Everyone loves music, and some are lucky enough to write about it for extra income. Knowing where the music markets are for your writing means that you know ways of supplementing your freelance writing career. These music markets are all looking for submissions and the profiles will tell you everything you need to know to submit to these music markets.
1) American Songwriter Magazine, 50 Music Square West, Suite 604, Nashville, TN 37203-3227
American Songwriter Magazine has a circulation of 5,000 and was established in 1984. It pays on publication and accepts previously published material. It is 90% freelancer written. American Songwriter Magazine prefers nonfiction articles in the general interest, technical, move and tv scores, and home demo studios. They buy 20 manuscripts each year, between 300-1,200 words in length, and pays $25-$60.
2) Blender, Dennis Publishing, 1040 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
Blender calls itself the ultimate music magazine and has a circulation of 410,000. It will accept queries by email. They prefer nonfiction manuscripts in the fields of book excerpts, interview profiles, new products, and CD, concert, and film reviews. More info can be found on their website.
3) Guitar One, 149 5th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Guitar One has a circulation of 140,000 and was established in 1996. It pays on publication and will accept queries by mail, email, and fax. It is 75% freelancer written. They prefer nonfiction articles that are interview profiles of guitarists. They will buy 15 of these a year, between 2,000-5,000 words, and pay $300-$1,200 for assigned pieces, $150-$800 for unsolicited pieces.
4) Guitar Player Magazine, United Entertainment Media Inc., 2800 Campus Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
Guitar Player Magazine has a circulation of 150,000 and pays on acceptance. They are 50% freelancer written. They accept queries by email, and they buy first serial and all reprint rights. They prefer nonfiction articles pertaining to guitars and guitarists. Interviews, profiles, and how to features are preferential. They buy 30-40 a year, and they are open to the length. They pay $250-$450.
5) Music for the Love of It, 67 Parkside Drive, Berkeley CA 94705
Music for the Love of it has a circulation of 600 and was established in 1988. They pay on publication and accept queries by mail, email, fax, and phone. They only buy one time rights so you are free to send them previously published work. They prefer nonfiction pieces in the essay, how to, personal experience, photo feature, and interview profile niche. They will buy 6 of these a year, between 500-1500 words in length, and pay $50 or in gift subscriptions. They would like to see more how to articles.