4 Things Beginner Indie Artists Should Know

So you've started making music? You found a few beats, wrote lyrics and recorded at least 3-5 tracks that have all been mixed, mastered and ready for release. So now what? Where do you put your music? How do people hear it? How do you fully become a performing artist?

We know that the process of making the art is a lot easier than making it in the industry. Here are 4 important things that all beginning Indie artists should know

1. Distribution

2. PROs (Performing Rights Organization)

3. Copyrights

4. Social Media Platforms

Of course it will take more than just these 4 items to grow your brand and presence as an artist, but this should help you to get a good start on your way to a more organized music career.

1. Distribution

Distribution is how music gets into the hands of consumers. Signing up for any of the predominant distribution companies will help to put your music on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music and more major streaming platforms. GMI is a strong advocate for Distro Kid, but we encourage all artists to do the research for themselves and to check out other companies such as CB Baby and Tunecore.

2. PRO's

Whether you're an artist, writer for an artist, or producer, you'll need to sign up with a PRO before going forward. PROs such as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC provide intermediary functions, particularly collection of royalties, between copyright holders and parties who wish to use copyrighted works in public locations such as shopping and dining venues. So basically, signing up for a PRO is another source of revenue. GMI is a strong advocate for ASCAP, but again, we always encourage you to do your research and take a look at all of your options.

3. Copyrights

If you're this far in music, I would hope you're familiar with what a copyright is. If not, no worries! That's why we're here. A