Take 2 Productions is a Management/Production company.
TV and Film placement
If you are an indie musician, band or songwriter - it’s possible to get your music placed in television. It can be done and can also be lucrative.
But before you begin, get the music and your business in order. Trust me, if you want music supervisors to work with you, everything must be ready - or they will look elsewhere. It doesn’t matter how “amazing” your song is or how perfect it may be for a show - it won’t be worth their time if you don’t have things squared away.
I’ve been working in music supervision and various areas of television music for over 10 years but these are only suggestions from what I’ve learned, there are no hard fast rules. Every music supervisor works differently and has their own preferences.
Here are a few of my own tips on how to get started and organized. Click on “Read More”
1. Music MUST be fully produced.
NO demo quality music. A music supervisor will only listen for a few seconds. To get their attention, the song must be ready to go. Music supervisors work on deadlines and some receive hundreds of emails a day. They do not have time to evaluate a demo and give suggestions on production.
2. Get the songs “pitch ready”.
Embed metadata into your music. The obvious ones are track title, artist, writer, album. A very important one is contact information - email and phone number. Have high quality WAV or AIF files ready. If you have them, instrumental versions and vocal only (“a cappella”) versions are great - as music editors love to have these. Also have lyric documents available for songs in case the lyrics are requested.
3. Register with a Performing Rights Organization.
Sign up with a performing rights organization (PRO). The big three are Ascap, BMI, and Sesac. To decide the best one for you, do some research to see what songwriters/composers are saying about them. Besides signing up as a writer member, also sign up as a publisher. If your music is aired on television, the writer and publisher gets paid. If you don’t have an official publisher, you are the publisher for your music. If you don’t have a manager handling this for you, educate yourself on the business side. There are plenty of publications, books, websites to help.
Also important, if you have co-writers, make sure everything is in writing about who owns the music. Don’t assume anything - make sure it’s taken care of and properly registered at one of the PRO’s. Music must be cleared and ready when a music supe emails or calls back.
4. Music Available
If your music gets placed in a television show, whether it’s background or a featured song, fans will search and want to purchase your music. Whether it’s iTunes, Amazon, or even on your own website - make sure it’s available and ready to go.
5. Website ready
Most DIY artists know this one, but it’s worth being said again. Make sure that you have a website or a central place that people can find you. Links to your twitter, facebook page, youtube should be accessible in one place. As mentioned above, if your song gets placed in a show, fans will search for you and it should be easy to find. Extra tip - post lyrics to multiple search engines as well for easy accessibility.
Stay tuned for the next part of this series:
Pitching Music for Television: Part 2