How to Submit Music for TV & Film

Before we go into the HOW, I want to briefly explain what music sync licensing is and why you should strongly consider licensing your music for music synchronization.

You don’t have to know if you want to license music.

With sync licensing, you can get music for TV and film.

What is music sync licensing?

Music sync licensing allows you to place one of your songs on YouTube, on TV, or in a film. Depending on how often the song is played in public or on TV, you get paid an upfront synchronization fee and royalties.

You can also license your music in other ways. For example, you could license a composition for a performer, but let’s not get too technical. We will concentrate on licensing music for TV and film.

Why is it necessary to license your music in sync?

1. It is more profitable than any other income stream that is available to indie musicians

2- It can be done from the privacy of your home

3. It won’t negatively impact your day job or your family life because you can work on it at your own pace

Money doesn’t always have to be the only thing…

A track featured on a TV show can boost your streaming plays and be a great promotion tool.

It’s worth repeating ….. You can also sync license your music from your home without spending a lot of money.

Sync deal options

Now that you have heard my argument about why licensing music is worthwhile, I will share the three main strategies available to you.

1- Find a publisher who will negotiate and sign your licensing agreements.

Music Publishing Service Ditto can help you pitch your music to potential film, music, and games opportunities. 

2- Add your catalog to music libraries to benefit from their traffic.

3- Create relationships and bypass libraries and publishers to license your music directly to customers.

Each option has its good and bad points, just like everything else.

Option 1: Working with an editor

Good points

The publisher handles all administrative tasks and leverages their relationships.

Unpleasing points:

Sometimes, exclusive publishing deals are available for high-end musicians. This means that you are liable for any deal that doesn’t work out, which can happen.

How can you mitigate risks?

You should not sign an exclusive deal for life. The agreement term should be reasonable.

Negotiate an advance that is reasonable for you. It should not be so large that you are in financial trouble if the publisher doesn’t give you a single deal.

Option 2: Inserting your catalog into music libraries

Excellent points:

After you have set up your tracks in the music library (under non-exclusive agreements, you can upload multiple libraries), you will start to earn passive income from these platforms. You don’t have to do any extra work.

Unpleasing points:

It’s hard to choose from a variety of music libraries.

How do I get started?

Slow down, but do not give up. You could, for example, aim to submit three tracks per week to three libraries. It doesn’t matter if you have a large collection of tracks or a big library. It’s a good idea to be slow and steady.

How to avoid making mistakes

You can’t avoid “mistakes”. Going to libraries that close 3 months after your acceptance is a waste of time. It’s okay. It would be best to stick to short-term, non-exclusive deals (e.g., 1 year). This will help ensure that your career does not stagnate due to “mistakes”.

How can you determine which music libraries you should send?

It doesn’t. You won’t find a library that does a great job for me. You’ll have to pray and spray when you first start.

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