Music Glue has quite a reputation in the music industry. In fact, notable artists like Black Sabbath, Vampire Weekend, the Backstreet Boys, and even the Public Broadcasting Service all host their sites on Music Glue. And because the platform is so music-centric, we think it’s perfect for new artists looking to build their music career.
Music Glue has all the features you’d expect from a music-centric builder: strong social media integration and music themes for all your site pages. It’s easy to use, and if you have a Premium plan, all your music sales and streams are eligible for physical and digital chart numbers in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. That’s perfect for new artists trying to get their name out there.
New artists will also love the fact that Music Glue doesn’t charge any monthly fees. It’s completely free to use—you just pay a 2% commission fee on your gross sales. That can be a pretty steep fee if you're selling tons of merch. But if you’re just starting out and you’re not making a lot of sales yet, it’s probably the most cost-efficient option on our list.
Understandably, though, this pricing structure means Music Glue functions primarily as an ecommerce platform—which is good for some artists and bad for others. On the one hand, all Music Glue users can create a digital store that sells everything from music to tickets for upcoming events. The downside is the platform skimps on other common features, like a robust blogging system and email marketing. Depending on your needs and your fanbase, that may not create the best experience for users on your site.
Another downside to Music Glue? While the platform offers web hosting, it doesn’t offer domain registration. So if you want your website to look professional (with no “musicglue.com” in your web address), you’ll need to purchase a custom domain through a third-party domain registrar or hosting provider.