What does Music Business Watch do?
We are one of the leading companies who publish contact information for the music industry. We publish contact information for five specific areas within the music industry; A&R personnel at the Major and Independent labels, Creative personnel at the Major and Independent Music Publishers, Music Business Attorneys, Artist Managers, and all of the music contacts within the film, television and Video Game community. That's all we do so we are your go-to source for contact information when you need to reach music industry professionals.
What do we NOT do?
This is a REALLY important question because this will save you (and us) a LOT of time. We are NOT a record label, we are NOT a music publishing company, and we do NOT license anyone's music. We are also NOT a management company and we are certainly NOT music attorneys. While we know all the people who do those things, our job is to give YOU the contact information you need to reach them with your music.
While we certainly enjoy listening to music from new artists, please do not send us links to your music or ask us to listen to your music.
How often are our directories updated?
Current and accurate information is always important for our customers which is why we are updating our directory databases everyday. As soon as we learn of new information we update our records so that you are receiving the most current information available. For our online customers that means that everytime you log on you can be assured that the information you are seeing is the latest information we have available.
How do we update your contact directories or how do you get someone's contact information?
We've been doing this for over twenty-two years so a lot of the industry lets us know as soon as they have moved from one position to another. Even with that, we are constantly scanning press releases and music industry trade publications. And, after all that, we still reach out to all of the contacts in our directories prior to publication to once again confirm their information and to make any changes that might have just occurred. So, yes — music industry professionals listed in our directories know their contact information is being published in our contact directories. But, they also know that we always strongly suggest to our customers that you use that information in a professional manner and get to know the people with whom you want to work. Please, do NOT buy one of our directories with the intent of just bombarding busy professionals with your new demo without first establishing a relationship. Remember, the music industry is a relationship business so cultivate those relationships and don't burn bridges!
What kind of information do your directories contain, and can I see a sample?
All of our directories are specific to their title meaning that the A&R Registry, for example, is a directory of RECORD LABEL A&R executives and their staff. The Music Publisher Registry contains contacts for MUSIC PUBLISHING companies and their executives. The exception to that is our Film & Television Music Guide which lists over twenty-two categories (labels, publishers, music supervisors, scoring stages, etc.) because the licensing and placement of music is handled across the industry. Each of our directories list companies alphabetically and then list the personnel working at that company. We try to list everyone's title, direct dial phone number, fax numbers (yes, people still use fax machines), email as well as assistant's names and the company's website. If you're just starting out (or even if you're an industry veteran), you'll want to get to know the assistants since they are often the gate-keepers so be nice to them! For the Record Labels, we also list the genre of music the label handles as well as the distributor. All of the email addresses and websites are hyperlinked in the PDF versions so you can email or surf directly from your directory. If you'd like to see a sample of listings, just go to the product you're interested in in the store and click to open the product description. There you will find a picture of the directory as well as a sample page so you can see exactly the type of detail you'll be getting when you purchase your directory.
How can I get my company or a composer listed?
Actually, it's really easy! Just email us your contact information and we'll follow up from there. Be sure to let us know what your company does so we know which directory to update with your information. If you are a record label (or label exec), a music publishing company, a music attorney, artist manager, or involved in licensing of music for film, television and video games there's a place for you in one of our directories. If you are an artist or involved in some other aspect of the music industry just let us know more about what you do so we can update one of the appropriate databases we also maintain for the music industry.