This week I’ve been doing another massive campaign to license my tracks and score new publishing/licensing deals. As I discussed in a previous blog post, I take an 80/20 approach to music licensing, where I typically spend about 80% of my time focused on writing and recording music, and somewhere around 20% of my time focused on marketing, networking, etc. This usually involves prolonged periods of time in the studio that last 4 to 6 weeks, followed by a couple intense weeks of time spent reaching out to new and existing contacts to sign my new tracks.
This week I started pitching my music aggressively again, hitting up primarily new contacts and new companies in order to expand my reach. I had an interesting experience a couple days ago, I thought would be worth sharing. I sent several emails out to different companies, with a link to several new tracks and a little information about my music and my background. Within a few minutes I received an email back from one of the places I pitched my music indicating they loved my tracks and that I would be a good fit for several projects they have starting in June.
What was interesting is that I realized when looking back at my records that I had already sent this exact same company several of my tracks in December of last year, just a few months ago. I had inadvertently pitched to a company I had already pitched to recently. Two of the five tracks I sent links to were actually the exact same. For whatever reason, I didn’t get any response when I contacted them in December. Yet this time I heard back from them within minutes, expressing interest. I’m expecting a new contract from this particular company this weekend and I’m preparing a batch of files to send over to them today.
The moral of the story is of course, don’t feel like just because you approach a company and don’t get a response that it’s an indication they’re not interested. It might be. It might not be. The response you get, or if you get a response at all, will depend on a variety of factors. Factors including: what projects they are currently working on, how busy they are, what kind of music they are in need of, what kind of music you make, what tracks you send them, what day of the week you approach them, and on and on.
Don’t just pitch your music once to a place and then simply cross them off your list if you don’t hear anything back. Approach them again a few months later. Try sending them different tracks. Try changing up the wording of your email. Don’t stop trying until you get a firm no, and even then, if you pitch different tracks down the road it could lead to an enthusiastic yes.
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