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Looking for a little music marketing & promotion inspiration?

Check out this list of some of our favorite online resources for independent musicians:

1. Ari’s Take

DIY musician and actor Ari Herstand provides direct and relevant tips on how to build a career in today’s music industry.

2. The Future of What

A weekly podcast about the recording industry, produced and hosted by Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars.

3. New Artist Model

Music educator Dave Kusek offers both paid courses and free webinars giving you access to experts in various aspects of the music industry.

4. Hypebot

A daily news source for happenings in the music business.

5. The DIY Musician Blog

Hey, that’s us! A blog for independent musicians, providing expert industry advice, news, & promo tips.

6. The DIY Musician Podcast

Nearly 200 episodes of in-depth discussions with musicians and music industry entrepreneurs who’ve taken an unusual approach to building their careers.

7. Steve Rennie

The former manager of Incubus and Senior VP at Epic Records now offers a series of music business courses and video tutorials.

8. Dave Ruch

Dave offers pro instruction for artists who want to make a living OUTSIDE the club circuit, focusing on daytime gig opportunities and carving out a niche that appeals to organizations with funding for educational entertainment.

9. Ariel Publicity

Cyber PR is a digital public relations and social media strategy firm run by Ariel Hyatt, connecting musicians with new media & fans.

10. Bob Baker

Bob Baker is an author & musician offering music marketing tips and self-promotion ideas for indie artists via his website The Buzz Factor.

11. Indie-Music.com

The latest on how to make and market your music, and what tools make you shine.

12. Michael Brandvold

Michael Brandvold is a music marketing consultant, speaker, and author that helps artists “find and keep fans.”

13. Music Think Tank

Managed by the good folks at Hypebot, MTT features well-considered articles on industry trends and music promotion strategies.

14. Passive Promotion

Music promotion tips from mastering engineer and recording artist Brian Hazard.

Think we missed any? Who are your go-to resources when it comes to advancing your creative career? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • ThornyBleeder

    hey thanks so much for including me in this killer list you guys, much love!

  • elaine johnson
  • Thank YOU, sir.


  • fusionmusicmarketing

    Awesome list Molly!

    We hope to be worthy of being included with such noble company of music promotion experts some day…

    Fusion Music Marketing (http://www.fusionmusicmarketing.com)

  • Great list! I would add, particularly for female musicians, there are two additional excellent resources worth bookmarking as well: Madalyn Sklar and her GoGirls Music network, and Cari Cole, who combines motivational and voice coaching with branding and marketing.

  • Awesome. Thanks for sharing those, Vincent.


  • Yes indeed. Excellent addition.


  • Vincent Despins

    Hi guys. It is a very good article. However, you are mentioning only american resources, although CD baby is global now. As I work in the music marketing in France, here’s the best french source of music marketing and promotion, an agency for artists and creative industries : http://dbth.fr/en/ twitter : @DBTH_AA

    And this is the number one blog in french territories about music marketing : http://virginieberger.com/

    Peace !

  • Yes indeed!

    Please follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Spotify.

  • Gregorian Rock

    Maybe you should also include the ones to avoid. What do you know about Rick Barker’s stuff http://themusicindustryblueprint.com/sqz/ and The Music Marketing Manifesto? http://www.musicmarketingmanifesto.com/

    • I don’t know anything about the first one. The Music Marketing Manifesto I’ve heard decent things about. I think our VP of Marketing Kevin Breuner was on one of his webinars or podcasts at some point. You got any experience with either?

      • Gregorian Rock

        No paid-subscriber experience. They both seem legit, but I find it hard to trust any of these services with hundreds of my dollars. It might work for those who give testimonials, but there’s no way to know if this or that system will work for me and my situation. How can I tell a good salesman from someone who can actually help me?

        • That’s a great question. One thing I’d suggest is to look at the testimonials and then actually write to those bands directly (via email or Facebook or whatever). Ask for more details, the process of working with the person, etc.