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Pitching tips for film, tv, etc.

From: Bart A.
Sent on: Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:42 AM

Here's some useful info for those of you who are, or plan to be, pitching music for film, tv, advertising, etc.  This comes from Broadjam.com's blog site.  They asked top music supervisors why they do or don't select songs.  These are top results:

 

Top 3 most common reasons songs are selected

1. They fit what the listing is looking for.

This one is important, make sure you’re paying close attention the the listing and if they include a video or song example, watch it! Make sure that what you submit is what they’re asking for.

2. They are competitive.

Your songs need to be contemporary (if that’s what they’re looking for.) Take a listen to the radio, watch TV shows, pay attention to the music in the films that you enjoy. Your research is easy, it’s out there in the media and it’s all around you. If you’re looking to make music for films, TV, and ads, then make sure you’re familiar with the music they’re already using!

3. The production is Top Notch

Make sure that your song is the best-produced it can be. If you have an excuse or a disclaimer, don’t submit it. These songs are meant to be listened to in a vacuum, without context, because that’s how they’ll be in a movie or TV show or ad. Make sure that you’re submitting the very best quality that you possibly can.

Top 3 most common reasons songs are declined/not selected

1. They aren’t broadcast quality

Look to the above. Something that doesn’t have the sound quality necessary will never be selected because it can’t be used. Some of our opportunities are looking for demos, but unless the listing specifically asks for that, make sure your production is ready for Prime Time.

2. Lazy production/arrangements. Make sure you’re sending your absolute best!

3. The vocals are out of tune.  With pitch correction built into most Digital Audio Workstations, make sure that the vocals are perfect!

 

Hope this helps.  Good luck!

 

Bart

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