Dear Fellow Artists:
I created the WoodSongs broadcast to celebrate what we all love and do. Music is everything in our world. The hard part, as media and the internet changes things, how do we reach the audience? That is what WoodSongs is for.
Artists are chosen to be on our stage because they are good. End of story. Fame, who you know, commercial success or even lack-there-of mean nothing. I say it often on the show and I mean it: You donít have to be Famous to be on WoodSongs, thou just have to be Good.Ē
Another point to consider. WOODSONGS IS NOT A CONCERT. It is a multi format radio broadcast filmed for public television in a beautiful theatre. The show is evenly divided between two artists/bands. The songs (4 in the broadcast) need to be about 3 1/2 minutes long so both artists can have the same performance time. No, you canít play a 7 minute tune and only play three instead. Broadcasting doesnít work that way.
Let me be really clear: I don't get anything, our Chief Engineer Jerome Gallt, the TV directors, stage hands ... even the hotel and restaurants that support you when you do the show ... are all volunteers. Of course, you can sell your CDs to the audience after the show and we will even help you do that. Most importantly, however, you will be introducing your music and your art to over 2,000,000 radio listeners on 500+ radio stations, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and every military base in the world and over 90M USA TV homes on public television across north America.
The pile of artists who want to be on the show is huge, so here are some useful tips:
FIRST tip: when submitting please consider what we are dealing with as regards a national broadcast. You've recorded a new CD and that's great. But do you have a story to tell yet? Are you on tour? You might be a musical hero in your hometown but what about you will be interesting to radio listeners in Boston and Ireland ... or PBS viewers in Austin and Alaska? It doesn't matter to me if you are on a label or not or how many albums you've sold. That's not the point. What does matter is how the audience will feel about the whole package. WoodSongs needs more than "... you made a new album." And please be very patient. Literally hundreds of artists submit their music but we only have two slots a week. We never, ever mean to ignore or hurt anyone's feelings. It's a delicate balancing act to do something like this, and we really appreciate those who trust us to do the right thing for the broadcast.
SECOND tip: follow the instructions on the submissions page of woodsongs.com ... if you email me, it will get lost among a thousand other emails this week. If you hand me your CD when Iím on the road somewhere, it will probably get misplaced. Do what our website says and your music will get a hearing ear. And then be very patient.
THIRD tip: if we are friends your odds of getting on the show are no greater or implied than someone I don't know. I decided a long time that the show comes first and 100% fairness will be the rule we run by.
IF YOU ARE LOCAL: I love you, love you, love you, love you ... but remember, you are competing with Tommy Emmanuel, the Indigo Girls, JD Crowe, Chris Thile, Victor Wooten, Bela Fleck and others. Get good, be patient ... and don't get mad at me.
So thanks to all my fellow songwriters and artists for trusting WoodSongs. Our intentions are always good and we look forward to hearing from you, Folk On!
folksinger - tree hugger & fellow road warrior
LINK TO OUR PAGE and send an email to your fans telling them about the live webcast!
Send an email to your friends.... like this one:
Dear Fans and Friends,
We are taping the worldwide broadcast of the WOODSONGS OLD-TIME RADIO HOUR on (date). Here's the neat thing about it: you can watch the entire production plus encore performances live-as-it-happens. The streaming webcast is available only on Folk-Book.com (there is a one time only $5.95 subscription but it lasts a lifetime and you can watch all the WoodSongs shows from then on for FREE) It's an Arts and Music social media site, no ads and no popup windows, a great online community of artists, musicians, poets, writers, fans and families. Visit www.Folk-Book.com to sign up, and hope you join us on the national broadcast taping of WoodSongs!
If this sounds like something for you and you feel you can be in Lexington, Kentucky on a Monday when we tape our show, submit TWO CDs and a press kit with a brief cover letter to:
WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR
PO Box 200 Lexington KY 40588
Please be patient, it may take a while for us to respond but we promise that your package will be reviewed and considered seriously. If you are looking for something to happen with your music immediately we suggest:
a) you visit www.AcousticRainbow.com to get a single from your album to hundreds of roots music radio DJs worldwide, and start building your story as an artist.
b) You can support our show and the intent behind it by cross linking your site with ours.
c) Are we on your hometown radio station? Call the program director and tell them WoodSongs is FREE to all of our radio affiliates.
d) You can also subscribe to Folk-Book.com and watch the weekly live webcast to get familiar with how the broadcast taping works.
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