Everyone knows that as a young, unheard band, it can be extremely difficult to get people to listen to you. Sure, you can put forth months of honest work practicing, writing, and perfecting your set, but no matter how hard you try, it doesn’t guarantee that anyone out there will actually give you a fair chance. Rest assured, though, because there is a man with an astronomical amount of passion for the local music scene who is here to get your music the exposure it truly deserves.
The man of the hour is Jim Jarrell. The mastermind behind the fantastic media website, Jim Jarrell Promotions, is here to save local music by building a tight-knit, supportive online community around his Facebook page. Anyone and anything relating to music is fair game with Jarrell, and all types of artists are embraced with open arms on the site. Jim Jarrell Promotions is ultimately a central hub for artists, fans, promoters, and anyone who feels a general passion for listening to music, where everyone can get together and support one another.
Say you’re a band that’s just released a new EP, and you want as many people as possible to hear it. Not only will Jim Jarrell give you a feature post on his page by describing your music and linking everyone to all of your social media pages, but he’ll also direct you to other local artists, photographers, radio stations, record labels, reviewers, managers, and even promoters, ALL of whom will be interested in working with you.
Daily, Jim Jarrell promotes numerous bands to the public who are completely deserving of anyone’s attention, and he compiles lists of other sites for bands to check out in addition to his own page. Some of his recent posts include a detailed description of an upcoming music festival in Pennsylvania, including free admission, a place to donate to a foster home, a staggering amount of bands, and there's even a post with an extremely large list of developing online radio stations who are accepting music submissions from unsigned bands.
These types of lists and posts are absolutely invaluable to bands at the local level who are looking to break out into a wider audience. Jim Jarrell will link you to review sites and music fans located all over the world, so you don’t have to do it all by yourself. It’s clear that Jim truly understands what it’s like to be in a band, and he’s going to make sure that he helps in any way that he can. In Jarrell’s eyes, musicians need to be focusing on writing amazing music first and foremost, and while they’re doing that, he is discovering record labels, fans, and other websites that are just as supportive of local music as he is, all in order to help unsigned musicians.
Perhaps the most inspiring aspect about it all is that Jarrell is willing to promote other competing music promotional websites—something that most people would never do. But Jim is different. He feels a true love for music and recognizes that any website who shares that same love is just as deserving of promotion as anyone else. What Jim Jarrell Promotions seeks to convey is that we’re all in this together, and there’s no reason for us to NOT work together. There are millions of musicians and fans out there, and every single one of them will find something wonderful about Jim Jarrell Promotions.
It’s rare to discover someone that is willing to give up their life to make things easier for everyone else, but perhaps that’s why it sometimes seems like local music is falling behind: because there aren’t enough Jim Jarrells out there. There aren’t enough people who are actively working to build a better environment for this universal art form , and a lot of the time, there aren't enough supporters for those that are just starting out, either. Jim Jarrell seeks to change that, and if you are a TRUE music fan, then you have no reason, no excuse, not to check out his site. He is more than ready to continue building this online community, and with his diligent work ethic, and your support, we know it will only continue to grow stronger every day.
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By: Max Puhala