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Hashtags for Musicians: Best Hashtags and Hashtag Strategies

Hashtags are the key to helping new fans find you on social media. In this guide, we give you all of the info that you need to use hashtags to their maximum potential for musicians and bands on Instagram. We give you insights on how to select a hashtag and why and at the bottom of this guide you will find a list of specific hashtags that we are seeing working best for musicians, bands, DJs and other music makers.

Key Points:

  1. Hashtag Strategy 101
  2. Selecting Your Hashtag Set
  3. Selecting The Right Hashtags For Your Post
  4. 100 Hashtags For Musicians

Hashtag Strategy 101

Think of hashtags as having two different purposes.

  1. Each single hashtag itself is a new stage on which new fans might discover you. You might do small gigs or be the opening act for another band to get in front of music lovers that have not yet heard your music. The idea is to get in front of as many people as possible, even in small settings, to help more people discover you. Hashtags can work that way as well. Adding some to your posts will get you in front of just a few new people, while others might allow you to hit a larger audience. Combined, the effort is to get a broad reach.
  2. The combination of various hashtags also helps the algorithms of social media platforms understand who might be interested in your post. The set of hashtags along with other signals that they look for when people engage with your posts tell them who else would be interested in your content.

With that in mind, a good hashtag strategy includes experimenting with many terms and selecting them specifically for each post to accurately match what you are sharing.

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Each single hashtag itself is a new stage on which new fans might discover you.

Selecting Your Hashtag Set

Now that you understand the potential benefit of hashtags, we want to help you select the right hashtags to use. When we help a musician develop their social media strategy, we typically help them come up with 8 to 15 core hashtags. These are the ones that they will use in most feed posts, where a large number of hashtags are allowed and, in fact, encouraged.

Let’s walk you through selecting your core hashtags. Here are the categories that might help you build your list.

  • Your Name/ Band Name – Let’s start with one or more hashtags that can be used to catalog all that you post and can help capture posts about you done by your fans or the press. If your name is Casey Lynn Smith, that likely would be #caseylynnsmith. If you want to shorten it that might be #caseylynn. For this you do want something that is likely to be only used by you and your fans, so stay away from something as simple as #casey. If you are a band, it would be the band name.
  • Music Genre – It is often a good idea to include a few hashtags that help define the style of music that you play. If you crossover a few genres, include all that apply.
  • Instrument or Category – Another way to find fans and help define your music is to have some hashtags related to how you make your music. If you are a duo with a singer and guitarist, use hashtags like #singer, #guitar to help define you and find your people.   
  • Brands/Label – Do you have a record label? You will want to both tag them and include any related hashtags. If you endorse or just use a brand of gear, consider tagging and hash-tagging them. If you are a DJ and use gear by Pioneer try adding @pioneerdjglobal and #pioneerdj to your posts. Many of these brands have their social media teams looking for users featuring their product and they might re-share your post.
  • General Hashtags – Beyond those above that help define you uniquely, there are many general music hashtags that you might want to consider using in your hashtag plan. For Instagram, for instance, tags like #instamusic and #band can be helpful in reaching people specifically looking for new music.

Note: Below is a list of suggested hashtags for each of these categories.

Take some time now to work on your core hashtag set. Below you will find a helpful list of nearly 100 of the best hashtags for musicians, all organized in these same categories. Once you have your 8 to 15 hashtag set, you are ready to move to the next step.

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When we help a musician develop their social media strategy, we typically help them come up with 8 to 15 core hashtags. These are the ones that they will use in most feed posts, where a large number of hashtags are allowed and, in fact, encouraged.

Selecting The Right Hashtags For Your Post

Those core hashtags are what you will use in most of your posts. Now we want to develop a plan to use some additional hashtags specific to each of your posts. This is a strategy to help go beyond defining you, but now you are defining the specific content each time you are sharing. As you develop your posting strategy, you might even find that these hashtags can help inspire what you want to post.

To best help you understand this and to help inspire some post ideas for you, here are a few specific ideas/examples:

#MusicMonday/#NewMusicFriday – These are two active hashtags that can help you get in front of potential new fans.

#BehindTheScenes – Give your followers some backstage access or perhaps a behind-the-scenes look at your song writing process or work in the studio. Other potential hashtags related to this behind-the-scenes approach can be #inthestudio, #studio #unplugged #backstage

#cover – I know this can be a touchy topic, but doing covers of trending tunes can be an effective way to increase your audience. Doing them in your own unique style can expose a new audience to your music style and be a gateway to get them interested in you and your original music. Other related hashtags to this approach are #acousticcover (which could be your own tune, all acoustic) and #coversong. Also you want to consider hashtags and tagging related to the song name and original artist to maximize your reach.

Hopefully with these examples, you are already thinking of ways to make hashtags work for you. Look for ways that you can leverage key hashtags to drive your race to new fans and to inspire new ideas for content to post in your social media. Need some additional help coming up with the best strategy for posting in social media? Check out our guide Instagram for Musicians: Posting Success Strategies. Combining that with these hashtags will make you a real social media pro.

Instagram hashtags for musicians

100 Hashtags For Musicians

Below is our list of Instagram hashtags to get you started. Remember to blend some from each of these categories of hashtags, working to build a combination that best conveys who you are, what you do and is fine-tuned to match with what you are posting.

General Hashtags For Musicians and Bands

#musician #music #instamusic #artist #songwriter #musicians #livemusic #song #musica #singer #musicislife #songs #band  #spotify #soundcloud #youtube #musiclife #musiciansofinstagram #musiclover #igmusic  #dailymusicians #spotifymusic #livemusicrocks #talentedmusicians #wowmusicians

Music Genre

#hiphop #rap #rock #dj #trap #singersongwriter #rapper #beats #dance #pop #metal #edm #edmmusic #rocknroll #rockandroll #hardrock #classicrock #bluegrass #bluegrassmusic #blues #countrymusic #countrymusicislife #funkmusic #rockband

Instrument/ Category

#guitar #guitarist #acousticguitar #musicproducer #producer #bass #piano  #drums #drummer #guitarplayer #ukulele #electricguitar #singer #songwriter #piano #synth #beats #bassplayer #bassguitar #artists #bands #guitarstagram #fingerstyle #vocalist

What to Expect

#musicvideo #newmusicalert #acousticcover  #cover #musicvideo #newmusic #unplugged #coversong #concert #live #singing #studio #ukulelecover #womenofrock #guitarsolo #musicphotos #bestmusicshots #behindthescenes #inthestudio #backstage #acoustic #amazingmusicians

Special Days/ Events

#musicmonday #newmusic  #newmusicfriday #rockshow #liveshow #rockconcert #concert

We hope that you find this guide with the best hashtags for musicians helpful. Have any questions that we can help you with? What Instagram hashtags are working best to market your music? Drop us a quick line in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you and we look forward to seeing you grow your reach on social media.

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