In this video I’m going to show you how you can get heard on the BBC. If you live in the UK, you can sign up for BBC introducing which provides a platform for up and coming artists for advice, events and potential radio play.
If you live in the UK, you can sign up for BBC introducing which provides a platform for up and coming artists for advice, events and potential radio play.
So yeah, this is just for UK artists but if you’re not based in the UK check out amazing radio which might work out for you. I’ll link to that in the description.
Anyway, there are a few terms you have to be aware of before you go signing up:
- As I’ve already mentioned you must live in the UK
- You can’t be signed to a major label
- You have to be 16 or over before creating a profile. If you’re younger, then you can get a parent to sign up on your behalf.
Signing Up for BBC Introducing
Ok with that out of the way let’s head on over to https://www.bbc.co.uk/introducing and click on Register to create a profile.
- First of all, just enter your artist name followed by the type of artist you are and the genre.
- Now the really important part. We have to enter our postcode which will determine which local BBC radio show will potentially play our music. So, for me my local radio show is Merseyside. But here’s a special secret tip – if you find you’re getting no luck at getting on your local radio show and you have other members in your band from other places, change it to their local city. That actually worked out really well for my band a few years ago.
- After that’s done, just provide some information about your connection to your local area. Now you could just get to the point here and say “I live here” but they give you 1000 characters, so I recommend writing a bit more – try and delve a bit deeper. Mention the radio station that read out my bandcamp!
- Next up is an easy one, your email address.
- Now another important one, your profile image. Note that it has to be in a 16:9 ratio, at least 1920 by 1080 pixels and isn’t a logo or text. This will be the image that’ll be shown across the BBC website whenever you’re played so pick your best one!
- Next up just enter the real names of your artist or band.
- Now it’s time for a Biography. I think it’s worth writing quite a bit here but maybe start with a one a liner which gets the points across straight away. Then write a bigger chunk about your project. You’re basically telling your story here so keep it interesting and something you’d imagine they’d want to talk about on air. You have 1000 characters for this so don’t be afraid to use it up!
- Next up the influences box. Again, just like the biography use this up. This gives the BBC staff reading your profile a bit more context about who you are and how to talk about you.
- Then just enter your website if you have one, followed by any social links.
- Next up enter your MusicBrainz ID if you have one. What’s that you ask? MusicBrainz is a music encyclopaedia that collects music metadata. It’s basically where the BBC and the like will get more information about your music tracks. I’ll do a follow up video about this website soon, but you can skip it for now.
- Same goes for your PRS ID, this is your Performing Rights Society number, a service that allows you to collect royalties if your music is played on the radio. It’s a service definitely worth signing up for if you haven’t already, but you can skip it for now. Don’t worry, you can always return and edit any of these details later on!
Anyway, check off the last couple of options and we’re done!
Uploading Tracks to BBC Introducing
OK, now we’ve created our artist profile, let’s upload some tracks!
You can upload two tracks every 30 days which makes sense otherwise they’d just be bombarded with bands uploading every song they’d ever made all at once, it’d be pretty overwhelming for the BBC staff to sift through – plus it forces us to be very picky about what we upload.
Just click on Track Uploads and either drag in a track or click on the upload button to locate one. It can be either of WAV or an MP3 format.
Then it’s just a case of naming the track and composer. Then enter your record label, catalogue number and Publisher if any of those are applicable to you.
The final section ‘Track Status’ will just let you know if your track has been listened to or not. You’ll actually get an email to notify you too, which is pretty handy.
That’s pretty much it for creating a BBC Introducing Profile and uploading a track. It’s just a waiting game from then on in to see if your tracks get selected for airplay but you can always upload more after 30 days.
Oh, and don’t forget there’s other stuff on the site that’s worth checking out too, like artist advice and shows.
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