Music Production
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How To Promote Your Music Independently in 2024

Published on
July 4, 2024

No major label backing or huge marketing budget? No problem!

As an independent artist, you can still get your music heard with minimal financial resources. Thanks to the modern digital landscape, it’s easier than ever for up-and-comers to promote their music independently and build a fanbase.

From posting on TikTok and using distro services to playlisting, we’ve compiled ten effective music promotion tactics to reach your existing and potential fans.

Want to know exactly how to promote your music online?

Let’s jump right in.

10 Ways to Promote Your Music Independently

Successful music promotion as an emerging artist takes work, especially with limited resources.

But with these ten tried and trusted ways, you can get heard, boost your visibility, and grow a fanbase without breaking the bank.

1. Use music distribution services

In 2024, Spotify crossed the 600M monthly active users mark, while Apple Music has almost 100M subscribers who discover new music and listen to their favorite songs on the platform.

Your music can reach millions of listeners worldwide when you make it available on audio streaming platforms.

Several digital distribution services, such as Distrokid and Tunecore, help you with this.

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They’ll push your music onto various streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Audiomack, Deezer, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.

You only need to sign up, upload your song and marketing materials, and they’ll do the rest.

2. Sign up on artists services

Don’t want to market your music through an independent digital music distribution service? You can sign up for artist services on each streaming platform and promote your music.

All major music streaming services offer dashboards tailored to the specific needs of artists and creators. Some popular ones include Spotify for Artists, Apple Music for Artists, YouTube for Artists, Amazon Music for Artists, Deezer for Creators, and more.

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The dashboard allows you to access various special features exclusively reserved for artists/creators.

Some of these features include the ability to:

  • Claim your profile
  • Set artist name
  • Add a profile image
  • Edit artist bio
  • Submit music to editorial playlists
  • Monitor streaming analytics 

And the best part is it’s all free to use.

So, if you want to release and promote your music with no money, sign up for artist services!

3. Leverage social media

With billions of users actively scrolling through, you can promote your music on social media and make the most of your online presence.

Since not all platforms work the same way, a one-size-fits-all social media marketing strategy will not cut it. Ensure you tweak your content and promotional strategy according to what works for each platform.

Here are some social platforms you should consider to promote your music for free:

  • Instagram: To promote your music on Instagram, create engaging posts for Stories and Reels. Organize Live sessions to spread the word too.
  • TikTok: You can promote your music on TikTok and go viral by uploading a catchy 30-second snippet, doing a duet with other TikTokers, creating fun dance challenges, and posting creative short-form video clips that nicely incorporate your song.
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  • YouTube Shorts: Post lyric videos, short visualizers, and short clips of live performances to capture attention and tease your music.
  • Reddit: Although underutilized, Reddit can do wonders for your music marketing strategy. There are various Subreddits for every genre and music type. Share your songs with listeners there, be engaging, and get valuable feedback. Avoid spamming!
  • Twitch: Organize virtual live sessions, connect with your fans, and promote new music.
  • Snapchat: Interact with your fans, share your new music releases, and run Snapchat Ads to reach new listeners. Snapchat is helpful for music promotion, especially if you target a younger audience.

You should develop and maintain a consistent and engaging brand across different platforms. Use a consistent profile handle and hashtags to be discoverable!

Plus, don’t try to post and be active on all social media platforms; otherwise, you’ll spread too thin. We believe focusing on two or three social platforms you’re most active on is better.

4. Build a website

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As an independent artist, having a professional website will give your existing and potential fans a central place to connect with you and discover your music catalog. It’s also a great way to promote new music.

Think of it as a digital home where anyone worldwide can learn about who you are and why they should care about your music.

The website should typically include details about your released songs/albums, artist bio, photos, tour dates, and discography.

Each song can have a dedicated landing page with a specific link to its location on audio streaming platforms. You can also add links to your EPK (electronic press kit), social media profiles, and merch shop (if you have one).

Lastly, ensure you host the website under a custom domain, with your artist name as the domain address.

5. Do email marketing

A dedicated email list is essential for sharing your music and communicating with your fans.

If a fan gives you their email address, they care about you and your music. Email marketing provides a direct messaging channel to engage with your fan base and an excellent opportunity to create a community of loyal listeners.

To build your mailing list, place a sign-up form on your website. You can also give out promotional flyers at live shows and ask your fans to sign up online.

With a solid list of email subscribers, you can market new music releases, sell merch, offer exclusive perks, announce live shows or tour dates, and share career updates with your fans.

6. Playlisting

Playlists on audio streaming platforms reach billions of listeners worldwide.

Getting your song playlisted is a surefire way to promote your music and rack up thousands or millions of streams. In addition to streams, you’ll also gain increased awareness, credibility, fan base, discoverability, and money in the bank.

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If you use Spotify, submit your song to their editorial playlists directly through your Spotify for Artists dashboard. Being included on algorithmic playlists like Discover Weekly is a good way to promote your music on Spotify and boost your stream count.

To improve your chances of success, look for playlists in your genre. For example, if you make hip-hop music, contact playlist curators or music influencers for hip-hop.

Music playlists often have a huge following of listeners looking for new music. So, getting your song on them is a strategy worth your time and effort!

7. Get press and pitch to music blogs 

Getting press and music blogs coverage is a great way to promote your music and grow your career. Don’t have enough budget to hire a professional PR manager to handle your campaign and outreach? You can do it yourself.

Take the time to research a list of music bloggers, journalists, and media publications with a solid editorial line that features independent music artists. You don’t always have to go for mainstream media outlets, as you can find more success with niche music blogs tailored to your genre. 

Before you contact them, ensure you have created an electronic press release (EPK). An EPK would typically contain all the essential info about you and your music. Reach out to music bloggers and journalists to tell them about your music. And provide details about your sound, your EPK, and your biography.

Having a feature on big music publications or blogs will increase awareness about your artistry and elevate your music career to the next level!

8. Collaborate with influencers

Another promotion strategy for independent artists is partnering with music influencers.

Many micro or nano influencers can work with you for a small budget. They can promote your music by featuring it in the background of video posts, asking their audience to stream it, or even doing a joint Live session with you.

In return, you’ll gain more streams and visibility to a new audience.

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Music-forward social platforms where you can discover influencers and content creators include TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and even Snapchat.

The more audience-specific and niche-related your collaborations are, the more successful you’ll be.

9. Organize live performances 

Performing live at in-person shows is another way to promote your music, get new listeners, and build your fanbase. 

To find in-person shows as an independent artist, check out the music scene in your local area. Getting gigs is often easier in a small town or city. Ideally, you should start small and work your way up.

So start with small gigs at local coffee shops and nearby venues. Once you’ve gathered a local following and grown your fan base, you can begin doing city tours and head out on the road.

New listeners who discover you through live shows can stream your music online and follow you on social media. And you gain more streams, higher royalties, and a bigger fan base.

Performing at live shows and gigs consistently might take a lot of work. But if you give your audience a killer performance and a memorable time, they’ll fondly remember you and be fans of your music.

10. Shoot a music video

Lastly, shooting an eye-catching video is a great way to promote your music on YouTube for free, go viral online, and get more streams. Music videos provide an avenue to tell stories and give your audience a glimpse of what your brand represents. 

So, think out of the box and be creative with your concept. Use a theme with an intriguing underlying message that could make the video easily shareable and go viral.

If you have a small budget and want to keep it simple, record and edit one of your live performances.

After shooting and editing, share the video through every channel you can reach your fans: YouTube, website, email list, and social media.

Final thoughts

With these ten ways, you can promote your music independently, get more streams, and build a raving fanbase in the modern music landscape.

A final piece of advice: Promotion won’t get you desired results if your product is not enjoyable. First, make great music with well-written lyrics, dope instrumentals, and incredible production. Lost for ideas? Try out our AI music generator to create high-quality instrumentals as a base for your music tracks. 

Also, don’t try all promotional tactics or platforms on this list at once. Pick a few that resonate with you and go all in.

Now, it’s time to get to work and get your music heard!

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