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Music Forums and Sites
These sites let you upload music, promote new albums or concerts, and get in touch with fans.  
The music business can be extremely hard to break into. That's because of the fact that there are literally millions of different artists trying to attract the attention of the record labels that do exist. However, with the digital age changing the way the world works, the music world has also been changed. It is now far easier to earn fans and even get signed to a label by simply using the internet to promote an artist's music. As a musician, you will want to learn about the variety of ways you can share your music online with other people. You'll learn about 25 music forums and sites that are worth looking at here.

25 Music Forums and Sites
In the world wide web, there are millions of different web sites. While most of these have little to do with music, there are still thousands of music sites. Below you will find just 25 of the top music forums and sites around.

  1. MySpace.com. The social networking revolution has taken the internet by storm. Besides being a great place to talk with other people on the internet, as well as make new friends, MySpace is also a terrific place to promote music at. Artists can sign up for a Band Profile and use it to attract new fans, post music and stay in touch with fans by way of blogs.
  2. Facebook.com. While not as popular as MySpace when it comes to promoting music, Facebook.com is still a pretty good way of staying in touch with fans. Artists can sign up for profiles and use them in pretty much the same way as MySpace.
  3. Ultimate-Guitar.com. Ultimate-Guitar is known as being the best source for guitar tablature, and is also a very good place to promote music at. People can sign up for the forums and post in specific forums to post their bands. They can also set up profiles similar to MySpace and Facebook where they can post their own music and blog.
  4. PureVolume.com. Whereas Facebook and MySpace are geared toward many different people, PureVolume.com is only geared toward musicians and music fans. On PV, bands can create profiles, upload music, discuss upcoming shows and add fans to their friend list.
  5. MusicBanter.com. MusicBanter is only a forum, but it is a very powerful one. At MB, you can promote your band to over 17,000 users and millions of visitors. It is a completely free way (just like the other sites mentioned) of promoting your band online and gaining new fans.
  6. SputnikMusic.com. Sputnik is a forum that features over 100,000 users and a very active community. It is an oustanding place for musicians to talk to other musicians, as well as promote their music.
  7. Last.Fm. Previously only a web site where users could listen to new music and show what they're listening to on their profiles, Last.Fm has evolved to allow artists and record labels to upload music of their own. Unsigned (as well as signed) artists can upload music to the site which will then be recommended to people when they are listening to a similar artist on Last.Fm.
  8. Afrovibe.com. If you are an African musician, you've probably wanted to find a site where you could cater to specific fans of this genre. If so, Afrovibe is it. Afrovibe allows artists to upload their music and promote it on the site.
  9. ChristianGuitar.org. Christian music has become very popular over the last 25 years, so it's no surprise that ChristianGuitar.Org is a very popular web site for Christian musicians to discuss music and promote their own. This is a great resource for you if your music caters to Christians.
  10. Keepmusicalive.com. While KeepMusicAlive is a newer forum, it is still an invaluable resource for artists looking to promote their music to others. On this site, they can upload their music in a forum and have other members of the site listen to it and let them know what they think.
  11. Eksomusic.com. Eksomusic is yet another one of those social networking sites geared toward musicians. And while it's not as popular as MySpace, it's still a very good place to join and promote an artist's music on. You can upload your music to the site where it can potentially be heard by millions of users.
  12. MP3.com. At the beginning of the digital download boom, MP3.com was extremely popular. Now they're not quite as big, but still get millions of visitors everyday. They allow artists to upload music which can be listened to and bought.
  13. OurStage.com. Our Stage is unique in that they allow you to upload your music and have it voted on by millions of people. You can win prizes if your music is selected by users as being the best new sound.
  14. CDBaby.com. CD BABY is the site for independent artists looking to sell their music worldwide. All you need to do is sign up for an account and post your music.
  15. Artistopia.com. Artistopia allows its users to create profiles for their music. These profiles may be featured by Artistopia which would allow any artist to get tons of exposure due to the fact that millions of people visit Artistopia.
 Ten Other Music Forums and Sites 
  1. Musicforte.com
  2. Musicsubmit.com
  3. Artists-first.net
  4. Starpolish.com/index.asp
  5. Audiolunchbox.com/artistsignup
  6. Cd-wow.com
  7. Emubands.com
  8. Amazon.com
  9. Musicsubmit.com
  10. Soundoftraffic.com

Updated: February 18, 2008

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