Here’s two great articles from a blog that is new to me and full of great posts – American Songwriter.

They are both about panels held by music supervisors and have a bunch of great tips on how you can optimise your chances of getting your music used in a movie or an ad.

There were some common threads that ran through the discussion—as far as dos, don’ts, and other things to be conscious of—for those searching out song placement opportunities. Here’s what resonated most:

• Do your research before reaching out to music supervisors.

Know exactly what project they are working on and what kind of music they are looking for. If you send them something that contradicts what they need, you’ll most likely be blackballed from the supervisor’s working order. Make sure to include all “metadata” for your songs for digital delivery. “Track 2” doesn’t work. Deliver songs via DropBox, YouSendIt or a similar method. Don’t send mp3s unless agreed upon beforehand.

Read the Nashville panels tips here.

And here’s their article previewing it with more direct tips and insight.

Two things that I do in relation to music supervisors:

1. Whenever I watch a movie, I look for the music supervisor’s name or if I see their name in an article like this, I note it down. I then find and follow that person on Twitter and put them in a Twitter list of ‘Music Supervisors’. The stuff I find out from that is IMMENSE!

2.  I build a music synch page on my artist’s website. On there we create a few players defined by mood and / or tempo (we use Topspin widgets but SoundCloud is perfect as it allows downloads) plus details about availablity of the much loved ‘one-stop’ (meaning that the ‘supes’ can clear a whole track and its publishing without needing to get a third party permission) and the availability of instrumentals and cut-downs. We also try to note anything else that we think will help a music supervisor find it easy to pick our artist’s tracks! Then, we have a page link that we can email at a moment’s notice.