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Independent Artists: Earn a Free Website by Using GigHive.com

We are currently offering 100 members (new and current) of our free Artist – Music Directory on GigHive a chance to own their own dot com. Each package will include hosting, a domain name chosen by the artist and purchased by GigHive, a site designed to the artists’ specifications, web-mastering and much more in the artist website package.

As we embark on our third year of existence online, we have decided to take a more important role in the independent artist community. Instead of preaching about the importance of website ownership, we decided to take the initiative and launch a pilot program to get more artists online owning their domain names, websites and to build a network of artists who have 100% control of their traffic, brand and identity.

GigHive’s Independent Artist Website Initiative

Ready to take the next step

At GigHive, our purpose has always been to build a network to showcase Independent artists of all types. We first went online December 7, 2007 and during that time we have altered our course somewhat, as we strived to fine tune our vision. But our goals have always remained the same.

On December 7, 2010 we at GigHive are launching a new artist website initiative that will be our number one priority as we go forward to 2011 and beyond.

gighive's independent artists website initiative

A little background

Over the past 5 years, we have witnessed explosive growth to sites such as Twitter, Facebook and the once formidable Myspace communities. But the growth of these social communities have come at a huge price as more and more artists have abandoned their own artist websites or decided to forgo the expense of owning a website entirely, opting to sign up for a free alternative instead.

At GigHive, we understand the important roles these sites play in creating a launching platform for new, emerging and established independent artists, but at the same time realize they should have never been used as a substitute. Every time we as individuals follow the leader, the consequence of these actions will be a narrowing of our choices. When we do decide to narrow the field to one, then we will have no choice.

What is Music Xray Doing for Indie Artists?

If your goal is to sign with a major label, get music licensing deals or try to receive a production contract then Music Xray is an outlet that can help you.

Since officially launching in January of this year, Music Xray has helped artists get their music licensed on CBS, get signed to record deals, production deals and more. Be sure to check the success stories section of the site for a few of the deals we hear about.

Music Xray does not pre-screen your music. You submit directly to the professionals listed on the site. You are guaranteed that they listen and you receive confirmation when they do. Music Xray does not take a cut of your deals.

Supernova.com Offers Marketplace for Indie Music

Independent bands and artists can now sell their digital music at the Supernova Store at Supernova.com via the partnership with Pay Who You Want Online (PWYWO). This move gives indie artists a marketplace to help sell and promote their music while contributing to charity.

Supernova aspires to help fans buy music directly in support of their favorite artists and help support a charity, according to the site.

PWYWO is a one of a kind service where fans can either give money to the artists and the affiliate charities. The innovative company is known for offering artists more proceeds than any other online music store.

GigHive.com is a “Super Indie Artist-Music Directory”

Many people have looked at GigHive.com and asked, “What is it?” “Is it another Myspace, Facebook…?”  To clarify, GigHive is a free directory platform with social networking capabilities. Artists who sign up to the site have the ability to gain a strong online presence by creating a profile within the directory.

GigHive profiles are setup as website templates that include global and artist tags, music player, out-going links to your website and social media sites and more! The profiles are set up to rival personal paid websites without the independent artist having to worry about optimizing profile pages for search.

Just by signing up to a simple directory with a general listing can help your online presence, but GigHive has taken that process a thousand times further with its features.

DIYTouring.com has Launched, Sign Up to Claim a Spot

diytouringPay attention touring (and hoping to tour) indie artists! Hop onto www.diytouring.com right now to sign up for an easier road ahead. Diytouring.com is the most comprehensive database of venues across the nation.

Whether you’re an acoustic one man show looking for the best coffee shops with open doors to your kind or you’re the most brutal metal band around, Diytouring.com has information for you to make booking a virtual breeze.

Partnering with Veil Arms Clothing to offer additional services, the site itself offers a myriad of information on venues ranging from basements and churches to clubs and coffee shops, whatever your band prefers. Not only are the venues listed in an orderly fashion but the establishments themselves have donated their contact information to the site so say goodbye to cold calling! You’re now a part of the same network making connections all the more easy.

Mixcloud’s Celebration of Curation has Successful Turnout

MixcloudFor the past month, on-demand radio platform Mixcloud and friends have been celebrating the concept of curation in an age of machines and mediocrity. Mixcloud invited 31 of their favourite editorial voices across the web to curate a special Cloudcast (radio show, DJ mix or playlist) – one for each day of August.

The celebration came to a close last week and the results have been ear-bending and mind-blowing, with some fantastic original content created especially for the occasion.

Manage Your Social Media Accounts in One Place with Hootsuite

hootsuite_logoHootsuite.com has made it easy to manage your social networks and keep your sanity doing it. The site offers more than just a website link shortener for users to utilize.

The Twitter focused site lets you add and update your social networks including Facebook, WordPress, LinkedIn, Myspace and Ping.fm.

This site has recently streamlined its interface to make it easier to use. You can now customize your streams, tabs and columns on the dashboard.