I’m sure you’ve heard the expression before that in the music business “it’s who you know”. There is some truth to this idea but it doesn’t mean that if you don’t already know someone working in the business that you can’t get to know them. The music business is a business that consists of a vast network of relationships and the more people you have in your network of business relationships the more opportunities you will find coming your way. But EVERYONE starts at the beginning so to speak, so don’t worry if you don’t already know the right people. Get to know them! You can very easily start introducing yourself and building relationships by being proactive and promoting yourself. It worked for me and I know it can work for you too!
One of the best ways to get to know people working in the music licensing industry, if you don’t have any connections, is to use music licensing contact directories. You can easily get contact information for music supervisors, music libraries and music publishers by using these music industry resources. Some places accept unsolicited submissions and some don’t, so make sure to contact each company first to confirm that they’re open to hearing your submission. There’s no point in taking the time and effort to submit your music if it’s not going to be listened to. There are however MANY companies that are open to submissions from unknown songwriters, so don’t let the fact that a few places don’t accept unsolicited submissions deter you.
Where do you find music licensing contact directories. There are several available. My company, How To LIcense Your music.com, offers a great industry directory that is updated each year. Visit my website for more information. Also try simply searching on Google for “music Licensing DIrectory” and I’m sure you’ll find other resources. There are plenty of people waiting to hear your music if you’ll only take the time and effort to find them!
-By: Aaron Davison
Aaron Davison is a Berklee College Of music Alumnus who has been working in the music business for over ten years. His songs have been heard on a variety of television shows and he has performed live throughout the world. Visit Aaron’s website, http://www.howtolicenseyourmusic.com, for more information on getting your songs placed in TV and Film.