To make your songs reach wider audience, gain new fans, and make more money, the best way is placing your songs in movies and TV. But how do you get started? Below are three easy steps to get started!
Get the Right Songs
The most important factor when placing your songs in movies and TV is getting the right song. When you want to make a song that can possibly get featured on screen, what should come to your mind is the kind of scene you expect your song to play in. For instance, Nollywood has way more drama/romantic comedies than action and other genres, and if you are a musician who sings party/street music, then your songs won’t fit in there. Think in terms of songs with general emotions that are not connected to specific purposes.
Make sure your song is of high quality
High-resolution audio of your song is really needed. you are not only submitting the vocals, the instrumentals should be submitted also because music needs to be high-quality for film and also because sound editors may need to use portions of your audio without words.
Aside making your songs readily available, If you’ve written songs with artists or other writers, make sure you have an agreement to pitch songs from everyone (including publishers) before you get it out. The worst thing ever would be to find a placement and then all of a sudden find out that your co-writer’s publisher was not on-board.
Find a Place to Start
Get in touch with media houses, go for film festivals, and try to meet with filmmakers. Research companies online and find films that use similar music with yours and follow up from there. There are also companies that broker music. Do your assignment about the reputation of the company you are working with and make sure you educate yourself on the terms of the deals.
Don’t send a hip-hop or dance-hall song if they are looking for singer/songwriter tunes. And, if you do have co-writers, pick one person to be the liaison for the film so you can collectively be effective in communication with the filmmakers.