Updated July 30th, 2019

Where should I send my music?

What are the best production music libraries for hip-hop/folk/electronic/[fill-in-the-blank]?

How can I find royalty-free libraries that are a good fit for my music?

This post is for you!

I’m going to answer ALL of these questions and tell you exactly WHERE to submit your music.

But let’s keep it simple…. There are THREE steps I want you to focus on…..

#1 – Upload Music To Songtradr

I recommend this to everyone who is starting out in the music licensing business. Why?

Because….

It’s quick and easy

You can upload your songs to a free account and start offering your songs to license right away.

The opportunity listings will also give you an idea of how the music licensing world works.

It gives you options

You can choose to:

  • use the platform as a regular search-based library; or
  • submit your music to their licensing opportunities; or
  • actively promote your Songtradr profile when you reach out to potential customers.

It has all the tools you need to be a professional

  • The pricing tool is easy to understand and flexible;
  • You can upload alternative versions to each of your tracks so your customers have everything easily available;
  • The platform’s backend encourages you to fill out all the important admin info and metadata related to your tracks.

Note – With the free account, you’ll only have enough credits for a couple of music submissions a month. However, that doesn’t mean you should purchase the pro subscription or opt in to the music distribution option.

Opportunity listings and music distribution are just two features of Songtradr and arguably not their strongest.

You can still learn a lot from the Songtradr platform and license your music without upgrading.

#2 Submit To Big Music Libraries With A Broad Catalogue

One question I often get goes along the likes of: I write hip-hop music, can you tell me where to submit my tunes?

Sometimes it’s hip-hop, sometimes it’s folk music, sometimes it’s ambient music. You get the idea ?

Whatever the genre of music, the short answer is:

STOP worrying about where’s the “best” place to send your music

START actually submitting music!

That’s the only way you’ll learn what’s the best place for YOU!

I can’t tell you exactly where you should submit your tunes.

With a bit of research and a LOT more information about you and your projects, I could find out which production music libraries might be a good fit for your music.

But, right off the top of my head and with only a music genre to go on, most of the time I won’t have an answer for you….

I have soooooo many questions!!!!

What's your niche?

Musicians are often incapable of defining what makes them unique

Take hip-hop for example....

That’s a pretty broad term, what kind of music are you actually making? Does it fit into a sub-genre? Is there a name for it? Is there an artist you obviously sound like?

What's your focus?

What are you trying to accomplish?

Are you a composer first and foremost?

Or do you also have aspirations as a performing artists? Your music licensing strategy should vary greatly depending on your ambitions.

Where are you now?

At what stage of your musical journey are you?

Does your music sound a bit cheap or like something you’d hear on the radio?

Do you already have a huge brand? Do you have a small or large catalogue of music to choose from?

The point is YOU need to figure out what you’re about, what you want to focus on and YOU need to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

No one else can do that for you.

The good news is that you can start getting your music licensed right away. You don’t have to wait until you’ve figured out everything and fined tuned your vision.

In fact, the more you put yourself out there and try to get your music licensed, the more you’ll learn about what works and what doesn’t work for you.

So again, I’ll repeat it one more time….

STOP worrying about where’s the “best” place to send your music and….

START actually submitting music!

Unless you want to hire me to get one-on-one coaching, that’s the best advice I can give you!

There are MANY, MANY stock music libraries that are generalists and would be happy to take on your music. Stop worrying and start learning!

You’ll hit and miss and that’s absolutely fine!