How To Get Your Song on the Radio

One of the best ways to get your music heard is to have it played on the radio.It can lead to national exposure if you start small at a radio station.Sending in your songs can seem daunting, but with some know-how it can be worth it.

Step 1: Make sure your music is ready for distribution.

Depending on where you’re submitting, you will need to be able to send in your music on a physical CD or electronically through a digital format.You don’t usually need fancy packaging for CD distribution.Many radio stations don’t want you to send in materials like this.Some musicians insist that a plain silver CD-R with your name and the song title, accompanied by a track listing in a clear plastic case, is all you need.All your information should be clear, complete, concise, and correct.You don’t want a music director to fall in love with your song and not know who it belongs to.

Step 2: You can easily share your music online.

More often than not, radio stations will want a link to an online source for your music if they accept electronic submissions.There are many options for digital distribution.If you want your music to be more public, you can use services such as Amazon Music.Amazon Music requires you to use a distributor to sell your music through their store, but you can sign up for the free version of iTunes.It’s free to sign up and is popular with artists.Pick the best option for your situation.You can get your music on the internet by using websites.You should read the terms and conditions of any website carefully to make sure you keep your rights.Music directors don’t have to worry about viruses and other safety issues when using legal file sharing services such as Sendspace and Mediafire.

Step 3: Write a press kit.

You could be asked to submit a press kit with your music.It doesn’t matter if you have one ready to go.The basic elements in a press kit will help people get to know you quickly.Write a letter.This should be sent to the person you’re submitting your music to.You should include your contact information on any website.Basic information about your music is what you have.A biography is a short one.If you have a band, this should be a short description of your accomplishments so far.If you want to talk about your influences and interests, keep this in mind.It’s like your introduction to a new friend.A “fact sheet” can be created.The essential information about you should include: name, style of music, other artists/bands you are similar to, and so on.

Step 4: Do you have radio options?

The radio stations that play your song will be based on the genre of music you play.Local National Public Radio affiliates tend to focus on different types of music.Rap, hip-hop, and rock are popular on your local college radio station.Send your song to a station that plays that type of music.

Step 5: You can research your local stations.

If you haven’t signed with a record label yet, you’re going to need to start small.College radio stations tend to play new and less mainstream music, so it’s a good place to start.They might be more willing to take a chance on your song because they are less driven by advertising and business concerns than commercial radio.If you’re a local act, you may want to check out the websites of the radio stations in your area.There are radio station locators on the internet.You can search by state, city, or country.There are titles like “music director,” “station manager,” or “production manager.”The people in charge of receiving, selecting, and playing new music are these.If you don’t know who to call, you can ask to be connected to the person in charge of music programming.During a specific program, you can call in to the station and ask the DJs about getting your song on the air.This works well if the show is about the genre of music you make.

Step 6: Consider alternatives to radio.

Internet radio is still broadcast radio’s younger cousin.Internet radio stations are welcome.There are submissions from musicians who are new to the scene.Direct submissions are allowed.There are online stations that accept independent and emerging artists.Live365.com’s Music Library will allow their online stations to listen to your music.

Step 7: Make friends.

DJs and radio stations have social media accounts.You can follow them on social media.If you know who you’re sending your song to, you can personalize your submission.Radio stations and DJs can be reached through social media.It will get your name out there without being aggressive.

Step 8: Guidelines should be read carefully.

Depending on where you’re submitting your music submission guidelines vary.Music on CD seems to be the preferred method of submission.Most places won’t accept a digital file as an email attachment.Follow the guidelines on the radio station’s website.If you don’t follow their directions, staff will turn off you faster.If the music isn’t submitted correctly, many stations will discard it.If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, contact the station.Send an email to explain who you are, your musical experiences, and what your song is about.You can include a link if you have a media page.Many places won’t open email attachments because of security concerns.

Step 9: You can change your submissions.

A personalized submission is more likely to catch the attention of a music director or DJ than a form email.This also applies to physical CD submissions.If possible, use people’s names and give a brief statement of why you fit in with the station.

Step 10: You can send in your music.

Send your music in once you have established the guidelines.Complete information, such as your contact info and the CD’s track listing are essential, but don’t send anything that isn’ta necessity.

Step 11: Wait a second.

If you’ve sent your song to a larger station, it can take days, weeks, or even months for it to be heard.Don’t call or email people.It takes a long time to listen to everything because they get many submissions from hopeful artists like you.The radio station can give you a time-frame.Try not to sound accusative or angry if you have a friendly email inquiry.A simple email asking if the music director has time to listen to your submission will suffice.

Step 12: Prepare for a rejection.

When an artist gets a big break, it’s always great, but there are many other artists and bands out there, and only a small amount of radio space.It’s okay if you’re rejected from the first stations you contact.Be patient and persistent.Rejection doesn’t mean your music is bad.