7 Tips When Pitching to a Music Supervisor

Pitching your music to be played in movies, tv shows and games can be tough. Being a music supervisor, who is in charge of finding the music, can be even tougher! 

Pitching your music to be played in movies, tv shows and games can be tough. Being a music supervisor, who is in charge of finding the music, can be even tougher!

The number one challenge they face is time. Supervisors can get hundreds and sometimes thousands of tracks sent to them each week. Listening to all of those tracks is impossible, so supervisors need your help to let them know what music is relevant.

Jon Skinner, CEO of Music Gateway gave us 7 tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when pitching to music supervisors:

7 things

1.Do your research first

Before you send out any music, find out the shows, films, games or brands the supervisor is working on.  You can do this by attending conferences like the LA Sync Mission (hosted by BPI the DIT and MPA) or researching online. Be sure to check out sites like the supervisor’s own website, the studio’s website and IMBD.

2. Send playlists that stream and include a download link

Do not send wav files and certainly not via WeTransfer, this just wastes time and will probably be ignored by the supervisor. Most people listen to music on the move, on mobile phones and in the office, so think about ways in which the supervisor can listen to your music whilst going about his busy day.

There are loads of options out there but Music Gateway provides a playlist pitching tool for free, so check it out.

3. Make sure your Metadata is correct

The vast majority of supervisors use iTunes to store their library/playlists (folders); this means the metadata you include in your MP3s is very important. In a nut shell, get your metadata sorted in your MP3 files, as iTunes read ID3 tags to help the supervisor search and find music on their hard drive.

4. Personal emails with context work the best

If the subject line of your email is the name of the tv show or film, this definitely helps the supervisor identify the priority of your email, especially if it’s to do with something they need immediately. It may sound obvious but context is very important!

5. Do not chase supervisors

Again, it is time-consuming! Put yourself in their shoes, would this annoy you? If they are interested in your music, they will get back in touch (assuming you have your details both in your email and as a copy within the MP3 metadata comments field).

6. Don’t email supervisors and ask them what they are working on

This depends on your relationship of course, but if you don’t know the supervisor, then don’t do it. Something else you probably should not mention are your previous syncs, as supervisors like to be ahead of the curve, not behind it, so it’s not a selling point. If you have had previous success, that’s great, but keep it to yourself unless they ask.

7. Keep your emails short, sweet and relevant

No one knows your music better than you, so pitch music that you feel meets the needs of the supervisor. Do not send too many music options because the supervisors are very busy. Send your best, most relevant music and think about the lyrical content in case any specific song hits the mark. If the film is called something like ‘Coming Home’, then highlight anything that hits the spot!

Big thanks to our friends at BPI for forming this article!

If you want to learn more about how to get your music on tv, check this out. However, if you think you’ll make a pretty good music supervisor yourself, have a look at BPI’s chat with Gemma Dempsey on how to become a music supervisor.