Setting up a music production company involves pooling talent, resources, and technology. Music production is increasingly less dependent on large, corporate labels, and small music labels can gain widespread popularity through word of mouth. Some music production companies, like Eighth Dimension Studios in Orlando, Florida, no longer even own a main studio. All their music is recorded and produced in home studios.
Purchase the equipment for recording and producing artists. Equipment includes soundboards, speakers, and microphones. You will need a recording station, which can be in your home or in a traditional rented flat. The room should be insulated.
Create a logo for your company. The logo will be included on everything recorded at your studio. You can either hire a freelance graphic designer or solicit designs from your artistically inclined friends. Many logos, such as Columbia Records or the Jagjaguwar label, have the company's name written in all-capitalized special font, but you can also just type the company name in a Word document in a font that you like. Columbia Records also has a stylized image of a record playing placed beneath the name.
Establish contacts with artists, producers and engineers in the genre that your production company will cater to. Small companies and even some large labels have a distinctive niche, such as electronic or rap music. After establishing these contacts, you can offer to record the artists you want to work with.
Record these artists. If you don’t have engineering experience, you should also hire a professional sound engineer. One of the great luxuries a small production company can afford artists is the creative freedom to explore unique and original music.
Arrange parties or small concerts to announce the release of your company’s CDs. These parties will help raise the awareness of your company and the sound it is associated with.
Distribute CD samplers of the artists on your label. You can give out samplers to local CD stores and upload the digital files to iTunes and other music distribution programs.
Contact television and film production companies. Today, the profits from CDs or even digitally distributed music is minimal. Most companies make their profits from selling the rights to the music for movie and television soundtracks. Once the songs are in episodes of shows, the company will continue to make money when the show is syndicated or is released on DVD.
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