Why You Should Have Alternative Versions of Your Songs

**Guest post written by Scott Aumann, originally featured on The Legit Musician blog.


"If you are trying to license your music then you really need to think about alternative versions. Especially, instrumental versions of your songs."

When a Cover Song Is Not a Cover Song

**Guest post written by Donna Kay of Donna Kay & The Carousers.


"After the time and expense of recording, mixing, designing the cover artwork, and launching the CD, I had two tasks: Copyright the CD, and obtain the licenses to release (for sale) and perform our version of “Minor Swing”...I had to obtain two permissions to use the song: One from the owner of the publishing rights, and after submitting their permission in writing, the Easy Song standard licensing fee to record and perform our version of the song. This took a full month of digging, e-mailing, getting responses and finally finding two brothers in NYC who run a publishing company and own the rights the song."

General Licensing Infographic

**Guest post by Brian Penick as featured on the SOUNDSTR Blog.


"Editor’s Note: This infographic is intended to visualize the world of General Licensing and how proposed changes could affect songwriters and music licensees."

Never Say These 11 Phrases When Pitching Your Music For Film and TV

**Guest post written by Ari Herstand, the author of How To Make It in the New Music Business. It originally appeared on Digital Music News.


"I’ve been lucky enough to have my songs placed about 30 times over the past 6 years in TV shows, films and commercials. Well, luck really had little to do with it. There’s very little luck involved in the music industry. Lazy people like to say that it’s all luck. That’s just plain ignorant. There’s no such thing as a “lucky break.” There are little victories. There are opportunities. There are people working their asses off behind the scenes..."

What I Learned About Music Licensing After Dedicating A Month To It

**Guest post written by Matt Bacon, originally featured on


"I’ve spent a lot of time in the last couple of weeks learning about music licensing for a friend I’m helping on a project...It’s been a pretty interesting experience for a variety of reasons – but mostly because before the beginning of the month I didn’t really know what music licensing was. Since then I have learned quite a bit, spent countless hours pouring over articles and have gotten to explore what it means to engage in this potentially highly lucrative segment of the music industry."

How to pitch your music for video games

**Guest post written by Michael Gallant as featured in the Disc Makers' Echoes Blog.


"Think your music is ready for games, TV, and film? Here’s advice on how to pitch your music for video games and how to optimize your chances of getting placed..."

Licensing Your Work to Music Libraries

**Guest post written by Jennifer Kes Remington, composer and filmmaker, as featured on Pyragraph.


"So in my quest to throw multiple things against the wall and hope that money comes out of it, I’ve been licensing a lot of my music to library companies...I asked a few other composer friends if they knew of any library companies offhand. On their initial recommendations, I started entering my music into a couple music libraries, and waited and watched as the royalties came in..."

How To Get Songs Placed On TV And In Movies

**Guest post written by Ari Herstand. It originally appeared on Ari's Take. 


"There is no one way to get music placed on TV (or in film). In addition to how I've gone about it, I've spoken with many of my musician friends who make livings on song placements about this." So what is their advice?...

What, Exactly, Makes a Band’s Music Synch-Friendly?

**Guest post written by Mallory Zumbach, Sr. Director of Creative at Round Hill Music.


"You might be wondering what exactly a company like RHM looks for when they’re signing a songwriter, artist, or band with the goal of having significant synch success with them. First and foremost, of course, we want to work with tremendously talented people. The music has to make us sit up and take notice the first time we hear it—if it does, we know that people in the synch world will take note, too..."

Will I Get Sued on YouTube? Licensing a Cover Song

**Guest post written by Chris "Seth" Jackson, a bass guitarist and composer and founder of


"My band is recording a cover song, Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Since it’s a cover song, I need to get the rights to use it. I found a really easy and affordable way to license the music! But, I also found a giant and annoying snag in regards to YouTube. A snag so big it makes me a bit resentful of the music industry’s antiquated ways."