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

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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.

Hi my name is Aaron Bowen. I'm looking for a review for my new album "The Karaoke Fallback Plan" here is a link to my bandcamp site for a free listen. Thank you so much for your time Aaron Bowen http://aaronbowen.bandcamp.com/

Aaron
San Diego, CA

Dear Aaron,

Thanks for writing! We don't accept digital submissions, but if you'd like to send us your stuff via good ol' snail mail, follow the directions on this webpage:
http://www.npr.org/2011/03/10/16017127/submit-your-music


Sincerely,
Alan
NPR Audience Partnership
202-513-3232
www.npr.org

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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