One of the companies we pitch to (on for our artists recently was acquired by Atlantic Records.

Atlantic Records has always been near and dear to me because a lot of my favorite bands have been signed to the label.

With this acquisition, submissions to this record label are no longer possible.

That’s what happens with major labels. They have SO many people submitting material that they literally cannot accept any new material. If you send them something it goes straight to the trash.

So, how do you get major record label attention?

Atlantic Records actually has a spot on their website that asks this same question. They answer what they are looking for in a series of blog posts on their website.

How to Get Signed

  1. Start at home – build a fan base in your backyard. Get all of your family and friends excited about what you’re doing.
  2. Spread the word – spread the word on social media. Social media stats (real stats – not inflated fake ones) have become huge factors when A&R reps are considering an artist.
  3. Perform at every opportunity – work your way out of your city into other areas and continue to spread the word.

During my run at getting signed to a major label we had several big acts come out of our area – Live, Cinderella, Kix, and The Badlees just to name a few.

The story was the same for every single one.

No major label was interested in them until they proved that they could do it on their own.

They were already successful as independent artists BEFORE they got their major label deal.

There is an alternative.

Target small indie record labels, They will accept your submissions and give you valuable feedback.

You don’t have to wait and shouldn’t. Start submitting and growing your fan base today!


Craig Kelley

About Craig Kelley

Craig helps upcoming artists book more gigs @ GigFaster. He recently released his 7th album, Not So Blue. His band has supported Grammy artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Derringer, Gary Hoey, Joan Jett, Fuel and many more. He is also the host of The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians.

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