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How many music submissions do professionals receive?

Posted by Mike McCready | November 14th, 2012 | 2 Responses

We hear that question a lot. The short answer is; as many as they have time to listen to before they must make a decision.

The important thing is for your band or your song to be among those that do get heard. You should never make your decision about whether or not to submit based on the fact that the professional on the other end is likely to hear hundreds or even thousands of other songs and bands before making a decision. That’s the way it has always been. Music Xray insures that you and / or your song is among those that get considered. On Music Xray, you get that guarantee. Where else can you get that guarantee? Nowhere.

The reason to make submissions through Music Xray as opposed to any other channel is because we save you tons of time by finding the opportunities for you. Then, we guarantee the decision maker listens and responds. That service is unheard of in the music business. How do we do it? Simple. We make sure the tools we provide to industry professionals to help them identify high potential songs and talent (or songs and talent that are appropriate for a specific opportunity) the best that have ever existed. Music Xray doesn’t waste their time. Music Xray becomes a tool industry professionals can’t live without. Here are some endorsements of Music Xray from the industry.

Why do musicians love Music Xray? Because if you don’t submit your song via Music Xray, you have to hunt down the industry professionals, network your way in, request the favor of them listening to your tracks, then you have to follow up and be that person pesteringly asking, “Have you listened yet? What did you think?”. And even if you do that, how many times per day can you do it before you’re spending all your time on LinkedIn? And even then, the person who hears your song is not hearing and considering less music. The odds of you getting that deal aren’t likely to be improved by doing it that way. In fact, you may just be making a nuisance of yourself and thereby reducing the probability of getting a deal.

As an increasing number of songs and acts are selected via Music Xray (14,000 in the past 18 months), there will be fewer opportunities available elsewhere.
So when you think about it, the odds of getting a deal elsewhere are probably decreasing. Remember, the Internet makes everything transparent and makes it possible for companies that screen songs and talent for commercial and exposure opportunities to do so much more efficiently. They will use the best technology and the best tools to help them do that. So, whether it’s Music Xray or another platform, this trend isn’t going away. The sooner you embrace it, the bigger advantage you will have. At Music Xray, we promise to keep it transparent and fair.

Mike McCready is an entrepreneur at the crossroads of music and technology. He pioneered the introduction of Hit Song Science into the music industry and followed up with Music Xray, the company he co-founded and serves as CEO. His companies have been the subject of case studies at Harvard Business School, IESE and he frequently guest speaks at many of the top business schools around the world. He helps the music industry identify high potential songs and talent and helps musicians get deals, get fans, & get better: