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How-To: Application Tips For Music BC Programs

by   on October 17, 2015

Music BC runs many programs and hosts many showcase opportunities, all of which go though the same juried selection process. Here are some tips to ensure your application will stand out to the jurors that make the selection.
  • Quality Sound Recordings: send mastered final versions (if you can) of the songs that you think will resonate best with a selection committee. These are usually the songs that people would say are your “catchiest” or that you have the strongest responses to.
  • Professional Promo Photo: your photo is your opportunity to visually express what your music sounds like. Make sure it reflects you as an artist – could people guess what kind of music you make based on the photo alone? A little creativity doesn’t hurt either – everyone’s seen one too many band photos in front of a brick wall. Submit a high res image with no typography. Just you!
  • Biography: your bio should be a succinct summary of your story (what makes you interesting as an artist, not your entire life story), your accomplishments, and your upcoming plans. ABSOLUTELY make sure it is edited for proper grammar and spelling mistakes. Make it a finished, branded piece, perhaps including a band logo, colours, or specific fonts that are consistent with your other branding materials. Most importantly, include a title with your name!
  • Live Video: many applications ask for a live video so the jury can see how the music translates live. In most cases it makes sense to submit the closest representation of how you would perform at this opportunity– for example, if you’re applying as a full band, don’t send a video of a solo acoustic performance. It may not be mandatory that it’s in front of a live audience, however if one of your band’s strong points is it’s audience interaction perhaps that’s what you want to display. Just make sure that the sound quality does your music justice – if all you can hear is people yelling and muffled music then perhaps use a different video!
  • Your Website: We cannot re-iterate this enough - make sure your website is up to date with your current show listings, bio, photos and music. It makes a strong impression when you have a cohesive application!
  • Eligibility Criteria: Make sure you read the eligibility for the program or opportunity before you apply. You don’t want a first impression of you to be “not eligible”.

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