How I Got Signed to a Music Publishing Deal
Guest Article: Written by Dylan Lloyd
It was September 21, 2009…I was in pursuit of the ultimate dream. From Chicago to Los Angeles, I drove nearly two full days to meet a girl who would change my life forever - with a music publishing deal. Her name is Lindsay Vinarsky, also known by her artist name “Elle Vee”. We first met back in Chicago a few years prior at a quaint little music venue formerly known as the “World Folk Music Company”. We had played a gig there together, but then never spoke again for years after.
MySpace in 2009 was at its peak. It was the leading platform for social media at this point, so as an artist I used it quite regularly. I had stumbled upon Lindsay’s page and saw that she was on the verge of signing something called a “Music Publishing Deal”. I had never heard of a pub deal before, so it immediately intrigued me. She and I reached out and talked to each other, met up before she had to fly to LA and sign the deal…and that’s when it happened.
“I think you’re extremely talented Dylan, you should try signing a deal with the company I’m going to be signing with”, she said. I immediately jumped at this opportunity, but it didn’t come without a sacrifice. I left my fiancé to pursue the deal head-on. I wasn’t single for long though, Lindsay and I had developed strong feelings for each other in the process. Lindsay and I fell in love and were now simultaneously working on our career and our relationship together.