If you have always had the dream of being on the radio, but have never had the luxury of going to college and getting that dreadful degree, then there is an answer for your dream.
Music Podcasting is an excellent way to create a market for your tastes, interests while reaching out to others who may share similar interests as well.
You don’t need to go to a college for four years and rack up thousands of dollars worth of debt just to do what you’ve always dreamed of doing.
But you do need to know a few crucial elements before you go being a boss on the airwaves.
Genre of music/format
If you plan on investing your money into your Podcast, you should have an idea on and what your show is going to target as a demographic. For example, are you going to play Alternative Rock music, or are you going to play smooth Jazz? Also, who are you going after for an audience? You have to treat your Podcast, like terrestrial and satellite radio handles their markets. They advertise towards certain groups, where they stand a chance to benefit and profit.
Your initial setup in the Podcast world isn’t going to be too extravagant. You will need a decent set of headphones. You should get a good microphone, which handles the popping sounds presented by words that start with “P.” They call these Pop filters. Also, if you want to do music interviews, you will want to invest Skype’s call recorder, where you can get a free trial, and then pay $29.99 per month. You should hook with a Skype account as well, for interviews you want to do live. Also, you will want to look for a Mp3 tag editor, which will range from ten to fifteen dollars.
While you may be able to download music for free, redistributing another artist’s work is illegal and severe trouble can come from it. The best it to start your music Podcast up with an independent, oriented genre. This way, you can contact the artists personally, and get their permission to play their music ahead of time.
If you must have the best and latest hits, you will need to pay a licensing fee. This can range anywhere from $170-$300 depending on who you go through.
Composition license: A composition license is a license that the musical writer or composer holds. Three agencies hold these licenses: SESAC, ASCAP, and BMI.
Mechanical license: A mechanical license is based on the performance of the song. There is one agency that holds the license, and that is the Recording Industry Association of America. If you meet the requirements, then you can play music on your Podcast from the artists you like.
There are sites you can go to, where you can download music from artists and not have to pay the fee, which you would have to pay for individual artists. Free Music Archive and Instant Music Now, both offer libraries of music you can use for you Podcast.
Who should host my podcast?
There are a few hosting brands out there that do a good job, and also keep it affordable. BlogTalkRadio has been around for a while, and you can use them for free or pay for premium services, which give you a chance to make money off your Podcast, for up to $249. Also, another popular host is Lisyn; they have a decent storage range of 50MB to 150MB. Their rates start as low as $5 and go as high as $75 per month. Check each out and see which will work best for your Podcast.
How to get your songs into your Podcast
Using a Mp3 file, you gather the music you want for your Podcast into a folder or playlist. This way you can see your track lengths and artist information. Group your songs into playlists as individual shows to see which songs sound better together, and which don’t. You can also find the total time when you do it this way. If you repeat this process a few times, it will give you a few Podcast episodes worth of music previously loaded, which will provide you with more time to focus on your other content.
Music Podcasts are a lot of fun and entail some work involved. Most of the work is production planning ahead of time. There are vital things to remember. Get permission or go to a Podsafe music library for content. Also, be sure you get decent equipment, so your quality is good for your listeners. Podcasting is a great way for you to display your talent and passion for music while engaging with others and building a community. Don’t let the technical jargon and fees discourage you from creating a masterful Podcast.