Music LinkUp is now live, and my initial reaction is that this site could become addicting. I wasn’t quite sure to expect when I wrote about the site in June as the reveal date approached. I spent some time there this morning, and there’s so much to explore, I’ll have to set aside some time in coming days. I will say there’s a tremendous amount of potential here for all manner of musicians and associated creatives.
Described as “Linked In for the Music World”, Music LinkUp offers members a signup page typical of social media sites. You build out your profile, designate areas you’re interested in, and you can write an article and follow influencers. There’s a messenger system too, similar to other message options at social media like Twitter and Facebook.
Music LinkUp appears to aim at gathering professionals in different service sectors together in one location with the musicians they hope to serve or work with. On my news feed, there’s a lot of info about legal stuff—copyrights, equal pay, and such. One article detailed how a young woman used social media and a playlist to get a job at Spotify. There’s also the customary pop celebrity news, although that’s something I’m not particularly interested in simply because there’s so much of it I’m almost desensitized to stories about a star’s wardrobe or love interest.
Once I designated my areas of interest, recommendations popped up for people I might be interested in. Among the skill sets recommended to me are producers, songwriters, business managers, and song publishers.
I’m hoping to connect with some good stories as I become more familiar with this site.
I think this is a great information opportunity for musicians who want to go beyond the hobby mode with their work. For now, I’m using the free version; there’s currently an offer for a trial of the premium version.
It can be difficult for indie musicians to find producers, publicists, publishers and others to work with because it’s hard to vet them. With this site at least there’s information to study before you hand over any funds in hopes of advancing your career.
I’ll continue to report on Music LinkUp. My first impression is very positive.
(Kay B. Day/July 13, 2018)