Resources for Performers

Promoting Your Group Through the Podcast

So here’s how to better insure your feature:

  1. Talk to Us.  Please don’t add us to your general email list.  We delete those.  Instead, take a moment every few weeks before faire to drop us an email.  Tell us what faires you will be at.  Typically, we find out who’s playing where by visiting the faire websites.  If they don’t have you listed, ask the faire to list you.  If you submit music and aren’t featured when your faire comes out, email us so we can get you on the show ASAP.  This show is about inclusion.  So I try to include as many bands as I possibly can.
  2. Post Your News on Facebook
    Our facebook page has a very active community.  Join the group and share your news.  It may end up in the podcast.  This is also the best place to tell Rennies what festivals are you are at.
  3. Mail or Upload a full-length CD.
    We only need singles to play in the podcast.  However, the more music you have in my iTunes, the better your chances of being played.  So send us a CD or two.  And don’t forget to resubmit with each new album.
  4. Add a link to our Site.  This is no requirement.  But it is a nice courtesy.  The Ren Faire community loves to hear about other activities in that community.  So it is brilliant when you can help share the news of other bands.  This is also a great way to endear you to your fans all the more.
  5. Record a Radio Sweep. There’s nothing cooler than hearing your favorite performer announce the station they’re being played on.  Well, why not do that with the Renaissance Festival Podcast?  With these suggestions, it is quick and easy to do.
  6. Sell your CDs on CDBaby. CDBaby is the #1 website for independent music online.  There are over 100,000 independent musicians like you and me selling their wares.  It also hosts one of the largest number of Renaissance Festival CDs anywhere.  Plus, your CD will get an extra link in the shownotes if it is hosted.  This is currently the only way the show makes money, so that small addition is greatly appreciated.
  7. Submit to the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. Do you play Irish/Celtic music?  Do you offer free, full-length MP3s?  Submit your music to the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.  This email newsletter goes out to over 20,000 people every month.  Marc gives special attention to Ren Faire bands because they deserve it.  The secondary benefit is that this is another great way to get your band’s name in my ear for additional features in the Renaissance Festival Podcast.
  8. Follow Up with Us.
    One of the reasons Marc started this podcast was to get to know other faire groups.  He want to know about you and your group.  Please drop us an email and let’s talk.

Musician Resources

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