Guidance for musicians taking part in our tribute albums

For bands contributing songs for our tribute albums, below is a PDF guide that we hope will answer any questions you may have.

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Here are some of the common questions that we’re asked regarding appearing on our tribute albums

What is the deadline for submission?

May 31st each year

Who is the best person to contact?
Since 2014 Paul Ayriss has project managed the tribute albums. Only Paul Ayriss and Paul Willo can confirm songs. Paul Ayriss holds the master list and you can contact him here

Does the track have to be the same as the original?
No, not at all. we encourage (and prefer) original arrangements

Can we pick the track ourselves?

We allocate the tracks but we are open to suggestions. We only accept submissions that we have allocated and officially confirmed. It’s possibly that your first suggestion may already be allocated so please be patient with track allocations. Many people will request the most famous songs so a top tip would be to pick a classic though lesser known track.

Preferably recorded at 24 – bit/44.1kHz (16 bit if you’re submitting a fully mastered track). Our preferred format is 24 -bit stereo WAV (or Broadcast WAV). But we can accept stereo or dual – mono dat a files in the following formats: AIFF, SDII, CAF, BWF, and WAV. The sampling rate should be the native sampling rate of your recording and mixing project. Do not sample rate convert. Our recommendation is for you to record and mix at either 44.1kHz, or 96kHz. Forget about 48kHz and 88.2kHz. 16bit is acceptable. 24bit is a much, much better idea.
Mp3’s should be 320 kbit/s.

Can we use an existing track?
We normally only select recordings which have been made purposely for the album and therefore unique to the album in some way.

Can we release the track ourselves?
Please don’t do that during the campaign. A lot of bands ask to do this and it’s only right to have that sort of pride. We are asking for exclusivity for the campaign. After the campaign is over please do as you see fit and many bands do. PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE THE SONG ON YOUTUBE PRIOR TO THE ALBUMS RELEASE

Who arranges the copyright clearance?
We have made all arrangements with the copyright owners, however this is licence is only for our album. If you wish to use your recording after the campaign is over, you’ll need to make your own arrangements.

What support can you offer?
We typically do all of the mastering (though exceptions can be agreed). We can offer a free mixdown service but not after the deadline date.
In the past we’ve also provided additional musicians on request.

How do we know if our song will differently appear on the album?
When ether Paul Ayriss or Paul Willo agree and confirm a song selection with you, there is an assumption that your track will appear.

But do you ever reject songs?
If we feel that there is a clear problem with the song we will offer support to improve it. E.G. a new mix, additional musicians, deadline extension. In seven years we have only ever completed rejected two songs.

How much of the profits goes to the charities?
That’s simple…. All of it

We also respectfully ask that you observe the following:
 Please do not post your tracks online prior to the release date (clips are fine but limit these at 50%)
 Please do promote your involvement but perhaps wait until you’ve recorded your track
 We are all giving our time voluntarily. Please respect that we have day jobs and can’t always respond immediately.

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