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Managers, press/media contacts, and artist representatives: It is your responsibility to relay the following information to the artist or band you represent so the AMA goes as smoothly as possible.

How do I schedule an AMA and get featured in the sidebar?

I want to contact the moderators to schedule an AMA

If you were not contacted by the moderators of /r/music, but want to do an AMA, please email RedditMusicAMAs@gmail.com and CC redditrmusic@gmail.com. We require that you provide proof of identity, as well as the date and time you would like the AMA to be done. Click here for instructions on what constitutes proof.

The moderators contacted me to schedule an AMA

If the moderators contacted you directly about doing an AMA, don't worry! We will put you on the sidebar as soon as the scheduled time is decided on.

How do I post an AMA thread in /r/Music?

What do I do before an AMA?

It is recommended that all people interested in doing an AMA do the following before submitting their AMA

  • Create your reddit account and inform the moderators of /r/music the name of the account.

  • Post your AMA up 1-2 hours before the scheduled start time to allow questions to come in.

  • Announce your AMA on your social media account(s) as easy verification, and to inform any interested fans that you are taking questions. Please do not explicitly ask your fans to upvote your AMA.

  • Decide between manual submission or guided submission of your AMA, and ensure you know how to submit the AMA before the scheduled start time.

Manual Submission Method

This method involves submitting your AMA as a discussion post directly through the reddit text submission form.

  1. Submit a Discussion

  2. Fill in the rest of the title after "[AMA]" with something such as "Hi, we are Rock Band Extreme, ask us anything!"

  3. In the text box, include the following if possible

    • A brief introducing of yourself
    • The start time of your AMA
    • How long you will be answering questions
    • Links to your website and social media accounts
    • Links to any albums or songs you wish to promote
    • Some form of verification, such as a tweet from an offical source, a facebook post, a picture of the band/artist holding up a sign, etc. - click here for what constitutes proof
  4. Scroll down and press the "submit" button.

Guided Submission Method

This method involves using a website which simplifies the process of submitting AMAs. This website is not affiliated with reddit or the /r/music moderation team, and we offer no endorsement of the company that hosts this tool, so use at your own discretion.

  1. Access the easyAMA website. easyAMA

  2. Connect your reddit account to the easyAMA website

  3. Enter the information as appropriate in the various text fields

  4. Enter the preview of the AMA

  5. optional: forward the AMA preview to the /r/music moderation to if you wish to ensure everything is ok

  6. submit the AMA

What do I do after submitting the AMA?

Finding your AMA

You can find your AMA submission easily by clicking your username in the top right corner of the screen, pressing the "submissions" tab, and your AMA should be the newest submission on your account.

Answering Questions

To answer questions, you need to press the "reply" button within the list links below a user's comment.

Continue this process throughout the thread. You can answer whichever questions you’d like and ignore any that you don’t want to respond to.

What do I do when the AMA is done?

Congratulations, you have survived a reddit AMA! There is not much else to do now but to say goodbye to your fans and give them a big thank you for showing up. To do this, you are going to edit the text of your original submissions. If you go to the top of the comment page, underneath the body of your original text submission will be an "edit" link. Click that, add what you need to, and then press "save". You are now done!

What constitutes "Proof"?

Some examples of good proof would be:

  • A tweet from your official account stating the date, time, and location of the AMA.

  • A Facebook post from your official account stating the date, time, and location of the AMA.

  • An email to our address (RedditMusicAMAs@gmail.com) from an account that appears on one of your official artist pages or website.

  • A photo of you with a sign that says "Reddit" with your username or something similar.

What makes a good AMA?

  1. As soon as the date for the AMA has been confirmed with the moderators, it is recommended that you make promotional posts on social media accounts in the days leading up to the AMA. Once the actual post is made, share a link to the AMA thread on all official social media accounts and encourage fans to come ask questions. DO NOT ask fans to upvote the thread as this is against reddit's site-wide rules and will result in your account getting banned. It's okay to direct attention to the AMA via social media and other avenues, but specifically asking for votes is not okay.

  2. Get scheduled. This makes it easier for everyone. Users know the AMA is coming and can look forward to it. Mods get proof ahead of time so that we don't have to struggle for our comment to be seen. Click here for instructions on how to get scheduled. If you have a promotional image you would like used for our sidebar advertisement, please provide that to the moderators as far in advance as possible - click here for some examples from past AMAs. Otherwise, we will select our own image (which is usually old album artwork).

  3. Start off by drafting a descriptive post title. The text of the post often needs to be informative as well. The mods can give feedback on both of these when someone schedules ahead of time. Also, proof needs to be provided from the second the thread is posted (preferably beforehand so the AMA is confirmed prior to posting).

  4. Time your AMA appropriately. Don't start right away; wait a few minutes for bad questions to filter down and good questions to filter up. But don't start too late as users will grow impatient. 30 minutes after the post has been made is the recommended waiting time before answering questions, and you should wait no longer than 90 minutes.

  5. Go based on votes. Don't hunt for questions that you want to answer because this comes off as promotional. It's fine to choose some other questions that are lower down the list as long as you're not ignoring the questions that people do clearly want to see answered.

  6. One word answers are strongly frowned upon - users appreciate and respect when an artist takes the time to give a thoughtful answer. Please see Tycho's AMA for the gold standard of AMA responses.

  7. Personalize your text and your answers. Don't give stock answers because that is obvious. Make sure that you're actually thinking about the question and writing out a fresh answer for it.

  8. Don't just answer top-level questions; reply to the follow-up questions addressed to your responses. Really engage the community. And not just to questions; feel free to engage in all of the jokes and other banter. Redditors are there for a mix of information and entertainment, so balance the two as best you can. The more effort you put into making thoughtful responses, the more memorable the AMA will be.

  9. Refresh the page regularly so that you can see newer comments that are gaining momentum and receiving a large number of votes.

  10. Roll with the punches. You can't come in with a set agenda of what you want to talk about. Just let it happen naturally, and both you and the community will be better off for it.


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