I’m all about promoting watching live gigs and supporting bands by experiencing their wonder and talent live, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem affordable. As a university student – I get that. If you can’t find yourself some cheap or free gigs to see, there are plenty of methods for showing your love for bands. So rather than using your phone to take awful recordings or semi-focused shots of the band when you do get the chance to see them live, here’s a few ways to support artists when your broke, courtesy of The DIY Musician.
1. Leave a comment
Leaving a comment is one of the easiest ways to show support. Take the time out of your busy schedule and leave a comment for your favorite artists. You can leave comments on blogs, iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.
2. Video testimonial
Leaving a video testimonial is another way to show support. Recording a video testimonial or review is very simple given the technology that we possess. Record a video talking about the music. Keep it short and share it with the artist or your loved ones.
3. Like or Share
Like the artist’s web content. Actually I want to take it a step further and say share the content. Share, retweet, repost, etc. Get the content in front of people. It’s free.
4. Change your Avi
If the artist has a new album or single out you can show support by changing your avatar. Changing your Avi is a simple process. All you have to do is find the artwork (Google search), save it and upload it. Bam!
Promoting an artist is easier than you think. All you have to do is track down the link and share it via your social media platforms. Add a creative blurb to your link or it might look like spam.
6. Word of Mouth
Remember that your word is valuable. People make decisions based on what their friends and family have to say about a product, service, or — in this case — music. Share the music that you love with those that are close to you.
7. Post content on Reddit, Stumbleupon, etc.
You can post the content on Reddit or Stumbleupon and help the artist receive an uptick in views or plays. Make sure your follow the guidelines of the site though or risk getting banned.
8. Post content on message boards
Post the content on message boards and help spread the word. In order to do this you usually need to register with the site. If this is too much work, try looking for a Facebook group that you can contribute to.
9. Use a Hashtag
Use an established hashtag on Social Media. All you have to do is find the hashtag that the artist is using and use it whenever you talk about their music.
10. Blog About It
One of the best ways to share your thoughts about a single or album is to blog about it. This form of support is very beneficial. It has SEO benefits, Social Media benefits and personal benefits. Share your honest thoughts about the music, and then press Publish. When you are finished you can even contact the artist to notify them of your work.
What do you think? How do you support artists when you are financially limited?
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