Answered by: Michael Laskow
How many submissions do you receive for only one genre of music or a listing?

Kuol Lual

Dear Kuol,

It's not by the genre, it's actually by the individual listing. We can have two listings in the same genre — one could receive 49 submissions, the other could receive 357 submissions. It's more about the individual listing. For instance, if we run a listing looking for Country Pop songs for an artist like Faith Hill, we'll get hundreds of submissions. If we run a listing looking for Post-Modern Jazz songs appropriate for a documentary on Nazi war criminals, it's easy to see why we'd get far fewer submissions. There's really not much more to it than that and I hope this answer satisfies your curiosity.

Can I send a demo singing a song from a well-known artist or do I have to send my own written material?


Dear Anonymous,

Although the popularity of American Idol would lead one to believe that the music industry is waving at the edge of its seat trying to find the next great singer, that's not really the case. First and foremost, the kingpins of the music industry are looking for great, unique artists who in a perfect world write their own music. The next most desirable type of artist the industry looks for is one that has tremendous artistry and even though they don't have their own songs, have found writers/producers to team up with to create the whole package. The least desirable type of signing would be an artist who may be very talented as a singer, but doesn't have hit songs attached to themselves or a producer to help pull it all together. It makes sense... if you were the label, would you be more interested in signing a great artist with great songs or somebody who had a great voice who you had to find great songs and produce demos for? Of course, there are always exceptions (as seen in Country music), but the rule of thumb is the more complete you are as an artist, the more they'll desire you.

A friend directed me to your Web site because of your vast access to resource materials and advice. I need your help getting familiar with the recording industry and the inner workings of band promotion, recording, etc.

Can you send me a list of your recommended reference material for contract writing, band percentages for performances, how to properly book your clients' bands, etc.?

Anything would be great!

Thank you,

Glenn Rodriguez

Dear Glenn,

I'm guessing that you're not a TAXI member or you would already know that we have a great recommended reading list that we publish on the back of the critiques our members receive. The books cover a wide range of topics from general music business topics to songwriting tips to legal issues and much, much more. Here are a few of my favorites that seem appropriate to the information you seek: All You Need to Know About the Music Business (by Donald Passman), 101 Ways to Promote Yourself (by Raleigh Pinsky), Hot Tips for the Home Recording Studio (by Hank Linderman), Rock Star 101: A Rock Star's Guide to Survival and Success in the Music Business (by Marc Ferrari), and Music, Money, and Success (by Jeffrey and Todd Brabec).

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