How to pitch us a story:

Pitch is a critically acclaimed podcast about music. We have a devoted audience, and we’ve been featured in places like BuzzFeed, NPR, and The Atlantic. The stories we make are thoughtfully reported, highly produced, and they engage our audience to think expansively about the world of music.

We accept story pitches from musicians, academics, music journalists, investigative journalists, radio producers, and everyone else.

Types of stories we’re looking for: 

  • Music stories that have never been reported on, or were reported on poorly, incorrectly, or from too narrow a perspective.
  • Stories that make academic research about music more accessible.
  • Big, ambitious stories you’ve always wanted to do but have never had the time/resources/institutional support for, and engage our audience to think expansively about the world of music.
  • Stories about music that are just super fun.

Types of stories we’re not looking for:

  • Reviews.
  • Recommendations.
  • Profiles.
  • Stories that aren’t music-centric (e.g. stories about sound that don’t have a larger arc having to do with music).

Compensation:

Rates competitive with major public radio programs.

How to pitch us:

Please email your pitches to pitches@pitchpodcast.org. Pitches should include, in about 500 words (no audio please), answers to the following questions: 

  • What is the narrative thrust of the story? Please include basic plot points, conflict, potential characters, etc., as if it were a movie.
  • What are the broader questions, ideas, and/or issues about music that arise from that narrative? 
  • What’s your access to potential characters? Which potential characters have you spoken to?
  • Why are you the best person to report this story?

We can’t respond personally to everyone who reaches out, but if we want to move forward with your pitch, we’ll be in touch within a few weeks.