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Here Are 5 Way More Interesting Things You Can Pitch to Music Blogs

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If you’re disappointed that you aren’t getting a lot of attention from blogs, magazines, and other outlets despite your pitching efforts, think about what you're trying to get. Keep in mind that these places are pitched every day with thousands of people begging for interviews, reviews, and general features.

It’s fine to ask for these, but it’s difficult to stand out. Writers and editors only have so much time, and when everyone is requesting the same things (or worse, nothing in particular, just “coverage”), it all blends together.

Why not try telling these publications that you’re willing to go out of your way to try something totally different? The effort will be appreciated, as will the options you put out there. Here are a few alternative ideas that might make you much more interesting to the outlets you’ve been reaching out to.

How to Get Your Music Featured on Bandcamp

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Editorial at Bandcamp has been a thing since 2013, but right now the focus on (and following of) their content is sharper than ever. For the unfamiliar, music criticism isn't their bag; the mission instead is to spotlight the best of the hundreds of thousands of bands and artists on the platform.

The qualifying criteria aren't cut and dried, of course. There's no fixed formula for getting your music featured on Bandcamp, and that's actually a good thing.

Bands: You Should Have These 7 Things Ready to Go the Moment a Writer Asks

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Whenever you get the attention of someone in the media, it’s as if lightning has struck. So many writers are flooded with music and are busier than ever, so if you do manage to get someone to listen to your work and they deem it good enough to write about, make sure you're ready for them and for this opportunity.

That means having all your ducks in a row before you even approach anybody. What does “having all your ducks in a row” look like in this situation? In my opinion as a music writer, it means that you've sent me everything I will need in order to post something excellent about you, your band, and the music you’ve just released.

The Argument For Pitching Smaller Blogs (And Leaving the Larger Ones for Later)

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Every musician dreams of being featured in the big, respected magazines and blogs, and surely even being mentioned can help your career. That’s a great dream, and there's no problem with having it, but it’s also good to be realistic at the same time. Remaining somewhat grounded while still having high aspirations can be the best way to get where you want to go.

You’re probably not going to want to hear this, but pitching some of the major outlets – whether it’s you doing the reaching out or a publicist you've hired – when it’s far too early in your career can not only be a waste of time, money, and effort, but it could actually be detrimental to your future prospects.

8 Things Artists Do That Drive Music Journalists Insane

Your actions could be making writers angry, and you wouldn’t like us when we’re angry. (Photo by Yiiğit Can via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

Music journalists aren't angry people. Really, we aren't, but certain things artists have been known to do make us go from mild-mannered Bruce Banner to full-on Hulk smash. If you don’t want to feel the wrath of the Hulk, here are eight sins you’ll want to avoid.