All About Promotion and Income Generation

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Octorez / Kelly Miller 4mo+2dy ago
Usually I fly the Jolly Roger when it comes to music creations. I guess it comes down to ( how serious are you about your music ? ) When I think of how technology has allowed so many to create/produce music on a pro or semi pro level. I'm often left with the thought of how saturated the market must be, and is it even feasible to think about promotion and income generation. I used to think that I make music because I can, or because It is a part of who I am. Breaking free of the hobby mentality and taking it more seriously is the direction I seem to be headed in. Especially when you keep investing time and money into your craft. At what point do you say " this is no longer a hobby " ? Jim Bryan ( jimbass01 ) recently posted information about his future intentions surrounding this topic. It makes perfect sense to spend more time on a site that will generate income. Also I understand he will remain a kompoz member and still collaborate, understandably. I guess he is at the same crossroads as I am. It's funny because I used to think to myself.... Jim is the only bass player on kompoz or it appeared to me as so. With that said, my guess is that the amount of time he spent generating new friends and contributing to other projects has led him to his decision. Meaning.... he was at a max cruising altitude and wanted to go higher. I'm using Jim as an example of....How serious are you about your craft ? I've recently researched PRO's and sites like distrokid and others, in an effort to take music production more seriously and understand the business better. I am lowering the Skull and Bones flag, and no longer consider myself a musical pirate, but.... I plan on keeping my booty! Here is a link that I find informative. For those who also want to rise above the hobby status.

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davidstahl / David Stahl 4mo+22dy ago
Spotify Playlist Pitching So today I did my first spotify pitch and I thought maybe others here would be interested in how it works. For those who don't know: Spotify for Artists lets you submit a song for playlist pitching: For me, this is one kind of promotion (besides instagram and facebook), I hope for more plays. I'm aware that streams don't bring in much financially, but I'm simply happy when my music is heard :-) The first catch is that only songs whose release date is in the future can be submitted. With distrokid I had the cheapest plan (Musician $19.99/year), here only "today" could be given as release date. Only from musician plus ($35.99/year) a release date in the future can be given when uploading. So I gritted my teeth and took the more expensive plan, let's see if it's worth it ;-) Next thing is to claim your spotify artists profile. From distrokid I got an UPC - As I understand it, an ID of my song that only I can know. That was enough for Spotify to give me access to my artist profile. Now I can also maintain an avatar picture and a header, for example. Fun fact: I am the third David Stahl on Spotify :-) After submitting the song and waiting a few days there is a new option on the homepage after login in to I did some screenshots of the 5 Steps (see picture). You have to provide information about the song - I think this part is self-explanatory. I haven't found any screenshots of these steps on the internet yet, so I thought it might help some people here to try it out who find it a bit daunting like me. After submitting it says "You can submit the next pitch once this release goes live" or something like that (Missed to take a screenshot of the last page). That' s it, I would be happy if it helps someone else to try it out :-) A little advertising on my own behalf - Have a listen to my songs: We are so cold: Are You Here: Also check out, my instagram, facebook ... you know the drill ;-) Australia will be released on first of february, you can pre-save here: By the way, I'm learning a lot about publishing right now and since I always get friendly help here on kompoz, I thought I'd share a few more things soon.

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CanyonsEdge / Monte Lorne 8mo+12dy ago
Has anyone had success selling music on Soundblend?

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BergR / Ryan Berg 2yr+10mo ago
Hi, has anyone here used crowd sourcing to help fund releases? This is for off this site stuff. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts?

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Deeptrope / John Heavern 2yr+10mo ago
Perhaps this expresses my previous post better. I wrote it immediately afterward. This is here for the message only, but if someone feels "froggy" and wants to compose to it, I'm thinking rock. I think I express myself better this way... © 2019 John Heavern, Got No Paparazzi V1 Seems that feelings deep inside are shaky sites to follow. Mission brings my reeling pride to take a bite and swallow. Try to play a tricky game of popularity, but it always ends the same: my vision getting buried. Ch Got no paparazzi snappin? shots around me. Not a sound, but do without, ?cause nothin?s gonna stop me. Calling leans me forward, movement of a loner. Truthfully, I must concede: so far, it?s dreams to nowhere. V2 Marketing is not my strength, it?s kind of in-betweening Hard to go the greatest length when life keeps intervening. Lost in disillusion, solutions are evasive. Cost of my confusion forsakes imagination. Br Life has given destination lots of shifting occupations. Sighted signs of aptitude in compromising revolution. Flaws are raised and quickly comin?, rats are racin?, keep me runnin?. Lost in bubbles that are popping ?cause I got no paparazzi. V3 Reaching out is never kin to passive introversion. Seas of doubt are measured in a dream of mass dispersion. Confidence is calling loudly, rising from my reason. Common sense, no easy route in tides of drowning feelin?s.

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Deeptrope / John Heavern 2yr+10mo ago
Hello Kompozers! I've been a member of this collab site (and "Procollabs") for 9 months now. Time for a reality check. I am assuming most members of this group are at least somewhat serious about moving forward with their musical endeavors. Being strickly a lyricist, this site has been instrumental and essential in learning to adapt my "cold writes" to some great compositions and helping me realize that I can actually help to produce (I believe)songs that are pretty good. I am very grateful to all involved in giving me confidence and assurance, and aiding in the ongoing development of my writing form/process. Creative writing is the love of my life! :-) I put demos on Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Youtube, Facebook (stream only) for exposure/promotion purposes. Problem is, I'm not really sure whom or what I'm trying to reach! What's the "next level" and am I good enough to get there if I figure it out? Do "professional songwriting teams" simply form exclusively through "hit and miss" collaborative efforts such as these, or are there still major labels that hire people for their "major artists"? I'm not claiming to be good enough for the latter, but would love the opportunity to find out! :-) Being a free thinker, I admit that research isn't my strength, it's time I could be writing(in between earning a living and "life", in general). I'm kind of at a "crossroads" here. Whatever the case, I will continue to pursue this, but could never forgive myself if I didn't give this dream my best effort! Again, my sincere gratitude to all who have made this possible, regardless of where it may (or may not) lead! :-) There's plenty of examples of my work on this site if anyone's curious and I'm sure I've worked with some of you. All comments/suggestions welcome. I have rarely ever grown in an area of life without taking a few "blows to my chin"! :-) Thanks for your time and continuing support, it means a lot to me! John

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Magnusxsvanfeldt / Magnus Svanfeldt 3yr+2mo ago
Does anyone have experience of Magroove? A new distribution platform.

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nemonty / NE MONTY 3yr+3mo ago
I came across this distribution comparison chart on facebook and thought to post. It is hard to read but you can zoom in, but take a look at some of the distributors that have been around for a long time and with low fee's...........since there's no money in music anymore so why pay high fee's? (Also posted in the "Links" page) (chart is located towards the bottom of the page)

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kman / Andreas Thiele 3yr+3mo ago
I need some advice on distribution platforms. I was asked to give my IPI-/CAE-Number for distrubution. Unfortunately I don't have one. I don't like to become a member of the German GEMA (where I guess I'd get such number assigned to), because I myself would have to pay if I'd perform my music publicly. And of course there is an anual fee. Looks like Tunecore would create such number for me? offers a distribution service which costs less and I guess they'd also need an IPI? Does anybody know if Tunecore or LANDR create this number for me. Do you have a recommendation in this matter?

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xd238 / _kennethX - movin' on in d'AtticRedux 3yr+6mo ago
Million$ made on Spotify 2018.....

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