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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / Music licensing...anybody done it?

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Middle Tennessee

Too Much GAS
Nov 24th, 2018 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in the Home Recording Forum.

I'm 61 and plan on retiring in a few years. I have been writing and recording music since my teens but never done it for money. I always did it because I couldn't NOT do it. I love it and would do it 12 hours a day, every day, if I had the time. My day job has always been the thing that kept me from pursuing this.

I'm thinking about signing up with Taxi or some other music licensing service to see if I can generate some income from writing cues for broadcast productions such as TV show, commercials, movies, etc.

I have a friend who works with a guy that does this and he is an amateur, at best. He has had some limited success doing this. If he can do it then I'm pretty sure I can. I just don't have any clue about the format for writing cues. How to get into them, get out of them, etc.

Anyone here done this with any success?

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Ocala, Florida

Nov 24th, 2018 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried Taxi probably 6 years ago and found that to be a dead end. I don't know if they've changed over the years but I'm not keen on paying money on a gamble.

I currently belong to AudioJungle and Pond5 and have made some chump change doing jingles. I think you need to have a huge inventory for it to be lucrative. AudioJungle is also pretty selective and has hurt my butt a few times rejecting perfectly awesome pieces (just ask my wife).

Honestly, I think the best way would be to create a portfolio and shop it to a publisher. But I'm so far out of the loop I'm probably not the best to ask. Of the 2 entities I've mentioned, AudioJungle has sold the most. Pond 5, well I've considered pulling the plug on.



Nov 24th, 2018 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Your topic title and what I think your real question are address two (at least) different things.

First you need a product (the recorded music).

Then I'd protect it.

Then you need to market it and get someone to hear it.

Then they have to actually want it.


I signed up with Broadjam a few years ago.
I use them primarily to establish a web site to post my music on.
Yes, there are probably cheaper ways to get your music on the web.
But they are set up to do web site hosting, so I figure it's convenient and easy and in my mind for me worth the money.
They cost a couple of dollars, as well as registering the domain name for the web site with GoDaddy.

I know that no one will ever care except me, but it's my hobby and keeps me off the streets at night. Some people will say that it's a waste of money, but when I look at all of the other things that I've actually wasted money on in my life, these yearly fees start to look like a huge bargain. ;>))

In addition to web hosting, Broadjam also has a "feature" where (supposedly) people go to them looking for music. Broadjam then serves as a middle man, trying to put people with music in contact with people who need music. Literally ANY place that needs music comes up. Think of anybody that needs music for whatever reason (including your cues and jingles) and it comes up.
I get usually 2-3 random solicitations per day on the e-mail account that I've set up specifically for my web site. It's up to me to fish through them and determine if I have anything applicable for a specific solicitation. If so, then I can submit something. No, it's not free. There are several packages that are relatively inexpensive that you can pay for.

This sounds like a good deal.......so far.

However, I'm starting to think that this may be a cleverly disguised scam. Not that everything that I've got is a hit record, but I've submitted a song a week for about four years, and have gotten one or two nibbles, and ultimately no interest.
I have listened to a lot of the songs ultimately chosen. They range from "Yep, that's real good" to "WTF???".
There are a couple of other things that over time have raised some red flags about the process.

I have learned that there are more people out there than you can ever imagine doing music on their own.
I have learned that some of them are REAL good.
The whole thing is literally like playing the lottery.

I have a friend that has used Taxi as well as Broadjam.
He seems to have a little better feeling about Taxi.

Like I said, no one will ever care but me, but at least I can say that I did a little something.

And as a result of all of this, I can guarantee four things that you can bet your life savings on.
1) I will get famous.
2) I will get rich.
3) I will marry a supermodel.
4) I will die the next day.

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