Welcome to the RMC! We hope you will join us and the best part is, that membership in the Rochester Music Coalition is FREE! Please register for a login and password in order to take full advantage of all we have to offer. If you are a musician our website has some great tools and resources for you to use as you pursue your musical aspirations. It is important to make sure to fill out all the requested info in the Musician’s Directory here. This will be very helpful for people who may want to hire you for various musical events. In addition the Directories section has contact info and links for festivals, media outlets (print, radio, TV), stores, venues and more where you can submit or sell your music, get work, and promote yourself. Your membership will also allow you to post your shows on our Music Calendar and post free ads in the Classifieds section of our website.
For musicians and music fans alike, we have tons of links to music related info, products, services and much, much more in the Resources section and throughout the entire site. In the musician’s directory you can learn about all the wonderful talent of our members and their website links will lead you to where you can listen to their music. Our Music Calendar will tell you when and where our members are playing in the area so you can go out to see and hear them perform. We are constantly adding things here so please take the time to look through our entire website often so you don’t miss out on anything.
We ask all members to please spread the word about the RMC to EVERYONE you know. If you have a website please add a link to us on it. The more that people know about us, the better it is for you.
If you wish to participate in any RMC events or projects you must be a registered member of the RMC and you or at least one member of your band must live in the Monroe or Livingston County area of NY State. You will also need to send us 3 copies of your CD (radio quality only and must be ORIGINAL music) and press kit/contact info to:
Rochester Music Coalition
PO Box 26378
Rochester NY 14626
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Rochester Music Coalition/RMC will not be held responsible in any way for anything that might arise from information or advice found within our websites, or from any contact/interactions of any kind with any of our members. Any contact with our members, information or advice offered and used or followed by others, is strictly at each person’s own risk and discretion.
The RMC is fourteen years old as of January 2015! Not too bad for those naysayers who thought we would not survive. A huge thanks to all our valued members and supporters in the community. Please continue to spread the word and make use of the RMC's even larger presence on the internet this year. We ask that ALL members register on all of our sites to take advantage of the information and unique features that each one has to offer. Check out our companion websites at:
RMC at My Space
January 6, 2015
Support your scene by donating to the RMC
By donating to the RMC you help support the art of music and have an active roll in the success of the music scene in the Rochester/Monroe/Livingston County area. We are fiscally sponsored by, and function under the non-profit umbrella of the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
All donations are tax deductible. Please make out all checks, money orders and charges to:
Main line: Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
NOTE: Please specify clearly on the memo line that your donation is for: Rochester Music Coalition
For further info contact or mail your donation to:
Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Livingston Arts Center
4 Murray Hill Drive
Mount Morris NY 14510
We do not require dues from any of our members - all of our income is derived from donations and benefit shows. Your donations will be used to: provide services to our members, for website hosting/development, RMC operating costs/materials, publicity, and other various RMC events and projects.
NOTE: After you post your events on the RMC Calendar make sure check out the GVCA Calendar
and post your events there too.
January 5, 2015
Introducing The Rochester Music Coalition Online Store
We now have a place where you can purchase official RMC merchandise. This is another great way to help us since a portion of your purchase is sent to the RMC. There are all kinds of shirts, hats, mugs, stickers etc. Thanks in advance for your support!
Rochester Music Coalition Online Store
January 4, 2015
Local music on the air! Have your say...
We need your feedback. The RMC is currently collecting data to provide to radio stations in our area as to the interest in hearing local music on the radio. It will only take a few seconds and your input is vital to the success of this project. Tune into Rochester and support your scene – the music is here!
Take our poll and let us know!
January 3, 2015
RMC Hall Of Fame/In Memoriam
In the RMC Hall Of Fame section here you will find tributes to notable Rochester, Monroe and Livingston County musicians, and memorable events in the area's music history. If you know of anyone who should be recognized for their accomplishments in the field of music, please let us know. We have also taken some space to recognize current and former members of our community who have made major accomplisments in their varied fields (besides music) over the years.
The In Memoriam section of our site pays tribute to those whose song was silenced before its time...
January 2, 2015
RMC Partner - The Rochester Music Hall Of Fame
The RMC has been compiling lists of notable Rochester area, Monroe and Livingston County musicians, those who have enriched our music scene, memorable events in the area's music history, and eventually we will induct the best of the best into the Rochester Music Coalition Hall of Fame section of our website. It has always been a major goal of the RMC to have an actual physical structure to honor these people, and now thanks to one of our coalition partners, The Rochester Music Hall of Fame, that dream is closer than ever to becoming a reality. As they begin to induct people into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, they will automatically be inducted into ours here as well. The RMC is going to do everything possible to assist them in their endeavors, and we ask that all our members help them out too. You can learn more at:
Rochester Music Hall Of Fame
If you know of anyone who should be recognized for their accomplishments related to the field of music, and who should be added to the Hall Of Fame section here on our website, please let us know.
December 31, 2014
NBC Looking For Singers For TV Show - The Voice
NBC and Executive Producers John de Mol & Mark Burnett are looking for "The Voice." This is a show about real talent, the best voice, right attitude, unique sound and performance that makes a lasting impression. All music styles are welcome. You can audition online with their interactive audition tool or in person. NOTE: If you wish to audition in person, you must register ahead of time on their website before attending the audition:
The Voice Registration Info
US cities will be holding auditions so see their website for details.
Open Call Audition Requirements:
Please bring the following to auditions:
Completed application and release forms
Be prepared to sing two (2) songs that showcase your vocal stylings.
You may sing a cappella, to a track of your choice (CD or MP3 of the track to be provided by you) or with one instrument (also to be provided by you).
You may be asked to perform a song of the producer's choice.
Please plan to be at the audition all day. We suggest bringing snacks and water. You may be asked to stay for a call back the next day, so please plan accordingly. For more info, contact The Voice at 1-877-919-7164 or e-mail them at:
For more info visit their website at:
December 30, 2014
MTV Artist Opportunities
Check out MTV artist opportunities available for you to reach new fans, promote your music, and have it considered for MTV shows.
MTV Artist Opportunities
December 29, 2014
OurStage Music Competitions
Music website that holds monthly competitions of various types for all different genres of music. Visit their website for entry and prize information
December 22, 2014
ArtAwake 2015 Looking For Musicians
ArtAwake is a non-profit organization which celebrates and showcases the arts - connecting Rochester, its artists and its community. They are currently looking for musicians to perform at their annual event. All genres are welcome and encouraged to submit. You may submit music to ArtAwake in two ways: through their Google Form or through an e-mail submission. When submitting your music, please include at least 4 tracks, so that they can ensure there is enough material for a set. Visit their website for more information and to submit your work.
December 21, 2014
Some of Rochester’s best musicians hit the stage this September when WXXI presents OnStage, a new weekly musical series. Tune in for great performances, intimate interviews, compelling stories and discover your favorite local musicians!
Watch Sundays at 7:00 PM on WXXI TV (Channel 21/Time Warner Cable Channel 11)
For performers, schedules and more check out their website:
Listen Thursdays at 6:00PM on WRUR 88.5 FM
December 17, 2014
WBZA 98.9 FM – The Buzz Supports Local Music With Sunday Night Shakedown
Tune in to Sunday Night Shakedown with host Frank DeBlase (City Newspaper music critic). Hear music from Rochester’s past, present and future. Learn more about Rochester’s music scene, as well as where and when the artists will be playing so you can see them live. The show has now been expanded to 3 hours airs every Sunday night from 8:00-11:00 PM on 98.9 FM – The Buzz.
Sunday Night Shakedown
ATT: SHAMELESS PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY
If you have an upcoming show or CD you wish to promote make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to spread the word. If you wish to submit your music for review in City Newspaper or for airplay and possible live appearance on Sunday Night Shakedown send CD and press kit at least one month in advance to:
98.9 The Buzz
70 Commercial Street
Rochester NY 14614
Make sure to give date and full details of show/CD that you are going to be promoting. Any songs containing profanity will not be considered for broadcast. Please make sure all submissions are clean or edited for air. If you can't afford postage, email the Sunday Night Shakedown through their website with your band's mp3 and info. Please only one mp3 per email.
December 16, 2014
WBER 90.5 FM - Supports Local Music In Regular Rotation
RMC wishes to thank Program Director Joey Guisto and WBER 90.5FM for continuing to add local bands into regular rotation. Also tune into the Local Show every Sunday night from 9:00-11:00 PM for two hours of local music programming. If you wish to get your music played on the Local Show send a copy of your CD with press kit and complete contact info to:
WBER Local Show
Monroe #1 BOCES
41 O`Connor Road
Fairport NY 14450
For more info check out their website:
December 15, 2014
WBEE 92.5 FM – The Bee Supports Local Country Music
WBEE 92.5 FM is looking for original country or country influenced music to play on its local music show Upstate Onstage airing on Sunday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 PM. If you wish to submit your music for airplay on this show, send CD, bio and press kit to:
WBEE 92.5 FM
70 Commercial Street
Rochester NY 14614
For more info call or check out their website:
WBEE 92.5 FM
WBEE Upstate Onstage
December 14, 2014
WITR Rochester Sessions - Local Music On The Radio
WITR 89.7 FM is featuring local musicians performing live in their studios. Send complete press kits (CD, bio contact info) to:
ATT: Music Director
WITR 89.7 FM
32 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester NY 14623
The show airs Fridays from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. You can get more info on WITR at their website:
December 13, 2014
Musicians & Music Lovers Check Out - The Central Library Local Music Project
The Rochester Public Library - Central Library Local Music Project has been created to make the music of local area talent available to their patrons through both downloadable and CD formats. If you have a Monroe County library card you can borrow the CDs, or download music through Overdrive in the same way you are used to accessing audiobooks and eBooks through your home computer, tablet, MP3 player, smart phone, or eReader. Local musicians have kindly (and bravely) leased them the right to offer their music to you. You can thank them by listening to their music and going out to hear them play.
Musicians who wish to submit their music to the project can send an e-mail to:
To get started right away you can download a Rochester Public Library Music Licensing Agreement Application at:
Rochester Public Library Music Licensing Agreement Application
To learn more or start listening to some great music visit their website:
Central Library Local Music Project
December 12, 2014
YouTube Rochester NY Music Channel
This channel is a showcase for local bands and musicians, as well as spoken word artists and poets, from the Rochester NY scene and the surrounding areas. There you will find music videos, live performances, as well as interviews and updates. If you are a band, musician or artist and would like to contribute, please contact Joe at:
Rochester NY Music Channel
December 11, 2014
3 Internet Radio Stations Looking For Your Music
Getting independent music to the masses. They ask that all artists visit the submit music page on their website before sending any music. They will need info on you including, music rights and any affiliations they may have with the Record Industry and their main focus is original artists, doing original works. They will accept any format that you have your music in and they can convert most formats (if not all) to the format they are using.
They would like to start a weekly local show. One day a week for 2-4 hours, nothing but local artists. The time will depend on how many artists submit music. They would also like to do interviews with local artists to play during that 2-4 hour time period. Any artist wanting to particpate can drop them line. Again, the music must be 100% indie and no cover tunes, original artists and music only. Your music could also end up in their daily rotation. In addition they are putting together a video selection page, so if your band has a video and would like for them to host it, let them know. Submit your music/video via mail or e-mail at:
103 Alden Road
Rochester NY 14626
If you have any questions or to submit your music via e-mail contact Greg Dawson at
WDYN Independent Radio 100.1
If you wish to submit your music please include this statement with your submission: I hereby grant Dynamic Independent Radio (WDYN.NET) permission to play my music on their station. I understand WDYN does not pay royalites. Sign it, date it and send it to:
WDYN Independent Radio 100.1
2844-46 Dewey Avenue
Rochester NY 14616
Revolver Underground is looking for indie artists to submit music for airplay on their 24/7 internet radio station featuring live DJ's, many genres, and a 2 hour syndicated radio show on terrestrial radio stations as well. All submissions must be (royalty free) - you must own all the rights to the music. Content/lyrics must be positive and no foul language/profanity, hateful, racist or sexual content will be allowed. These are non-negotiable terms. For further info you can contact:
Submit your material through their website at:
June 29, 2014
City Newspaper Offers Free Classified Ads And Website Promo To Musicians
After posting your free classified ad here on the RMC website, make sure to send it to City Newspaper as well. They offer free classified ads for musicians every week in Jam Section. Call 244-3329 Ext 23 or e-mail:
Full name, mailing address and daytime phone number must accompany all ads or they will not be accepted. Limit is 25 words and deadline is Fridays at 5:30 PM.
June 28, 2014
D&C Supports/Reviews Local Musicians
The Democrat and Chronicle features Jeff Spevak's Local Beat every Thursday in Weekend, which is a story about a local performer (band, DJ, singer-songwriter or something else entirely) plus a photo of the performer, details on an upcoming gig and (hopefully) a link to their Web site for a sound bite. They also highlight local music acts in their calendar pages, with a photo and a caption. Not every local act with a gig that week will be featured, but over a year's time, there'll be more than 100 acts highlighted.
Here's what they are looking for:
A performer should e-mail a bio, contact info, upcoming gig details (who's on the bill, time, date, club name, address, phone, cover), a high-resolution (250 dpi or higher) color JPG and links to MP3s to jspevak@DemocratandChronicle.com. If the performer doesn't have a photo, they may contact them to set up a photo shoot. If all that info isn't available electronically, the performer can mail a bio, contact info, upcoming gig details, a color photo print and a CD to:
Jeff Spevak - Local Beat
Democrat and Chronicle
55 Exchange Blvd
Rochester NY 14614
NOTE: deadline is three weeks before the publication date each week. Have the clubs and venues you're performing at e-mail schedules to: ewashing@DemocratandChronicle.com.
Eric Washington puts together the music calendar that appears in Weekend, on DemocratandChronicle.com, and in Insider, both in print and online.
The D&C has an average weekday circulation of 173,000 (that's papers sold), for an average daily readership of 363,000. If they write stories about 52 acts in a year and show at least 52 more in their calendar pages, that all adds up to a lot of eyes (and ears) on local music.
June 27, 2014
Words & Music - Freetime Magazine Local Music Reviews
Freetime Magazine reviews local music in every issue in their Words & Music column. Read about the newest local music CD's and upcoming live shows.
To submit your music for review send CD and press kit to:
850 University Avenue
Rochester NY 14607
June 26, 2014
House of Guitars & Record Archive Support Local Musicians
The House of Guitars & Record Archive support the musicians in our area with special sections in their stores devoted to local music. They also have a performance areas if you would like to schedule a time to play live in the store to promote your CD. If you have a CD you would like them to sell for you or play live in the store, you can contact them at:
House Of Guitars
645 Titus Avenue
Rochester NY 14617
House of Guitars
33-1/3 Rockwood Street
Rochester NY 14610
Fax: 585 244-7408
June 25, 2014
Public Knowledge Music Licensing Info & Copyright Tutorial For Musicians
Copyright law is changing rapidly in the face of new technologies. Increasingly, laws and policies written in a pre-VCR world are being applied to a post-YouTube society. Public Knowledge, a Washington D.C.- based public interest group focuses on the intersections between copyright law and the Internet. Check out their website for information on music licensing and their copyright tutorial for musicians.
Public Knowledge Music Licensing Info
Public Knowledge Copyright Tutorial For Musicians
June 24, 2014
Healthcare Info For Musicians/Free Film
On November 15, 2004 Rock A Mole Productions released Everybody In, Nobody Out, a new film on musicians and health care. It's just seven minutes long but it packs quite a wallop. It will be sent free on VHS to any musician or music writer who requests it. Musicians can get their free copy at:
How To Get Healthcare Insurance If You Are A Musician – Music & Healthcare Central
"What does it say about the richest country on earth that its citizens must depend upon raffles and spaghetti dinners to pay the medical bills - a situation that exists in no other civilized country? What does it say about members of Congress and presidents, Democrats and Republicans all, who are content with a health care system that ignores the needs of tens of millions of Americans while it makes multimillionaires out of those who profit from disease and death?" - from Critical Condition by Donald L Bartlett and James B Steele
Everyone else - please send $10 to:
Los Angeles CA 90034
February 18, 2014
FREE - Disc Makers Music Guides
Free guides from Disc Makers and the Music Player Network packed with tips and articles designed for anyone involved in audio recording. It contains in-depth information about writing, recording, mixing, mastering and more.
Disc Makers Music Guides