Answered by: Michael Laskow
I am a songwriter and not promoting myself as an "artist" at this time. I've been avoiding the "artist" listings, but I just thought that maybe this is wrong. Can I submit "songs" to "artist" listings?

Howard Richman

Dear Howard,

Although I'm not sure by your question exactly what you mean, I'm going to assume that you want to know if you can simply submit your music to artist listings. Well of course you can, but you would have to be prepared to go the artist route if the listing company was interested in signing you. What you cannot do is submit a song as a song pitch to an artist listing simply because they're looking for artist. I hope this clears it up for you because now I'm confused as ever.

I have a question about gaining management for my band. We are a Los Angeles-based band, and we are just starting out with our CD release party.  We are trying to invite a manager (to possibly manage our band, obviously) out to our show, which is located in Hollywood.  My basic question is, "Does your company specialize in management at all?"

Thank you for your time.

Jay Emley

Hi Jay,

The short answer to your question is yes, of course TAXI runs listings for managers. And I've got to say that more and more managers are beginning to use TAXI as a resource to find new acts to develop. With that said, the balance of labels, publishers, and music supervisors versus managers running listings is still very much in favor of the former.

A little advice in finding a manager—many bands will take the first person who takes sincere interest in the band as its manager. These are often well-meaning people who have a little time and money on their hands and would like to break into the music business. While that's very flattering for you, and provides you someone to share the workload, it can end up hurting you in the end. Record companies prefer acts that have highly- experienced, professional managers who know the ins and outs of the business extremely well and, in all likelihood, have an existing relationship with the label. It just makes life easier for all parties.

If you sign with a well-intentioned, albeit impotent, manager early in your career, you may be contractually obligated to them when the record company advises you to upgrade to a more professional manager. And while there are laws that will allow you to dump your first manager, you're going to have to still cut them in on the piece of the pie for some period of time after the new manager takes over and what that will mean to you, less money in your pocket. So, seek the advice of industry professionals if somebody is asking to manage you and consider your choice very carefully.

How long does it take to hear back if my song got forwarded or returned?

Trent Poppe

Hi Trent,

We send out a booklet called Rules of the Road with every new member starter kit. My guess is only 10 percent of our members take the time to read the darn thing. I'm sure I've got a copy laying around my office somewhere, but I'm too lazy to dig it up. :) The rule of thumb is you should hear if you've been forwarded or not in about three weeks after the deadline of the listing .

There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes of TAXI with the processing of our member submissions. Obviously, we log everything into the database when it gets here and from that point forward, we track everything internally much like FedEx tracks packages. After all the screening has been done, we have to go back in the database and amend each record accordingly if the song(s) was forwarded or returned. Needless to say, we are always striving to build improvements into the system to shorten the turnaround time so our members don't die of anxiety before they find out one way or another.

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