Internet radio offers a bright world of opportunity for independent artists. Terrestrial radio is not the only cool kid on the block anymore. Since it’s inception in the early 90s, online radio has made significant contributions to the landscape of broadcast radio. For independent singer/songwriters, musicians, and artists, online radio has become an ally for exposure in many ways.
One major change online radio has contributed to broadcasting is that location is unrestricted except for self-imposed restrictions created by DJs. The internet can reach places all over the world which means anyone can listen from anywhere. So an artist in Florida can submit his music to an online radio station in Kansas and people all over the world can potentially listen. What’s more, online radio stations are often ran by average people simply for the love of music so you’ll have a much easier time pitching your music to them.
So get your pitches ready, because I found 10 online radio stations that support independent music and would love to hear good independent music.
Sounds 4 The Soul | DJ Southern goddess spins music from independent artists in the R&B, Neo-Soul, and Spoken Word genres. Shows are weekly on Thursday evenings.
How to Submit: Send an e-mail to email@example.com
TMottGoGo | TMOTTGoGo Radio is a full-time Internet-based radio station that presents a full spectrum of GO-GO music including: Old School, New School, Crank, Grown & Sexy, Bounce, Basement Soul, Global Soul, Regg’Go, Neo, and Afro Beat. TMOTTGoGo Radio is NOT meant to present EVERY category of music, but rather present music in the various sub-genres that represent genre-bending blends of GO-GO.
How to Submit: Follow instructions and fill out the form directly on the website listed above.
Celestial Radio Debuts w/ Ishkara Sounds | Celestial Radio features a wide variety of independent music. They offer a 45min debut block along with cross-platform promotion on Soundcloud, IHeartRadio, Youtube, Twitter, and more. Special attention given to artists who have a cause they help out with or have started. Keep an eye out for new programming coming soon from Celestial Radio.
How to Submit: Send an e-mail to: Celestialcommunitytco@gmail.com
GotRadio | GotRadio is a free online internet radio station network with 48 channels of professionally programmed music. GotRadio features MP3 music downloads via Amazon.com. They are looking for artists who perform rock, alternative, AAA or pop.
How to Submit: Submit via contact form listed on the website.
TinderBox | They specialize in indie, pop/alternative, modern rock, triple-A, rock, and acoustic-based rock, hip hop and electronic music.
How to Submit: Submissions can be e-mailed or physical press kits can be sent through snail mail. They have a lot of good information about how to submit on their website.
AndHow.FM | andHow.FM is a grassroots, not-for-profit, fully licensed, independent radio station featuring hand curated collections of international new indie rock, alternative, modern & vintage rock.
How to Submit: Submit music via contact form listed on their website.
KINT98 Online Network | KINT98 is a free internet radio station that has a WIDE variety of music for everyone to enjoy. Covering everything from Classic Rock, ’70s Disco, Alternative Rock, Soul/Motown, The Big ’80s, ’50s & ’60s Oldies, Country, Contemporary Pop & Latin Rock, R&B Hip Hop, ’70s Soft Rock, Techno Dance, there’s something for everyone’s taste in music. Kint98.com is based in El Paso, TX.
How to Submit: Send MP3s as an e-mail attachment and in the subject line type “SONG SUBMISSION”. Send any links and other information you want mentioned in the broadcast. In the music file name, include the artist & song title. They will contact you when they have received your music. E-mail your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions are listed on their website. Double check their website to make sure these instructions are up to date.
3Wk | Freeform Indie, 80’s/90’s, and Classic Rock Radio
How to Submit: Special instructions for submissions are listed on their website.
TMV Cafe Radio | With a mission is to tell the world about great independent artists, what’s not to love. TMV Cafe Radio features a wide variety of independent music from all genres. They offer different types of shows hosted by different DJs all week long.
How to Submit: Artists can send MP3’s to email@example.com. The staff listens to every song. If they like what they hear they will ask the artist to send a letter granting TMV Cafe Radio permission to play their music. Their only other requirement is that their artists to tell the world their music can be heard on TMV Cafe Radio.
Beyond the Dawn Studios | BTD radio boasts a plethora of stations and a super easy submission process. They pride themselves on ‘changing the world of music one indie song at a time.’ They accept all types of music from all genres whether you are signed or unsigned.
How to Submit: Fill out the contact form listed on their website.
Now that you have a short list of online radio stations to submit your independent music to, it’s time to get to work. Make sure your submission pitch is perfect. Pun intended. No seriously, there are important steps you need to take to prep your music, research submission requirements for each station, and some general rules of thumb when it comes to soliciting airplay. Learn how to properly submit your music for online radio airplay with the Internet Radio Challenge!
Are you ready to do this? I’ve prepared a step-by-step walkthrough for you to follow if you need help or some accountability. Each day you will receive a new challenge or task to complete in your inbox for the next few days. Once you complete the challenge, you will have submitted your music to at least 10 radio stations. Repeat the challenge as many times as you like. You may want to do this challenge every four months so that you can get consistent airplay on online radio stations.
Here’s what you can expect from the Online Radio Submission Challenge:
- Submit your music to at least 10 online radio stations.
- Learn how to look for new stations to submit to.
- Go through the process of selecting stations that are a good fit for your music.
- Make the perfect pitch that will give your music the best chance at getting selected.
- Make new industry contacts.
- Get more airplay and exposure
Click here to join the challenge! Good Luck!
Come back and let us know how it worked and how you did.