Submitting Music: How-to & FAQ

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Music Directors at all radio stations receive an overwhelming amount of new music submissions each week. To give your music the best chance, you want to make listening to it as smooth as possible. 

Submitting your music to radio properly is all about removing any barriers that could potentially hinder the right person from hearing your music. With that in mind, here’s a couple of simple, administrative things you can do to give your music the best chance of being heard, whether you’re submitting to FBi Radio or elsewhere.

Emails submitting music should include:

  • A clear subject heading, i.e. “Artist name – track OR album/EP name”
  • A short bio, press pic and/or any upcoming gig details
  • A link to stream your music (Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, etc.). This can be public or private, but should be a stream rather than a download. 
  • A link to a high quality download (320kbps mp3 or WAV). This can be a private link but should be available and free to download. Services such as Dropbox, Google Drive or WeTransfer (without an expiry)  are perfect for this. If you are using Soundcloud, remember to enable downloads. 

How Do I Submit My Music to FBi Radio? 

FBi Radio plays a combination of playlisted and unplaylisted shows, meaning that there are two ways you can submit your music for airplay:

  1. General servicing:

    To service your music for general playlisting, please submit to music@fbiradio.com with all of the above requirements. Music auditioning occurs each Wednesday, so in order to be considered for the following week’s playlisting please submit before midnight on Tuesday. All music needs to be serviced digitally. 

  2. Direct servicing:

    If you are familiar with the FBi Radio program grid and you feel your music is appropriately suited to a particular specialist show, you may feel free to directly service those programs with everything you would also include in an email for general servicing. Presenter’s emails can be found at the bottom of their individual program pages, and you can find the full schedule here

How Do I Get Feedback on My Submission?

Unfortunately due to the high quantity of submissions we receive and the large amount of requests for feedback, it is not possible for us to reply to everything, although we do try to. 

If you haven’t heard from us in a week or two, it’s ok to send a follow up email.

If you’d like to find out whether your track has been played or not, you can search for it in the search bar on our homepage

How Do I Get a Track Premiered on FBi Radio?

A premiere is the first time a track is played on-air or hosted online anywhere (example here). 

For premiere consideration please email music@fbiradio.com with at least one week’s notice. 

In your email, please include:

  • A clear subject heading, i.e. Premiere request: ARTIST NAME
  • State whether you are requesting an on-air or online premiere or both 
  • A short bio, press pic and/or any upcoming gig details
  • A link to stream your music (Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, etc.) – this can be public or private.
  • A link to a high quality download of the track (320kbps mp3 or WAV). This can be a private link, but should be free and available to download. 

How Do I Organise an Interview on FBi Radio?

To organise an interview please email music@fbiradio.com with as much notice as possible, no less than one week ahead of the requested interview date.

Interviews generally come after airplay, so the artist is familiar to our audience. Please keep this in mind when requesting an interview.

In your email, please include:

  • A clear subject heading, i.e. Interview request: ARTIST NAME
  • Your reason for requesting an interview, i.e. an upcoming gig, forthcoming EP release, etc.
  • A link to stream your music (Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, etc.)
  • A link to a high quality download (320kbps mp3 or WAV)

How Do I Submit a Gig to the FBi Radio Gig Guide (Soundcheck)?

To submit a gig please email both music@fbiradio.com and gigs@fbiradio.com.

The gig guide is maintained by volunteers who only check the emails once a week so it’s best to give plenty of notice – at least one week ahead of the event to ensure that they see your email in time. The gig guide is written up on Mondays for the coming week, so get the details of your gig in before then in order to be included. 

In your email, please include:

  • A clear subject heading, i.e. Gig Guide submission: ARTIST NAME / EVENT NAME
  • Venue and ticket cost
  • Other artists playing
  • Facebook event / Ticket link
  • Link to stream or download your music if you think we don’t already have it.

For more info, trips, tricks & events for music-makers and managers, head to our music submissions portal.