Here’s a list of five places to get your music heard (and possibly blogged about)!
According to their website “SubmitHub was founded in late 2015 as a way to make the process of sending music to curators as easy and transparent as possible. We give you all sorts of statistics and ways to filter who to send your music to so you can make sure your song ends up in the right hands.”
The way it works is you pay these bloggers anywhere from $1 to $3 and they listen to your music for at least 30 seconds. They then can decide to approve your song or not. If they don’t approve they must give you feedback as to why not or they must return your money.
In my experience it’s pretty hit or miss on the feedback you receive. Sometimes it feels like bloggers are dangling a carrot in front of you in hopes of getting some more credits from you knowing full well that they’ll never share your music. That being said the feeling you get when your music is shared is pretty great. It’s addicting. It makes you want to improve and get yourself heard even more.
Also be sure to take advantage of the “Hot or Not” feature to get feedback from other artists which I find is more helpful than from the bloggers.
Check out SubmitHub here.
Reddit is a very cool place and is probably where your favorite memes and cat pictures originated. According to their website “Reddit is home to thousands of communities, endless conversation, and authentic human connection. Whether you’re into breaking news, sports, TV fan theories, or a never-ending stream of the internet’s cutest animals, there’s a community on Reddit for you.”
The individual communities are called subreddits and there is literally a subreddit for everything. My favorite is r/aww and r/cats (I’m a sucker for cute animals).
The subreddit r/shareyourmusic is a great place to share your music with people to get feedback or just plain old positive reinforcement. Knowing what your peers think can be very valuable. Most comments you get will be positive in nature and will give you the boost you need to keep creating. You never know – maybe your song will get enough upvotes and get on the front page.
Check out r/shareyourmusic here.
(Authors note: Join Reddit. It’s the best)
There are hundreds of music blogs that cover every genre imaginable and they’re constantly looking for new artists to blog about. Go to blogs that are within your niche and see if they have a contact page and how they want you to submit your music. You may have more success that way than with SubmitHub. It shows them that you researched their site and are actively looking for some promotion.
If you want me to check out your music you can submit your music here.
It’s not as big as it used to be, but I still think SoundCloud is a great place to upload your music to the Internet and share it with your friends. Honestly, I think SoundCloud is one of the most underrated music sites on the Internet. It has a fairly large user base and has been a large jumping off point for some major artists, but best of all it’s free!
When using SoundCloud be sure to use proper tags to get on certain genre algorithmic playlists and people will naturally hear your music. It was great for me when I was starting out.
It’s a perfect place for new musicians to release some singles and get some plays.
Check out SoundCloud here.
If I told you that you could be on every major music streaming platform for $20 would you believe me? Well hold onto your hats because I got some news for you, it’s true!
DistroKid was launched in 2013 and according to their website “is a service that musicians use to put music into online stores & streaming services. These include iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Deezer, Tidal, and many more. DistroKid collects earnings & payments, and sends 100% of these earnings to artists, minus banking fees/applicable taxes.”
That’s right, all of your music can be uploaded to these gigantic platforms for the whole world to hear and best of all you can earn money for your efforts. I use DistroKid and find the process super simple to use and your music is usually available to stream within a couple of weeks. It’s an unbelievable deal for musicians trying to make their music heard.
Check out DistroKid here.
What are some of your favorite ways to get your music heard? Leave a comment below for others to learn.