Artists are often asking us how they can improve the chances of getting selected - frequently it comes down to your material and your sound, but if a venue is simply not a good fit for a particular band then there's only so much to be done. Targeting your submissions from the start so that your EPK stands out as the perfect fit to the promoter will give you a huge advantage during the reviewing process.
What to Consider When Submitting to a Gig
Most opportunities will specify what type of music they're looking for, though some may accept all genres. You can check out what they're looking for on the listing itself.
First of all, if you are a bluegrass band, don't expect to hear back positively from the death metal radio show looking for submissions to play on air. However, we understand our listed genres may not be as specific as some artists would like. If an opportunity is accepting techno or EDM and you've listed yourself as electronica, it may be worth your time to quickly switch your listed genre to match up better with that particular listing.
If you're a post-hardcore band, and you're not really getting many applications that you can get into, it may help to list your primary genre as say, rock, and the secondary as hardcore and go from there to open up the submissions that way.
If you ever have any questions about genres or how to apply to a certain gig, please feel free to reach out to Customer Support, either via the chat widget on the main section of our website or by emailing email@example.com and we'd be happy to help.
Many of our opportunities accept submissions from artists from all over the country or even all over the world. However, sometimes certain opportunities are only looking for artists from a specific region. If the application specifies location and you are not from there or based out of there, then many times you won't be considered for that particular opportunity.
Your EPK is submitted in tandem with every application you submit. However each promoter’s combination of reviewing the EPK and the application is different. For instance, a songwriting contest will ask that a song and its lyrics be uploaded directly to the application for consideration, so other songs that are on the EPK won't be considered for the contest. In general though, your best 3 songs are a great place to start- any more than that may not get reviewed, the promoter probably does not have time to listen to everyone's full album.
If another artist that submits to the gig has a lot of blank space on their EPK (they may not have Spotify links, press items, professional photos, or a high quality live video for instance), your more complete EPK is almost automatically going to appear more favorable on a surface level. If they were just looking for an acoustic duo to play a song on their local radio station though it doesn't matter how full your 6-piece funk band's EPK was, they're not going to message you. Luckily we've built tools for the promoters to specify who can apply to their gig, so you'll know ahead of time where you fit in - be sure to read all gig listing details carefully.
You can read more about applying to listings here, and please feel free to reach out with any questions either via our live chat or to firstname.lastname@example.org.