Join Jen and Friends Here for SoundCloud Sundays!

Join Jen and Friends here for SoundCloud Sundays! 

Starting at midnight every Sunday Jen the Music Maven’s Facebook Community join  SoundCloud Sundays! This is a wonderful opportunity for you as a member of Jen’s FB to expand your fan base, get feedback about your music, and compete for a chance be spotlighted in Jen’s Weekly Winners Celebrity Blog! Winners will be announced the following Wednesdays before 8:00 a.m., CST.
The benefits of a celebrity blog post: Jen has a rapidly growing blog audience, getting your music featured on Jen’s blog can increase your fan base, help drive music and merchandise sales and increase attendance at live performances. A testimonial from Jen about your music, also makes a great addition to your EPK.

How to Post for SoundCloud Sundays:
Join SoundCloud and upload your music (or record songs from your next live gig, or private moment at home). Post link to song on SoundCloud to Jen the Music Maven’s Facebook page! Simple! Place a comment below your submission that includes a link to your artist page or website – your new fans will want to know!
Winners will be judged by Jen on a scale from 1-10 on each of the following items. The artist with the highest score wins. A total score of 80 is possible.

  1. Musicality (are you in tune, can you keep the beat, etc.)
  2. Originality
  3. Song choice
  4. Ability to ‘connect’ with audience
  5. Instant Appeal
  6. Positive reception from other participants (positive comments, etc.)
  7. Potential for popular release (in your genre).
  8. Congenial (are you supportive of other participants)?

RULES AND GUIDELINES: Jen reserves the right to remove any post that breaks any of the following rules:

  • You must submit your song through SoundCloud.
  • There will be 2 submissions per artist per Sunday. Only one song per artist each Sunday will be considered for the winning position.
  • Any material containing adult language must be accompanied by the following warning comment: Warning:This song may contain material suitable only for adults. Jen reserves the right to remove songs that may be considered unsuitable.
  • Jen reserves the right to remove comments that may be considered offensive.
  • ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL unless proper licensing and publishing rights have been previously obtained.
  • Be sure and include additional link to your music (website, reverbnation site, etc.) and video sites in a comment below your SoundCloud submission.
  • The winner has one week from date of announcement on Facebook to supply Jen with necessary blog info; it should be emailed to: jen@jenthemusicmaven.com. Failure to respond within a week will result in forfeiture of prize.
  • ALL PARTICIPANTS (musicians and commenter’s) MUST BE MEMBERS OF Jen the Music Maven Facebook Page (must ‘like’ Jen the Music Maven).

Winners will need to email Jen the following info:
  • EPK (electronic press kit).
  • Be sure your EPK includes: bio, all links related to your music: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Your website, ReverbNation, iTunes (if sell directly), TuneCore, etc. and pics and merch info.
  •  If you do not have an EPK, supply Jen with bio and music website info.
Start your online branding today! If you don’t have an EPK, YouTube, Facebook msuician page, Twitter page, Brand (logo, image), YouTube channel, Online distributor, etc. email Jen for help. Jen can build your online brand and can create your unique web presence. Jen is also an experienced music production consultant and can help you reach your musical star potential while you keep all credits. See www.jenthemusicmaven.com for a description of Jen’s services.

Looking forward to a GREAT Sunday – can’t wait to hear your music!


All submissions should be made through SoundCloud (they will be removed otherwise).
Why SoundCloud? I have no current affiliation with SoundCloud…I just love it! I feel that SoundCloud is under-utilized by most artists and it’s ease of use and mobile transmission to social media make it a valuable tool for internet marketing. I’m interested in your success – get acquainted with SoundCloud and use it often. Here’s a link to Jen’s most current blog about SoundCloud, that includes the obvious as well as unique uses benefits of SoundCloud. http://blog.jenthemusicmaven.com/

THE TEN SECOND RULE: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?



Why I use a 3 step approach to music success that starts with: your music!

The brutal truth about the record biz: a song needs to grab it’s audience in the first 10 seconds. Don’t believe me? Consider this: when you’re surfing radio stations trying to find a good song to listen to…how long do you give an unfamiliar tune before you decide to continue listening or go on to the next one? Answer: the same amount of time label execs, publishers, and A&R execs give new song submissions: 10 seconds.


Picture this: Music publishers, labels, etc. can get anywhere from dozens to hundreds of song submissions per day. This industry is uber-competitive, your song must grab the label personnel’s attention immediately or it runs a very big risk of getting tossed or deleted. It’s been the rule since day 1…when audiences have choices..they’ll choose what ‘grabs them’.

I’ve worked in a publishing office before; my job was screening all submissions and I rarely (if ever) found a song that violated the 10 second rule and was successful. I remember one evening having more than my regular overload of submissions and I took them home with me to finish screening. My sister was observing me as I worked; she  didn’t believe that 10 seconds was all it took to screen a song (15-20 if it’s quasi-appealing). So…I challenged her. I gave her the 30 or so songs I’d already screened and rejected. She listened to all of them in their entirety… I made a believer out of her!

 The artists listed below have made believers out of all of us: The following songs (spanning over 40 years) all sold over 6 million singles. Most of these songs ‘burst’ into an audience’s conscioiusness, same take a few secs but not much. Listen to the first 10 secs of each and hear what I mean. Each of them sets their emotional tone immediately.



Note also: popular songs talk about common human experiences: Love, romance, pain, jealousy, desire, betrayal, sorrow, rejection, loss, family, injustice, nostalgia, etc. When was the last time you loved a song that didn’t grab you and you couldn’t relate to?

Avril Lavigne:  Girlfriend  2007, 7.3 miln

Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean: Hips Don’t Lie: 2006, 10 miln

Eminem featuring Rihanna: Love the Way You Lie 2010,  9.3 miln

Elvis Presley: Hound Dog 1956, 9 miln

The Beatles: I Wanna Hold Your Hand 12 miln 1964



The best selling song of all time: Can you guess? It was recorded in 1942 and has sold over 50 million copies. It sets a tone immediately: nostalgia, family, happiness and…Chirstmas.


Beyonce: Single Ladies 2008 6.1 miln.
By now, you’re familiar with my 3-step approach to music success: it starts with your music! If you need help re-writing, composing a dynamic start (and maintaining interest) email me – we can do it!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter – stay current on news that affects your succes!


Jen Announces SoundCloud Sundays!
Winners, Rules, and Criteria for Judging!
Starting at midnight every Sunday (until further notice) Jen the Music Maven’s Facebook Community has the opportunity to participate in SoundCloud Sundays! This is a wonderful opportunity for you as a member of Jen’s FB community to expand your fan base, receive comments and critiques about your music, and possibly be featured in Jen’s Weekly Winners Celebrity Blog! The winner will be announced the following Wednesdays before 8:00 a.m., CST.
Winners will be featured on Jen’s Weekly Winners Celebrity Blog! Your featured celebrity blog post will also include links to your music, pics an epk, (if available from artist)etc.  Your celebrity blog will also feature the positive comments made about your music and a testimonial from Jen about why you were chosen the winner. Jen’s blog is followed by Jen’s Facebook community (friends and fans), Twitter followers (3 Twitter accounts), followers of Jen’s other 3 blogs, StumbleUpon followers, Reddit followers, etc.
The benefits of a celebrity blog post: Jen has a rapidly growing blog audience, getting your music featured on Jen’s blog can increase your fan base, help drive music and merchandise sales and increase attendance at live performances. A testimonial from Jen about your music, and comments about your music also makes a great addition to your EPK.
Winners will be judged on a scale from 1-10 on the following items. The artist with the highest score wins. A total score of 70 is possible.
  1. Musicality (are you in tune, can you keep the beat, etc.)
  2. Originality
  3. Song choice
  4. Ability to ‘connect’ with audience
  5. Instant Appeal
  6. Positive reception from other participants (positive comments, etc.)
  7. Potential for popular release (in your genre).
RULES AND GUIDELINES: Jen reserves the right to remove any post that breaks any of the following rules:
  1. You must submit your song through SoundCloud.
  2. There will be 2 submissions per artist per Sunday. Only one song per artist each Sunday will be considered for the winning position.
  3. Any material containing adult language must be accompanied by the following warning comment: Warning:This song may contain material suitable only for adults. Jen reserves the right to remove songs that may be considered unsuitable.
  4. Jen reserves the right to remove comments that may be considered offensive.
  5. ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL unless proper licensing and publishing rights have been previously obtained.
  6. Be sure and include additional link to your music (website, reverbnation site, etc.) and video sites in a comment below your SoundCloud submission.
  7. The winner has one week from date of announcement on Facebook to supply Jen with necessary blog info; it should be emailed to: jen@jenthemusicmaven.com. Failure to respond within a week will result in forfeiture of prize.
  8. ALL PARTICIPANTS (musicians and commenter’s) MUST BE MEMBERS OF Jen the Music Maven Facebook Page (must ‘like’ Jen the Music Maven).
Necessary Blog Info:
  • EPK (electronic press kit).
  • Brief Bio (individual or group)
  • Be sure your EPK includes: all links related to your music: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Your website, ReverbNation, iTunes (if sell directly), TuneCore, etc. and pics and merch info.
  •  If you do not have an EPK, supply Jen with bio and music website info.
All genres are welcome! And…Jen’s always here to help – feel free to ask questions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
All submissions should be made through SoundCloud (they will be removed otherwise). Why SoundCloud? I have no current affiliation with SoundCloud…I just love it! I feel that SoundCloud is under-utilized by most artists and it’s ease of use and mobile transmission to social media make it a valuable tool for internet marketing. I’m interested in your success – get acquainted with SoundCloud and use it often. Here’s a link to Jen’s most current blog about SoundCloud, it’s obvious and unique uses and it’s benefits: http://blog.jenthemusicmaven.com/
If you don’t have an EPK, YouTube, Facebook msuician page, Twitter page, Brand (logo, image), YouTube channel, Online distributor, etc. email Jen about pricing. Jen can build your online brand and give you a unique web presence. Jen is also an experienced music production consultant and can help you reach your star potential while you keep all credits. See www.jenthemusicmaven.com for a description of Jen’s services.
Looking forward to a GREAT Sunday – can’t wait to hear your music!


Jen the Music Maven Announces: SoundCloud Sundays!

Jen the Music Maven announces SoundCloud Sundays on Facebook!
“Like” Jen the Music Maven on Facebook and share your music and/or sounds with the Jen Facebook community!
Why SoundCloud? SoundCloud is an online platform that allows you to easily share your music or sound(s) with any social network in addition to the SoundCloud community…easily! The mobile app allows sharing from anywhere; go to http://soundcloud.com/ for details and fast sign up.
Why Sundays? It’s the end of the week…time to kick back, share and listen. It also gives you an entire week to work on what you want to share: your newest song, aural creation or personalized greeting to the Jen the Music Maven community.
Use SoundCloud to expand your fanbse: SoundCloud has its own community – a great way to stay connected with friends and gain new fans. It’s one of the easiest, friendliest platforms I’ve ever used and as an engineer I like the soundwave visual. You can share instantly from the mobile app. There are some not so obvious ways (that’s why I’m here) to incorporate unique uses of SoundCloud to increase your following and engage fans on a more personal level:
  • Post personal audio greetings via a SoundCloud link to your social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, WordPress, MySpace, etc.
  • Send personal hellos, b’day greetings, thank yous (for all those that came to your show last night, or bought your new CD, or merchandise) etc. to fans. Send snippets of your live shows to friends and fans. I do this often for artists and venues, and can attest to the fact that it increases awareness about both.
Fans and Superfans: There are fans and there are super-fans. Super fans are die-hard supporters. Generating a super-fan base is important to any artist; maininting your super fan base is critical. You cannot maintain a super fan-base by not communicating with fans. Part of Lady GaGa’s phenomenal success is due to her constant engagement with fans. Finding new and creative ways to engage your fans is an important part of building a fanbase. With SoundCloud you can create a personalized birthday greeting to fans in seconds; the rewards can be immeasurable. How about inserting that super fans’ name into the hook or chorus of your latest hit? This is easily done in seconds a capella via SoundCloud. More good news about SoundCloud is that your songs and sounds, fan greetings, can be sent to several networks simultaneously…it’s incredibly easy to go viral…see…
Share new ways to use SoundCloud with us! We want to hear YOUR SoundCloud Now!