Working hard and finding different income streams is a reality for most musicians these days. Whether you’re a music composer, performer, teacher, or all of the above - as a multi-talented musician, you should have a website that showcases 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.
So how do you build a music composer website that is engaging and functional, while still being creative?
1. Add an organized Homepage
Your Homepage is the ideal place to show little bits of your whole website, enticing people to explore further. It’s the most visited page on your website, and you’ll want to make the most of that.
Think about what you want your website visitors to do, or know about, as they land on your page. Have you recently placed a track in a well-known TV show, or released new sheet music? Add this information in a call-to-action which includes a button to click to find out more.
Composer: Bushra El-Turk
Another must for a music composer’s Homepage is music. Choose your best few tracks, and place them into a music player on the page. Whether you set a preview clip or play the track in full, give your listeners an impression of your work based on these songs.
Growing your mailing list is a good idea for any musician. To help with this, add a mailing list signup form. You can put it within the content of your Homepage, in a column. This is a nice spot to add your social media icons as well, so people can keep in touch with you and your work in multiple ways.
Next, add a main image that conveys your vibe and your sound. Then make sure your Homepage has a concise menu to keep everything organized.
Composer: Mark Einhorn
2. A detailed biography
When looking at your website, a lot of visitors will head right to your musician 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 you have a lot of text, you can use a two-column layout with sections. Then add 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 musician bio page is a nice touch that creates visual interest. Place a professional headshot, or a photo in your workspace beside some text in an Image & text feature for a nice layout.
Composer: Patrick Dal Chin
3. A list of credits
Have your songs been placed in commercials, video games, film, or TV? Add your songs to a list with the corresponding credit.
Los Angeles-based composer & sound engineer Jason Adams fills up his work page using a bulleted list that includes selected credits. Using two columns, titles, and some bold font choices makes the text easy to scan.
Composer: Jason Adams
Another way to make your music credits shine is to add some visuals. Composer Jon Chilton uses two columns in a different way. He’s added the covers of selected shows where his music has been featured, taking up the full width of the page to create a nice looking layout.
Composer: Jon Chilton
4. Add your digital music
And now...time to show your stuff! Place a track list player here with examples of music you’ve written. 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.
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5. Create a music store for releases
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 of your compositions this way.
New age piano music composer Amy Lauren does a fantastic job with her items for sale. She has a main sheet music page that includes clickable images of all of her works. She also includes a drop-down page for each. With each composition, she has listed the music for sale, and a player with a preview of the songs. Then she has added a few download options for purchase in pdf format.
Composer: Amy Lauren
6. Embed Videos
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, or YouTube clips of your songs in action, add them to a Videos page.
You could also embed a Facebook video of you chatting about your music, add an interview or collaboration, or perhaps a tour of the area where you write.
7. Add a Contact page
A contact page sitting right in your menu provides a clear way 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 or provide a quote.
If you want to provide information on licensing your songs, include that on your Contact page as well so you’ll be sure to get the details you need.
Composer: Mahmoud Altaf
8. An extra skills 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 find students as a music teacher. It could include an EPK for a performer looking to books gigs. Or, you could set up a page with rates and information for your home studio if you're a producer.
Composer/ Instructor: Graham Smith
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.
We hope this post will get you going on designing a music composer website that not only shows off your work, but helps you reach more people and make more music.
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