There’s so much competition to make your submissions to music supervisors (and others who may want to use your music) stand out that getting the basics right is crucial. In this article we present five ‘must do’s’ to ensure that you increase your chances of success.
1. Ensure the Audio Quality is High
This might seem obvious, but is easily the most important. Always provide the best impression of your music by sending final masters rather than early demos or works in progress. The Music Supervisor will often be looking for songs that they can quickly and easily license without the need for further work or delays. If they are on short deadlines this becomes even more important.
2. Have 100% Ownership
Make sure you own, or can account for 100% of the copyright contained in the work. As soon as supervisors have to deal with split masters or are trying to chase down a 5% share of a songwriting copyright (maybe an old band member has left who has percentage) they will walk away from the deal.
3. Provide Clear Contact Information
Make sure your full contacts are on both the case and the CD that you send. Also make sure your track listing is available on the case – if it’s only on the disc it can be hard to read when in a CD player. If you’re sending a submission by email make everything clear in the email and also within the information encoded into the tracks. This is easy to do with iTunes.
4. Register CDs with Gracenote
Before sending your tracks off on CD make sure to register them with Gracenote – this is the database that iTunes uses to find track title when a CD is inserted. Register and make sure it all works before you send it off. It can take several days for the details to make it into the Gracenote database so be sure to plan in advance.
5. Have Stems and Instrumentals Easily Available
Sometimes your track can be perfectly suited to a project in all ways, but the lyrical content may give it an unwanted sentiment that doesn’t fit the production, or it may need to be used under dialogue. For these reasons supervisors will often want to know if there is an instrumental available and may want both versions to test out in the production. On occasions they will also ask for the stems as they may need to use a stripped down or slightly altered version. While there is no need to send all of these with your initial submission it can be worth mentioning their availability in a covering letter or email.
Lisnmusic make sure that all of the above tips, and more, are undertaken as standard when we represent your songs to Music Supervisors. If you are interested in working with Lisnmusic please contact us by email or via our website. And why not try out the above suggestions when sending us your music for consideration!