You probably know this already, but if you don’t – on Music Gateway we connect people from the creative industries to work on projects together. A project could be anything from collaborating with cross-genre artist or producer to getting your song placed with a TV show.
So, you’ve seen a project on Music Gateway and you want to pitch on it... how do you make sure you’re up with a good chance to secure that project? There are a few key things that you should take into account. Before we start sharing secrets, bear in mind that if you’re really keen for a job it’s important not to do it half-heartedly. As I’m writing this article we have over 20,000 users and we’ve had projects with more than 120 pitches. If you think you’re the right person for the job, you need to make them think it as well. Don’t lose hope though; the most important thing about Music Gateway is you’re all on a level playing field. We’ve had some really new to the music scene producers working with huge, well-established companies. That’s the beauty of Music Gateway.
Before you pitch you need to make sure that your profile is as complete as possible and includes all the information needed to sway the project owner’s decision and to get them to choose you. This would include previous experience, current projects, passion for genres or music in general. Maybe even professionals you’ve previously worked with... a little name-dropping never hurts if it’s genuine :)
The first and most important thing that most project owners will look at however, is examples of your music. It’s the first thing they see when they click through to your profile so you want to make sure you’re showcasing your best work. It would also make sense to assume that they would start from the top recording unless you have asked them to do otherwise in your pitch, so we’d recommend putting your best track on the top of the list.
First and foremost, put yourself in the shoes of the project owner. You’ve received a number of pitches and you want to go through them, find the right person and start working as quickly as possible. Make your pitch clear and specific to the project. It’s also important to ask any questions you think are necessary. Get them out of the way so you’re both clear on what’s going on. It also means you have more chance in engaging them in conversation and starting a rapport with them. Psychology is a beautiful thing my friends. The main point here is to be clear; bullet points are useful in order to achieve this. No essays. No one wants to read essays (like this one). We’ll stop talking and move on now.
Quickly whilst we’re here – we don’t allow the exchange of links and contact info before being contracted onto a project. You’ll get the chance to share links and contact information once a connection is made. We believe that the platform provides all the functionality you need to showcase your talent. We also do it for your benefit and if you’re not sure we’re telling the truth about that then you can read more here.
On Music Gateway, projects can have a variety of budget types:
- Budget Range e.g. £250-£500 – This means that you can specify you’d be willing to do the work for anywhere between £250 and £500
- Specific Budget e.g. £750 – This means that you can only pitch at £750 and that’s the amount that the project owner is prepared to pay for this project.
- Terms – This type of budget doesn’t involve an initial monetary transaction, however depending on the project it could include publishing / royalties / revenue splits of the finished product which could lead to earning money in the future.
Once you submit your pitch, if the project owner decides they like your work and they want to work with you they will accept you onto the project.
You will then be notified and asked to accept back – like a virtual handshake. By this moment you should be fairly clear with the terms of the project and how things will work. I’d recommend only counter accepting if you’re 100% sure you want to work on this project. Something to mention here, we don’t allow the exchange of links and contact details before this “handshake” like we mentioned earlier on.
Oh, and one more thing... You’ll only ever be charged if you’re contracted onto a project, depending on your account type. Your account will also determine the number of pitches you can make each month. You can find out a bit more about the difference between the Free and Pro-Level Unlimited accounts here.
The best way to get connected to other professionals on Music Gateway however, is to post your own projects, which is completely free and gives you full control of who you choose to work with and how you want to work with them.
If you have any questions or are thinking about posting your own project or you just want to say hi, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re a friendly bunch :)