One of the most exciting things that can happen to a songwriter is to generate an income from your music. This can be in the form of royalties from downloads or if your music is placed on TV shows and films. Imagine how much this can grow your fan base, in addition to leading to new and exciting opportunities.
While there is a lot of competition for placement in TV and films, it can be done. All you have to do is be creative, think of your target genre and get some help with this Ultimate List of Free Foley Sound Effects, which can take your creation from good to amazing. Keep reading to learn more.
Listen to the Background Songs
Pick your favorite TV shows and listen to the background music. That comes from demos. Think of genres.
For example, background music for a comedy would be different than that of a drama or procedural police show. Listen to the melodies. How do the chords differ per scene?
If you are a songwriter, then film and TV can help to broaden your range and even, provide an opportunity for artists to record your songs.
Think of Lyrics and Tempos
There are often many misconceptions surrounding what types of lyrics and tempos are suitable for film and TV. You don’t want to submit your throwaways for film and TV. What they often want are songs that are similar to the latest hits.
The reason why many TV shows don’t often use Top 40 hits is because of the high price tags these types of songs usually command. What you can do is evoke a similar feeling to these types of songs without sounding the same or copying them.
Also, many TV shows have feel good themes such as “Enjoying Life,” “Life Life to the Fullest,” “Let’s Get Going,” “It Feel Great.” When you think of those phrases, it makes sense to write upbeat music. At the same time, you want to think of the theme of the show.
If it is in the mystery niche, then the music should be more mysterious sounding. If the show is a supernatural thriller, then you might think of the sounds of classic rock or gothic music. Also, it’s best to stay away from specific details, proper names or places.
The reason is because the script may change, but they will still need music. At the same time, you want your song to be unique. Viewers will tie the movie or TV show to the music. It will help make it more memorable.
So, always include a fresh, unique and original approach.
Join a Music Library
This is an organization also categorized as music publishers who pitch and license songs for video games, commercials, movies and television shows. You can earn your living from writing instrumental cues.
Of course, it is also a numbers game and if you have over 1,000 pieces placed in libraries, you can make a lot more money. When considering a library, find out how long the contract for your music lasts–it can be from two to five years.
In addition, you also want to look at whether the agreement is nonexclusive or exclusive. If you don’t have any contacts in the music industry, it helps to partner with a music library who can pitch your songs to the right people.
Many songwriters have successfully landed their music on popular TV shows and films. It is just a matter of keeping persistent, understanding the theme of the show and producing something relevant, unique and memorable.