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What is Albert’s Shed Radio?

Albert’s Shed Radio is a grassroots radio station aimed at supporting independent artists who produce original music.

What’s the point?

Apart from the BBC, it’s virtually impossible for artists to achieve airplay on commercial radio stations without the backing of a major record label. Independents who do manage to receive airplay usually do so with the help of radio pluggers, and that comes at a cost.

So when an act comes to play our area they are reliant on word of mouth only. We don’t think that’s good enough.

We want to increase the reach of independent musicians.

What’s the cost?

There is no cost. In fact, the plan is to save you money.

Every song played on Albert’s Shed Radio is PRS / PPL free.

If you play music in a shop or other small business (100 square meters or less), your combined yearly music licence for a retail shop could cost around £307 (excluding VAT).

Why would artists give up on PRS / PPL income to support this initiative?

Making money from streaming online is not profitable. For example, Digital Music News reported in 2017 that after 150,000 streams an artist would make around £77. A growing touring band can command a higher price, but what they need to grow is exposure.

Usually, we are talking about one track. Of course, we always ask artists first and ask them to sign a waiver, keeping things legal. If the artist decides to remove their tracks, then we do so at the earliest possible opportunity.

What about the quality of music?

We are managing the quality of recordings in-house. We can assure you there will be nothing offensive on there, and in the future, we’ll begin to roll out different stations based on the requests of our partner businesses.

Independents for Independents

It’s a tough world out there as an independent; to compete we have to think differently. That’s why we’ve come up with this initiative, joining up local businesses, music fans and touring musicians to make something unique.

How does it work?

Albert’s Shed Radio is hosted on Soundcloud, which means you can’t just tune in on a radio. But it’s still easy to connect. All you have to do is access Soundcloud via your PC or Mac; alternatively, you can download the app and play Albert’s Shed Radio from a phone or tablet.

How do you get involved?

Upon your request, we’ll provide a pack of promotional materials. All we ask of you is to display the Albert’s Shed Radio sticker in a prominent place on your window. If you’ve got space put up the poster and most importantly display the flyers somewhere people can see them. That way if they like what they hear, they can discover more about the artists.

Once you’ve decided you’re in, then email us and we’ll put links up to your business on our site. If you want to update the content just send it through and we’ll update as soon as we can.

To request a promotional pack please fill in the form below.

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