Embed a Song on Your Website – The Best (Looking) Options

Let’s say you have a song that’s airing on “Grey’s Anatomy” tonight and you want to, quickly, put the song on the front page of your site and on Facebook. What do you do?

Now, I could share with you a bunch of scripts that you can plug into your website, expecting you to know a little bit of programming. The problem, however, is that you can’t put that audio player on Facebook and expect someone to play the song from their feed.

I could also, like a bunch of other websites, show you EVERY option for embedding a song on your site. I’m not going to do that, though. Why? Because they don’t look good. The FREE options below look great. Fans will appreciate that, and take your music more seriously as a result.

The below online streaming music player options will work for you, and are sites that I use frequently:

Soundcloud

http://www.soundcloud.com
Create, record and share the sounds you create anywhere to friends, family and the world with SoundCloud, the world’s largest community of sound creators.

Example:

Pros: Free, Two player options (size, color, etc), “Download” mp3 option, You can customize the “Buy” link, Embeds nicely into Facebook (plays from the post), Looks the best

Cons: The player has Soundcloud branding (can upgrade to remove)

Bandcamp

http://www.bandcamp.com
Bandcamp helps artists sell their music and merch directly to their fans, and helps fans discover new music and directly support those who make it.

Example:

Pros: Free, Lots of player options (size, color, etc), “Download” mp3 option, no Bandcamp branding on the player, Multiple download options (high-quality mp3, FLAC, etc), Embeds nicely into Facebook (plays from the post)

Cons: You can’t customize the “Buy” link

5 Important Tips For Writing Your Band Bio

The most important thing to remember is that your artist bio is not a rambling autobiography or the introduction to your future memoirs:  Your bio is a professional sales tool. But many new or emerging DIY artists cannot necessarily afford to pay a high-quality professional bio writer and are tasked with writing their own. When you sit down to write your bio, you need to know that it is just a small part of a much bigger picture: your marketing strategy. Your marketing strategy must communicate what you have to offer to your fans. And you need to show your value in terms your fans can understand.

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5 Tips For Getting Your Wikipedia Band Page Approved

Getting a Wikipedia page approved for your music project can be tricky. It can also be great for building credibility and gaining exposure for your music.

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5 Reasons You Never Hear Back From Music Execs


There comes a time in every artist’s career where you’re going to have to approach someone in the industry to get to that proverbial “next level.” Let me assure you that there is a right way of doing this and several wrong ways of doing this. Sadly, many artists repeatedly write emails that go right into the trash because of very basic mistakes that can be easily avoided.

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25 Music Publicity Tips From a Publicity Genius

25 music publicity tips from the mind of a publicity genius… Howard Bloom

The following information is summarized and improvisedfrom an interview with the legendary music publicist and father of modern music publicity… Howard Bloom in the “Billboard Guide to Music Publicity” (out of print book)

Howard Bloom (now a retired music publicist and well known author of books such as the Lucifer Principle) is responsible for the publicity for such legendary artists and bands as: ZZ Top, Prince, Talking Heads, Billy Joel, Billy Idol, REO Speedwagon, George Michael, and countless other artists.

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How to Write an Artist Biography

When you write your bio, you are NOT writing your autobiography. You are writing a music business document. Your bio then is written FOR the music business contacts you want to impress, deal with, and create lasting relationships with. (because you are into this for the long haul, aren’t you?)

Before you begin to write your bio, be sure you have taken an inventory of your background, accomplishments, goals, and objectives as a musician, and, once again, remember who you are writing the Bio for: A&R Reps at Record Labels, Media Contacts, Booking Agents, and Management Contacts, Booking Agents, Promoters, etc.

These professionals in the music business are busy individuals, who may deal with dozens of “wanna-be’s” every week, so make your bio informative, upbeat, and filled with useful comments, descriptions, quotes, and motivational language that can make them want to listen to your music, and help you on your musical way.

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Tax Tips for Musicians

Musicians – you probably spend a lot of  money supporting your craft every year, paying for instruments and amps, photos and photocopies, practice room space and van rentals. Wouldn’t it be nice to deduct some of lose expenses on your income taxes? Maybe you can.

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How a Retweet Can Help Your Music

What is a Retweet? Twitter’s Retweet (otherwise known as “RT”) feature helps you and others quickly share that Tweet with all of your followers.  Learn how using this simple technique can help your band/music gain more fans and sell more music!

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Tips on Getting Your Music Licensed

Tanvi Patel is a music licensing executive and President/CEO of Crucial Music, a one-stop agency for licensing independent music to films, TV shows, and commercials. Crucial has placed songs in Academy Award-winning films like Brokeback Mountain and A Beautiful Mind and Emmy-winning TV shows like Six Feet UnderThe Office, Vampire Diaries and Boardwalk Empire. She has also worked on music in national commercials for Toyota, DKNY Pure, Royal Caribbean and Jaguar.

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