The Theremin 30 podcast features about 4 to 6 songs per episode, for a total of roughly 50 to 60 songs per year. If you would like your theremin-related song played in a future episode, here's all you need to know.


In most cases, you must be the legal owner of both your recording and the musical composition, unless the composition is in the Public Domain or licensed under Creative Commons.  Under current USA copyright laws, most musical compositions must have been published at least 95 years ago to be in the Public Domain. In other words -- please don't submit "covers" of recent popular music.  Copyright laws may be different in your country, but this podcast must comply with USA laws, just to be safe.

There is no legal way to report usage and pay license fees to organizations like ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC that collect songwriters' royalties.  They don't have policies in place for music recordings used in podcasts.  So, your music must be "podsafe," which basically means that you, the copyright holder, are willing and able to grant permission to use your song in the Theremin 30 podcast.

If you are an "unsigned" or "indie" recording artist, Theremin 30 can use your music with just your permission.  If you have a contract with a record label or publisher, please check with them to make sure it is okay.

When you submit a recording to the podcast, please include a written statement in your email that says something like:  I, (your name), am the copyright holder of the recording titled (song name) by (artist name). I am also a copyright holder of the musical composition (or it is in the Public Domain or licensed under Creative Commons). I give Rick Reid permission to use my song recording in the Theremin 30 podcast series.


If necessary, Theremin 30 will pay for a CD or a legal download of your music from Bandcamp, iTunes, etc. Beyond that, you will receive no other compensation for having your song played in the podcast. Unfortunately, the podcast has not been earning enough advertising income to break even, and may never become profitable. So, as a perpetually money-losing venture, we must keep expenses to a minimum.

During the podcast and/or in the show notes on the website, Rick encourages listeners to support the artists whose music appears in the show by purchasing legal downloads, CDs, concert tickets, etc.

We know you can't buy groceries with exposure. For now, this is the best we can offer. 


Any style of music is welcome, as long as a theremin was used to create it as either an audible musical instrument or as a CV or MIDI controller.

Songs of about 2 to 5 minutes in length will always get priority.  Longer songs may be edited to fit in the time available.

Theremin 30 reserves the right to refuse any song containing lyrics considered to be offensive, hateful, in violation of copyright, etc., or any recording that does not have adequate sound or performance quality.


You may submit more than one song recording, but Rick tries to feature as many artists as possible.  This means that it is very likely only 1 or 2 of your songs will be used over the course of a whole year of episodes.


If your recording sounds good, it will probably make it into an episode.  Almost any audio file format is okay, but .wav files or high bitrate .mp3 files are best.  With your permission, Rick can also rip your music from your YouTube video or other streaming audio host sites such as BandCamp or SoundCloud. Finished episodes are delivered to the podcast host in 320kbps .mp3 file format.


Contact Rick via Facebook, Twitter, or the contact form near the lower right corner of this website. Include a link to your recording on Dropbox, Google Drive, or a similar service for transferring large files. Include your email address so Rick can follow up with you if necessary.