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Thu September 27, 2012

The Curious Listener: Getting on 'All Songs Considered' 101

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:21 pm

Album cover. Check.
Final song mixing. Check.
Perfect band name. Check.

Next task: figure out how to get your music played on All Songs Considered. How do you make that happen?

Unfortunately, casually stalking radio hosts or trying to sling shot your CD into the NPR building doesn't exactly make the best impression. Even with new fancy technology like cloud sharing and cleverly-designed USB drives, there are still some things we like to manage the old-school way, like how the NPR Music team accepts music submissions to be considered for a review or feature.

With input directly from the All Songs Considered team, The Curious Listener brings you tips for how to stay on the good side of the NPR Music staff when you're submitting music for the show (but by no means a guarantee that your music will make it on air):

  1. Make certain to fill out "preferred track" line on this form with only one song indicated by the track number, so the team will be directed "straight to the golden stuff."
  2. Don't get carried away with the packing tape and shrink wrap ("It makes for a difficult open and sometimes a bloody-fingered intern").
  3. Refrain from sending anything other than the CD and the form. This means no press releases, bios, photos, etc.
  4. After sending in your CD, please wait patiently, and do not write or call. The staff listens to some of everything they receive in the mail, and if you make it on the show, they'll call to let you know.
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