How To Build a Thriving Community of Fans

When it comes down to it, we all just want to feel seen. We long to be a part of something that feels like we belong. For so many of us, music is that escape. It serves as a safe haven, a creative nook where we can express ourselves freely. Best of all, when we find a community of others who like the same music, band, or genre as we do, we feel seen. We belong. And we thrive.

We’ve all experienced this, but when you’re an indie musician trying to grow a fan base for the first time, it can feel like you’re throwing spaghetti at the wall. So how do we create an ecosystem that supports and lifts our careers?

KrissyHow To Build a Thriving Community of Fans
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What Is The Creator Economy And How Does It Affect Your Music?

Have you heard of the Creator Economy? If not, here’s a simple definition: it’s all the ways that people can earn money from their creations. For example, influencers doing social media full time – they’re at the crux of the creator community. 

And while it may seem absurd to wrap your head around people actually making a living from their creations, it’s a pretty incredible thing when you think about it. Not only because it means that you too can be a part of the success story of the creator economy, but you can actually enlist the help of other creators to get there. 

TylerWhat Is The Creator Economy And How Does It Affect Your Music?
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 Why Fans Are More Important Than Streams 

If you were to choose between a top-tier press placement, 1,000 new followers, or 1,000 new streams, which would you choose?

For some artists, it’s all about the streams. Stream numbers are tangible proof that people like your song. It’s concrete evidence that all the work was worth it. Or at least…it feels that way. 

In an industry where so much of what we do feels ambiguous and far-fetched, having a high stream count feels like the fans are telling us that our music matters.

But there’s a secret to streams that no one wants to admit. And that is that they aren’t actually as important as we like to think they are. Especially when you break it down… 

Tyler Why Fans Are More Important Than Streams 
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4 DIY Online Promotional Ideas For Your Next Release

If you’re a developing artist, DIY promotion is essential for finding an audience for your music. But in 2022, traditional ways of promoting a new record, may be out of reach for some artists. The good news is that listeners are hungry for meaningful music experiences and artist engagement online. Try these four DIY online promotional tactics to get the most mileage from your releases in 2022 and beyond:

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5 Examples of Marketing Genius You Can Steal For Your Next Release

Have you ever seen something so clever that you instantly started Googling the brand? How about an ad that caught your attention when you least expected it and caused you to do a double take? Maybe you’ve been at a concert where you weren’t really there to see the opening band but they put on such a compelling performance that you find yourself following them online after.

These are all examples of marketing at its finest. When marketing is done really well, you don’t think you’re being sold to, or at least, you don’t really mind because you’re interested. That’s the key. Selling isn’t a bad thing. Marketing isn’t a dirty word. Most of us are just doing it wrong, or experiencing other people doing it wrong.

But, successful musicians are those that know how to market. It’s a key piece of the job. After all, it doesn’t really matter how talented you are if no one knows you exist. So, to inspire your creativity we’ve collected 5 examples of marketing genius that you can steal for your next release. Enjoy!

Krissy5 Examples of Marketing Genius You Can Steal For Your Next Release
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5 Things Not To Do When Pitching Your Music To Bloggers

Although I’m a publicist now, I started my career in the music industry as a blogger, and in the six years since I created that blog, I’ve seen my fair share of submissions from bands and publicists alike. Thousands of emails have landed in my inbox, but I’ve only covered a fraction of those stories on the website.


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5 Changes You Can Make For A More Successful Music Career 

Ever felt like no matter what you do, your music career isn’t taking off like you want it to?

Done everything from marketing to content creation and still not seeing serious results?

It can feel discouraging, I know. But trust me when I say, we’ve all been there. There is no breakthrough without the trials, experiments, and work that comes before it. Just know, you are not alone in feeling this way. And believe it or not, there are solutions.

An important thing to remember is: what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. Read on with an open mind and go with your gut. Does one of these feel more doable to you? Does it feel more aligned? Be ready to put in the work, and aim to find the path that makes the work feel worth it, exciting, and engaging.

That’s the key. And it’s also where we start.

Krissy5 Changes You Can Make For A More Successful Music Career 
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4 Tips For Landing Sync Placements

Landing a big sync placement can give you much needed financial support and exposure for your music as an artist, but it’s not easy. These opportunities are usually hard to come by because of the overwhelming amount of music that’s out there coupled with how many artists there are with the same goals as you. But this doesn’t mean all hope is lost when it comes to finding opportunities to get your music licensed. 

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