Do you have questions about your music career? Our Career Consultant can help! The music business is a challenging business to break in to, because there is no one specific road to success. That’s why there are so many questions - because there is no one “right” answer. Let’s look at the main question that comes up, after you record your music...
Getting an record deal - Once you have a product you feel represents you and the image you want to portray, the next step is to pitch the project to A& R people (Artists & Repertoire) at the major labels. One thing to keep in mind...it may be difficult to get a meeting with one of these people, especially if you do not come to them as “recommended” by someone they do know. But that won’t be nearly as hard as getting a second meeting, if your project is not professional. That does not mean “expensive”. But if you won’t make the effort to give them a quality product of your own music, why would they consider putting a half million dollars into you... recording a new CD for you and launching your career? That’s what it costs a label to record and promote a new act. Think about it from their perspective. That’s what you have to do.
Getting a publishing deal - There are many different ways to approach songwriter demos. The issue of “to record a full band demo or not” always comes up for discussion. (See “It’s a Jungle Out There” - in Demos). Let’s get to “the next step” - what you can do after you’ve recorded 3-4 of your best songs and put them together on a CD. Pitching your song demo to a publisher for a publishing deal, is one option - just make sure it’s a quality demo. (That doesn’t mean “expensive”). Your demo is the all-important “first impression”. You want it to be good. Also, consider making an appointment with someone at BMI and ASCAP. They have a staff that can listen to your songs and give you ideas about what to do next. They are a great resource. And you can find their phone numbers in Resources.
Each month we will tackle other important issues relating to “The Next Step”. If you’ve got a issue in mind that you’d like us to address, e-mail it to Bob@AngelloSoundStudio.com.
Specialized Service We also offer consulting services for your individual career - a specific plan that is tailored to your needs. We will meet with you, evaluate what you already have, what you are doing, and where you want to go. Then we’ll develop a plan for you that will map out your next steps to help you reach your musical goals. This is a specialized service, and may not be for everyone. But if you’re serious about your career and you want one on one attention, this is for you. Contact Us for details.