Recently both Hypebot and Music Think Tank posted a number of interviews with music supervisors and related industry figures on getting your music placed in movies, tv, video games and commercials. Here are the top tips and insights from those posts organized into five categories. The names of the supervisors are featured with a link back to each post which will have additional information of interest.
The key concepts are to understand how the process works, to present your work in a manner that music supervisors prefer and to make sure you have a visible audience and a strong web presence.
Do Your Research
"You need to do some well thought out research. Find a show or brand that you like and work backwards. Look up the Music Supervisor online, and learn a little bit about them before reaching out. Are you thinking of a certain brand you think your music might be good for? With good research, you can find the name of the ad agency, and then the name of the music producer or creative director at that agency that works on that brand."
"To get onto one of my TV shows, do music that's appropriate for one of my shows...do your homework to see what kind of music I use on these projects and to pitch music to me that is appropriate."
"Read trade magazines and blogs, as well as developer and distributor websites. Production timelines for games are very long, so keep in mind music decisions are usually made about 8 or 9 months before the game is released."
"The smartest way in general is for people to reach out to licensing representatives, because licensing representatives will do specific searches based on specific criteria we will send out to them, and they themselves become filters."
"Join music libraries that can help distribute your music to buyers in the licensing market."
"Start making relationships with the different music houses, libraries, and sync pitching agencies out there. Let them represent your music, but you still retain ownership of all of your stuff. This way they can send your music to agencies, editors, and producers for consideration."
"You can also link up with a pitching company with a proven track record of pitching songs to game companies."
Go Where They Like To Be Found
"I go to a lot of music conferences and festivals...Every time I get invited to an event, I go because I want to meet people who pitch music on the label side, development side, agency side, management side, the artists themselves."
"Hit me up, definitely. They can go through my website and just hit submissions. I check those all out."
Be Organized & Give Them What They Want
"Make sure to put in a link that doesn't expire. Sometimes it'll take me a month to get back and download from a link I've been sent."
"Never never never never never send an mp3 to somebody's inbox without asking them first. We all get a lot of emails and that many people sending you mp3s will just clog up your inbox. I like things that don't expire: ftp sites, box.net, Dropbox, Yousendit."
"One thing all artists should do is to include metadata in their MP3 files, so that when I press Apple-I to check it out, I can see your phone number or email address. Gracenote your CDs, it makes it a lot easier to track artists down, especially because the track names don't always transfer."
"I don't need an entire press kit. I don't need a bunch of pictures. What if I think you look kind of silly but I love your music? I really just want to know who has the publishing, who has the master, where are you from, and are there any samples."
Build an Audience and a Strong Web Presence
"You need to create an audience and create buzz if you want major music supervisors to notice your music. You want to use Facebook and Twitter to help you to establish your brand."
"The best way to get on my radar is to be a great band and to get somebody excited about you. I try to pay attention to what people are digging."
"Sometimes I'll hear of a band three different places in one week. I start to think, 'Oh, I'm starting to hear more about this band. It sounds like they'd be worth checking out.' I'll go ahead and check it out."
"Hype Machine is great. Music blogs in general are great. In many ways, I find more music that way than I do through some of the resources I reach out to."
"We usually head to social media channels once we know about an artist to see what the buzz factor is. If I have heard a song of an artist and I want to know more I will Google their name and visit their Facebook & Twitter profiles to see how large their audience is."
"Build an audience and demand for your music commercially is the best way to get noticed."
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Hypebot Features Writer Clyde Smith blogs about business at Flux Research: Business & Revenue Models and about dance at All World Dance: News. To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.