This is the third and final installment of a three part blog series on supporting local musicians that you like or have come to love. In this post I will focus on what you can do online to support them.
1 Follow the artist on social media. Check for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds from artists that you enjoy. Musicians will post updates, gig and tour announcements. Follow all the accounts so you can show support and extend their reach.
- Make sure you can see the artist’s Facebook posts by liking their page and selecting “Follow” so you can see their updates on your news feed.
- Interact and comment on the musician’s posts to stay connected and active in the community.
2 Share their music on your personal account. When artists release new music or announce tours, share their posts directly with the share or retweet button. This way, your followers will be exposed to the artist as well as giving visibility to the artist’s page. You never know which one of your friends may also become fans.
3 Show the group to your friends in an online chat. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to expand the listening base of a band. Send friends a song or two from the artist you really enjoy in a message. Link YouTube videos and your friends for their feedback.
- Start a group on Facebook with friends and build a community where you can share new music that you find.
4 Write reviews for the group on iTunes or a blog. If you really enjoy the music that you’re listening to, a great option you can do for free is leave a review for the album through the Apple Store or on a personal website. Point out what you loved about the music and what others would enjoy.
- Share your reviews on social media so your friends can see and check out the music as well!
5 Pledge to a group’s crowdfunding campaign. Bands may at times ask for pledges for a new album or tour they are about to embark on. Through sites like Kickstarter, Patreon, and GoFundMe, you’re able to give money that will help them meet their goal. Often, they will have certain tiers that will offer rewards to those who donated.
- If you are not able to pledge any money, sharing the crowdfunding link on social media is a great way to help spread the word for the group.