TAXI Music: May Take You to Where You Dream To Be

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Have you heard of them? Well, supposedly they are here to help you get connected with and assist you in shopping your music to publishers, artists, labels, T.V. companies and more!

What is Taxi?

Founded in 1992 by CEO Michael Laskow, Taxi is a music-based A&R company that aids unsigned artists and composers in reaching their goals of finding record, publishing and film deals. They have the network to connect you with the best and big names you are looking to meet. Taxi is based in Los Angeles California and they have aided many songwriters and composers in receiving big deals.

TAXI member Sylvia Winsby poses with ASCAP V.P. Ralph Murphy and TAXI's CEO Michael Laskow after winning her brand new Taylor Guitar at the 2012 TAXI Road Rally.

TAXI member Sylvia Winsby poses with ASCAP V.P. Ralph Murphy and TAXI’s CEO Michael Laskow after winning her brand new Taylor Guitar at the 2012 TAXI Road Rally.

How to Join and Get Connected

To join Taxi you create an account on the website. You submit the membership fee of $299.95 for the whole year. Once you have done these things you have officially joined. Taxi provides industry listings from labels and companies looking for music. You then send your music to Taxi and they review your music and depending on which listings you use they give you helpful criticism on your songs. Your songs are sent by Taxi, directly to the company whose listing best matches your songs. Companies are more likely to listen to your music when it has been referred by a reliable source.

Taxi keeps in contact with many music companies and those companies reach out to taxi inquiring of new music and writers. They include what type of music they are looking to receive, for example the genre, the style, the theme or mood, for what type of project, being for film, T.V., an artist or what have you. Taxi posts those listings and you the taxi member submit music for the posting and receive feedback and hopefully a deal with that company (an example of a company listing HERE). There is no 100% guarantee that the company will choose your music, but the more you shop your music the more opportunity you will have.

How long does it take to hear back.

From reading a forum on the Taxi website the wait can range from a few days, to 6months, to over a year. The key here is to keep submitting your music, have all types and styles if able and have the patience to wait on a reply from the companies. Hang in there. There have been stories from this forum where people have wanted to quit, but by sticking it out they received contacts and deals from music companies.

 

Perks of Your Membership

Membership – You get an annual membership and a cheaper membership renewal fee.

Large Network  – connections to shop your music. Taxi has such a large number of companies in its database including EMI, ABC, Fox Sports, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Capitol records, CBS, Universal Music, MTV and way more.

The Road Rally, which is a free, three-day convention. There you are involved in many sessions, listening to panels and educated speakers. You can also bring a guest for free with your membership.

Taxi Road Rally Convention 2010

Taxi Road Rally Convention 2010

Feedback – You will get feedback about your music and songs when you submit them to Taxi before they send it to the companies. You are able to use their criticism to make you music better.

An Example of a critique sheet received by a member from Taxi.

An Example of a critique sheet received by a member from Taxi.

Referrals – They offer referrals for companies, lawyers and other information from their friendly and helpful staff.

Opportunity – The chance to submit your music to big names in the industry and have Taxi be a reference for you.

Free Music Business Newsletter – Taxi Meter and Recording Magazine are the two magazines put out by Taxi with industry updates and Taxi interviews and updates.

Money-Back Guarantee – If you aren’t satisfied you will get the full year cost of $299.95 back even after being with Taxi for a full year.

 

 

Is it for you?

Taxi is very proud of their customer service and they strive to be as helpful all around as possible from opportunities to feedback to a kind answer to your question.

Taxi does not take any percentage from your earnings; you get to keep 100% of your percentage. All they receive is the annual $300 membership fee, plus a $5 song submission fee for each song. To renew your membership it is only $199.95.

Don’t worry about having the best material or the best production of your song. The more you work at it, the more you show your music and the more feedback you get then the better you will get as a writer. This may be a good way for you. Go after your dreams. You can also begin your Taxi journey by subscribing to their email listing HERE and get an email from Taxi twice a month giving you industry updates. You can also check out Taxi’s youtube channel with advice, commentary and interviews HERE.

Success Stories

“TAXI is a great concept — it gives credible songwriters everywhere a way to get their songs heard.”
Shane Barrett — Director of A&R, MCA Records, Nashville

“I’ve already signed one TAXI act, and I’m looking at others that have been submitted.”
Tony Ferguson — VP of A&R, Interscope Records, LA

“I’ve signed a lot of deals with TAXI members. And a good percentage of those writers have had their music placed in TV shows and films as a direct result.”
Jim Long — CEO, One Music

“I received a giant BMI check from TV airplay that I probably wouldn’t have earned without TAXI.”
Julie Ann Bailey — TAXI Member

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Ways to Getting Your Music Heard

As a songwriter, producer, and musician you want your music to be heard by others. You want to grow your fanbase, you want to inspire people and you want to make a good living out of what you love to do: Music. The question is, how to do it? Here are some ways to push you closer to the door of opportunities.

Get A Publisher
A Publisher helps you to promote your music and songs. They are there to help you connect your music with clients wanting to use your music. The publisher can also hire you as a writer for their company. This will lead to growth as a writer and exposure to connections. It is unlikely that you will need a manager for just selling our songs, but the publisher is a critical part of steering your songs into the direction of the right people.

Move to City with a Music Scene
Since the boom and growth of technology this factor is not so much the case it may have been a decade or two ago. We all know the main areas where music is happening and those places include New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville, urban cities and Metropolitan areas. Nashville is a place where songwriters are heavily populated. Some think that there is only country music here, even though that is the main style there, but there are other styles including pop, Gospel, folk, and it produces great songwriting as an art itself. New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta and urban areas are great places to network and have small and large labels and publishers to shop your material and many, many great musicians and artists to play your music and spread the news.

Online & Websites
Don’t wait to get started. Everyone wants their music to be perfect and you should, but don’t wait too long until you have missed the opportunity. Of course you want to spend time improving your work. Have material ready to share along with working on better material. You want to put your material out there so people can hear it, so you can get helpful criticism and grow. That way as you are growing as a musician and writer your fanbase is also growing. Do you have your own website. Get one. Submit and enter your music into competitions and contests. Here are some other online places where you can put your music include: iTunes, Youtube, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, Napster, Pandora, Spotify, Facebook Music profile, Myspace, Tweewoo, Soundclick, last.fm, Muxtape, ArtistServer, iSound, Twitter, Ramen Music, Radio 1, AWAL, and Bandcamp.

Websites like Ramen Music, Radio 1, Taxi Music, Blogspot, Elbow Music Blog are great because not only can people learn about your music and hear it, but they can also learn about you. These are all platforms for blogs, interviews, making connections, networking and of course music. Blogspot and Elbow Music Blog are a place where bloggers post about new and recurring topics and artists. It is great to have bloggers about you and your music. It’s a great way to have your name spread around. Ramen Music and other websites like this are great ways to put your music on the site. See how it does and how people like it. On Ramen Music a song every 2 months is chosen to be the best song of that portion of time.  Get your music on the actual radio. This publicity is still and efficient way to increase your buzz. Radio 1 is a radio station based in the UK but is also heard internationally in the US, Canada, and more. Radio 1 and other Radio Stations are great for introducing yourself, advertising your product, and keeping people updated on what things you are working on and releasing. Taxi Music is a company that has been around for quite a while, but one not too many know about. You pay an annual fee and Taxi puts you in contact with big publishers, labels and Film directors to shop your music to them. These are good resources to have to get your music heard and used.

Networking
A huge contribution to your success will be networking and building relationships. The important point to get is to build lasting relationships.  When sending you material to companies or people, also send them a personal message. Choose to send your material to people for a reason and not just to get heard, because that reason is a given. Labels, publishers, and A&Rs are very aware that you want your music to be heard and their job is to help you. So, with this fact after honing your product and music be personal when reaching out and focus on that person at that moment. Focus on gaining and building that relationship so that it is long-term. Collaborate with other artists and songwriters. Force yourself to try something different. Share your music with local artists whose work you enjoy. Propose or write songs for them. If they like your work they will automatically spread the word. Check out their material. Listen and give other musicians and writers your helpful feedback and they will in return want to give you theirs. Have a good attitude when going into relationships and not only thinking of what you can get out of it, but also what you can put into it and what others can get out of it.

Most importantly work consistently on your art. Work hard and don’t stop moving. Keep making music and sharing it with those who may want to hear it and with those who can help you climb the ladder you have outlined for yourself. Never give up of this is truly your passion.

 

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