Last year Spotify announced the testing of a tool called Discovery Mode that would help musicians have their tracks included in playlists. Artists and record companies don't have to pay anything, but when opting for the service, they should agree to receive an even lower royalty fee for the broadcasts in these personalized sessions, on radio and autoplay.
Amid the announcement, many people questioned whether this could characterize pay-to-play, an illegal practice that in Brazil is popularly known as jabá.
Discussions aside, it is very likely that many musicians would accept the terms to try to promote their work. With the ease of making music available on digital platforms, there is also an increase in the offer and a greater difficulty for artists to have visibility and achieve some kind of prominence amidst the thousands of songs released daily around the world.
It is important to remember that not all musicians have the structure or even the knowledge to record, release and promote their works. The good news is that nowadays there are a huge number of online tools and websites that aim to facilitate this work.
Of course, none of them substitutes the look of an expert, of a professional in the music market who understands the fluctuations and directions of the sector, but it is worth knowing some of these services and knowing how they can be used in favor of artists.
A good example is the website Music Fibre, a free and constantly growing directory of the music industry, which includes referrals from digital distributors, licensing, agents, designers, etc. The website is constantly growing, but it already offers some options, especially for those who think about future work abroad.
Another site that can help in this search is the Sonicbids, which acts as a hub to promote opportunities and show work to promoters and concert halls, in addition to facilitating the connection between musicians.
The digital distributor DistroKid is launching a new service called Upstream that will allow independent artists to use the platform to share data with record labels in hopes of getting a contract.
An interesting service is offered by Soundplate Cover Art Generator, a free tool for musicians and curators of playlists with which you can create covers quickly using a file of copyright-free images.
For the web there is the dlvrt.it, which allows you to automatically post to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks according to your schedule.
There are also tools that help with composition, such as the Autochords, a chord progression generator that can be quite useful, or the LANDR COllaboration, which allows you to share private links with other musicians so that they can express their opinion and collaborate with your composition. There is also the Audiotool, which works as a collaborative online music production studio. And for those who want to take their first steps as a beatmaker, it's worth a look at iO-808 site that reproduces the classic Roland TR-808 electronic battery. On the website there is a tutorial that teaches you how to use all the resources of this sequencer. For those looking for simpler something there is also the Pattern Sketch, with a more intuitive platform.
These are just a few examples of the variety of online services that can be used by musicians. There are a few thousand applications for desktop, mobile devices, many of them free and that can not only expand the possibilities of your work, but also stimulate creativity and collaboration. It is worth spending time on this research.