The Theremin 30 podcast features about 4 to 6 songs per episode, for a total of roughly 70 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.

2- AN OFFER OF PAYMENT TO YOU (This offer expires March 31, 2020)

The Theremin 30 podcast offers to pay a small usage fee (or a gift, really) of $1 USD (one dollar) in lieu of a royalty for every song played in each episode.  This is in addition to any cost involved in purchasing a legal download or CD of your song if necessary. Payment is usually made via Paypal during the week that the episode premieres. Some of the featured artists have declined payment and suggested it be considered a donation to support the production costs of the podcast. Your support and participation in the show is highly appreciated.

 *** PLEASE NOTE*** The $1 USD payment offer will expire March 31, 2020. Unfortunately, the podcast has not been earning enough advertising income to pay for this and other production expenses. This payment to artists may be reinstated at a future date.

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


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.  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.