Submitting your music to specific targets and filling those
needs dramatically increases your chances of getting a record
deal, publishing deal, or film and TV music placements. It’s
similar to selling shoes in that you’re just giving
the customer what they’ve asked for.
If a customer in your shoe store asked for a men’s
black oxford in a size nine, you wouldn’t have him try
on a brown loafer in a size eight, would you? Common sense,
but you’d be surprised how many people who’d love
to make it in the music business make it much harder
on themselves by submitting the wrong music.
If there is one reason that so many songwriters, artists
and composers have been successful using TAXI, it’s
that we match the buyers’ needs with the sellers’
A typical TAXI Industry Listing looks like this:
SINGER-SONGWRITERS a la Jason
Mraz, Ryan Tedder, Ingrid Michaelson, Anna Nalick, etc., are
wanted by the A&R Director of an Indie label imprint distributed
by a Major label that is also headed by a Grammy nominated
songwriter and producer. They are specifically looking for
artists that have "outstanding voices, exceptional songs
with melodies and lyrics that move you on an emotional level".
Instrumentation and vocal performances must be top-notch!
Be sure to include in your bio any experience you have had
with a fanbase, touring, selling your own CDs, etc. Please
submit two to three songs online or per CD, include lyrics,
photo and bio. All submissions will be screened and critiqued
by TAXI and must be received no later than Friday, July 24,
TAXI # S090724SS
Surprisingly, a relatively high percentage of our members
miss the target when submitting music to opportunities like
this because they either don’t read what the listing
is asking for carefully enough or they don’t know what
genres and styles of music they’ve created.
And by the way, this applies to songwriters, bands, artists,
and composers in all genres of music!
For those who are submitting their music without carefully
reading what the listing is asking for, here’s a great
first step to correcting that problem; READ the listing, don’t
just scan it! Then take advantage of the See Referenced Artists
link that sits on top of each category of TAXI’s Industry
Listings. It’s a page that lists all the artists we
reference, and gives you links to hear what they sound like.
See the list here: www.taxi.com/industry-artists.html.
For our members who don’t really know what genres their
music is in, they’d be wise to check out our list of
Genre Descriptions before they submit their music.
See the list here: www.taxi.com/genres.html
People often ask if they need to sound exactly like the referenced
artists. The answer is “no,” but you should try
to take the range of what is referenced and see if your music
fits in the range before you submit your songs.
You’d really be surprised by how much music we hear
that’s really good, but can’t be sent to a record
label, publisher or film/TV music supervisor because it’s
simply not what they are looking for. Once again, if somebody
is asking for a size nine, men’s black oxford, make
sure your music submission is figuratively giving them what
they’ve asked for, and your chances of success will
instantly and dramatically improve!