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How SongMight Works

Breaking the Blogoshere Mold Apart

It is a weird time for musicians, songwriters, bands and hopefuls who dream about building a career with a substantial following in music. While labels are doing their best to sign talented promising bands to 360 contracts so they can suck every bit of every opportunity (even the money from gigs) out of them there are some artists who are shunning labels in favor of self producing. Sometimes it pays off. It is amazing how good a record you can make in your bedroom on your laptop. Within this escalation of self recording and producing, the sheer numbers of songs out in the universe has skyrocketed. Within and sometimes without the blogosphere people still go to blogs to find about new music and new musicians still flock to blogs for some kind of reassurance that someone is listening. Being featured on a blog is another way of being seen and heard which in turn might get your music in other vehicles like Playlists or other blogs. 

I am the first to tell anyone who asks me for advise that blogs are not a necessary evil, in fact, the number one way to gain followers is to gig, to gig anywhere and everywhere and then gig some more. Unfortunately, it is not as easy to play live constantly. It is harder than ever to be a starving artist. 30 years ago when rents were a lot lower it was possible to pay a couple of hundred bucks for an apartment in not the best part of town and live that life but that is becoming increasingly impossible so when you can't play live as much then getting your name and sound out there is another way. 

Submitting to blogs is an arduous and sometimes frustrating battle. The big boys like Pitchfork or Stereogum or Consequence of Sound usually will only listen to bands or artists with some sort of established following, street cred and all that. Getting any blogger to listen to you in the early stages is nearly impossible. Of the blogs that will even listen on average only 12 percent of songs will make the cut but most bands tell me that getting those blogs to listen will take 4 to 12 weeks if they listen at all. 

SongMight is now operating as a fundraising arm of American Pancake tied directly to AP's Go Fund Me campaign. We hate asking for financial support at AP and we hate cluttering our pages with pop up ads. We, again, hate asking for support but we want to keep the lights on. 

SongMight is a no judgment zone. It also is not a place to have your song reviewed. It is simply a place to show off you song, information that you provide and a picture of you or your band that says something about who you are as an artist. It is a place to have an attractive display of what you do, what you create that you can share with others instead of a typical Soundcloud or Bandcamp link or EPK. It is a way to have your music on a blog without playing the game, without engaging with the "gatekeepers" and without spending countless hours waiting or wondering if your song will be listened to, judged, accepted or rejected. 

4 Million Songs on Spotify have Never Been Streamed

SongMight is a simple model to let artists show their work and maybe get their song streamed on Spotify or other platforms by directing people to see those streaming links. Another part of SongMight will be the SongMight Playlists that will pull selections of songs from our pages and include them. 

SongMight is the flip side of American Pancake. AP is my personal taste in music. SongMight is open to all kinds of music, at least anyone who wants to be here and be part of the SongMight CommunitySongMight will also serve as a repository of songs that may flow into American Pancake. There will naturally be songs on SongMight that attract my ears and eventually end up on AP.

SongMight offers a lot of heart for a donation. 

In order to have a post of a song (and any mention of the album it is on or anything else) on SongMight I do require a that you support AP via the Go Fund Me Link below. We struggled hard to decide if we need to have a minimum donation but decided that we need to to make it worth everyone's while. Donate what you can but at least, please donate $5. This donation will supplement my income and hopefully, eventually allow me to make music and music blogging bigger and last forever. That would be a dream fulfilled. The nominal donation also filters out those kinds of submissions that come from having no fee. AS humorous as it might be to have a track consist of a hip hop beat and farting noises for 3 minutes, it is not what SongMight is all about. 

It is easy to have you and your song attractively displayed on SongMight. Simply email us a press pic (minimal size 800 pixels wide at at least 72 dpi), bio and or song info, a viable song link (EPK type stuff) and letting us know of you donation. On Go Fund me please state that the donation is from 'this band' or 'artist' for this song etc. SEE Donation Link below. Thanks so much.

[SongMight will not judge the track and as long as it isn't deemed Hate Speech or highly inappropriate it will be posted within a week of receiving the donation). That's it.]

See the Tips section for suggestions on how to make your post the most effective and the FAQ section for answers to questions you might have.

Thanks for all your support.

Robb Donker Curtius

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