If you're reading this article, you're either considering a Tunedly subscription or have recently signed up to join our community as a songwriter. Tunedly can help you realize your songwriting goals, whatever they might be. In this article, I'll focus on you songwriters who want to place your music and earn money from your craft. Here are the steps:
1. Apply for membership
This is the first step to becoming a Tunedly member and enjoying all its benefits. We’ll review your application within 48 hours and get back to you.
2. Register for a Tunedly Unlimited or Lite plan
Once accepted, you can then choose the membership plan that best suits your needs and unlocks features, which you can utilize towards reaching your goal.
3. Watch our previous monthly webinars and read our blog posts
Seriously, this is probably one of the most ignored parts of being a songwriter, but you need to continually learn to improve your craft. I don't care how good you think you are, there is always room for improvement. We make sure to invite a top speaker for each presentation, including some of today's most successful songwriters, music producers, branding specialists, entertainment lawyers, so you can expect to hear valuable information.
4. Get some of your already-recorded songs critiqued
This is, again, something most songwriters overlook. As a Tunedly subscriber, you can have your songs professionally critiqued for a ridiculously low price. Take advantage of it! Why? This feedback will help you with creating your future songs, plus you might even unveil a potential hit of yours that you can submit to Tunedly's song plugging tool (this is covered in step 6).
5. Record some demos
This is probably the coolest of all the steps since it is among Tunedly's favorite features. As a Tunedly member, you get to record demos at no extra cost. I'm sure that's something you can't get anywhere else on the web or in a physical studio. Serious songwriters have to write an insane amount of songs as you hopefully already know. You might not hit the right notes until you have 100 songs or more completed. With a Tunedly Unlimited or Lite plan, you can write plenty of songs and then get demos done without having to spend your life savings. Remember, it's included in your plan, anyway.
6. Record your song professionally
By now, you should have about 3-5 demos recorded. The next thing you need to do is take a good listen to each of them, re-read the lyrics, possibly get them critiqued (see step 3 above) to get some valuable feedback. When you're done, pick the best song from your demos and get it recorded professionally. As a Tunedly subscriber, you have access to some of the most sought-after session musicians in the U.S. and beyond, at comparatively low costs, so there is no reason for you to not record your best song(s) at a professional level. Keep in mind, you don't necessarily want to record all of your demos professionally. Only pick the best ones which should be no more than 1-2 for every 5 demos you create in step 4.
7. Submit your professionally recorded song(s) to the song plugging tool
Here you are, almost at the finish line, possibly close to signing a publishing deal. You only need to pass the song plugging's tool independent market research component. You simply submit your professionally-recorded song to the plugging tool and wait for the results. Once you get your results, there are two possible scenarios that are explored in the next step:
8. What happens after independent market research...
(a) Your song passed the independent music market research and you will now be offered a publishing deal that promises higher royalty payouts than the usual. You only need to sign it and let Tunedly and our partners do the rest for you, which is trying to place your song in film or TV projects, or with artists. Exciting times!
(b) Your song failed the independent music market research. Don't worry, this is not the end of the world. Getting a song to pass the independent market research is hard. Matter of fact, the acceptance rate is hovering at around 10-15%. Keep in mind, the company which is conducting the market research on your song works with most major labels and music publishers to “predict” their next hits. Your song has to meet the same standards as those major label projects. Long story short, even if your song doesn't pass, it only means that we won't be able to place your song in top opportunities. However, you do have a professionally produced song which you carefully wrote and selected to be one of your top songs. Chances are really good that the song can still generate a good return for you, by licensing it with stock music libraries or to smaller, local opportunities. So, pick yourself up and get to work!
9. Repeat steps 2 – 8
Never stop writing songs. Never stop learning and improving your craft and most of all, never give up. If you have a thin skin and don't want to hear “no,” you should probably reconsider your career choice because the songwriting and music industry, in general, is highly competitive. Only the strongest, with the longest endurance, will make it to the top and have a shot at making an income from songwriting. Following the above steps can only take you a few steps closer. Chris Erhardt is the co-founder & CEO of Tunedly – the site you're on right now. ;) Tunedly connects songwriters and music creators to some of the world’s most talented session musicians, to create professional-sounding music, as well as helping you gain exposure through music publishing opportunities. He is a songwriter and producer, as well as a speaker at music events and tech conferences. « return to blog