Ask NSAI: How Do I Get My Song To A Publisher Or Artist?


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How can I get my song to a publisher or an artist?

Most publishers and labels do not accept “unsolicited material” (material they have not requested). Publishers will normally listen to something only if it is recommended to them by an individual or organization they already trust in the industry or it is material they have requested personally.

As a writer you must build relationships with industry professionals . ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, NSAI and other professional organizations offer workshops and events that will help guide you as well. These workshops can often get you face time with decision makers. Learn the decision makers before traveling to music towns like (but not exclusive to) Los Angeles, New York or Nashville. Perform at writers nights as much as possible and co-write with others. All of these steps and help to give you the opportunity to establish yourself in the music business. Once the connection has been made you still need to follow basic business principles and “ask” before sending any material.

REMEMBER – it’s all about relationships!

-Susan Myers, NSAI

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  1. Hi, My name is George Allen Hicks. I was reading your article/interview with Merle Haggard and he was talking about how he didn’t like alot of todays new songwriters, the instruments, and the twang of the vocals. He also said that he does listen to new music, I’m a songwriter that writes the old traditional style country music. I would like to know if there is any way that you could help me get my song(s) to Merle, or point me in that direction. I have a work cd if you are interested in listening to it. I can send it to you if you would be interested, thank you very much for you time. I appreciate it.

    George Allen Hicks.

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