How to Submit Music to a Library

Submit Music

Once you’ve shortlisted, applied and been accepted your your production music libraries of choice, it’s time to submit some music.

There’s no sugar coating it, it’s a lengthy, tedious job. So it’s worth planning a workflow that’s as quick and painless as possible.

Keep track of your Music with a Spreadsheet

The vast majority of libraries will require you to add metadata to your uploaded music in the form of tempo information, length (with edits), descriptions and keywords.

Rather than input your metadata when a track has uploaded – the point at which the mind inevitably goes blank – I recommend pre-planning and noting down your description and keywords beforehand.

This results in a much quicker workflow when uploading to multiple libraries at the same time.

I use a spreadsheet (any software will do, I use Apple Numbers) which contains all of the track information I’ll need, with a column for each category of metadata.

Metadata Spreadsheet
Metadata Spreadsheet

Writing Descriptions and Keywords

Explicit descriptions along with carefully thought out keywords are crucial to getting your tracks heard

Keep descriptions expressive and straightforward. For example:

  • ‘Enigmatic, mysterious string textures.’
  • ‘Energetic action-sports theme. Power rock groove with strings and brass.’
  • ‘Emotional acoustic guitar and piano solo, builds to a victorious orchestral climax.’

Try and use a couple of your primary keywords in the description.

Libraries usually require between 30 and 50 keywords. Make sure they are accurate and descriptive.

Whatever you do, don’t overstuff your description or tags with keywords. You may see some other composers doing this, but it’s counterproductive and looks unprofessional.

Some will even use completely unrelated keywords to try and ‘force’ buyers to listen to their track. It doesn’t work, and only frustrates the listener for wasting their time on completely inappropriate music.

So don’t try and ‘beat the system’ by using keywords that are popular but have no relation to your music. As well as being dishonest, this will also annoy potential buyers.‍

Use a Text Expander

To speed things up even further, and to keep the chore of uploading to a minimum, I then copy my description and keyboards into software called Typinator (any text expander will do) and assign them a keyboard shortcut related to the track’s title.

For example, for a cue called ‘Warm Sunny Day’, my shortcuts could be:

  • .dwsd – ‘d’ for description, then the track name
  • .twsd – ’t’ for tags, then the track name

The ‘point’ before the shortcut is the prevent me from accidentally triggering an expansion when typing text in other applications.

Jon Wright

Jon Wright, is a composer based in London, UK. His music has featured on networks including NBC, CBS, Discovery, History, EuroSport, and the BBC.