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Monday, October 24, 2011

Billboard: Advice from Music Supervisors

If you don't include basic information with the music you're submitting to music supervisors, you might as well be sending it directly to the trash. Handwrite it if necessary, but make sure it's on there: track titles, writer / publisher information, PRO information, how to get in contact, relevant artist URLs. If it's an MP3, encode the metadata. Sending a download link? Don't set it to expire.

These were the recurring sentiments expressed by the cross-section of experienced industry experts assembled for the "Real Time Critique: Music Supervisors React To Your Work" panel at the Billboard / Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, taking place Monday and Tuesday at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The half-dozen music supervisors and related professionals each offered similar advice as they listened to tracks gathered from conference attendees. CLICK HERE to read the rest of my report.

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