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As an artist we have a lot of work to do besides composing, recording, and mixing the music. You also have to work very hard and consistently on promotion, marketing and all the other business aspects. It's not enough to say, I'll upload some tracks on Youtube, and that's it.. success will come to me! Alas, no! I said it in one of my previous blogs, "only hard work pays off"!
If you are a musician and want to start sowing your artistic seeds on the huge spider that is the World Wide Web, I'll try to give you some keys and a few avenues to explore to start with a solid foundation. Note that these tips would be just as valid for other art forms: painting, digital art, photography, etc.. The principle is the same with a few exceptions. Note that these are just my tips and are in no way "gospel words". I share with you my modest experience in this universe.
The two main places where you should upload your music are Soundcloud and Youtube. These two are almost indispensable today. It will be a strong point to publish your music there. It goes without saying that you should have created your musical identity, an artist name, and even a visual universe. Once your music is online you will have to share it on social networks, etc.. to promote it and attract potential music lovers. We will come back to this point later in an upcoming article.
In order to publish your albums or singles on streaming platforms you need to use an aggregator. This is a service that will publish your music on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Music, Deezer, BeatPort, and many others. In this regard, I can only strongly recommend Songtradr. With Songtradr, for the price of $4.99 per month, you have a Pro Account that gives you many tools and advantages to monetize your music. With the possibility to send your music in an unlimited way on all streaming platforms: Singles, Albums, or even Compilations. If you release 2 or 3 times a year, the service is already charged yearly (remember: $4.99/month) much cheaper than anywhere else. Of course, Songtradr pays you the royalties generated by the streaming of your music every month without taking any share on it. Once you have more than $10 you can cashout at any moment and have the money in 2 or 3 days. Sending your tracks there need to be methodic by completing the right information and tags to be discovered by anyone. I recommend Wav format. You can upload different versions of a song. Once this part done, you can start with a solid base in the monetization music system.
But Songtradr also offers other very interesting services that will also allow you to earn money for your music. For example, all your tracks in your Songtradr library that are also in videos on Youtube will be able to be linked to your Songtradr account that will then manage your rights for you and get your royalties back every month. Same thing for Twitch and Tik Tok. But the best opportunity is the licenses you could sell. For licensing there are various opportunities like Network TV making your music available for various TV shows and TV promo. Or the Stock Music and Youtube Licensing Resellers. You will probably even be surprised to see that you make money this way because content creators use your music in their videos, etc. And this aspect is not negligible financially. You'll also have access to Business Overhead Radio which allows restaurants, cafes, gyms, hotels, airplanes and other commercial environments to play your music. Not to mention, licenses for Apps, Games and Platforms. And finally, the Big Sync Music. Songtradr manages all this for you. You just have to validate optin for each of your tracks. Your music is also available for music compilations release. On all these services 20% of your revenue will be retained by Songtradr. That's fair!
The only thing you have to check regularly are the producer offers that are published regularly for various projects. One of the best service offered! You can submit up to 5 leads per project by being Pro. Great opportunities and the possibility to enter one day by the big door in the world of big productions: Movies, Series or Documentaries. Everything is possible! Upload all the music you have. Do not hesitate.
You now have entered the world of monetization of your music. Work hard and believe in yourself. Be patient. Keep at it. Your efforts will eventually be rewarded.
We will see in the next articles how to go further, royalty free sites, blockchain, NFT, promotion, etc..
An old gem: Todd Rundgren - Hello It's Me (1972)
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