A writer I know landed a $16,000 ASCAP check. While my LA animals have seen their fare share of $16,000 ASCAP/BMI checks, this check went to someone in an East Coast “fly over” state.
For the rest of my people NOT in LA, NYC, Chicago etc… here is a blueprint of how to land your own $16,000 ASCAP/BMI/SEASC check..
Consistency is key. If you can only spend 10 hours a week doing music, working two hours a day for five days will be more beneficial than working 10 hours a day for one day. If you only work one day a week, you don’t have a chance to listen with “fresh” ears until a week later.
Stay on brief. If someone asks you for Urban Comedy, don’t deliver Rick Ross style gangsta beats. You’d be surprised how many people can’t keep to a brief. Nothing more to say on this subject except to say again, STAY ON BRIEF.
Chill with the excuses. A lot of musicians are super hungry and willing to work BEFORE I agree to work with them. Then all of a sudden it’s the excuse olympics. I’ve heard it all. One guy took 6 months off cause is Cat died. Another guy blew a deadline cause he had to drive to LA from the bay area for a “jam sesh”. GTFO with that nonsense.
If you approach your production music career in blue collar fashion you’ll be on your way to a great royalty stream. Treat it like a job. It’s a fun, satisfying job but still a job. Don’t flake!