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How To Get Your Music Heard (And Eventually Licensed)

In a world where music is everywhere, and thousands of artists are competing for the same slice of recognition in the music industry, it is important to be smart and really do your homework when it comes to getting your music noticed. 

I’m sure you’ve heard this famous line from the kid with the obvious need to fit in: “I got that million dollar beat, yo.”

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but chances are…you don’t, so please get your Beats by Dre headphones out of my face and sit the eff down.

This isn’t a formula for success, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. However, these tips can serve as a framework that will help put you (and your music) on the right path.

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Fun Way to Earn $50 Every Week

The Weekly Brief is a brand new program we’ve launched to test and reward your music-making skills. Every Wednesday we will announce a new creative brief, so if you’re not interested in this week’s, just wait 7 days!

Plus, if your submission is selected, you get $50 and your track will automatically be accepted to the Indaba Music Licensing Catalog.

This Week’s Brief: Compose a blood-pumping score for this snowboarding footage.

If your composition is one of the 10 selected, you could put your $50 toward a 1-Year Pro Membership (so you can enter all the Opportunities you want).

How to Enter:

  • Create an instrumental score that fits the video posted above.
  • You may download the video from the “Source Tracks” for reference.
  • Submit an audio file of your score. You do not need to submit a video file.

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Indaba Members Create Content for Getty’s Major Ad Placements


We’ve partnered with Getty Images Music, a leading creator and distributor of digital media, to help independent musicians and producers get their songs featured in advertisements. We’ll be regularly tapping into our 600,000-strong community to curate a professional-quality catalog of tracks that fit the up-to-the-minute needs of Getty Images’ client base, which includes all three major broadcast television networks, leading cable television networks, and top brands.

Sourced content from our Licensing Catalog will be added to Getty’s database and shopped to clients seeking music for advertisements, TV shows, films, web content, and other sync placements. 

“Commercials have helped launch the careers of all kinds of great musicians, including Moby, The Black Keys, Feist, and Vampire Weekend,” said Josh Robertson, Indaba VP of Content and Programming. . “Our community members are some of the best up-and-coming musicians in the world, and we’re excited to be working with Getty to help them break out and achieve tangible success.”


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How ASCAP and BMI Can Further Your Career

From shopping malls to restaurants, businesses are constantly on the hunt for music. And when they find that perfect song, they have to somehow obtain rights from the publisher.

So, you can imagine how someone would go crazy attempting to find public performance rights for each and every song of the hundreds needed for something like radio.

Thankfully, there are two very large Performance Rights Organizations to help handle public performance rights: ASCAP and BMI.

For all of you Indaba Members joining our Licensing Program, here is some helpful info from Taxi.com! Continue reading

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