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Music Xray Review: Submit Music & Earn?

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If you produce/make music, Music Xray may be a consideration to submit your samples for hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.  It can even be an opportunity to potentially land a unique contract, which can lead to some great passive income in the future.  It takes the dirty work out of blindly submitting your samples to labels that don’t care or even bother looking at your submission.

In today’s review, I want to talk about Music Xray.  I want to talk about how it works, how much you can make as well as what the internet says.  As in all of my reviews, I’m 100% honest and let you know how it is.

What is Music Xray?

In the past, it used to be a website where you could listen to music and get paid; however, they have since changed and now only focus on music submissions.  You can no longer listen to music and get rewarded, unfortunately.  Again, as long as you produce unique songs and are willing to sell your songs to others, you may want to give this platform a shot.  Simply put, Music Xray will connect musicians with music industry professionals.

At first glance, the company seems 100% legitimate.  According to the website, they claimed that more than 1,000+ songs are selected from songwriters every single month, some of which net aspiring musicians more than $1,000+.  It’s trusted as one of the industry’s leading song and talent filters, helping companies find songwriters who fit their vision.  However, after researching this company in depth, I’m not so sure about it.

How it Works

As a music artist, what you will want to do is click on the “I am a Music Artist” button on the website or if you don’t want to sign up just yet, you can browse the opportunities right away to see if any of them fit your music styles.  As you know, there are a ton of genres, so you may find that the opportunities may be limited based on what you play.  However, in some cases, you may find that there are a ton of opportunities.  Your results will vary.

When you do so, you can then browse the opportunities to see what suits your style.

As you can see, there are a variety of options, from using your songs for licensing purposes to having a professional critique your work.  No matter which option you choose, most work in the same way.

Looking at the site, it seems as if it’s very dormant, seeing the design hasn’t been updated in quite some time.  Even if you click around the site, not much has been updated in years.

Submitting Your Music for Cash

Most of your money will be made in the “sync licensing” category, where you can submit your songs to publishers to potentially be considered.  However, other categories exist as well, but they don’t seem as popular.  For example, you can submit your work to “professionals” so that they can critique your music.

For example, when I was writing this, there were more than 250+ sync licensing requests, many of which seemed legit and paid more than $1,000+, sometimes as much as $20,000.  Granted, you need to get accepted, but it seems like an okay way to maybe get exposure.

No matter which category you choose, each “request” will look something like what you see above.

You’re going to see what they are looking for as well as what they are willing to pay.  For instance, that particular submission can pay up to $20,000 and they are looking for “wedding day” vibe-like songs.

If you were to choose this option, then you could submit your music to be considered.

Creating an account is free, however, if you want companies to listen to what you have, it will cost you.

Submitting Isn’t Free

Now, the problem with Music Xray is that you can’t just submit your music to every listing you see and hope for the best.  Sure, you can, but you need to pay.

Almost every listing has a submission fee, which is required for you to pay if you want the publisher to hear your music.  These fees are usually anywhere from $5 to $20, sometimes more if you want a professional to review your music.  The problem is that most of these “publishers” aren’t all that well known, according to some professional musicians that commented on this site online.  This is a huge red flag to me.

So, in theory, you’re kind of taking a gamble with these companies because you never know how many submissions they are getting, and you don’t know how much you’re going to have to invest to potentially be considered.  There’s no answer here.

In all of the reviews I read, every single person who paid to submit their music to publishers didn’t hear back and received the same cookie cutter response.

Final Thoughts

2/10In the end, I don’t recommend Music Xray at all.  You’re paying to play and there are no success stories I read online.  Seeing that people are sometimes desperate to get their music out there, I feel they are preying upon these people because they feel some aspiring musicians will pay $5, $10 or $20 to submit their songs to “publishing” companies that seem to have some pull.  It’s almost like a lottery ticket and I don’t think this is going to do anything but steal your hard-earned cash.

If you don’t believe me, take a gander at the reviews online and you will find quite a few people venting their frustrations.

In the end, Music Xray used to pay you to listen to music but this option doesn’t exist anymore.  It seems as if it’s a place where you can submit your music for a fee and only hope the publishing company selects you and pay you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.  It’s all luck and I think you will need a lot.

That’s going to wrap it up.

As always, if you want to comment on your experience, feel free to sound off below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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