Connecting the Social Dots: Integrating all your Social Networks and news feeds to spread your music word
This article is not for the fresh beginner to the Internet. It’s for those artists who have been dabbling with various sites on the internet to promote their wares, but just need some clarity on how to navigate, what is best, and what has changed. I was originally only going to write an article on Tumbr.com (and the demise of Posterous.com) but instead I kept writing and decided to write an entire article on Social Networks and connecting the social dots for your music. I will begin by saying that before you dabble in Social Networks, you NEED a website first and foremost. Your website is your HOME BASE where all good fans and links should start, and return. This is your hub, and your place you alone can control. Social Networks come and go. Don’t rely on them as your only source of self-promotion. I also highly recommend you read my book JUST GET OUT THERE as I have a lengthy chapter for the beginner or expert on Self-Promotion, Marketing and being the Artist Entrepreneur. Get it at www.justgetoutthere.com, or Amazon. Or just Google it.
Also my final caveat is the advice below is based on what I like, what I’ve tested, and what I use. I’m sure there are other ideas and ways. But I’m sharing with you my idea, and I want to keep it simple for you too.
Ok, let’s get started…, or at least, let’s pretend you are already dabbling online…. So let’s start in the middle: Enjoy the read.
Excerpt from Gilli Moon’s book, JUST GET OUT THERE (see end for details) If you caught this in April's Music Connection, then I hope your creative juices are all flowing :) If you didn't, or even if you did, here's my full article I wrote, and some additions that didn't make the magazine cut. Enjoy!
I’ve written a new article which I’m very proud of called DIY MUSIC LICENSING
It’s all my tips and tools on how to get your songs into Film and TV. I’ve spent a long time writing it, and it really is a comprehensive stepping stone that answers the questions I get about this whole arena of music licensing. To read it, I’ve made it an exclusive article through Songsalive!, because I volunteer for the organization (as I also am president of it) and felt that my time and sweat was deserving of the members who feed its community. To read the Article go to www.songsalive.org/articles
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The world has gone crazy over podcasting, and I have to. It has been said recently that Podcasting is growing faster than anything in history. To think that each and every one of us can become a radio programmer and people can subscribe to our taste in music is just simply amazing.
gilli moon gave a presentation in March 2004 to songwriters and artists at the Songwriters Guild of America in Nashville. Here is a transcription, kindly offered by celebrated writer Doak Turner, of her talk, which she called MPWR – The Path to Artist Empowerment. "Being independent does not mean you have to sign “The Deal” and trust others will work for you. It is a good thing to know you can work with all companies. If you hold out waiting for the big deal it may not happen for you. The music business is all about the business. Music is the catalyst. I feel many artists look for happiness as commercial success, the big money and things. That does not mean happiness to everyone."
"We've come into a world now... although masked by fear, threats of war, threats to our stability, ... but a world that is also encouraging freedom of creativity, where with simple tools we can create the music, manufacture the music, upload to cyberspace and cost effectively distribute it."
"Payola was made illegal A LONG TIME AGO! But it still exists in a (so far) legal form today in the disguise of independent radio promoters. Instead of paying the radio stations directly with bribes, favors and trips to the Caribbean (or worse) the Major Record Labels have resorted to paying a middle person, known as the indie radio promoter, the 'indie.'" - one of gilli moon's most controversial and well publicized articles.
"Who is the single person that is the basis of success in the music industry? I would like to suggest, in my defiant and outspoken way, that it is the humble songwriter." gilli moon was approached by Tag It/MusicDish to respond to a survey they distributed amongst the music industry at large.
A review of the 2000 Academy of Country Music Awards - televised CBS in the U.S - live from Universal Studios, Los Angeles. I was invited recently by my cousin who works in TV Advertising sales, to
attend with her the taping of the live broadcast of the Academy of Country
Music Awards in Los Angeles. This was broadcast on CBS in America, who is
one of my cousin's clients.
"The industry's Hollywood-esque, old, out-of-date, sleazy, inefficient, business model, the music recording industry, is about to be blown up. Major record companies have been ripping off artists for years. ..." In September 2000, at the height of the Internet company stock crash, and the huge court case on Napster, gilli moon wrote an article calling on the music industry to consider a new way of protecting artists' rights and paying for music: music subscription. Subscription has now become the norm for online music delivery, but gilli moon was there, writing about it, before it had even begun.
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