A Free WordPress Theme For Musicians, Bands and Entertainers

Christmas has come early for musicians in need of a website! Music Lite is a slimmed down version of our recently revamped Music Theme. It’s an excellent and free WordPress theme for musicians, bands and entertainers on a tight budget.

Organic Themes has long catered to the struggling artist. Our free WordPress themes like Portfolio Lite and Structure Lite are popular among artists and designers. However, Music Lite is our first free theme for that other struggling artist — the musician.

Music Lite Theme Features

The Music Lite theme has a sleek, dark and fully responsive design. It features a home page template, tour dates, blog and compatibility with popular music player plugins. Additionally, Music Lite is fully compatible with our Organic Customizer Widgets plugin. As a result, you can build dynamic pages to display a discography, fan testimonials, featured merchandise and more!

A full browser home page with background video.

Creating the Home Page

The home page is designed to always fit within the browser window. Upcoming tour dates, social media links and a featured background image or video can be displayed on the home page. Follow these instructions to create a home page:

  1. Navigate to Pages > Add New.
  2. Add a Page Title (*It will display in bold on the home page).
  3. Optional: Add an Excerpt (*It will display beneath title).
  4. Optional: Add Featured Image (*It will display as background image).
  5. Within Page Attributes select the “Home” template.
  6. Publish the page.
  7. Navigate to Settings > Reading.
  8. Within the homepage settings select the “static page” option.
  9. Select your recently published home page from the drop down options.

Adding Tour Dates

The theme should notify you to install and activate the Organic Custom Content plugin. The plugin adds the Tour Date custom post type to the theme. Once the plugin is activated, follow these instructions to add tour dates:

  1. Navigate to Tour Dates > Add New Date.
  2. Enter your tour date time, location, venue and ticket link.
  3. Publish the tour date.

Up to your 4 most recent tour dates will display at the bottom of the home page. Tour dates that have passed will automatically be hidden. If you would like to create a page with all upcoming tour dates listed, please consider upgrading to the premium Music Theme.

Adding Social Media Links

A social media menu can be added to the theme header. This is accomplished by creating a custom menu. Follow these instructions to add a social media menu:

  1. Navigate to Appearance > Menus.
  2. Click the link to “create a new menu”.
  3. Add a Menu Name (i.e. Social Menu).
  4. Click the blue “Create Menu” button.
  5. Within the Menu Settings, check “Social Menu” as the display location.
  6. On the left, select the Custom Links tab.
  7. Add a link to your social media profile in the URL field.
  8. Add the Link Text such as “Soundcloud” (Note: This text will not be displayed, but it is required).
  9. Click the “Add To Menu” button.
  10. Repeat steps 7-9 for each social media link.
  11. Click the blue “Save Menu” button.

Additional Features In Premium Music Theme

Upgrade to the premium Music Theme for more options and functionality. The premium version features the ability to add and display more tour dates on a tour dates page template. Additionally, there are several more theme options available within the WordPress customizer for modifying colors, fonts, layout, slideshows and more. Also, the theme is compatible with WooCommerce. So you can setup a shop on your site to sell band merchandise. If you like Music Lite, you’ll love the premium Music Theme!

Music Lite is currently in the queue for the official WordPress theme directory. Once accepted, users will receive automatic updates and bug fixes. While we wait for the review process, the only place to download this rocking theme is directly from our site here.

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David Morgan is the co-founder, designer, and developer of Organic Themes. He founded the company with Jeff Milone in 2009 on the Hawaiian island of Maui. David enjoys surfing, swimming, golfing and creating new web applications and products. Personal Site: http://dav.idmorgan.com

1963 Comments on “A Free WordPress Theme For Musicians, Bands and Entertainers”
  1. Bug Report. This theme causes my media library to become unusable. Only List View works. Grid View does not work (gives spinning circle of death) and images cannot be loaded into other pages. Running WordPress 4.9.4 on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Apache/2.4.18, MySQL 5.7.21, PHP 7.0.25

    “Factory” WordPress themes such as “Twenty Sixteen” work OK.

    • Hi Bob,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’ve tested locally to see if I can reproduce this issue with the Music Lite theme active. However, I have been unable to reproduce this bug. I’ve provided screenshots of both views of the media library working as expected with the Music Lite theme active:


      This leads me to believe the issue you are experiencing may be related to your server or hosting, in which your hosting provider may have had a temporary outage while trying to view your media library. I would recommend trying again to see if the issue persists.


    • Hello, if you have added tour dates in which the date has already passed, the date will not show. The theme only displays tour dates that are in the future, and automatically removes dates that have passed.


    • Hello, please make sure to install and activate the Organic Custom Content plugin in order to add your tour dates. For future theme support for Music Lite theme, please refer to our support forum. I hope that helps, thanks!

  2. Do you have one date in the date field. I tried a date range, and it didn’t show? I typed out a complete date and it did.

    • Hello,

      I haven’t tested it with a date range, but it is designed to display only a single date in the field. Also, dates that have already passed will not display.


  3. Looks really slick, one question though – how were you able to achieve the news page styling? Was that through an organic theme template? Thanks!

    • Thanks Michael, glad you are enjoying the theme! For support on this theme, please refer to our Music Lite Theme support forum by clicking the following link: https://wordpress.org/support/theme/music-lite

      Within the forum, you can either search a topic or submit a new question. A team member checks in on the forums regularly and would be happy to help you there. Thanks!