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-Always have a team! It is very difficult to go independent on your own! Seek out people you trust to help you with managing your music, promoting your music, mixing your music, taking photographs etc. Look up the credits and the team of artists you like, contact some of the team members you need, because they're looking for jobs too, and they work with musicians you like! -Have a Social Media Strategy (Other than just FaceBook) Do more than just internet sharing; be personable and try face-to-face networking The more engagement with your fans, the better! Be consistant with all your social media networks, because people like to see artists stories from the beginning. Make an impression! Try street marketing (posters, cards) -Always plan out an elevator pitch! Be able to say what you do, why you do it and why it's important so you can sell your music face to face. Also good for getting sponsors or team members! -Funding! First and foremost, attract the attention of those that can help you by first helping yourself!! some websites to help funding and promoting projects: Kickstarter, Indieagogo, Discmakers, Etailers- CD Baby, Tunecore, Your own site, Nimbit, LIVE SHOWS! Also, barter systems (when you're still starting out) also can help in the making of a project. For example, You offer to sing backgrounds on your producer friend's tracks if he can produce a few of your tracks! And last but not least, Be yourself as an artist and always keep the honest things in your music that you believe in! Don't try to sound like anyone else, because the unique things that set you apart are the things that fans will love about you!
Contributed by Brianna Rancour-Ibarra