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The Ins And Outs Of Making Money With Music
By Brian Cook
To make money in the music industry, there is more to it than recording a song and sending it off to every record label in the country. Here are some things to consider if you are trying to get noticed in the music business.
Brian Cook is a freelance writer whose articles on music and songwriting have appeared on many websites.
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First off, you do not just need a good song, you need a good recording. This means that you always have to keep in the back of your mind who will be listening to your demos and the level of quality they are used to. Then, you need to not only equal your competition, but be better than it so that your music stands out. Your actual competition may surprise you. It is not other up and coming artists, but instead the artists that have already been signed. You can make a good recording anywhere from a studio to your own bedroom if you have the right equipment, but you should always be striving for perfection.
Once you have the good recording, you need to finish the process with good mastering. Mastering is where your music gets the finishing touches for that professional sound. It can make all the difference on how the label perceives your songs.
Once your song is polished, you need to polish your image. Many labels will take the artists "as is" so you want to make sure that your look is interesting and different. The same goes for your product. Record companies see CDs every day, so you want something that will stand out above the rest.
Next, make sure you are playing your music. Find a way to get gigs, even if they are free. Let the local papers and magazines know when and where you are playing. Doing charity concerts can help boost your image and any free press that you can get is one more advertising dollar you do not have to spend. Finding ways to promote yourself at gigs is important. Sell CDs, pass out business cards, and advertise!
Free CDs are an invaluable opportunity to get yourself known. You might not know the people in the business, but a friend of a friend just might. Plus, you will never meet the people in the business of you do not make the effort. Knock on doors, send in CDs, and have CDs available to hand out whenever and wherever you find someone interested in your music.
Even the best CDs may have to be presented to several labels. Make sure that you are sending to the right managers, and be prepared for plenty of rejections. Taking time to do little things like sending a letter thanking the label for its time may make you stand out above the others and get you a second chance interview.
Whether comments are good or bad, you should still respect them. Even negative comments can be used as constructive criticism to help you improve your work. Even small changes to your music may be the difference between success and failure.
While a good manager is an invaluable tool, you should also be willing to manage yourself. Always promote yourself. Managers may work with multiple bands, especially with small, new groups, so you might not always get as much attention as you need. Take the time to promote yourself and show the labels that you have the initiative to get things done.