Artist Client Tips

    Hack-A-Career: Touring Tips & Tricks For Indie Musicians

    As a DIY or indie artist, touring can seem impossible to do without a label, money, or connections. We’re not here to say that it’s easy, but we are here to say that if you really want to go tour, you can do it! To help make your dreams of bringing your indie act on the road, we compiled a list of tips, tricks, and resources to get your band moving.

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    8 Simple Hacks for a Better Music Licensing Experience

    Gently skewer a strawberry with a straw to remove its stem. Fill an empty ketchup bottle with pancake mix for perfect silver-dollars. Convert an old CD spindle into a handy bagel tote. There’s lots of odd life hacks that can “revolutionize your life” … or they might just be complete and utter BS. Regardless, here are a few simple things you can do to easily improve your music experience in advertising.

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    So You Want to Obtain a Music License: Part 1 – “Clearing Sides and Favoring Nations”

    The following is not to be construed as individualized legal advice and should not be relied upon without seeking specific legal advice.

    Congrats! You’re finally at a point where you can consider adding music into your film, production, or other type of audio-visual content. But you have no idea where to start.

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    5 Music Tools Content Creators Are Crazy Not to Use [INFOGRAPHIC]

    You’re busy emailing, bidding, negotiating, contracting vendors, and operating within the jail-like confines of your music budget. Budgets! You’ve worked hard to pry the best sync licensing budget possible from those who meticulously guard the money, but you may be missing out on small actions that can help you squeeze just a little more value from the music for your commercials, web spots, and content.

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    Introducing The New, Improved Music Dealers Deal Board!

    Introducing The New, Improved Music Dealers Deal Board! A New Way To Connect Artists To Clients Our new Deal Board connects the best Artist Community in the world to our clients more easily than ever. We’re some of your biggest fans and we love working one-on-one with you. So, we built the Deal Board to involve you more closely with the opportunities that we receive daily. Our new Deal Board empowers you with the ability to submit music for upcoming opportunities directly.

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    Get To Know The Deal Board: Submitting To Open Opportunities

    Get To Know The Deal Board: Submitting To Open Opportunities The Deal Board was created to give our Artist Community a chance to be more involved in our projects. We know we have the most talented artist community out there so why not allow you to submit to opportunities that your sound fits to? Nobody knows your music better than you do, right? Below are some steps to submit to open deals on the Deal Board.

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    Exclusive or Non-Exclusive: That is the Question

    “To be or not to be? That is the question,” wrote Shakespeare, a dilemma most artists have wrestled with at one point or another in their careers.

    “To work with an exclusive licensor or a non-exclusive licensor?” That is the question we’re exploring today with this quick breakdown.

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    Understanding The Music Dealers Song Icons

    What do all these song icons mean? Let us explain. Promotional Performance Opt-Out Promotional Performance Opt Out is referring to blanket deals and gratis licenses that do not pay on the front-end but have the potential to generate back-end royalties as they air. This is all directly dependent upon the type of use, time of day the usage airs, the channel airing, duration of the use, and the number of occurrences (replays).

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    How To Upload A Public Domain Song

    How To Upload A Public Domain Song To Your Music Dealers Artist Profile We often get questions on how to upload a public domain song. What do you put in the PRO field to ensure that everything will check out fine and all royalties owed will be paid correctly? Below should help answer those questions and get you all the info you need to upload all your public domain songs to Music Dealers so we can put them to work!

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    How To Upload Lyrics To Your Songs

    How do I upload lyrics to my songs? If you have lyrics in your songs, you may be missing out on a huge factor that can get you more involved in pitches and opportunities. Having lyrics uploaded may not seem like a big deal, but our search tool and our clients reference song lyrics quite often. To add lyrics to your song, click the details arrow to the right of the song title you want to edit.

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    Master Your Music Licensing Knowledge With Help From BMI

    Music Dealers often comes across great content that we think is worthy of sharing to our artists. Shouts to author Jason Blume and the good folks at BMI for publishing “10 Things You Need to Know About Placing Music On TV and in Films,” a very informative and in-depth music licensing article that’ll help newcomers get up to speed and seasoned vets fill in the gaps.

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    Understanding Tax Forms: W-9 For Individuals

    United States W-9 Tax Form for Individuals In order for Music Dealers to send payment to our artists, we need a filled out tax form. It is very important to know which one applies to you. There are 4 different kinds depending on your situation: - W-9 for Individuals - W-9 for Entities - W-8BEN for Individuals W-8BEN for Entities This blog post explains how to correctly fill out the W-9 for Individuals.

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    Understanding Tax Forms: W-9 For Entities

    United States W-9 Tax Form for Entities In order for Music Dealers to send payment to our artists, we need a filled out tax form.  It is very important to know which one applies to you.  There are 4 different kinds depending on your situation: - W-9 for Individuals - W-9 for Entities - W-8BEN for Individuals W-8BEN for Entities This blog post explains how to correctly fill out the W-9 for Entities.

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    Understanding Tax Forms: W-8BEN For Individuals

    W-8BEN Tax Form for Individuals In order for Music Dealers to send payment to our artists, we need a filled out tax form.  It is very important to know which one applies to you.  There are 4 different kinds depending on your situation: - W-9 for Individuals - W-9 for Entities - W-8BEN for Individuals W-8BEN for Entities This blog post explains how to correctly fill out the W-8BEN for Individuals.

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    Understanding The Music Dealers Artist Payment Process

    The Music Dealers Artist Payment Process So you wake up face down on your living room floor – you were a rock star last night. Suddenly, you remember why you partied so hard last night - Music Dealers sent you an email yesterday letting you know they placed your latest single in a large TV commercial for $70,000. Now what? How will you pay off the 4 rounds of bottle service at the club last night?

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    Artist Tips: New Updates To Your Artist Profile

    Urgent: Please Update Your Artist Profile

    We have been working hard to improve the upload function on our site. We’ve moved the contract from the song level to the artist level, which saves you from entering new contract information every time you upload a song. We also added the ability to upload your tax form to your profile. This way, we have it on file and don’t have to contact you for it, which means we can send your payments much more quickly.

    To get started, begin by logging into your profile and go to your dash board. Click on the artist profile that you would like to update.

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    Music Licensing 101 - Masters vs. Publishing

    Music Licensing 101 Masters vs. Publishing

    By Christopher Rucks | Music Dealers

    To provide some insight to the many individuals who, either by choice or circumstance, suddenly find themselves dropped into the music licensing arena, we’ll be covering a few basic topics and ideas on the Music Dealers blog so we can help keep everyone sharp, up to speed, and sync smarter.

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    How To Become The Music Supervision Champ At Your Company

    How To Become The Music Supervision Champ At Your Company By Christopher Rucks | Music Dealers You’re not interested in being a decent music licensor or supervisor of music. You’re interested in being the champ. You want a championship belt around your waist with a golden embossed synchronization license in the middle. You want your colleagues to say, “Hey, was that you that placed that awesome music in that one project?” You walk by in slo mo and pound your chest as if to say, “Damn real.” Whether you’re at an agency, you’re working for a brand, or a production company, you’re new to the game, or have some experience under your belt, here’s a few tools to help you supervise music like a champ.

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    The Day The Music Dies: What’s Really At Stake When Licensing Music

    The Day The Music Dies: What’s Really At Stake When Licensing Music

    By Christopher RucksMusic Dealers

    It’s more than just a car to drive. It’s more than just a belt to hold up your pants. It’s more than just a song to go in a web video. It’s a promise of service.

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    The Top 5 Biggest Mistakes To Make When Clearing Music For Licensing

    The Top 5 Biggest Mistakes To Make When Clearing Music For Licensing

    By: Chris Rucks | Music Dealers

    There are various aspects to music licensing that can get pretty complex, pretty quickly. Among these is music clearance, essentially the process of locating the owners of a song and obtaining permission from them to license their music in your project. It’s wise to approach the clearance of a song with some important ideas in mind. So, we’ve compiled a list of a few of the most common pitfalls to avoid when clearing music for licensing.

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    Artist Tips: ¿Cómo se crea una cuenta con Music Dealers?

    ¿Cómo se crea una cuenta con Music Dealers? Hoy es el momento de tener su música en los oídos de cientos de supervisores, marcas, agencias, y empresas. Crear una cuenta y comenzar es sencillo y se puede hacer fácil. Primero, visite http://www.musicdealers.com/got-music para crear un nombre de usuario. Las cajas se explican: Usuario (Username): Asegúrese de recorder tu usuario, la va a utilizar para iniciar sesión cada vez que visite el sitio.

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    Artist Tips: 1 Important Music Business Skill You Really Need To Learn

    1 Important Music Business Skill You REALLY Need To Learn

    BY: Shaun Letang on Music Think Tank

    Hey guys. Today I want to look at one very important music business skill that will greatly benefit you in your quest for a ‘successful’ music career. We all have our own idea of what success is, but if to you it involves getting known on a wider scale then you already are, the below strategy will definitely help.

    I’ve already looked at three other essential business skills for musicians, but this additional skill is just as important, if not more so. You should use it alongside the others for a more professional and faster moving music career.

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    Artist Tips: The 3 Most Profitable DIY Revenue Streams, And Why Many Artists Succeed At Only One of Them

    The 3 Most Profitable DIY Revenue Streams, And Why Many Artists Succeed At Only One of Them

    This is an essay by Jay Frank (DigSin) from Divergent Streams, a collection of essays edited by Kyle Bylin (@sidewinderfm) and written by influential executives, startup founders, and thinkers in the music industry. Download a free copy of the e-book here.

    Independent artists can make more money than ever before. The walls of major label distribution have crumbled, and have been down for a decade. Social networks make promotion to fans easier and cheaper. Add in home recording, crowd-sourced artwork, and other cost cutting maneuvers and DIY musicians can be financially successful.

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    Music Dealers Artist / Client Tips: 13 Timeless Lessons from the Father of Advertising

    13 Timeless Lessons from the Father of Advertising

    By Beth Hayden for CopyBlogger

    In 1962, Time magazine called David Ogilvy “the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry.”

    In his years as an advertising executive and copywriter, Ogilvy created some of the world’s most successful and iconic marketing campaigns, including the legendary Man in the Hathaway Shirt, plus notable efforts for Schwepps, Rolls Royce, and the island of Puerto Rico among many others.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: YouTube - How Labels & Artists Can Get The Most From The Video Site

    YouTube - How Labels & Artists Can Get The Most From The Video Site

    Labels, publishers and artists still aren’t getting the most from YouTube - and the giant video sharing site has done something about it.

    As hosted by Music Week through here, YouTube has produced a step-by-step basics guide (a ‘Playbook’) for rightsholders to maximising the potential of their music on the site.

    Subjects covered include optimising videos for better discovery, the frequency of uploads, using talent to ‘sell’ videos to consumers, cross promotion, engaging with fans and much more besides.

    You can read/download the 40-page guide online through here.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How To Request Removal Of A Song

    How Do I Request Removal Of A Song?

    We understand situations change every day for artists.  The Music Dealers agreement doesn’t have a term built into it, so you are not locked into working with us for any amount of time. If you need to remove a song from your profile, it is a very simple process.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How To Add Exclusions To Your Songs

    How Do I Add Exclusions To My Songs?

    One of our main goals at Music Dealers is to make every member of our artist community feel comfortable when we are working with their music.  We have all been artists - we understand how important and special your music is. This is why any deal outside a standard non-exclusive license, we allow the option for our members to opt out if that particular deal is not right for them. Similar to those deals, we have the most commonly opted-out categories listed within artist profiles that we give artists the option to be excluded from. It is done on an artist level now so no need to do it song by song.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: 10 Foolproof Ways to Critique Your Own Songs

    10 Foolproof Ways to Critique Your Own Songs

    How to analyze your lyrics and melody to craft a stronger song.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How To Upload Music To Your Profile

    How Do I Upload Music To My Profile?

    Once you create a username, the next questions is always “how do I get my music uploaded so we can begin pitching it?” The process is pretty simple.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How To Change Your Password, Username or Email Address

    How Do I Change My Password, Username or Email Address?

    Once you set your username, password and email, we made it super easy to update all that info. It is important to select a username and password you remember and a current, valid email address.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How To Check Your Deal Board Submissions

    How do I know if my Deal Board submission went through?

    When submitting to an open opportunity on the Deal Board, it is very important to get songs in on time so we can review them and submit options to the client. With the timelines so tight, artists often wonder if their song was submitted correctly.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How To Edit Your Profile Info

    How do I edit my profile info?

    We use information from your profile for a good amount of our pitches. The more info you have on there – the better we can pitch you.  Making sure that the info in your profile is accurate and up to date can make the difference between landing a spot or not.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Switch The Visibility Of A Song

    How do I change the visibility of a song? (Switch From Public To Private / Private To Public) Whether a song is private or public, has no effect on your chances of getting it placed. With either visibilty setting, our staff, Creatives and clients can see the songs and pitch them for opportunities. The only difference is, if they are private, the public cannot see them if they stumble upon your profile.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Manage Multiple Artist Profiles Under One Login

    I manage multiple artists, how do I add additional artist accounts under my username?

    One feature we have is the ability for managers, labels and artists to add multiple artists to one login. This will allow the ability to manage multiple profiles with one login including editing info, uploading songs, submitting to opportunities, and more.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How To Merge Alternates With Existing Songs

    How do I merge alternates with existing songs?

    Having alternate versions uploaded and merged on your profile right away is the number one way to increase your chances of having your songs placed. These versions include instrumentals, clean/radio edits, and a capellas. If you have them uploaded to your profile, make sure they are merged with the original version. If on the song it says “Alt: No,” that means alternate versions aren’t merged and could result in your songs being skipped over when looking for submissions.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How To Edit Your PRO Info

    How do I edit/update my PRO info? Having correct PRO info can make the difference in making a few thousand dollars from a placement or $0. Correct PRO info is very important, so please make sure every song includes all the writers and publishers, their affiliations and CAE/IPI numbers. To edit your PRO info for a song, click the details arrow to the right of the song title you want to edit.

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    Music Dealers Client Tips: D-Tool 3.0 - How Do I Share A Playlist

    Once you have created a playlist via the D-tool your going to want to share it. How else will others experience the mind blowing quality of the music and your playlist curation skills. Well having previously been in that situation ourselves we made it easy for you. Click on the Share link (figure a), in the right side tool set, to launch a Share Modal. This is the best and most effective way to bless others with your quality playlist.

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    Music Dealers Client Tips: D-Tool 3.0 - How Do I Create Exclusions In My Search

    Sometimes you start a music search not knowing exactly what you want, but you can tell us what you don’t want. This is why we decided to implement an exclusions feature into our new Discovery Tool. This helps narrow the results our D-Tool spits out to help you discover the exact song you need for your project quickly and accurately. Learn how to add exclusions to your searches below: Option 1: Using the Search Bar To create an exclusion when typing in search criteria, simply type in “not” followed by a space then the term you wish to exclude.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Having Alternate Versions Available Immediately

    Alternate Versions Are Very Important! There is nothing our clients love more than having multiple version of songs available. I mean, what editor wouldn’t love the freedom to drop vocal in and out while editing your song to picture? About 80% of our clients request multiple versions to be available right away. If you don’t have alternate versions uploaded, there’s a good chance your songs are getting skipped over simply because of that.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Get Paid Quicker

    When we place your music, we want to make sure you see the money your music earned you, from both Music Dealers (front end sync payments) and performing rights organizations (royalties). There are a few things you can do to ensure you get paid properly. PayPal Enter your PayPal account in your payment information. With PayPal we can pay you faster and more securely than with a check, and we will cover all transaction fees.

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    Music Dealers Processes: Make Money with Music Dealers' Deal Board

    Custom music creation is one of the many things we specialize in here at Music Dealers because clients love to have our amazing artist community available to create custom music for their campaign, show, film, etc. Over the past few weeks, we have had a few artists reach out and ask about our Deal Board, so we thought it might be helpful to post these questions along with some insight on each.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: How Can Uploading Lyrics Benefit You?

    Not only does Music Dealers like making our artist happy, we strive to make our clients as happy as possible too. Why? Because it means more searches and requests so that’s more opportunities to pitch YOUR music! In addition to alternate versions of songs, we’ve also been getting multiple requests for lyrics. Last week alone, we had three artists miss out on placements because they did not have lyrics uploaded. Below is some additional info on the importance of uploading lyrics, as well as a couple simple steps to open up your songs up to hundreds of extra opportunities each week!

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    Music Dealers Site Updates: Artist Creation/Edit Form

    Last week we launched a whole new artist edit form to the Artist Profiles. If filled in correctly, this will help us find and pitch you for opportunities much easier. Not having ALL the info filled out will cause you to be skipped over for certain opportunities. All the info under the edit profile section is very important. Below are a list of some new features added and why they will help us help you.

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    Music Dealers Processes: Deal Board Submissions

    Our clients love getting custom music tailored to their project. One of the most notable differences between us and other licensing companies is our amazing artist community. Fact: No other licensing company has the ability to create the number of custom music options as quickly and with the quality that we do. If you’re an agency, do you reach out to a music house that puts one composer on the job?

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    Music Dealers Processes: The Life Of A Song

          The process always begins with an artist creating a username and an artist profile. From here, they are able to upload a picture, bio and then upload music. The upload process is very detailed. All the info required is very important in making sure your song goes through our processes quickly and smoothly. They fill out our upload form and then click ‘Upload.’             Once the song is uploaded, it enters our review queue and taken in the order they are uploaded.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Creating Trailer Songs For Film

    Trailer supervisor, Nick Martin was nice enough to meet up with one of our Los Angeles team members, Sean Sirkin.  In this video he explains what he and his team look for when selecting songs for film trailers.  He even shows you some examples from the Music Dealers catalog that work and explains why they work.  If you are interested in creating some songs for film trailers - this video will be very helpful for you.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Updated Schedule A Info

    Music Dealers Artists, From time to time, some of you may have received an email from our Publishing Department here at Music Dealers. These “ARTIST INFO INQUIRY” emails are not only important to us, but most importantly, to you, our artists. As opportunities and placements come in from our numerous clients, an accurate and up-to-date Schedule A info section for your songs is crucial. This bit of information not only gives credit when due, but also ensures that both parties, writers and publishers for each song, are accurately paid on behalf of your PRO.

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    Music Dealers Company News: Policy Change For Artists

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Importance Of A Good Start & Finish

    Every month Music Dealers will bring you a tip from Sean Smith of Identity217.  This week Sean shares some great tips to keep in mind when you are creating some good library tracks. The arena lights go dim…. The crowd is bursting with anticipation… excitement…. Just can’t wait another minute. Then… the band slowly begins to fade in nice and easy? What?! No massive drum hit, no cannon explosion….. No impact.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Importance of a PRO

    It is important that you sign up with a PRO when licensing your music. Although it is not required, it is strongly suggested by Music Dealers. If you have a song with multiple writers, producers, musicians - depending on your deal - you may need to include every single musician for each song.  If you are a rapper and have a different producer make the beat for you - you need to include them as well.  Please feel free to contact your C.A.R.E.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Accurate Payment Information

    Here’s a little reminder to all of you: make sure your payment info is correct and up-to-date. We all love to get paid and this is the only way we can ensure quick payment every time!

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Different Versions - A Tip for Song Submissions

    Our clients like options. When adding songs to our catalog upload as many versions as possible. Having VOCAL, INSTRUMENTAL, A CAPPELLA and NON-EXPLICIT lyric options will increase your chance of making money. Contact your CARE rep with any questions.

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    Music Dealers Artist Tips: Dont Cry Wolf - A Tip for Song Submissions

    When submitting songs for posted jobs, remember to keep it short and sweetand relevant! Music Dealers hand-picks which songs go to our clients so the less we have to wade through, the faster we can put your music to work!

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