How to Write a Music Artist Bio

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A music artist’s bio is an essential part of the promotional packet of any aspiring artist, introducing new and unknown talent to the masses. The bio contains the vital information curious fans need to discover new music. It should be short and to the point. Writing a music artist’s bio is relatively easy, only requiring a little research and time.

Begin with a brief sentence that describes the artist. Include the specific genre he or she performs in, notable accomplishments, where the artist is from and how long he or she has been performing.

Mention current activities next. Is the artist currently touring or recording? Note any upcoming releases, important milestones and special events.

For example, gospel music has become a large industry that incorporates a wide range of musical styles. The primary goal of a music promoter is to find gigs for the artist and raise the artist’s profile. If you are interested in promoting a gospel artist, count on spending lots of time on the computer and the telephone.

Put together a promotion packet for the artist. Include the following items: short artist bio, color photograph, three to four-song demo, press clips and reviews, and contact information.

Pass out the promo package at churches and musical events in your area. Live performance exposure and experience is crucial to an artist’s career. Take advantage of local opportunities. Churches use gospel musicians for church services. Some churches host gospel concerts as well. Many towns and communities hold arts and music festivals, which are good forums for local musicians.

Facebook is one of the most popular websites in the world. You can easily keep up with many friends and even play games with them through Facebook. Facebook also supports a variety of other functions and applications. You can represent your own musical projects or even another person’s music through Facebook. It is easy to create a music profile once you already have a Facebook account.

Go to the Facebook home page.

Click “Create a Page for a celebrity, band or business.”

Keep your audio tracks organized and properly labeled with the help of a tag editing tool. Tag editing software allows you to update the associated artist information on your music tracks–so when your tracks are played in a media player, the artist information appears on-screen. Tag editors are extremely simple to use–allowing you to update the artist information on one or more tracks at the same time.

Download and install a copy of the tag editing tool AudioShell (see Resources).

Open the folder containing the audio tracks that you’d like to add artist information to. Right-click on the audio track, and then click on “Properties” in the pop-up menu that appears.

IPods easily conforms to your individual music interests. With a few minutes of concentration you can select music using the Artist category on your iPod to find songs quickly.

Click Menu, which will display several categories: music, videos, photos and podcasts, to name a few. If the menu screen doesn’t pop up, press the top of the wheel.

Move your thumb clockwise along the edge of the outer wheel to scroll to “Music” and push the center button to select.

Music artists’ grants can be given to new artists, bands or individual musicians, and they can also go to projects that advance musical arts in under-served communities or to school or childrens’ programs. Many of these grants go to musicians that cannot reach mainstream funding opportunities because of their gender, race or social philosophy. Grants can given to local residents only or national artists, and the awarding amounts can range from a few hundred dollars to $50,000 depending on the program.

 

Describing your music project in a way that really sells can be a daunting task. It’s easy to get mired in names, dates, events, musical influences and other details while neglecting the more compelling aspects of your musical story.

Your website bio needs to interest your fans and offer value to people in “the business.” After all, you want those music editors to easily divine the important bits and use them to write a glowing review.

Creating a successful artist bio means carefully balancing The Facts and Your Story.

The Facts
Figure out what needs to be said and say it. Using bullet points or subject headers will make it easier for someone to scan the page and grab what they need. If you want to expand information about individual band members or events etc. you can use hyperlinks to send the curious to external pages. The only rule here is be brief and get to the point. Remember, you want to keep your band bio no longer than a page.

The Facts You Need

  • The players (Jon Folsom, legendary percussionist)
  • Major accomplishments (We opened for insert popular band)
  • A quote or two from a notable media source. (“We love the Omega Men” – SF Guardian)
  • Your contact info (Linking to a form or contact page is fine.)
  • What you sound like/influences (I know this is hard, but try to be concrete. Ask a fan. Don’t be too clever. Just honest. See this article for inspiration.)
  • Timeline (Band was formed in 1999, etc.)
  • Your Story
  • At the heart of any great bio is a story. A good story is something that both your fans and reviewers will be compelled to pass along. It’s not only valuable for your bio, it’s something that should always be on the tip of your tongue when someone asks you about your music.

Hint: Your story already exists. You just need to find it.

Many of your facts may be part of your story. Feel free to sprinkle them in.

Finding Your Story

A story, in its simplest form, is simply a problem and a resolution. Here’s a made-up example:

“We wanted to start a rock band but there were no guitar players in our town. So, we paid for my little brother to take guitar lessons, and a year later the Omega Men were born.”

Pretty simple right?

Problem: Need guitar player
Resolution: Trained little brother to play guitar.

What problem, issue, or conflict is at the heart of your project and how are you endeavoring to find resolution? This can be approached from many different angles. Here are a few examples:

Spiritual:

“I needed a way to express my views on the universe and my music proved the perfect medium.”

Romantic:

“I wrote these songs about a girl I secretly loved. The song writing process helped me find the courage to let her know.”

Philosophical:

“We wanted to address the juxtaposition of nature and technology and how it shapes our perceptions. We did this by creating a hybrid of folk and electronic music.”

If you can describe your band’s story in a sentence, then it should be a piece of cake to expand it to a paragraph. Just fill in the details.

A few things to remember:

  • Don’t reference old musical acts that you or your band members have been in unless they are highly notable.
  • Update your bio now and again with your more recent accomplishments and reviews, lineup changes etc.
  • Have at least a few people proofread your bio. Fix those spelling or grammar mistakes. Make sure it reads well out-loud.
  • Use hyperlinks. Your bio should only be a page, but provide additional info for those who are curious. You can link to album reviews, tracks to listen to, other websites, former band sites, etc.
  • Get right to the story. Don’t stuff your first paragraph with facts without first introducing your story. This will increase the likelihood that people will keep reading to find out what happens.
  • Add a photo to your bio page. A picture is worth a thousand words (or more).

 

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