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Sync Up 2012 Is Here!

Holy Cow!  Before I get into this, I must apologize to y’all for getting so behind with posting.  I started a regular job, and it took me a lot longer to get my schedule in order.  I hope to post at least once a week from now on, but if I don’t, please don’t hold it against me.


With that said…It’s SYNC UP time again!  It starts this Friday, April 27, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm @ New Orleans Museum of Art.

The Sync Up Conference is presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.  It runs every Friday and Saturday during Jazz Fest …and it’s FREE, but you do have to register.  There’s still time, just go to the Sync Up website and click on the “Register” button.  You can also download a pdf of this year’s program that has the conference schedule and bios/contact info for all the speakers.

Sadly, I won’t be able to attend this year, but I strongly urge y’all to go if you can swing it.  The info is always really relevant and useful to all musicians and music business people…indie or not.

Essentials of Promotion- Email and Web

So, you’ve got the group together…it’s pretty tight…you’ve been playing some gigs and now…

…you want to really start promoting your band in a serious way!

Well, ok then…do it!  Here are some tips to make sure you’ve covered all your bases before you start sending out emails to press people and bloggers.  Ok, so, first things first…  Read the rest of this entry

Fun Fact #4

Responding to Music Supervisors

When a music supervisor/director sends out a request for music, that means they are ready to license for their film project.  This also means that they are looking for specific music, which they will describe in detail and may even give you famous band examples to give you an even better idea of what they need.

SO, if you get a request like this…make sure you:

1) READ the request carefully.

2) FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.  Send music only if it actually fits their specific criteria.

3) FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, AGAIN.  If your music does fit the criteria, make sure you understand how it is supposed to be sent.  Each music supervisor/director has their favorite way to receive music…some like streaming links, some like third party file services and some still like hard copies.  Do what they want…don’t email an mp3 unless that’s what they’ve asked for.

Remember, if you send only stuff they actually need/can use, they’ll be more likely to send requests to you in the future because they know you won’t waste their time.