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Being able to publish an album for free can be an exciting venture for independent artists. What’s more, it’s entirely possible – especially if you already have your own computer. If you’re broke, or worried about the cost of publishing an album, this post will be a breath of fresh air for you. The posts takes you through each stage of publishing an album for free in 2024. So, read on…

Key Takeaways on How to Publish an Album for Free

By the time you have finished reading this post, you will…

  • …know how to publish an album for free.
  • …know how you can perform without spending any money or getting stressed.
  • …be able to network with the music industry professionals who matter toy you and your music.

How to Publish an Album for Free

This post assumes that you have created your album and just want to publish it. If that’s the case, read on. However,. if you have not yet recorded your music, you should watch the video below for advice on album creation.

Recording Your Music So That You Can Publish an Album For Free

As demonstrated in the video above, you can record your music at home using an affordable or free digital audio workstation (DAW). Free DAWs include software such as Audacity, GarageBand (for macOS), or Cakewalk (for Windows).

You can also access hundreds of free VST instruments and effects on sites like Plugin Boutique, or simply Google “free VST plugins” or words to that effect. The link in this paragraph is an affiliate link. Therefore, if you click it and purchase anything, I will make a small commission. This helps me to provide for my family so I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU in advance. You make this all worthwhile.

Mixing and Mastering Your Album

Once you have completed the work on your music and you have all of your tracks ready, you’ll need to start the mixing and mastering stage. You can learn to do this yourself with tutorials online such as the one below. However, some artists also use online services like LANDR, which offer free basic mastering.

Creating Album Art When You Publish an Album For Free

You can create album art yourself using free graphic design tools such as Canva. I am a big Canva fan and use them for any work connected with creating images, social media posts and all other graphical and even video production. Canva offers an easy-to-use templates and features. Alternatively, why not use GIMP. I can recommend GIMP because it is a free and open-source image editor.

Choosing The Right Distribution Platform When You Publish an Album for Free

Digital distribution platforms such as DistroKid, TuneCore, and CD Baby usually charge a fee. However, there are plenty of free alternatives. The link is for a post where I explain the pros and cons of all of the free distribution platforms and services. I can recommend them because they have a vested interest in your success. However, it is important to note that these free services will take a cut from your royalties. Typically, they will take 10% so they will want you to get more streams so that they, in turn, can make a significant income from the streams that your music will get.

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Promotion

Social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter can be used to promote your music. Therefore, it is important that you create engaging content and also interact with your audience. This can help you build a strong and loyal social media following.

It is also important that you submit your music to blogs, playlists, and radio stations. This is especially if they accept new artists. Some services like SubmitHub and Hypeddit have free options that can and will connect you with playlist curators and music bloggers

Performing Live:

Hosting live performances on platforms like Stageit.com, Instagram Live, Twitch, or even in local venues can help promote your album.

Networking:

Networking can make or break your music. If you can build the right connections with the right people, the world is your oyster. As a musician, you should focus on building connections with other artists, producers, and industry professionals. Networking can open up opportunities for collaboration, promotion and much more..

By following these steps, you can publish your music album without significant upfront costs while maintaining control over your creative output.

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