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Tip of the Week: Get some money back from us

Posted by Mike McCready | August 2nd, 2010 | No responses

Word of Music Xray is spreading fast.

More than 100,000 artists, songwriters and music rights holders now receive this email. More industry professionals are signing up every day to accept submissions via our state-of-the-art A&R platform and deals are being done left and right. But this is still the ground floor and since you were here first we thought you might enjoy sharing in our growth and making a little coin – which you can either pocket or apply to submissions on Music Xray.

Here’s how it works:

We think you’ll agree that at this pace most artists will hear about Music Xray sooner or later so if you invite them before someone else does or before they hear about Music Xray on their own you will get a cut of any transactions in which they participate on Music Xray – forever.

When you are logged in you will see a button on your dashboard that says, “Invite Artists”. You then enter the email addresses of your artist contacts and send the invites. When your contacts click on the link in the email they will be tracked as having been invited by you. As transactions occur you will see your balance accumulate in an account meter on your dashboard.

Another way to get credit for inviting people is to use your affiliate code when you tweet or post anything about Music Xray.

You will find you affiliate code under “Settings” when you’re logged in. It looks something like this:

?afid=55f8e620e868012c5dc81231390a1e12

Just copy and paste your affiliate code to the end of any Music Xray URL and anyone who clicks on it will be tracked and credited to you when they open an account. So for example,

http://www.musicxray.com/profiles/538

becomes

http://www.musicxray.com/profiles/538?afid=55f8e620e868012c5dc81231390a1e12

Most URL shortening services will preserve your affiliate codes so feel free to use them.

Be sure to join our Facebook page to network and share experiences.

Be sure to join our LinkedIn group for a more business focussed discussion of opportunities for songs, artists and other careers in music.

Tip of the Week – Check out the new site upgrades

Posted by Mike McCready | July 27th, 2010 | No responses

Here at Music Xray we are constantly taking your feedback into consideration and making improvements to the service, the interface and the look & feel of the site.

This week we have rolled out a number of upgrades that represent a significant stride forward. We hope you’ll check them out and continue to give us feedback.

Be sure to join our Facebook page to network and share experiences.

Be sure to join our LinkedIn group for a more business focussed discussion of opportunities for songs, artists and other careers in music.

Tip of the Week – Build Relationships with Industry Professionals

Posted by Mike McCready | July 20th, 2010 | No responses

Music Xray enables you to get directly in touch with decision makers in the music industry at the click of a mouse.

Be sure to build a relationship with them by leaving feedback on their profile page. You can also send them a note with your submission and you can fill out all of the modules of your Music Xray (song presentation pack). All of these things increase the likelihood you’ll engage a professional and build a meaningful professional relationship.

Be sure to join our Facebook page to network and share experiences.

Be sure to join our LinkedIn group for a more business focussed discussion of opportunities for songs, artists and other careers in music.

Tip of the Week – Artists & MIPs Seeing S2O Pay Off

Posted by Mike McCready | July 13th, 2010 | No responses

Tip of the Week – Artists & MIPs Seeing S2O Pay Off

By now you’re probably aware of Music Xray’s new Song to Opportunity matching service that launched in beta in early June. If not, you can read about it here.

After several weeks of testing some results are starting to roll in. For example, industry professional Ken Spellman has recently added nine artists to his radio station’s playlist based on artists’ songs being matched to what Ken was seeking.

We’re gathering additional S2O success cases but initial indications are that industry professionals using S2O are getting much more relevant submissions and are indeed offering deals and granting exposure opportunities to Music Xray artists.

Be sure to join our Facebook page to network and share experiences.

Be sure to join our LinkedIn group for a more business focussed discussion of opportunities for songs, artists and other careers in music.

Tip of the Week – Not Getting Deals? Ask an Expert Why

Posted by Mike McCready | July 7th, 2010 | No responses

Tip of the Week – Not Getting Deals? Ask an Expert Why.

Professional Song Critiques and career coaching are a great way to get real, honest and unbiased feedback on your music’s commercial viability.

If you’ve been submitting for opportunities and you’re not getting the results you had hoped you can ask a music industry veteran why.

Doing so will help you hone both your music and the way you pitch it to the industry.

Be sure to join our Facebook page to network and share experiences.

Be sure to join our LinkedIn group for a more business focussed discussion of opportunities for songs, artists and other careers in music.

Tip of the Week – Check out Music Xray’s commitment to artists

Posted by Mike McCready | June 29th, 2010 | No responses

Music Xray is far from perfect and we’re working every day to improve upon existing features while we continue to develop new ones. At the same time, we work every day to live up to our commitment to music artists which can be found on our site and reads:

In building Music Xray our intention has been, and it always will be, to solve marketplace problems for artists.

No dream vultures. We will not permit users of our Interaction Engine to peddle false hopes to artists.

We are incorporating numerous mechanisms to ensure transparency and to encourage artist feedback.

We believe we are democratizing the ability to reach the people that can either teach you something, and/or potentially help you gain access to mass-exposure opportunities.

If you find otherwise, contact us and we will fix the problem.

Be sure to join our Facebook page to network and share experiences.

Be sure to join our LinkedIn group for a more business focussed discussion of opportunities for songs, artists and other careers in music.

Tip of the Week – The Best Way to Use Music Xray

Posted by Mike McCready | June 22nd, 2010 | No responses

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Get professional feedback on your music.
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Submit your music to real opportunities
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If you’re not getting placements or signed go back to step one.
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Upload all your songs here and Music Xray will alert you any time an industry professionals is seeking music like yours via ourS₂O Service.

Tip of the week – Get All Your Songs Automatically Matched to Opportunities for Free

Posted by Mike McCready | June 15th, 2010 | No responses

You upload your original music here.
We analyze the acoustic properties and mathematical patterns in your music.
We send you an email telling you if any industry professionals are currently seeking a song like yours. (What? How does that work?)
For as long as your songs remain in our database (forever unless you remove it) we will alert you any time any professional is seeking songs with characteristics similar to your songs.
Put as many songs in the database as you’d like. It’s free.
Subscribe to the new Song Cat A&R Podcast to hear great Music Xray songs and discussion about the music business.

Don’t forget to join our LinkedIn group for a more business focused angle on all things music.

Tip of the week – Upload a new song and then watch for a special email

Posted by Mike McCready | June 9th, 2010 | No responses

Upload any song for free by clicking here.

feedback welcome

Subscribe to the new Song Cat A&R Podcast to hear great Music Xray songs and discussion about the music business.

Don’t forget to join our LinkedIn group for a more business focused angle on all things music.

How to Turn Your Songs into Opportunity Magnets – For Free

Posted by Mike McCready | June 5th, 2010 | No responses

 

Those of you who know me probably know I’ve been working for years trying to solve the quality music filtering problem. There is just so much talent and so many songs already out there (and millions more being created each year) that it can’t all be evaluated for commercial deals the way it should be.

 

What I’ve learned is that nothing replaces the expert human ear when it comes to A&R. However, technology has emerged that can enhance the music industry’s human skills in much the same way a medical doctor’s skills are enhanced by the X-ray machine and other modernities. The X-ray machine doesn’t do the job of the doctor. It just gives the doctor additional information upon which better decisions can be made. Today, no one would consider seeing a doctor who doesn’t use state of the art technology.

So whether it has been using computers to help predict hit songs or developing an A&R platformthat harnesses state-of-the-art technology to help the industry perform better, solving the music filtering problem has been my passion for a long time.

I’ve been thinking about a clever way to describe Music Xray’s new Song to Opportunity (S₂O) Matching system and the best way I’ve come up with (so far) is that:

It turns your songs into opportunity magnets.

Or maybe it’s the match.com for songs and opportunities to find each other.

Maybe it’s the Pandora for A&R…

However we describe it, I think it’s pretty cool. You upload your songs for free and then sit back and wait to be alerted when an industry professional is seeking a song like yours. Give it a shot. The more songs you upload the more alerts you will get.

Here’s how it works:

1. Some of the hundreds of music industry professionals who use Music Xray to find songs and acts have given us a few “seed” songs. That is, songs that have a musical style and sound similar to what they would like to have submitted to them. For example, if they are seeking a new single for Britney Spears they might give us a few of her songs plus an additional song in the style and sound they are seeking.

2. Music Xray uses software to analyze the acoustic properties and underlying mathematical patterns of the “seed” songs and compares them to those in songs that have been uploaded for free into the company’s system by artists and rights holders.

3. Music Xray notifies the artists when there is a match between what professionals are seeking and the artists’ songs.

We’re not making any formal announcements nor really talking much about this while the service is in beta. Nevertheless, we’re thrilled that Music Xray is pushing the envelope. It’s the first enhanced A&R platform in the world. It harnesses cutting edge technology to enable the industry to filter through large quantities of music to find the most appropriate songs for each opportunity.

This is A&R on steroids.

Click here for more information.