The following are helpful tools I presented to Elite members of the GoGirls in one of our “secret” meetings at Folk Alliance in Memphis this year. This is a list. It is only a list. If you need further help or have questions about any of these, please post in the comments below. I’ll share my experience as best I can.
These are just some great places to start if you don’t have a team around you and are working on a limited budget. And, yes, you should have your own “.com”. A Facebook fan page will not suffice. And, if you are a band and have a Facebook profile and are using it as a fan page…stop it. Now. Please.
Helpful Tools for Indie Artist
Both sites now have customizable templates that are affordable and allow you to update your pages and sell your music with very little hassle.
Most affordable iPhone app (and Droid to come…): getsoundaround.com
Now owned and also available through Reverbnation.com. Price cannot be beat!
Both of these services allow you to update your social networking sites and FACEBOOK FAN PAGES from your computer and both have iPhone apps for your convenience.
Landing pages for your Facebook fan page: Rootmusic.com and FanBridge.com
Social Networks 4 Musicians has a sweet deal for custom pages but, if you have some DIY skills check out Rootmusic. And, if you are already using FanBridge, they’ve made it easy for you.
DIY CD Sales: Bandcamp.com, Tunecore.com and CDBaby.com
There are benefits to each. If you haven’t checked them out, do it now.
Credit Card sales at your shows: CdBaby.com and Square iPhone app
Securely swipe credit cards on your iPhone and get direct deposits or get the affordable swiper through your CDBaby.com account.
Get your music on the radio: Airplaydirect.com
Get professional and beautiful download cards: Dropcards.com
Get royalties: Soundexchange.com (lengthy application but, do it. If your music is streaming anywhere online, you could have money waiting for you)
Get songs licensed: Pumpaudio.com (They are pretty selective about the music they choose so, be prepared with professional quality recordings of songs as well as instrumental versions. Some people hate the terms so be sure to read them over carefully. All I know is that I’ve received some pretty nice checks without having to shop my songs on my own.)
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