Artistic expression your thing and you want your music on the air! Ok! Hit me with your best shot!!!
Artistic expression is our thing too! You can submit your music for consideration for airplay, do the following things:
- Do not call or email asking if it’s okay to send something. Of course it is, you silly. We listen to everything that comes across the desk. Sometimes this takes awhile, so please allow two or three weeks before calling to ask if your CD has been received and reviewed. There is no particular genre we favor over others.
- Do not send MP3s through Facebook. They will be deleted. Instead, send them HERE. By sending us your music, you understand and acknowledge that we may play your music for the next century at any place, time or dimension and you wave Esmond Station Community Radio from all performance royalties, writer’s royalties and liabilities associated with your work. Basically, we can play it anytime with no questions asked, and all work must be original content not under copyright from any other writer or artist.
AN OPEN LETTER TO MUSICIANS AND PROMOTERS FROM A TIRED RADIO MUSIC DIRECTOR
Before we can even begin discussing the package you’re about to send, there are a few things you should know about Esmond Station Community Radio and other radio employees. First and foremost, everyone that works here is a volunteer. We’re here because we love new and exciting music.
We receive hundreds of CDs every month and unfortunately, there’s only one Music Director. So sometimes it may take a while for us to even get around to listening to your CD.
Since we’re a community radio station, we are attracted to ‘edgy’ and music that expresses artistic expression. The most beneficial thing you could do is listen to our stream for a bit and make an honest decision about whether your music fits in with what we do.
We do accept demos for airplay, but ultimately, it’s up to our discretion, unless they are brain-meltingly good. We never add single-song CDs and rarely add 3-song singles. This is unfortunately due to space constraints more than quality of music.
If you care enough about your music that you want other people to pay attention to it, you need to make it stand out somehow. The biggest mistake unsigned bands make is to send out a boring package. We’ve listened to some truly horrible music because of clever packaging. Think of what a bit of creativity could do for your brain-melting demo.
After a week or two, Email us! There’s a pretty good chance they have not listened to your CD. Don’t be offended; it’s nothing personal. Ask us to give a listen and call back in a week. Now that you’ve called, they’ll move it to the top of the stack. When you call about the CD again and ask if it has been added, don’t be offended if it wasn’t. Again, it’s nothing personal. We’re just picky, remember?
We depend on unique and independent artists to keep our programming interesting and vital. We get really excited when we hear something new and different. The aim of this little bit of honesty isn’t to discourage you from sending us your music. We just want to be up-front about what we look for when we sift through the stacks of CDs we receive. Hopefully it will be of use to you not only for submitting music to Esmond Station Community Radio, but to any other community or collage station in the country.