Washington, DC (July 21, 2006)–The folks at NPR are working on a series called “The Best Music You’ve Never Heard,” and are calling on producer/engineers who may have some of that music in their collection.
NPR’s Alison MacAdam describes what they’re after:
“Memorable songs you recorded that were never released…tape that was too good to throw out. The amazing guitar or trumpet solo, the brilliant cover song that got cut from the album, the track that the record company deemed too edgy to publish. Classical, jazz, rock, country, folk, etc. Fully-produced or not.
“For our series, we’ll choose from among your submissions. For those we choose, we’ll ask the engineer/producer to do a brief interview with us about these songs and the story behind their recording. Think about it like “Lost and Found Songs.” Why are these recordings so great? And yet, why did they end up on the shelf?
“Here’s what we’re NOT looking for: Submissions from musicians of their own work. This is not an opportunity for a big break. It’s a chance to highlight the studio process and the great work that engineers and producers do.”
The submission process is well-underway, so send CDs or MP3s as soon as possible. And, don’t worry about sending broadcast-quality audio, the programmers first just want to get a sense of what’s out there.
MacAdam continues, “We understand that engineers/producers generally do not have the rights to the music you record. As long as your music was lawfully recorded, its broadcast on NPR is covered by NPR’s blanket licensing agreements with all the performing rights organizations. If you or your colleagues think we must obtain consent from the performing artists for any given recording, please advise us of that in advance. We will not air music you’ve sent without contacting you first, and we will not broadcast songs in their entirety.”
Please don’t hesitate to contact MacAdam (email@example.com) if you have questions. Or, you can just email mp3’s or mail CDs to:
All Things Considered
635 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001