If l want to promote my music, l must be signed by an A&R (Artists and repertoire) person from a record label. But most of them don't accept unsolicited songs, so how can l make them listen to my songs?
Having an agent or promoter may help, but it is not required. You should definitely discuss with counsel how to protect yourself if going alone.
This is one of the great questions of the music business; or, on getting in to it. First step is to learn basics. Second is to consult with an expert. There are several here.
First you should protect your song by registering it with the US Copyright Office. THen you can contact the record companies either through an agent, a showcase, etc.
1) record the song;
2) Register the copyright in the composition and the recording with the Copyright Office, www.copyright.gov;
3) Post your recording on the Internet. Build a following.
4) You don't need a record company. You are a record company.
5) If the song gets a large enough following, the record companies will approach you.
6) Playing live, having a website and thousands of fans on an email list helps too. It's a DYI music world. Don't sit back and wait to be "discovered".
Don't give up. But don't give up your day job.
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I agree with my colleagues. I presume that you are fairly new to the music business so, with that in mind, I agree with the advice of Attorneys Jacobson and Barman. If you haven't educated yourself on how the music business basically works, and you plan on getting into the music business, you need to learn how that business operates. It's one thing to be an artist as a hobby but, as soon as you plan on monetizing your work, as soon as that first dollar changes hands, you, my friend, are in business (except maybe for tax purposes--consult a tax attorney on that jazz).
There are lots of good books out there on the business. The one I most frequently recommend is Ron Passman's 'All You Need to Know About the Music Business'. If reading up on your future livelihood seems like a drag to you, you'll want to get in touch with an entertainment attorney (preferably one with a focus on music) as soon as possible.
You might want to ask questions of other musicians that you know that are making it in the business. Another great resource would be New York's Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. They ought to some information handy to help you out and, if they don't, they'll certainly be a good resource for obtaining access to that information.
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