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Sharing your work is an integral part of building relationships and creating a vibrant artistic career. These resources will help you develop media to showcase your work.

Recordings

All performers and composers require excellent recordings of their work to advance their careers. We’ve compiled the resources below to guide you in creating and distributing video and audio samples that will let your artistry shine. For resources on audio and video editing software, see the Friedheim Library’s page Create Media. 

Self-Producing Recordings:

Self-producing recordings can be a cost-effective way to create media. The recording of our Recording at Home event provides a quick overview on how to get the most out of your home recordings. 

If you’d like a more detailed exploration, Peabody Recording Arts has created a thorough 7-part Guide to Creating Better Recordings. (JHED Required) The videos cover:

  • Part 1- The Building Blocks Of Sound
  • Part 2- Room Acoustics
  • Part 3- Critical Listening
  • Part 4- Microphones
  • Part 5- Setting Up A Recording Session
  • Part 6- Editing, Mixing, and Creating A Final Product
  • Session Video Comparison

Peabody students can request a Home Audio Consultation with Recording Services (JHED required.) 

Recording Equipment:

The Arthur Friedheim Library has a vast selection of recording equipment available for Peabody students who wish to do their own recordings. Among the available pieces of equipment are Zoom Q2n Video Recorders, which are highly user-friendly, all-in-one video and audio recording devices. You can view specific equipment and make reservations from their equipment catalog and view software recommendations on their create media page.

Peabody IT has also compiled a list of additional Technology Recommendations for students making recordings at home.

Recording Services at Peabody:

If you want professional help, Peabody’s Recording Arts program offers complete audio and video recording services to students at competitive rates. Editing and mastering services are also provided. Using this service, students can record in the on-campus Recording Arts studios or in Peabody’s concert halls.

For costs and other information, visit the Recording Arts Department rates and policies page.

Resources for Music Distribution:

Digital Distribution:

Streaming platforms have different features including membership or subscription access, free listening, the ability for listeners to download music, and direct artist upload and edit access. This table compares features across several online streaming platforms. Distribution companies are also an important element in getting your recordings out there. Ari’s Take outlines distribution company comparisons in the article Who is the Best Digital Distribution Company?.

Platform Subscription Free Version Downloads Artist Access
Amazon Music Unlimited X   X  
Apple Music X   X  
Bandcamp X X X X
Soundcloud X X   X
Spotify X X X  
TIDAL X      
YouTube Music X X   X
Vimeo X X   X

CD Manufacture:

Photos

Performers and composers can utilize quality headshots or performance photos on their websites and other press materials to promote their work. Modern smartphones have quite good cameras, and with a friends help, or even by yourself you can produce good headshots and promotional photos with them. This can be a great option when pressed for time or funds. For some tips on producing your own headshots see the following guide from Hubspot. 

For higher quality photos, you may choose to work with a professional photographer. A good photographer will have better equipment, help you look your best with good lighting and framing, and may help with editing the final photos. See below for a selected list of selected local photography services.

Funding

To help cover the costs of media development, students can apply for career development grants. For additional funding ideas visit our grants resource, or set up an appointment with LAUNCHPad.