40 Goals For Music Artists & How To Reach Them

The first thing we think of when someone asks, β€œwhat is your goal?” is often to go so far from short-medium term goals and tell them about our largest goals, without any small goals along the way to help us reach the biggest one. In this article, we list 40 goals you can set as an artist! Take whichever ones you wish and build on them over time! Stay till the end of the article to find out how to effectively plan out and reach your goals! πŸ”₯

  1. Compose β€œX” number of songs in the next β€œX” months

  2. Practice learning a new instrument

  3. Create a press kit for myself or my band.

  4. Set time to meditate or self reflect each day for β€œX” amount of minutes.

  5. Create a daily practice schedule for my music production/song-writing

  6. Study music business (articles, books, videos, etc)

  7. Earn β€œX” amount from my music catalog

  8. Sign up for music publishing

  9. Study music publishing and how it works (helpful guide here)

  10. Gain β€œX” amount of followers on Instagram in the next β€œX” weeks/months.

  11. Engage more with my fans through DM’s/emails at least once per day.

  12. Create a content upload strategy for my social media accounts.

  13. Collaborate with β€œX” amount of artists in the next β€œX” weeks/months.

  14. Attend a music networking event

  15. Practice song-writing or music production in further detail

  16. Design and sell merch for myself/my band.

  17. Incorporate healthy eating into my daily routine

  18. Play β€œX” amount of live shows (even small events) in the next β€œX” months.

  19. Study finance/budget management

  20. Create more video content (YouTube, Insta, Facebook, etc)

  21. Research social media trends to be on top of my social media game.

  22. Build a LinkedIn profile and network with industry professionals.

  23. Get my first sync placement in the next β€œX” months.

  24. Collect all my metadata for my music and manage it somewhere

  25. Study what metadata is - Our ebook here.

  26. Practice mixing/mastering your songs better.

  27. Create a marketing plan for your new song.

  28. Setup an email marketing list and create a monthly schedule

  29. Send your music to β€œX” amount of Instagram, Tik Tok or YouTube influencers.

  30. Submit your music to β€œX” number of Spotify playlists

  31. Create a playlist with your own music for your fans to listen to all your tracks (+features).

  32. Write music for other artists.

  33. License your own samples to other artists (in return for publishing splits)

  34. Make a live rendition of your track.

  35. Hold a giveaway/competition for your fans (giveaway merch perhaps?)

  36. Create paid advertising content + Study paid advertising (FB, YouTube, Instagram Ads, etc).

  37. Copyrighting your music catalog

  38. Trademarking your artist name (important one)

  39. Start taking pictures of yourself/your team at random moments to document your journey.

  40. Network with β€œX” amount of music professionals on social media each week.

We hope you enjoy this list of goals! - And, as an added bonus to this article, we’ve explained below how to actually achieve those goals using the β€œS.M.A.R.T” goal setting method.

S: Specific - Well defined, clear, and unambiguous

M: Measurable - With specific criteria that measure your progress towards the accomplishment of the goal

A: Achievable - Attainable and not impossible to achieve

R: Realistic - Within reach, realistic, and relevant to your purpose.

T: Timely - With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date. The purpose is to create urgency.

Specific πŸ€”

Goals that are specific have a significantly greater chance of being accomplished. To make a goal specific, the five β€œW” questions must be considered:

  1. Who: Who is involved in this goal?

  2. What: What do I want to accomplish?

  3. Where: Where is this goal to be achieved?

  4. When: When do I want to achieve this goal?

  5. Why: Why do I want to achieve this goal?

Measurable ⏳

A SMART goal must have criteria for measuring progress. If there are no criteria, you will not be able to determine your progress and if you are on track to reach your goal. To make a goal measurable, ask yourself:

  1. How many/much?

  2. How do I know if I have reached my goal?

  3. What is my indicator of progress?

Achievable πŸ™ƒ

A SMART goal must be achievable and attainable. This will help you figure out ways you can realize that goal and work towards it. The achievability of the goal should be stretched to make you feel challenged, but defined well enough that you can actually achieve it. Ask yourself:

  1. Do I have the resources and capabilities to achieve the goal? If not, what am I missing?

  2. Have others done it successfully before?

Realistic πŸ’ͺ

A SMART goal must be realistic in that the goal can be realistically achieved given the available resources and time. A SMART goal is likely realistic if you believe that it can be accomplished. Ask yourself:

  1. Is the goal realistic and within reach?

  2. Is the goal reachable given the time and resources?

  3. Are you able to commit to achieving the goal?


Timely πŸ•

A SMART goal must be time-bound in that it has a start and finish date. If the goal is not time constrained, there will be no sense of urgency and motivation to achieve the goal. Ask yourself:

  1. Does my goal have a deadline?

  2. By when do you want to achieve your goal? 

For example, building on the goal above: On August 1, I will obtain a gym membership at my local community center. In order to be healthier, I will work out four days a week. Every week, I will aim to lose one pound of body fat. By the end of August, I will have realized my goal if I lose four pounds of fat over the course of the month.