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SoundCloud How do I set up my profile on SoundCloud?

Your SoundCloud profile is often the first thing other users see about you (even before they like your track) so it’s important to create a profile that truly represents what you are about. It’s simple to set up your profile but details are important to make sure you get noticed.

How to edit your SoundCloud profile

Sign into your account on Soundcloud.com and look for your name in the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on Profile from the dropdown box. Click on Edit and you will now be able to edit your profile.

The difference between a Display Name and a Profile URL on your SoundCloud account

Your Display Name and Profile URL are two separate but related parts that require attention when you create your profile. These two elements are what other SoundCloud users and the public will see. It’s important to get this part right.

If you are a band – use your band’s name for your Display Name. If you are a solo performer – use the name you perform under. If you are uploading episodes of a podcast – use the podcast name. A Display Name doesn’t need to be unique so don’t use the word “official” or numbers (unless numbers are part of your name). The cleaner your display name is, the better your profile will look on SoundCloud and the more professional it will look when it is embedded on other sites and apps. Importantly, it will also be easier for search engines to find you.

Your Profile URL has to be unique. It will be shared all over the internet. Pick something quick and easy to remember but pick something that will look good as a URL when you share it. If you are building a profile for a doom metal band using something like “soundcloud.com/cutekittens453” as your Profile URL is probably not the best idea you have had. Or maybe it is. Check with your drummer.

How to set up a great profile image

There are two images you should think about here. Like other accounts you have on the web or in apps, your profile photo should be an image that helps fans and other users find you. It’s important to select an image that represents you or your tracks accurately and sends a message about what you represent.

In Edit Your Profile, click on the round circle. Choose a photo or a logo you want to use. Keep in mind that the image you choose will be displayed in a circle on your SoundCloud profile. You can zoom and reposition your profile image during the upload process to get the perfect fit. We suggest a minimum 800 x 800 pixel resolution.

You can add another layer to your profile and make it stand out by adding a profile header image. This is another photo that can cropped or repositioned for maximum impact. This image will be displayed as a horizontal or landscape image so select something that works well in that format. This banner image is a great pace to feature the project you are currently promoting, like a track, EP, album or tour.

 

 

 

This article is part of an on-going series featuring tips and advice aimed at helping you promote yourself as an artist, build a loyal audience, and make the most of your presence on SoundCloud. 

SoundCloud SoundCloud Premier helps you reach even more fans with new promotional opportunities

Since its inception, the SoundCloud Premier program has empowered creators to control their careers by offering a leading revenue sharing rate, and direct access to their audience to promote tracks and connect with fans around the globe in real-time.

Alongside the industry-leading tools that help creators connect directly with their fans, SoundCloud is adding new marketing and promotional opportunities to help SoundCloud Premier creators build their careers on and off the platform. New additions include:

Playlist promotion for new releases
Have a new track or album ready to drop? New tracks from Premier creators are now automatically eligible for promotional rotation in featured playlists including our “Fresh Pressed” new music feature on SoundCloud home.  

Media promotions produced by SoundCloud
New and trending Premier artists will be up for weekly and monthly spotlight promotions across SoundCloud social media channels, email newsletter placements, platform-wide audio and video promo spots, and out-of-home marketing opportunities created by SoundCloud.

Brand partnership opportunities
SoundCloud connects creators with some of the world’s top brands for partnership opportunities that give them more exposure, and more money in their pocket.

Live showcases
Premier creators are the go-to choice for SoundCloud live events like SXSW and pop-up performances, and we’ll be adding more opportunities to help creators hone their live show and grow their fanbase.

Help when you need it
Dedicated community support for SoundCloud Premier members, plus additional educational resources to get you set up on SoundCloud Premier and maximize your opportunity.

SoundCloud Premier members and alumni represent an incredible range of artists shaping music culture including Chance the Rapper, Kali Uchis, Lil Uzi Vert, $UICIDEBOY$, Alina Baraz, Towkio, Louis the Child, Lil Yachty, blackbear, MadeinTYO, Metro Boomin and many more. The combined accolades of SoundCloud Premier creators to date include 14 GRAMMY Awards nominations, 10 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, three BRIT Awards nominations, 41 albums hitting the Billboard 200, and 122 tracks charting in Billboard’s Hot 100.

Here’s what fellow creators are saying about SoundCloud Premier:

“SoundCloud has a very unique community and group of listeners, so it’s great to come to SoundCloud to connect directly with my fans and build my fanbase, but also make money.”
starRo, Grammy-nominated producer/multi-instrumentalist/DJ and SoundCloud Premier member

“With SoundCloud Premier, I really like how I have a point of contact at SoundCloud. It feels like I’m like collaborating with SoundCloud as an artist, not just putting content on another platform.”
Witt Lowry, Hip-hop artist and SoundCloud Premier member

“SoundCloud Premier has been great. Through the program, I was connected to a campaign with Under Armour that gave me more exposure, and some coin. SoundCloud is helping artists brand with big marketing campaigns and big companies, these types of opportunities to reach more people are honestly the best thing you can get from any music platform.”
Lorine Chia, R&B soul-singer and SoundCloud Premier member

“It feels like we have a connection to the company, the program [SoundCloud Premier] has been really amazing for all the things we’re trying to do. We’re self-managed and releasing music independently, so being able to work directly with people who care about music–our music–has been one of the biggest benefits of being apart of the Premier program.”
The Cathedrals, Indie duo and SoundCloud Premier members

SoundCloud Premier remains invite-only, and will be rapidly expanding to include many more creators in 2018. Join the waitlist by visiting SoundCloud Premier on your desktop browser

SoundCloud The 2017 SoundCloud Playback

It’s that time of year when we take a look back at what’s happened in the world of creativity on SoundCloud over the last 12 months. From Grammy wins and Grammy nominations, to topping the charts, 2017 has been a big year for artists on SoundCloud.

We’ve amped up this year’s list for a total of 17 categories that touch every corner of the SoundCloud ecosystem, from hip-hop, pop, dance and rock, to what’s new, now and next in music culture. This year’s list celebrates the diverse creativity on the platform and within our community–everything from the buzziest tags in 2017 like ChillHop and Vaporwave, to the year’s most creative cities (welcome to the list Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seoul!).

Congrats to everyone on the list, and a huge thank you to the SoundCloud community for your continued creativity. We can’t wait to see what you create in 2018!

*The above information was compiled based on indicators and actions taken from across the SoundCloud community including streams, likes, reposts, shares and location.