Album submissions

If you would like to submit your music to the panel, read carefully these instructions.

What kind of recordings are eligible for the Chart?

  • Album length recordings (25 min. length at least)
  • Musical genres related with some type of traditional roots from any culture of the world. Rock, pop, jazz, or hip-hop albums are excluded unless they have a significant content related to other traditional or roots music.
  • Recently or imminently published (or with recent international distribution, if the original release was older). An album can be included in the list again if it is released internationally, even if it had been featured earlier in the list as a local/regional edition.
  • All the albums that meet these requirements are eligible, including compilations, new releases of historic recordings, multiple albums, CD-books, etc.

How is an album considered for the Chart?

The members of the panel vote freely for their favorite albums. They can vote for any eligible album received through the TWMC or by their own means and through their own contacts.

The record labels, artists, publicists, managers… can submit their albums to the TWMC for the panelists’ consideration.

There are these two options. And you can also follow the recommended procedures below:

1- Send an email to provide a link to download a digital copy to the administrators of the chart. Eligible digital releases submitted correctly by email to the administrators will be forwarded exclusively to the current members of the panel. Click here to send us an email.

Please note that the TWMC administrators cannot guarantee that all those emails will be considered by all the panelists. To make sure that the emails have been received correctly by them or to ask for their feedback, contact the members individually by clicking the contact links on our Members page.

Don’t forget:

  • Avoid attached files, they won’t be forwarded to the members.
  • Provide good quality audio files (preferably, uncompressed files or 320 Kbps mp3’s) + booklet. It’s preferable to include all the materials you want to provide in just one downloadable file (for example, a zip file).
  • Make sure that the following information is included and easily accesible: Name of the band/artist, title of the album, label/self-published, date of release.
  • Album credits. Along with the audio files, you need to send additional information about the artist and recording. A frequent complaint from panelists is that some submissions only include music files and there is no additional information about the artists involved and the album credits.
  • Digital audio files should be tagged to include metadata with album title, artist name, and track number. Some digital files we receive only include the song titles and it’s hard to identify the artist and album title after you open the zipped folder.
  • You can add additional information, a link to stream or other contents in the same email. Remember that only the email containing a link to download the album (or an invitation to request a physical or digital copy) will be forwarded to the members and only one email per album. For further contact, information, feedback…, go to the Members page and contact the panelists individually. Note that we won’t provide their emails addresses.
  • If you send your album files in a folder or zipped archive, please give it a name that will identify the album. We recommend the following format: Artist – Album Title. Avoid generic names that hinder identification such as MP3s, Wavs, TWMC, Master, Promo, Album Submission or similar.
  • When sending links to download, avoid services with adverts and pop-ups like Mediafire. Try Dropbox, Wetransfer, Drive, Box…

2- The 2nd option is to get in touch directly with the members. Go to the Members and contact them individually in order to ask for their preferences.

Recommended procedures:

1- Send an email to the administrators including a link to download the audio files, the booklet and other materials you want to add (a link to stream the music is also appreciated). You can do it from our contact page here or sending an email to our email address. Please folow the tips mentioned above.

2- You’ll normally get a confirmation email that your email has arrived and been forwarded exclusively to the members. If you don’t get it, contact us again but please be patient: it’s not an automatic reply. Please note that submissions received during the voting period (usually from 14th to 20th every month) won’t be forwarded until the end of that period.

3- Contact the members individually by clicking the contact links on our Members page, check if they have received and downloaded the album and ask them if they need anything else.