Sharing new music with fans is a big deal. Getting your music out to potential new fans is huge. One of the best tools to reach fans is music sharing web sites. We have all heard about YouTube, but are you aware of the other options? Check out these sites to find out if they would help your Christian Bands ministry…
Tools: Music sharing, online store.
About: We’re a publishing platform for bands, or, anthropomorphically/arthropodically-speaking, your fifth, fully geeked-out Beatle — the one who keeps your very own website humming and lets you get back to making great music and building your fan base.
Click Here for their FAQ’s, which will explain more.
- Bands can upload their music to their own customizable site (your bandname.bandcamp.com).
- Fans can buy your music directly from your bandcamp site.
- You have the ability to name your own price and create discount codes, which can be installed within Facebook.
- Bands get stats on where your songs are embedded and which tracks are the most and least popular.
- Revenue sharing could be expensive if you have a hit song.
Money: Free set up. Bandcamp takes 15% of all sales unless you sell more than $5,000 in a year, at which point it drops to 10%. PayPal fees are additional.
BandPage.com (via Facebook)
Tools: Video/ picture/ music sharing, social networking
About: BandPage (by RootMusic, Inc.) is a music technology company that is focused on helping the world do one thing: experience music as it should be. BandPage on Facebook — is the #1 music application for artists to share their music, videos, photos, and tour dates online to grow and interact with their fanbase. Used by over 500,000 musicians and tens of millions of fans each month, BandPage is a full-featured application that delivers an elegant and effective solution for musicians to give ready access to their music, to a global community of passionate fans.
- Facebook is a huge deal right now and BandPage ties-in directly with Facebook.
- Bandpage has the ability to link existing Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo videos.
- Listeners can “fan” your bands page directly.
- All your tracks play through a special Facebook-share-enabled music player
- Facebook wall features are in BandPage.
- The site puts all your band’s information in one place.
- Fans can check out your bands music and videos while they check your tour schedule and read more about your band.
- It can be time-consuming and complicated to create a Facebook fan page, and then add BandPage to it. But, there are tutorials available on their blog and YouTube to help you through the process.
Money: Free or $1.99 per month if you choose to upgrade to BandPage Plus.
Tools: music sharing
About: Last.fm is a music recommendation service. You use Last.fm by signing up and downloading The Scrobbler, which helps you discover more music based on the songs you play. What’s Scrobbling? A scrobble is a little note The Scrobbler sends to Last.fm to let us know what song you’re playing. Scrobbling helps us tell you what songs you play most often, which songs you like the most, how much you’ve played an artist over a certain amount of time, which of your friends have similar tastes… all kinds of stuff. By focusing on the music you already play we can help you discover more music. What you get: Scrobbles mean we can deliver personalised recommendations for every single Last.fm listener, every single day. We compare what you play to the scrobbles of millions of listeners around the world, meaning your recommendations are the result of more than 43 billion scrobbles and counting. There’s plenty more you can do with Last.fm too. By getting involved in our community you can tag tracks, join discussions, learn what’s hot and find new ways of uncovering the secrets of your listening history.
- The potential to find new fans is high because this site recommends new music based on the fans current preferences.
- Indies with the same name are on the same page.
- Labels can create their own page, which makes it easier for listeners to access.
Tools: Music sharing, social networking, online store
About: The OurStage community is made up of undiscovered artists hungry for exposure, music lovers with insatiable appetites and industry professionals committed to bringing incredible talent to the masses. Together, we’ve created something larger than the sum of its parts – a collaborative environment where truly great artists get discovered. We partner with industry professionals to leverage priceless opportunities for our artists. We provide an intuitive platform that lets the stars of tomorrow connect directly with fans. And we foster an ongoing conversation between the musician, the music lover and the people who open doors.
- Your band can create a customizable profile, a personal Ourstage Blog and sell music directly to fans.
- OurStage has monthly music competitions. The prizes include cash and mentoring sessions with industry professionals.
- There is a Classifieds section to find gigs, instruments, and musicians.
- OurStage charges a portion of your music sales as payment processing. Currently the fee is .19 per track, tracks sell for .99.
- You must be a premium member for free entry into the music competitions.
Money: Free or $9 a month to buy a premium membership.
Tools: Music sharing, social networking
About: PureVolume is a website for the discovery and promotion of new music and emerging artists. Each artist has a profile that typically contains basic info, updates, photos, shows and music for streaming. Artists have the option of making each of their songs available for free download. Listeners and fans can also create profiles to interact with artists and each other, as well as track and share music they like.
- Bands can create a profile and post photos, videos, text posts and upcoming events.
- Listeners can “become fans” and interact with your band.
- You can make free downloads and track how many times they have been played.
- Bands can also become “friends” with other artists on the site, hopefully resulting in new gig leads and new fans.
- PureVolume also has an off-line presence at top music festivals around The United States. If you are interested in secular fests, be sure to check out their new “Festivals” tab.
- You must be a Pro member to be featured on the homepage.
- You must be a Pro member to steam more than 4 songs on your artists page.
Money: Free, with the option of paying for a pro membership. Click Here for their FAQ’s.
Tools: Music sharing, social networking, online store
About: SoundCloud is the world’s leading social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere. Recording and uploading sounds to SoundCloud lets people easily share them privately with their friends or publicly to blogs, sites and social networks. It takes just a click to share sounds to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Foursquare. SoundCloud can be accessed anywhere using the official iPhone and Android apps, as well as hundreds of creation and sharing apps built on the SoundCloud platform.
- SoundCloud allows artists to upload their music with their own URL, which can be embedded anywhere.
- There is an option to tweet every track uploaded onto the site. You can post your recorded music on the spot using iPhone, iPad, or Android.
- User- friendly interface. Embed your sounds in one of three widgets, and take them to your blogs, profiles, or Web sites.
- FREE basic account.
- Annual fees after you move past the basic account. A fee is charged for unlimited downloads or download minutes and storage, and for professional storage.
Money: From free to $740 a year. You purchase a package with an annual fee depending on which features you use and how many upload minutes you need. Click Here for more information about their plans.
Tools: Video sharing, social networking
About: Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
- More than 3 billion views per day – 60 hours of video uploaded every minute – More video uploaded to YouTube in one month than the three major US networks created in 60 years
- Fans can subscribe to your channel so they’ll know every time you post a new video.
- Potential income from the Partner Program.
- YouTube has gained a reputation for being REALLY picky about which songs they accept due to possible copyright infringement issues. This might actually be a good thing, to protect your from copyright infringement lawsuits. But, it can be frustrating.
Money: Free. The Partner Program can create income through Googles AdSense program with ads placed next to your video. Most bands don’t get rich but hey – free money is free money. Click Here for more information about participating in the Partner Program.
Hopefully, this list, although not exhaustive, will get you started. Some of these sites will be better for you than others. Not all of these music sharing sites are right for every Christian Bands ministry. Do your homework, especially when you have to pay for a sites services.
Have you have a great experience with a particular music sharing site? Do you have tips to help other bands share their music? Please leave a comment so we can all grow into doing our ministries with excellence.