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.

*There was a great article posted on the Music Library Report titled "Why Music Tracks Get Rejected" which highlights technical reasons for why music gets rejected by music publishers. 

It's important to keep in mind that not every place is a good fit for your music. If you're a master at Dubstep, but you're submitting a demo to someone focused on acoustic music; then it probably wont work out. Do a little homework first and focus where you're sending your music.

If you get a rejection, keep your cool. Don't email whoever back begging, pleading, demanding or hating. The best thing to do is move on and let it go. The more you advance up the music pyramid the smaller the world gets. Your reputation goes a long way and losing your cool is a great way to burn bridges.

When your music gets rejected, it can almost feel like someone is calling your baby ugly but trust the fact it was a business decision not a personal one. Like it or not you are entering the music business.

Maybe money doesn't motivate you, but it does motivate a lot of the people already in the game. If you are submitting music to a publisher, label, or whoever and it doesn't sound like money, they will likely pass.

Don't let that bring you down. Rejection is normal. Focus on moving forward, improving your skills and bringing something new to the table next time. If you do that the rejections will become fewer and further between.

I'd like to end this article with one of my favorite quotes from Michael Jordan.
I've missed more then 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games.  26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
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