January 29, 2023
“Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) is the world-leading provider of off-the-air music recognition for the record and radio industries. Employing pattern recognition technology, BDS identifies songs played on over 1100 radio stations in the US and Canada in real-time.  Radio stations use BDS Radio to program their stations, while record companies use BDS ENcore and BDSexpress.com to enhance their promotion, sales and marketing efforts. Performing rights organizations like SESAC, ASCAP, and BMI use BDS information to calculate music royalty payments.” -BDS

Now, to get your music on BDS stations, it is as simple as calling the radio station program director and asking them how to get independent music aired on their station. Most of these stations have websites with this information on them. As long as your music is good, edited for radio,  mixed and mastered you shouldn’t have any problems. Here is a link to radio stations throughout North America for you to get started. Do not forget to register your song with Soundscan and Neilson  BDS before you get your music aired on the radio.”

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Nielsen BDS How to Submit Music
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Submit CD’s and MP3’s free of charge, electronically through our secure Virtual Encode website.
Virtual Encode Access:
Please send an email with “Virtual Encode” as the subject to our Client Services Department at
clientservices@bdsonline.com for a username and password.
PLEASE include the following information in the body of your email:
• Your Full Name
• Company or Label Name
• Contact Number
• Primary Email Address
• Any Additional Contact Information
You will then receive login information and instructions via email for the Virtual Encode website
to upload your music.
Register Music by Mail:
Send all mixes of your single releases (preferably on CD) to:
8100 N.W. 101st Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64153
Attn: Encoding Department
Click to fill out and email us a Media Information Form or include the following information with your media:
• Your Full Name
• Company or Label Name
• Contact Number
• Primary Email Address
For each piece of media submitted include
• Artist Name
• Song titles with specific mix names, if applicable
• Label

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