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How To Get a Record Deal

You're ready for the rock star lifestyle – touring the world, trashing hotels, and going platinum with your next record – but first you need that record deal.


  • Step 1: Network with professionals in radio, music retail, performing venues, and distribution markets. Forming friendly relationships with these individuals will be a great asset in the long run.
  • Step 2: Record your music so you can give out copies when networking. Even if you only record a few demo tracks, make sure the recording is the best example of the band's work.
  • Step 3: Schedule a meeting with an Artists and Repertoire (or A&R) executive. A&R executives work for record labels acquiring new musicians. Have your pitch and demo ready, and be prepared to answer any questions the executive might ask.
  • FACT: The first jazz record "Livery Stable Blues" was released in 1917.
  • Step 4: Develop a brief yet detailed press package about your music and the band.
  • TIP: Use the internet as a source to build a following, announce upcoming shows and perform in virtual environments.
  • Step 5: Practice your songs. Analyze individual performances and the performance of a band as a whole. Rehearse until you have eight to 10 songs down.
  • TIP: Record rehearsals so they can be listened to later for a more thorough examination.
  • Step 6: Put on live shows and build a following. Make every performance entertaining and memorable. Record companies are attracted to music that draws an audience.
  • Step 7: Write good, unique music that makes you stand out from the crowd. Look at each song as a whole, rather than focusing on just the melody, the lyrics, or the arrangement.

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