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Do you feel invisible to music publishers?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on August 08, 2018

Most songwriters can't seem to get a music publisher's attention.

They're simply invisible, or at least it feels that way.  And maybe your songs are good.  Maybe they're really good.  But that doesn't matter much if you're missing the other key things you need to get on a publisher's radar.

You see, publishers are surrounded by songs and songwriters.  They find them at writers nights, they meet them at workshops, they often meet with new writers sent to them from PROs, other publishers, and friends.  Basically, they listen to songs and meet with songwriters. All. Freaking. Day.

Publishers are drowning in songs and songwriters.  And you're offering them a cup of water.

Pub Drowning

So, how do you get publishers to notice YOU and YOUR SONGS?


Before a publisher can even form an opinion of you as a songwriter, he or she must know you exist.  And they'll never know you exist if you don't reach them.

There are several ways to reach a publisher.  You can ping them on social media with something kind or helpful.  (Don't be a taker.)  You might meet them at a workshop or event such as Songwriting Pro's Play For A Publisher event.  Maybe they hear your name from another songwriter or see it on a lyric sheet as they listen to one of your songs.  Maybe they'll see you at a writers night or shake your hand at an industry function.

You've reached the publisher and you've gotten their attention for a second, a minute, or even an hour.  But it's not enough.

Even if they like you.  Even if they like your songs.  You walk out of that room, and "poof" - you're invisible again.  They'll have another meeting, go to another writers round or hear another batch of good songs.

You need frequency.  So get your frequency on.


You need your name, face and/or songs to reach that publisher again.  And again.  And again.  You need to reach that publisher with enough frequency that they go from "I'm sorry... have we met?" to "What's your name again?" to "Yeah, you wrote that song about blah blah blah" to "Hey, Joe!  Great to see you again!  How ya been?"

You have to be patient.  But don't be so patient that you only reach out to them every other year.

You have to be persistent.  But don't be so persistent that you call them every other day.

So, what's the right frequency?  I can't tell you that.  It's going to be different for each songwriter and each publisher.  But I do know this:  If your songs are really great or really horrible, it won't take nearly as long for the publisher to remember and form an opinion of you.  So if you're really, really bad, you should probably focus on your craft before worrying about finding a publisher.

But if you ARE ready to reach a publisher in a friendly setting- on a personal level- without your songs being judged- I have a great opportunity for you.

On September 25, I'm hosting Songwriting Pro's quarterly "Play For A Publisher" event with hit music publisher, John Ozier of Ole Music in Nashville, TN. John has worked with several #1 hit songwriters, and he's landed many, many songs with major artists. This is YOUR opportunity to connect face-to-face with a hit music publisher and have him hear YOUR song! And since it's an online event, it doesn't matter where in the world you live.


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God bless,


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