When you have been impacted by the music that your favorite artist has created, it can be natural to want to repay them by showing your support. In the past people would go out and buy CDs or records to show their favorite band some love. Even purchasing individual songs or albums on iTunes was a more tangible sign of support when physical CDs fizzled out. However, in 2023, paying a flat rate to a streaming platform can make it hard to feel like we are directly supporting our favorite artists. So, here are six ways you can support your favorite artist in 2023.
1. Keep Up With Their Social Media Accounts
Social media is one of the major ways that musicians promote their music nowadays. It is also how they communicate with their fans. If you want to support an artist, the first thing you should do is make sure that you are following all their social media accounts. This could include Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok to start. If you can find one of their accounts, they will most likely have the rest of their accounts linked on there so you don’t have to go hunting for them.
This is not only a great way to support your favorite band for free but it will also allow you to be amongst the first to know about new releases, concert dates, and any other major news pertaining to their music. This also allows you to share their social media posts with your own following which brings us to our next point.
2. Share Their Music Online
No matter what the size of your following is, sharing artists and their music online is the best way to support their growth as a band. This is especially true when it comes to new artists and up and comers. If you are able to introduce others to their music, you never know where that influence may lead. And even if your friends don’t continue to share their music, at least you were able to introduce them to a great artist that they didn’t previously know.
3. Word Of Mouth
Similar to sharing music online, you can also spread the word about your favorite artist in person. Word of mouth is a great way to help get people talking about new artists, so talk away anytime you’ve got a captive audience.
4. Stream Their Music on Major Platforms
Even the newest artists know how to upload music to Spotify. So even if you are wanting to support a musician that isn’t very well-known, chances are that they have already uploaded their music to all of the major streaming platforms. If you noticed that we haven’t included purchasing physical copies of your favorite artists albums on this list, that is because in 2023 it’s all about streaming. Streaming your favorite musician’s new album is going to have the same effect that purchasing their CDs did in the early 2000s. It contributes to their ranking on the charts as well as how much their music will get pushed to other users on the platform.
5. Request Their Music
This might seem a little outdated with the addition of bluetooth speakers in most cars, but radio stations are still far from obsolete. You can call in and request to hear a specific song on the radio for all to hear. Even today this is one of the more impactful things you can do as an individual to promote your artist of choice. If thousands of people hear your request to listen to a particular band, they will definitely take notice. And you never know who might be listening to the radio when you call in and ask to hear your favorite band.
6. Buy/Wear Their Merch
While buying a physical copy of an album is a bit obsolete, you can still purchase memorabilia from the band to show your support. Pick up a tee-shirt with their name on it or a hat that showcases their logo. This way you are supporting your favorite artist while also promoting them to anyone who passes you on the street while you don their merch.
Showing Artists Some Love
These are just a few of the ways you can show support to your favorite artist. And the best part is that most of them won’t cost you a dime. But there are tons of other things you can do like going to their live shows or watching their music videos on YouTube. Whatever you want to do to show your support will be much appreciated by your favorite artist.
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