TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Don’t send songs to a company without a specific person’s name
You have a song you think would be great for a particular artist. You’re a fan of that artist, and you have several of her albums at home. You see that the albums were on XYZ Records, so you pop your CD in an envelope and address it to A&R Department, XYZ Records. After all, the A&R staff at record labels helps artists find songs, so you think they will be kind enough to direct your CD to the appropriate person within the company. Think again.
First, that record company is probably getting one to three thousand CDs a week from unsolicited sources. By addressing your CD to an anonymous A&R person, you just qualified to be in that pile. Most likely there ...