Local musicians have dreams of launching their careers, and those dreams don’t always include signing to a big record label. You can make music your career even on a local level. You just need to be talented and driven.
Not only do you need some talent and drive, but you need to know what to do in order to make your music make an impact and get it out there. It’s basically a matter of getting online and promoting what you do. Here are some tips.
Learn How To Protect Your Music Online
Before you start sharing your recorded music all willy-nilly all over the internet, you want to make sure you are doing what you can to protect your music and your information. You also don’t want to be recording covers only to get sued. Do a little research on copyright and protection.
You may even want to look into taking a cyber security course, like this one offered through Maryville University. This will give you some extra knowledge when it comes to protecting your identity and your property when it comes to the world wide web.
Find Safe Places To Share
Make sure that you are sharing your music in safe places. If you want to make money on your music you may want to pick a site where you can charge people to download your music, like Bandcamp. There are other places too, like Reverbnation and Soundcloud. Take some time to research the places you want to share your music so you know how safe it will be there.
Get On Social Media
If you want to launch your local or national music career, you need to be using social media. Social media is an excellent way to reach people all over the world, and you can share videos, photos, and more. Many bands strictly have a Facebook page these days and skip the normal website.
Facebook isn’t the only place you should be sharing your music. Use Twitter and YouTube as often as you can.
Be A DIY Musician
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get going as a musician. You don’t need a promoter or a manager if you have the drive to do these things yourself. You can even learn to do your own recording and put out your own CDs. Do the research and do things on your own terms, then get your recording out at your gigs, online, and hit up local open mics too.
Get Out There And Play
The one way you’re going to get attention is to get out there and play. You may not start making money right away, but you will be getting people’s attention and that’s what matters. Play free gigs, contact places that play, find a residency at a local pub or bar and play at open mic nights. Make friends in the musical community and you’ll be on your way to local stardom.