With the advent of the RBN, both artists and third-party authoring groups are empowered to see music realized in Rock Band form. Prior to this, the only avenue for artists appearing in Rock Band was to either be approached by MTV/HMX or try approaching them. I am curious about the current practices of securing music for third-party authoring groups. I know that contracting in the music industry typically involves sensitive material so I will try to keep the questions as general as possible. There are a couple specific questions, but I don't expect all respondents to be able and willing to answer every one. Feel free to answer whatever you can and omit what you cannot.
What is your group's general process for finding content to prepare for the RBN? Does your group directly seek out content and approach artists or instead wait to be approached by artists for your services? If your group is actively engaged in both of these methods, which has been the most productive (thus far) in securing music to work on? Has one method been drastically more effective than the other?
For those groups that are not currently involved in both methods, some of the following questions may not apply:
Does personal taste within members of your authoring group play a significant role in determining which artists are contacted?
Has your group focused on approaching any particular artists because they had previously made an appearance in rhythm gaming? If so, which artists and respective games?
Does an artist being in a particular genre affect whether your group would be interested in working with their material? With a limited work capacity, would your group, in general, momentarily give priority to your first offering of Genre B over your twentieth offering of Genre A?
Would your group ever reject working on music because of its genre? If so, could you give an example and explain why?
If an artist were to ask your group to work on a full album or even a full discography for the RBN, would your group be hesitant to offer such a service or would you oblige the request immediately? To what degree, if any, would the artist's popularity play a role in such a decision?
To any prospective representatives of authoring groups, please make sure you have permission from within your company to comment on questions you'd like to answer, especially if any answers are detailed/specific. I know some groups are more open than others.
Thank you for any contributions!