MEDIA SUPPORT FOR YOUR MUSIC

All the ways Nusic can help you are outlined in our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

You can find our Nusic Advice Guides here. The series gives you advice on topics ranging from managers to labels, law to media exposure.

We list radio DJs who are likely to play your music in our ‘Getting Your First Radio Play’ guide here.

‘Getting Your First Media Coverage’ lists loads of ways you can get exposure for your music in Notts, it can be found here.

Before Mr Zuckerberg implemented one of his really useful facebook updates that actually made it less useful, we used to have an extensive list of press contacts listed out in the discussion board feature of our fb group. The idea being every time we made a new contact or found out details of an important media contact we’d share them with you, no nepotistic only sharing with our mates malarky, we’d share with you, it would then be up to you whether you got off your sexy ass and took advantage. This page of nusic.org.uk is our attempt to bring that resource back.

Below we outline all the local media outlets that can help you, plus we then go on to have a decent go at outlining regional and national outlets. We try our best to give you the key info such as WHO to contact, HOW to contact them (this is very important, see HERE for why) and which outlets to prioritise (to give context, where possible we’ve included audience/social media numbers). For example there’s not much point in a local Metal band investing time in contacting CAPITAL FM.

Details updated and accurate as of 18:00 16/06/17.

LOCAL MEDIA (Regional and National are further down)

FM RADIO – Local (PS – if you’re looking for BBC Introducing, it’s in the Regional section).

You can find out more about strategies to get your first radio plays, in our Nusic Advice Guide here.

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM has 151 000 (RAJAR Q1 2017) people listen to the station for at least five minutes every week. Mark Dennsion (@MarkDennison) who hosts the mid-morning show has a long-running history of supporting local new music, including helping us start the New Music Podcast back in the Trent FM days. Verity Cowley (@VerityCowley) who hosts the Drivetime also started out back at BBC Introducing, so has a passion for new local music.

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM’S Sunday evening shows for the local Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities both play some local New Music, be it made by artists from their target community and/ or artists making music with an Asian or Afro-Caribbean influence. The address is BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU. The presenters are Kaval Vaseer (@kavalvaseer) and Jodi Law (@JodiLaw).

Quite a few BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM DJs are open to having local artists in as guests, you’ll need a ‘story’ to justify being on and if your story is charity related even better. Remember the BBC is a public service broadcaster with a duty to support the local community, make your story less about you and more about the community and you have a good chance of getting on. For example with an EP Launch, make it a charity fundraiser.

KEMET FM – Broadcasting on 97.5FM since 2007, KEMET is the only FM station in Nottingham that broadcasts local content 24/7. As a community station it doesn’t have official listener numbers but it has over 8800 fans on facebook and over 5300 followers on twitter, so it appears decent numbers are listening. Nearly all KEMET’s specialist shows (those on after 7pm) play some local music, they put local artists on their daytime playlist too and have local artists in for interviews. The station does NOT play all genres though, it’s Ofcom license is to “serve the needs of the African and Caribbean communities of Nottingham and surrounding areas”, you won’t hear much Punk Rock on KEMET. All the station’s key contact details are HERE.

The radio DJs below have shown a keen interest into helping promote Nottingham musicians and events…

– Jackie P the host of the breakfast show is a big supporter of local music, to send her your music. She does not use Twitter, so drop a radio friendly tune to jackeyp@hotmail.co.uk and make sure the subject line includes “local talent”.

– Tony Bates – Every Monday and Friday, 8-9am, Tony gives a rundown of loads of cool things going off in Notts each week with breakfast host Jackie P. As a breakfast show slot there should be a lot of people listening. Tweet him at @Babblingbates.

– Rastarella – Every Tuesday between 11-12pm Rastarella talks about everything cultural/free or very cheap (under £10) that is happening over the next seven days in Notts. Tweet her at @Rastarella.

– And a reminder once again to check out the specialist djs in your genre, DJs like Naughty Raver often do Notts Music specials.

MANSFIELD 103.2FM – Serving Mansfield (31,000 listeners – RAJAR Q1 2017) and surrounding areas 103.2 is not exactly cutting edge musically, but it is very strongly focused on local content so that is your ‘in’ with this station, particularly if you are from Mansfield, Ashfield or Bolsover and have an angle. More details HERE.

TV – Local

NOTTS TV – As the name might suggest, Notts TV is a TV station completely focussed on Nottingham. Research by a third party commissioned by the station showed 300,000 people watch the station at least once a each week. In terms of opportunities for musicians, there are two that stand out…

Noise Floor – Notts TV’s New Music Show. Noise Floor is currently not making new shows. However, special one off episodes of the programme can be made and past episodes are repeated on Notts TV on pretty much every day of the week. The show plays tracks from local acts and national artists. Check out Nusic FAQ No. 40  for more info – nusic.org.uk/faq

Notts Tonight – (Previously called The 6:30 Show) Notts TV’s daily news show presented by Iain Chambers (@IainChambersTV) and Kate Chaplin (@KateChaplinTV). If you have a news angle, you could get on the show any day of the week. But the money shot is every Friday where the show features an interview and acoustic performance with a local artist. Email producer Bobbie Hall (@BobbieHallTV) here, bobbie.hall@nottstv.com.

Notts TV is found on Channel Freeview 7, Virgin 159, Sky 117 and on demand HERE

PRESS – LOCAL

LEFTLION – 50,000 (estimated) people read each copy of LEFTLION which is released monthly. LEFTLION review AND interview local musicians in every issue, they also do podcasts (more on those below). To get LEFTLION coverage check this link which fully lays out the ways to get LEFTLION love.

The best way to contact the LEFTLION music team is via Twitter (@leftlionmusic) or email (music@leftlion.co.uk).

ALSO, on a LeftLion note, every Sunday they publish a ‘XX things to do in Nottingham this week’ article online, where they… well, big up all the great events going off in Notts during that week. If you make the team aware of your gig, then you stand a chance of being featured, especially if it’s a bit different. More details on LL media coverage HERE.

NOTTINGHAM POST – The Nottingham Post sells around 18,000 copies every day according to the most recent circulation figures (Circulation Jul 2016). There are two lead contacts for music coverage, EG Editor Simon Wilson (@EG_Editor) and Rachel Gorman (@RaeGormo)

There’s a lot of peeps who write freelance for the Post. Make sure to look out for reviews of artists that are similar to you, and then get in touch with the writers. Three writers to look out for broadly covering specific genres are Nick Parkhouse [@nickparkhouse] (Pop), Phil Viles [@StageTimesUK] (Alternative) and Kevin Cooper.

Various local town papers across Nottinghamshire such as Mansfield Chad, Newark Advertiser plus more (you probably know more about these than we do) also write about musicians relevant to their immediate locality. Here are a few of the ones we know about:

  • (The) Chad covers Mansfield / Ashfield / Ollerton
  • Newark Advertiser (they also do smaller versions of this – there is a Southwell Advertiser for example)
  • Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser
  • Beeston Express
  • Retford Guardian
  • Worksop Guardian
  • West Bridgford Wire

STUDENT PRESS

Their formats change every Autumn so as yet we do not know their intentions but Nottingham’s two University ‘papers’ IMPACT(@ImpactMagazine) and PLATFORM (@PlatformOnline) have in recent years given local artists coverage. Indeed, with the current success of recent graduates London Grammar, Childhood and AMBER RUN, we’d expect media outlets at NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY to be focusing on local music more and more. Especially THE MIC, NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY’s music only mag.

Student Press Contacts

Due to the general nature of student magazines, the Editors are ever changing and the 2017-18 editors have not yet been released, meaning we do not have the personal contact details. Instead here are the emails of the Editor-in-Chief and, where possible, the music editor.

– IMPACT –  editorinchief@impactnottingham.com / music@impactnottingham.com

– PLATFORM – PlatformOnlineNotts@gmail.com

– THE MIC –    themicmag@gmail.com

PRESS – REGIONAL

THE METRO is a daily national newspaper that features some regional content. Your best bet is to email life.arts@ukmetro.co.uk

SIXTYNINE DEGREEES MAGAZINE – Local and regional mags come and go but 69 has stood the test of time publishing six times a year across the midlands since 1999. Traditionally its music coverage has been mainly focused on big names but if you get them drunk enough who knows? As well as being on facebook (4,700 fans) and twitter (@69mag – 6,500 followers) you can email them at info@sixtynine-ltd.co.uk and they still use something called a phone – 0116 262 0728. They have in the last twelve months taken a noticeably higher interest in up and coming artists, particularly from the region.

ONLINE RADIO

LEFTLION PODCASTS

– PODDINGHAM

– SOUND OF THE LION

Two of the longest running ‘exclusively’ Nottingham online radio shows having both started in October 2008, both in podcast form. SOUND OF THE LION comes out in conjunction with each issue of the physical LEFTLION and normally plays tracks from the mag’s review section. PODDINGHAM is a little more freestyle in its regularity and tends to reflect the current musical passions of its creator Poddingham Paul (@Poddingham_Paul) . LEFTLION has over 20,000 fans on facebook and over 30,000 followers on twitter. Music send-in deets HERE.

NGENIOUS – An online radio show with no presenters. Ngenious simply streams non-stop Nottingham music, all day, everyday, and can be listened to HERE. If you would like to be played on the station, send a “decent quality mp3” to music@ngeniousradio.co.uk.

NG:DIGITAL – An online radio station with shows that heavily feature Nottingham artists and covers local events. Headed up by Jason Loftus and Darren Patterson, you’ll often see them down at gigs, streaming them out on the interwebs. A list of their upcoming shows can be found HERE.

  • A series of shows on NG:Digital, from the Nottingham Live family, are heavily Notts based. Nottingham Live airs 7pm on the first Monday of every month, and features live tunes and interviews with Notts artists. The second Monday is dedicated to live recordings from The Kimberley Sessions. The fourth (read below for the third) is NLX – a roundup of all the best Notts of the month. To contact them about any of these shows – send him good quality, tagged mp3s to music@nottslive.co.uk
  • The third Monday of the month is NottsBeats – a show dedicated to Notts Electronic and Hip-hop, presented by John Bolstridge. To feature, send your tunes to nottinghambeats@gmail.com

ROOTS RADIO – An online radio station, which features just the local and unsigned artists from around these parts. You can listen to, and contact Roots via their website which is HERE.

STUDENT RADIO – Nottingham’s two University stations URN (@urn1350 – 3364 followers) and FLY (@FLY_FM – 4821 followers) normally have shows that play a high a high percentage of local music, if it’s not entirely local. In fact, this is where Nusic started (radio wise) back in January 2008. During the term, live locally relevant content is broadcast nearly 24/7. You can find all of URN’s shows and presenters HERE. FLY actually have a local spotlight on their playlist, an example of which can be seen HERE.

Under The RadarURN has one specific show that plays plenty of up and coming Notts music. This show was Nusic back in 2008. Broadcast at 7pm every Thursday. You can find out more about them HERE.

In addition New College Nottingham and the YMCA both have student stations. NCN has a decent website around their station –http://www.radioncn.co.uk/, the YMCAs is a little more ‘concentrated’ shall we say – http://www.ymcadigital.com/

FM RADIO – Regional

EAST MIDS BBC INTRODUCING (Regional) – Saturday night from 8pm on BBC Radio Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Lincoln. This means you’re competing against musicians from across the East Mids to get on the show, but if you do get on you get FM exposure across the whole region. All filmed sessions go up on on their successful YouTube Channel where sessions normally hit at least 50 000+ views within a fortnight. In addition if you sound quite ‘accessible’ you may get played between 6pm and 8pm on The Beat.  Both shows are presented by Dean Jackson (@DeanJacksonDJ). The best way to send your music into BBC INTRODUCING is via the BBC Uploader HERE .

If you do not have internet access we’re not quite sure how you are reading this (!) but the physical address is – BBC Introducing, BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU.

Regional stations CAPITAL FM, SMOOTH and GEM all use centralised playlists and so don’t play local music, in fact Capital and Smooth are both ‘scheduled’ (musically) in London. GEM, as an East Midlands only station, may in very rare circumstances give a local track a one-off spin, normally in some kind of charity context.

KEY CONTACT DETAILS

LOCAL WEBSITES

LEFTLION – The most popular (in terms of traffic – 200,000 monthly page views) music related website in Nottingham. That link (again) is: http://www.leftlion.co.uk/sendusmusic

NOTTINGHAM LIVE – Nottingham LIVE (@NottinghamLive – 6119 followers) is an online magazine dedicated to promoting live entertainment in Nottingham. On the website they review Nottingham music releases, upcoming gigs and similar articles. Their contact email is darren@nottinghamlive.co.uk

NUSIC – Erm, yeah, you may have gathered we exist to help Notts musicians. We do sessions, podcasts, advice videos and more, all with the intent of helping get your music out there. We have over 10,000 FB fans, and 6,800 Twitter followers. All the ways we can do that are here – www.nusic.org.uk/faq.

STUDENT TV

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY – NSTV – (@nstvofficial – 1944 Followers) They don’t seem to be up and running online at the minute (the website is constantly down), however once they are live, we imagine they will cover Nottingham music to some extent.

NOTTINGHAM TRENT – TRENT TV (@Trent_TV – 3013 Followers) – http://www.trent-tv.com/ – TRENT TV covers lots of content all around the city, and also have access to the Notts TV Studios. Whilst it is not their priority, they do cover a fair bit of Nottingham music across their shows.

NATIONAL WEBSITES (that have Nottingham correspondents)

DROWNED IN SOUND

DiS (@DrownedinSound – 96,337 followers) now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Dom Gourlay (@domlikesrabbits) is based here too. Dom gets sent a gazillion demos a week so only send when you’re sure you’re ready, in fact listen to his tips directly HERE

NME

One of NME’s (@NME) senior news reporters Andrew Trendell (@AndrewTrendell) is a NTU uni grad and previously worked for LeftLion.

STRATEGY/ TIPS

Some general tips below. Spend an eve watching all the Advice PDF’s and videos HERE.

– Lots of tips and advice direct from experts HERE

– Focus on the small ones first, then build to the bigger and finally the nationals

– Send the way the outlet wants to receive, Consistent, Friendly, Persistence.

– Listen / read the output you’re contacting and then reference that. ‘Hey Dom loved your review on the Hookworms EP, I went out and bought it straight away and now can’t stop listening. As you like that track XXX thought you might like this… All feedback appreciated positive or negative.’

What about so and so? Local Things that have recently shut down/aren’t happening anymore…

  • The Sound of Nottingham is not broadcasting anymore.
  • Nottingham Lace is not broadcasting any more.
  • Trent Sound seems to have ceased broadcasting local music.
  • Mike Atkinson (@Mikeatd) has now retired, and whilst you’ll still find him writing the odd review for Leftlion, he isn’t living in Nottingham anymore. Hence nottinghammusic.com has been mothballed.

If you think we’ve missed anyone of significance that can help Notts musicians, please email us on nusic@leftlion.co.uk.

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16/17 Version

All the ways Nusic can help you are outlined in our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

Before Mr Zuckerberg implemented one of his really useful facebook updates that actually made it less useful, we used to have an extensive list of press contacts listed out in the discussion board feature of our fb group. The idea being every time we made a new contact or found out details of an important media contact we’d share them with you, no nepotistic only sharing with our mates malarky, we’d share with you, it would then be up to you whether you got off your sexy ass and took advantage. This page of nusic.org.uk is our attempt to bring that resource back.

Below we outline all the local media outlets that can help you, plus we then go on to have a decent go at outlining regional and national outlets. We try our best to give you the key info such as WHO to contact, HOW to contact them (this is very important, see HERE for why) and which outlets to prioritise (to give context, where possible we’ve included audience/social media numbers). For example there’s not much point in a local Metal band investing time in contacting CAPITAL FM.

Details updated and accurate as of 18:00 01/10/16.

LOCAL MEDIA (Regional and National are further down)

FM RADIO – Local (PS – if you’re looking for BBC Introducing, it’s in the Regional section).

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM has 163 000 (RAJAR June 2016) people listen to the station for at least five minutes every week. Mark Dennsion (@MarkDennison) who hosts the breakfast show has a long-running history of supporting local new music, including helping us start the New Music Podcast back in the Trent FM days. Verity Cowley (@VerityCowley) who hosts the Drivetime also started out back at BBC Introducing, so has a passion for new local music.

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM’S Sunday evening shows for the local Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities both play some local New Music, be it made by artists from their target community and/ or artists making music with an Asian or Afro-Caribbean influence. The address is BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU. The presenters are Kaval Vaseer (@kavalvaseer) and Jodi Law (@JodiLaw).

Quite a few BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM DJs are open to having local artists in as guests, you’ll need a ‘story’ to justify being on and if your story is charity related even better. Remember the BBC is a public service broadcaster with a duty to support the local community, make your story less about you and more about the community and you have a good chance of getting on. For example with an EP Launch, make it a charity fundraiser.

KEMET FM – Broadcasting on 97.5FM since 2007, KEMET is the only FM station in Nottingham that broadcasts local content 24/7. As a community station it doesn’t have official listener numbers but it has over 8600 fans on facebook and over 5100 followers on twitter, so it appears decent numbers are listening. Nearly all KEMET’s specialist shows (those on after 7pm) play some local music, they put local artists on their daytime playlist too and have local artists in for interviews. The station does NOT play all genres though, it’s Ofcom license is to “serve the needs of the African and Caribbean communities of Nottingham and surrounding areas”, you won’t hear much Punk Rock on KEMET. All the station’s key contact details are HERE.

The radio DJs below have shown a keen interest into helping promote Nottingham musicians and events…

– Jackie P the host of the breakfast show is a big supporter of local music, to send her your music. She does not use Twitter, so drop a radio friendly tune to music@kemet75fm.com and make sure the subject line includes “local talent”.

– Tony Bates – Every Monday at 8:25AM, Tony gives a rundown of loads of cool things going off in Notts each week with breakfast host Jackie P. As a breakfast show slot there should be a lot of people listening. Tweet him at @Babblingbates.

– Rasteralla – Every Tuesday between 11-12pm Rastarella talks about everything cultural/free or very cheap (under £10) that is happening over the next seven days in Notts. Tweet her at @Rastarella.

– And a reminder once again to check out the specialist djs in your genre, DJs like Naughty Raver often do Notts Music specials.

MANSFIELD 103.2FM – Serving Mansfield (28000 listeners – RAJAR 2016) and surrounding areas 103.2 is not exactly cutting edge musically, but it is very strongly focused on local content so that is your ‘in’ with this station, particularly if you are from Mansfield, Ashfield or Bolsover. More details HERE.

TV – Local

NOTTS TV – As the name might suggest, Notts TV is a TV station completely focussed on Nottingham. Research by a third party commissioned by the station showed 300,000 people watch the station at least once a each week. In terms of opportunities for musicians, there are two that stand out..

Noise FloorNotts TV’s New Music Show. Noise Floor is not currently making new series. However, special episodes of the programme are often made and past episodes are repeated on Notts TV on pretty much every day of the week. The show plays tracks from local acts and nationally relevant artists. Check out the Nusic FAQs for more info – nusic.org.uk/faq

Notts TV News – Everyday, Notts TV has a news show that focuses on all the things that have gone off around Nottingham during the day. The news team is wide and varied – Nicola Beswick (@Bez_Nottstv) has stood out as the journalist currently most interested in the local music scene. Notts TV is found on Channel Freeview 7, Virgin 159, Sky 117 and on demand HERE

PRESS – LOCAL

LEFTLION – 50,000 (estimated) people read each copy of LEFTLION which is released monthly. LEFTLION review AND interview local musicians in every issue, they also do podcasts (more on those below). To get LEFTLION coverage check this link which fully lays out the ways to get LEFTLION love.

The best way to contact the LEFTLION music team is via Twitter (@leftlionmusic) or email (music@leftlion.co.uk).

ALSO, on a LeftLion note, every Sunday they publish a “Pick Of The Week” article online, where they big up all the great events going off in Notts during the week. If you make the team aware of your gig, then you stand a chance of being featured, especially if it’s a bit different.

NOTTINGHAM POST – The Nottingham Post sells around 18,000 copies every day according to the most recent circulation figures (Circulation Jul 2016). There are two lead contacts for music coverage, EG Editor Simon Wilson (@EG_Editor) and Rachel Gorman (@RarGormo)

There’s a lot of peeps who write freelance for the Post. Make sure to look out for reviews of artists that are similar to you, and then get in touch with the authors! Three writerse to look out for broadly covering specific genres are Nick Parkhouse [@nickparkhouse] (Pop), Phil Viles [@StageTimesUK] (Alternative) and Ben Jolley (Electronic)

Various local town papers across Nottinghamshire such as Mansfield Chad, Newark Advertiser plus more (you probably know more about these than we do) also write about musicians relevant to their immediate locality.

 

STUDENT PRESS

Their formats change every Autumn so as yet we do not know their intentions but Nottingham’s two University ‘papers’ IMPACT (@ImpactMagazine) and PLATFORM (@PlatformOnline) have in recent years given local artists coverage. Indeed, with the current success of recent graduates London Grammar, Childhood and AMBER RUN, we’d expect media outlets at NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY to be focusing on local music more and more. Especially THE MIC, NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY’s music only mag.

Student Press Contacts

Due to the general nature of student magazines, the Editors are ever changing and the 2016-17 editors have not yet been released, meaning we do not have the personal contact details. Instead here are the emails of the Editor-in-Chief and, where possible, the music editor.

IMPACT –   editorinchief@impactnottingham.com / music@impactnottingham.com

Music Editors: Josh Ogunmokun

Deputy Music Editor: Maddy Hay

music@impactnottingham.com

editorinchief@impactnottingham.com

PLATFORM – PlatformOnlineNotts@gmail.com

THE MIC –    themic@themicmagazine.co.uk

 

PRESS – REGIONAL

THE METRO is a daily national newspaper that features some regional content. In the East Midlands the music content is provided by Simon Wilson from the Nottingham Post, his details are above.

69 MAGAZINE – Local and regional mags come and go but 69 has stood the test of time publishing six times a year across the midlands since 1999. Traditionally its music coverage has been mainly focused on big names but if you get them drunk enough who knows? As well as being on facebook (4,000 fans) and twitter 69MAGAZINE (4,500 followers) they still use something called a phone – 0116 262 0728. They have in the last twelve months taken a noticeably higher interest in up and coming artists, particularly from the region.

 

ONLINE RADIO

LEFTLION PODCASTS

– PODDINGHAM

– SOUND OF THE LION

Two of the longest running ‘exclusively’ Nottingham online radio shows having both started in October 2008, both in podcast form. SOUND OF THE LION comes out in conjunction with each issue of the physical LEFTLION and normally plays tracks from the mag’s review section. PODDINGHAM is a little more freestyle in its regularity and tends to reflect the current musical passions of its creator Poddingham Paul (@Poddingham_Paul) . LEFTLION has over 12,000 fans on facebook and over 30,000 followers on twitter. Music send-in deets HERE.

NGENIOUS – An online radio show with no presenters. Ngenious simply streams non-stop Nottingham music, all day, everyday, and can be listened to HERE. If you would like to be played on the station, send a “decent quality mp3” to music@ngeniousradio.co.uk.

NG:DIGITAL – An online radio station with shows that heavily feature Nottingham artists and covers local events. Headed up by Jason Loftus and Darren Patterson, you’ll often see them down at gigs, streaming them out on the interwebs. A list of their upcoming shows can be found HERE

  • A series of shows on NG:Digital, from the Nottingham Live family, are heavily Notts basrf. Nottingham Live airs 7pm on the first Monday of every month, and features live tunes and interviews with Notts artists. The second Monday is dedicated to live recordings from The Kimberley Sessions. The fourth (read below for the third) is NLX – a roundup of all the best Notts of the month. To contact them about any of these shows – send him good quality, tagged mp3s to music@nottslive.co.uk
  • The third Monday of the month is NottsBeats – a show dedicated to Notts Electronic and Hip-hop, presented by John Bolstridge. To feature, send your tunes to nottinghambeats@gmail.com

ROOTS RADIO – An online radio station, which features just the local and unsigned artists from around these parts. You can listen to, and contact Roots via their website which is HERE.

STUDENT RADIO – Nottingham’s two University stations URN (@urn1350 – 3052 followers) and FLY (@FLY_FM – 4003 followers) normally have shows that play a high a high percentage of local music, if it’s not entirely local. In fact, this is where Nusic started radio wise back in January 2008. During the term, live locally relevant content is broadcast nearly 24/7. You can find all of URN’s shows and presenters HERE. FLY actually have a local spotlight on their playlist, and example of which can be seen HERE.

Under The RadarURN has one specific show that plays plenty of up and coming Notts music. This show was Nusic back in 2008. Broadcast at 7pm every Thursday. You can find out more about them HERE.

In addition New College Nottingham and the YMCA both have student stations. NCN has a decent website around their station –http://www.radioncn.co.uk/, the YMCAs is a little more ‘concentrated’ shall we say – http://www.ymcadigital.com/

 

FM RADIO – Regional

EAST MIDS BBC INTRODUCING (Regional) – Saturday night from 8pm on BBC Radio Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Lincoln. This means you’re competing against musicians from across the East Mids to get on the show, but if you do get on you get FM exposure across the whole region. All filmed sessions go up on on their successful YouTube Channel where sessions normally hit at least 50 000+ views within a fortnight. In addition if you sound quite ‘accessible’ you may get played between 6pm and 8pm on The Beat.  Both shows are presented by Dean Jackson. The best way to send your music into BBC INTRODUCING is via the BBC Uploader HERE .

If you do not have internet access we’re not quite sure how you are reading this (!) but the physical address is – BBC Introducing, BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU.

Regional stations CAPITAL FM, SMOOTH and GEM all use centralised playlists and so don’t play local music, in fact Capital and Smooth are both ‘scheduled’ (musically) in London. GEM, as an East Midlands only station, may in very rare circumstances give a local track a one-off spin, normally in some kind of charity context.

KEY CONTACT DETAILS

GEM Public File – http://www.gem106.co.uk/public-file/

CAPITAL EAST MIDLANDS Public File – http://www.capitalfm.com/eastmids/public-file/

SMOOTH EAST MIDLANDS Public File – http://www.smoothradio.com/public-file/eastmids/

 

LOCAL WEBSITES

LEFTLION – The most popular (in terms of traffic – 200,000 monthly page views) music related website in Nottingham. That link (again) is: http://www.leftlion.co.uk/sendusmusic

NOTTINGHAM LIVE – Nottingham LIVE (@NottinghamLive – 4770 followers) is an online magazine dedicated to promoting live entertainment in Nottingham. On the website they review Nottingham music releases, upcoming gigs and similar articles. Their contact email is darren@nottinghamlive.co.uk

NUSIC – Erm, yeah, you may have gathered we exist to help Notts musicians. We do sessions, podcasts, editorial and more, all with the intent of helping get your music out there. We have over 11000 FB fans, and 5500 Twitter followers. All the ways we can do that are here – www.nusic.org.uk/faq. 

ONLINE SESSION HOSTS

There are a number of local online session hosts who focus on local artists (or at least feature them heavily) although their regularity does vary, including:

Acoustic Rooms @Acoustic_Rooms – 479 followers

Flarex Media @FlarexMedia – 414 followers

NG64 @NG64Bars – 217 Followers

Phlexx@PhlexxUpdates – 245 followers

The Proc-Cast – @TheProcCast – 519 followers

Waiit Unsigned @WAITTUnsigned – 776 Followers

 

STUDENT TV

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY – NSTV – (@nstvofficial 1845 Followers) They don’t seem to be up and running online at the minute (the website is constantly down), however once they are live, we imagine they will cover Nottingham music to some extent.

NOTTINGHAM TRENT – TRENT TV (@Trent_TV 2826 Followers) – http://www.trent-tv.com/ – TRENT TV covers lots of content all around the city, and also have access to the Notts TV Studios. Whilst it is not their priority, they do cover a fair bit of Nottingham music across their shows.

 

NATIONAL WEBSITES (that have Nottingham correspondents)

DROWNED IN SOUND

DROWNED IN SOUND (@DrownedinSound – 84,837 followers) now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Dom Gourlay (@domlikesrabbits) is based here too. Dom gets sent a gazillion demos a week so only send when you’re sure you’re ready, in fact listen to his tips directly HERE

ARTROCKER

ARTROCKER (@ArtrockerTV) now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Stephen Murphy (@NHSMonkeyBoy) is based in Nottingham too. As with Dom above Stephen is writing for National audiences (he writes for @LouderThanWar too) and as such will not necessarily adopt the ‘everything is amazing’ approach we at Nusic take, again only send your demo when you know it’s ready.

 

STRATEGY/ TIPS

– Lots of tips and advice direct from experts HERE

– Focus on the small ones first, then build to the bigger and finally the nationals

Send the way the outlet wants to receive, Consistent, Friendly, Persistence.

– Listen / read the output you’re contacting and then reference that. ‘Hey Dom loved your review on the Hookworms EP, I went out and bought it straight away and now can’t stop listening. As you like that track XXX thought you might like this… All feedback appreciated positive or negative.’

 

What about so and so? Local Things that have recently shut down/aren’t happening anymore…

The Sound of Nottingham is not broadcasting anymore.

Nottingham Lace is not broadcasting any more.

Trent Sound seems to have ceased broadcasting local music.

Mike Atkinson (@Mikeatd) has now retired, and whilst you’ll still find him writing the odd review for Leftlion, he isn’t living in Nottingham anymore. Hence nottinghammusic.com has been mothballed.

Reya El-Salahi no longer presents the sunday evening Afro-Caribbean show on BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM she has been replaced by Jodi Law (@JodiLaw).

If you think we’ve missed anyone of significance that can help Notts musicians, please email us on nusic@leftlion.co.uk.

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Details accurate as of 1800 15/09/15

LOCAL MEDIA (Regional and National are further down)

FM RADIO – Local

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM has 151 000 (RAJAR June 2015) people listen to the station for at least five minutes every week. Mark Dennsion (@MarkDennison) has a long-running history of supporting local new music, including helping us start the New Music Podcast back in the Trent FM days. Verity Cowley (@VerityCowley) also started out back at BBC Introducing, so has a passion for new local music.

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM’S Sunday evening shows for the local Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities both play some local New Music, be it made by artists from their target community and/ or artists making music with an Asian or Afro-Caribbean influence. The address is BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU. The presenters are Dhamaka (@Dhamaka) and Jodi Law (@JodiLaw).

Quite a few BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM DJs are open to having local artists in as guests, you’ll need a ‘story’ to justify being on and if your story is charity related even better. Remember the BBC is a public service broadcaster with a duty to support the local community, make your story less about you and more about the community and you have a good chance of getting on. For example with an EP Launch, make it a charity fundraiser.

KEMET FM – Broadcasting on 97.5FM since 2007, KEMET is the only FM station in Nottingham that broadcasts local content 24/7. As a community station it doesn’t have official listener numbers but it has over 8000 fans on facebook and over 4,500 followers on twitter, so it appears decent numbers are listening. Nearly all KEMET’s specialist shows (those on after 7pm) play some local music, they put local artists on their daytime playlist too and have local artists in for interviews. The station does NOT play all genres though, it’s Ofcom license is to “serve the needs of the African and Caribbean communities of Nottingham and surrounding areas”, you won’t hear much Punk Rock on KEMET. All the station’s key contact details are HERE.

The radio DJs below have shown a keen interest into helping promote Nottingham musicians and events…

– Jackie P the host of the breakfast show is a big supporter of local music, to send her your music, drop a radio friendly tune to music@kemet75fm.com and make sure the subject line includes “local talent”

– Tony Bates – Every Monday at 8:25AM, Tony gives a rundown of loads of cool things going off in Notts each week with breakfast host Jackie P. As a breakfast show slot there should be a lot of people listening.

– Rasteralla – Every Tuesday between 11-12pm Rastarella talks about everything cultural/free or very cheap (under £10) that is happening over the next seven days in Notts.

– And a reminder once again to check out the specialist djs in your genre, DJs like Naughty Raver often do Notts Music specials.

MANSFIELD 103.2FM – Serving Mansfield (41,000 listeners – RAJAR 2015) and surrounding areas 103.2 is not exactly cutting edge musically, but it is very strongly focused on local content so that is your ‘in’ with this station, particularly if you are from Mansfield, Ashfield or Bolsover. More details HERE.

TV – Local

NOTTS TV – As the name might suggest, Notts TV is a TV station completely focussed on Nottingham. Research by a third party commissioned by the station showed 209,000 people watch the station at least once a each week. In terms of opportunities for musicians, there are two that stand out..

Noise Floor – Notts TV’s Royal Television Society Nominated New Music show. Broadcast every Sunday at 8:30pm and repeated throughout the week. The show plays tracks from local acts and nationally relevant artists. If you would like to have your video considered for the show, see the Nusic FAQs – nusic.org.uk/faq

Notts TV News – Everyday, Notts TV has a news show that focuses on all the things that have gone off around Nottingham during the day. The news team is wide and varied, Nicola Beswick (@Bez_Nottstv) has stood out as the journalist currently most interested in the local music scene. She is on the 630 Show on Fridays, and has musicians on the sofa to end the show.

Notts TV is found on Channel Freeview 8, Virgin 159, Sky 117 and on demand HERE

PRESS – LOCAL

LEFTLION – 50,000 people read each copy of LEFTLION (which now, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, comes out every month). LEFTLION review AND interview local musicians in every issue, they also do podcasts (more on those below). To get LEFTLION coverage check this link which fully lays out the ways to get LEFTLION love.

The best way to contact the LEFTLION music team is via Twitter (@leftlionmusic) or email (music@leftlion.co.uk)

ALSO, on a LeftLion note, every Sunday they publish a “Pick Of The Week” article online, where they big up all the great events going off in Notts during the week. If you make the team aware of your gig, then you stand a chance of being featured, especially if it’s a bit different.

NOTTINGHAM POST – The NOTTINGHAM POST sells around 35000 copies every day (Circulation August 2015). Rachel Gorman is the lead contact at the Post for all music related coverage. She can be contacted at @RaeGormo. The EG Editor, Simon Wilson can also be contacted on @EG Editor .

There’s a lot of peeps who write freelance for the Post. Make sure to look out for reviews of artists that are similar to you, and then get in touch with the authors! Three writers to look out for broadly covering specific genres are Nick Parkhouse [@nickparkhouse] (Pop), Phil Viles [@StageTimesUK] (Alternative) and Ben Jolley (Electronic)

Various local town papers across Nottinghamshire such as Mansfield Chad, Newark Advertiser plus more (you probably know more about these than we do) also write about musicians relevant to their immediate locality.

STUDENT PRESS – Their formats change every Autumn so as yet we do not know their intentions but Nottingham’s two University ‘papers’ IMPACT (@ImpactMagazine) and PLATFORM (@PlatformOnline) have in recent years given local artists coverage. Indeed, with the current success of recent graduates London GrammarChildhood and AMBER RUNwe’d expect media outlets at NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY to be focusing on local music more and more. Especially THE MIC, NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY’s music only mag.

Student Press Contacts

Due to the general nature of student magazines, the Editors are ever changing and the 2015-16 editors have not yet been released, meaning we do not have the personal contact details. Instead here are the emails of the Editor-in-Chief and, where possible, the music editor.

IMPACT –   editorinchief@impactnottingham.com / music@impactnottingham.com

PLATFORM – PlatformOnlineNotts@gmail.com

THE MIC –    themic@themicmagazine.co.uk

PRESS – REGIONAL

THE METRO is a daily national newspaper that features some regional content. In the East Midlands the music content is provided by Simon Wilson from the Nottingham Post, his details are above.

69 MAGAZINE – Local and regional mags come and go but 69 has stood the test of time publishing six times a year across the midlands since 1999. Traditionally its music coverage has been mainly focused on big names but if you get them drunk enough who knows? As well as being on facebook (4,000 fans) and twitter 69 (4,500 followers) they still use something called a phone – 0116 262 0728. They have in the last twelve months taken a noticeably higher interest in up and coming artists, particularly from the region.

ONLINE RADIO

LEFTLION PODCASTS – Poddingham and Sound of The Lion – Two of the longest running ‘exclusively’ Nottingham online radio shows having both started in October 2008, both in podcast form. SOUND OF THE LION comes out in conjunction with each issue of the physical LEFTLION and normally plays tracks from the mag’s review section. PODDINGHAM is a little more freestyle in its regularity and tends to reflect the current musical passions of its creator Poddingham Paul (@Poddingham_Paul) . 

Music send-in deets HERE.

NGENIOUS – An online radio show with no presenters. Ngenious simply streams non-stop Nottingham music, all day, everyday, and can be listened to HERE. If you would like to be played on the station, send a “decent quality mp3” to music@ngeniousradio.co.uk.

NG:DIGITAL – An online radio station with shows that heavily feature Nottingham artists and covers local events. Headed up by Jason Loftus and Darren Patterson, you’ll often see them down at gigs, streaming them out on the interwebs. A list of their upcoming shows can be found HERE.

STUDENT RADIO – Nottingham’s two University stations URN (@urn1350 – 2726 followers) and FLY (@FLY_FM – 3280 followers) normally have shows that play a high a high percentage of local music, if it’s not entirely local. In fact, this is where Nusic started radio wise back in January 2008. During the term, live locally relevant content is broadcast nearly 24/7. You can find all of URN’s shows and presenters HERE. FLY actually have a local spotlight on their playlist, and example of which can be seen HERE.

Under The RadarURN has one specific show that plays plenty of up and coming Notts music. This show was Nusic back in 2008. Broadcast at 7pm every Thursday. You can find out more about them HERE.

In addition New College Nottingham and the YMCA both have student stations. NCN has a decent website around their station –http://www.radioncn.co.uk/, the YMCAs is a little more ‘concentrated’ shall we say – http://www.ymcadigital.com/

FM RADIO – Regional

EAST MIDS BBC INTRODUCING (Regional) – Saturday night from 8pm on BBC Radio Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Lincoln. This means you’re competing against musicians from across the East Mids to get on the show, but if you do get on you get FM exposure across the whole region. All filmed sessions go up on on their successful YouTube Channel where sessions normally hit at least 50 000+ views within a fortnight. In addition if you sound quite ‘accessible’ you may get played between 6pm and 8pm on The Beat.  Both shows are presented by Dean Jackson.

The best way to send your music into BBC INTRODUCING is via the BBC Uploader HERE .

If you do not have internet access we’re not quite sure how you are reading this (!) but the physical address is – BBC Introducing, BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU.

Regional stations CAPITAL FM, SMOOTH and GEM all use centralised playlists and so don’t play local music, in fact Capital and Smooth are both ‘scheduled’ (musically) in London. GEM, as an East Midlands only station, may in very rare circumstances give a local track a one-off spin, normally in some kind of charity context.

KEY CONTACT DETAILS

GEM Public File – http://www.gem106.co.uk/public-file/

CAPITAL EAST MIDLANDS Public File – http://www.capitalfm.com/eastmids/public-file/

SMOOTH EAST MIDLANDS Public File – http://www.smoothradio.com/public-file/eastmids/

LOCAL WEBSITES

LEFTLION – The most popular (in terms of traffic – 200,000 monthly page views) music related website in Nottingham. That link (again) is: http://www.leftlion.co.uk/sendusmusic

NOTTINGHAM LIVE – Nottingham LIVE (@NottinghamLive – 4770 followers) is an online magazine dedicated to promoting live entertainment in Nottingham. On the website they review Nottingham music releases, upcoming gigs and similar articles. Their contact email is darren@nottinghamlive.co.uk

ONLINE SESSION HOSTS

There are a number of local online session hosts who focus on local artists (or at least feature them heavily) although their regularity does vary, including:

Acoustic Rooms @Acoustic_Rooms – 479 followers

Flarex Media @FlarexMedia – 414 followers

NG64 @NG64Bars – 217 Followers

Phlexx@PhlexxUpdates

Waiit Unsigned @WAITTUnsigned – 776 Followers

STUDENT TV

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY – NUTS – They don’t seem to be up and running online at the minute (the website is constantly down), however once they are live, we imagine they will cover Nottingham music to some extent.

NOTTINGHAM TRENT – TRENT TV (@Trent_TV – 2675 Followers) – http://www.trent-tv.com/ – TRENT TV covers lots of content all around the city, and also have access to the Notts TV Studios. Whilst it is not their priority, they do cover a fair bit of Nottingham music across their shows.

NATIONAL WEBSITES (that have Nottingham correspondents)

DROWNED IN SOUND

DROWNED IN SOUND (@DrownedinSound – 84,837 followers) now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Dom Gourlay (@domlikesrabbits) is based here too. Dom gets sent a gazillion demos a week so only send when you’re sure you’re ready, in fact listen to his tips directly HERE

ARTROCKER

ARTROCKER (@ArtrockerTV) now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Stephen Murphy (@NHSMonkeyBoy) is based in Nottingham too. As with Dom above Stephen is writing for National audiences (he writes for @LouderThanWar too) and as such will not necessarily adopt the ‘everything is amazing’ approach we at Nusic take, again only send your demo when you know it’s ready.

STRATEGY/ TIPS

– Lots of tips and advice direct from experts HERE

– Focus on the small ones first, then build to the bigger and finally the nationals

– Send the way the outlet wants to receive, Consistent, Friendly, Persistence.

– Listen/ read the output you’re contacting and then reference that. ‘Hey Dom loved your review on the Hookworms EP, I went out and bought it straight away and now can’t stop listening. As you like that track XXX thought you might like this… All feedback appreciated positive or negative.’

What about so and so? Local Things that have recently shut down/aren’t happening anymore…

Nottingham Live (and the two shows before it ‘Notts Live’ and ‘Sherwood Radio’) is/ are no longer a radio show, however, as previously mentioned, Nottingham Live is still running as a blog.

The Sound of Nottingham is not broadcasting anymore.

Nottingham Lace is not broadcasting any more.

Trent Sound seems to have ceased broadcasting local music.

Mike Atkinson (@Mikeatd) has now retired, and whilst you’ll still find him writing the odd review for Leftlion, he isn’t living in Nottingham anymore. Hence nottinghammusic.com has been mothballed.

Reya El-Salahi no longer presents the sunday evening Afro-Caribbean show on BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM she has been replaced by Jodi Law (@JodiLaw).

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THIS IS THE 2014 EDITION.ac

All the ways Nusic can help you are outlined in our Frequently Asked Questions page www.nusic.org.uk/faq.

Below we outline all the local media outlets that can also help you, plus we will have a decent go at outlining regional and national outlets. We try our best to give you the key info such as WHO to contact, HOW to contact them (this is very important) and which outlets to prioritise (where possible we’ve included audience/ social media numbers). For example there’s not much point in a Metal band investing time in trying to contact Capital FM.

All details are the most recent available as of 13:00 on 11/11/14.

LOCAL MEDIA (Regional and National are further down)

FM RADIO – Local

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM puts one local artist a week on its daytime playlist, more details here – http://www.nusic.org.uk/wordpress/nottingham-artists-get-daytime-fm-radio-play/. 157,000 (RAJAR June 2014) people listen to the station for at least five minutes every week.

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM’s Sunday evening shows for the local Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities both play some local New Music, be it made by artists from their target community and/ or artists making music with an Asian or Afro-Caribbean influence. The address is BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU. The presenters are Dhamaka and Reya El-Salahi respectively.

Quite a few BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM DJs are open to having local artists in as guests, you’ll need a ‘story’ to justify being on and if your story is charity related even better. Remember the BBC is a public service broadcaster with a duty to support the local community, make your story less about you and more about the community and you have a good chance of getting on. For example with an EP Launch, make it a charity fundraiser.

In our experience of the daytime presenters Mark Dennison and Verity Cowley are particularly open to, and vocal about, supporting local artists.

KEMET FM – Broadcasting on 97.5FM since 2007, KEMET is the only FM station in Nottingham that broadcasts local content 24/7. As a community station it doesn’t have official listener numbers (their advertising dept say around 50 000 people listen at least once a week) but it has over 8000 fans on facebook and nearly 4000 followers on twitter, so it appears decent numbers are listening. Nearly all Kemet’s specialist shows (those on after 7pm) play some local music, they put local artists on their daytime playlist too and have local artists in for interviews. The station does NOT play all genres though, it’s Ofcom license is to “serve the needs of the African and Caribbean communities of Nottingham and surrounding areas”, you won’t hear much Punk Rock on Kemet. All the station’s key contact details are here – http://www.975kemetfm.co.uk/form/contact_us

Specific Kemet opportunities to watch out for:

– Tony Bates – Every Monday at 8:25AM, Tony gives a rundown of loads of cool things going off in Notts each week with breakfast host Jackie P. As a breakfast show slot there should be a lot of people listening.
– Rasteralla – Every Tuesday between 11-12pm Rastarella talks about everything cultural/free or very cheap (under £10) that is happening over the next seven days in Notts.
– Jackie P the host of the breakfast show is a big supporter of local music, to send her your music, drop a radio friendly tune to music@kemet75fm.com and make sure the subject line includes “local talent”
– And a reminder once again to check out the specialist djs in your genre, DJs like Naughty Raver often do Notts Music specials.

TV – Local

NOTTS TV – Found on Channel 8 Freeview, and Virgin 159, Notts TV as the name might suggest is a TV station completely focussed on Nottingham. Research by a third party commissioned by the station showed 189,000 people watch the station at least once a each week. In terms of opportunities for musicians, there are two stand outs…

Noise Floor – Notts TV’s New Music show. Broadcast every Sunday at 8:30pm and repeated throughout the week. The show plays tracks from local acts and nationally relevant artists. If you would like to have your video considered for the show, see the Nusic FAQs – nusic.org.uk/faq

Notts TV News – Every day Notts TV has a news show that focusses on all the things that have gone off around Nottingham during the day. The news team is wide and varied, Jessica Taylor has stood out as the journalist most interested in the local music scene – if you feel like you have a story of interest, you can contact her at @_Jessktaylor or Jessica.Taylor@nottstv.com.

FM RADIO – Regional

EAST MIDS BBC INTRODUCING (Regional) – Saturday night from 8pm on BBC Radio Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Lincoln. This means you’re competing against musicians from across the East Mids to get on the show, but if you do get on you get FM exposure across the whole region. All filmed sessions go up on on their successful YouTube Channel where sessions normally hit at least 50 000+ views within a fortnight. In addition if you sound quite ‘accessible’ you may get played between 6pm and 8pm on The Beat.

The best way to send your music in to BBC INTRODUCING is via the BBC Uploader – http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/uploader/

If you do not have internet access we’re not quite sure how you are reading this (!) but the POSTAL address is – BBC Introducing, BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU.

Regional stations CAPITAL FM, SMOOTH and GEM all use centralised playlists and so don’t play local music, in fact Capital and Smooth are both ‘scheduled’ (musically) in London. GEM as an East Midlands only station may in very rare circumstances give a local track a one-off spin, normally in some kind of charity context.

KEY CONTACT DETAILS

GEM Public File – http://www.gem106.co.uk/public-file/

CAPITAL EAST MIDLANDS Public File – http://www.capitalfm.com/eastmids/public-file/

SMOOTH EAST MIDLANDS Public File – http://www.smoothradio.com/public-file/eastmids/

PRESS – LOCAL

LEFTLION – 40 000 people read each copy of LEFTLION (which now, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, comes out monthly). LEFTLION review AND interview local musicians in every issue, they also do podcasts (more on those below). To get LEFTLION coverage check this link which fully lays out the ways to get LEFTLION love – leftlion.co.uk/sendusmusic

The LEFTLION music team’s preferred contact method is twitter. You can find Music Editor Paul at @LeftLionLive .

ALSO, on a LEFTLION note, every Sunday they publish a “Pick Of The Week” article online, where they big up all the great events going off in Notts during the week. If you make the team aware of the event, then you stand a chance of being featured, especially if it’s a bit different.

NOTTINGHAM POST – The NOTTINGHAM POST sells around 24 000 copies every day according to the most recent circulation figures (ABC Circulation June 2014). EG Editor Simon Wilson is the lead contact at the Post for all music related coverage. He can be contacted on twitter at @EG_Editor

There’s a lot of peeps who write freelance for the Post. Make sure to look for reviews of artists that are similar to you, and then get in touch with the authors! Three writers to look out for broadly covering specific genres are Nick Parkhouse [@nickparkhouse] (Pop), Phil Viles [@StageTimesUK] (Alternative) and Ben Jolley (Electronic)

VARIOUS LOCAL TOWN PAPERS across Nottinghamshire such as MANSFIELD CHAD, NEWARK ADVERTISER and more (you probably know more about these than we do) also write about musicians relevant to their immediate locality, definitely worth getting in contact if you are from their local area

STUDENT PRESS – Their formats change every October so as yet we do not know their precise intentions but Nottingham’s two University ‘papers’ IMPACT and PLATFORM have in recent years given local artists significant coverage. With the current success of recent graduates LONDON GRAMMAR, CHILDHOOD and AMBER RUN, we’d expect media outlets at Nottingham University to be focusing on local music more and more. Especially THE MIC, Nottingham University’s music only mag.

Editor Contacts

IMPACT – @daisyleafoster

PLATFORM – @JustMelKate

THE MIC – @Alex_Orosa

PRESS – REGIONAL

THE METRO is a daily national newspaper that features some regional content. In the East Midlands the music content is provided by Simon Wilson from the Nottingham Post, his details are above.

69 MAGAZINE – Local and regional mags come and go but 69 has stood the test of time publishing six times a year across the midlands since 1999. Traditionally its music coverage has been mainly focused on big names but if you get them drunk enough who knows? As well as being on facebook (4000 fans) and twitter 69 (4000) they still use something called a phone – 0116 262 0728. They have in the last twelve months taken a noticeably higher interest in up and coming artists, particularly from the region.

ONLINE RADIO

LEFTLION PODCASTS

    • – PODDINGHAM

 

    – SOUND OF THE LION

Two of the longest running ‘exclusively’ Nottingham online radio shows having both started in October 2008, both in podcast form. SOUND OF THE LION comes out in conjunction with each issue of the physical LEFTLION and normally plays tracks from the mag’s review section. PODDINGHAM is a little more freestyle in its regularity and tends to reflect the current musical passions of its creator Poddingham Paul (@Poddingham_Paul) . LEFTLION has over 6000 fans on facebook and over 17,000 followers on twitter.

Music send-in deets HERE.

NGENIUS – An online radio show with no presenters. Ngenius simply streams non-stop Nottingham music, all day, everyday, and can be listened to HERE. If you would like to be played on the station, send a “decent quality mp3” to music@ngeniousradio.co.uk.

STUDENT RADIO – Nottingham’s two University stations URN (@urn1350 – 2450 followers) and FLY (@FLY_FM – 3117 followers) normally have shows that if not 100% local play a high percentage of local music, in fact this is where Nusic started radio wise back in January 2008. During term live locally relevant content is broadcast near 24/7, outside term time a lot less so. You can find all of URN’s shows and presenters here – http://urn1350.net/showsanddjs. FLY actually have a local spotlight on their playlist, and example of which can be seen HERE.

Under The Radar – URN has one specific show that plays plenty of up and coming Notts music. Broadcast at 7pm every Thursday. You can find out more about them HERE

In addition New College Nottingham and the YMCA both have student stations. NCN has a decent website around their station – http://www.radioncn.co.uk/, the YMCAs is a little more ‘concentrated’ shall we say – http://www.ymcadigital.com/

LOCAL WEBSITES

LEFTLION – The most popular (in terms of traffic) music related website in Nottingham. That link (again) is: http://www.leftlion.co.uk/sendusmusic

NOTTINGHAM LIVE – Nottingham LIVE (@NottinghamLive – 4000 followers) is an online magazine dedicated to promoting live entertainment in Nottingham. On the website they review Nottingham music releases, upcoming gigs and similar articles. Their contact email is darren@nottinghamlive.co.uk

    ONLINE SESSION HOSTS

There are a number of local online session hosts who focus on local artists (or at least feature them heavily) although their regularity does vary, including:

Acoustic Rooms@Acoustic_Rooms – 322 followers
Flarex Media@FlarexMedia – 291 followers
NG64@NG64Bars – 199 Followers
Waiit Unsigned@WAITTUnsigned – 792 Followers

STUDENT TV

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY – NUTS – They don’t seem to be up and running online at the minute (the website is constantly down), however once they are live, we imagine they will cover Nottingham music to some extent.

NOTTINGHAM TRENT – TRENT TV (@Trent_TV – 2500 Followers) – http://www.trent-tv.com/ – TRENT TV covers lots of content all around the city, and also have access to the Notts TV Studios. Whilst it is not their priority, they do cover a fair bit of Nottingham music across their shows.

NATIONAL WEBSITES (that have Nottingham correspondents)

DROWNED IN SOUND

DROWNED IN SOUND (@DrownedinSound) now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Dom Gourlay (@domlikesrabbits) is based here too. Dom get’s sent a gazillion demos a week so only send when you’re sure you’re ready, in fact listen to his tips directly HERE

ARTROCKER

ARTROCKER now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Stephen Murphy (@NHSMonkeyBoy) is based in Nottingham too. As with Dom above Stephen is writing for a national audience and as such will not necessarily adopt the ‘everything is amazing’ approach we at Nusic take, again only send your demo when you’re sure it’s ready.

STRATEGY/ TIPS

– Lots of tips and advice direct from experts HERE
– Focus on the small ones first, then build to the bigger and finally the nationals

– Send the way the outlet wants to receive
, Consistent, Friendly, Persistence.
– Listen/ read the output you’re contacting and then reference that. ‘Hey Dom loved your review on the Hookworms EP, I went out and bought it straight away and now can’t stop listening. As you like that track XXX thought you might like this… All feedback appreciated positive or negative.’

What about so and so? Local Things that have recently shut down/aren’t happening anymore…

Nottingham Live (and the two shows before it ‘Notts Live’ and ‘Sherwood Radio’) is/ are no longer a radio show, however, as previously mentioned, Nottingham Live is still running as a blog.

The Sound of Nottingham is not broadcasting anymore.

Jason Loftus’ Nottingham Lace is not broadcasting any more.

Trent Sound seems to have ceased broadcasting local music.

Mike Atkinson (@Mikeatd) has now retired, and whilst you’ll still find him writing the odd review for Leftlion, he isn’t living in Nottingham anymore. Hence nottinghammusic.com has been mothballed.


2013’S VERSION

All the ways Nusic can help you are outlined in our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

 

Before Mr Zuckerberg implemented one of his really useful facebook updates that actually made it less useful, we used to have an extensive list of press contacts listed out in the discussion board feature of our fb group. The idea being everytime we made a new contact or found out details of an important media contact we’d share them with you, no nepotistic only sharing with our mates malarky, we’d share with you, it would then be up to you whether you got off your sexy ass and took advantage. This page of nusic.org.uk is our attempt to bring that resource back.

 

Below we outline all the local media outlets that can also help you, plus we then go on to have a decent go at outlining regional and national outlets. We try our best to give you the key info such as WHO to contact, HOW to contact them (this is very important, see HERE for why) and which outlets to prioritise (where possible we’ve included audience/ social media numbers). For example there’s not much point in a local Metal band investing time in contacting CAPITAL FM.


All details are the most recent available as of September 9th 2013. We are currently (October 2014) working on updating these details.

Details accurate as of October 2014:

Under construction

Details accurate as of September 9th 2013:

 

LOCAL MEDIA (Regional and National are further down)

 

FM RADIO – Local

 

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM puts one local artist a week on its daytime playlist, more details HERE. 201 000 (RAJAR June 2013) people listen to the station for at least five minutes every week.

 

BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM’S Sunday evening shows for the local Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities both play some local New Music, be it made by artists from their target community and/ or artists making music with an Asian or Afro-Caribbean influence. The address is BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU. The presenters are Dhamaka and Reya El-Salahi respectively.

 

Quite a fewBBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM DJs are open to having local artists in as guests, you’ll need a ‘story’ to justify being on and if your story is charity related even better. Remember the BBC is a public service broadcaster with a duty to support the local community, make your story less about you and more about the community and you have a good chance of getting on. For example with an EP Launch, make it a charity fundraiser.

 

KEMET FM – Broadcasting on 97.5FM since 2007, KEMET is the only FM station in Nottingham that broadcasts local content 24/7. As a community station it doesn’t have official listener numbers but it has over 7000 fans on facebook and nearly 3000 followers on twitter, so it appears decent numbers are listening. Nearly all KEMET’s specialist shows (those on after 7pm) play some local music, they put local artists on their daytime playlist too and have local artists in for interviews. The station does NOT play all genres though, it’s Ofcom license is to “serve the needs of the African and Caribbean communities of Nottingham and surrounding areas”, you won’t hear much Punk Rock on KEMET. All the station’s key contact details are HERE.

 

MANSFIELD 103.2FM – Serving Mansfield (no really) and surrounding areas 103.2 is not exactly cutting edge musically, but it is very strongly focused on local content so that is your ‘in’ with this station, particularly if you are from Mansfield, Ashfield or Bolsover. More details HERE.

 

FM RADIO – Regional

 

EAST MIDLANDS BBC INTRODUCING (Regional) – Saturday night from 8pm on BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM, DERBY, LEICESTER and LINCOLN. This means you’re competing against musicians from across the East Mids to get on the show, but if you do get on you get FM exposure across the whole region. All filmed sessions go up on on their very successful You Tube Channel where sessions normally hit at least 50 000+ views. In addition if you sound quite ‘pop’ you may get played between 6pm and 8pm on THE BEAT. Both shows are presented by Dean Jackson.


The best way to send your music in to BBC INTRODUCING is via the BBC Uploader HERE .

 

If you do not have internet access we’re not quite sure how you are reading this (!) but the physical address is – BBC Introducing, BBC Nottingham, London Road, NG2 4UU.


Regional stations CAPITAL FM, SMOOTH and GEM all use centralised playlists and so don’t play local music, in fact CAPITAL and SMOOTH are both ‘scheduled’ (musically) in London. GEM as an East Midlands only station may in very rare circumstances give a local track a one-off spin, normally in some kind of charity context. All GEM’s key contact details are in their ‘public file’ online HERE

 

PRESS – LOCAL

 

LEFTLION – 40 000 people read each copy of LEFTLION (which comes out every two months). LEFTLION review AND interview local musicians in every issue, they also do podcasts (more on those below). To get LEFTLION coverage check this link which fully lays out the ways to get LEFTLION love.

 

The LEFTLION music team’s preferred contact method is twitter. You can find Music Editor Paul at LEFTLION Live and his deputy Graeme at Noticeably Grae.

 

NOTTINGHAM POST – The NOTTINGHAM POST sells around 29 000 copies every day (ABC Circulation Feb 2013). EG Editor Simon Wilson is the lead contact at the Post for all music related coverage. He can be contacted on twitter at EG Editor

 

Members of Simon’s team who regularly write about local music for the NOTTINGHAM POST include Mike Atkinson, Nick Parkhouse and Stephanie Parkes.


VARIOUS LOCAL TOWN PAPERS across Nottinghamshire such as MANSFIELD CHAD, NEWARK ADVERTISER and more (you probably know more about these than we do) also write about musicians relevant to their immediate locality.

 

STUDENT PRESS – Their formats change every Autumn so as yet we do not know their intentions but Nottingham’s two University ‘papers’ IMPACT and PLATFORM have in recent years given local artists coverage, indeed the last physical version of PLATFORM had NINA SMITH on its cover. With the current success of recent graduates London Grammar and Childhood (not to mention current students AMBER RUN) we’d expect media outlets at NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY to be focusing on local music more and more. Especially THE MIC, NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY’s music only mag.

 

PRESS – REGIONAL

 

THE METRO is a daily national newspaper that features some regional content. In the East Midlands the music content is provided by Simon Wilson from the NOTTINGHAM POST, his details are above.

 

69 MAGAZINE – Local and regional mags come and go but 69 has stood the test of time publishing six times a year across the midlands since 1999. Traditionally its music coverage has been mainly focused on big names but if you get them drunk enough who knows? As well as being on facebook (4000 fans) and twitter 69 (2500) they still use something called a phone – 0116 262 0728.


ONLINE RADIO


LEFTLION PODCASTS


PODDINGHAM


SOUND OF THE LION


Two of the longest running ‘exclusively’ Nottingham online radio shows having both started in October 2008, both in podcast form. SOUND OF THE LION comes out in conjunction with each issue of the physical LEFTLION and normally plays tracks from the mag’s review section. PODDINGHAM is a little more freestyle in its regularity and tends to reflect the current musical passions of its creator PODDINGHAM PAUL. LEFTLION has nearly 5000 fans on facebook and nearly 10 000 followers on twitter.

 

Music send-in deets HERE

 

NOTTINGHAM LIVE – The radio show of the website of the same name broadcasts live every Wednesday from 7pm on Trentsound.com, in the old Notts Live slot. As well as playing 100% Nottingham musicians they do live interviews and sessions. Music can be sent by mp3 to Nottinghamlive@trentsound.com or CD to Nottingham LIVE, Trent Sound, 301 Coventry Road, Notts NG6 8LU. NOTTINGHAM LIVE has around 900 fans on facebook and 2500 followers on twitter (Nottingham Live). The show is presented by Darren Patterson and Steve Oliver.


THE SOUND OF NOTTINGHAM – Broadcasts every weekend on Connecticut station robinhoodradio.com as well as on Trentsound.com. MP3s to anothersteveoliver@gmail.com or CD to Steve Oliver (the presenter) at the TRENT SOUND postal address above. The SOUND OF NOTTINGHAM has around 100 fans on facebook and 375 followers on twitter (Sound Nottingham)

 

There are a number of other shows on TRENT SOUND such as Jason Loftus’s NOTTINGHAM LACEand Andy Haynes’s(@iamdjandyhaynes) NIGHT OWL that play a substantial amount of local New Music.

 

STUDENT RADIO – Their schedules change every Autumn so as yet we do not know their intentions but Nottingham’s two University stations URN and FLY normally have shows that if not 100% local play a high percentage of local music, in fact this is where Nusic started radio wise back in January 2008. During term live locally relevant content is broadcast near 24/7, outside term time a lot less so. With the current success of recent graduates London Grammar and Childhood we’d expect NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY in particular to be focusing on local music more and more.

 

In addition NEW COLLEGE NOTTINGHAM and the YMCA both have student stations. NCN has a decent website around their station – http://www.radioncn.co.uk/, the YMCAs is a little more ‘concentrated’ shall we say – http://www.ymcadigital.com

 

LOCAL WEBSITES


LEFTLION – The most popular (in terms of traffic) music related website in Nottingham, LEFTLION receives over 50 000 unique users a month viewing over 100 000 pages. In terms of exposure in Nottingham getting on leftlion.co.uk should be a priority. That link (again) is: http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/nottingham-bands—send-us-music/id/2475#.Ug5FAqz3Ph4

 

NOTTINGHAM LIVE – See above note re Nottingham Live radio show.

 

MUSIC NOTTINGHAM – The newest kid on the Nottingham music block, from one of the more experienced hands on that metaphorical block. A new project by established local music writer Mike Atkinson which aspires to give comprehensive coverage to everything going on in the Nottingham music scene including sections on releases, gigs and music videos. MUSIC NOTTINGHAM has around 527 fans on facebook and 385 followers on twitter (@MusicNottingham).

 

WHITE COLLAR ZOO – Hard to define. Locally based but with a global aspiration WCZ broadcasts the artists playing at the JAM CAFE in Hockley. So it’s an online tv station broadcasting (currently) mainly local artists worldwide, WCZ has 1215 fans on facebook and 1375 followers on twitter (@WhiteCollarZoo).

 

ONLINE SESSION HOSTS


There are a number of local online session hosts who focus on local artists (or at least feature them heavily) including:

 

L’TECHT


ACOUSTIC ROOMS


NG64


WAITT UNSIGNED


STUDENT TV


NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY = NUTS TV


NOTTINGHAM TRENT = TRENT TV


NATIONAL WEBSITES (that have Nottingham correspondents)

 

DROWNED IN SOUND


DROWNED IN SOUND (@DrownedinSound) now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Dom Gourlay (@domlikesrabbits) is based here too. Dom get’s sent a gazillion demos a week so only send when you’re sure you’re ready, in fact listen to his tips directly HERE.

 

ARTROCKER


ARTROCKER now do a regular feature on Nottingham and one of their main writers Stephen Murphy (@NHSMonkeyBoy) is based in Nottingham too. As with Dom above Stephen is writing for a national audience and as such will not necessarily adopt the ‘everything is amazing’ approach we at Nusic take, again only send your demo when you’re sure it’s ready.

 

STRATEGY/ TIPS

 

– Lots of tips and advice direct from experts HERE.

 

– Focus on the small ones first, then build to the bigger and finally the nationals.

 

– Send the way the outlet wants to receive, advice on that front HERE.

 

– Consistent, Friendly, Persistent.

 

– Listen/ read the output you’re contacting and then reference that. For example… ‘Hey Dom loved your review on the Hookworms EP, I went out and bought it straight away and now can’t stop listening. As you like that track XXX thought you might like this… All feedback appreciated positive or negative.’

 

NATIONAL RADIO IN DEVELOPMENT

 

We’re currently researching and updating our contact details, addresses and producer names for specialist shows at the below stations. Listen to the New Music Podcast and follow us on twitter (@FeelTheNusic) or facebook (@FeelTheNusic) to hear the latest, when we get this updated etc

There are lots more ‘musician helping’ resources on our Nusic Academy page HERE.

 

BBC RADIO ONE


BBC RADIO 1XTRA


BBC RADIO SIX MUSIC


XFM


CAPITAL XTRA


AMAZING RADIO

 

 

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