Guidelines

Guidelines

We accept projects that are of world-class quality, both artistically and technically. We will also only take on projects that are the right fit for the label. What this means is that our network of promotion and distribution need to make sense for your release; we wouldn’t dream of asking you to pay us for promo we don’t think would be effective. Are you making sensitive folky rock? Our distributor won’t know what to do with it. The rawest hip-hop? It seems unlikely that our network of critics and DJs will find space to review or spin it.

But have we released albums stuffed to the gills with acoustic guitar? Sure. Do we put out records ripe with samples and loops? Absolutely. We’re open-minded and wide-ranging, but we also know what we do well. We like iconoclasts and non-conformists. To put it simply, exceptional, boundary-leaping, forward-looking new American music is our bag.

So take a look at the catalog, listen to our sets on Soundcloud, friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. Read up on our nuts and bolts, FAQs, a sample budget, and our production schedule. If you’re still not sure if innova is right for you, why not drop us a line (pblackburn at composersforum.org)? Sending something to listen to, in whatever shape it’s currently in, is the best way for us to get a sense of it and let you know if we think we’d be the right fit. To be honest, the best part of our day (other than sending checks to artists) is going through submissions and finding something that’s the perfect match.