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As with any legally binding document, be sure and understand all the ramifications of signing their form and you may want to consult an attorney for guidance if you are unclear.
Check out their requirements and submission policies / forms here: http://www.npr.org/2011/03/10/16017127/submit-your-music
or read on...
TAKEN FROM THEIR WEBSITE:
PLEASE FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
If you'd like your music featured on All Songs Considered or on our blog you first have to audition. Send us your CD — it can be a homemade or professional studio recording — and we'll give it a listen. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS. Please do not e-mail any attached audio files. We automatically delete all e-mails with attachments.
All Songs Considered and our blog are open to all artists.
Print out the submission form below, tape it to your CD and mail it to:
National Public Radio
Attn. All Songs Considered
635 Massachusetts Avenue NW
PLEASE REMOVE ALL SHRINK WRAP from your CD. PLEASE DO NOT OVER-PACKAGE your submission. We get hundreds of CDs a week and it really slows everything down if we have to chop through layers of packing tape and shrink wrap. A simple padded envelope will do nicely.
After sending us your CD, please wait. Do not write or call. It may take five weeks or more from the time we get your music to hear a sample of it. We listen to some of everything we get. However, we cannot guarantee we will put your music on the show.
If we put you on the show, we will call or email you to let you know.
Unfortunately, because of staff limitations and the overwhelming number of submissions, we can't contact artists whose music we don't feature. We are also unable to return CDs.
Here are some hints: Make certain to fill out "preferred track" on the form with just ONE track indicated by the track number. Due to the sheer volume of music we get, it's nice to quickly identify which you feel is your strongest cut, so we got straight to the golden stuff. The second hint is to not go nuts with the packing tape – it makes for a difficult open and sometimes a bloody-fingered intern.
PLEASE PRINT THIS FORM, FOLD IT UP INTO A SQUARE (HALF IT, THEN HALF AGAIN), AND TAPE TO YOUR CD (TAPE ALL OF IT TO YOUR CD, INCLUDING THE PERMISSIONS FORM BELOW):
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE CD AND THE FORM. NO PRESS RELEASES, BIOS, PHOTOS, ETC.
Daytime Phone: __________________________
CD Title: __________________________
Label (if any): __________________________
Preferred Track: __________________________
Today's Date: __________________________
Web Site: __________________________
The Fine Print:
The following form grants us permission to feature your music on Second Stage. Please fill out and include with your submission.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You still retain all ownership and full rights to your music entirely. This form only allows us to feature a song from your CD on Second Stage, streaming from the NPR web site and in the Second Stage daily podcast.
The undersigned is the owner of, or owns rights to, certain materials concerning the artist or performers ____________________ (the "Artist") as follows:
Compact Disc Recording ("CD") [brief description]___________________
Live Performance recording (LP) [brief description]_______________________
Photograph(s) [brief description] _______________________________
CD liner notes [brief description or attach copy] __________________________
CD cover art [brief description or attach copy]_____________________________
The item(s) above are singly or collectively referred to as the "Materials" herein).
In consideration of the inclusion of the Materials in National Public Radio, Inc.'s ("NPR") program Second Stage (the "Program"), the undersigned irrevocably grants to NPR the transferable right to reproduce, transmit, retransmit, distribute, archive, digitize, display, publicly perform, copy, stream, customize and digitally distribute including, but not limited to, downloads, on-demand and interactive uses, the Materials, in whole or in part, on a non-exclusive basis, worldwide, in perpetuity in any media now or hereafter known. NPR shall have the right to edit the Materials at its sole discretion.
All other rights are reserved by _______________________________ (the "Artist")
The undersigned also consents to the use of its name and the name of the Artist in connection with the use of the Materials on the Program or with any credits that may be received in the distribution of the Materials and any publicly and related institutional promotional purposes NPR may undertake. The undersigned represents that NPR's use of the Materials as provided for herein will not violate any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any other entity or individual, that it is authorized to grant the rights enumerated in this License, and that it has secured all necessary rights and releases for NPR's use of the Materials as provided for herein. The undersigned will indemnify and hold NPR harmless from and against any claim, loss, or liability, including reasonable attorney's fees, arising out of NPR's use of the Materials as provided for in this license. The undersigned represents that he/she/it has the right to grant this license.
The undersigned agrees that the license will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia without regard to its choice of law rules and consents to the forum and jurisdiction of the local and federal courts located in the District of Columbia.
Song Title: ______________________________
Mail your CD and the form to:
National Public Radio
Attn. NPR Music, Second Stage
635 Mass. Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001