Until recently, the only way to “make it” was to be picked by an A&R rep at a major record label, and even that didn’t guarantee success if the label dropped your record or cut your marketing budget. Today, your success is primarily up to you. You are your own CEO and your product is your music. Identifying multiple sources of revenue and having a team is the first step in thinking like an entrepreneur and forming your thriving business
- We know what the music reviewers are looking for!!
- Nothing slow burns a radio host, music editor, label owner, or blogger like getting bombarded with music that is totally unrelated to the style they promote. It displays a total disrespect. Your songs, of course, are trashed immediately.Our Promotions department knows how to get you air play.
- Let’s Make Contact: We have contacts, so you can get your foot in the door.
- Most music services ask that you contact them before sending in your music, just to make sure your music is a good fit. It’s for this reason that many services do not post their physical address online. There are a lot of local music resources. Local can mean several things; it may be a particular city and its surrounding suburbs; it may be an entire state or province. Local could also include several states, or even a specific section of a state and still yet local can be a whole country. Our SEO Local Marketing services can help you make those first contacts with your region!
- Reaching the blogosphere.
- Many bloggers don’t post any contact information at all. In order to get in touch you have to post a comment on their blog. Pro Music Records can find relevant music blogs and contact them on your behalf!
- Get Formatted.
- Music services usually post their format of preference. Often it’s a combination of several formats. They may also welcome videos. Or they may be old school and will ask for physical submissions only. No matter what format their asking for, our Mastering department can work with you to get you single ready.
- College radio.
- Some college radio stations allow you to send your music directly to a show’s host, but many insist that all music must be sent to the Music Director. The Music Director then passes on the music to the various shows, according to the genre. Make sure you’re clear on whom to address your music to.
- Time sensitive material.
- There are a number of music blogs, radio shows, promoters and review sites that will only deal with music that has been released recently. The cutoff date varies, but the allowable time of release is usually six months or less. Work with our Music Production department to get your relevant work ready and out in a timely manner!
- Which reviewer accepts my style of music?
- There are a large number of music blog and review websites that have a stable of reviewers. Each reviewer accepts one or more particular styles of music. So, even though the overall website may welcome many styles, the responsibility is on you to find out which of the reviews/bloggers deals with your particular style of music. Our Promotions department knows who should be listening to your music and can put it in their hands!
- Sending a press kit.
- Another important consideration when sending your music is the accompanying bio information about you or your band. Submission guidelines are usually specific about what sort of information they would like to have included. Our Publicity Services will put your press kit together and make it shine.
We are proud to announce the month of March marks the 5th year anniversary of Pro Music Records, Inc. On March 8th, 2007, Pro Music Records. Inc was officially incorporated. When we launched www.promusicrecords.com on our initial launch date December 1st, 2007, we never imagined the difficulties we would face, or the amount of time it would require. Like many others, we simply thought that when we launched, it would be an instant success. We aimed our focus at social media websites and asked participants to visit us. However, many who noted that our site didn’t even appear in a Google search quickly dismissed us.
Since then, our development efforts during the past five years were aimed at learning to utilize and incorporate (SEM) search engine marketing techniques and applying Google Analytics to our websites. We advertised a bit and remained focused on building a comprehensive set of analytical tools, proprietary software systems, and a vast directory database to help service the general music and entertainment population.
Now, five years later, we can proudly claim of ranking in the Top 20 Music-Records Sites published on top20sites.com. Top20Sites.com is the leading directory of the web’s most popular sites. By visiting this website you can find the top websites, as ranked by our vast community, in over 85,000 pristine directories.
Pro Music Records and Entertainment Media Recent Google Rankings:
• Ranks #3 of about 445,000,000 results for entertainment media los angeles
• Ranks #2 of about 58,700,000 results for music promotion los angeles
• Ranks #2 of about 4,250,000 results for r&b indie artist los angeles
• Ranks #3 of about 4,410,000 results for music distribution los angeles
• Ranks #15 of about 13,000,000 results for dvd distribution los angeles
• Ranks #15 of about 15,300,000 results for independent record label los angeles
The US ISRC Agency appointed Pro Music Records & Entertainment Media as an “IRSC Manager” in January 2012. Pro Music Records Inc. is approved to assign ISRCs on behalf of the owner of a music or video recording. Pro Music Records and Entertainment Media Services now include submissions to radio stations that welcome independent music, music reviewers, music blogs, podcasts, Internet Radio, Distributors (physical and digital), Radio Promoters, Promotional Services, PR Services, Publicists, Project Management Services, Digital Download websites, Film/TV Music Supervisors and more!
Right now our affiliated partner database contains over 3,000 companies and 8,000 contacts, nearly every A&R rep, CEO, film and TV contact, publisher, music attorney, artist manager, and almost every other music industry position. We are proud to service independent artists, labels, and entertainment company’s music and entertainment products to over 850 record labels who are accepting demos, 500 music and video distributors, 1000 Music Reviewers, and 5500 radio stations that welcome independent music and entertainment media.
We wish to thank all of you who have written to us during the past 5 years and have: informed us of problems, and requested customer service.
And most importantly, we wish to thank all of you for being loyal followers of our site and referencing our information daily. We will continue to improve our content for our visitors and strive to bring our clients more success in their music and entertainment careers!
Ever wonder why some talented local musicians never get that elusive record deal? Or why the careers of some signed artists or American Idols stall out just past the starting gate? It’s not just “bad luck.” Here are 20 common reasons why some artists never make it to the next level:
1. Poorly-defined goals. Even if they’re too modest to say so in public, successful artists have a solid answer for the question: “What are your goals in the industry?” (Need help with goal setting? Check this out.)
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2. Band members with different goals. In order to succeed, you have to be on the same page. It’s tough to stay on track if some band members know what they want and others want different things or don’t know what they want at all.
3. Lack of musical focus. Creativity is good, but in the mainstream music industry, only artists with multiple past successes have leeway to gravitate toward other musical styles. Here’s why: Different musical genres involve different networking contacts and working methods. Artists whose styles are too diverse have difficulty achieving consistent contacts and working methods…and it takes consistency to break a new artist. (Newsflash for artists who think playing a lot of different styles makes them unique: it doesn’t. We see artists with this “unique” talent all the time. In fact most artists can play or sing in more than one style, but publicly they focus on one they do best.)
4. Poor work ethic. The old saying that harder you work, the “luckier” you get is true.
5. Waiting to be discovered. People who are “discovered” make it happen instead of waiting.
6. Ineffective artist management, or not listening to good management. It sounds simplistic, but it’s where many artists go wrong. In order to be effective, your management has to know what they’re doing. And if you have good, experienced management but don’t follow their advice, they can’t help you.
7. Working with people who don’t have contacts in the industry at the next level. Ideally, the people you start with should be constantly building better skills and contacts along the way. If that doesn’t happen, you’ll need to work with people who have contacts at the next level.
8. Signing with a label with inadequate funding or poor distribution. If you want a record deal, the goal isn’t “a record deal.” The goal is the record deal with the most potential for long-term success.
9. Lack of a live following. Especially in rock and country, no draw means no deal.
10. Artist “settles” too much; recording quality, image, stage presence, photos, and demo packaging, and overall presentation are all just “OK.” Successful artists are more than just “OK” and never settle. Nor do their managers.
11. Poor networking skills. Successful artists constantly seek new networking methods and know how to use them.
12. Hanging onto ineffective band members. Many artists have trouble separating business and friendship, at the cost of their careers.
13. Dated musical style. (Sounding like 1990’s Pearl Jam or ‘NSync probably isn’t going to cut it.)
14. Dated image. If you still dress the same way you did 5 to 10 years ago or have the same hair style, it’s
time to freshen up. If you’re fond of the clothes, wear them on your own time–not when you want someone to invest money in your music being the hippest, happening thing since sliced bread.
16. Bowing to peer or family pressure not to change. Doing the same thing, the same way, brings the same results. So in order to improve something, change has to occur; it literally can’t stay the same. Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing: if you put icing on a cake, the cake changes but is still the same underneath. If it’s bad icing or you do something stupid when frosting it, the cake falls apart. (Fortunately, that doesn’t happen too often.)
17. Drug or alcohol issues. Many artists with easy access to drugs, alcohol, and groupies at the local level have the distorted impression that they’ve “made it” and lose motivation to go any further.
18. Spouse / child obligations. Putting together an entertainment career is expensive and requires a major time commitment. The same is true of spouses and children. We’re not saying it’s impossible, but it’s definitely more difficult.
19. Impossible to work with. Being impossible to work with doesn’t always mean the artist isn’t a nice person; we know one very nice artist who has had seven managers in the past ten years. We like this artist just fine as a person, but in order for a team to become successful, it needs time to gel. With a rotating litany of band members, managers, and agents, that’s not likely to happen.
20. Not understanding how the industry works. You have to know how the game is played in order to move the right pieces.
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Are you chasing that elusive creature called success in the music industry?
bands latest album or traveling to perform at your next gig only to
find you have boxes of unsold CD’s to pack up at the end of every
show and just enough profit to pay for your dinner on the road?
Are you tired of this routine yet?
If so, you are probably ready
to quit being a hobbyist and start being a career musician, you
just haven’t found the secrets to that cross over yet. I can help
you by sharing one of the most important secrets of successful
One of the biggest things most musicians miss when they are trying
to make the change from the proud but broke owner of a music hobby
to the successful career of the professional musician is music
marketing. Right now, I need you to stop everything else. Sit
quietly and read the next few sentences.
Music is a business.
Just like any other business, we have a product that we sell, our
music. In the same way that other businesses must use some form of
advertising to sell their products, the music business demands that
you do a bit of marketing to be successful.
Did you catch the message in those three sentences? If you
haven’t been seeing the success you want to have, then you haven’t
been marketing your music in the right way.
To help you succeed in marketing your music, I have put together
Tip #1 – Get the attention of your audience
If you have ever been to a carnival, you have seen what they call a
“barker”. This is the guy who sits along the sides of the main
travel route and loudly yells to the passerby about the game or
show they are hosting. You know the game is there but this guy
feels the need to yell it across the road at you. Why? Experience
has shown them that sometimes people see right thru things with a
sort of tunnel vision. We are focused on the Ferris wheel or the
concession stand and we walk right past everything else to get
there. The barkers job is to get your attention, even if just for
a moment, and try to redirect you to his booth.
Does your music career feel that way sometimes? You know that
people have heard of your band but it seems they pass you by to go
to the bigger shows. Why? Because you aren’t catching their
attention. While you can’t send a barker out to draw people into
your shows, there are things you can do to get the attention
focused on your band. Try performing at a couple of charity gigs.
Get your current fans to spread the word about your next gig to
their friends. Arrange to open for a few popular bands. Try
anything and everything that will show your band in a good light
and gain the attention of as many people as possible.
Tip #2 – Invest a little bit.
Whether it’s your time or your money, you need to put a little
investment into marketing your music. Investing money is the
simple one. You can buy business cards, put up billboards, pay
people to promote your music and any number of other things in the
name of music marketing.
Investing your time, however, requires a little more thought. Time
is precious and you don’t want to waste it on things that don’t
work so here’s a few music marketing investments you should be
putting your time into:
· Press Releases – Everyone loves a good
story. If your band is playing at a charity event to benefit kids
with cancer or the animals effected by the BP oil spill, then write
a press release about it and distribute it to the media.
· CD Release Parties and other fan functions –
People like to feel close to the musicians they like. Make
yourself available to your fans and you will find that they grow in
numbers and your merchandise sales will skyrocket.
Marketing your music doesn’t have to be difficult. These are just
two tips for helping your music make the leap from hobby to career.
If you really want to know the most closely guarded secrets of
successful musicians in the industry, you need to check out the New
Music Economy at this link:
I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity,
even when others could not, and I stay committed to doing it and
doing it well, no matter what. – Magic Johnson
you want to be a successful musician, you need to check out the
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