A question I get
asked often is how long it takes to start licensing your music. This is a hard
question to answer because it’s a bit like asking how long it’s going to take
to find a girlfriend or boyfriend if you’re single. The answer, in both cases,
obviously depends on a lot of variables.
When it comes to
licensing your music, it depends on who you’re signing with, what projects they’re
pitching to, what kind of music you make, and of course ultimately, whether or
not the music supervisor selecting music thinks your music is a good fit for
whatever project your music is being pitched to.
In other words, it takes
as long as it takes. The only way to speed up your success is to focus on things
you actually can control; the music you make and the people and places you
submit your music to.
Most writers I know
who make good money licensing their music, typically sign with a dozen or more
libraries/publishers and ultimately get the majority of their placements from
two or three companies. These numbers
seem to hold true with almost all writers I work with and talk to who are
licensing a lot of music.
So knowing that, if
you haven’t licensed your music yet, or haven’t licensed as much music as you’d
like to, focus on continuing to write and produce great music and expanding
your network of publishers, libraries and so on. I could tell you who has
licensed music successfully for me and other writers I know, but there’s no
guarantee that they’re going to be a good fit for you. Ultimately, it’s your job to find and connect
with the right people and companies who you are a good fit for.
For a comprehensive
directory of publishers, libraries, supervisors and ad agencies check out How
To License Your Music.com’s 2014 TV And Film Music Licensing Business
In : February 2014