“There’s a huge diaspora of shit you can use.” Jolie O’Dell’s description of a wondering mass of digital tools, searching for a welcoming new home in music creators and fans struck a great initial tone. Here’s a best of from the panel.
This pulls together stats from a bunch of websites that you might be on. One of the panel members mentioned that a band he knew logged on and found out they were HUGE on last.fm…but didn’t even know what last.fm was. I can’t think of a better reason to use this. Check it out! It’s easy, fast and could help you out!
Don’t have the amount of fans in Miami to warrant a flight out there, but still want to show them some love? StageIt sets up live streaming concerts for all those fans who can’t make a show, or ones that want an intimate experience.
Allows fans to provide upfront funds before an album/concert/tour in exchange for stuff like a CD, t-shirt, VIP backstage passes, etc. Panelists discussed how this has been able to help artists keep up the same production quality as record companies are providing fewer advance payments. Personally, I know a few people who have really benefited from this and at least one project that may have not happened without kickstarter. If you haven’t seen this yet, check it out!
Helps you collect your song royalties in a nice, clean dashboard. Seems like a no-brainer, though I’m a sucker for people making it easier for indie artists to collect money they were already owed.
One stop shop for artists. Provides you with digital media players for websites, blogs and Facebook, allows you to set up email campaigns, sell tickets online direct to fans, and ships your merch. Why do record companies still exist, again?
Hope you guys pick up a new tool to help out your bands from this list. Also, we’d love to hear from you what your favorite new online tools are!
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