Posts with #tips tag

Published on November 21 2012


Can you hear the Christmas bells ringing? The holidays are just around the corner! Like every year, our clients have been searching Jamendo PRO for Christmas tracks to use in their media projects or in their stores before the holidays. If you have Christmas material gathering dust, it's the right moment to upload it! You also still have a little time left if you want to compose or record new songs before Christmas. These kinds of tracks are very much sought-after!

Please remember that NOT ALL Christmas songs are in the public domain. Unlike most other genres, Christmas music provides a confusing guessing game in determining if a Christmas carol or hymn is in the public domain. Even though a song may be found in the public domain, a copyrighted arrangement of that song may not be so always check first.


Christmas songs IN public domain

  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Away in a Manger
  • Carol of the Bells (instrumental)
  • Deck the Halls
  • First Noel
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Here We Come A-Caroling
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • Jingle Bells
  • Jolly Old St Nicholas
  • Joy to the World
  • O Christmas Tree
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • O Holy Night
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Silent Night
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • The Wassail Song
  • Toyland
  • Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Up On the Housetop
  • We Three Kings
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • What Child is This?


Christmas songs NOT in public domain

  • A Holly Jolly Christmas
  • All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
  • Blue Christmas
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
  • Happy Holiday
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
  • Holly Jolly Christmas
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Little Saint Nick
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Santa Baby
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Silver Bells
  • Sleigh Ride
  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  • White Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland

Published on September 8 2011

If you've spent time on Jamendo, it's likely you've heard of Josh Woodward.  A Jamendo artist since 2007, tracks from Josh are frequently found in Jamendo's Top 100 list and his 9 albums have had well over 2 million listens.  So how did Josh become one of the most loved artists on Jamendo?  Read on to find out what he feels contributed to his success.




It's not a coincidence that I blurt out Jamendo in the first sentence when someone asks me for advice about the music industry - it might be the best thing going for independent music. I usually have to backtrack a little bit and explain to the puzzled musician standing before me that you need to free your music first, and that freeing your music is a wonderful thing for both your listeners and even your bank account.

My solo music really started on a whim, just whipping out songs and posting them for my friends on my website back in 2002. Making money was never a goal. Things started growing - very, very slowly - and a couple of years later, I discovered this new Creative Commons thing. I liked the fact that I was both protecting my music and keeping it free. When I discovered Jamendo, it seemed like a perfect fit. I started noticing that I was selling all sorts of CDs to Europe, to Jamendo fans, and eventually more than half of my CDs were being shipped overseas. And that was awesome.

But then came Jamendo PRO. Not only were my CD sales growing, but suddenly, I'm making even more money through licensing. As if people emailing me to tell me they heard my music playing in a shoe store in Denmark wasn't cool enough, Jamendo's getting me *money* for it - good money - and I don't have to do a thing. So any list of tips has to start with:


  1. *Get your songs in* *Jamendo PRO*. For the love of all that is good and pure, do this. You upload them once, and Jamendo handles the licensing legalese and sends you money. It doesn't get much better than that.
  2. *Update your fans*. Take advantage of Jamendo's awesome features to send messages to your fans when you release a new album or have something important going on. Don't spam, or people will ignore or block you, but get your word out to the people who want to hear it.
  3. *Don't be afraid of experiments*. Got an odd collection of gypsy jazz songs you recorded for fun? Spoken word Elizabethan poetry? Epic bagpipe symphonies? Put 'em up here! The community is very diverse, and someone will adore your weird experiments. Well, except maybe the bagpipe stuff. Skip those. :-)
  4. *Consider Creative Commons Attribution*. This opens your music up to many new avenues of exposure, including some of the most beneficial, such as partners on YouTube, who can't use CC-NC music and have tons of viewers. You may have fears about giving up this control, but the benefits far outweigh the problems.
  5. *Wait*. This is the hardest part. Jamendo's rare, in that there's actually a community here. If you're new, your brilliant CD will most likely flop at first. But Jamendo's got an awesome system that floats the best stuff to the top thanks to the great community of reviewers. It's taken years for me, but my growth here has been linear the whole time.

Written by nicole

Published on #Tips

Published on April 1 2011

Since 2005, Finnish artist Matti Paalanen has used Jamendo to increase his fan base for his numerous music projects.  Matti is the man behind Celestial Aeon Project, Frozen Silence and Project Divinity among others.  His music has been licensed hundreds of times through Jamendo PRO and, all together, his music has had 2.3 million listens on Jamendo – pretty impressive!  Learn how to increase your listenership, too, by reading Matti Paalanen's top tips for artist exposure.




Internet has been an invaluable tool for me as a composer/producer. I started publishing my tracks back in the day on Finnish which is sort of a Finnish version of Jamendo (although not tied to Creative Commons) but Jamendo truly opened the way for me with its licensing system and widgets.

Other artists have already given really good tips with which I agree, so I'll try to offer a bit different view towards internet publicity and music. I guess my own road has been a bit different also because my genres are not too mainstream - my main projects revolve around instrumental orchestral soundtrack tunes, electronic ambient and piano minimalism. Hence the size of my potential audience is drastically smaller than say trance or pop project's would be. Which leads to my first point:


  1. Know your target audience

When you know what your music is all about, what your influences are and what makes you enjoy your music, you can start thinking of who the people are who would be interested in your sound and style. Depending on your genre, the road towards internet publicity can be quite unique.

For example my main project, Celestial Aeon Project, is mainly about fantasy themed orchestral soundtrack tunes and a few main ways I have gotten listeners and fans has been via role playing game communities and fantasy computer game communities. I have compiled a few compilations of my mp3s and integrated them into music add-on packs for such games as Oblivion and when the game was published, I managed to acquire quite a large follower-group on the game's modification forums when the pack was released, and most of the people truly listened and enjoyed the tunes a lot! I have also pointed the tunes as a potential background soundtrack for various role playing groups around the world, and feedback has been really good.

So my point is this - try to find the communities and activities that are close to your music and find a way to make them work for you. But don't be aggressive or pushy, you just have to trust your quality and let people find it if it is worth finding!


  1. Quality over quantity

This is something I personally find hardest to follow. My personal studio work is mainly improvisational and rushed.  I rarely have motivation to really tweak and hone the outcome - usually I just dish out one tune in one session and that's it. Luckily the quality of VST instruments and experience with sequencer helps to keep the basic quality decent, but I am really trying to move towards better quality and take it away from release speed. Remember that any tune any listener will hear from you first will be the most important factor in the question of whether he will enjoy it, and more importantly will he share your project with his friends! It's an expensive loss if most of your tunes sound crappy and uninteresting, even when the musical ideas would be good.


  1. Connections

Just try to make Google work for you. Try to find as many ways as possible to get your music pages linked with reasonable context and make people find it through ways you'd like them to find it! This can be tricky and technical, but the internet is all about links between sites. But once again, remember not to be too aggressive, pushy and arrogant.


  1. Personality

Influences are important, but try to avoid straight copying. You have to have some important twist and amount of personality to make your project sound unique and interesting. This cannot be said too many times.


  1. Faith

You have to have faith in your productions and just keep on trying. Every listener is a small victory and if your material is good enough, it will hopefully bring more listeners. If you feel like you are not getting fans, you have to listen to your productions critically and think how could you make them better.

Good luck!

Written by nicole

Published on #Tips

Published on January 20 2011

This month, jamendo artist Julandrew share their top tips for artist exposure. This American indie-pop duo have had almost 330,000 listens on jamendo since posting their first album in 2008. Read on to learn what has helped their fan base continuously grow..



We have been on Jamendo member since May 23, 2008. When we first joined Jamendo, we had no fans, not one. Since then and all because of Jamendo and Creative Commons, we estimate that we have thousands of fans from all over the world. But how can you really know? We only know about the people who have written to us or have become Julandrew fans on Facebook.

When we first joined Jamendo, we were just looking for a place to upload our first few songs we wrote and recorded together (Julie's first songs ever).  We too were a little bit hesitant to put our music under the Creative Commons license, mainly because we had never heard of it.  But after some reading and research, we thought CC was a brilliant idea.  We really didn't know about Jamendo PRO either, until Patrick Haour, former Chief of Music at Jamendo, approached us with offers to license our songs.  Those offers started out few and far between.

But now, 2 1/2 years later, we get a few license deals pretty much every day, and additionally a few donations once in a while.  I can't tell you how many times the extra money has help us out.  Now that we understand the Creative Commons license and have seen it work very well, it would be very difficult to convince us to license the old way.  We are convinced that CC and Jamendo is all of the reason we have incredible global exposure.  With CC our songs can freely travel on their own, guilt-free for everyone to enjoy and share, without feeling like you're breaking the law.  It amazes me that ordinary people appreciate CC as much as they do.  We sometimes get emails from our fans telling us how cool it is that we give our music away for free.

To us, we're just reacting to the times we live in.  The traditional music industry model is archaic and dying fast.  We knew that if we required everyone to pay for our music, we would definitely not have as much exposure and as many fans as we do today.


Top 5 Tips for Artist Exposure

  1. Always write back to your fans who write you, and thank everyone who gives donations.  I see Jamendo recently gives us the ability to click on the donor's name, taking you to their page so you can thank them.
  2. Search the internet regularly for the uses of your music, and thank those people, too.  We were amazed to discover so many people using our songs for all kinds of videos, amateur and professional... and crediting us, respecting the Creative Commons license that way.
  3. This one is quite obvious, but keep your websites active and up to date.  If you let your site go stale, so will your popularity.  Julie actively keeps our Facebook page UTD, but we are guilty for not updating so much.
  4. Be #1 on Jamendo PRO and have at least 3 songs in their top 10. LOL.
  5. Do what Josh Woodward does.  Keep cranking out great songs, like a machine.

Written by marc

Published on #Tips

Published on December 2 2010

This month, electronic artist Professor Kliq shares with you his best tips for increasing exposure on jamendo. Professor Kliq is a top-selling artist on jamendo PRO and has seen his fan-base grow dramatically in the three years since he joined jamendo.  Read on to find out what he believes contributed to his success and use his tips to gain exposure yourself as a jamendo artist!


professor kliq


Jamendo has been the backbone of my success in my music career so far... if there's one thing I tell people about Creative Commons and technology today and the way it has impacted society, culture, and thusly the music industry, it's that you never know WHOSE hands your music will end up in if it's free and on the internet. There is definitely a sense of community in the CC world and that has shown with the support of my fans - a number which grows every day thanks to Jamendo and the doctrine of the CC license. If I could give any advice to anyone just starting their presence on Jamendo, it would be this:


  1. Space your releases and make sure they're of a reasonable length. Don't just upload a single track every time you finish something... people who enjoy your work want to be able to put it on and listen to it for a while, not have to hunt and peck through your slew of single releases and make a playlist. Also, when you create an "album", you have control over the structure of the entire thing... track selection is as musically relevant as the music itself and people respect that.
  2. Be patient. Like anything, it takes time to garner a following... I've been on Jamendo since 2007, so it's taken a while to get as many listens as I have, but the right people heard it and the listens have grown almost exponentially since.
  3. Participate in the community... go through and find some other works that you like. It's a great help to see what other artists like yourself are up to across the globe. You'll end up making friends this way and networking is key when your music is on the internet.
  4. Keep track of where your music is used - every use is another piece of your portfolio as a musician.
  5. Keep in touch with the people who use your music... you never know when they're going to need you again and if you're on a personal level, you'd be surprised where it can take you in your career.

Written by marc

Published on #Tips