Demo Submission To Record
Companies | How To Submit Music To Record Companies
Page updated 4/3/2015
Learn various ways to submit your band demos to record
properly. Listed below are several ideas to get any songwriter,
local band, garage band, or indie music band started
submitting material to a record company. You may want
to visit the record companies web address and email them, if
possible, to find out their openness to submissions.
great resource for submitting demos or song pitching to
record companies are the
Songwriter's Market Books.
You can find a link to the
Songwriter's Market Books
books here. This book is a valuable resource to
songwriters and indie music bands because it contains a
wealth of resources.
For example, you can find
out the following about record companies:
- The Record Companies openness to submissions
- What music genre that the record companies may need
- How many songs they accept at a time
- How does the company prefer song submissions (CD,
- Whether you need to include a Self Addressed Stamped
- Any other basic information.
Here are the
Songwriter's Market Books. Search for the most recent
version so that the contacts are up to date.
Sometimes a quick email or phone call to the company will
give you and idea of weather they have any need for your
music or song writing. Please click this link to our
Band and Songwriter
Resources to find lists of record companies along with
other valuable resources. Also, a lot of companies
only deal with certain genres of music. That is
another crucial point to find out so that you do not blindly
send out your music. Also, you should never pay to
have your music put under contract. Check out the
BBB Better Business
Bureau if you feel that a record company is offering
something to good to be true. The
BBB is a great
resource for record company complaints issued.
How To Submit Your Music or Band Demo To Record Companies
- Cover Letter
- A cover letter should be included in your package,
stating the titles of your songs, a short intro or bio
of your act, and most importantly what your intentions
are for the submission. For instance, are your looking
to get your band signed as a rock band. Are you a
song-writer looking to pitch songs for single song
contracts, or maybe movie soundtracks. State why you
are sending your submission and make the letter very
- Any songs you submit should be copyrighted material.
The date of the copyright should show somewhere on your
material along with either the word copyright or the
copyright symbol. For more info on how to copyright
your material please visit the government website
www.copyright.gov . Click on the different types
of works that can be copyrighted, and decide which
explanations fit your copyright submission. At this
time you usually have to fill out the corresponding form
with your particular submission, Send a check for the
amount they specify, and of course send in the material
you would like copyrighted. You may need to send in
your lyrics and or music, and possibly multiple copies
of your material. Please read the website carefully and
fill out the forms per the instructions.
- Lyric Sheet
- A lyric sheet or music sheet, should also be located
in your submission package to the record company.
Simply list the songs and lyrics and copyright
information in your submission.
- Demo CD, Flash Drive,
or DAT- Most important to the record
company is the music that you are submitting. Any music
company these days will want a well produced demo. Your
Band material should be free of distortion, hissing, or
any other imperfections that take away from the actual
song. Whether you are a singer, songwriter, or a local
band, make sure your demo is as clean as possible. This
will only help your chances of getting your demo heard
by a record executive.
- Self Addressed Stamped
Envelope (SASE) - Some, not all record
companies will want you to add a self addressed stamped
envelope to your submission. This is in order for the
record company to respond to your submission with
feedback. Check with the company to see if this is a
part of their submission policy.
- Don't Pay to get a
Record Contract - Some companies say
they would like to sign one or a number of your songs to
contract, but there is a catch. These companies would
like you to pay a fee to re-record the song. This
amount can be significant. If any so called record
company approaches you with this type of contract, be
cautious. Be sure to check the
Business Bureau to see if this company has had
complaints in the past. Make sure they in fact are a
reputable company. If a record company is truly
interested in your music, you should not have to pay an
upfront fee. Do your research when approached with any
deals that seem skeptical or to good to be true. Once
you start sending out your music to record companies
sometimes you may start to receive offers from companies
asking you to pay for re-recording your songs. They
will ask you to pay for your song to be added to
compilations and other odd solicitations of your music.
Be weary of these offers and as said earlier check out
because theses deals are most likely to good to be
Always have your contact information on anything you send
in. It's best to put your contact info on your demo
CD, in case someone would misplace your other material.
Good Luck with all your submissions, and visit our
Band & Songwriter
Resource Web Page to find some different websites to
possibly submit your material too.
Also, check out the Indie Bible:
Buy the Indie Bible