Trying to help new acts get exposure on its more than 500 radio stations, Clear Channel Worldwide's New Music Network has been launched. To date, more than 2,500 music acts and rising artists have taken advantage of the artist registration available at its new website (www.clearchannelNEWmusicNetwork.com), and many more are expected to sign up as 500+ Clear Channel radio stations promote the site.
The site makes it possible for aspiring music talent to reach the public and the music business with their music via an online service provided free of charge for musicians and consumers. Consumers can reach this site from any Clear Channel Radio station Web site.
"We rolled the New Music Network out initially over seven markets and in the first 30 days, hundreds of bands posted their materials on the website," "says Tom Owens, SVP of programming for Clear Channel Radio. "Over the last few weeks we have expanded the promotion to over 500 stations and the response has been exciting. We believe there is a tremendous depth of talent and we're excited that this site will expose the music industry to a variety of new artists.
Mike Moore, program director of WSIX, says, "The Clear Channel New Music Network is a terrific resource, particularly here in Nashville, where we have an abundance of musical talent. I am proud that we as a company have provided an outlet for these people that deserve to be heard."
Jim Richards, programming manager for Clear Channel Radio in San Diego, went on to say, "We get requests all the time from artists wanting to get their material heard. Now, our San Diego stations are the direct link for southern California bands and artists to expose their talents on a worldwide stage. This is another unique and special service that only our company offers to our listeners and all of our local artists."
Dan Hubbert, senior vice president of promotion at Capitol Records, adds, "It's great to see Clear Channel use its considerable audience reaches to provide such a valuable service to the labels and opportunity to the undiscovered artists. We feel the new music network has the potential to be a vital link between unsigned talent and our customers."
Artists are invited to register with the New Music Network and post links to their own Web sites free of charge by going to their favorite Clear Channel Radio station or directly to this Web site: www.ClearChannelNEWmusicNetwork.com. The site offers artist registration in a wide variety of genres, such as alternative, pop, country, funk, jazz, Latin and more.
"Artists are able to submit their music at no cost while reaping the benefits of very important exposure which could easily launch their careers," said Chris Perez, manager of Re-Form, a rock alternative band from central Florida, which participated in a pilot project known as the Clear Channel A&R Network, which led to a CD slated for release soon via Captiva Records.
"We are very proud of the excitement around the New Music Network because we're advocates for musicians and their music, and because our Radio and Entertainment businesses are looking for new artists and new music all the time," Mark Mays, president and COO of Clear Channel says. "Our mission and charter in this area is simple: exposure and growth for new music. We think this program is going to open up extraordinary opportunities for musicians everywhere."