FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Have questions about Empire Music Promotions?
Here we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, but of course there may be a few still missing, and for those unanswered questions we ask that you to not hesitate to Contact Us Here.
WHAT IS EMPIRE MUSIC PROMOTIONS?
Empire Music Promotions is an Indie Music PR company focused on guaranteed promotion, marketing, and expanding the online presence of our clients. We love music in all forms and all genres, and we want to share your unique sound with the world as much as you do! We provide as much focused help as we can, with our CEO and Founder (Ryan Donnelly) working personally on each campaign in order to makes sure that every artist gets the full attention they deserve.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES?
Once we have confirmed your music to be a proper fit for the E.M.P ethos, we ask you to fill out an information form in order to create a professional and proper “Press Release”. From there we reach out to our many trusted clients, and beyond even that, to find quality publications, blogs, vlogs, podcats and radio outlets; and as our connections grow in number, so does the opportunity of better exposure for our clients.
There is no publication too big or too small, because we understand that all press matters, and that the true goal is to get as many people talking as possible. We reach out personally to the many promotional outlets with a proper introduction designed by us, with a professional Press Release filled out by you (with our help of course). We know that every connections made between an artist and a writer is a worthwhile connection, and we make sure to reach out to our full media list that ranges from major publications, to independent blogs, internet radio shows, streamers, podcasts, and professional YouTuber’s.
We offer you updates on a weekly basis, through email correspondence, in order to keep you excited and informed. We will share your results where we can, and when we can, and always, we guarantee to meet the requirements and expectations of the specific campaign you have chosen.
We always look forward to sending you results, and we enjoy seeing you share those results among all of your social media sites!
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH WITH E.M.P’S PR SERVICE?
We generate a larger audience of engaged listeners for our clients by gaining a lot of great press from great publications.
Our goal is to help you create a very important cornerstone on which to build your own musical empire, and by arming you with the proper publications and feedback, you will be able to confidently discuss the business side of your music with future labels, venues, and other music related business’s.
We are not a service for everyone. We have a high quality standard, and even though we work with independent bands that do not necessarily have deep pockets, we do require that our musicians come to us with properly recorded music and a realistic understanding of the gradual process of social media awareness. For the bands that successfully enter into the E.M.P family, you can expect articles, interviews, and many other promotional outlets to come your way.
We do not promise riches, fame, or absolute world dominance, for exactly the same reason that no one else can; it is not possible. Artists must be fully aware that what we offer is necessary to reaching the higher echelons of this industry. Labels, band promoters, venues, and many more, all look to your music resume to make their decision on whether to support your efforts or to pass you by. The press you are guaranteed to get through Empire Music Promotions is press that you are guaranteed to need, plus you will enjoy the hard evidence that your music is getting noticed.
What you choose to do with your press is up to you, but we will offer you many different tactics on where this press might be put to its best use. The portfolio that E.M.P will help you build is your business card and your leverage. It will give you something tangible to show both your fans, and anyone interested in working with you.
WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT PRESS?
The simple answer is: YOU WANT TO BE SEEN.
Press is one of the most important aspects of the music business next to the actual music itself. Multi-million dollar acts continue to use press in order to continue to succeed, while independent musicians continue to grow in popularity and status from their own PR efforts; the proof is in the pudding; PR WORKS!
I have seen, many times, artists from every genre of art and varying musical genres exist in absolute obscurity by simply making the honest mistake of posting new music and waiting for everyone to notice. These musicians are operating on an idea that “if it is good enough, it will get noticed”, and although on some level this may be true, this also means that it can take excessively longer to reach any type of market saturation.
How does one band, with all the markings of a successful music juggernaut, stay stuck at local venues and a social media following of 400 followers for years? Simpy put: they are not showing up as a hot or trending topic anywhere online, and people like to be reached through their respective publications and social media choices. I know of a talented band that sat for years around 500 followers, and of course, nothing of any real note happened, and this is a familiar story for many musicians and bands. This same band focused on gaining press and working that press to its fullest, and it didn’t take years to reach 30,000! It also didn’t take long before an offer came from a respected company to put their band on tour either. Of course this is one bands story, and cannot be promised to another, but one thing ALL musicians share is the important process of gaining a following, and for the ones that truly succeed, it is because of mass amounts of quality press delivered and shared.
There is nothing wrong with telling the world that you exist, but nothing compares to a quality piece of press from a prominent, and honest publication.
You cared enough to make your music, and you want it to be heard, and so do we.
Do not let your music stay in obscurity while others work their press into the music careers they want.
PR MATTERS! PR WORKS!
WHICH CAMPAIGN IS THE BEST ONE FOR ME?
That all depends on what you hope to accomplish, and what your budget is. We are not here to sell you on the most expensive package that we offer, instead we want you to work within your own budget. We want you to succeed, and if we drained your entire savings without acknowledging other details of promotion, like gas money for your van so you can get to a gig, or Facebook advertising so you can focus in on boosting your page quickly, then we would not be in this business for the right reasons. Every plan is designed to get you attention and bolster your music portfolio, the difference in the packages is the amount of press you will receive, as well as opening up some more areas in which we can promote you.
WHAT IF MY CAMPAIGN GOALS AREN’T MET?
All campaigns are designed to create guaranteed, quality, press. If for any reason at all we do not hit our intended mark, we will either extend the campaign timeline, or we will refund any money left from the press that we did manage to get. In some very specific cases a full refund is applicable, however, our PR efforts do create worthwhile results, and this will always be taken into consideration with our client.
DOES IT MATTER WHERE I LIVE?
It doesn’t matter at all. Empire Music Promotions services a global audience, and using the vast network to be found on the internet, we can gain you quality press no matter where you live.
DO YOU OFFER TOUR SUPPORT?
Although we offer many press options for independent bands, as well as venue help, we do not offer tour support of any kind at the moment. It is best to take the press you have received from our campaign efforts and use that to find yourself a proper tour promoter. With the music portfolio we will build through our promotional efforts, you will be in a proper space to proceed with larger business dealings.
DO YOU OFFER FLEXIBLE PAYMENT PLANS OR DISCOUNTS?
We understand that as an Independent band or musician, money can be tight. We price our review packages and campaigns with the sole purpose of staying both competitive and fair, and working with a tight profit margin, our lower campaigns must be paid in full, while are higher tiered campaigns can be broken into multiple payments that work for both our company and our clients. In regards to discounts, this is something considered for clients interested in renewing their Music PR Service with us.
IS MY MUSIC THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR COMPANY?
We at Empire Music Promotions truly believe in our music ethos: Music Worth Listening To.
We do not shy away from saying no to a potential client if we feel that they do not share in our professional and honest outlook towards music. Low quality and unprofessional recording will not be overlooked. We expect that before you look for Music PR, that you first make sure to have a solid product to promote. This can be a single song, an EP, a video, or a full length album; but it MUST be professionally recorded to a certain level of the industries quality standards. We cannot ask writers, publications, or any other media outlet to give an honest or worthwhile review, if your music is aimed at spreading unnecessary hate to support racist, misogynistic, and other such limiting beliefs. Lastly, we ask that your perception of this process is correctly aligned with our own. This means that you fully understand the “organic” nature of this process, and that you also understand that campaigns, although stated as running for (1 month, 2 month, etc), might run longer if needed. Our goal is to find the right publications for your unique music, and that means that we will take extra time on our side if we have to, in order to land you those premiere publications worth sharing. You will not be charged further as campaigns are built on a “results-based” system, and not strictly designated by time.
WHAT IF I AM NOT PROMOTING MUSIC, BUT INSTEAD SOMETHING I HAVE CREATED THAT IS MUSIC RELATED?
Although Empire Music Promotions main focus is gathering quality press for independent musicians worldwide, we do believe strongly that all the new music related gear makes this musical experience even more fulfilling, and as such we will consider promoting your new item (headphones, effects pedals, guitars, etc) if desired. This service is, of course, a bit different from what we offer our musicians, and as such we will have to customize packages and pricing to suit your specific needs.
We highly recommend you Contact Us for more information regarding this.
I AM READY TO GO! WHAT NEXT?
After your acceptance into the E.M.P Family, we will send you an introduction email with some information to fill out, as well as some more info on campaign and what to expect. Please make sure to have at least 3 high-quality press photos ready before we send out your “Press Release” with a proper media pitch designed by us.
Payments are accepted through Paypal (www.paypal.com), and we will send out an invoice to the contact email provided.
WHERE DO I SUBMIT MY MUSIC?