I talk to the multiple song writing contest winner and crossover artist, Dede Wedekind, about her life purpose and joy and peace she found in pursuing her passion. Her path from marketing to a music career brought her faith, courage and learning that she now applies as a full-time music entrepreneur.

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 Growing Her Fan Base

  • Creating partnerships with bloggers
  • Using social media for cross promotion with other artists
  • Using Facebook adds when she has a new album to promote
  • Creating a giveaway at shows in exchange for email addresses

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Connecting with Existing Fan Base

  • Using Reverbnation as her primary email collection source
  • Sending a monthly email
  • Sharing personal stories and events on social media helps fans get to know you
  • Letting fans know when her music has received awards

Finding Her Audience and Creating a Niche

  • Calling her music Ameri-Folk-Pop
  • Creating more opportunities by learning country songs
  • Realizing that honest music didn’t exist for fans of a certain age
  • Writing her latest album based on her own personal experiences

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Industry Awards and Networking

  • Joining the IMEA and networking with other independent artists
  • Receiving validation as a songwriter
  • Share your successes and awards in your newsletter so your fans can celebrate with you
  • Using song writing contests as a tool to create awareness for your music

Book Recommendations

Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting

Connect With Dede





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Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic