Promoting music online can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of simple ways to get your music in front of fans and music professionals.
Our team at Tunetrax is combining a list of simple ways to get your music in front of fans and music professionals, leveraging music blogs and podcasts.
Like all artists, you want a glowing press write-up. And as an indie musician, you may naturally look to indie music blogs and podcasts. But how do you submit your music to blogs and podcasts and actually get featured?
- Find Blogs: Use Google and social media or check out the music blogs you already read. Jot down artists they’ve done write-ups on. You’ll need them later. Here’s a list of great blogs to submit to. Here is a list of great podcasts to submit to.
- Make a List: Next, create a spreadsheet listing all the blogs and podcasts you want to submit to. Include the following column titles: Blog/Podcast name, Link to submission guidelines or contact page, Name of writer who has reviewed similar music, Writer’s pr Podcaster’s email address (if submission guidelines aren’t clear), Link to a relevant article on the blog or podcast by that writer or podcaster, Date you pitched your music, Link to their review of your music (if/when you get featured). This will be your blog/podcast-submission master spreadsheet.
- Write an Email Template to send out to Blogger or Podcaster. Write an email template you can use as an outline. You’ll want to personalize each email you send, but a template will save you so much time. Try this template:
SUBJECT LINE: Music submission: sounds like [LIST 3 ARTISTS YOU SOUND LIKE]
Hi, [NAME OF BLOGGER/NAME OF BLOG]!
I loved your review of [SIMILAR ARTIST]. I really appreciated the way you described [SPECIFIC THING THEY WROTE ABOUT THAT YOU LIKED].
I make very similar music, and I’m releasing a [SONG/EP/ALBUM] on [RELEASE DATE]. Would you be up for giving it a listen and reviewing it?
Here’s where you can stream it: [LINK TO YOUR TUNETRAX ARTIST PROFILE]
And here’s a short bio: [3–5 SENTENCE BIO + LINK TO YOUR TUNETRAX ARTIST PROFILE]
I look forward to hearing from you!
Remember to always follow the submission guidelines listed on the blog or Podcast’s website. If they accept emails, remove anything from this template they don’t want and add anything they do.
- Work with a Public Relations Professional
This is going to cost more money upfront, but they can give you a much wider reach than if you were to submit music on your own. If you work with a reputable PR professional or agency. You only have so much time in a day, and PR people know how to pitch music to increase your chances of a feature. This means PR companies can get you write-ups on bigger blogs and even in music magazines. They can do much more than that. And if you have the funds, then handing the reins over to a PR person can save you time and get you some decent press.
Tips for Submitting Music to Blogs & Podcasts:
Regardless of how you submit music to blogs or podcasts, here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Make Sure Your Music Is Actually Ready: This may be obvious, but your music has to be pro level before you try to get press. This means you need to have the knowledge and patience to execute every level of music-making. This includes songwriting, engineering, and producing at the very least. Mixing and mastering can be outsourced to pros.
- Only submit your music when it’s good and ready.
- Submit Music Before It’s Released (or Within a Month After)
- Blogs or podcasts don’t want to promote stale music. So your submission needs to be for an upcoming release. Or something you’ve released within the past month. For example, I’ve submitted songs the week they came out and gotten write-ups.
- Follow the Submission Guidelines: Make sure you look for submission guidelines. Sometimes blogs or podcasts have specific things they want to see in your submission. And things they do not want. Sometimes blogs explicitly say they don’t accept submissions. Know the guidelines before you submit.
- Reference Similar Artists: Mention well-known artists your music sounds like. This helps the blogger or podcaster know what to expect right away. It’s especially helpful if you cite artists the blog or podcast has covered before.
- Proofread Your Submission: Before you hit send, read through your email. Ensure the tone is friendly but professional. Also, use a free tool like Grammarly to make sure you don’t have any typos. (But don’t just accept all of their suggestions—go through them.
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We hope you found those tips helpful.