iTunes Store Is Closing!

We all know it’s hard enough making money with your music. Now one of the last great ways to do that is about to disappear. 

It looks like the iTunes Store is going to close.

BUT there is still one remaining avenue to make real money from your music… Watch the video to find out. Afterwards, don't forget to leave a comment below and let us know what you think about all this.

The Business Side Of Music Podcast Interview

Click on the link below to access the podcast and scroll down to EPISODE #23:

Episode #23 - How To Get Your Music Into Film and Television... and Make Money in the Process

I recently did a podcast with Bob Bender over at "The Business Side Of Music”. I got an email back from him saying:  "I think this is going to be one of our best podcast episodes yet. I'm really excited to be getting it online.”

I dropped a lot of free tips and tricks about getting music into TV & film. I am really happy I could be a resource to his listeners and I hope you enjoy it too!

And while you're there, check out Indie Connect (they host the podcast) as they are a great resource for independent artists.

 

Interview with Music Supervisor Gary Calamar

We recently did a live webinar in our course, The Art of the Song Pitch, with music supervisor extraordinaire, Gary Calamar.

Gary has worked on a ton of shows including House, True Blood, Dexter, Six Feet Under, Weeds, The Man In The High Castle….and new shows like Alex Inc, Here And Now, and the soon to be released, Titans.

Here is a short snippet of the hour-long interview with Gary which included Q&As and live song reviews where our students got to pitch their music to Gary. 

Gary has some great stories & insights some of which he shares in this short video clip here:

From Zero To Full-Time Syncs

She had just lost her job.

Her dreams of making music for a living seemed like they were about to end.

She wondered how she would be able to make ends meet.

Then, with a simple change in her life, she suddenly started getting regular sync placements.

Megan's story is an amazing example of what can happen when you take the right steps... because it may turn out better than you expected.

Inner Circle Podcast Interview With Chris

Do you think there is too much competition out there to get your songs into TV & film? Sure there is a lot, but find out how to beat it. There is a reason the same songwriters keep getting their music synched over and over again, and it’s not all about who they know.

Check out Chris’ interview on the Inner Circle Podcast with Bobby Owsinski where Chris dishes on this and so much more.

 

TechMuze Podcast Interview With Chris

Chris was interviewed recently on the TechMuze Academy podcast. The host, Dezz Asante, asked him all about his online recording studio, Sundown Sessions Studio, and how he has helped so many indie artists get their songs into TV & film.

At the end of the interview, find out the 5 steps Chris teaches songwriters to get their music synced. 

Watch the video below for the full interview. And for more great tips & insights on all things music production & marketing related, check out TechMuze Academy's website.

3 Steps To Get Your Music Into TV & Film

Here are 3 proven steps that will help you get your music licensed in 2018. They will answer questions like these...

    - Why do some artists seem to succeed in sync over and over again?

    - Are you moving forward or getting ripped off?

    - Have you been trying to get your music licensed for a while?

I looked at the successes of people I've produced, and the wins of my students in The Art Of The Song Pitch course. I distilled it down the 3 things that will vastly improve your chances of getting your music into TV & film.

I am looking forward to hearing your songs on TV, in movies, and ads. May 2018 be your best year ever.

Happy New Year!

Chris

Christmas In July?!

When do music supervisors start looking for Christmas songs for the holiday season productions? In the summer! There is a saying we hear a lot in the music supervision world, that it's “Christmas in July”.

Have you ever tried to write a Christmas song in the middle of summer while you are spending time at the beach? It’s hard to get into the spirit when you’ve got your toes in the sand and a Mai Tai in your hand.

The smart thing to do is write your festive song during the Christmas season for the next year. You can really capture that feeling while the ornaments are on the tree, and the presents are wrapped. 

There is so much inspiration this time of year from the collision of spirituality and materialism to the importance of spending time with the ones you love.

There is always a need for new Christmas songs every year and they never get old. So pick up your instrument and challenge yourself to get one in your stocking for this summer’s licensing season!

Have a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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New Licensing Opportunity

I wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to license your music with the International Songwriting Competition. ISC 2017 is reopening entries for a special promotion called Screen Shot, running December 4 - 13, 2017. ISC is looking for songs that are appropriate for Film, TV, Ads, Video Games, and other licensing avenues.

We don’t lend our support to other companies lightly. I want to make sure that their values and commitment match ours before we email you about what they have to offer. ISC is not only recognized by ASCAP, but we have worked with them in the past and are proud to call them one of our close partners.

Ten Screen Shot finalists will have their songs made available to almost 1,000 industry contacts who are looking for music for upcoming projects. Additionally, one overall winner will get the opportunity to directly network with a group of high-profile execs who specialize in music placement. Included are: Lionsgate, Domino, Antfarm, The Sound Works, and more. Additionally, all songs will be entered into the overall music competition and be eligible to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes. 

Here is what the ISC’s 2016 Screen Shot winner, Jordan Richman, said about winning the special promotion last year: 

"Shane, Candace, and Jim from the International Songwriting Competition have been among the most influential people in my songwriting career. They have helped open some of the biggest doors and they truly care about the music. Thank you!"

ISC's Screen Shot promotion will help to nurture the winners’ careers by obtaining contacts within this vital music community and helping them obtain licensing deals for their songs.

The Screen Shot promotion ends on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 so don’t wait to submit your song. If you’ve been thinking of getting into music licensing, this is a perfect opportunity.

For more information or to register, check out: https://www.songwritingcompetition.com

Still Time To License Your Christmas Song

Music supervisors are still looking for last minute Christmas songs to put in their upcoming holiday episodes and TV specials. Be it originals or covers of Christmas classics, holiday songs are always in demand because every year there are new Christmas themed movies, TV episodes, and specials being made. So if you have a Christmas song ready to go, then don't wait to try and squeeze in one last holiday sync. And if you don't have a Christmas song in your repertoire, now might be the time to think of adding one and get it licensed for next year's holiday search.

Last year, I produced an original Christmas song for Malcolm Lally, and he went on to win a national Irish radio song contest with it (and even got heavy rotation)!

Check out the video below to hear what Malcolm had to say about his experience recording with us. To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, our sister site, Sundown Sessions Studio, is offering 20% off any Christmas song you'd like to record.

Don't forget music supervisors also love covers of familiar songs with your own twist on it. There are lots of Christmas songs to choose from if you don't have your own. And if you missed my blog about the benefits of recording a cover song, check it out here.  

PS. If you want to record a cover of a classic Christmas song, CD Baby has a FREE resource guide with a list of Christmas songs that are in the public domain - that means you don’t have to get permission from the song’s publisher to record the song plus they’re royalty free. Check out the helpful guide here.

This Music Supervisor Will Rock Your World...

Music supervisor, David Hayman, from Supergroup Sonic Branding Co. was awesome enough to take time out of his busy day to be interviewed. In fact, he actually had to step out of the film editing studio to do it. 

He is wrapping up a new film called "The Padre" starring Tim Roth, Nick Nolte, and Luis Guzmán.

You are going to get an amazing peek behind the scenes. Some of the questions I asked him were:

  • Do you ever accept music from independent artists? (You'll love his answer).
  • How should artists get your attention? (You'll like this one too).
  • Why do you like working with unsigned music? (...and this one as well).

Feel free to leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

Music Licensing Opportunity

So we have a music licensing opportunity for you. It's for a big indie film with some great actors in it.

The catch is, you have to follow some of the fundamental steps we teach in our course called The Art Of The Song Pitch. 

I show you the essential things your song has to have to get considered for a licensing opportunity...

If you're able to tick all the boxes I show you in the video, feel free to send in your song for consideration.

If you can't, I explain why the best strategy for your career is to not send anything at all right away.

**NB. SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

The Best Digital Aggregator (IMHO)

Why does it matter if you have your music online if you are just trying to get your songs licensed? Because if you don’t, you are leaving money and exposure on the table. When someone hears your song and Shazam’s it or looks it up online, you want them to have a way to download or stream it. Remember, you will potentially be exposed to millions of viewers and you want them to be able to find you instantly. If they can’t find you when they are inspired to, they will likely forget about you and that extra perk of getting a sync license will be gone forever till the next one. Artists can make a lot of money in a hurry from downloads and streaming if their song is suddenly on heavy rotation on radio or is on a popular TV episode.

RESEARCH

So we researched a lot of companies out there including Amuse, DistroKid, TuneCore, etc…. After running through all the main digital aggregators, we thought we would simply narrow it down to what we thought was the best choice for indie songwriters who are mostly focused on licensing. They all had their strengths from things like customer service, commission rates, and sign up rates. We focused on the things that as a whole had the most value for a licensing songwriter.

Some things that all the companies have in common are:

- They all get your music onto Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Pandora, etc.

- They submit your music to apps like Shazam (though some charge a fee for that)

- The companies never own any rights to your music, though some offer different deals for publishing or touring artists.

Drum roll please….the company we recommend you use to get your songs online so they can be discovered when you get a song placed is CD BABY. Here are the reasons we chose them and feel that this is the best option for most of you.

PROS

  • You only have to pay once when you sign up and you are good to go - no yearly fees
  • They collect your songwriter royalties for you
  • They will distribute your CDs or vinyl worldwide
  • You have the option to sell your music on Facebook and your website
  • The number of digital retail partners is 95+
  • They collect your SoundExchange royalties if you get airplay on SiriusXM or other digital radio stations
  • They even provide sync licensing for some of their artists

CONS

  • They charge a 9% commission on your royalties
  • You have to pay $5 per UPC or $20 for an album UPC

There are still big positives about some of the other companies. Some don’t even charge fees and let you keep 100% of the revenue like Amuse. Others let you upload as many songs as you want for a yearly fee like DistroKid, but when taken all together, we felt your best all-around option is CD Baby. If you’d like to do your own research and see what’s out there, we recommend checking out this article from a Performance Rights Organization about the top things to look out for when choosing a digital aggregator. Whichever option you go with, just make sure your music is out there and easily available before you start pitching your songs. If you missed the first video blog about the importance of this, click here.

Full disclaimer: We don’t have any ties whatsoever with CD Baby. This result was purely based on our research.

***BONUS: As mentioned in the 1st video, don’t forget to get on social media. This is one of the ways viewers are going to track you down. You don’t want to do this with your personal page, you should set up an artist page. It so happens that CD Baby has an awesome blog resource for songwriters called DIY Musician. Here is a link to a blog showing you step by step how to set up your Facebook page. You literally could do it right now in as little as a few minutes.