By Chris Robley from CD Baby's DIY Musician
- Make a lyric video.
- Create a playlist of artists who influenced the new album or single.
- Pin the release as your Artist’s Pick on Spotify.
- Do a live-stream where you tell stories about your new songs.
- Share every track through Instagram Stories.
- Ask fans to share your music or record a testimonial video.
- Write a press release and send it to your local papers, weeklies, and blogs.
- Submit for playlist consideration at Spotify for Artists.
- Upload lyrics to Musixmatch so you can create lyric snippets in IG Stories.
- Host a Twitter “listening party.”
- Pitch your best song to playlist curators.
- Run a Spotify audio ad.
- Create a banner ad to target new fans on sites like Pitchfork, Billboard, MTV, etc.
- Play your album from start to finish at your next show.
- Create a Show.co campaign to boost your social or Spotify following.
- Go live on Instagram and play a stripped-down version of your favorite song.
- Shoot an official music video.
- Record an audio message for your listeners via Pandora AMP.
- Use the top section of your YouTube channel to feature album content.
- Update your website and bio.
- Submit your music to your favorite music podcast.
- Build a smart-link to make it easier for fans to find your music.
- Repurpose your cover artwork for social banners, avatars, or even merch!
- Add Question Stickers to your Stories to get fan feedback.
- Run a remix contest (provide stems!)
- Release a karaoke version of the album for fans.
- Show us the tools you used to record the album in a “rig-rundown” video.
- Make sheet music or chord charts.
- Send a series of emails taking listeners behind-the-scenes.
That’s a hefty to-do list, but your music deserves the effort, right?
It does — especially after you work so hard to write, record, and release it.
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