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Changes to the BBC Introducing Uploader in 2013

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Tom Young Tom Young | 10:00 UK time, Monday, 10 December 2012

In January 2013 we are making a change to the way the BBC Introducing Uploader works that we’d like you to know about.  We now have over 80,000 artists registered on the system we launched in February 2009 and we are constantly looking at how we best serve them and get their music heard. Towards the end of January we will be putting a limit on the number of unlistened-to tracks registered artists will be allowed to have on their profile. The limit will be three tracks.


Screen shot of the BBC Introducing Uploader

We’re putting the change in place so we can be really honest about our commitment to music makers.  The reality is it only takes a small number of tracks for a producer to appreciate what an artist is about, and we want uploaders to give us only their best work.  With fewer tracks to listen to, producers can listen to more artists and hopefully therefore play more tracks on their shows, put forward more artists for festival stages, Maida Vale sessions and other opportunities that arise on the national networks.

We also think that the process of being selective is a good exercise for music makers.  The Uploader is your window of opportunity to really impress our producers and it shouldn't be wasted. Before the Uploader existed one of the most common routes for unsigned artists to get their music heard was by posting a demo CD to a DJ. While the technology has changed, the importance of making a great first impression hasn’t, so it’s vital you put forward your best work, like you would on a demo CD.

• What does it mean for you? If you have three or more unlistened-to tracks on your profile, you will not be able to upload any more. The only solution will be to delete tracks that haven't been listened to and make room for your newest and best material.

You do not need to delete tracks that have been listened to or previously broadcast. These can be left on the system.

• What if I don't delete tracks? You won't be able to add more new tracks and may face a point in the future where your older unlistened-to material is removed from the system.

• Will all my tracks be listened to? In some cases, no. A producer, just like any listener, can normally tell if an artist is right for their show after listening to one or two tracks. Even more reason to make sure your best tracks are included in your selection of three. Due to the number of track submissions, we aren’t in a position to offer individual feedback.

• How long will it take to listen to my music? We aim to listen to an artist within six months of their tracks being uploaded.  In some of the bigger cities there are cases where it takes longer, and some tracks are still unlistened-to. If this is you, feel free to contact us and let us know.

• Is there still a limit on the number of tracks I can upload? Yes, that limit stays the same. You are able to upload three tracks in a 30 day period.

• Can profiles be deleted? Yes, this is possible. If the artist you have registered as no longer exists for any reason please just request this through our contact pages. Please include your artist name and where possible, email from the email address registered to the account.

 Any other questions? Please feel free to leave a question below or contact us via the contact pages.

This will be the first in a series of changes we are looking to make to continue to improve the service we offer to unsigned and undiscovered artists. We will keep you updated on our progress through this blog through 2013 and beyond.


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  • Comment number 3.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 4.

    Could you listen to the 2 tracks i uploaded please

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Rich Tea, Can you please drop us a line through this page: https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/contact/

    Please include your artist name and the tracks you have uploaded and we will look into it for you.

  • Comment number 6.

    Disappointing that it will take around 6 months for my uploaded tracks "Vooma Shang-a Lang" to get a listen as Christmas songs aren't too popular in May!

  • Comment number 7.

    Cheers BBC! We really appreciate it :)

  • Comment number 8.

    I can fully understand why you wish to moderate the input of music. However it is sometimes very difficult for beginners in music to actually know which is their best music. How often has it been the B side of a record that is better than the A side. We as amateur music producers are completely biassed of course and we love all we produce, but our favourites are not necessarily the ones that are actually any good. It is really difficult to get your friends and colleagues to objectively comment to the music you produce. Generally they are a little embarrassed, and nearly always say it is good. How does that help? This is why is such a fantastic thing to have "music obsessed" BBC employees listening in to our submissions, knowing that if we have submitted a gem, we will be contacted. That's all we ask for. I have submitted music for over a year now, and nothing has been played. Therefore I know that the previous submissions were not good enough. The only slight gripe that I have in your posting is that the producers apparently only have to listen to one or two tracks to know what they want. How can they be sure that over a period of time the music doesn't improve, and be vastly different in quality. Please listen to all of our submissions, just in case you find the new Adele out there.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 10.

    All sounds fine to me. Please get around to listening to my tracks, I just uploaded 3 more! Tom payed an old song of mine many years ago under a different name. I'd be happy if anyone would want to play my new stuff. Thanks

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    As there's been plenty of one hit wonders, one song should be enough to form a fairly accurate judgement of an artists ability, trouble is, in the music biz, more often than not, you're being judged by people who know less about your Art than you do.

  • Comment number 13.

    Francis is unbelievably correct, the quality of a song cannot be predicted unless heard and how would we know which ones are more appealing to the listeners ears, what you should do is set up a system where the uploader can pick the listeners at the BBC and the lisetners should have a profile of what music they love to hear so we can throw the right tunes to the right person/audience. Also have you ever thought that many people have many different opinions, whereas Joe Bloggs at radio 1 does not like a tune that he hears Pete tong might love it. Create a more productive system because for me its a bit of a mystery box once I have uploaded.

  • Comment number 14.

    THANK you .

  • Comment number 15.

    I'm just grateful for the chance to be listened to!

  • Comment number 16.

    Cant wait to visit the BBC in January! I have you to thank!

  • Comment number 17.

    Thanks for the comments so far. We are reading them all and we will use some of the questions raised as we look to refresh our advice pages in 2013 too.

    Francis – Given the number of submissions we have to the Uploader, it isn’t possible for our presenters, producers and members of the listening panel to hear every track our artists make which is why we are making these changes. The Uploader is there so you can send us the material you'd want to hear played on the radio. It can't be a sounding board for any music you might not have full confidence in. Beyond your friends and family, why not test out your tracks at gigs or on YouTube, Facebook or your blog to see what initial reaction they get?
    We understand that an artist’s sound can move on and we are not discouraging uploaders from uploading newer and improved music, but this may mean deleting older unlistened-to tracks to make room on your profile.

    Ferixal – Our network of producers and presenters at local BBC Radio stations are always open-minded about the music that is submitted to them through the Uploader. If they feel that a track isn’t suitable for their show but could fit in with another show or network, they can pass it on for consideration.
    While it isn’t possible to create a system where the uploader can decide its audience, we are always looking at increasing the number of opportunities on national specialist shows for music uploaded to our local teams. Please see the blog post on Annie Nightingale as a recent example.

    If your comments concern tracks you are hoping to get heard, it might be better to email us. The details are on the contact page: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010j8y5/features/contact

  • Comment number 18.

    Thank you for listening!

  • Comment number 19.

    Got listens to 2 tracks by 3 people (I assume), and apparently if I don't hear back in 2 months then I should give up?
    I dunno if my stuff will be played on the BBC anyway, Ive had plays over in america tough.
    Hope a variety of music will be exposed cuz CREATIVITY is dying..

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi there! I am originally from wiltshire, but I am studying a degree in Music Production in Leeds, I was wondering how I might be able to upload my music so it could be listened to in Leeds as well as where I am originally from. I commented on the west Yorkshire facebook page and they said that it should be possible, but I can't find anything on how to make it happen. Not to worry if it's not a possibility but though it was worth an ask :) Hope you can help!

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  • Comment number 22.

    Some valid comments and reasons. However, that would rule out many eclectic artists. You'ld have missed Muse, Neil Young, Clapton, Bowie, Queen, all changed styles dramatically if you listen. Many of the greats re-invented themselves, some because they failed first time, such as, don't like that band Smile they'll come to nothing. Think carefully. Thank you.

  • Comment number 23.

    Hello I am expierencing this issue ive uploaded music since January 2012 and nothings been listened to
    tracks names include; Baby, here with me , and slowing down

  • Comment number 24.

    Thank you for promoting my music. There are a HUGE number of talented musicians in the UK but only a few facets for them to make themselves heard and this can only be done by having the right song available when the opportunity arises. I shall be keeping my top 3 songs updated.

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi there, will you be introducing classical music as well? I have a very mixed bag of progressive pop/blues and modern classical.

    Happy Christmas!



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