How Can Musicians Get Heard?

Women In Music is always looking for exciting new female talent to add to our playlists! If you’re a female musician who is looking for more exposure and airplay, read our guidelines below for submission, then send your best material (CD’s only), along with a brief bio, to:

Women in Music with Laney Goodman
P.O. Box 15739
Boston, MA 02215

For questions, comments and general inquiries, email us at WomenOnAir@aol.com.

Tips for Submitting Your Music to Women In Music with Laney Goodman
If you’re new to the music business, or you’re just new to sending your music to Women In Music, keep the following in mind:

  • It’s very helpful in programming the show, if you put the play time of each of your songs on the CD — preferably on the back of the case/where your songs are listed, so Laney can more easily time her show.
  • Profanity will not help you get on the radio airwaves. Many excellent songs cannot be included in Women In Music because they are “NBQ” (not broadcast quality) — that is, they contain one of the “Seven Deadly Sins” — words like shit, piss, fuck, cock, cunt, or other sexually explicit lyrics which the FCC does not allow radio stations to broadcast. Since Janet Jackson’s breast made its primetime network television debut, the FCC has become far more vigilant about what can and cannot be aired over the public airwaves. It may not seem fair, but that’s the reality we’re dealing with, and we struggle with it, as much as you do. Stations can be fined for airing “obscene” material, and stations may drop Women In Music, if they get fined as a result of profanity in lyrics. We just can’t take that chance. Again, we don’t make the rules, but we have to play by them. If you use other words than ones the FCC will not approve, your music has a much better chance of getting on-air — not just on Women In Music, but on any radio station. (But if you can’t find any other way to express yourself, you can always submit your music for FemFrequency! See below for how to make that happen.)
  • If you can’t avoid profanity and you feel your artistic integrity will be compromised by “toning it down”, then help us out and mark which songs on the CD contain one (or more) of the Seven Deadly Sins. Ani Di Franco’s Righteous Babe Records label does it well — they tell you exactly which songs they “think are fine, but the FCC thinks are fineable”. It’s clever, it’s smart, it’s realistic. And remember on FemFrequency you can say any old damn’ thing you please — just make sure your music is great!
  • Include bio information and/or interesting tidbits about your band or your work, that might be of interest to listeners. Where you’re from, and a little personalized information about your music, helps Laney say interesting things about your music during the show. But don’t flood us — sending pictures and a lot of information can be overwhelming. Save the extras for your press kits for other outlets. Send us only what we need to know.
  • Give us time to review your CD before you follow-up to see if it will be played. Laney receives tens of CDs each week for multiple radio shows (and she receives even more e-mails), and it takes time to give each a worthy listen and follow up with the artists. Please be patient.
  • Be realistic. Laney has one hour a week to program all the excellent female artists she can, and not everyone will fit into the mix right away. It may take time for your work to be included on the show, since Laney needs to find a suitable mix for every song she plays. But if you’re truly excellent at your craft and your music fits the show, you could find yourself being played on 80+ markets nationwide — and beyond.
  • Remember that musicianship and professionalism are key. They will do you far more good than flashy packaging. In the end, it’s all about the music. Get your chops down and develop your creative strengths, and always send us only your best work.

Venues!
If you’re planning on performing in the Boston area, check our list of Boston Venues.


FemFrequency is a podcast on www.podgrrls.net featuring rocking, rolling, hard-hitting, cutting-edge music from “the women your mother warned you about”. Each show is an hour of incredible musical talent from women and female-fronted bands – playing rock, metal, goth, electronica, punk, and music which defies every definition (except that the FCC won’t let us play it on the radio airwaves) To get heard on FemFrequency, read our guidelines for submission, then send your best material (CD’s only), along with a brief bio, to:

FemFrequency
P.O. Box 15739
Boston, MA 02215

For questions, comments and general inquiries, email us at WomenOnAir@aol.com.


Tips for Submitting Your Music to FemFrequency
While on-air radio play can be limiting in what you can and cannot say in your songs, FemFrequency is a different story. Since we broadcast online at www.podgrrls.net, we’re free to play anything we damn’ well please, and you can say anything you damn’ well please, however you damn’ well please. But if you want to get played on FemFrequency, the music has to be great and your talent needs to be honed.

If you want to get played, keep the following in mind:

  • It’s very helpful in programming the show, if you put the play time of each of your songs on the CD — preferably on the back of the case/where your songs are listed, so Laney can more easily time her show.
  • Include bio information and/or interesting tidbits about your band or your work, that might be of interest to listeners. Where you’re from, and a little personalized information about your music, helps Laney say interesting things about your music during the show. But don’t flood us — sending pictures and a lot of information can get a little overwhelming. Save yourself money, save us time, and sned all the extras for your press kits for other publicity outlets. Send us only what we need to know.
  • Give us time to review your CD before you follow-up to see if it will be played. Laney receives tens of CDs each week for multiple radio shows (and she receives even more e-mails), and it takes time to give each a worthy listen and follow up with the artists. Please be patient.
  • Be realistic. Laney has one hour to fit in all the excellent female artists she can, and not everyone will fit into the mix right away. It may take time for your work to be included in the show, since Laney needs to find a suitable mix for each and every song she plays, but if you’re truly excellent at your craft and your music fits the show, you could find yourself being played online — to a national audience, and beyond.
  • Remember that musicianship and professionalism are key. They will do you far more good than flashy packaging. In the end, it’s all about the music. Get your chops down and develop your creative strengths, and always send us only your best work.

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