Your Music Was Not Accepted: How to Deal with Rejection


Having music rejected is something every musician and producer has to deal with at one point or another. It can suck but it's important to remember that rejection doesn't mean you've failed and it doesn't mean you're a bad musician. Rejection is a temporary and you can overcome it.

The main thing to keep in mind is that it's not a personal attack on you, so don't let it bring you down. Take it as an opportunity to learn, improve your skills and get better. Not only will this help you out in the long run but it will make it that much more satisfying when you do create something that is accepted.

Attribution Does Not Pay Your Electric Bill: Creative Commons Licensing


I wanted to take some time to talk about Creative Commons licensing and how it effects artists. There are many opinions about it, but as a musician, I am painfully aware of one thing. You can't pay your bills with attribution.

To do music full time you have to earn enough money to pay your expenses. If you have $1000 worth of bills a month, you have to make a minimum of $1000 dollars. It's pretty much that simple. There's a lot of different ways to do that, but Creative Commons licensing isn't really one of them.

Pond5: Music Marketplace Review

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5


In the world of stock media, Pond5 is a player. Their marketplace sells a variety of media assets including: stock video, photography, illustrations, music, sound effects, after effects and 3D. They are arguably the best source online for stock video but as a contributor, my focus is their music.

I've been licensing music on Pond5 for a number of years and they are great to work with. I want to share my experience as a seller by reviewing their music library and marketplace.