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Information about music presskits: Get shows; enhance your chances of getting signed.

qsb10qsb10 Members Posts: 22
edited September 2011 in Roc Tha Mic
Recently found did an article on press kit. Most people don't know what their purpose is and how powerful they can be. Think of it as being an electronic resume for companies, show bookers etc This is just the basic info, if anybody else has something to add, please feel free....

Most artists make a mistake of just submitting a demo cd to record labels, hoping that maybe somebody hears it and signs them. The chances are very, very slim and there’s a more likelihood of your demo cd ending up in the trash section is sadly very high. Not to discourage submitting demos in this manner, but there is a way to improve the chances that somebody actually takes time to listen to your demo cd. This is where you would assemble a press kit to increase a positive perception of your image as an artist.

Essentially, what a music press kit is a tool used by musicians, labels, agents and managers to promote a group, a new release or a tour. Consider it as a form of a resume, but only really music related. Some music press kits are very simple while others contain a lot of stuff but they should all definitely include the basic which are:

• Promo CD

• Press Release

• Press Clippings, if you have them

• Bio

Additional stuff that may also be included with a press kit includes:

* A Letter - Let whoever you sending the press kit to know why you're sending the Press Kit and make it professional. Avoid using slang; keep it short, simple and precise.

* Artist Press Kit Cover Page.

* Artist Bio Page – Pretty much, a page with your personal bio, preferably on your own .com website if you are submitting digital too.

* Artist Pictures - 8X10 Black & White is usually industry standard.

* Artist Contact Information – How would record labels get a hold of you.

* Demo CD- 3 or 4 Songs Only.

* Demo Flash Drive - In the ever changing music environment, digital technology is playing a huge role in modernizing the music industry. There, just having a hard copy of your demo might not be enough at times. It is becoming more popular to put your band music on a flash- drive, but it's probably a good idea to have a Demo CD with you as well for the less computer savvy booking agents that maybe out there.

* Song List / Gig Sheet - Let the club/venue know where you have been done shows before on your gig sheet.

* Lyrics Sheet - Usually could be used to supplement CD Submissions to Record Labels.

* Newspaper/ Magazine Clippings - If you have been in the newspaper, magazine for your talents or shows, also send this stuff.

*Online Media Spotlights - if you have been featured by certain websites you can use this information too.

* Business Card - Keep it simple and plain

• Envelope - Try to make it stand out from other bands

Lately too, digital music press kits have been gaining popularity and all the aspects mentioned above can be incorporated in a digital press kits.

Written by Black Tim (Quietstormbeatz.com| Home of Instrumental Download)

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