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How To Get A Music Publisher To Notice You

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on February 21, 2018

If you're like most songwriters, it's really difficult to get a music publisher's attention.  You'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.

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

First, you need REACH.

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.

1. You can ping them on social media with something kind or helpful.  (Don't be a taker.)

2. You might meet them at a workshop or event such as Songwriting Pro's Play For A Publisher event (details below).

3. They hear your name from another songwriter or see it on a lyric sheet as they listen to one of your songs.

4. They see you at a writers night or shake your hand at an industry function.

Congratulations! 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 something else, and we’ll talk about that next time.

But in the meantime, if you’re ready for YOU and your BEST song to reach a publisher in a friendly setting, I have a great opportunity for you. Songwriting Pro's next Play For A Publisher event is coming right up! Our guest is Courtney Allen of BMG Nashville. Courtney works closely with hit songwriters Travis Meadows, Wynn Varble, Lucie Silvas, and more. If YOU have the song, SHE knows what to do with it!

P4P Courtney Allen


God bless,


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