We know you want to know how to get more opportunities to license your music, that’s why you seek the help of a publisher
One of the most common questions we get asked is What kind of music gets licensed the most? The quick answer to that is, all kinds. Virtually every conceivable style of music gets licensed and regardless of what kind of music you make, there are many opportunities to license your music in TV shows, Films and movies. To be fair though, there are some styles of music that get licensed much more than others and different places have different needs for different styles of music that change on an ongoing basis.
One thing that artists tend to worry about most is what songs to submit. If you’re an artist and you write original music that is all essentially in one style, then unless you’re submitting songs for a specific project, simply start by submitting three or four of your favourite and best produced tracks. If whoever you’re submitting your music to likes the initial tracks you send them, then almost invariably they’ll request that you send more. Don’t underestimate the listening ability of the publisher. They will see the potential in your ability..
If you happen to write in a variety of styles and you’re not submitting your music for a specific project then send three or four tracks in three or four different styles and when you submit your music. If the tracks you submitted aren’t needed specifically for anything, but the recipient of your music likes the overall quality and sound of your tracks and gets the impression you have additional music in styles they need, they’ll most likely be ready to work with you to find opportunities to license your music.
The point is to always try and put your best foot forward and also be as relevant as possible musically to the places you are submitting your tracks to. If your music is strong and is something the library or publisher you’re submitting to has a need for, you’ll be invited to move forward by first submitting additional tracks and then most likely signing some or all of your songs.
While we must admit that we on occasion will look beyond a poorly mixed and mastered track, if you are serious about getting people to license your music, then you will need to make sure they are mixed and mastered well enough for broadcast when you submit them. Sometimes there will be no time for the publisher to wait for you to get a finished version of the track as great as it may be.