How Do I Get My Music Heard?

Technology and cultural shifts make getting your music heard increasingly challenging, yet there are tools available to all musicians for spreading it – these include:

Before approaching labels with your music, be sure to do your research on their policies and submit it in an acceptable format.

Social media

Social media can help musicians of any kind make their music heard – whether they be hip hop artists, DJs, folk singers or any other type – by reaching a wide audience and creating an online community that appreciates and supports your music. But to effectively use it you must know all the rules.

Many musicians do not take their social media strategy seriously enough and miss the chance to cultivate an engaged fan base by connecting with fans through this channel. As such, their music careers never take off while other’s flourish. Every musician should follow certain do’s and don’ts when using social media for music purposes. Here are a few key dos and don’ts of social media every musician should abide by:

As a starting point, make sure that you are using appropriate hashtags. Doing so can increase your search visibility and attract organic traffic. In addition, be sure to post regular content that engages followers – this will build a loyal fan base and keep them coming back for more!

Make your content more personal and allow fans to connect with you more intimately by posting behind-the-scenes material, such as band practice or traveling to a show. Sharing personal photos will further engage viewers who will appreciate its depth.

As a solo musician, it is best to focus on one or two platforms that fit best for your genre in order to avoid burnout and allow more time for creating music. A common mistake many solo artists make is trying to manage too many platforms at the same time which can become both exhausting and unproductive – this approach rarely produces results you are seeking!

2022 will bring new opportunities and challenges when it comes to social media consumption. People won’t watch your entire music video or album on their feeds; therefore it is crucial that short-form videos be posted. Recent trends in music industry marketing focus heavily on micro-content and short-form videos.


SoundCloud provides musicians with an effective platform for promoting their music, offering free membership with ample storage space available. Upgrade to premium accounts to unlock additional storage and features – using this platform effectively can help get your songs heard by both new fans and potential record labels!

SoundCloud allows users to link their accounts with other platforms like Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook for automatic posting of music tracks they create – this is an effective way of spreading your music out further and reaching new fans. Furthermore, professional websites can add the social media links as entry points for potential new fans.

An effective strategy to gain exposure for your music requires building a robust network. Making connections with other creators on the site can make securing gigs, collaborations and endorsements much simpler; engaging with users via comments or reposting their work can not only build your audience but also foster real life interactions that could help expand your career opportunities.

One way to expand your SoundCloud fan base is to upload tracks in high-quality formats. This allows listeners to enjoy your music at its finest; ensure your track is uploaded as WAV, AIFF or FLAC file instead of MP3 for optimal audio quality; additionally you may wish to include an mp3 version as download option.

Another way to increase plays on SoundCloud is leveraging its private sharing feature. This allows you to send links out before your song officially releases, giving producers, friends, and fans time to provide feedback before its official release – this can even lead to curator coverage on sites such as SubmitHub!

Also consider holding a remix competition on SoundCloud as another strategy to engage fans and get more plays for your songs on the platform. Plus, this could build a community who love your music that are more likely to share it with their audiences!

Promotional content

Even in an industry dominated by major labels, independent artists still have plenty of ways to get their music heard. A successful musical career requires more than talent or voice; it needs to be properly promoted. We will discuss various strategies musicians can employ to market and promote their music and develop loyal fan bases.

Step one is ensuring your music is available across major streaming platforms and digital download stores, so fans can easily discover and enjoy it while also giving you the chance to earn from it. Register all royalties owed to you with Performance Rights Organization and SoundExchange in addition to filing royalty claims as soon as possible.

As well as streaming and digital downloads, other ways of promoting music include creating a professional website and social media profiles to inform audiences about upcoming events, releases, tour dates and the like. Also consider creating an email list in exchange for offering something exclusive – perhaps an unreleased b-side or music video!

Working with a music licensing agency is another effective way of promoting your music, providing you with more exposure and income streams. Be sure to choose an experienced agency with clear best-practice guidelines before submitting your song for consideration.

Reaching out to bloggers and journalists is another effective way of promoting music. Although this may prove challenging for independent artists, if approached appropriately they may feature your music on their blog or article. Make sure your music is captivating, while including high-quality audio files and music videos will increase the odds that they’ll feature you!


Independent musicians looking for ways to get their music heard may benefit from licensing it to companies for use in ads, movies and TV shows. Licensing will generate passive income; it is therefore vitally important that they fully comprehend how this process works before starting.

First, ensure your music is copyrighted; this will help protect your rights as an artist. Registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office or through an approved service can do this for you. After this step has been taken, create high-quality MP3 or WAV files containing keywords related to each of your songs in the name. Licensors and music supervisors will then search your songs using this name; additionally it must include a descriptive title for easier searching by them.

Another effective strategy for licensing music is creating a portfolio and submitting samples to music libraries. These companies specialize in licensing music for film, TV, and video game usage and often provide services whereby you can upload your music and they’ll handle all the details such as contracts, payment and taxes – making this method one of the quickest ways of licensing your work.

Once your music has been licensed, royalties may begin accruing for its usage – which could amount to significant sums over time. Furthermore, you could potentially earn additional revenue through streaming your songs – no matter whether they be performance rights organizations such as ASCAP or BMI in the US.

Step two is marketing your music. This can be achieved via social media platforms or approaching music supervisors of television and film projects. Networking with fellow musicians and industry professionals at music festivals or events can also help build relationships that lead to license opportunities for your songs.

As soon as you’re ready to market your music, a polished demo that demonstrates both talent and professionalism is vital. This should include an intriguing intro that sets up what the song will cover next, tight yet natural sound mixing skills (avoid overusing compression/limiting as this could damage vocals), tight final chord hits that resonate naturally throughout, tight “button endings,” tight tonic chord hits with bass kick drum and crash cymbal hits and natural “button endings,” button endings – what some call an endcap – are also essential features when marketing music professionally.