How to Get Signed to a Record Label
Songhack is all about making your own way in the music industry, and increasingly bands don’t need record labels to succeed. Nonetheless, there are still many reasons your band would want to seek a record deal, even in this age of direct-to-fan digital patronage. The first step to getting a deal is understanding what it is and why you would (or wouldn’t) want one. Technically, you don’t “get signed” to a label, you sign your rights over to them to exploit. You are signing to a record label, not the other way around. The secret is to avoid the common mistakes all the other bands are making in trying to get offered a label deal, and focus your energy on creating as much value around your music rights as possible… you’re about to sign them away, probably for life. Please educate yourself about label deals thoroughly… this is one area where you need more than a blog post’s worth of info. Here are the hacks:
Label Deal Hacks
Record Deal Video Hacks
Artists House Music – Band as Business: Labels
Watch parts 1 & 2 of the Artists House Band as Business course to get a good sense of how labels operate.