Music Submissions and License Agreement
you a solo piano artist interested in submitting your music for
inclusion on the Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio broadcast?
so, it's important that you first understand the VISION
behind the Whisperings project.
Solo Piano Radio was founded in 2003. It was the first broadcast of it's kind to feature solo piano music exclusively. It has been very sucessful, and is 100% listener supported. However,
is designed to be more than just a radio broadcast. It's a community of solo piano artists. An artist-only discussion
is available for networking, advice, idea-sharing,
promotional tips and
gig-sharing. If your music is included on the broadcast,
we encourage you to become an active participant
in the community.
The more you invest in Whisperings in terms
of your time, energy and ideas, the more you will enjoy the benefits of being a part of the Whisperings radio community. Like most anything else, you get out of it what you put into it.
1) Only solo piano work will be considered. If
your album includes a small amount of additional instrumentation, that's fine as long the album is
mostly solo piano. A good rule of thumb
is this: the more solo piano music your album contains, the more
likely it is we'll use it. It's fair to say that if your CD isn't
at least 70% solo piano, we'll probably pass
on it for the broadcast. This is because...
2) We must be
able to promote your album as solo piano.
If we can't reasonably call your album "solo piano," we won't promote it to our listeners.
Though we get a lot of great music that isn't
solo piano, we have to keep our target audience
in mind. We're in the business of promoting solo piano music.
3) The album must contain original or public domain
works. Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot play cover tunes,
only original music or public domain works (i.e. Christmas,
tunes.) Solo piano albums containing two or three
cover songs will be considered,
just know up front we are primarily interested in
orginal music. The less original music on the CD,
the less likely it is we'll use it. Classical music is welcome.
4) Your music must be available for purchase or download. If our visitors love your music, they'll want
to purchase your CDs and/or downloads. We want to help them do that and so, to that
end, your music must be available as a retail product somewhere
for purchase and/or download.
Your CD must SOUND professional. Just about anyone can record
a "solo piano" album on their home keyboard
these days. While we have nothing against keyboards,
Whisperings radio features a rich acoustic
piano sound. If your CD was recorded
on a digital piano, we'll still consider
it, but just know that we do prefer a genuine acoustic
piano sound and that sometimes we do pass on albums if they sound too digital.
Submit just one CD to start with. In the past, folks sent us their entire CD catalogs
for review. It's a bit overwhelming. Just send us your best
(or most recent) CD to start with (just one copy) and then in your cover letter let us know you have other CDs available. If we want to review more albums for the broadcast,
7) Please include your contact information
with your CD. Specifically, an email address and phone number
where we can
contact you if we have questions.
8) Digital-only releases: Many artists are choosing to forego making CDs these days. We will gladly consider your digital-only album so long as the digital downloads are available for listeners to purchase somewhere (such as iTunes or your web site). To submit a digital-only album, please burn it to a CD and submit it to us like a regular CD. Then, include a note somewhere in your package specifying that it's a digital-only album and we'll take it from there.
Review time is currently three months. We give every CD we receive our complete attention,
listening a dozen or so times before selecting songs for the broadcast.
Please allow us at least three months before you follow up. Don't worry, if we choose your music for the broadcast, we
will be in contact with you.
10) Reviewing music
via web sites. It's not uncommon for an artist
to ask us to review their music via their web site
(or YouTube videos) before sending a CD in to us. Our response to that
is; no, we'd rather not. Your odds of being included
on Whisperings are music greater if you send in a
CD for us to review. Why? Because we listen to
the CDs we receive over and over again, allowing ourselves
time to warm up to your music. There are many artists on the playlist whose music didn't grab us
on the first listen, but after repeated listening
we came to love it. So if you have confidence in
your music and think fits within our format, send
in a CD.
11) We cannot return your materials. If you submit your album and we choose to pass on it for the broadcast, we cannot return your materials to you. Once we've reviewed an album, if we choose not to use it, the materials are destroyed. (if we choose to use it, it remains in our libarary.) So be sure you do not send a "one of a kind" recording. Make sure you have your own copies.
"Sound" We're Looking For...
What is the sound are we looking for? The music we play is, for the most part, quiet, peaceful and relaxing. A strong melody is also a must. It's got to be ear-catching. If your music is contemplative
and melodic, send it
in. That's exactly what we're looking for!
Reasons We Might Pass On Your Music...
1) The album ISN'T solo piano. Orchestration or "sounds" are added throughout
2) The album doesn't fit our quiet, peaceful format. If you're pounding on the piano, we won't use it.
3) The album isn't recorded professionally. It sounds like a home recording, the piano is out of tune, or it's a digital piano recording and really sounds like it.
4) The music isn't melodic. Melody is a big thing for us. If the music rambles on without any real melodic structure, we'll likely pass.
Ready to Submit Your Music?
First, read and print out this
If you agree, sign it and include it in the package with your submission. The agreement is very simple. By signing it...
confirm that you are the *sole* copyright owner for
any music that we might include on the program. Whisperings can
only play your original compositions - no cover
songs. However, we CAN include public domain works, so long
as you own the copyright to your particular arrangement.
confirm that as the copyright owner, you give Whisperings permission
to broadcast your music, royalty free, in exchange
for the promotion we'll provide for your music to our
listeners. Why royalty free? That's explained on page one of the license agreement and also here.
confirm that you will represent yourself as the licensor
your music to us, and that you are not expecting any other
agency (BMI, ASCAP, SOUNDEXCHANGE, the RIAA) to do that for you. In other
words, we are asking YOU to give us direct permission to play your
music. By signing the license agreement, you are stating
that you will represent yourself and that
these other organizations cannot collect
licensing fees from Whisperings for
Second, package up your CD along with a cover letter, contact materials, and the signed license agreement and mail that to:
P.O. Box 116
Junction City OR 97448
We will be in touch if we decide to include your music. Thank
Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio