Okay so you recorded a dope song, possibly a great single. You ready to release it for the world to hear. But before you do that there are a few steps you need to take before you release it. These steps are very important because it can mean be the difference between of making and losing some MONEY! Here are 5 steps you should be before releasing as single:
STEP 1: GET IT MIXED AND MASTERED
Surprisingly, many artists skip this part of the process. I can't not tell you alot of good songs suffer because artists dont take the time and money to go get their music professionally mixed and mastered. So please do yourself and all of us a favor, don't skip this part.
STEP 2: REGISTER YOUR SONG WITH BMI/ASCAP/SESAC
You should already be signed up to one but if you arent then I highly suggest you do so like RIGHT NOW!. You are a songwriter, these companies collect money for you when your song is played on the radio, tv, youtube, pandora etc. No need to say more. Also you want to sign up to soundexchange as well.
STEP 3: COPYRIGHT YOUR SONG
This is the most important one of all. Register your song with the copyright office. It's 45 bucks to do so. A small investment that can save you many nights off not sleeping if someone tries to steal or use your work without permission. If this happens then you have the paperwork to back you up in court.
STEP 4: WRITE UP AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU & THE PRODUCER
At some point before the recording process begins, you and the producer should have already sat down to go over split sheets and make sure you have exclusive rights to the track you're recording over. Its not a good feeling knowing you got a hit but you cant work nothing out with the producer. So handle the business with the producer before you start promoting the song.
STEP 5: REGISTER THE SONG WITH BDS (VIRTUL ENCODE)
This the last step but a very important one as well. BDS stands for Broadcast Data Systems. They are a service that tracks monitored radio, television, and internet airplay and detection. So when your song gets played on radio TV this company tracks it. The rumor has it that the labels uses this system to track what songs are getting played. So yeah you might want to sign up. It's free too.
Make sure you follow these steps before you release your single on itunes. Also get with a good graphic designer to design your cover art for your single. Having great visuals does help out alot. Trust me.
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