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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 [...]

11 05, 2018

Indie Music Force: Music Requests, Charts, Fun for Fans

By |2018-05-12T05:17:24-04:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Official, Opportunities, Promotion, Social Media Network|

Music Requests This is a rough draft and subject to change some. These features are exclusively available to those on our promotion roster. Also read about Indie Music Force Central Behind the scenes I have been working on the concepts and features for a new Twitter Bot called Indie Music Force. You can send commands to the Indie Music Force Bot because it is a listening software. It’s main purpose for now is Music Requests, so it only has a single command, which I will list later. The command list will be expanded and documented on a special page as I complete them. I believe Indie Music Force will be fun for fans and lucrative for bands and sponsors. Fans Music fans who are not music creators: Would you do a little social media work for rewards like, music downloads, band merchandise or show [...]

14 04, 2018

Participate: Sticky Tweet Contests & Promotions

By |2018-04-14T09:22:33-04:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: Contests, Opportunities, Promotion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sticky Tweet Contests Hello! Some of you may have noticed or even participated in our last contest on Twitter. Our first Sticky Tweet (pinned tweet) Promotion Contest was for two bands or solo musicians to win interviews. It went so well we have decided to do them more often. In order for you to know about these contests, you should visit our Twitter account often to see our pinned tweet. Sticky Tweet Promotion The main idea is to build a community around these contests and put the "social" back in social media. The promotions will range from blogging about your latest album and sharing it on the pinned tweet to a simple comment on the tweet. Participate in as many different contests as you like! We invited you all to support each other in these promotion, build the community feel [...]

18 08, 2017

Indie Music Force – Street and Web Teams Central

By |2018-05-05T15:21:26-04:00August 18th, 2017|Categories: Exclusive Features, Indie Music Support, Official, Promotion|Tags: , , , , |

Indie Music Force™ - Street and Web Teams Central Indie Music Force are Music Fans and Supporters a Virtual and Real Street Team – Ride Indie Music Bus™ Many years ago, on our first website called ClubKnowledge we had a virtual street team application that grew popular. Inspiration came from a service offered by mp3.com, “Promoter” platform. When mp3.com closed, our platform soon went with it. Today, the internet offers the road to travel on for both artists and music fans. We already offer many services for artists and believe it would be amazing to offer a platform for the supporters of independent music too. Let the world hear the music fans voices!   New Logo, T-Shirt Design and Flyers As we speak, we are working with Ian Husbands to design all the graphics we will use going forward. We [...]

15 08, 2017

Online Only Musician Community Building

By |2018-05-21T14:49:45-04:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Online Chat, Opportunities, Promotion|Tags: , , |

Online Only Musicians Walter Hargrave We conducted a poll on Twitter and found that many of you are online only musicians. Building an online fan-base can also be a struggle. In-light of this information we decided to help. It will take some time for us all to work out the details. Let's do that together, let's define how this will work. This article will grow as things are worked out. Community Building Since all your fans will also be online, we will work to devise ways to build a community online. People will need things to do often as possible. We should discuss and outline things people like to do online. Hashtag Twitter Chats Let's decide the hashtag to use during our first chat session. #IMBChat for now.. There will be chats for the musical acts and others [...]

7 08, 2017

Submit Music Links and Your Story

By |2018-09-12T15:34:10-04:00August 7th, 2017|Categories: Opportunities, Promotion, Submit Music|Tags: , , , , , |

Submit Music This is the place to submit music to us for long term promotion and/or other opportunities. Interested, read on! Opportunities For Free Promotion There are five(5) requirements for our free promotion: Follow @IndieMusicBus on Twitter No Major Label Have Streamable Music Subscribe to our artist newsletter Our Belief in you! We are offering the opportunity for free social media promotions via our Twitter engine. The promotion will be of your music track title, links and sometimes your website. The other is for a week long front page feature and in-depth interview at Indie Music Monday.   Include Music Streaming Links At the end of this article you will find a form to submit music links for a few of the streaming services you might want us to use for our visit. If possible, we rally like streaming music on [...]

11 07, 2017

Five Benefits From Listing Radio Stations With Us

By |2018-05-19T05:32:10-04:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Internet Radio, Official, Official Directory, Opportunities, Promotion|Tags: , , , |

Listing Radio Stations Back Story Before we get into the topic of listing radio stations, a bit of a story! It all started way back in the year 2000. I was just getting into the independent music scene.  Jody Fadley (RIP) had started a new band called JSR and I wanted to help promote them if I could. MP3.com was all the buzz then. One thing lead to another and I learned about internet radio stations. This excited me greatly, so I began searching for these radio stations. It was very difficult and tedious to say the least! Many websites were no longer active. Many stations didn't support independents or the genres of Rock or Alternative Rock, JSR's sound. Then the idea of a directory of indie radio stations was born. Compiling a listing of stations that had the qualifications [...]

3 07, 2017

Daily #IndieGrowth Hour – Independent Music

By |2017-07-30T07:33:53-04:00July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Conceptual, Official, Opportunities, Promotion|Tags: , , , , |

Daily #IndieGrowth Hour What is #IndieGrowth you ask and why daily? It is something new that we will be testing out on Twitter. An hour long daily Twitter discussion or cross promotion event. The reason for a daily event is to give more people the chance to participate. Let's face it, not many will be there everyday if any. Topics could be: New music releases Discussion about new trends or services in the industry Ideas for social media and email marketing Here is how we think it will work: During a specified hour music, industry folks subscribe to the hashtag #IndieGrowth Each participant offer a well crafted relevant Tweet on a predetermined topic Participants should retweet and follow some of the tweets and music industry folks During these hour long sessions: Promote the concept of networking via social media events Cross [...]

30 06, 2017

Public Music Submissions Directory

By |2017-06-30T13:25:44-04:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: Official Directory, Opportunities, Promotion|

Public Music Submissions Directory Wouldn't it be cool if when you submitted your music listing? others could see it too? Well soon that will be possible right here at Indie Music Bus™.  A new idea we are developing, submit music to us and have the offer to also list it publicly on a directory for others to review. The Public Music Submissions Directory will be free to use if you wish. There will also be sharing features in place at the page and artist listing levels.  Note: You will also have the option to do a private submission as well. This directory will be hand crafted to work on well on mobile and desktops alike & It will be search engine smart to bring traffic here by those search for music submissions. Promotion of the directory will be done via [...]

27 06, 2017

Gain New Fans with Custom Wristbands Affordably

By |2017-06-28T07:31:01-04:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: Promotion, Tips|

Wristband Self Promotion Idea: Use wristbands to help new fans remember your band name and website or email address! For a while now we were offering up a tip on Twitter that you could purchase a rubber hand stamp that had your bands name or website address. and ask to use it at the door at gigs. It's a great idea but they were often hard to read. The other day a thought came to mind about the last time we went to a venue and they put a wristband on our wrists to show we purchased a ticket. They were a throw away version and that had no branding. But what if we could find some that offered customization? So we did some research and found different places that had some but they were too expensive because they are [...]