Song Pitching

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With autumn at hand, comes heightened song pitching activity. For the most part, late fall/early winter is when a lot of Bluegrass bands and artists choose to record new projects. Accordingly this is the time of year when bands are looking for and sorting through material. October/November is when I check around to see who is still looking, and put my song pitching hat on. That being said, in the last decade or so it had been increasingly difficult to get song cuts. Many of today’s bands write a lot of their own material, which in turn lessens the need for outside sources. Also the number of writers pitching their catalog has grown over time. It is a very competitive process, and most of the top bands sort through hundreds of songs to select the few they will actually record. What that means is that your own songs need to be really good, as well as being appropriate for the artist you have in mind. As for me, this is motivation to write the very best songs you can.
For the most part I pitch songs to bands/artists I know and have a relationship with. You have to be patient, as this can be a very slow process. Even if a band likes one of your songs, it might not be a good fit for their current project. However there is always the possibility they might consider it for a future recording….you just never know. I think a lot of us tend to be pitching our newest songs, but we should never give up on some of our earlier compositions. A good example of this is that I just got an album title cut “Nightbird” by The Bankesters. This is a song I actually wrote 23 years ago. This is validation that you should never give up on a song if you really believe in it. Persistence rules!
Song pitching is sort of like fishing. Got to have your bait on the hook and your line in the water to have a chance of landing one!