Hi music producers, songwriters, remixers, recording artists!
Here are 8 tips on submitting your music to publishers, having 7 years of experience as a head of publishing, I was sent many submissions over the years and I can give you some inside info on what works, and what doesn’t..
1 – Know what you want – have a game plan, what is your objective?, think carefully, the better idea you can give your prospective publisher about what you want from them, will help them close in on a mutual goal with you, if you just say ‘here’s my latest album’ it might not even get listened to, as opposed to a brief summary of your intentions, this will also give them a great insight into your character and passions.
2 – Short is sweet – try as hard as you can to keep things concise, they want to hear a bit about your work or experience, but not really about how cheeseburgers inspire you, or 40 key points about how you made your business card, when confronted with an essay, I can guarantee you most of it won’t be read.
3 – Less is less – I was once sent a CD, along with just a phone number, nothing else, I immediately binned it, because apart from an overwhelming impression of arrogance, I don’t want to work with someone who can’t be bothered, which leads me neatly to..
4 – Good presentation – even if it looks a bit amateur, the main thing is it looks like you can be bothered to put some effort in, doesn’t have to be over the top, just do the best with what you’ve got, generally speaking if you’ve got the talent, it will shine through.
5 – Going online – have some kind of an online portfolio, this could be a website, or even a soundcloud account, there are plenty of free resources out there and these days with smartphones and cheap laptops, there really is no excuse, even if you aren’t technically minded, ask a friend or family member to help you, if you can do it yourself, even better. To be brutally honest a lot of people are just lazy with this, there are tons of tutorials out there, you just need to sit down and learn! This also shows your determination to succeed.
6 – Speed is key – be very conscious of this, most publishers will get sent a lot of material from other artists, and they simply don’t have the time or the patience to listen to your 16 minute epic, think carefully about how you can present your work and get it into their mind in the fastest way, a good way is to create demos, highlighting the best parts of your work, just a few seconds, a minute or two at the most.
7 – Be prepared – take a little time to proof read your introduction, a little attention to grammar and spelling can really work wonders, again this adds to presentation, and your seriousness about making it in the industry.
8 – Keep going – don’t give up with the first rejection, keep producing, keep blogging, even when it seems like no one is watching or interested, it all adds up. I have known some composers to write a handful of tracks, announce that they are going to conquer the world, and then a year later they have simply stopped. It’s all about your attitude, be in it, to win it! It’s all good experience, and your skills will improve.
I was always most impressed with a brief and polite introduction, a few words about experience, and an example of how much effort someone was willing to put into their craft, if I can see that someone has been determined to stick with it over a long period of time, that is someone I would want to work with. 😉