Indie Music Marketing Series, Part 6: How to get Music Exposure While Supporting a Great Cause

If you missed any of the previous posts in this series, you can check them out here: Indie Music Marketing Part 1, Indie Music Marketing Part 2, Indie Music Marketing Part 3, Indie Music Marketing Part 4, Indie Music Marketing Part 5

In the indie music marketing series, I have discussed the 3 reasons why indie musicians are struggling to sell their music.  One of the reasons why indie musicians are struggling to sell their music is because indie musicians do not really understand the value of their music.  They don’t understand the value their music has to fans, businesses, and the media.  Today’s post will discuss how understanding the value of music to non-profit organizations can help indie musicians get more exposure while supporting a good social cause.  If you are an indie musician who wants to use your music to help make an impact in society, then you will be able to appreciate this post.

In the series, I have stated that in order to be successful as an indie musician, you have to use your music to solve the problems of others.  You need to think like a entrepreneur.  So to get more music exposure by creating music that has value to non-profit organizations, you have to first understand the needs of non-profits.

The three Needs of Non-Profits

1.  More funds

2.  More volunteers/staffing/assistance

3.  More attention and awareness of the organization and what it does

How can music meet the needs of non-profits?

1.  Music attracts attention and therefore can help build awareness

Music and music events attracts and captures the attention of an audience.  Music has the power to engage people.  Marketers understand this and that is why they use music in commercials.  Music has a powerful way of attracting people and pulling people in to different causes. So you can use this power of music to help non-profits bring attention to their causes.  The more awareness people have about an organization and the work that it does, the more likely people will lend support to the organization, whether it takes the form of money or volunteering.  So ultimately, music can attract attention for an organization that can lead to more volunteer support and more donations.

2.  Historically, music has been used to organize people around a cause

Music has the power to unite people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities around a cause.  We have seen this with benefit concerts for Haiti and Hurricane Katrina that brought together musicians to raise money to support relief efforts.

How can you create music that is valuable to non-profits? How can your music add value to non-profits? Here are some strategies:

1.  Donate  proceeds of your single or your album to a non-profit organization

2.  Write a song

Write a song that expresses the emotion of the people the organization serves or the social cause the organization supports.  Music helps tap into human emotion and organizations want people to see and feel the need of the cause they are working for and music is a great way to do that.  Your music might be used by the non-profit in its marketing materials or at fundraising events.

3. Organize a benefit concert/live show

Approach the organization for its support.  Donate proceeds of the show to the organization.  You can help attract media attention to your show and get more people to come out to your show.  People love to support great causes.  The members and staff of the non-profit will probably want to attend and the people that the organization serves will be interested in supporting and attending your show.

4.  Become an advocate for the organization

Mention the organization and its work in your marketing and promotional materials.  Bring more awareness to the organization.  Mention the organization in press releases, on your web site, and on your social media pages.

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#1 Jon Ostrow on 07.14.10 at 1:00 pm

#3 in the last section, ‘how you can create music that is valuable to non-profits’ is right on!

Thats how Live Aid was formed – musicians Bob Geldof and Midge Ure felt something needed to be done to spread awareness and to create a relief fund to battle the famine in Ethiopia. They understood the allure and power of music and used its influence power to create a world-wide, publicly televised festival.

Great post! Really enjoyed the topic and the advice.

#2 Music Success Coach on 07.14.10 at 2:23 pm

Thanks Jon for your comment!

What’s so amazing is that so many indie musicians can do the same thing. They can form something like Live Aid but maybe on a more local or regional level. There are a lot of social issues and problems in cities across the country that need greater awareness. Events like Live Aid and other relief concerts can a lot of times provide better relief and quicker relief than government can.

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