Album, Career Planning, Music

So You Want to Be a Musician: Tips For Releasing Your First Album

Adele, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift have all promised to put out new albums in 2019 and fans are clamoring for their release. But if you’re new to publishing music, then it’s not as easy to make a splash.

You have to make the extra effort to be sure your album gets positive attention. Read on to learn more and get tips to ensure you have a successful release.

1. Consider Using a Publisher

Many people who want to put out an album try to find a publisher to distribute their music. Publishers help you figure out how to register the rights to your music so that other people don’t steal it.

They also can help you upload your music for digital distribution so that people around the world can enjoy it. But even if you don’t find a publisher, there are still ways to release your music and register the rights yourself.

2. Set a Budget for Your Album Release

Before you start looking into avenues for publishing your work, you need to set a budget for how much money you want to spend. Feasibly, you could probably publish your music online for free if you mastered it yourself.

But if you want to be successful, you will need to also set aside money to let other people know your album is great and available for online listening.

3. Check Out Digital Distribution Options

Some of the best digital distribution options for those just starting out are websites like Bandcamp and Spotify that allow artists to upload their work. Try to hunt down as many different digital distribution options as you can find to cast the widest net for an audience.

You should also reach out to playlist curators on these platforms to see if they want to add your music to their list. It’s a great way to reach a potential listener who you already know likes music that sounds like yours.

4. Don’t Skimp on the Artwork

Adobe has a great mixtape cover maker that you can use to work up a spectacular design for your album. There is no reason that you have to skimp on your artwork.

If you want to save money, try using simple photography tips to create a breathtaking image. Then, you can just add your own title and you’re good to go.

5. Stay Calm and Be Patient the Fans Will Come

Releasing an album can be a stressful process if you emotionally invest yourself in every step along the way. Try to commit to your goal and disconnect from individual failures. If your plan isn’t working, change the plan, never the goal.

You can also try yoga and meditation to maintain your mental health. Then you will be able to sleep better at night.

The music industry can be tough. Bands not only have to release quality music but consistently play live shows, receive press, and even tour. This all helps develop a following.

Labels invest in bands that already have a fanbase and then focus on growing their audience even more. Be patient and work hard on growing your fan base if you want to be successful.

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Releasing your first album will be a huge step in your life. No matter how many copies you sell, you will have the opportunity to leave behind a lasting legacy through your music.

If things don’t branch out as a musician, there are so many other steps you can take to make the most of your life. Check out my other posts for more career advice.

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