There are a myriad of sites now offering free or cheap listing services for all styles of acts, bands and musicians. The services differ but most give you the opportunity to advertise online by adding your website link, uploading or sending your biog, picture and/or demo track. Some offer free and low cost website hosting.
Larger and more established social networking and artist sharing sites like Bebo, Peoplesound, MP3.com, MySpace, YouTube or our very own VocalistOnline.com provide new and unsigned acts/bands the opportunity to sell their music online, have their tracks voted on by the users and keep their profits! Of course there are pros and cons to uploading your music to these sites. Some charge you for the privilage and many have terms and conditions that essentially mean they retain the rights to anything you upload so do make sure you read that and all TOS before using any of the services listed below.
Every month THE INDIE CONTACT NEWSLETTER lists 43 new places to promote your music. There are also 2 quality articles written by respected members of the Independent music community. Send an e-mail mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘newsletter’ in the ‘Subject:’ field. There are also books for independent musicians listed in the Marketing Books section that include information on the music industry, contact listings, running your own label etc,.
The Indie Bible
by David Wimble
The definitive resource for independent musicians for getting exposure on the internet, listing radio stations that will play your music, publications that will review your music, and Services tht will help SELL your CDs sorted by genre and country, Web Sites where you can UPLOAD your music files or find useful resources!
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Resource tools include comprehensive music artist profile, MP3 song uploads, event and gig listings, publish press releases, press kit builder for emailing or printing, receive and approve press kit requests, maintain a fan base, newsletter editor, class ad postings, single communication point for all interaction, extensive directory of music resources, address book, artist development, discussion boards for networking and communicating, and much more available and under development. Artistopia offers a free indie plan to get started or a fully loaded toolbox for the professional indie ($99 one time fee).
Offers 25Mb of free webspace to musicians for MP3 files, band images and a webpage plus news, reviews, interviews and compilation CDs.
Upload your media and biog or browse the job listings to find work.
BandMaker Musicians Wanted
Free searchable database of available musicians and bands that can be searched on things like influences, instrument played, location etc., to help new bands get started. Members can upload their details and soundbyte for people with the aim of getting bookings. Also buy, sell or exchange your musical instruments.
Band Weblogs is a directory of band and music blogs which gives musicians an opportunity to share opinions, views, daily lives, reviews (and anything else they may write in their blogs) and most importantly, their music, with the world of blog readers! Also features podcasts, band press, a travel page and Band Weblogs Community where Guest Bloggers can submit their music news, stories, press, upcoming shows and more.
Social networking site similar to MySpace & YouTube where users can register and submit their music, video or literary works for others to browse. Artists, bands and musicians upload your music
As an Artist, you can upload and sell music, videos, photos, create a blog, a radio, use calendar event,… No registration fees, upload up to 1Gb, promote and sell your works.
Sell your CD, get international distribution, read tips on promotion and marketing your music. They even create a webpage dedicated to showcasing your CD and deal with all the credit card orders, shipping etc., There is a one time set up fee of $35.00 for building your webpage and including information into their search engine database, you set the selling price for your CD and they keep $4.00 per CD sold. There are no contracts to sign and you retain all rights to your works.
Promote and sell unsigned artists/bands CD’s. They charge $40.00 per album/record to set up your webpage plus $10 to host your photograph on their server. You set the price of your CD/Cassette and keep 100% of the sales, however, they keep the money from the sale of the first 4 CD’s or Cassettes as part of the deal.
Sell Your Music CD’s and merchandise online with Secure Mastercard and Visa from your own webpage which they create for you. The cost for signing up is based on the Number of Products that you initially register to sell plus they take 35% of each sale. Complete branded shopping cart and multi artist page system also available.
Provides a free webpage for registered users allowing a picture and up to 150 words of text to promote yourself. Online web page builder and concert diary administration provided plus website design, maintenance and hosting services, prices range from £95.00 to £295.00 per year. Site contains 300+ Musicians Info, Pics & Sound
Classical Connect a virtual concert hall and the biggest searchable collection of classical music where professional musicians can upload their classical performances.
An online A&R, management & labels directory with a drag and drop upload facility and professional consultation services available free to members
Sell your Indie CD with this online store that charges $20 set up fee and takes 20% of each sale. Website hosting with realmedia capabilities and unlimited storage is also available for $19.99 per month.
Sign up free as an artist to upload your music mp3s, biog, videos, photos to the site. Has some neat features, sell your music downloas and keep all the profits, sell your mp3s as ringtones! Their player can also be used on My Space and other sites using their copy and paste code.
Display your images and upload videos and music. Free and paid options available. Services include online gig booking search engine, cd sales and credit card processing if required.
Sell your music, videos, images or use your ‘Digital Vault’ to sell any other file types (maybe ringtones, or zip up an entire album). You set the price per item (in Euros) and collect 100% of the sell price (Motagator Premium and Extended (subscription) account holders) or you set the price per item (in Euros) and collect 85% of the sell price (Motagator Promotional and Standard (free) account holders). Set the price of promotional items to zero and they appear as ‘free giveaways’.
Directory of websites for Worldwide Bands. Get your site listed by filling in the online form!
Register to upload your original compositions and songs sheet music to publish and sell or browse to buy and download sheet music and performing rights!
Online artist and band site / music hosting with integrated features that allow their industry professional members to hear or tag your listing and contact you directly. Members may also participate in their live showcases.
My Music Source
Online artist/band upload your original material for producers & fans to find – free or paid options.
Provides free hosting for original musicians, artists and bands including the ability to upload mp3 samples and post news, gig dates etc. Other members can add you to their friends list, view your pics, videos an music.
Aims to empower artists by encouraging them to run their own record label and sell their original music via their online service.
Provides space for artists to upload their MP3’s for streaming and download with forums and review sections.
Free and paid membership options provide musicians, bands and artists the ability to be seen and sell their music online.
A somewhat different concept from the usual artist upload site. This one provides artists/bands with the ability to sign up and gain fans, who can ‘buy’ a share in the band creating an album. When your fans have raised $50,000 the company then help to arrange a named producer and studio time to record your album. This is made available on CD and via free download from your page! You and the fans that helped to pay for the project can make money from your music and be in control of your music!
Register amd upload your music to sell on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic and MediaNet for $5.99 a month (plus setup fee). Includes sales tracking, free UPC barcodes, public store front, link to social networks, mailing list and keep 100% of your royalties.
Register and join the community to get your own band page to upload your audio and video tracks for visitors to hear. Network with fans/friends and other bands and promote your music.
Open to artists, designers, musicians, writers and programmers who make (or who are interested in the aesthetics of); interactive web soundtoys, artworks and related texts. Work submitted for the site should explore the use of technology for the advancement of audio visual communication. At the moment artists can either make special new work for the soundtoys site, or send in existing work(s) that they would like to be featured online at the soundtoys site…
Set up exclusive, affordable concerts online. Get an audience from the comfort of your living room with Stage It. Set a date, time and charge your fans for your live online musical performances!
Upload songs and post events, create your own online store, gallery, station, blog with custom web address and ability to add your music to other sites.
The Indie Band Vault
Features unsigned and signed original alternative rock bands with streaming audio and downloadable mp3.
Online promotion site for unsigned bands from across the UK with forums, classifieds, free webspace and free email.
This brand new site provides free sign ups for artists/bands to profile themselves and their music with the top ten tracks played on webradio amfmstation.com.
Urban Voice (UK) Ltd
Organisation aimed at providing projects and events for young black and ethinic minorities in music and the arts. Courses, training and seminars are provided along with an 13 track album project and artist development. Members receive various benefits including free music consultation with an industry professional, reduced rates on studio hire and coaching services, access to seminars and courses plus submission of your track/s for consideration of inclusion on their album or for the Princes Trust Festival.
World Music Service
Upload and sell your music free (moneybookers account required if you want to sell your original works).
Register free to upload and sell your music – keep all rights and earn 90% of the income from your music!
Companies that specialise in connecting new talent with music industry professionals can provide an excellent way to get your music or talent heard by the people that matter. The companies listed below have a proven track record so take a look & join up to launch your career!!
Informative newsletter letting you know what the record companies want and connecting you with A & R in the UK, Ireland and Worldwide.
Song pitching company that represents name and indie artists, bands, and songwriters who are seeking placement and licensing of their original music into motion pictures, television and other multimedia.
TAXI: The Independent A&R Vehicle
connecting unsigned artists, bands and songwriters with major record labels, publishers, and film & TV music supervisors. View the latest musicians, singers, band and songwriters job listings from Taxi Here or sign up for their Free newsletter with the latest labels & producers requirements. Read Taxi Articles on how to get on in the music business, what A&R REALLY look for and more at Taxi
Present your work to professional buyers in film, television, advertising and A&R. Promote your catalogue to professional music buyers. Members receive free expert evaluation and productive critical feedback on each of their songs
The Band Register
The UK & International search and free registration of band names.
More listings and links to A & R promotion companies, internet promotion and record companies are provided in the Songwriting and Record Deal with Blues, Jazz, Indie, Rock, Classical, Gospel major and independent Record Labels & Companies plus a variety of other essential resources available in the Links & Contact Database.
Music Maker Supporters
There are many national and local organisations around the UK supporting music makers. Here’s some we’ve found…
British Black Music
Music, interviews, education and business for black music makers.
From Teeside With Love
Partnership project set up in 2000 with the aim of assisting, supporting and promoting emerging original music makers in Teeside. The site contains top tips and advice from experts plus information on their services.
Organisation dedicated to supporting popular music makers in North East England. Site has information on their events and programs like songwriting gigs, workshops and free dj mixing courses plus articles and information packs on various aspects of the music industry.
Jazz in Scotland
Promotes and encourages jazz music and musicians with links to artists websites, CD’s for sale, scottish jazz radio shows, photo gallery, live jazz listings and jazz news.
Support for music makers in Berkshire and Reading. Site contains gig, venue and band listings, reviews and feature articles on music and the music business plus links to local resources and services.
Leeds Music Scene
Provides local music news, live and recorded reviews, band links, gig guide and forum.
Dedicated to promoting new and unsigned musicians in the UK with articles, news, reviews, forum, advice on getting gigs, building a following, image, mailing list and a radio station where you can get your music heard. They also provide a custom designed 6 page website with your own domain name and email. Prices are available by registering via the online form.
Promoting and supporting music in Devon by promoting a series of gigs in the Exeter area, featuring upcoming (and mostly unsigned) artists.
Representing amateur music groups in the UK including choirs, orchestras and music promoters. The site includes information on funding available to groups.
More Music in Morecambe
Organisation which provides a range of opportunities for both young and old to get involved in music in an encouraging, fun and friendly environment. Play, learn, write and listen to new music at various local centres in Lancashire throughout the year. Includes music workshops for parents and toddlers plus a range of classes and new deal for musicians program.
Music business information and career advice for musicians and music industry professionals with links to articles and support organisations.
New Music in Scotland is a music network that supports Scottish artists, musicians and music services. Site contains news, events and contact directory plus useful articles like securing distribution for your record label, becoming a DJ, data protection….
Online community for music makers in the East Midlands. Offers a FREE Web page with mp3 downloads for any band interested in becoming a member, plus discussion forums and a gig guide. We also run the new Pineapster Channel on CCTV and broadcast the occasional live event on Cuttlefish Radio.
Welsh Music Foundation
Supporting music makers in Wales.