It’s apparent by these forums that a lot of folks get rejected and have no idea why. The official reasoning by AudioJungle reviewers seems to be some vague template response. If we need more help, there doesn’t seem to be a way to ask AudioJungle why they rejected it. Instead, we’re encouraged to participate in the forums to seek advice from other authors. We post our rejected songs in the forum, and ask other authors to speculate why it was rejected. It’s all just speculation. Also, we’re all competing for the same business, so I don’t understand the incentive for authors to help each other.
I make a lot of music. A lot of it sucks, and that’s ok with me. I don’t get my ego bruised when that’s the case. But there’s distinctly different reasons why it would suck, and knowing those reasons would help me improve as a musician and increase my chances of getting a track approved. Here’s all I’d like to know when a submission gets rejected:
- Was the music commercially appealing? (the beats, melody, arrangement)
- Was the production value good enough?
- Did I follow all the technical guidelines when submitting the track?
That’s it! Yes or no answers would be fine. If I knew the answers to these questions, then I’d absolutely have a path to improve my submissions and keep trying.
I submitted two tracks that are similar musical quality and genre, with the exact same production quality. I’ve got eight other songs with the same production quality, so obviously knowing if that’s the reason would save me a ton of time and effort. If the production quality on my rejected tracks was acceptable, but the actual beats/melodies suck, then I could try submitting the other tracks. The rejections themselves don’t hurt at all, but it’s the not-knowing-why that is too disheartening.
Making a living with music is my goal and I’m having successes trying all various approaches. Selling music on AudioJungle sounds like it would be really cool. I’m not sure why AudioJungle wouldn’t want to be a bit more helpful on the rejections. If an artist knows why they’re being rejected, they can adjust what is needed. This would mean the quality of the overall submissions would increase and that would be a win/win for the artist and AudioJungle.
A bit of a rant, yes, but I thought I’d try to explain why I can’t continue on this site, and if anyone has some helpful advice (hopefully from actual AudioJungle employees and not just other artists), that would be appreciated.
EDIT: Something crucial that I’ve learned through this conversation that is really going to help me. I thought when something was rejected for not being commercial viable, that meant that it had a problem with either the composition or the production quality. Not knowing which was the problem is what had me hung up. I’m learning here that “not being commercially viable” is more about the composition, as there’s a separate rejection notice if the production quality is bad. This makes a lot of difference. Thanks for all the great responses! This really is a great community here!