by India McCarty

Have you ever written a song that you absolutely love but could never see yourself performing? Maybe it doesn’t fit your style, but it might be a perfect match for another artist!

The big question is: How do you get your song out there? It’s one thing to pen an amazing song and another to convince someone to record it – or to even get it heard by the right people in the first place.

Here are some tips on how to pitch your songs!

A good rule of thumb is to always have a copy of your song on you at all times. It doesn’t have to be in CD form; maybe a card with links to your Spotify or Soundcloud page. You never know who you might meet, so it’s best to be prepared for anything!

The most important part of pitching is to make sure the song fits the artist you’re pitching to. For example, an artist with a carefree vibe might be the perfect choice for your song about partying with your friends. For aspiring songwriters, it’s best to start with smaller artists and work your way up the ladder. Build up little wins that will get your name (and your songs) out in the industry!

A good way to find artists to pitch to is through tip sheets, also known as pitch sheets. Tip sheets are directory listings of artists who are looking for songs to record. They list out the type of songs they need, who to get in touch with, and usually a few details about the project. While a bit pricey, tip sheets can be a great way to get your first cut as a songwriter. Consider signing up for a subscription with RowFax, Nashville’s tip sheet for indie and major country artists.

Keep your pitch brief. Unless you are specifically asked for more, pitch 1-2 songs at a time. If the artist is impressed with those, they might ask for more. However, it’s always a good idea to have some back-up songs prepared. You might learn there are topics an artist prefers—or prefers not—to sing about, or that there is a new musical direction the artist plans to pursue. Be ready for anything!

Be business-like. This may sound obvious, but make sure your pitches are professional. Don’t hand-write the labels on your demo CD in Sharpie. You want your presentation to be just as good as the big-name publishers who are pitching.

Above all, make sure the songs you’re pitching are your best work. Again, it sounds obvious, but you need to be pitching songs that can compete with the big boys. If your pitch sounds amateurish, there’s a pretty good chance your songs will be tossed out.

Pitching your songs can be hard work, but it’s a great way to get your name – and your songs – out into the world!

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