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How to Find Music Supervisors for Sync Licensing

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Most bands and musicians wouldn't say no to a sync license. Getting your music placed in a film, TV show, or even video game is great exposure and can be a decent source of revenue. The problem is, many see sync licensing as a game of chance or something that can't really be pursued without a publisher. So in this article, we're going to focus on the first step of that problem – actually finding music supervisors.

Checklist: 9 Things You Need to Do Within a Week After Your Gig

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We musicians spend so much time and energy trying to promote our upcoming gigs, and even more so once we actually arrive in order to put on the best show possible. However, it seems that many bands totally check out after the gig thinking that their job is done!

If you've been thinking like this, then you're missing out on getting as much as possible from every show you play. After the gig, the work is only half done if you really want to maximize every opportunity. Here are my top recommendations for what should be done after the gig is over – within a week, max, but sooner is better!

4 Tips for Giving Songwriting Criticism That's Actually Constructive

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


As a former writing major, I know all too well the faults of bad criticism. It makes the writer feel bad, it makes the commenter look inconsiderate, and it doesn't help the writing improve. In songwriting, something you've poured your heart and soul into, it's especially uncomfortable to receive harsh criticism. The wrong things get attacked, and the songwriter feels discouraged. Here are four tips for giving better feedback to use the next time your friend asks you to listen to their demo.

The Good, the Not-So-Bad, and the Ugly Ways to Send Your Music to a Blogger

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Back in the day, there was one way to get your music to a journalist: the good ol' US Postal Service. I fondly remember opening up my mailbox and it looking like Christmas with all the packages in there. I don't get quite the same feeling when I open up my email inbox and see more messages than any one person could possibly get to in a day.

From an artist's standpoint, it has become extremely difficult to stand out in a sea of emails, all of which ask the same thing: Please listen to my music. What you might not realize is you may have predetermined the answer to that question based on the way in which you sent the music.

So before you click "send" on that next email, here's a quick list to help you determine if you're doing things in a good, a not-so-bad, or a straight-up ugly way.

How to Make a Long-Distance Band Work, Part 1: Writing Music Together

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There are a billion reasons your band might break up. Maybe that one member is always drunk, that other member is forever flaking, or your last few shows have been awful and there's no hope for improvement. Any number of things could go wrong. There's one cause of demise, though, that's basically obsolete in modern society: distance.

A lot of things can keep you apart – some of the aforementioned should, really – but the fact that the members of your band all live in different cities is no longer an insurmountable hurdle. Your bassist could move to Tokyo and your rhythm guitarist to Brooklyn, and so long as you've all got internet access, you could comfortably craft your next album as a group while you're still living in the homebase city where you formed. You could even meet your musical soulmate in London, return to wherever you live, and begin the project as a long-distance one.

Really, location is no longer limiting – unless your internet is down, of course. There are ways to improve the efficiency of miles-apart collaboration, though. Read our best practices below on how to create music with your bandmates without being in the same room, and stay tuned for part two in which we'll cover other logistics of being in a long-distance band, such as coordinating tours, planning budgets, and more!