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Pandora Now Accepting Digital Submissions from DIY Artists

If you’re an indie musician wanting to get your music out there, one of the most important places to do that is on Pandora. Unfortunately, many DIY musicians have been disqualified from the submission process because Pandora has only accepted submissions from artists who have a hard-copy CD with a UPC code, available on Amazon.

That is, until now.

Today, Pandora announced that it is leveling the playing field by unveiling their new open music submission process, which allows DIY artists to submit their music digitally using a simple, 3-step process.  This means that as of now, as long as you have your music available for download on iTunes (US), Amazon/MP3, CD Baby or Bandcamp (all of which are fairly easy to do), your music can be considered for rotation on Pandora.

To submit, you’ll need a free Pandora account. Once that’s done, you can go to the open submission page, fill out a few details about your song, provide at least one link to a place where the track is available online, and submit. The only caveat is that you can only have one active submission at a time, which means your track must be approved or declined before you can submit another.

Not only is Pandora a great way for people to find your music, but because they are an Internet radio service, royalties are collected by SoundExchange on your behalf every time your song is played, and paid out once a month!  (So be sure you’re signed up there, as well.)

Word to the wise—expect Pandora to get overloaded with submissions very soon.  If you want to get ahead of the curve, start submitting now.

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About the Author


Jeff McQ is a songwriter/composer/musician with a diverse resume that includes everything from directing music in church to scoring short films. In addition to his role as chief editor for Music Is My Oxygen (and writing our DIY Musician Channel), Jeff also covers the local music scene for Examiner.com in his hometown of Denver, Colorado, and maintains The Developing Artist [http://artistdevelopmentblog.com], a blog dedicated to offering advice and encouragement to indie musicians.

When he's not tinkering in his home studio or blogging for hours on his laptop at the local coffee shop (to the annoyance of the baristas), Jeff McQ enjoys taking in local shows, going on road trips, wandering aimlessly, and talking to himself.

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