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5 Low Cost Ways To Support Your Indie Artist and Filmmaker Friends

Your neighbor plays in a local band, and they’ve just released an indie produced CD. You know about it, but have never heard him play. You see him lugging his gear in and out to gigs from his house. You also see him in the mornings, dressed for business, driving off with a friendly wave as you take out the trash. You’ve never thought much about it, but chances are, your neighbor is a passionate musician, with a fair amount of talent, who is trying hard to keep bread on the table for his family while pursuing his artistic side.

The world is full of stories such as this, and most of us have friend like this neighbor, or a family member who is an artist, musician, photographer, filmmaker or has related creative pursuits.

Just show up!

Show them you care, its easy and often FREE.
Its tough for indie artists of any variety to make an impact and pay the bills, while pursuing their craft. Social Media for artists and entrepreneurs is a two edged sword.

On one hand, there are more free or low cost ways than ever before to attract new fans, or attention for a project (Facebook, Twitter, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, etc.) The flip side to that is that millions of others have the same opportunities. We are ALL experiencing “information overload”.
What can one person with limited finances do to help his or her indie artist friends? A Lot. Read ON>>>

5 Low Cost Ways to Help Your Indie Friends

1. Go to a live event, concert, art exhibit, film screening – just your attendance at an event means a lot! Stay for at least a few songs, buy a beer, and try to bring someone along once in a while. Ask your friend where they are playing, or showing their work. Show up! Nobody can go out every week, don’t worry about that. Your friend will appreciate you if you attend an event even once.

Indie Artists thrive when you buy

2. Buy the CD! If your friend has produced a CD, most sell for $15 or less, a small price to pay that lets your artist friend know you are listening. So what if you have heard the songs a million times before? The artist worked hard to get it recorded and be able to present it to the world. Show them you care.
Example: Get new release from Trace Relations HERE: “Prosperity Street” Indie Texas Rock, Blues and Groove

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“Like” your favorite indie artist on Facebook – It MATTERS

3. SHARE and comment on the music via Social Media! It costs you nothing but a few mouse clicks, but every time you share someone’s youtube video, blog post, photography or any content it MATTERS. More people see it, and it helps spread the word for your friend.
Example: Trace Relations – Texas Groove Music on Facebook

What would life be without ART?

4. Make a donation. A lot of indie artists have arrangements with a non profit foundation, or a crowd funding project (like GoFundMe, KickStarter or IndieGoGo). Donating even $5.00 will show your friend that you care about what they are up to. Every little bit helps.
Example: Click to Support -> #VanishingTexas Photography with GoFundMe

Show up, Show your support, It Matters.

5. Host a house concert, film screening or art exhibition in your home. These are fun events, and really help to spread the word about indie projects. You have a party in your house, invite your friends and let the artist invite theirs. The guests get an intimate performance and a nice evening out, and the artist gets exposure for their hard work.

So, what matters?
The same thing that has always mattered, getting people interested enough to devote a few moments or a few dollars to support art, of any kind. A little bit of attention from a lot of people is the only thing that makes a real difference for an indie artist (or musician, filmmaker, entrepreneur, etc…)

Vocalist / Director Tracy Ready, Photo by Stephan R. Lewis, all rights reserved

About the Documentary: South Texas Soul Documentary Features Legendary Texas Musician Augie Meyers

CD Available Now HERE: Trace Relations “Prosperity Street” CD Online

About the Trace Relations CD: Indie Music, Texas Groove: Trace Relations Release “Prosperity Street”

Trace Relations – Prosperity Street: This CD debut from the band Trace Relations is a unique listening experience encompassing Rock, Blues, Jazz and Americana styles.

Tracy Ready and Kevin Lewis. Photo by Jason Meyers

It’s twelve tracks of Texas groove guaranteed to improve your mood. “Prosperity Street” features a dynamic Dallas based rhythm section and guitar prowess from San Antonio’s Kevin Lewis, plus guest appearances from Augie Meyers and Shawn Sahm of Texas Tornados, Katherine Dawn, The West Side Horns and more. Visit Trace Relations ™ official site for more information.

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Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
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9 Responses to “5 Low Cost Ways To Support Your Indie Artist and Filmmaker Friends”

  1. Thank you for this post Trace! So many people want to support creatives but they are just not sure how!

  2. stan stewart says:

    All great recommendations, Trace! The house concert/viewing thing is making a comeback and I’m oh-so-grateful for that.

  3. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks Stan! Yes, I know several really fine artists who are now doing mainly house concerts, fewer and fewer clubs… Myself, we just did 8 dates promo for the CD in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, 2 of those were house concerts – they were the most fun, most attentive audiences out of all the shows…

  4. tip5 says:

    Great post.
    Please, check out We built it for musicians to receive tips in real time during live performances. The audience send tips by mobile phone. It is a new approach of supporting your favorite musician on the spot

  5. […] do, says Texas musician and writer Tracy Ready, and there’s not a lot of cost involved. In a recent article, Ready lists five low- to no-cost ways you can support the singer/songwriter in your neighborhood […]

  6. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks for linking to my post, every little bit helps in spreading indie produced music and film. cheers, Trace

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  8. Alexa says:

    On the one hand, I say if you have to ask… don’t. But on the other, I know that CDs/songs/shows don’t sell themselves. I shy away from any kind of implication that charity or obligation is involved, however. “Keep jazz alive,” for instance, has always bugged me, since it implies jazz is barely breathing and on life-support. Same with “support” anything. So it’s a fine line. You have to tell people what you want them to do, but do it in a way that’s either imperceptible, funny, or downright irresistible. Great post, though!

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