Welcome to my resources page! When building your online fanbase, I can’t recommend these websites and tools enough.
I have personally used every recommendation on this page. Many of the fanbase growing resources listed here are currently being used by me. They are extremely important to maintaining consistent fan growth and engagement. Some may not currently be in use, but were while building the fanbase and getting it to where it is today.
I do need to disclose something:
Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. I recommend these tools and services because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. I would never recommend something I don’t or haven’t personally used and enjoyed.
Website Hosting Resources
If you’re going to be a successful musician, you need to have your own website. Not just to show off your music, but for attracting fans, too. So, I recommend A2 for hosting and their easy 1 click WordPress install (that’s what this site is hosted on).
Email Marketing Resources
ConvertKit is, hands down, the best service for keeping your fanbase engaged. Of course, I’ve used a lot of different ones (such as MailChimp, which is free). After all the free and paid services I’ve tried, this one has the most features for the lowest price. ConvertKit also has a better user experience than most services (in and outside of email).
Safety, Security, and Privacy Resources
BACKUP YOUR WORK. I had to put that all in caps to make sure you understand that you need to be backing up everything you create. Imagine putting days, weeks, and months of work into an album only to have your hard drive fail. I used to keep an on-site physical hard drive backup but even that failed on me. That’s why I signed up for Backblaze. It’s super cheap ($5/mo per computer…external hard drives included! No limit on storage size) and backs up your entire computer so it’s pretty much a no-brainer.
I have all my stuff on 2 computers backed up there which only costs me $10/mo total and one of those computers has a 2TB internal drive plus a 5TB external drive, which is where I store all my music and samples and stuff. Imagine how terrible my life would be if that hard drive failed 🙁
Lodging: When attending music conferences or non-tour shows, I pretty much exclusively use AirBnB for finding a place to stay. It always ends up being the more affordable route, wherever I go. There was a promotion for a free $40 credit if you signed up through that link, but it may have ended by now.
Plus, it feels more like “home” than a hotel. I find I’m far more relaxed and productive in those environments.
Email Lists That Will Help You Succeed
The Hustle – This is my absolute favorite email list to be on. They send great articles right to your email, often related to the music industry. If you have any interest in being in the music industry, keeping up to date through The Hustle is a great way to do it.
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