If you are an existing Whisperings artist...
If you already have music in rotation on Whisperings, email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how and where to submit your new releases. We'll get your new music into rotation as soon as we are able.
For new artists not yet on Whisperings...
Due to the huge influx of new music that had been coming in, we are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions directly from artists. Instead, we now only accept material from that comes to us directly through our music partners and radio promoters. Here are two radio promoters we regularly receive materials from:
Email email@example.com for information on their radio promotion services.
Higher Level Media:
Visit the Higher Level Media web site at https://www.higherlevel.media/radio-promotions for information.
If you'd like to get your music to Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio for consideration, working with one of the above promotion companies is the way to do it for the time being. We will be opening up general submissions again soon, but we are not there yet. Check back here for updates as they happen. PLEASE NOTE: Using one of the promoters above in no way guarantees your music will be included on Whisperings. It simply guarantees consideration. Much of what we receive simply isn't a fit for us stylistically. If your music isn't a stylistic fit or isn't up to our quality standards, we will pass on it regardless of the fact that you paid a promoter. Be sure to read our submission guidelines below carefully...
Our Submission Guidelines
Here's What We Are Looking For...
- 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... 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. We must be able to promote your album as solo piano, and if we can't reasonably call your album "solo piano," we won't promote it.
- Only Peaceful, Relaxing Music Please.... The name of the broadcast is "Whisperings" and the tag line is "Music to Quiet Your World." So by its very definition, the style of music we play is quiet, peaceful and relaxing. If your album is full of thunderous, dynamic passages with lots of pounding and fireworks... we'll pass on it. That's not to say you can't have one or two more dynamic compositions on the album, but the album, in general, should be fairly representative of the name Whisperings.
- The album must contain your original piano compositions. Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot play cover tunes, only original music that YOU composed and own the copyright to. We do ocassionally also play public domain works (i.e. Christmas, Traditional and Classical tunes), but we will only include public domain works from an artist who already has original music on the broadcast (so no Christmas/Holiday/Hymn album submissions unless you are already a Whisperings artist). If your album contains two or three cover songs, but the rest of the album is original, we will still consider the album based on those original tracks. The less original music on the CD, the less likely it is we'll use it. Classical pianists... as our emphasis is on contemporary original composition, we are no longer accepting albums that are made up entirely of classical piano works.
- Your music must be available somewhere for purchase and/or streaming. If our visitors love your music, they'll want to purchase your CDs and/or downloads or stream more of your music via Spotify, Apple Music or elsewhere. We encourage listeners to do that and so, to that end, your music must be available somewhere for purchase, download and/or streaming. By default, we send "Buy" links to iTunes, Amazon.com or CDBaby.com, but we can direct listeners to your own web site, SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple or anywhere else you prefer.
- Your recording 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 album 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 we will pass on an album if it sounds too digital.
Reasons We Might Pass On Your Music...
- The album ISN'T solo piano. Orchestration or "sounds" are added throughout.
- The album doesn't fit our quiet, peaceful format. If you're pounding on the piano, we won't use it.
- 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.
- The music isn't melodic. Melody is a big thing for us. If the music rambles on without any real melodic structure, we'll pass.
- We are unable to find at least four tracks on the album that fit well within our format.
The License Agreement...
If, after reviewing your music, we decide to select your music for the broadcast, we will send you a license agreement to sign and submit. The agreement is very simple. By signing it...
- You 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.
- You 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. If you send in your album with the signed license agreement, you are affirming that you do not expect royalty payments of any kind from Whisperings radio.
- You confirm that you will represent yourself as the licensor of 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 you.
Scott James, Review Team Manager,
Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio