No Upload = No Airplay

BBC Introducing

QUESTION:
Does sending my music to Fresh On The Net automatically get it considered for radio play on BBC Introducing?

ANSWER:
No, not automatically. Here’s why…

BBC INTRODUCING helps independent UK artists get their music heard on the radio free of charge – bypassing the music biz machinery of pluggers, publicists, publishers, managers, agents and labels. Simply upload your music to BBC Introducing and if any presenters or producers like what they hear they’ll play it on air.

There is a network of  BBC Introducing shows on local and national radio stations across the country, and I present a weekly programme on BBC Radio 6 Music called the BBC Introducing Mixtape.

FRESH ON THE NET is a music blog hosted by myself and run by a dedicated team of dedicated music lovers. We’re 100% independent – no ads, no sponsorships, no product placement. Our moderators are unpaid volunteers and the running costs are covered out of my own pocket. Fresh On The Net  has no connection with the BBC except for this: if anyone sends a tune to our inbox here, it will definitely get heard by me.

I listen to the entire inbox here each week and make a list of my personal favourites. Then when I’m putting together my Introducing Mixtape for the BBC, I check to see if those tunes have been uploaded to the BBC Introducing website. If they have, then we include them on the radio show – if not, we don’t. The Beeb’s rules are strict but clear:

no upload = no airplay

ONES THAT GOT AWAY…
The tunes below were sent to Fresh On The Net recently, but alas not to BBC Introducing. Some of these tracks are by non-UK residents (*see below)  which means they weren’t allowed to use the BBC Uploader. However most of them are by British artists who could have uploaded to the BBC, but simply didn’t

APEX JOE – I’m Ready To Die
CPNHGN – In Motion
DAKKA SKANKS – Ska Rhythm
DEAD SEA NAVIGATORS – Penny To Drop
DENITIA AND SENE – Open Wide (stromstoff Remix)
EDEN ROYALS – Graveyard Dreams (Start Again)
ERIC TOLLEFSON – Blindfold
GREEZYONTHETRACK – Good Vibes
MAGICHOUR – Hearts Cry
REMINGTON SUPER 60 – Robo Learns To Whistle
ROYAL EAST – Step To Me
SERF SCHOOL – The Girls Of Caffi Sam
TAMU MASSIF – Animals

But although we weren’t able play them on air, in their different ways these tunes are all personal favourites of mine and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to them as much as I did:

NB Overseas artists can’t create a BBC Introducing account without a UK postcode and IP address. But artists based outside Britain occasionally get around this by enlisting a local friend or agent to register a BBC account here on their behalf. Of course Fresh On The Net doesn’t condone anyone breaking the BBC’s rules, but unfortunately there’s nothing anyone can do to prevent it

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More...

4 Comments

  1. Tom lumley

    Hi Tom,

    My tunes uploaded and ready. Hope you liked it enough to give it a spin on your show this week.

    Thanks
    Tom Lumley

  2. @tomlumley Cheers Tom – I look forward to hearing it. We get sent 100-200 tunes a week, and there’s only enough airtime to play 16-17 of them in a one hour show. So a lot will depends on how strong the competition is, but if I love it, I’ll definitely play it :-) If you’re interested in how the process works, see http://freshonthenet.co.uk/listeningtoinbox

  3. Tom lumley

    Hi Tom,

    Yeah i’ve read it through it all a few times. Love how it works. My tracks called ‘Runniny From Our Lives’ and was in the fresh faves this week. It’s been uploaded to the uploader too.

    Thanks
    Tom

  4. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for including our (Dead Sea Navigators) track “Penny” on the list, really glad you liked it. We’re half based in the UK and half in Canada so didn’t upload to BBC Introducing, but get the hint so will upload our next track to both!

    Cheers,
    Claire

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