In my role as Chief Operating Officer of Unlimited Sounds Publishing & Distribution, LLC I receive music submissions every day from artists that are interested in our services.
These submissions come in a variety of ways including direct emails, emails through our company’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I also receive a large amount of what I consider SPAM where artists just say things like “Check out my SoundCloud”, “Peep out my new video on YouTube”, “Please check my Facebook” and “Cop my debut album”.
For the most part I automatically dismiss these non-thoughtful messages.
If you are an artist and are serious about your craft then take the time to properly submit your music when looking to be featured on a blog; or if you are looking for a deal with a label, distributor or publishing company.
I personally prefer to receive submissions by email. Our company website has a Contact page where an artist can fill out a form and send a message. I receive that message as an email. If we receive a well thought out message that doesn’t look like SPAM on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram we will check it out and respond to it.
I can’t speak for everyone that receives music from artists but I can tell you what I prefer to receive when artists contact me.
- I would like to see a properly worded sentence that explains why you are contacting me. It could be as simple as “I have checked out your website and I would like to get some more information regarding the services that you offer” or “I am artist that is looking for help with distribution and publishing”.
- Next I would like links to the music and social media.
- I would like to listen or view your top few songs/videos.
- I also like to check out the stats on your social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, website and Reverbnation, if you have one.
It seems like sometime during the last 5 or 6 years people have forgotten how to write and now do everything from their smartphones instead of using a computer.
I don’t think a full page letter is necessary but I consider it lazy to send a sentence fragment and one link. Even on Twitter you can compose a complete sentence. If you are serious about trying to make a living from your art at the very least you can compose a full sentence with capitalization, punctuation, and basic grammar skills.
Am I old school in my thinking?
I would like to hear from artists. I also want to hear from others in the industry that receive submissions. How would you prefer to be contacted and what would you like to see in the submission?