July 2023 – Music Newsletter

Hello there!

This is Eloisa Veliz, the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator of the NCRA/ANREC and the lead manager for !earshot distro.

Thank you for supporting and using our system. Now with 29000+ songs, 940+ Artists, 3300+ indie accounts and 302 broadcasters accounts we are continuing to grow and trying our best to better the platform on all fronts. 

Thanks for supporting non-profit campus/community radio.


MAPL!e Grant Program

!earshot Distro partners up with provincial and national music associations to bring you the MAPL!e Grant Program. The MAPL!e Grant offers association’s members access to !earshot distro at a discounted rate, with the chance to receive a 25% to 50% discount to the system! We are offering this to all music associations, including local chapters and genre-based groups. 

The MAPL!e Grant Program is coming back August 1st, 2023 to July 31st 2024!

Here are the names of the associations taking part in the promotion:

  • Manitoba Music
  • MMF Canada
  • Alberta Music
  • SaskMusic
  • Music New Brunswick
  • Indie Week
  • Music BC
  • AFM/CFM Local 820
  • Music PEI
  • Folk Music Ontario
  • Music Yukon

This list is always growing, follow on social media for updates!

*You can find the discount code by accessing your account within the association. If you’re part of an association that is not on this list, let them know about the promotion and we will be happy to set them up! 

Worth Checking out:

Life in Covid Study

A team of university researchers is using podcasting to study the experiences of children, teens and older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still looking for children and youth (ages 5 to 18) and some older adults (ages 65 or older) participants. To learn more, email Christine Gibb (cgibb2@uottawa.ca or lifeincovidstudy@gmail.com) or visit https://site.uvm.edu/lifeincovidstudy/.

DIT Community 

The DIT music community is the place for the independent music community to connect, learn, work with, and help each other!  

You can join the DIT community today and connect with industry professionals worldwide. They offer online courses, community forums, and industry events will help you improve your skills and knowledge while providing valuable networking opportunities. 

You can learn more about it and join here: https://members.ditcommunity.com/ 

Promoters Program

If you as a musician or label want to have a referral code you can share (and get 25% of sales made on that code, while those who use the code get a discount), simply email eloisa@ncra.ca to request to join our promoter program.

We share your uploads with our members weekly!

Every monday a music digest email goes out to all the music directors which includes all the uploads to !earshot distro from the week before, this is in efforts of creating an easy and digestible way for stations to browse through new releases.


How To Distribute Music To Canadian Radio

Back in 2022 we released a series of best practices, as recommended by our member stations and approved by the sector in the distribution of music to not only campus/community radio stations but also CBC and commercial opportunities. If you are interested in these best practices you can check them out here: https://earshot-distro.ca/?page_id=1301

Training Videos

In April of this year we hosted a training on how to upload music to the system, thank you to those who were able to attend. If you are interested in going over how to upload to the system or need a refresher you can checkout the recording here: https://earshot-distro.ca/?page_id=355 

Full Service

Don’t have time to upload your new and/or back catalogue to the system? We can do it for you! 

  1. Fill out this form, to contact the team here about what it is you want to upload.
  2. You will receive confirmation and estimated upload date (2-3 business days), and cost.
  3. You will be invoiced $5/song plus the cost of the release. 
  4. When payment is received, your release will be pushed live!

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If you have general questions or concerns please email support@earshot-distro.ca or fill out this form.

Eloisa Veliz
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator



Barry Rooke

NCRA/ANREC Executive Director