Are you a musician looking for an easier way to connect with your fans? A recording studio or music label seeking clients? Or just a music lover, in search of new artists to add to your iPod’s library? Regardless of who you are or what you are looking for, you’ll find it online.
BurnJam.com, a new online community dedicated solely to the music industry, offers free membership to musicians, businesses, and fans alike. Their services are especially useful for artists who would like to concentrate more on their music and less on marketing. BurnJam.com offers artists a myriad of free, easy-to-use marketing tools, such as websites with bios, photo albums, and guest books; blogs that are automatically syndicated for the maximum amount of online exposure with the minimum amount of work; and a variety of ways to communicate directly with fans, such as discussion forums and live chats.
“We realize artists are very busy and do not have a ton of time to spend on getting people to visit their websites,” said Scott Bowen, Founder and Co-Owner of BurnJam.com. “Our online music community is designed to do it for them.”
Besides helping artists to cultivate a healthy fan base, BurnJam.com provides a channel through which to sell their music and promotional items. Unlike online music retailers such as iTunes, BurnJam.com gives artists full control over the sales aspect: They can make songs available for free download, allow fans to preview music clips of 10 seconds or more, and sell everything from CDs and downloadable mp3s to promotional items such as bumper stickers and show tickets.
BurnJam.com offers equally attractive features to the members that make the music world go around: the fans themselves. With features such as discussion forums and live chat sessions, BurnJam.com allows music lovers an opportunity to get to know their favorite artists on a more personal level. By strengthening communication between the artists and their fans, BurnJam.com builds a community that music lovers can use to find new music, keep tabs on old favorites, and stay connected with the music industry.
“During a live chat, artists will sometimes do really special give-a-ways to the chat room participants,” Bowen said. “After all, this is the whole idea behind BurnJam.com -- bringing artists and fans together!”
Members can take advantage of other features, too.For example, BurnJam.com offers a radio player called BurnCast, which can be programmed to play certain songs and embedded into any web page. Every member gets their own website, where they can post a bio and photos, a syndicated blog, and a guest book.
BurnJam.com offers a similar set of features for other businesses in the music industry, such as recording studios, labels, and music retailers. This one-stop shop community provides members with contacts in all aspects of the music industry, whether artists or fans, music makers or music retailers.
“Burnjam.Com is like a dedicated, music-only MySpace on steroids,” said Bowen. “We want to promote awesome talent and the people who support it!”