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Hello. My name is Ibrahim Jawara. I am highly motivated about learning and implementing businesses that will enrich and transform the lives of my fellow man (YOU).

This is my life mission and I am very thankful for the people and the experiences that have brought me to this understanding.

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4. Bob Proctor “You Were Born Rich


Have you ever gone to a movie premier geared and ready to watch a specific movie title and showed up to the theaters 30 or so minutes earlier?

Well, if you are seated in your seats with your popcorn in hand, you may have realized that before your movie starts playing, you will have no choice but to see commercials of other upcoming movie titles.

They are usually very captivating and even persuasive in sparking your interest.

Well, this is no accident; this is genius marketing at work by top movie promoters in the industry.

If you are a musician aiming for a music career, you are in a business. That is a fact; so, if you are in a business, you will need to learn marketing the right way.

From the movie scenario above, there are numerous key principles you should take away from these billion-dollar genius promotion marketers.

Let us now dive into music marketing on the genius level. I will give you my take on the best practices to develop when promoting your music as an independent artist. 


First let us talk about the essence of pure genius marketing.

More specifically, music marketing that gets independent artists attention and traffic to their entire music catalog or single release.


What is Marketing In Simple Words?

In the simplest form, marketing is simply the act or processes a business undertakes to get customers to interact (purchasing products and or services and other forms of customer connection) with their brand.

Overall, marketing focuses on the end goal of customer acquisition and retention.

As a new independent artist, however, you may be primarily focused on generating traffic to your single release or set of music catalogs.

This is a tactic and not a method encompassing the full definition of marketing. Remember, marketing is not just about customer acquisition, but also customer retention.



We will dive in to how to acquire more music listeners (traffic sources), but first we should get your music marketing approach done professionally as a genius.

Your objective will be to get an audience for your music brand and make money with your products and services.

Just like any other business, you will need to formulate a system that can be repeated and implemented over and over again with better and better results.


I don’t just want to show you how to generate traffic but also how to retain (keep) that traffic and make money from your music and other viable products and services.

You must understand, you are in the money business, so, it will not make sense to spend a lot of money on a whole lot of music promotion tactics and not get a return on your money.



How To Market Your Music Independently? 

You first need to establish your brand. This is a fact you cannot refuse.
Do you know how many musicians there are in the industry? Trust me, the number is astronomical.

Have you realized that, just as you are active in searching for music fans for your single release, there are 100x more musicians fighting for the same music fans that will give them that same attention?

The problem with most musicians online today is how they view their rise to fame from just posting a song out there. I get it, you think your music is the best. There is no competition.



Which is why you believe that as soon as your music is mastered professionally and its promoted online and even offline, then your rise to fame is guaranteed.

The truth is the number of great songs and musicians out there that don’t get the deserved attention is just as large as the amount of musicians you are competing with.

You can blame it on the artist, their likability, their team members, music fans, and much more.



You may even be right when making that assessment; but the one thing that separates most of the great and famous stars today and the new independent artist is simply due to proper music marketing.

Branding is one of those pitfalls. In fact, do you know that if you were signed to a Music Label today, the first thing that music labels will do for you the artist, is to establish your brand?

Yes, it is that important. Branding allows the independent artist to first understand their music and what they are about. In addition, branding allows you to answer specific questions about your approach to music.


Questions such as:  

    • Who are the music fans that would love your style of music?

    • Where should you the artist, be positioned to meet and interact with those music fans?

    • How do you do proper music promotion that will acquire the attention of your chosen market?

    • Also, why should these fans even care about your music? Trust me, it is not just because you think you are the best musician out there.


These are the things even small to large corporate businesses would have to do in the market, in order to stand out and be recognized. You cannot sell your music to everybody, that is just another fact.

Do not be one of those musicians that believe that a great music video is all you need to get famous. In fact, the idea of getting famous from your music right off the bat is a bad idea.

For example, if you posted a music video on YouTube or Instagram and I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you really did a great job with that music promotion. You may have paid for ads, influencers, and other big marketing agencies to get that video out.

We can also assume that your music video did well. Meaning, you had a lot of people listening, commenting, sharing, and viewing your video. Well? Does that now qualify you as a successful musician?




For the most part, you have not made your money back. Millions of music streaming dose not equate to receiving money for all the music promotion services you had paid for.

Are you going to depend on YouTube monetization, if you had even thought that far ahead?

Also, what about the thousands of other videos out there, generating the same number of views?

How many music videos have you seen online to the point where you just listen, maybe comment and shared, and then forgotten about the artist.

I doubt if you would even remember the artists’ name, or the song title. Without proper branding, and business etiquette, you become the stereotypical starving artist.


How Do You Create A Music Brand?

I will not go in-depth explaining all the steps, but at least I can point you in the right direction to forming your brand.

I implore you to read business books, learn more about your chosen music career, marketing, and proper music promotion for your single release to your entire music journey.

The starting phase of standing out as any brand is knowing your marketing message. Your marketing message is simply knowing who you are, what you do, who you do it for and why you do what it is that you do.


Understand and develop your marketing message. Who you are? what you do? who you do it for? why you do it should be answered with that message.


This step is very important. This will help you when you are developing or creating your logo, website, artist name, colors that represent your brand, and even understanding the people or other businesses you would like to partner up with.

Again, you are in a business. When you have a brand that stands out, you make more money not just from a single release of your music.


I cannot stress enough that you are in business and that you should act as such. So, it would be wise to form a proper business entity. (That would be either an LLC, or another form of corporation.)

I do not advice for you to stay a sole proprietor especially in the music business. This is the business where many participants are extremely passionate about their creative works, as such the likely hood for lawsuits is high.


So, protect your business and your creative works under the umbrella of a separate entity from you personally.

We are in the age of streaming services. Meaning, most music listeners are now discovering artist on music platforms and as such, you need a brand presence online not just offline where you may be doing a lot of live events.


Develop your website with your chosen colors that closely follows your brands marketing message. Your website is the go-to channel that would allow you to sell merchandise, other services and most importantly to create a lasting relationship with your fans.

Emails, for the longest time now, has been the one guarantee to reaching your fans and letting them know of your single release or other music promotion services you are doing.


Speaking of websites, its especially important that you also include a blog with your website. Currently, a blog is the content strategy that brings attention to your website brand.

A billion plus searches are done through google and other search engines for specific topics.


If you can answer some of these questions or provide the services that are in demand, it would bring a lot of attention to your brand and it may get you an outstanding email subscriber list of people that would love to listen to your music.

When you are in the music business, music is not the only thing that you can sell. You are going to need a lot of money, and as such, you need to position yourself to acquire it.



Once your branding is done properly, you will then be able to acquire fans that will recognize you,


support you and fulfill the most important aspect of your music marketing, which is customer retention.


Now that we have touch on the most important step in music marketing,


lets now discuss how you should go about your music promotion of your single release.



The best time to promote your single release is two to three months before you have even created the music. I will explain.

See any form of promotion requires time to embed in the minds of prospective customers your intention or upcoming music so fans have the time to find out about you and let you know that it’s ok to contact them on the day of your single release.

Remember the scenario at the start of this article of how movie promotions are done? Well, you should be doing the same things.



From the scenario given, I had said, you can learn a lot from this simple promotion hack from experienced professionals in marketing.

First of all, these movie promotions are “trailers” showing you what is to come. It gives movie promoters the time to build interest in you as the movie watcher.

Another important aspect of this type of promotion you should learn from is the fact that, these trailers are not being showed on every movie premier.

It goes back to the branding. You would not put a movie commercial trailer for an upcoming action movie on a movie premier that is not targeted to the right audience.



For example, and action movie trailer would not be suitable for a movie premier that revolves around something less dramatic and completely not for movie watchers that are into action movies.

That would be a waste of marketing dollars. So yes, the movie trailers shown before the movie you came to watch are specifically targeted to you because you have shown interest in that type of movie selection.

That is marketing 101; reaching the people that are most likely to like and appreciate your style of music is the best approach to take when it comes down to music promotion of your single release.


Therefore I recommend you give enough time, before your single release, to find these music fans and for you to build interest.


The best-case scenario would be, that these music fans start searching for you as a brand, and even giving you their emails so you can contact them on the day of your single release.

This helps to rank your music on these streaming platforms because it looks popular in their eyes.


Imagine putting out your single on all music streaming websites and getting hundreds of music listeners streaming your music on that day.

That is what it takes for the streaming platforms to push your music to even more listeners that are like the individuals that you have purposefully told to go and stream your music.

That is the essence of a genius music marketing strategy.



How Do You Find These Music Fans In The First Place?

It all starts with building a presence online and offline and creating a connection with individuals; aka directing and retrieving emails through your website.

Building a fan base should be your first objective before you put any effort into your music promotion strategy. Let us talk about the different ways you can do that.



Building A Fan Base Offline.

This is perhaps the best method of building a fan base. This is because, you are doing live shows where music lovers get to see you, and hear you perform in front of them.

From there you can ask them in person to provide their emails so you can contact them when its most important for your single-release promotion or to follow you on your various social media profiles.

Never forget, that getting fans’ emails and other forms of contact during your live shows is the most important aspect of your music marketing promotion strategy.



Building A Fan Base Online

It goes without saying that building a fan base online is particularly important and as such you should have your brand on all the most important social media websites and apps that cater to musicians.

You should also put in the work by interacting and engaging with the people that comment and love your videos.

The main objective again, is to build trust and a solid relationship with fans so they can work with you in providing their contact information on your website and pushing out your music to other enthusiastic music listeners.



Below are my chosen favorites, but you should explore for more options that match your brand. The type of content you provide on these social media profiles is entirely up to you, but it goes without saying, that your content should promote your music.

This also makes it easier for your fans to consume your music promotion efforts.


    1.  Facebook  and Instagram: I love Facebook and Instagram because of the one-on-one interactions that users can have. Specifically, in the direct messaging section, you can contact fans and get direct input from them. Done right, you should be able to get feedback from music listeners and personally direct them to your website.

*It is also important to note, when you have a branded logo, it makes sense to interact with other users’ videos. Just commenting alone, is enough to bring brand recognition and will aid users to check your page and return the favor by following and interacting with your videos.

Do further research into how to gain more followers, and remember once again, that your goal is to get a solid connection in the form of website email acquisition.



    1. TikTokA new app that was transformed from musically. This is the best place to go viral with your music.

Users can use your music to create their own creative videos and if you’ve done everything you are supposed to do when licensing your music, (I will talk about music licensing soon) their popularity becomes your gain. Meaning financially.



    1. LinkedInThe platform for all types of professionals. Since you have a blog on your website, I would go further to advice that you use LinkedIn to promote your blog articles. 

A platform of business geared folks is more open to hear different perspectives with whatever your chosen topic happens to be. Video is also welcome.

Keep in mind, the number of social media accounts out there is tremendous, so I recommend you have your brand on 4 -5 and really hone-in on the platforms most suitable for your brand.



    1. YouTubeA lot of people are paying platforms for ads to attract more views on their videos across all their social media accounts. I personally would recommend YouTube.

This is because, YouTube which is a platform that is owned by Google, is exceptionally good at monetizing your videos, making sure your views are real, and it’s associated with Google’s search engine.

You can get a 1000views on an Instagram video but that does not mean anything at the end of the day.


With YouTube however, since its also a search engine, that 1000views pushes your brand at the forefront of some search topics if you had planned it out right.



You should optimize for search engine traffic. Heck, I literally wrote the book on Search Engine Optimization.  


    1. Soundcloud: This is the go-to place for new independent artists. This is another one of those platforms you absolutely must make sure your single release is promoted on.

Soundcloud is great because you can build relationships with other independent artists, and this is where users go to find and discover new music.

It is a no brainer. Again, remember, all these social media profiles should be branded and work to transition loyal fans to your website domain and for a lasting relationship to manifest.



When it comes down to music marketing, music promotion, music single release promotion these are the steps you must take to amplify your efforts.


I cannot stress enough how you must do things in a certain way, like a genius, in order to win in an industry filled with competition.


How To Do Music Promotion For Your Single Release?

The best way to do music promotion for your single release or entire music collection, is to do music marketing with a business mindset.

You do not want to start today to promote your single release without an audience, a brand, a system to weigh the results, and enough time to build interest or even time to find the right audience.

What we have talked about today, is building your foundation, which will allow you to continuously promote singles upon singles whenever you would like.



Your approach to building an audience first, amplifies your music promotion efforts, and would allow you to make more money than you spent on marketing your music. The golden rule to any success in business is audience (customers) and money. They go hand in hand.

Now that we are done talking about the foundation of your music marketing strategy, which is your brand, your audience, and your money, lets dive into the steps you should take to make money from your single release.


I am going to assume; you already know how to properly license your music to make sure you collect all royalties. Royalties from all the specific streaming services and the videos you create on whatever chosen platforms.


I will repeat it again, you have to focus on the money you should make from your single once its released.

Below are just some of the steps you should take when you create your music single, but I would implore you to do further research to all the other ways to collect all the monies due to you as a producer of a music single.



This Is The Checklist For Creating Your Music Single As A Professional Musician And The Ways To Promote It.

    1. You will have to mix and master your music in (.wav format) first.

    1. Then you have to create a cover art in either format (. jepg or .png)

    1. Create a plan for how you are going to do your music promotion with videos, photos, memes, interviews, and influencer marketing.

    1. You also must have your music copyrighted with the government copyright office. To collect royalties, you must register your song with a Pro or Publishing admin.

    1. You will also need to decide on the day that you will do your single release.

    1. I also recommend planning out a photo shoot, that should also play into your content strategy.

  1. Find relevant blogs to form relationships with so your music can be distributed to them and their fans.

    • Creating your music with a professional producer will help you get the best quality music in the formats you need them. Again, you need a .wav format of your music, plus a professional will also help you get it in the .mp3 format.

    • Remember that you also need a cover art that will go with your music single. This is important because depending on your chosen distributer (CD baby or DistroKid) they will require your album art cover and in specific dimensions. Its up to you to research further on the requirements.

    • When you are planning out your content, remember that your content strategy should aim at continuously building your audience and your brand recognition. Content in the form of blog articles, video memes, lyric videos, social media posts, interviews, and any other piece of content that would best suit your brand.

    • Publishing your music with the right agencies will allow you to collect all the monies you are due for any single you release. There are numerous publishing/ distributers you can investigate. CD Baby is one of them as so is Distro Kid for independent musicians. 

    • Remember these agencies only help in collecting your royalties and distributing your music on various streaming platforms. Its up to you to also copyright your music with the government copyright officeDo proper research into all the available royalties and how to make sure you get every bit of it.

    • The only other thing you will have to decide after this, is when your single release will be available to the public. This my friend is the art of music promotion done properly.

    • Your photoshoot is the other type of content that will build trust with fans. It shows your seriousness as a professional and even show your amazing taste when it comes down to fashion.

    • I cannot stress enough the importance of having various blogs to promote your music. Blogs are a way for users to search for you the artist and stream your music. 

    • Being searchable is the essence of today’s content marketing strategy. Remember once again that, there are a billion plus searches done on google and other search engines.

    • Blog content from respectable websites will push you to the top of search engines. Even if you have your own blog, having a lot more pushing your artist’s name, music and brand is a win and a must.


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How To Properly Do Your Music Promotion For Your Single Release? 

Remember as a business brand, you need a system that will test how effective your marketing campaigns were.

Through the creation of a smart link or landing page on your website, you should be able to include a tracking code that will give you all the relevant data you will need.

Before the launch of your single release, you need to do announcement content posts on your various platforms.



This will include, populating your social media pages with a banner that tells fans of the date of your upcoming single release and posting a video advert (like how the movie trailer marketing professionals are doing) on the forefront of your social media pages.

That my friend is the essence of proper genius level music marketing you should perform. 

Although, I did not go in-depth explaining every concept, you should now have the idea as to how you should do music promotion for your single release efficiently and effectively.



The only other things you will need to do from your pre-launch stage to your actual single release date, is all the activities you have been doing to build your brand presence and attaining life-long music fans.



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