Tips for the DIY musician: music submission

In the few years I’ve been in the music industry I’ve had my foot in different areas: marketing & PR, licensing, artist management and, the latest, publishing.

As an artist manager I’ve dealt a lot with independent musicians with all kinds of experience and, now in publishing, I very often go through several submissions from bands, producers, songwriters and all kinds of artists seeking a deal. Or at least that’s what you’d think from seeing them contact a music publisher.

However, many of these emails come with little or no information like the basic: who are you and what do you want?

I meant to have written this a while ago after meeting one too many bands who needed guidance. A LOT of guidance! But there are so many of these articles around in more popular websites, that I thought I’d focus on other areas…looks like people haven’t been doing their homework though so I thought I’d offer a word of advice.

Based on a large number of artists I’ve come across in the past few years, here are some tips that are way overdue. Some seem pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised with what people think is an acceptable submission! (Ps: this is a HELPING guide! No offence intended.)
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I’d like a job that pays me for playlists, please

Dear Spotify, I hear you’re looking for a music programmer…and I’m looking for my dream job!

So about 3 weeks ago I started a temporary position at a well-established music publisher and I’m loving it so far! Every time I’m there I’m completely oblivious to the outside world and, although I’m responsible for a variety of tasks, I live for Friday’s playlist! Well, the whole social media management is very much up my street, especially blogging, but making a weekly playlist…I don’t think I’ve ever done anything with so much love and consideration. I HAVE, after all, been making mixtapes, playlists, mix CDs and such for about…26 years maybe?! Lots of love for mixtapes!

The past couple of weeks have been great as we had Easter and April Fool’s (right on a Friday!), so I actually had a chance to make special extended edition ones.

But, also a couple of weeks ago, I was invited by the lovely Postmodern Mixtape blog to curate a playlist for them as part of their Mixtape Mondays section.

It didn’t take two seconds to settle on a theme! And you can hear and read all about this girl power [*hint hint*] mixtape over at www.postmodernmixtape.com. (Thanks a lot for the invite, guys!)