Classical Music Record Labels
Learn how to get your compositions in front of classical music record labelsClassical music labels don’t typically generate music and artists in the same way other music labels do. Because a large portion of classical music is performance driven, some classical labels will contact an ensemble or artist after seeing a performance to propose recording options. An opera classical music record label, for example, may approach the performers (and the opera house) of a critically acclaimed, sell-out opera to make a recording.
If you are in the business of performing or composing classical music, this doesn’t mean being sought out by classical record labels is the only way to make classical music for the masses. Just like the latest pop or rock star, you, too, can send a demo to major classical music record labels or hire an agent to get your music out there. To get your compositions heard by classical labels, consider the following:
1. Work with a professional to create a high-quality demo of your very best music before submitting anything to a classical recording label.
2. Hire a music agent to help get your demo in front of major classical record companies.
3. Consider peddling your compositions to classical record labels on your own.
Spend time on a demo before contacting classical music labels
Hire an agent to help you get in front of classical music record labelsJust like most areas of the entertainment industry, it's not what you know, but who you know. Well, music agents and other professionals have connections with classical record labels to get you one step closer to getting your compositions recorded and heard.
Contact classical music record labels on your ownIf you decide to attempt to get a record contract with a major classical record label or an independent classical music record label, be sure to send a demo with your best work first; an 8X10 high-quality photo of you or your ensemble; and a biography that discusses your goals and experience as a musician - local reviews, performance dates, etc. The more professional this demo package, the better.
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