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I am the owner at Indie Music Bus and Indie Music Monday and you might have guessed that I love independent music!
19 09, 2018

Social Media Bands and Fans Event – Fans

By |2018-09-19T12:28:11-04:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Contests, Music Fans, Official, Online Chat, Social Media Network|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

For Music Fans Goals Fun for Music Fans and Everyone Discovery of New Music and Bands Win Free Merchandise Gain New Friends How would you like to be chosen to receive free merchandise from a participating musical act of your choosing just for attending and participating in a social media event on Twitter? On the week of the event, a newsletter will go out with dates, times and the acts who will be participating along with images of the merchandise they are offering! To have your chance at being chosen a winner to receive free merchandise after the social media event ends, subscribe to our Fan Newsletter. Then simply interact with the event acts to discover the music and merchandise you like most. Interactions Considered Are: Asking questions Retweeting posts by the acts Subscribing to artist newsletters Sharing music and [...]

19 09, 2018

Social Media Bands and Fans Event – Bands

By |2018-09-19T12:26:34-04:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Contests, Donations, Official, Opportunities, Social Media Network|Tags: , , |

Fans Event Info For the Artist/Band An idea came to me this morning that might lead to getting music fans more involved on social media and promote the idea of listening to new music from the Independent Music Scene. It would require a single merchandise offering and possible donation and shipment from a few acts per week/month. The more bands that are willing to offer up merchandise, the more fans will want to get involved! Some donations may not actually be given out that week depending on what the winning music fan chooses! The artists would ship the merchandise directly to the winner. We would be willing to pay shipping and handling if that would help out!   Goals Reward Music Fan Social Media Interactions Supply Free Advertising for the Bands Build Brand Awareness – Fun place to share & [...]

17 09, 2018

Get Paid Writing Music Reviews / Giving Advice

By |2018-09-17T08:00:52-04:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Official, Official Writer, Opportunities|Tags: , , , , , |

How to Get Paid Writing Music Reviews Coming soon, an Indie Music Bus Music Review and Advice service where you get paid writing music reviews or giving advice!  Are you considered an expert music reviewer? Can you give advice on any of: marketing or creation or writing of music and songs?  Indie Music Bus is looking for people with experience and integrity. We want artist's to feel they get their money's worth and find the reviews and advice of real value! Help the artist's with honest opinions that will help them do better in the music business and gain more fans and in turn, sales! Get paid writing music reviews and advice right here at Indie Music Bus! We have an extensive network of artists who are subscribers to our newsletters and we receive many submissions for other services already! Writers [...]

13 09, 2018

Echos from the End – The Rose Monarch

By |2018-09-13T14:08:30-04:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Band Review, Favorite Acts|Tags: , , , , , , |

  Echos from the End Cover Echos from the End by Walter Hargrave Alternative rock with thought provoking lyrics. powerful layered vocals & harmonies tell the stories with driving musical background, perfectly performed and produced from one of my favorite acts of late, Long Island-based band The Rose Monarch. Frontwoman April Rose utterly kills it! Her vocal performance is breath-taking and will give you goosebumps!  I discovered this talented act via Ryan Cassata, one of the authors here at Indie Music Bus who is multi-talented himself! The over all sound is definitely a band effort and they are perfect fit. The EP cover brandishing a red rose with a dark side is a clue! There is nothing not to love about this EP! I truly love every song and purchased multiple copies to share with friends! Pick up a copy for [...]

6 08, 2018

Stories from Songwriters and Musicians

By |2018-08-07T08:50:02-04:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Opportunities, Stories|Tags: , , , |

Over the years, Indie Music Bus has received literally thousands of music submissions from very talented artists. Many have included stories along with the submission offering insight into themselves, their art and their lives. How can we let such stories go unread? Stories help to add meaning and understanding to ones music don't you think? Over the next few months and into the future, many of those wonderful stories will appear on our pages and on to you the reader. You will find our first pick by Evan Diamond below! If you would like the chance to be featured here too, feel free to submit music and your story today! We are looking for stories to be 450 words or longer and up to 1,000 words. Music Stories from Songwriters and Musicians   Evan Diamond Our first featured story is by [...]

15 07, 2018

Donate to Indie Music Bus

By |2018-07-15T12:47:08-04:00July 15th, 2018|Categories: Donations, Official|Tags: , , , |

Why Donate For many years now myself and the wife have been using our own money to front the costs of Indie Music Bus. We don't mind and even love doing it. However, as of late, our personal costs of living has gone up and helping our disabled family members with living expenses, has taken its toll. We can barely afford to run everything like before so we are asking if anyone would like to help a bit? It's not so bad that we will have to close down as of yet but it's darn close. Some of the costs come once a year and most of those charges hit all at once which amount to quite a large payment. If you can afford 1 dollar a month or a one time donation, any amount will make a difference! Our [...]

15 06, 2018

Advice from Whiplash PR & Management @Whiplashpr

By |2018-06-15T07:57:32-04:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Sponsor, Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Whiplash PR & Management   Introduction How do I take over 20 years of experience and mistakes and boil everything down to a blog. I started to think about where I spend most of my time these days when discussing press campaigns with potential clients and it all comes down to education. Most bands really have no idea what a publicist does and when they should hire a publicist. Plus, there are blogs on every site imaginable telling you what you HAVE to do to make it, or what you NEED to have before you outsource a publicist. Most, well 99% are wrong. It is confusing to most because of all the options out there: social media consultant, brand expert, radio rep, video marketing, tour manager, booking agent, music publisher and the list goes on and on. Well, I am [...]

2 06, 2018

Collaborative Buzz for Independent Music Releases

By |2018-06-02T10:55:14-04:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Collaboration, Conceptual|Tags: , , , |

Collaborative Buzz Can those that work in the independent industry such as indie radio and music blogger folks work together to help create a larger buzz for indie artists? Many of us in the industry are supportive of the same artists and often at varying times. It would be great for the artist's if we were all working to create that buzz for a new release at the same time and when it's in the beginning stages, a collaborative buzz. Much like what a publicist does but charges a lot of money to do it. Most of us are doing these things for free already, how about some teamwork? I have spoken to Ghostly Beard & Ced of independent Music and Media about this over the years. Just an idea at this points but think it's worth exploring and trying [...]

31 05, 2018

Major Changes Coming to Indie Music Bus

By |2018-05-31T08:20:41-04:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: News, Official|Tags: , , , |

Major Changes As of 5/31/2018 those that were Riding Indie Music Bus Officially that have not subscribed to our artist newsletter, are no longer on the roster. Why major changes? It's time to make Indie Music Bus more than just a learning, music sharing and interview platform. It's time to work with a much smaller roster of artists who can reciprocate and support us and others. Of course DIY tips and interviews will stay on but new service types will have to be developed. These new service types will make Indie Music Bus more useful on a daily/weekly basis. Addition: 5/24/18 One of the difficulties I have is getting in touch with artists, most don't sign on to the mailing lists. This will be required for free promotion in the future. As far as the artists promotion roster and how [...]

24 05, 2018

Ride Indie Music Bus

By |2018-05-24T06:43:36-04:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Exclusive Features, Official, Opportunities, Promotion|Tags: , |

Ride the Indie Music Bus NOTE: There are major changes coming to Indie Music Bus and this document will be updated- Subscribe to our Newsletter to stay in the loop! There are five requirements to ride Indie Music Bus to receive long-term promotion and exclusive features: Be an independent musician or band Have music available to stream online Follow Indie Music Bus on Twitter Subscription to our artist Newsletter Our belief in you Hello, I am Walter Hargrave and I proudly drive and maintain the Indie Music Bus!   What Indie Music Bus Is A brand name and acronym “IMB” A metaphor for a vehicle to support independent music A software that is the engine that drives our automated part of social media promotion A philosophy of effective teamwork Long-term, trustworthy support Honest and transparent A team of volunteer writers [...]