Publish your music

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This article will show you how you can publish your own music, and get it out there to be heard by others. You can either have someone else publish your music for you, or you can pay someone to publish your media instead. Now both routes will involve money in order for you to get your music successfully published, either by you or by someone else. This article will let you in on how to perform both routes you can take either publish your music and media yourself or have someone else do it for you.

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Getting Started

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    Genre
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    Pick the genre or style of music you'd like to make. When you choose the genre, you'll want to stick to it, so there is some consistency in your music. Some people can successfully transfer over to other styles, but later in their career. Some famous artists have gone from hip-hop and rap to pop and Tecno. Down the road, you can do the same, but when your career is just starting out, it's much better to identify with one particular style of music. This is an important step, as it defines who you are as an artist, and will affect the quality of your music.
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    Cut a demo
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    A demo is a sample of your original work whether it is music, video or another type of media, given to others much like an "audition", in the hopes you'll get it published. Put your music on something that can be transferred, back in the days, artists put their music on tape, as that was the usual way to send music. With the technological advances in recent years, you can record your music on a number of things, including; CDs, DVDs, microSD Cards and USB drives using all the available sound files. Regardless of what device you wish to use to put your demo on, just make sure your music demo can be read on a number of devices.
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    Look for music publishers in your area first, as that will allow you to meet them in person
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    If that fails, continue your search around the world, as the internet makes this possible. You need to look for music publishers who already work in your style of music. Do some research regarding the type of artists they work with. For example, don't try to convince a publisher who works almost exclusively with Rap artists, to listen to your country & western demo. This might take a long time, but don't give up on your dream. If you are really in love with music and interested in getting your music published, it will take a lot of hard work. If you are not passionate about what you are doing, the chances of you getting your music published are small. It can take months to years to land a publishing deal for your music. You can look for a famous artist in the genre you are working in, and look for the company that published their music, or the producer, and send your demo to them. Looking in your genre will help you to pinpoint a good composer to send your demo.
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    Schmooze
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    This is a difficult step if you aren't already hanging around other musicians and people in the music business. There are a lot of parties and events that are held for the different genres in different locations where you'll find a lot of big time producers, promoters and other people that can help your career. This is a good time to hand someone your CD, but don't be pushy. Remember, this is a social event, and people in the music business are inundated with people who want to be discovered. Living near a place that deals with music, Memphis, or LA - will better your chances at getting published without a doubt, but if you live somewhere away from big music industries then it will be more difficult to get noticed or contact people in the music industry one on one. Try taking trips to "music towns" for the specific reason of making contacts. If you have a friend who's been successful, you might ask this friend for a meaningful introduction.
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    Success
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    If you do manage to get a producer or publisher to agree to produce/publish your music, the first thing you need to do it get yourself a lawyer - specifically, an "Entertainment Lawyer". They will look over the contract and advise you. This is so important. Read the stories of famous artists who basically wrote away the rights to their own music, and legally, own none of it. DO NOT try to read the contract yourself and decide to sign it. You are not qualified. The music industry is full of honest people but one dishonest person can ruin you. Get a lawyer.
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    Be flexible
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    Whatever music or media you're trying to get published, there will be times when you need to be flexible regarding your content. You may be asked to change lyrics or add a bridge or another chorus. Find a balance between what the professionals know and the integrity of your art. Having your music published means another artist will record/perform your music. Each artist has their own style and it may be very different from the finished version you imagined. This is why having a lawyer is so important. There are things they can do, and things they cannot know, and you need an ally in your corner who knows the difference.
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Your piece of work could be worth millions of dollars to you if produced the right way.

Steps to Self-Publishing

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Put all your songs on either CDs or any music file that you can save on your computer, and upload/download later.

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    COPYRIGHT YOUR MUSIC
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    CD
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    If you are going to sell your music on a CD, you need to be able to burn many copies, package them and sell them from your website, or a third party website where they will take a cut.
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    Available to download
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    Another way to market your music is to "sell" your music by enabling the purchaser to download your music file to their own computer. The file needs to be a common one that you can sell online, that most people's devices can read. Again, it's common for people to sell their music for download from their own website, or from third party websites dedicated to selling music.
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    Upload your music onto different websites
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    There are websites you can upload your music to sell while keeping the rights to your music, and making money from the downloads. These sites will also enable you to gain a fan base - a following. If you do not wish to use another site you can simply create your own site or blog to promote your own music that way also as long as your music is out there for people to hear you are well on your way, and to make your music downloadable as the content will be protected on the page you use to have it downloaded from.
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    Sign up with a Performance Rights Organization
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    This will enable you to get paid whenever your music gets played on the air, listened to or downloaded from the internet or any other source. By signing up with one of these organizations, you need to register every song you have with them also to ensure that you keep all your rights to all the songs you've produced yourself. This option will protect you in the long run. After you finish registering you will get all the paperwork necessary explaining every detail of pay and where the pay will go to regarding your music and that is the last step to publishing yourself which seems a bit shorter than finding a publisher and easier - which it is.
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    In addition to all these options, the best way to get your music noticed is Social Media
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    Social media will gain you a large crowd of fans and viewers eager to hear your music. This action will help your music get noticed and spread throughout social media sites. As people may know, social media can spread anything you post to at least thousands of people an hour. The trick is, posting something unique and outstanding to get people to listen to your music in the first place.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

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    Pick your genre and stick with it from the beginning to ensure that you gain all the necessary knowledge and skills of that genre in its entirety.
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    The demo is important for you to create in order to get your music heard by others.
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    Put your demo on a device that can store music and is easily read on other people's devices
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    1. USB Drive
    2. CD
    3. DVD
    4. Various music files.
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    Search for publishers and composers in your area and other areas in order to get your music heard or discovered.
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    Have a lawyer read over the contract that you receive from any publisher before signing the document to ensure that you get your money's worth for your project.
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    Get your music out to whomever you feel will move your music forward but do it in large groups so that more people are left talking about your music than just one person.
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    Use the web to upload your custom music to the internet to get viewers and develop a fan base
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    There are specialized websites that can help you to do this i.e. YouTube.com.
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    Sign up with a Performance Rights Organization so you can get paid royalties each time your music is played on air (radio), or downloaded
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Questions and Answers

How to publish your own music successfully?

Can you give examples of people who published their on music and are now successful?

It's very simple to publish your own music, First, you will need to find a way to have the most people possible hear your music on the internet. Publishing it to Social Media, (Facebook, Twitter) and upload it to places like YouTube & SoundCloud. This is how you'll attract an audience who'll be waiting for you to publish your next tune.

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Unfortunately, not all music creators have been successful publishing their own music alone. You will need some marketing experts and also a lot of knowledge to be able to succeed at publishing your own music.

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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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