There’s a lot of careers you can look into starting, if you have an interest in music. Production music writing is something that you may not have considered, but can offer you a good income and flexibility in your everyday life. Here’s what’s needed from production music writers, and how you can get started.
What Is A Production Music Writer?
A production music writer is a composer that creates music for use in productions. This can be TV shows, adverts, and radio. As a production music writer, your goal will be to write lots of different pieces that you can sell to music libraries, where they can be picked up for use in a variety of productions.
How Production Music Writers Work
Most production music writers work from home, and so have good recording studios in their homes. If you want to get into this line of work, you’ll need to be ok with spending long periods of time working by yourself.
Most of the time, music is created independently of any production. You’ll be creating tracks that could be used for several different types of productions, and so will fit a certain mood. Music writing tutor Stephen Lane from UK Writings says: “In a way, it’s very much like selling ‘stock art’, in that you’re creating music for others to buy and use as they see fit.”
You’ll sell your music through music libraries. The best way to get started with one is to send of some of your best pieces to them, no more than three at a time. Let them get a feel for what you do. If they like you, they’ll bring you on.
In essence, you don’t need any formal training to get into production music writing. You just need a skill for creating music, and the get and go to make it happen.
You can attend music production schools to help you refine your talent, and it could be a good idea. Music production is a booming business, and you need to be able to create and mix music that sounds professional. A school can help you improve those skills, and improve your chances of getting your music bought.
To get started, you’ll need a few things:
A home music studio
A skill for creating music
The ability to work alone
If you have these, you can get started creating tracks. Try keeping tracks under 3:30 mins long, and remember to let the track gradually build so the editor can use it as they see fit.
Once you have some good pieces, you’ll need to get in touch with music libraries in order to sell your music. Pick the best pieces, and write to the libraries you think your music will suit. It’s important to make a good impression, so ensure that your tracks are saved in a good quality, easy to open format. BoomEssays writer David Adams says, “Take care with the covering letter you send. Check it over once you’ve written it, to ensure there’s no errors before you send it off.”
Writing Your Resume
After you’ve set everything up listed above, you can also start applying for different jobs in the music industry to help you build experience. Of course, for this you’re going to need a stellar resume to help you stand out from the crowd. Here are some tools that can help;
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If you start in production music writing, and want to move on from that, where can you go? The most obvious step is to go into writing music for TV or radio yourself. In this case, you’d be writing music specifically for a project, so you’ll be needed to work to commission.
If you have the drive and the skill, you can be a production music writer, too. Use this guide to get started and start making your mark in the industry.