As creators of musical compositions, songwriters play an important role in the music industry. Does a songwriter really need a website? In this day and age, it’s a good idea. In addition to writing lyrics and melodies for licensing, you may be a performer or session musician too. Making a music website is a great way to put your best foot forward online, and book more work.
A songwriter website can be many things, but when it comes down to it, you’ll want a simple structure to put all of your talents on the page in a cohesive way. Let’s take a look at some inspiring designs to see how to build your songwriter website!
Songwriter website templates
Songwriters are good at crafting stories into song and getting those out into the world. To create a songwriter website, choose a template that matches your writing sensibility. Do you lean more into the pop world of catchy hooks? Or perhaps you’ve composed country songs behind the scenes.
A clean template with a preset palette of colors that appeals to you is a good place to start. Using a website template means your online home will be mobile-ready without any extra work or coding needed. Plus, you can customize and tweak the look once you’ve started off with a strong base.
These songwriters have created websites from templates that offer a full range of options, and they really speak to the artist behind the screen.
Make the main image impressive
Your songs convey a story, and so should your website. The best way to create a songwriter website that shows who you are at a glance is with a main image. It can impress a whole style, genre, or even a feeling upon your website visitors with just a look.
Canadian songwriter and performer Almyr Jules uses an image to make his website uniquely his. You can tell in a glance that he’s got a laid-back style and a good vibe about his music. As a bonus, he’s using an image that is focused on him, but leaves room around himself at the edges. This is the perfect thing to do to be sure your images will crop optimally for all screen sizes. Plus it allows for the image background to continue to tell his story.
Add a call-to-action
What do you want your visitors to do when they reach your website? You can influence this by adding a call-to-action on your music website’s homepage to direct their attention. If you have new music, or are trying to get more work, add a call-to-action to send your visitors to a page with more details.
Composer and arranger Jihye Lee has added a call-to-action to collect email addresses and build up her mailing list. Setting it on a black background makes the form visible, and increases the likelihood that people will enter their email.
Choose your color palette wisely
A big part of making sure your music shines through your songwriter website is choosing and adjusting your colors. If you close your eyes and listen to a recent song or album of yours, what does it make you think of? As a starting point, you could go with relaxing colors like turquoise and white, or warm ones like cream and brown, depending on your sound.
Singer-songwriter Dave Sampson uses a cohesive color scheme throughout his songwriter website. He pulls tones of peach and navy from his album cover to convey a look that matches his engaging, warm vocals and melodies. Setting off his page names and music player buttons with white makes them stand out throughout his website.
Tell your story
Writing a musician bio is probably harder for you than creating a melody from scratch. But it’s an important part of who you are and what you do. Add an About, or Bio page that tells your story in your own words, then make it look great by adding an image or two.
Songwriter, composer, and singer Vivienne Wilder has created a songwriter website that includes a great About page. She’s using a stylish sidebar with her image and menu, and places her bio on the right side.
Throughout her website, Vivienne uses black and white to convey her musical style. Her bio itself is set off against a white background and is easy to read, and the text gives you the perfect sense of what she will sound like. After describing her music, she goes on to talk about where it can be heard, and the soundtracks she’s written.
Showcasing your music
As a working songwriter, you may have your head down composing tunes for others. Even if that’s the case, list out the songs you’ve participated in bringing to life. Whether you’re a co-writer or contributor, make sure people visiting your website are aware of the music. It will help give your visitors a sense of your style and ability.
If you also perform your music, creating a perfect page to sell or stream your music is a good bet. Songwriter, producer, and arranger Andrea Perry has added a modern and streamlined page to stream and sell her music. She uses a simple white background, with her name in stand-out red type at the top, and her albums front and center on the page.
Make sure your credits are prominent
As an active songwriter you’ll want to display what you can do, whether you write for others, yourself, or both. Once you’ve amassed enough songs credits, create a dedicated page to showcase them.
Country music songwriter Travis Meadows showcases his impressive writing credits both visually and in a list. Using a grid to display different titles makes the page look balanced, and the use of black both in the menu bar and the content background adds to that symmetry.
Add a press kit
All musicians should have a press kit that speaks to who they are. It’s a great way to concisely add information, such as a short bio and sample tracks, that show you in your best light.
In addition to being a Nashville staff songwriter, Lacy Green writes and performs her own music as well. She’s added a stunning Press Kit page to her website to compile all of the information necessary to book her for writing, or for performing gigs. She’s separated out her content into columns and added titles which give the page an organized look. The photos she’s added really convey a sense of her music.
Make it easy to contact you
Now that someone has browsed through your website, checked out your songwriting chops, and listened to your music, make it easy to get in touch. Whether someone wants to collaborate, license a track, or simply touch base, a Contact page is a good bet.
Your Contact page should be simple: include your contact information, and a form. You can still infuse your personality into this page though! Check out how jazz vocalist, bassist, composer, and songwriter Janet Evra has made her Contact page sparkle with an image.
Her streamlined and stylish Contact page gives you a great impression of her enthusiasm and timelessness. She’s also added links to listen to her music on streaming platforms to her Contact page for good measure.
Choosing a songwriter website template then adding your content and customizing the design should be fun, and reflect who you are as a musician. Hopefully these music website designs have inspired you to go out and create your own website that brings together everything you do as a musician.
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