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How to Get Music on Instagram and Facebook

Sharing music has always been key to growing an audience – whether it’s fans showing songs to their friends, or DJs playing new tracks to a dancefloor of music lovers. Thanks to social media, sharing music has taken on a whole new meaning, giving musicians the power to share their music with a global audience at the click of a button. Want to know how? It’s easy. Find out how to add music to your Instagram and Facebook story.

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Why Are Facebook and Instagram Important for Musicians?

The reach of these platforms is phenomenal. In February 2021, Facebook had 2.80 billion monthly active users. If that number isn’t enough, 1.84 billion users visit one of its platforms — Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger — every day. Also in February 2021, Instagram estimated to have over 1 billion users worldwide — adding 73.5 million users to its 2020 total.

Instagram and Facebook allow users to easily share photos, videos, live streams, and music with its global community. Both networks continue to dominate the social landscape, and neither look like they’re going anywhere soon.

The Power of Stories

One feature that is a must for musicians is Stories. This feature can be found on both Facebook and Instagram. Stories allows you to record short video clips that can be edited, filtered, and curated directly from your phone. They act as a short and intimate glimpse into the person behind the account. For musicians, if used correctly, this feature can massively increase your audience. It gives fans a different perspective about the person behind the music. Stories also allows you to link directly to your music on Spotify. Grow your follower numbers, and your Spotify audience is sure to follow! Keep reading to find out how to add a Spotify link to your Stories.

How to Add Music to an Instagram Story

Adding music to your Instagram Story is a smooth and simple process, even if you’re not a digital native. You can even add music from apps like Spotify, Shazam, and SoundCloud — great news for DIY musicians and artists!

Let us walk you through the process in a few simple steps:

  1. Open Instagram on your iOS or Android device.
  2. You can either swipe left from your feed's home screen to open the Stories feature, or just press the plus "+" sign in the top-left corner to create a new Story.
  3. Take or select a photo or video you want to post to your Story.
  4. Along the top of your screen, you’ll see a menu bar. Tap the rounded square smiley face icon — it looks a bit like a Post-It with a folded corner.
  5. In the pop-up, you’ll see a ‘Music’ option. Type a song in the search box or scroll through the listed options.
  6. Tap on the song you want to include.
  7. If you drag the small bar at the bottom of the screen, you can choose the specific segment of the song you want on your Story.
  8. Now, just hit ‘Done’. You can then move the song icon or pinch to make it larger or smaller to fit your story. Then you’re ready to post your Story.

If you want to share music from Spotify, Shazam, or SoundCloud, the process is very similar. You just need to look under the ‘Share’ options on your preferred platform.

In case you’re wondering how to add music to your Facebook story, it’s very similar to the Instagram process. If you can master adding music on Instagram, you’re sure to be able to do it on Facebook too.

Can I Make Money With My Music on Instagram and Facebook?

If you submit your tracks to Facebook Music, your music can be used by billions of users across Facebook and Instagram in their organic content. Fans can find your music via the Audio Library and use it in any content they create and share across Facebook’s wide-reaching platforms. You can also verify and submit your song’s lyrics to Instagram, allowing you and your fans to promote your music by adding visual lyrics to Instagram Stories.

If you add a Spotify link, you won’t earn money directly from Instagram, but if someone clicks the link and streams your music, you will get the money as part of your Spotify royalties.

How to Upload Music on Instagram and Facebook

As an independent artist or band, you can’t upload your own music directly to platforms like Facebook or Instagram, you need to work with a digital distributor, like iMusician. We act as the broker between artists and global social media platforms. We make sure that your releases are properly delivered to each network and guarantee that the metadata for every release is uploaded correctly.

If you choose iMusician, you can enjoy no annual fees and your music stays online forever – truly unlimited! We distribute to the widest range of streaming and download services worldwide, and we take care of all the admin tasks that each platform requires.

Follow these 5 simple steps to get your music on Facebook and Instagram and reach a huge global audience.

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Create your release and select "Instagram/Facebook" in the shop selection

Upload your files with iMusician

Be sure to upload your music files in WAV format, and your artwork with the dimensions 3000 x 3000 pixels.

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Be sure to include the first and last names of all contributors.

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Our QA team will contact you directly if anything needs to be corrected.


How Can We Help You?

It’s simple. Just sign up with a digital distributor, like iMusician. We make sure that your releases are properly delivered to each platform and guarantee that all your metadata is uploaded correctly. Choose iMusician and enjoy no registration fees, annual fees, or unnecessary paperwork.

The availability of music differs for every platform. If you can’t find your music on Instagram Music, it may be because of your music distributor's arrangements with them. iMusician can easily distribute all your music to Instagram and Facebook.

If the music feature isn’t available in your country, you won’t be able to use the music feature on Instagram Reels either. This is due to countries having different music licensing laws around the world.

It could be for a few reasons: you may live in a country where the feature isn't available, your app could be out of date, or you could be trying to share a branded content campaign. Due to copyright laws and Instagram's advertising policies, some features aren't allowed in branded content ads.

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