10 Ways DIY Musicians Can Make The Most Of Their Lyrics

[Editors Note: This blog was written by our friends at LyricFind, the world’s largest lyric licensing service.]

1.) Include lyrics on your website. You can create a whole page dedicated to lyrics, or even offer a downloadable PDF for fans, in exchange for an email.

2.) Use lyrics on social media to engage fans. Include lyric snippets in your social media posts and tweets, when you share a video or audio track, when you post a picture from a gig, rehearsal, studio session, or epic brunch.

3.) Post playful photos of your lyrics to Instagram and social media. Post-its, flyers, chalk… they all suggest quirky, fun ways to put your lyrics out there. Need something more serious? Try your hand at something more calligraphic, or track down a letterpress and commission a few printed cards.

4.) Make lyric videos to promote your new song. Lots of bands with big marketing budgets are opting out of the big produced video, and looking for a simpler way. Indie musicians can, too. Start with a straightforward lyric video. If you’re not a whizz at motion graphics or After Effects, try Superstring.

5.) You can also go lo-fi for your lyric video. It can be as simple and impromptu as Bob Dylan’s iconic video for Don’t Look Back. Get out the poster board and markers, gather your friends and get creative. Find approaches that capture your artistic aesthetic and that feature your words.

6.) Get your lyrics into the publishing pipeline (and onto streaming platforms and other services). Publishing has opened up and is now accessible to artists at all stages of their careers, thanks to aggregators like The Harry Fox Agency. As LyricFind works directly with these aggregators (and many more), it makes it easier for your lyrics to become discoverable through platforms like Apple, Deezer, Shazam, and MetroLyrics. Look into what publishing services your distributor offers (ed. note: be sure to check out TuneCore’s Publishing Administration offerings!). Make the most of them.

7.) Make merch with your lyrics. Your song’s words would look perfect emblazoned on a t- shirt. Later this year, LyricFind is entering the merch scene with a new on-demand product that allows fans and consumers to print legally licensed lyrics on many kinds of merchandise.

8.) Make lyric posters. Remember that letter press idea? Why not print up a few dozen (or thousand) posters or flyer-sized arrangements of popular lines from your fans’ favorite songs? Or find other creative ways to present your lyrics visually.

9.) Are you artistically inclined? Are you a doodler? Make an old-school zine-style lyric chapbook for fans, as special thank-yous or perks. Print it, jot some fun notes or little drawings on it, and toss it on the copy machine.

10.) Make sheet music or charts for a song. It’s not hard to generate the chords or tablature for many songs. Check out Ultimate Guitar or Fender to make your own sheet music for fans to play along with.

Got any other cool ideas when it comes to sharing your lyrics? Let us know in the comments!

  • Brian Skene

    tune core publishing. why do you insist on trying to take revenue that is completely not yours. star mazer dsp has NOTHING to do with you guys. you guys are a fraudulent company. By deleting this comment you agree to reverse all your claims or be liable for purjury.

    • tunecore

      Hey Brian – not sure what you’re referring to here, and we’re certainly not deleting your comment. If you’re having issues with your TuneCore Publishing Administration account, get in touch with our Artist Support team – they’ll be more than happy to help you out! Reach out here: https://support.tunecore.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

      • Brian Skene

        I am talking about why tunecore publishing is fasly trying to gain monitization off random youtube videos that have NOTHING to do with you guys

        • tunecore

          Hi again Brian –

          It’s likely that you’ve received a claim on a YouTube video on your channel. This means that the artist associated with the music you’re using in this video has asked TuneCore to collect their YouTube sound recording revenue. YouTube’s Content ID system allows artists who register their sound recordings to be compensated for ad revenue on videos featuring their music – whether or not the channel owner has asked permission.

          This claim does NOT negatively impact your channel or video, and simply exists to let you know of the above and that TuneCore is the party that is helping the artist collect.

          If you feel there’s been a total mistake altogether and that you’re not using any music in your video, please get in touch via youtube@tunecore.com and kindly explain the situation.

          Let us know if you have any other questions!