Be Considered for Airplay on StillStream Ambient Radio

Want your music to be considered for airplay? This is how.

Music Selection

StillStream provides a free, non-commercial all-ambient radio stream for its listeners, as a way to promote interest in this genre of music as well as provide exposure for ambient artists. They base their music selection criteria solely on the quality of the music, the quality of the recording and production, and their own subjective impressions of the music, as well as the nature and number of tracks, currently have programmed. Further, each individual host chooses their own music for their shows. Please note that because of this they cannot guarantee that every track submitted will receive airplay.

All submitted tracks will eventually be listened to. Please bear in mind that all decisions regarding what tracks are played are in their sole discretion and are final.

Music Licensing

Under US copyright law, radio stations must generally pay license fees for the privilege of broadcasting music to listeners. StillStream is, however, a non-commercial, zero-revenue station. This means they do not run advertising nor do they receive any regular revenue stream.

Because they have no revenue stream, they cannot afford to pay commercial license fees. Therefore, StillStream does not pay license fees or royalties of any kind. Consequently, they can legally play music only in the following two scenarios:

  1. The music is released under the Creative Commons license; or ...
  2. StillStream has a license fee waiver on file from the artist/rightsholder of the music

Before your music is played, they ask for either a documented waiver of all licensing fees for your music or some kind of notice that shows the music is available under Creative Commons. If you are unsure which option to choose, click the “Commercial Copyright” link since that gives them proper permission to air your music regardless of your license.

More info here.