Question: I am just completeing my song demo and getting it ready for mastering. I was wondering how many songs I should put on a CD if I am going to be sending it out to publishers and producers as a demo of what I can do?
Answer: It depends on what you are trying to accomplish with your song demo CD. Are you trying to get a recording contract? Is it going to and A&R departement, or a record producer? Are you trying to get your songs published? Are you trying to secure a staff writer position with a music publisher? These are all questions that you need to consider when trying to figure out how to best put a demo CD together.
For most instances, having 3 songs is sufficient on a demo CD. Your strongest song should be the first. Don’t put more than 5 songs on a demo CD unless you are specifically asked to do so. Most music industry professionals simply don’t have the time to listen to a whole CD.
Unfortunately, most CD’s end up in the garbage, or in a big pile that never get listened to, so make sure that you have permission to send the demo song CD in the first place!
Whether, or not you have other people shopping your demo around, you may want to consider doing it yourself as well.