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Is Music2Deal any good? / Music2Deal – was bringt mir dieses Netzwerk?

Article by Christian Meyer-Pedersen

Songwriter, adMeyerMusic, Hamburg, Germany

(Deutsche Fassung siehe unten)

 

Many musicians are constantly looking for good opportunities to get their music heard. And there are a lot of opportunities social media has in store for them. Platforms like Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify and many more offer space for your songs. But once you’ve uploaded your stuff, what happens next?

Obviously you can get in touch with fellow musicians, talk about your craft, get inspired and give other artist ratings for their work in order to get rated yourself. This is all very good and there is nothing to complain about. But there is one drawback and that’s a crucial one.

The people you can connect with are mainly musicians like yourself.

So you can ask yourself: Does that help me in anyway to further my career as a musician? Maybe, if that other musician is well connected with the music industry. If not – and that must be considered true for most people on those music platforms mentioned above – then it won’t help you in any way.

Those platforms are like broadcasters – everybody wants to send their message and thus there are very few true receivers. Your message, that is your song, becomes a faint tune in the great noise emanating from those networks. And that is in most cases also true for the programs they offer to publish your songs on iTunes and the likes. With the abundance of music out there it is very hard, if not impossible, to stand out. That makes them the equivalent of a giant parking lot for your songs. And you know how hard it is to find your car in one of those.

Is Music2Deal as a social music network any different?

I can only speak for myself and I’m far from being a successful music seller. But the few success stories in my music career during the past years are almost all connected to Music2Deal. So what’s the difference?

The difference with Music2Deal is that you will find people from all over the music industry there. Lots of musicians, songwriters and music artists of course, putting their songs on display, but there’s also the opposite spectrum of the market: producers, publishers, music managers, A&R’s, labels – in other words: people who can help you lift your music to the next level.

You can listen to other people’s stuff, like you can in other networks. You can also rate other people’s music. You can connect and text with them and make your selection of favorites. But there is more.

Music2Deal offers a search feature that enables you to find not only members, but also offers. You can for example offer your music to the industry as a song, or you can offer your songs for licensing, i. e. for radio, tv, advertising, games etc. Once you’ve done that, all the industry people in your network see what you’re offering.

But you can also search for industry request.

Are they looking for a song like yours? Then simply answer that request – and who knows what happens next.

Music2Deal is constantly growing. It is based in Hamburg, Germany but you’ll find people from all over the world there, from all across Europe but also the U.S., Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. That’s a lot of opportunity to get heard. The difference is, you’ll get a great shot at getting heard by the people who really matter to you as a musician.

And the best thing of course: Music2Deal is free. Signing up you’ll get a bunch of features connecting you to the music business instantaniously. You can feature four of your songs and you can already at that stage communicate with other members.
Of course you can upgrade for more goodies by paying a reasonable fee, but without the obligation to sign a monthly subscription. So you can quit at any time without any hassle.

And if you don’t want to pay any money you can earn credits by rating other artists or by getting rated yourself. That will buy you an upgrade literally for free.

Like I said, most contacts with interesting and helpful people inside the music business I made with Music2Deal. Of all the networks this one really works for me.

Maybe it does for you, too?

Anyway, signing up doesn’t cost you any money. You can quit anytime and there’ll be no hassle. The only thing they want to make sure of is that you are serious about music. If you are, M2D may be the right place for you.

You just click on the invite-link below and figure it out for yourself.

https://www.music2deal.com/site/register/

I wish you best of luck!
Christian

Links:

https://music2deal.com/de/adMeyerMusic
http://admeyermusic.com

 

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Music2Deal – was bringt mir dieses Netzwerk?

 

Viele Musiker sind ständig auf der Suche nach guten Möglichkeiten, ihre Musik zu präsentieren. Und Social Media bietet viele Möglichkeiten, genau das zu tun. Auf Plattformen wie Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify und anderen kannst du deine Songs kostenfrei für alle zugänglich machen. Aber wenn die Inhalte einmal hochgeladen sind, was passiert dann?

Natürlich kannst du mit anderen Musikern in Kontakt treten, dich austauschen und inspirieren lassen, die Arbeit anderer Künstler bewerten, um ggf. selbst bewertet zu werden. Das ist alles schön und gut. Aber es gibt einen Nachteil, und der ist entscheidend.

Die Leute, mit denen du dich vernetzen kannst, sind hauptsächlich Musiker wie du selbst.

Es stellt sich also die Frage: Hilft mir das überhaupt, um meine Karriere als Musiker voranzutreiben? Vielleicht, wenn einer dieser Musiker gut mit der Musikindustrie vernetzt ist. Aber wenn nicht – und das wird für die meisten Leute auf den oben genannten Musikplattformen gelten – dann hilft es dir in keinster Weise.

Diese Plattformen sind wie Sender – jeder möchte seine Nachricht unters Volk bringen, und daher gibt es nur sehr wenige wirkliche Empfänger. Deine Nachricht, also dein Song, wird zu einer vagen Melodie in dem großen Lärm, der von diesen Netzwerken ausgeht. Dies gilt in den meisten Fällen auch für die Programme, die deine Songs auf iTunes und ähnlichen Portalen veröffentlichen. Die schiere Fülle an Musik, die dort gelistet ist, macht es sehr schwer, wenn nicht unmöglich, sich von der Masse abzuheben. Letztlich sind es gigantische Parkplätze für Songs. Und du weißt, wie schwer es ist, dein Auto auf einem solchen Parkplatz wiederzufinden.

Ist Music2Deal als soziales Musiknetzwerk anders?

Ich kann nur für mich selbst sprechen und ich bin weit davon entfernt, ein erfolgreicher Musiker zu sein. Aber die wenigen Erfolgsgeschichten meiner Musikkarriere der letzten Jahre sind fast alle mit Music2Deal verbunden. Was ist der Unterschied?

Der Unterschied bei Music2Deal besteht darin, dass du dort Leute aus der ganzen Musikindustrie findest. Natürlich stellen auch dort viele Musiker, Songwriter und Musikkünstler ihre Songs zur Schau, aber es gibt eben auch das entgegengesetzte Spektrum des Marktes: Produzenten, Verleger, Musikmanager, A&R’s, Labels – mit anderen Worten: Leute, die dir helfen können, deine Musik aufs nächste Level zu heben.

Du kannst dir die Arbeit anderer Musiker anhören, genauso, wie auch in anderen Netzwerken, kannst Musik bewerten, andere Netzwerker anschreiben oder als Favoriten wählen. Aber Music2Deal bietet dir noch mehr.

Music2Deal verfügt über eine Suchfunktion, mit der du nicht nur Mitglieder, sondern auch Angebote und Anfragen finden kannst. So kannst du deine Songs für die kommerzielle Nutzung anbieten, beispielsweise zur Lizenzierung für Radio, Fernsehen, Werbung, Spiele usw. Sobald du das getan hast, sehen alle Mitglieder in deinem Netzwerk dein Angebot.

Du kannst direkt nach Anfragen aus der Musikindustrie suchen.

Wird ein Song wie deiner gesucht? Dann antworte auf die Anfrage – wer weiß, was passiert?

Music2Deal wächst ständig. Das Netzwerk hat seinen Sitz in Hamburg, mit Mitgliedern aus der ganzen Welt, aus Europa, aber auch aus den USA, Asien, Afrika, Südamerika und Australien. Das gibt dir jede Menge Gelegenheit, gehört zu werden. Der Unterschied besteht darin, dass hier die Chance besteht, von den Leuten gehört zu werden, die für dich als Musiker wirklich relevant sind.

Und das Beste ist natürlich: Music2Deal ist kostenlos. Wenn du dich anmeldest, erhältst du eine Reihe von Funktionen, mit denen du dich sofort mit dem Musikbusiness vernetzen kannst. Du kannst vier deiner Songs veröffentlichen und bereits zu diesem Zeitpunkt mit anderen Mitgliedern kommunizieren.
Natürlich kannst du zum fairen Preis ein Upgrade durchführen und erhältst so weitere Vorteile, ohne jedoch ein monatliches Abonnement abschließen zu müssen. Du bist also nicht an das Netzwerk gebunden.

Und wenn du kein Geld bezahlen möchtest, kannst du dir Credits verdienen, indem du andere Künstler bewertest oder dich bewerten lässt. Damit erhältst du ein Upgrade quasi kostenlos.

Wie gesagt, die meisten Kontakte zu interessanten und hilfsbereiten Menschen im Musikgeschäft habe ich mit Music2Deal geknüpft. Von allen Netzwerken funktioniert dieses aus meiner Sicht bislang am besten.

Vielleicht ja auch für dich?

Warum also nicht testen? Die Anmeldung kostet ja kein Geld. Du kannst jederzeit problemlos aussteigen. Wenn du es also mit der Musik ernst meinst, dann ist M2D möglicherweise das richtige Netzwerk für dich.

Klicke einfach auf den Einladungs-Link unten und finde es heraus.

https://www.music2deal.com/site/register/

Ich wünsche dir viel Erfolg!

Christian

 

Links:

https://music2deal.com/de/adMeyerMusic
http://admeyermusic.com

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A&R Consultancy Package

Written by Richard Rogers (Music2Deal UK representative)

A&R is a beautiful profession to be involved with and I always maintain it is an art form and a science……. seriously. I even wrote that quote in the 2018 book, “Depeche Mode: Violator – The Ultimate A&R Guide” which former Warner/Chappell and Island MD Richard Manners concurred with me on. In 2020, an A&R person is now more valuable than ever. Why? Because now every artist needs an A&R person to ensure the artist is 2 steps ahead of the vast competition. The main problem is everybody can make a record now and record/produce it in their bedroom. This means the number of artists around the world has escalated above all proportions because with a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment and a pair of headphones everyone can attempt to be a star! The trouble is the number of would be stars has spread in number like the common cold and record companies receive more submissions than ever before.

As Invisible Hands Records (a UK record company) owner and MD Charles Kennedy said to me a couple of years ago ‘Because there are so many artists out there now doing DIY music, everything is so watered down and even worse most of it is unlistenable. I’ll rarely sign up new artists now, i’ll just rely on catalogue artists such as The Jam, Hugh Cornwell, Emerson, Lake & Palmer etc who are already signed to my company’.

Kennedy was right, everybody knows somebody who has a new single out now on Spotify!!! So how can you make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd? Who is going to go through your songs and choose your best song for you so at least you have a chance in the industry? Who can recommend the right record labels, the perfect publisher, the correct manager, a killer remixer or the deft producer you require for your act? Yup it’s the much maligned A&R man. He’s still out there but in diminishing numbers sadly as algo rhythms and reduced A&R Departments take control but he’s the man that can still recommend changing the structure or the arrangement within a song or telling the bass player not to play quite so many notes on the track.

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The problem is everybody would like an A&R man for free. Last month (February 2020) I had two cases in question. Firstly a guy that owned a small record label in the States asked me to find a number of record companies worldwide to license and distribute his artists for him and he offered to pay a small percentage for the best deal I could find financially. You’ll note the best deal financially (ie the most money) as opposed to the best deal for the artist in regards to percentages, even though this would mean more money for myself as the ‘deal finder’. I refused to take the offer on as this was not strictly A&R work in my view and I felt the principles to his search for money above all else to the detriment of the artist was thoroughly wrong.

Let’s use an example, if a ‘deal finder’ found for a US record label, 2 potential partners in Germany and the most cash upfront from one was €120k for a years deal but the royalty percentage was minimal and another offered only €50k but fantastic royalty percentage terms and add ons and a better deal overall then the US label might go for the higher cash upfront which would not be to the benefit of the artist. In addition the ‘deal finder’ we will assume is being paid a percentage of the total deal (say 10% for arguments sake). Which is the ‘deal finder’ likely to then offer to the US label, the €120k deal or the €50k deal? Of course the ‘deal finder’ would pretend the ‘artist beneficial’ €50k deal never existed in the first place and there was only the €120k deal available on the table. The record company man goes home with €108k and the ‘deal finder’ takes €12k, his 10% of the €120k and both are happy. What about the artist? I felt that this ‘deal find’ was not the job of an A&R man really as that’s the job of a lawyer in conjunction with the record company, the artist and the artist manager. It’s 2020 and guys this is still happening! Artists – be aware.

The second situation arose of a central European singer who I believed from an A&R capacity, desperately required her vocals to be re-recorded because her English phonetics were, to be kind ‘poor’ on a nevertheless brilliant song she had co-written. She decided the vocals were good enough, took offense at my suggestion she re-record them, refused to pay an A&R fee and never got to find out her song had been entered into a major song competition and subsequently had been accepted and shortlisted for a final with a minimum Yen 350,000 payout (approx €2900). True, not huge money but better than a kick in the leg.

I see these situations month in, month out, so I decided as I do a lot of work with Music2deal to set up an independent A&R Consultancy to help out artists, songwriters, singers, managers etc. Anyone signed up to Music2deal with a paying membership gets a reduction of 20% off a consultancy and those on a free membership with Music2deal get 10% off. Don’t worry, i’ll still do the free Music2deal A&R Essentials series, the A&R tips and help in the blogs, newsletters and on the A&R Forum but the consultancy will be much more intensive.

There are 5 levels of consultancy starting with just a simple single hourly rate which I can assure you that you will recoup the cost back immediately with two pieces of advice on production and mastering alone.

That’s it really, a bit of useful advice for artists to be ultimately aware of those people in the industry that may not have your interest at heart. And yes, it’s mixed in with a bit of self promotion for myself which in 16 years i’ve never done at music2deal. I thought this was worth it though to stop artists being screwed over.

Please let us know in this forum if this has ever happened to you or an artist you know and finally, here’s a request. I’m looking to bring in A&R people in different music styles and genres to expand the consultancy across the musical board so if you are an A&R man or know an A&R person then please get in touch so together we can help artists from being taken for a ride, sometimes without them even knowing.

Richard Rogers – March 2020

 

Links:

Richard Rogers on Music2Deal

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