Music Promotion Megatips: Building Your Contact List

If you want to become successful in the music industry, there many things you need to know and do. But even if you get all that right, you can prevent yourself from reaching big success by making critical mistakes along the way (and there are many potential mistakes one could make, when not being careful). After coaching and mentoring many musicians and bands seeking a career in music, the same patterns of false assumptions, problems and mistakes appear over and over again. Here are the top 10.

Make free samples of your music for your fans; select your best songs as they will create the first impression to your listeners. Perform at gigs for free, as publicity is key to success in music promotion.

Set aside some cash for professional music promoters as you need an experienced pro to find your way around the music industry. Remember cheap is expensive, so don’t be stingy instead invest in quality.

Make your brand name, use a name or label that will catch your fans as well as sell your music. Be creative and original; choose a decent and meaningful name that won’t create controversies about your personality or character.

Don’t forget social media. Profiles on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Bebo are a great start for your social networking efforts. However, it is not enough to create one. You must keep it active to grow your friends list and keep interest in your work thriving.

Who are the perennial users of Instagrams’s capability to sell music online / albums and gain fans? Indie bands such as: The National, Shiny Toy Guns; dance impresario Moby; rockers Deftones, and media darling Zooey Deschanel. They post a myriad of photos and fans are forever hooked.

Now you go to them and say you have an idea that if you all put in $300 a month, you could employ a music promotion company. This will help you play bigger and bigger shows and easily pay the costs.

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