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 thirteen years old as of January 2014! 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
November 8, 2013
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.
November 7, 2013
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
November 6, 2013
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!
November 5, 2013
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...
November 4, 2013
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.
July 18, 2013
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 25, 2012
The X Factor - Simon Cowell’s Show Looking For Singers
Have you got it? The X Factor, Simon Cowell’s (former American Idol judge) singing competition, is looking for singers to audition for it’s new Fall 2012 series on the Fox TV Network. You must be at least 12 years of age by March 1, 2012, a legal US citizen or eligible to work full time, and without a current music recording contract. Both solo artists and vocal groups can participate and there is no upper age limit. Auditions are now in progress. The winner will receive a 5 million dollar recording contract with Sony music.
The X Factor
December 24, 2012
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:
January 5, 2012
Got Talent? Shows At City Of Rochester Recreation Centers - 2012
Are you a City of Rochester resident ages 10-19? Do you like to sing, dance, rap, write and read poetry, make visual art? Then share your talents with your peers and the community! Try out for talent shows, held at City of Rochester Recreation Centers, sponsored by the Humboldt Recreation Center! Learn more at:
City Of Rochester Recreation Center Talent Shows
February 18, 2011
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
December 31, 2009
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 16, 2009
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:
250 North Goodman Street
Rochester NY 14604
Make sure to give date and full details of show/CD that you are going to be promoting.
December 13, 2009
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 8:00-10:00 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 12, 2009
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, 2008
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.
They also have a feature on their website where you can promote yourself. Check it out at:
Life In Rochester
June 28, 2008
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, 2008
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, 2008
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
August 9, 2007
Operation Happy Note - Musical Instruments Needed
Operation Happy Note is a volunteer effort to send musical instruments to our deployed service men and women throughout the world. To learn more or to donate instruments:
Operation Happy Note
August 7, 2007
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
August 5, 2007
Acoustic Musician Volunteers Needed
DePaul Edgerton Square would like to extend an invitation to any musician(s) who would like to volunteer for a "Coffee House" for the residents. The facility houses 85 mentally ill adults and on one Saturday evening of each month the residents are invited to enjoy acoustic music performed by volunteers from the community and light refreshments. For further information or to schedule a time to perform please contact Samara Roney between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday at 585-647-1115 Ext 204. If you would like more information on DePaul Community Services please call the main office at 426-8000.