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By Craig Lackey
When it comes to pitching songs to publishers, one of the most common
questions is what kind
of demo should be submitted? There is no simple answer to this question.
Here is one opinion on
this very subjective topic:
If you have no prior relationship with a publisher, then send the best
demo your budget allows.
Even if a publisher says work tapes are OK, and claims to have "good
ears", you often only get one
shot at opening a door. Don't let an amateur sounding demo block
If you have an established relationship with a publisher or a known
track record as a hit writer,
then you can get away with presenting your songs with a quality sounding
guitar/vocal or piano/vocal
Once you have reached the point with a particular publisher where they
know your work and
believe in you as a writer, then it's appropriate to ask if they would
listen to your work tapes to give
feedback. What's good about that is if the publisher likes the
song, they may sign it to a single song
contract. Then the publisher typically pays for the demo.
In the meantime, I recommend using resources like NSAI to get feed back
on work tapes. Make sure
your song is really ready. When you have 4 - 6 songs that you
truly believe in, then go for the highest
quality demo you can.
Don't forget to make use of NSAI's free critique service and opportunities
like Vince Melamed's
(our Adopt-a-Shop pro) offer to provide feedback on songs from our
May_June '01 Workshop Schedule
Thursday, May 10, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s
General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hollywood. Featuring
John Rosenberg. Performing in the Round are Cody LePow, Dave Storm, Moke
Cameron, Ingrid Sophia, Zane Overall, Moses Hauffen.
Sunday, May 20, 4:00-7:00pm, Group Song Critiques at Musician’s Institute.
The song critique process allows you to receive feedback on how effectively
your song communicates to an audience. At the same time, it helps you to
develop the skills to evaluate your own songs, which helps you to become
a better writer. Bring a song to play live or on cassette or CD, plus 15-20
copies of your lyric sheet. Lyrics only or music only can also be critiqued.
Sunday, June 3, 4:00-7:00pm, “Plugging into Nashville” with Guest
Speaker Gracie Hollombe. Gracie Hollombe, worldwide Director of
NSAI’s Workshop Program will be visiting us from NSAI’s Nashville headquarters.
Gracie will talk about how Nashville works, and out-of-town writers plug
into the Nashville music business with help from NSAI.
Thursday, June 14, 7:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s.
Writers in the Round features Jonathan Kingham with Brett Perkins, James
Lee Stanley, Debra Davis, Dave Hall, Mary White, Robyn Kirmssee.
Sunday, June 24, 4:00-7:00 - Group Song Critiques at Musician’s Institute.
Bring a song or lyric and 15-20 copies of your lyric sheet.
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held from 4-7p.m. at Musician's
Institute, 1655 McCadden Place, just off Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.
Admission is free for NSAI members,
$10 for non-members. For more information, call Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454
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