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Modern technology and the internet have made it a
very exciting time to be a musician.
It is now easier than ever to record, distribute, and gain a
fan base for your music using online resources.
Where the major record labels once had all the power,
now a musician can take the control of their musical career into their own hands.
Below is a work in progress of online and technology resources for
the modern musician.
These are all free unless otherwise noted.
Note: Underground Web World
does not endorse and does not have any financial connection
to any of the services or products offered below.
This information is presented purely as a service to our readers.
If you can build up a fan base interested in your work, they may also be interested in funding your work.
Top Ten Fundraising Sites
As a musician, it's essential to treat your work as a business.
Here are some business resources to get started:
Proprietorship or LLC?- Two things worth looking into when
looking into the business aspects of your career are
Sole Proprietorships and Limited Liability Companies. Both offer
different advantages and disadvantages.
This article helps define and decide what works best for you as a
Information on LLC's
on Sole Proprietorships
LinkedIn Online business
network used to connect with professionals.
DISTRIBUTION AND SALES
(Note: Some of these do require payment or percentage of
These are online services that distribute your music to
No record company or warehouses of stock required, the internet is
an infinite marketplace.
STREAMING AND SALES
PAID STREAMING SERVICES
Napster (Formerly Real Rhapsody)
STREAMING SERVICES (PAID AND FREE)
SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN MUSIC SALES
FOR INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS
Online music communities are a great way to expand an artist's
These websites allow you to upload and stream your music,
along with supporting, communicating with, and discovering other
This is one of the most effective ways of online marketing.
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