Working hard and finding different income streams is a reality for most artists these days. Whether you’re a music composer, performer, teacher, or all of the above - you multi-talented musicians out there should have a website to showcase your skills!
It can seem overwhelming to take a ton of content like your compositions, your resume, and your sheet music, then turn it into a website that is easy to navigate. We’ve got some ideas on how to organize everything you need for a functional and creative music composer website. Let’s get started!
Key Elements for a Music Composer website
Make a good first impression on potential collaborators or interested fans by making sure to add music to your Homepage. You could do this using the sitewide music player, which allows the song to play continuously while your website visitors checks out the rest of your website pages.
Another option is to add a track to a compact player in the content area, on one side of the page where it’s easy to see and play. Your music will define your website - pick your best tunes to show off.
Your Homepage is a also good way to show little bits of your website all at once. Add a few sentences about yourself, a bit of news in a Blog feature, and any upcoming events. Have a new tune, or recent achievement you want to highlight? Place it on your Homepage. This is the most visited page on your website, so make it count!
If you want to grow your mailing list, add a mailing list signup form like Jan Hammer has done on his site (Emmy-nominated composer for the Miami Vice TV series!). This is a good spot to add your social media icons as well, so people can keep in touch with you in multiple ways.
When looking at your website, a lot of visitors will head right to your bio to check out your credentials. First, write down your education and training, then all the songs you have written and where they have appeared, plus the musicians you have worked with. You can condense this into a loose resume of sorts in chronological order, and put it online in a Text feature.
If there is a lot of text, you can use a two-column layout and feature titles to make this page appear organized and easily scannable. Or, keep it simple with a few paragraphs of the most important information.
Adding an image or two to your Bio page (a professional headshot, or a photo in your workspace) is a nice touch.
Have your songs been placed in commercials, film, or TV? Add your songs to a list and the corresponding credit. Make it visual like Ryan Richko has for an impressive look, using a photo gallery to include movie credits.
And now...time to show your stuff! Place a track list player here with examples of music you’ve written - either full tracks or previews. Listening to audio samples will really make your audience understand what your music is like. You can upload MP3 tracks, WAV, or FLAC files.
You'll want to ensure your creativity and versatility as a composer comes across on your Music page. Add different songs to show the range of your ability, then describe them by writing a bit about them. Was the song used on a soundtrack, or placed in a music library? Describing your music will give it some context, and appeal to your website visitors.
Do you sell music in CD form? Maybe you want to sell sheet music online. A Store page will allow you to reach interested buyers with all of your products. You can set up CDs or file downloads in a Store feature, and make sales for your compositions this way.
People love to watch videos as a brief way to connect - it helps to see and hear you in more depth. If you have a demo reel of songs in video format, YouTube clips of your songs in action, an interview or collaboration, or perhaps a tour of where you write, add them to the Videos page.
Make it clear on your contact page how to get in touch with you! If you do commissions, or are also a session musician, producer, or teacher, mention this here. You can add custom form fields and make any of the fields required, which helps you collect the information you'll need to get in touch.
Other talent? Add another page!
Many composers also offer lessons, perform, or produce music. If that’s you, round out your website by dedicating another page to your other endeavors.
This could be a page to help you book students as a music teacher. It could include an EPK and events for a performer. Or, you could set up a page with rates and information for your home studio if you're a producer.
Music composers are the backbone of so many creative endeavors! A stunning website will help to showcase your success, and get more work writing, scoring, and collaborating with other artists.
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