THE STRATEGIC GOAL: to get more people to hear your music and to grow your fan base.

REFERENCE PAGE: IndieGuide.com/Heard

Table of Contents

Intro

Section: Preparing To Get Heard

Top Three Things To Do To Prepare Your Music For Getting Heard
What “No” Really Means To Musicians Trying To Get Their Music Heard
The Number One Thing You Can Do To Help You Get Heard
How To Make Sure You Don’t Lose The Rights To Your Music

Section: Getting Played Off-Line

Four Ways To Get Your Music Heard On The Radio
What Every Musician Needs To Know About College Radio
The Top Four Reasons To Do A College Radio Campaign
How To Run A College Radio Campaign
How To Hire A Radio Promoter Or Plugger
One Alternative To Hiring A Radio Promoter
How To Get Heard On Live- Music Shows And Play In- Studio Performances
What Every Musician Needs To Know About Commercial Radio
How To Get Played On Commercial Radio (Through The Back Door)
How To Get Played On Public Radio
How To Get Played On Satellite/Cable Radio
Three Nonradio Options To Get Your Music Heard “Offline”

Section: Getting Played Online

The Top Five Things Every Musician Needs To Know About Getting Heard Online
How To Get Played On Internet Radio, Webcasts, And Webcast Shows
How To Get Played On Podcasts
How To Get Played On Internet Video, Video Blogs, And Web Series
Two Creative Ways To Get Played On Internet Video, Video Blogs, Web Series, And Podcasts
How To Get Played On Mp3 Blogs
How To Get Played On Social Music Discovery Sites Like Last.Fm And Grooveshark
How To Get Played On Digital Streaming Services Such As Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, And More
How To Get Played On Pandora
How To Get Played On Turntable.Fm
How To Get Heard On Music Archive Sites
How To Get Heard On Live- Music Archives
Three Additional Ways To Get Heard Online Music Contests
How To Pay To Get Played

Links and Extras

Intro

From this section: "Radio is no longer the best method for indies to get heard and gain exposure—especially in today’s post-Internet world."

Section: Preparing To Get Heard
Top Three Things To Do To Prepare Your Music For Getting Heard

From this section: "Any plays on radio, TV, or elsewhere may generate income for you..."

What “No” Really Means To Musicians Trying To Get Their Music Heard

From this section: "This may leave you feeling a bit vulnerable. After all, what if they say no?"

The Number One Thing You Can Do To Help You Get Heard

From this section: "Throughout this chapter we’ll talk about all the places where you can get your music heard and the steps you need to take to make it happen. The number-one tip, however, won’t appear in any of the steps..."

How To Make Sure You Don’t Lose The Rights To Your Music

From this section: "For instance, one site stated that if we used their service and later quit, they’d still have first right to license our music to others for up to a year after terminating."

Section: Getting Played Off- Line
Four Ways To Get Your Music Heard On The Radio

From this section: "Commercial radio is difficult and pretty much reserved for major labels and acts..."

What Every Musician Needs To Know About College Radio

From this section: "College radio works the way that most people think commercial radio should work...."

College Media Journal
KRUI:

The Top Four Reasons To Do A College Radio Campaign

From this section: "...a full-blown college radio campaign might actually be a distraction from better opportunities that could spread your music further for the same or less effort...."

College Media Journal

How To Run A College Radio Campaign

From this section: "If the purpose of your college-radio campaign is to boost draw for a tour, coordinate carefully to maximize the effectiveness of the campaign."

Yahoo! College Radio Station directory
The Indie Bible
The Musician's Atlas

How to Run A College Radio Campaign on IndieGuide

How To Hire A Radio Promoter Or Plugger

From this section: "Eighty percent or more of the music you hear on daytime rotation at college radio stations is chosen thanks to the work of radio promoters."

One Alternative To Hiring A Radio Promoter

From this section: "If you’ve decided to spend money to promote your music, you might consider as an alternative to a traditional radio promoter..."

How To Get Heard On Live- Music Shows And Play In- Studio Performances

From this section: "Getting on the air in this way works out well if you plan it out in advance so you can arrange appearances when you’re in town."

What Every Musician Needs To Know About Commercial Radio

From this section: "Commercial radio does not work in the idyllic way still portrayed in some movies and TV shows."

College Media Journal

How To Get Played On Commercial Radio (Through The Back Door)

From this section: Although getting played on commercial radio isn’t likely, there are a few backdoor ways you can use."

WXRT’s Local Anesthetic /shows/local-anesthetic
Little Steven’s Underground Garage
Dr. Demento Show
“Tell Me Ma”

How To Get Played On Public Radio

From this section: "Each show has a producer of its own who makes decisions about the stories and music that are included."

Girlie Action

How To Get Played On Satellite/Cable Radio

From this section: "Although they haven’t adopted the independent-promoter system of terrestrial commercial radio, it’s still often difficult to get your unsolicited music in rotation."

SiriusXM
SiriusXM ContactUS page

Three Nonradio Options To Get Your Music Heard “Offline”

From this section: "Many local artists are putting on their own shows, and you never know who might be looking for music unless you get involved."

Section: Getting Played Online
The Top Five Things Every Musician Needs To Know About Getting Heard Online

From this section: "The exciting thing about getting heard online is since music is just data, any Web site can feature your music on its pages—not just Web sites dedicated to hosting your music."

SiteTrail
Google Toolbar
PR Checker

How To Get Played On Internet Radio, Webcasts, And Webcast Shows

From this section: "The explosion of personal mobile devices has only led to the growth in these stations since their Webcasts are no longer tied to a bulky desktop computer."

Radio Paradise
Slacker
Sky.fm
Live365
ShoutCast
Filtermusic
Streamfinder

How To Get Played On Podcasts

From this section: "Thanks to copyright laws, most podcasters are often in desperate need of 'legal' music to play. Since any music they use needs to be licensed, and since major labels charge a lot for this or don’t allow it, many podcasters turn to indie artists for music."

JC Hutchins
Tee Morris
Mur Lafferty
Keith and the Girl
Daily Source Code
Coverville
MusicAlley
PodcastAlley
PodcastPickle

How To Get Played On Internet Video, Video Blogs, And Web Series

From this section: "Unlike podcasts, where the music may be spotlighted, a video typically uses music in the background as part of the soundtrack (if not used as the theme or end credits)."

YouTube
Vimeo
YouTube Shows

Two Creative Ways To Get Played On Internet Video, Video Blogs, Web Series, And Podcasts

From this section: "Listen to any commercial or public radio format and you’ll notice that music—typically instrumental music—is used in a variety of ways to grab the attention of the listener and keep the show moving along."

How To Get Played On Mp3 Blogs

From this section: "Like podcasts, the audience sizes for MP3 bloggers vary from a handful up to tens of thousands of listeners."

Shuffler
Hype Machine

How To Get Played On Social Music Discovery Sites Like Last.Fm And Grooveshark

From this section: "With social music discovery sites, not only can people discover your music, but you can learn more about who’s listening to your band."

Last.FM
Grooveshark

How To Get Played On Digital Streaming Services Such As Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, And More

From this section: "Most streaming ser vices don’t accept music sent in or uploaded by artists. Instead, a majority of them get their music from digital aggregators...."

CDBaby Digital Distribution Partners

How To Get Played On Pandora

From this section: By entering your favorite artist or song into a search box, it creates a “station” that plays similar music based on the Music Genome Project."

Pandora
Submit to Pandora

How To Get Played On Turntable.Fm

From this section: "Turntable.fm is part music streaming, part chat room, and part game."

Turntable.FM

How To Get Heard On Music Archive Sites

From this section: "The site hosts a vast collection of music from 78 record collections to live recordings to “community music” that includes Nine Inch Nails’s Ghosts I–IV."

Archive.org
CreativeCommons

How To Get Heard On Live-Music Archives

From this section: "Fans have a long tradition of trading live music performances. Naturally, with the Internet, the practice has gone online."

Etree
Etree at Archive
Etree wiki
Bands that allow taping
CreativeCommons

Three Additional Ways To Get Heard Online Music Contests

From this section: "From online battles of the bands to songwriting contests, countless places exist to “compete” against other musicians to get your music judged and heard."

John Lennon Song Contest
Muse's Muse
Songfight
RPM Challenge
FAWM
NaSoAlMo

How To Pay To Get Played

From this section: "You should always be skeptical about services that ask for money to get you played, so you’ll want to do your research since some services may be questionable."

Ariel Publicity
Live365
MusicSubmit
Last.FM
Grooveshark
Jango