The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast exists due to the generosity of the Celtic musicians who share their music with the show. I say "generosity" because, they do not earn any compensation from having their music played on the show. Instead, they rely on your good will and love of their music to support them.
So if you find music that you enjoy, here's how can support them financially:
Buy their music!
Most still have CDs. Nearly all offer digital downlaods.
Stream their music!
Spotify and other streaming music services don't pay much in the short-term, but if you listen frequently, it's worth it. And most bands just need fans. So show your support.
Buy their merch.
Many artists offer shirts, coffee mugs, stickers, banners to both promote their music and to financially support the band.
See the artist perform live!
You can do all the above along buying a ticket or giving a huge tip at shows. Every bit helps!
If you don't have money right now to financially support them or you're new to their music, here's the next best way to support these awesome artists.
Visit the artist's website.
Most active bands have a website. Everything you need to know about them is there.
Subscribe to their mailing list.
Email is still the number one way for bands to connect with their fans, especially since social media requires artists to pay to be heard. So please please subscribe!
Tell a friend about their music.
Word of mouth marketing is still the number one way people find out about new music. So talk about them. Tell a friend. Make sure you know their website or how to find them on streaming services.
Share artist news on social media.
Again, word of mouth. Tell someone. You can either share the artist's news. But most artists are not great at sharing news people want to talk about So find something special and share. What's your favorite song? Why do you love the artist? Answer these questions and more for a daily series to talk about your favorite band. Then tag 'em.
Take pictures of the band and share.
Pictures and video are the most-popular way to share on social media. So if you catch a live show or you see an engaging picture by the artist, share it. Or add song lyrics to a photo you took. Use Canva to add it to the picture along with the band's name.
Make videos using band's music and share.
Have some videos at home? Make your own music video using your favorite artist's music. The great thing is YouTube pays royalties to most artists who have their music used there. Facebook is moving in that direction. So you will financially help artists by doing this! But contact artists first to make sure you are allowed.
If you truly love this show, then you probably want to show your financial support of it. The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast has a lot of expenses that go into the creation of the show, including my time in producing the show. You can show your support in these ways:
Remember a portion of your support for this podcast goes to Celtic non-profits. See all the past recipients.
I've decided to add a monthly donation option for those who want to support the podcast outside of Patreon. Sadly, I can't offer any bonuses. But you will be able to continue to support the podcast.