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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. Offers Marketplace for Indie Music

Independent bands and artists can now sell their digital music at the Supernova Store at 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. Provides an Array Tools for Indie Bands to Evolve is a community that grew out of the largest Battle of the Bands operator in Canada, and into the ‘web 2.0’ world by building the most active Canadian social community dedicated to music. They currently have over 21,000 independent bands and artists, and over 200,000 total community members including fans and industry.

The site’s mantra is to provide new / undiscovered musicians with the same caliber of experience as a rockstar would get.

The Battle of the Bands shows put these young acts up on big stages, provide professional sound and staffing, and DO NOT take any payment from the bands. Instead, they front all the costs and provide bands with the tickets to sell (or return, if unsold). They also coordinate industry and media attendance at the events, and have seen some really impressive acts play on our stage: Billy Talent, Sum 41, Three Days Grace and many others have played the Supernova stage.

Indie Bands: Sell Out On provides a free platform, which allows independent bands to sell digital and hard copies of their albums. The Web site also exposes indie music to fans searching for the top indie bands.

Breaking Band’s goal is to create profiles and sell albums for the top 2,500 independent artists in the country, according to the Web site. The Web site wants to create a valuable tool in connecting your band with new fans as well as create a platform to distribute both digital and hard copies of your music.

Their concept is essentially, “A mix between Myspace and CDbaby, but without all the spamming and bad music.” Offers Web site Services For Independent Bands

ebandliveA key component to online marketing for independent bands is creating a Web site, so they can place the URL on their social networks to gain a strong online presence. offers indie bands the service to generate customized or ready made Web sites for them. The site also offers online marketing services to expose the band’s domain for their content.

All come with a subscription and integration into our content management system, site hosting and much more, according to the Web site.

Purch Merch? A Reason To Stop At An Indie Band’s Merchandise Table

bandmerchYou have just seen a great performance by a new independent band touring the country. You are already a fan after hearing two hours of fresh heart-thumping sound, and stopped to pick up their self-released album earlier during the concert break. You gaze over at the crowd surrounding the merchandise stand, contemplating whether or not you should join the masses. 

You are hesitant because the line seems long, filled with other eager fans hoping to speak with their idols of the evening.  Many concert-goers are paying for posters to have signed by grateful band members, and some are proudly donning their new T-shirts.  Do you wait and sacrifice another hour of sleep? Provides Online Marketplace For The Indie Music Industry is the first online marketplace that is geared toward the music business. Independent bands need to take advantage of this great opportunity to grow their projects.

The Web site’s mission is to connect musicians and the people who want to work with them in the music industry.

The online platform gives artists and labels a platform to post projects for services they need completed.

Spin Exclusive: Brand New Unveil Album Art, Tracklisting

bndaisySpin have unveiled the tracklisting and album art for Brand New’s, soon to be released album, Daisy. The band is set to release Daisy September 22nd on DGC/Interscope/Procrastinate Music Traitors.

Brand New will embark on a fall headlining tour of North America in support of their highly anticipated new full length album, and will have a trio of independent bands to open for them.

The coast to coast trek kicks off on October 1st in Cleveland, OH and the band has tapped a few of their friends as main support along the way. For the first leg they’ll be joined by Manchester Orchestra, for the second leg Thrice will be joining them and on the third and last leg they will be joined by Glassjaw.