FAQ - How do I get signed to a record label?

In today’s competitive climate, major and indie labels are looking for something unique, talented and well developed. Record labels are in the business of making money from the artists that they sign. The labels want bands and artists that have built a following by touring and that have already sold self-released CDs. Be smart, do your homework!  Know what demographic your fans are in, and develop savvy marketing strategies that will help you stand out from the rest of the unsigned artists. Apply to play at a BMI showcase in your local area. Apply to showcase at one of the top music conferences, such as SXSW or CMJ. Attend seminars and other educational workshops where key A&R people will be in attendance and contact the local colleges, radio stations and newspapers to further publicize you. Build a unique and informative website that includes a bio, photos, song samples and tour dates.

Member Comments

Posted by rick gallegos on 2005-02-03 at 6:09:33 pm

my name is rick gallegos and i started writting music at the age of 25 yrs.old after being in a bad car wreck that put me in a coma for 3 months and all i remember is everything i dremp about in my coma state i’m in a wheel chair and legally blind how do i go about finding someone to help me publish my songs and poerty i write. i live in minneapolis, mn. e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by vennitte watson on 2005-02-05 at 7:29:53 am

HI MY NAME IS VENITA
I’M LOOKING FOR PUBLISHING OF MY SONGS- ALL ORIGINAL WORK-I’VE WON SEVERAL POETRY CONTEST AND HAVE COMPLETED TWO
MANUSCRIPTS—HEY! I KNOW I CAN WRITE-I JUST NEED A GOOD PUBLISHER TO GET MY SONGS TO THE RIGHT ARTIST.

Posted by rick gallegos on 2005-02-05 at 8:56:11 pm

Hello.  I am Rick and I write songs for deathmetal.  And what I am looking for is someone to sing them.  Or give me idea’s on what the vocalist wants to sing about and I can write the song.  I am very violent, disturbing, demonic and full of hate.  I am unable to play instruments, otherwise I would do that myself.  So if anyone out there is reading this, send me an e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  And by the way, God hates us all. 

Posted by denise roderick on 2005-03-01 at 1:49:06 am

hello I am denise I love to write music and have for a couple of years now and I really want to sing them but I have no clue how to get started.

Posted by denise roderick on 2005-03-01 at 4:53:38 am

I am wondering where I can find a music manager????????????

Posted by Mark Conway on 2005-03-03 at 4:29:31 am

I HAVE A DEMO THAT I KNOW IS EXCELLENT.
WHO DO I SEND IT TO?

Posted by kevin eugene fox on 2005-03-12 at 4:21:06 pm

iam a singer songwriter and have won many songwriting contest am looking to get some material to anyone that can move my career in the right direction

Posted by peehjaay on 2005-03-13 at 9:47:24 pm

am a nigerian living in lagos, i want to release my album in the us ..... am into r&b, ragga, soul and gospel, is it possible for me to get a label in the US??

Posted by Leatha Clark on 2005-03-15 at 10:22:12 pm

I’ve been writing songs since I was eight.  I am looking for someone with insights on the music industry to help me better my skills.

Posted by Babatunde on 2010-03-18 at 7:08:15 pm

Hi,i’m a Nigerian and i write songs and presently have over 300 songs but need someone to sing them for me.how can i get that?

Posted by Nat B. on 2012-12-02 at 8:01:28 pm

Denise: I suggest you maybe find a singing coach? If singing is what you want to focus on, that is. In terms of music managers maybe check out this link? -> http://musicians.about.com/od/beingamusician/ht/findmanager.htm

Peehjaay: It would be possible but very hard. If you did want a US label you’d probably have to visit A LOT or move there.

Leatha: I suggest maybe you can do lots of research and go from there? Publishers, producers, managers, musicians, songwriters… anyone you think can help!

Babatunde: You would pitch your songs to an artist I believe.
That being said you should try singing! :D

Posted by Savannah on 2013-01-05 at 11:55:32 pm

Haha, I like that Denise got a reply eight years later.

Posted by Gary E. Andrews on 2013-01-31 at 1:57:46 pm

LOL!

(I was gonna wait 8 years to say that but I got tired of waiting.)

Posted by Nat B. on 2013-01-31 at 7:06:01 pm

Oops, haha. Lost track of time.

Posted by Marc-Alan Barnette on 2016-10-09 at 11:32:59 am

In reading a lot of comments/questions on pages like this, it seems like people writing letters to Santa Claus. “I want a record deal, publisher, deathmetal group” to love my songs. Look, understand that trying to enter a commercial enterprise with any of those entities, you have to find out how COMMERCIAL your product is to begin with.
If you want a publisher, are your songs WORTH publishing? Have you tried to contact anyone to get critiques or reviews on what you have? Have you tried contests or even posting songs on places like here for feedback?
If you are looking for a record deal, how many recordings, downloads, CD’s are you selling NOW? Record deals are for live performers? How much do you perform now? How much money do you, your fans, your social media sites generate?
If you want a “death metal :” band to do your depressing songs, understand that most of people that do that type of music deal with their own emotional pain filled issues, and don’t need yours.
Are you looking in YOUR own area? Are you gathering around other writers/artists?

If you are not, you are skipping the first parts of the equation and only going to set yourself to be ripped off by people who will over-promise and under-deliver. Do the grunt work FIRST and then see about contacting professionals.
MAB

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