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2012 Songwriter's Market Book

2012 Songwriter's Market Book

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For 35 years, Songwriter’s Market has provided the most complete and up-to-date information songwriters need to place their songs with music publishers, record companies, record producers, managers, booking agents, music firms and more.

In the 2012 edition you also gain access to:
• Hundreds of songwriting placement opportunities
• Power-packed articles on taking charge of your career—including how to navigate the constantly evolving world of social media and discover alternative routes to
songwriting success
• Listings for songwriting organizations, conferences, workshops, retreats, colonies, contests, and venues (a brand new addition to the listings; a helpful tool for indie
artists booking their own tours)

Take charge of your songwriting career today with the 2012 Songwriter’s Market.
For 35 years, Songwriter’s Market has provided the most complete and up-to-date information songwriters need to place their songs with music publishers, record companies, record producers, managers, booking agents, music firms and more.

In the 2012 edition you also gain access to:
• Hundreds of songwriting placement opportunities
• Power-packed articles on taking charge of your career—including how to navigate the constantly evolving world of social media and discover alternative routes to
songwriting success
• Listings for songwriting organizations, conferences, workshops, retreats, colonies, contests, and venues (a brand new addition to the listings; a helpful tool for indie
artists booking their own tours)

Take charge of your songwriting career today with the 2012 Songwriter’s Market.

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THE MOST TRUSTED GUIDE TO GETTING PUBLISHEDINCLUDES MANY NEW
 
EDITORIAL FEATURES
Worksheets 
  Venues List 
 Sidebars 
 60-Minute Webinar!
HILLARY
 
SCOTT
, leadsinger of Lady Antebellumand 6-time Grammy winnershares her writing journey
 ANDY
 
HUNT
, owner of WideStudios gives advice to nov-ice producers and chats withmentor Jacquire King
SARAH
 
GAVIGAN
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“Starting out in the music business can be very overwhelming.
Songwriter’s Market 
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ERNIE
 
HALTER
, accomplished indie artist
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GETTING STARTED
HOW TO USE
SONGWRITER’S MARKET 
Beore you dive into the
Songwriter’s Market 
listings and start submitting songs willy-nilly,it’s a good idea to take the time to read the ollowing inormation. By educating yoursel on how to best use this book, you’ll be better prepared when you actually do send of yourtape or CD.Let’s take a look at what is actually inside
Songwriter’s Market 
, why these articles wereput into the book in the rst place, and why they can actually help you in your career.
 THE LISTINGS
Beyond the articles, there are eleven sections in this book, rom Music Publishers and Re-cord Companies to Contests & Awards. Each section begins with an introduction detail-ing how the diferent types o companies unction—what part o the music industry thework in, how they make money, and what you need to think about when approaching themwith your music.Tese listings are the heart o 
Songwriter’s Market 
. Tey are the names, addresses andcontact inormation o music biz companies looking or songs and artists, as well as de-scriptions o the types o music they are looking or.
So how do I use
Songwriter’s Market 
?
Te quick answer is that you should use the indexes to nd companies who are interestedin your type o music; then read the listings or details on how they want the music submit-ted. For support and help o all sorts, join a songwriting or other music industry association(see the Organizations section o this book). Read everything you can about songwriting
 
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(see the Publications o Interest
 
section at the back o this book). alk to other songwriters.Tat’s a good start!
How does
Songwriter’s Market 
work?
Te listings in
Songwriter’s Market 
are packed with a lot o inormation. It can be intimidat-ing at frst, but they are put together in a structured way to make them easy to work with.ake a ew minutes to get used to how the listings are organized, and you’ll have it down inno time. For more detailed inormation about how the listings are put together, skip aheadto the Where Should I Send My Songs? section.Te ollowing are general guidelines about to how to use the listings:
1. READ THE ENTIRE LISTING
to decide whether to submit your music. Please do notuse this book as a mass mailing list. I you blindly mail out demos by the hundreds,you’ll waste a lot o money on postage, annoy a lot o people, and your demos willwind up in the trash anyway.
2. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE “MUSIC” SECTION IN EACH LISTING.
 
Tis will tell youwhat kind o music the company is looking or. I they want rockabilly only andyou write heavy metal, don’t submit to that company. Tat’s just common sense.
3. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
shown under How to Contactand ollow them to the letter. A lot o listings are very particular about how they want submissions packaged. Pay close attention. I you do not ollow their instruc-tions, they will probably throw your submission in the garbage. I you are conusedabout their directions, contact the company or clarifcation.
4. IF IN DOUBT, CONTACT THE COMPANY FOR PERMISSION TO SUBMIT.
 
Tis is a goodgeneral rule. Many companies don’t mind i you send an unsolicited submission,but some will want you to get special prior permission rom them. Contacting acompany frst is also a good way to fnd out their latest music needs. Tis is also achance to briey make contact on a personal level.
5. BE COURTEOUS, BE EFFICIENT AND ALWAYS HAVE A PURPOSE
to your personal con-tact. Do not waste their time. I you call, always have a reason or making contact—permission to submit, checking on guidelines, ollowing up on a demo, etc. Teseare solid reasons to make personal contact, but once you have their attention, donot wear out your welcome. Always be polite.
6. CHECK FOR A PREFERRED CONTACT.
A lot o listings have a designated contact personshown aer a bolded Contact in the heading. Tis is the person you should contactwith questions or to whom you should address your submission.

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