How You Can Support Local Music in 2022

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The global music industry size is truly colossal, with its value expected to surpass $70 billion in 2025.

Leading artists in the world remain some of the wealthiest people alive. Many others remain largely unknown, but that’s not to say that they’re any less creative than the juggernauts of the industry. Regardless of how well-known an artist or band is, they count on the support of their fans. Local support is especially important to these artists.

But exactly why is it important to support local music? Competition in the industry can be cutthroat. In America alone, there are 62,256 musical groups and artists as of 2022. When you sport local music, you help your local artist to remain competitive in the industry.

In today’s blog, we look at four easy ways you can start to support local music this year.

Go to Shows

COVID 19 had a serious impact on the live music industry, with venues shutting down and tours being canceled left and right. Now that things are getting back to normal, live shows are starting to pick back up. Going to see a local band play is a great way to support them and help them make a living doing what they love.

Buy Music From Local Artists

Another great way to support your local music scene is to buy music from the artists that live in your area. If you’re able to, buy physical copies of their albums or singles instead of streaming them online. That way, the artist gets a larger percentage of the sale.

It’s also worth checking out independent record stores in your area. You can also visit their websites, such as Supportqotsa.com. You can usually get a better selection of local music by doing so than by going to big chain stores.

Watch Their Live Streams

Technology has changed the way we consume music, and one of the ways local artists are able to connect with fans is by streaming their shows online. If you can’t make it to a show, or if there’s not a show happening near you, watching a live stream is the next best thing.

Many artists now offer exclusive content or behind-the-scenes footage to their live stream viewers, so it’s a great way to support them and get to know them better.

Buy Merchandise

Just about every band and artist has some kind of merchandise these days, whether it’s t-shirts, hats, or something more unique. When you support a local music shirt, you’re supporting the artist financially, and it’s also a way to show your support for them in a more public way.

By wearing their merch out in public, you get to support local music images. Essentially, you’re walking around with a billboard that says, “I support this artist.” And isn’t that what we all want?

Do Your Part to Support Local Music

As you can see, there are many ways to support local music without spending a lot of money. Remember, every little bit helps, so don’t hesitate to do what you can.

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