Are you struggling to support artists that you love? Do you find yourself using the same response every time someone tries to sell you their music?
The truth is we all have moments when we can’t support artists financially. Maybe something unexpected happened. Maybe you are waiting for your next paycheck. Maybe you bought a new toy for your child. Maybe you wanted to show your romantic side by buying roses for your significant other. In this article, I will share with you 10 ways to support artists when you are broke.
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.
Now it’s your turn to add to the conversation. How do you support artists when you are financially strapped? Let us know in the comments below.