie Musicians – More Streams Equals More Success!

Good Morning one and all from Music2Tattoos,

I hope you all had a stunning weekend 🙂

Well, after a couple of weeks off my band (The Rocket Dogs) are back to doing what we do best this week. We have a gig playing at a Bikers Rally this coming Friday that should be huge!!

Today I wanted to offer up some information to the Independent Musicians and Music Artists out there. The music industry is legendarily tough to get in to and that means that there are thousands or artists out there trying to make it on their own – but there is help. “How do I promote my music?” must be the number one question on the lips of every indie music artist because without promotion there is no distribution and therefore no sales.

There’s an old saying in business that the more streams of income you have the better off you will be; 10 streams of income bringing in an average of $1000 per month is better than 1 bringing in $5000! I’m going to use the same leverage for the indie music artists – the more streams you have heading to your music the more successful you’re going to be!

I wrote a post a couple of weeks back about the passion of the indie music artist, how they keep going because of the drive and belief in what they are doing. Sometimes, however, drive and belief are not enough….. you need to promote your work in as many ways as possible! So below I’m going to detail just a few ways to get traffic streaming to your music!

Twitter
Yes, the obvious one but one that people try and don’t get very far with! I love listening to indie music through following links on Twitter and there is some awesome material out there but when I look at their twitter accounts the artist only has a couple of hundred followers at most. Getting followers is actually relatively easy…… if you know how!
A while ago I wrote a quick ebook for the Indie Music Artist on how to get more followers on Twitter and if you want a copy you can grab it for free by Clicking Here Now!

A Blog……. Not a Wesbite!
Now this one a lot of people will not agree with…………. why? Because a website has become the holy grail with which to drive traffic to so that people can hear your music but driving traffic to a website can be time consuming and expensive whereas a blog (particularly a wordpress blog) will do a whole bunch of that for you!
Wordpress are pretty much in bed with Google! Google loves wordpress blogs because it is regular content that can be kept up to date and refreshed regularly with new material. Therefore the expensive SEO is already done for you and………… it’s free! You don’t even have to host your own wordpress blog it can be just like the one you are reading right now….

https://music2tattoos.wordpress.com

It doesn’t cost me anything to run of host this blog and I still get found in the search engines, my blog still appears in Google and I get traffic because of it…………. and that traffic is FREE!
So set yourself up a blog; you can have it as a self hosted blog if you choose to so that you can have a nice dot.com web address but you don’t have to. Here’s a couple of simple rules to follow…

1. Update your blog regularly (once per week minimum) to keep the info fresh, both your readers and Google will appreciate it.
2. Use the tags correctly, these are what Google read first so make sure they are relevant to each post.
3. Use Google’s Keyword Tool to find relevant search terms to use as your tags (search Google Keyword Tool on Google to find it!)
4. Use pictures and when you upload them give them relevant file names. A picture entitled RST11334.jpeg is of now use whatsoever. Google also tracks pictures for it’s image library so give you picture a relevant file name eg: dragon_tattoo_picture.jpeg – guess what search that is going to show up in! Make sure that when you upload it to your blog you add a ‘caption’ and use the words in the file name within the blog post. This gives the picture and your post credibility to Google and Google loves credibility!
5. Don’t just let traffic head their from Google, drive traffic from your social media accounts, mention your blog in any interviews, put the address on flyers, posters etc – drive people to your blog!
6. You MUST have a sign-up box for people to add their email in so that they can follow you blog. Encourage people to sign up by offering them something for Free – a download of one of your songs maybe? This way whenever you post something they will get an email with your post on it therefore keeping you fresh in their minds.

FaceBook
The most visited website in the world – bar none! If you’re not on it you need to be! FaceBook is (in my opinion) tougher to get ‘likes’ on that Twitter is to get followers but here’s a couple of rules that seem to apply for Facebook:
• Post regularly but not too often, 3 – 5 times per week seems to be the preferred amount otherwise people get bored and annoyed with your posts.
• Don’t always post the same thing, just like your blog you need to keep it fresh!
• Ask friends and family to promote your faceBook page and encourage their friends and family to ‘like’ it. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve just through some likes and shares of your posts

YouTube
An absolute must for all Indie Music Artists! You MUST have your own channel and you MUST have your music on there; even if you haven’t produced a full video get a screen capture one of some pictures of you and put the music behind it.
Remember on every video you put up to promoted your blog!!!

YouTube is owned by Google and therefore YouTube videos rank highly in Google’s searches, make sure you are taking advantage of this. Drive people to your videos using your other Social Media accounts and your blog!

And Finally…………. Get Help!!
It is going to be tough to succeed by yourself; that’s a hard truth but it is! All of the ideas above are free to use and should be used to promote your music but while all of those will help to really get your music heard you need to get help from the right people……………..
I’ve listed below a couple of websites that I’ve reviewed over that last few months and that I think are the best ones out there to help the Indie Music Artist to sky-rocket their career and sell their music so that other can hear their creations!

Indie Connect (IndieMusicConnect) is a great website that offers any and all help you could possibly want from coaches and mentors to regular online workshops. They also have their own publications and regular events for artists to showcase their talents. Click the link above now to head their and get started!

Music Insider is bought to you by a successful Indie Artist who’s made a success of being independent and will show you how to do exactly the same. You’ll really be able to hear his expertise coming through and tune in to what he’s saying to make sure you succeed.

Owen Critchley’s Guide To Getting Heard
Owen Critchley is someone else who has made it as an Indie Artist, he sells his music online and makes a very good living from it! Let him tell you exactly how he does it so that you can follow what he says and be as successful as he is! This really is a guide from someone who’s been there and done it!

So there you have it, some simple yet (hopefully) useful tips for the indie music artist to get your music heard and get your music career into another gear. I hope you found this useful and if you did please pass it on to any other indie artists you know……………. it can help them as well!

For now though I’ll leave you to get on with creating your future through music!
Remember to Live Life and Have Fun!
Graham

P.S. Remember the more streams you have to your music the more your music will get heard! And head over to these sites to turbo-charge your music career

Indie Connect
Music Insider
Owen Critchley’s Blueprint

The Passion of an Independent Music Artist!


Viral Music Tool Kit


Good Morning and welcome to the Tuesday Blog Post!

Well what a hectic few weeks it has been, my band has been busy beyond belief both gigging and learning new stuff to throw in to the set! But after the private party we played on Friday night we have a couple of weeks off! Our next gig isn’t until the end of April and that is for a Bikers Rally so that one should be an absolutely mad night!!

Today I wanted to talk about why indie music artists do what they do; you see the music industry is legendarily hard to get in to and yet millions of artists and bands around the world keep working hard to get themselves heard and maybe, just maybe, get that elusive recording contract.
Some of them make a very good living out of being independent and are able to sell their music around the world through the power of the web and you have to wonder if they have hit upon a formula, a secret way of creating that income stream that drawers people to their music time and time again.

I found this great article by Emilio Basa on just this subject………….

The one thing that I wanted to talk about in this article is passion. If your goal to make it in music is because you want the fame and the riches then maybe this article isn’t for you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but many of the greatest musicians are not on MTV and on every radio station. Not to say that the dream of making it big some day is not possible. It’s totally possible. If that’s what you want, I hope you get it and are happy doing it. There is a chance that some musicians will reach the level of fame and riches, but this should not be your overall goal to make music.
Granted there is money to be made in music, but your purpose as a musician should not be for the money. The reason you should be doing music is because it is your passion in life. It’s what you love to do. It’s why you are learning
………….. to read the rest of this article CLICK HERE NOW!

It is the belief and passion that is so apparent that really grabs me; no matter what they believe in their music and they put it out there 100% day after day through whatever means they can find. It is within this passion and drive that the emotive value of music can be found. If you’ve read my previous blog posts I wrote one entitled “Why is music so emotive?” and I believe this could be the answer.
For those who love music (myself included) it can reach and grab hold of your soul very easily, it can sway you from one emotion to the next and lift you to highs that at points do not seem possible. This is the passion that drives the independent music artists and it is why independent music will never die…………………… and the mainstream music industry just might!

If you are an independent music artist I salute you, I do not have the talent to be such but I love music all the same so I encourage you to keep going and find new ways to get your music out there on the web as this is surely your best chance of success!


Viral Music Tool Kit


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Other Useful Sites

The Blueprint to Getting Heard
From the Music Marketing Manifesto is a great program teaching you how to really get your music out there to the masses.

Music Insider
This is relatively new from the Music Marketing Manifesto people and gets you inside the industry and teaches you how to push your music and career to new levels


Indie Connect
This website covers everything an aspiring Indie Music Artist could need from training and mentoring to showcases of talent!
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That’s all for today so until next time
Remember to Live Life and Have Fun!

Graham

P.S. check out the website for viral music marketing by clicking the banner below, getting your music to go viral means it’s working for you not the other way around!


Viral Music Tool Kit