Earlier this year, I took a brief look at some of the opportunities available to new artists to get their music heard on the Radio, and one of the projects I covered was BBC Introducing. This is a project I have found a little success with myself, through one of my songs being accepted for airplay on my local BBC Radio Station. So the first thing to say is it works, and every song will be considered, be if from a lyricist like myself, a band, or a solo singer, and of course a variety of song styles will be listened to as well.
To give you the lowdown, the BBC Introducing system works on a national and local level. Nationally, there are Introducing shows covering England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, which you can upload tracks to, these work alongside some specialist BBC Radio shows, such as The Verb on Radio 3, who also consider new music for airplay. Along with the radio play, some of the best acts may have the opportunity to record a live session at the famous Maida Vale Studios, or appear on the Introducing stage at one of the UK’s top festivals, such as Reading, Leeds, and T In The Park!
Competition for national airplay may be fierce, but there’s also a chance for everyone to get heard through the local network of BBC Introducing shows. Every week the network of local BBC Radio stations play out tracks from the best local artists in their area, and yes some of those could be you!!!
Submitting tracks can be done locally and direct via the contact details on your local BBC Radio website, but you can also submit to both the local and national opportunities via the BBC Introducing Uploader. Keeping in with the latest trends, the BBC introduced this service to make it quicker and easier for artists and bands to submit their material. In just a few clicks of a button your chosen song(s) will be zooming through cyberspace to a BBC Radio Station near you, and the national show most suited to your music style.
To submit your tracks, or to find out more about all the BBC Introducing projects, please visit www.bbc.co.uk/introducing. On the site, there’s also an interesting video archive, and a wealth of information and advice for unsigned acts that comes from industry experts such as agents and publishers. Like I said before, this project has worked for me, so who knows, next time the star of the show could be you!