So the challenge last time was to contact someone at BMI to find out what they have in regards to a Film and TV department and what that department can do for me in helping get my music on tv shows and into films. Update: I sent an email early yesterday morning to the one and only contact I have at BMI and am waiting for a response. We'll see if they're blowing me off. All right, one item checked off
Another challenge was to draft an email that I can send to Music Supervisors, asking them to add me to their email list when searching for music for their projects. Update: I have an email drafted. Now comes the hard part (for me anyway): sending the emails out. I think it's a pretty good email, but I don't know for sure, you know? Is it professional enough and will it do what it's intended to do? What I plan on doing is sending the emails, then following up with phone calls a few days or a week later.
The last challenge was to research local ad agencies about using my music in their projects. I procrastinated on this, but I did a quick Google search this morning on agencies in my own town only. I came up with four and put their contact information in a spreadsheet. I think that's a good amount to start with and perhaps get some feedback from them. To be honest, I don't know if this will bear any fruit or not, but it's something I thought of for Making Money with your Music so I'll let you know if it's worthwhile.
I've outlined my guide, Making Money with your Music kind of like building a house. First you have to lay the foundation. This means getting everything ready, which includes copyrighting your songs, making music library cd's, registering with a performance rights organization and setting up your business with a website, email and phone.
That sounds like a lot, and it does take a little bit of work, but it's not really that bad if taken step by step. I plan to go into more detail on each of these subjects in the future, but for now I just want to document what I've been doing the past few days and what my next steps are.
Well, I'm trying to update my website to create a "professional" presence for music licensing. The idea is to have a page on your site where you can send someone to listen to your music and decide if it's right for their tv show, movie, video game or whatever. It's a lot quicker than mailing someone a cd, which you can do also.
So my big thing today, which is taking hours and hours is figuring out how to embed a music player on my website. I want to have three music players, one for each style of music (country punk, punk and slow & moody). However, the internet is giving me fits, so I think this is going to take a little longer than I planned on.
I'll keep pressing on though, and get this thing figured out.