Take a look below to find answers to some of the questions that are commonly asked on Music Row.

How do I get a recording deal with a major label?

Statistically, the chances of getting a recording contract with a major label in Nashville are about as good as winning the Powerball or Lotto.

You have to crawl before you walk and walk before you run. First, spend some time with a reputable Nashville producer getting a simple demo tape made to approach the labels. Before we go any further, please understand that this process usually takes several months.

This is only the beginning… There are pictures, a press kit, promotion, and a product to create. Then there is the tour which gives us a bus to lease, equipment to purchase, and a manager to hire. With continued success there are additional needs: an accountant, entertainment law firm, and a whole lot of additional people including roadies, drivers, scheduling staff, tour support, video producers and directors. Essentially, as we move through the stages of success, the list never ends.

If this discourages you, maybe Nashville is not the place for you. You have to be the type of person that is not overwhelmed by your dream and all of the hard work and planning required to achieve it.

Should I continue to follow my dream?

We understand that this is all very overwhelming. It should be! It is not easy to attain success in the entertainment industry. The brightest stars in music have spent countless hours working tirelessly and overcame numerous rejections. Hopefully by now, we have separated the dedicated artists with a dream to follow from the wistful ‘wannabe’s’.

Should I pay money to have a song published?

The answer is an absolute, unequivocal NO! No one should ever charge you to publish your song with their publishing company. If you have any questions, please contact either ASCAP, BMI or SESAC for information on song publishing. Do not pay to have your song published and do not sign anything about your songs without first consulting with someone at the performance societies.

What are the standard industry fees?

  • Management — 15% – 20% of gross
  • Booking Agent — 10% of gross
  • Accountant — 4%-5% of gross


  • Agency of the Performing Arts (APA) / (615) 297-0100
  • artistLIVE / (615) 346-9177
  • Creative Artist Agency (CAA) / (615) 383-8787
  • Kinkead Entertainment Agency / (615) 499-5115
  • Paradigm / (615) 251-4400
  • United Talent Agency (UTA) / (615) 564-2580
  • William Morris Endeavor / (615) 963-3000


  • David S. Crow, Attorney, Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley (615) 255-6161
  • Wayne Halper, Attorney, Law Office of Wayne Halper (615) 429-8500
  • Jim Zumwalt, Attorney, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton (615) 850-2280
  • Derek Crownover, Attorney, Dickinson Wright (615) 577-9600