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How to Create a Wikipedia page for an Artist or Band in 2022

Wikipedia - the trusty page we all go to whenever we need to check some facts (or someone). It is undoubtedly, a highly popular and trusted website and, for this reason, it ranks high on Search Engines.


It’s easy to get carried away and want to have your own page there. It gives credibility, it helps you to become verified on Twitter, you’ve heard. And while it is absolutely right, there’s some DOs and DON’Ts. A Wikipedia etiquette, if you will.

For this reason, we want to give you the best tips so you can get your artist profile approved.

So, you want to be on Wikipedia?


How to get a Wikipedia artist page in 2022


For the independent, DIY musician, having a Wikipedia page can do wonders for your reputation and credibility. As we’ve stated before, Wikipedia pages are universally understood to be “credible sources”. So, for you to be on there, must mean you’re serious and legit.


How can I set up a Wikipedia page?


While we all know Wikipedia and are used to navigating through its pages, not all of us know how the process of creating a page works.

Wikipedia is governed by a range of volunteer editors from around the world who are in charge of choosing what becomes published (and what doesn’t).

Getting a Wikipedia page might not be as easy as you might’ve thought. Especially if you’re a new artist or someone who hasn’t had much media impact (yet). Wikipedia editors like to grant a spot to those who can prove and convince them that they’re worthy of a page in their site. This is their way of protecting the space and making sure they’re not crowding it with “just created” acts that might abandon their music career 2 weeks after starting.

If you’re still relatively new to the world of music and don’t have much written about you (from pages other than your own social media & website). Your best bet is to start working on that. Contact your local music tastemakers, build relationships with music blogs, submit your upcoming single to music reviews… and remember a small publication is better than none at all! Spend some time making sure there’s content about you being published on the internet, once that’s achieved, come back to this article and keep reading!

Now, we’re not saying that these tips will guarantee you a Wikipedia page. However, if you follow the tips below and pay close attention to Wikipedia posting guidelines, your chances of getting approved will be higher than if you just try to shoot your shot without previous research.


5 tips for getting a Wikipedia page approved as a solo artist or band


1. Prove notability This is probably the most important tip! In order to get a Wikipedia page you and/or your band need to have the “noteworthy" status. Without it, we can guarantee you’ll fail at securing it. As Wikipedia themselves said on their “speedy deletion” policy pages which aren’t backed up with evidence of their notability are subject to removal under the terms that they have “no indication of importance”. So, how do you prove to them you have the desired notability? In your text you have to refer to anything critics have said about you, or anything that has put you in front of the public eye or public media mentions (good news only obviously). If you’re not sure what Wikipedia deems as “noteworthy” here are some key points:

Read all the other “notability points”

2. Keep it neutral Your wikipedia page is not the place to tell the world you’re “the best act” of 2022. Better keep that for Instagram or Twitter on a day where you’re feeling yourself. If Wikipedia feels like you’re using their platform for any type of self-promotion they will, most likely, remove your page from their site.

3. Use verified sources

Including sources and references is the best way to prove what you’re stating about your music or band is true.


But, Wikipedia is a little bit picky and won’t even care about them unless they’re coming from trustworthy, verified third parties.


This commonly includes things like…

-Article reviews in music blogs or other music publications

-Online mentions about your brand or music

-Press coverage in a well-known magazine or newspaper

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t include anything else but. However, make sure the sources you add come from an unbiased, official, independent party. Steer away from linking your own posts (if you have a music blog), your friend’s Twitter thread advocating for your talent or your family member Facebook status. They’re a nice support, definitely share them on your social platforms. Just don’t add them on your Wikipedia page.



4. Don’t write it yourself

Forget about the “one band man” and all the hustle culture attitude when it comes to Wikipedia. You do not need to do it all on your own, in fact, it’s best if you get someone else to do it for you!


And we’re not saying this because we’re lazy or lack ideas for your artist page. In fact, we’re saying this because we know Wikipedia loves their third-party, non-biased, factual texts. And, this spirit gets thrown away when the submitted text is written by the artist, a member of the band, the manager or even record label (if you have one).

So, who should write your Wikipedia artist page???? We’ll give you some options:

  • a family member. Tell them to not include anything that can sound like “they are the best music band this generation will ever see!”. That’s not on them to decide, it’s for the fans and history to declare. So please, remember the keyword: objectivity.

  • a friend (same as with family members, keep it chill).

  • your fans. Again, link them this article so they get the memo.

  • a Wikipedia contributor. This is, without a doubt, your best bet. Wikipedia actually sees & tracks who contributes to their pages that are getting published, so asking a well-known name to write your entry, could give you extra points.


5. Be thorough

Do not skip a single detail. Showcase every achievement you’ve gotten in your musical career. It doesn’t matter if it seems big or small to you, just make sure it is relevant and passes the test of time.


Noteworthy information to include may be:

- Your award nominations/wins

- Previous discographies

- Current band members

- Lineup changes

- Past and future performance or live performance dates


This information would be relevant 50 years from the time the article was written. The nail color of the lead singer during your band’s first festival concert, wouldn’t.



As we've said before, following these tips won't secure a Wikipedia spot for you or your band. However, following them will increase your chances of being featured. Good luck!



 

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