HOW TO GET SOLICITED IN 2009
Ever wondered how to get a hip hop manager? Or how to get a hold of talent scouts? Record Label Phone Number and Addresses? Music Publishers? Distributors? How to contact a&r? When a Record Label A&R, Music Manager, Music Publisher or Music Producer states that they only accept solicited material this basically means that you need to ask permission to send a package. Simply mailing them your demo & promotional material in high hopes that they will listen to your music is not likely to be successful, although this strategy has worked for some artists in the past. Making contact with your intended music industry professional & making sure that they are expecting your package seriously increases your chances of being heard. It is also important to get your songs MASTERED by a professional before sending them out. You should definitely make contact with those that accept unsolicited material to make sure that they are expecting your package as well. You should always call first before submitting your material. This will ensure that your package will get priority over another unsolicited package.
You do not have to be a famous music mogul to be solicited. When speaking with A&RS, Managers, Publishers & Producers you must be extremely professional even when you are speaking with an assistant. These people are responsible for filtering out calls from amateurs. The important thing is to build a relationship with everyone you come in contact with. Find out the names of everyone that you come in contact with. Ask them questions like, who they have worked with in the past and what styles of music they prefer. It is much better to pinpoint A&RS, Managers, Producers & Publishers that work in your style of music. Do not waste your efforts! Always be ready to explain who you are and what you are doing.
If you have a website with some music clips the manager or label will tend to listen to what you have to say. Do not ever call a record label like a rookie and start telling them that you are platinum or whatever. These days the most important thing an artist can have is a website. We wrote an extensive section in the Major Music Contacts CD-Rom that explains exactly how to build your website for little or no money. When calling record labels it is extremely important to make friends with assistants, secretaries and receptionists. Ask them if they will accept your package and listen to your music. You may even be doing them a favor by entertaining them for a few minutes. Remember that some people who work at record labels are just doing a job and sometimes do not get money or the respect that they deserve. Try and light up their day with your upbeat personality. If you want to be in the music industry you must be able to handle rejection as well.
If you get negative results when trying to speak with someone it only makes you more persistent and determined to prove to them that you are important. Do not be surprised if people are rude or a little hard to deal with, this is the music business. Sometimes you may have to kill them with kindness. At least if they hear your name and listen to your music you made a new contact in the music industry. When an assistant answers the phone you should already know what you are going to say to him or her. Do not sound anxious or be overly aggressive. Think of the assistants, receptionists and secretaries as a filter.
The warning no unsolicited material is usually used so that record companies do not get swamped with submissions. It is not that A&RS and Managers do not want to listen to new material. It is more like they do not have the time to listen to everything. If a record label has not heard of you yet you should always give them a call first. When your package is solicited it gets priority over something that is not solicited. This does not necessarily mean that they are not going to listen to your music at all. Most major record labels do have people that listen to unsolicited material. It is usually an assistant A&R or an intern. Other companies may throw unsolicited material away or send it back to you. It is a known fact that a lot of huge artists where discovered by someone listening to unsolicited material.
Record Labels, Music Managers, Music Publishers & Music Producers get a good number of packages each day. When you call them to let them know that you are going to send a package, ask them for some kind of code that you can write on the package so that they know it is solicited. I am not saying that this is standard practice by most labels anymore, but they will still do it. Another great way to ensure that your package will get reviewed is to have a messenger deliver it. I know it is expensive so only use this tactic when your odds are good. Only use this strategy when your intended target is looking for an artist or producer with your characteristics.
If you want to increase your status in the music industry as an artist, producer, or manager, You will need this information! This CD-ROM contains all of the most successful Record Company A&R's, Managers, Producers & Publishers in every genre, including their contact information & credits. (phone, fax, mailing addresses). This CD-ROM will make it possible for you to send your music to everyone who is anyone in the music business! Most of these executives accept unsolicited material & are looking for talent to sign! If you are a producer, you will be able to shop your music to A&R'S that need help completing a project. We created Major Music Contacts for talented Musicians, Artists & Producers. There are only a few ways to sustain your position in the music business! The most realistic way is to constantly contact successful A&Rs, Managers, & Producers. It is all about being professional! We created Major Music Contacts for that purpose! We are making available what takes us hundreds of hours to create & update for only $19.99. We are even going to pay the shipping cost. You will only understand how powerful Major Music Contacts is if you put it to use. We priced this CD-ROM so that Artists can afford it. We hope you accomplish all of your goals & remember, this business is more about persistence than it is about talent! Good luck in all your future endeavors!
Major Music Contacts presents INTERVIEW w/ Jimmy Iovine
| Jimmy Iovine|
Jimmy Iovine is Chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records, a label group in the Universal Music Group family. Originally a producer and engineer, Iovine had a hand in creating some of the most enduring albums of the 1980s, working with artists like Bruce Springsteen, U2, Meatloaf, Tom Petty, Patti Smith and Stevie Nicks. As the founder of Interscope Records, one of the most successful independent labels of the 1990s, Iovine made his permanent mark on pop music with hits by No Doubt, Limp Bizkit, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch and Nine Inch Nails (among others), and by partnering with Death Row Records to release influential albums by artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. and others. After parlaying his success with Interscope into an executive position with UMG, Iovine has continued to produce hits by artists as diverse as Feist, Eminem and 50 Cent, and the Pussycat Dolls.