Hey mates! We are back again with yet another interesting article on the best platforms for artists to upload their music online for free.
The primary task after completing a music project is uploading the finished track online and that too for free. It is imperative to upload the music on different portals to reach a wide audience and enhance visibility.
Now, there are different online portals to upload your music for free and without any restrictions — Soundcloud, YouTube, MixCloud, Beatport, Spotify, iTunes, etc.
So, let’s discuss them below:
Best platforms for artists to upload their music online for free.
1. Start your music promotion with a website
It’s essential to have one platform where you control your music, content, and brand image and, i.e., your website. Also, when a promoter or fan is searching for your stuff online, first they should enter your brand website. This is your chance to hook them with a great first impression and win them over with fantastic user experience. Don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet!
Keep note that the promotion of your music online will need your official website. This will be a single destination to showcase your tracks, pictures, tour dates, and several other things. Further, it will get you a unique identity and make your brand more visible online. These are one of the best ways to monetize your brand and make money as an artist.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a website yet. You can easily create a website with Jimdo or Wix. Find the link below and connect your brand’s social media page.
Now, you may ask, what are the pros of having an artist website. Find your answer below.
- One of the easiest ways to integrate your music, i.e., add all your songs from iTunes or Spotify directly on your homepage
- Easily upload videos of your performances to your site
- Contact form with the map lets visitors know where they can find you and how to contact you
- Link your social media network profiles
- Use a layout designed for music websites
2. Get discovered on Spotify
Uploading your music to Spotify has a ton of advantages. The main one being a vast reach. Mainly because listeners worldwide use Spotify music platform on its mobile and desktop apps.
Unknown artists have the chance to shine through the “Discover” tool and “Release Radar” that connects similar kinds of music. Almost all artists are on the Spotify song library, thus associating their names with the biggest stars and musicians.
Spotify is considered to be one of the most used platforms worldwide, so gaining a high number of streams and followers is an opportunity as well as a challenging task, we also 10 tips for you on how to get more streams and followers on Spotify.
3. Post your tracks on Reddit Music
Many music channels tend to be saturated with artists, but Reddit still has a lot of untapped potentials for grassroots marketing to promote your music. So, this is the perfect opportunity to get up and personal with your potential fans and to build up your fan base.
Reddit is an interactive platform, and there’s no distance between you and your fan base. You can introduce yourself as a brand, share your website with your audience, for them to hear and interact with you.
Reddit users don’t hold back; so be prepared to get some constructive (and unconstructive) feedback about your tunes.
4. Try using music-related hashtags on Twitter and Instagram
Hashtags are a huge trend today, on Twitter and Instagram, but you’ve got to make sure you use the right ones for effective results. You should always add hashtags like #music in the captions/descriptions, your music genre, e.g., #dubstep, #trap, and your own band/artist name hashtag to get started on Instagram. Additionally, you can also search for music emojis, and accordingly, try a mixture of both. Trending hashtags to look out for are #instagram, #bestmusic, #edmmusic, several others.
On Twitter, you can look at @TwitterMusic and use trending hashtags like #newmusic, #nowplaying, and #musicvideo. By the way, hashtags depend on your music genre as well. You could also try using, e.g., #insta before the genre, e.g., #instadubstep.
5. Upload your videos on YouTube
Did you know that Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen were discovered on YouTube?
How can you miss YouTube, it’s the second-largest search engine in the world, which corresponds to the highest available target audience too. Though it is in 5th place, it doesn’t decrease its importance in the list by any means, the reason for this is it is one of the most challenging as well. In order to remain on our main topic, we have a separate blog on how to do YT optimization, especially for musicians.
This platform offers the perfect opportunity to organize playlists, tracks in an album, showcase your music videos, and show backstage antics (BTS videos) on your YouTube channel. The option “Browse channels” offers the potential opportunity for you to be found in the “Creators on the Rise” or “Popular on YouTube” section.
6. Spike on Last.fm
Last.fm has some cool features for aspiring artists. The “Scrobbling” feature measures what users are listening to the most and then streams songs based on the results. Fans can subscribe to your music, and they will receive an instant notification on your uploads or updates. Users often find new music by following people with similar tastes. Therefore, they get notified about their new favorite song.
7. Create a buzz on video sharing apps
Tik Tok or Musical.ly used to be a global video community and a favorite of Gary Vaynerchuk. If your music appeals to a younger audience (or teens) and is video-focused, this is a higher chance to target your niche fanbase directly. Although Tik Tok is no more functional in India, there are many substitutes to this video sharing apps. Josh, Moj, Mitron and MX TakaTak are to name a few. Even Instagram has joined the wagon now and started its own video sharing feature like these apps called Insta Reels.
If you are here with us till now. We also have a bonus tip for you, which is to pitch your music to the established music bloggers and outlets as this will give you a massive boost if done. Though it may sound difficult as you may think whether they even bother to look at my offering or not. Don’t worry we have an easy guide for you on how to pitch music to bloggers. Best wishes for your success. We hope this article helps you on your road to success. And, for more such musically brewed content stay tuned on to GrooveNexus.