A lot of times I’m sure artists wonder, “What happens after I push the submit button?” Some people follow up wondering what happened to their submission, some get angry, some slander, and some just disappear.

The fact is some blogs may not even get to your submission. Sometimes we get inundated with new music submissions that we fall behind and it takes a while to catch up. Most websites don’t follow up or give specific feedback on why a submission was declined to be posted on their website. The reason why most websites don’t follow up is because it would be extremely time consuming for them to review and give helpful feedback.

I wanted to compile a short list of the most common reasons why your music may be rejected.

#1. Poor Quality Artwork

Don’t use the excuse that it’s the best you can do. Artwork should be just as important as the song quality. The cover art is the first thing your listeners see. If they aren’t intrigued by your cover art, they will easily skip over it. Yes, listeners do judge a book by it’s cover.

If design isn’t your strongpoint, outsource it. You can spend less than $100 these days and get a decent professional looking cover for your single or project. Even if it’s a free single I suggest you take all aspects of your release seriously. Excellence is required in all aspects.

#2. It’s Your First Song

I understand we all have humble beginnings. I know everyone isn’t going to sound like a national recording artist the first time you lay down vocals mixed with your favorite artist’s radio hit.

Take your time and do multiple songs. I encourage you to attempt to find your sound. Nobody really wants to hear the latest rip off from a mainstream song.

#3. Sound Quality

For the listeners sake please have decent sound quality. Meaning you don’t sound like your rapping in a subway tunnel or any other hinderance that causes the listener to cringe. Are you making music for you or are you making music for them? Take a moment to consider what it would be like if you were someone else listening to your song for the very first time.

#4. Mix Your Music

A lot of submissions get rejected because the song wasn’t properly mixed and doesn’t sound very good. If you are new to making music there are tons of resources online to help you learn. If you have no interest in mixing, you can have someone mix your music for a reasonable price. A lot of artists make a bit of side cash doing this. Reach out and try to connect with others.

#5. Follow Instructions

Believe it or not most people don’t read the rules. They do a copy and paste job for every website they visit. Most websites have a list of instructions or requirements on how they prefer to receive your music. Read through them carefully and follow them. It will greatly help in getting your music published.

Invest In Yourself.

If you are serious about making it in the music industry you need to invest in yourself. Take your education seriously and continually try to become more knowledgeable about your craft. I know it sounds cliche but, “Practice, Practice, Practice.” Nobody is an overnight success. If you want people to take your music seriously you need to start with taking yourself seriously. By continually trying to improve and avoiding the pitfalls I specified, I won’t say you are guaranteed to be posted on websites but your chances have considerably improved.

10 Responses

  1. PacasoRamirez

    Yes sir, definitely helps. The biggest point was not even a point, but “Investing in Yourself” is probably the greatest need and focus for all artist. Equipment, Studio Time, Software, Marketing, Websites, Physical Product…all of the above and more.
    If it’s a hobby, then it should stay that way, but if it’s a ministry tool, then perfect it, so that it can be useful to all. If it’s useful, I believe God will send those that believe in you, that are willing to walk and invest in you for the sake of the Gospel.
    God Bless Brother.
    P.S. Shot you back an email with a question…not sure if you saw it.

  2. ArlyonjaXon

    Great post Nick. I often wonder why some other sites won’t pick up my stuff. I know it’s all professionally mixed and good songs. Maybe I need to pay?

  3. NickChow

    I can’t speculate entirely on why other sites don’t pick up certain music. It’s quite possible that they don’t even get to it. These were the top reasons I felt were continually being ignored by artists.


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