We understand how being in a band can be time-consuming, it’s hard enough to organise your music, let alone a bunch of other people you make and perform music with. Continuing our Top 10 Apps series, we’ve searched high and low for 10 of the best free or affordable apps for bands. These will help you save time so you can focus on the creative, aka the best part. In this list you will find tools covering lots of aspects of a band’s needs such as touring, scheduling, managing social media, songwriting and more.
Abbey Road’s Topline – FREE
Topline was designed by musicians for musicians. It’s essentially a music recording studio on your phone. It’s guaranteed to make your (and your band’s) life easier as you will be able to import files, organise and convert and share your tracks in just one app!
Gigtown – FREE
Described as the ‘ultimate live music calendar’; the Gigtown app enables you to submit to open mics and add your future shows but also to browse upcoming neighbouring gigs. Thanks to that feature you will be able to meet local artists and make connections in the area.
SongSpace – FREE
SongSpace is an app made to facilitate songwriting by creating a shared environment dedicated to creating music. Create a cloud-based catalogue to store and share song pages, playlists, lyrics and smooth out your band’s songwriting process.
Slack – FREE
Slack is available on desktop and mobile for free with possibility of upgrade starting at €6.25 per month. It allows you to separate ‘business talk’ from more casual conversations you have with your band members and facilitates planning. Think of it like a step up from Whatsapp for bands that are serious about getting organised.
Spotify For Artists – FREE
Spotify For Artists is the ultimate tool to improve your Spotify page and hopefully make it more noticeable. The platform is band-friendly as several members can have access to the account and make changes or check out stats according to what access they were granted. Read our blog post to learn more about Spotify for Artists and how to add members.
Artist growth – FREE
Manage your tour information, events, schedule and finances all in one app. Add as many team members as you like and create a roster calendar for your band easily!
Cleartune – £3.99
Cleartune is a real bargain for an app that will tune all the instruments found in a typical band and that is also calibrated to tune violins. The display will ensure high accuracy and the app also offers support for transposition.
Merch cat – FREE with premium tier for $7.99 per month
If you’ve decided to go big on the merch, this app is for you! This app will track sales reports and real time inventory, will allow you to execute cash and card payments at concerts and give you analytics and will optimise your merch revenues.
Band mule – FREE
Looking to share files, tasks, have a calendar and chat space all in one place? Band Mule is exactly what your band needs. It will help you effortlessly organise rehearsals and keep track of your schedule.
Buffer – FREE with premium tier starting at $14.99 per month
Buffer is a scheduling app for social media that will help you build your presence on social media easily. Save some by only using this app for posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. You get analytics of your socials in the app, but don’t forget you can keep an eye on all your followers from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube AND Soundcloud in your Spinnup artist account.