Four Ways to Get Better at Pitching Songs for Film and TV

Having had the good fortune of song placements in both films and television shows, I can safely say there is no magic bullet when it comes to making this happen. However, there are certainly things that you, as a songwriter, can do to improve your odds when you’re pitching songs for film and TV. I’ve
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Seven Tips For Getting Your Songs Cut

When you’re starting out as a songwriter, a common scenario is that something in your life moves you to the point where you’re inspired to write about it and, thus, your song is born. This may still be the case – and on some level I hope so – but if your hopes extend to
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Six Important Ways To Build Your Reputation as a Songwriter

As in any business, your reputation and the impression that you make is a big part of a successful career in songwriting. Being well-respected and taken seriously as a songwriter will, in time, open doors and lead to work that will get your songs to a wider audience and generate income as well. However, as
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Three Things To Do Before Your Meeting With A Music Publisher

For songwriters early on in their careers, getting a face to face meeting with a music publisher can represent the first major step towards connecting with the music industry. Not knowing how to prepare for a meeting like this can create genuine anxiety. To help you avoid this, I’m going to suggest a few things
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Three Good Reasons Songwriters Should Love Their Songs

In order to suffer the slings and arrows which are an inevitable part of trying to generate income from your songs, it’s a good idea to love them first. I’m talking about a very specific kind of love here. What I’m not talking about is the kind of desperate, dysfunctional love where your song is
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The DIY Guide to Pitching Songs to Anyone in the Music Industry

So you’ve written a great song, made a fabulous demo and now you’ll live happily ever after, right? Well, kind of… This article is the official “chapter after” you’ve written and recorded your song. There’s no doubt that being a great songwriter and having beautifully recorded versions of your songs is an admirable goal in
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Charting A Music Career: Good, Fast, Cheap – Pick Any Two

Charting a music career is a complicated endeavor to say the least. It’s doubly so given that you’ll have to make not only musical decisions but also critical business decisions along the way. I heard an expression a few years ago that really stuck with me as it outlines the reality of the choices we
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Confessions of a Music Supervisor

Ever wondered what music supervisors are really thinking? I can help. I’ve invited an established music supervisor to give you that insight with the condition that they remain anonymous. Read this blog post for the inside scoop… _____ Hi. I’m a music supervisor. My confession? I’m an “anti-music” music supervisor. I don’t want the best song
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The Pros & Cons of Signing a Publishing Deal

For most songwriters in the early stages of their careers, the idea of being hired as a staff songwriter for a publishing company is close to the Holy Grail. It represents that most coveted prize of industry recognition and validation of your talent along with a gateway to cuts, movie placements and any one of
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Marketing for Singer Songwriters

Here’s the bad news. In my twenty-plus years of making a full-time living in the music world, one thing has become more and more clear to me. It’s work. The romantic image of the starving artist being so incredibly talented that one day he or she gets “discovered” and becomes rich and famous is a dangerous
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