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Publicity, Press & Playlist Promotion Offerings

Team Clermont succeeds by utilizing our relationships with new media, online media, national, regional, college, and international press contacts. Team Clermont’s proficiency in PR stems from the enthusiasm for each individual project. The focus is on achieving maximum exposure to an audience customized for each artist. In other words, we pay attention to what our associates at press WANT to hear and write about and try to bring them only the music that moves us and might move them.

Unlike our competitors, Team Clermont’s publicists take on only a handful of projects at any given time so that each project and each client has special hands-on attention. Our strength comes from our desire to help our clients do what they set out to do: gain exposure and sell their music.


NATIONAL PRESS
National press campaigns are tailored individually for each release and each artist according to genre, exposure level and budget. National print outlets include Magnet, Alternative Press, Paste; lifestyle magazines such as NYLON; specialty magazines such as Guitar Player and Modern Drummer; national college publications; national and international zines include, NME (UK),
Tape-Op, Atwood, Elmore, Venus, Impose, and Big Takeover.

Online press outlets include Pitchfork, Stereogum, Gorilla vs. Bear, Paste, Surviving The Golden Age, and nearly 2000 other online outlets where we have relationships.


TOUR PRESS
We provide aggressive, thorough tour press targeting monthly, daily, weekly, and college publications nationwide.

Our press department is led by industry veteran, Bill Benson, and his press team that includes junior publicists and national contract partner publicists. Contact Nelson Wells or Bill Benson by submitting our form below.

Think your music has what it takes to go to Press? Submit your music now.


PLAYLIST PROMOTION
Often referred to as Spotify playlist promotion and marketing, our team has partnerships across different countries and the US with professionals in their fields of playlist promotion, namely at Spotify. As with publicity, our team does not take on just any client who comes through our door. We must be selective and cater to the needs of the creators and curators who decide what music and songs and artists fit their playlists.

Spotify playlists are currently the biggest drivers of digital traffic in the music industry. Spotify playlist marketing is becoming one of the most essential music business services out there. And while we cannot guarantee placements to submitted playlists we strive to know the right playlists to send the right music.
Simply put, our goal is to increase your audience, and the most meaningful way to do that is increasing monthly listeners. Spotify playlist promotion requires a separate charge from press, publicity or radio. For more information on playlist promotion and marketing see below. +

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Radio Offerings

Our radio department gets results through years of long-term working relationships with over 400 college, public, satellite, online and commercial stations across the U.S. and Canada. Campaigns generally last 6 weeks, and are strategically planned to meet the expectations of every client on each record. Simply put, we get radio airplay.


COLLEGE, PUBLIC, & NPR RADIO PROMOTION
Team Clermont radio campaigns generally last 4-6 weeks to as many as 300 top-ranked college, public, community, NPR, satellite and online radio stations in the United States and Canada. We begin with the prep work in the weeks prior to the add date with calls, personalized and blast emails, press releases, sending links to videos and songs, and more. We schedule with, and post download links to, the radio trades such as NACC, Spinitron and Muzooka and announce the release to radio. Next, we focus on bringing in the adds and airplay during the week of the radio add date. Each week we do the same and provide our clients with Radio Tracking Reports which detail all actions taken by radio during the week as well as which songs are getting just how many plays when available.

Our goal is to get maximum airplay for each record and chart positions which reflect that airplay.

College, Public, and NPR radio promotion campaign rates may be discounted if combined with
PR campaigns so feel free to ask about those and our true-indie discounts.

Think your music has what it takes to be on the radio? Submit your music now.


DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION

Our partnership with The Orchard allows us to operate as a digital distribution system to get your music into the stores, streams and outlets you want on a worldwide scale. We allow you to be your own label under our distributorship with your own dashboard and control panel to upload your own music digitally everywhere you want it to go, and our team takes only the industry standard 20% of sales. Then we pay you every quarter or every time you reach $250 in sales whichever comes first. Our team keeps only pennies when it’s said and done, but with a proper radio promotion campaign and combined with PR campaigns and Spotify playlist promotion campaigns, your sales could very well add up quickly.

Think your music has what it takes to be distributed worldwide? Submit your music now.


WHO ARE WE AND WHY IS OUR TEAM SO GOOD AT WHAT WE DO

Our radio department and its successes are derived from all the many years of radio promotion work by our very own Founder, Nelson Wells, as well as by our VP, Bill Benson. Nelson began his college radio promotion career right out of college starting with indie bands from Richmond, Virginia such as The Technical Jed, Schwa, and others. Nelson’s 3rd client was a fairly unknown South Carolina band, called Hootie & The Blowfish. The band had $800 and asked Nelson to do radio promotion, press, distribution, and whatever he could to help them grow beyond an indie band. And that he did. Within weeks the band had sold 35,000 copies of their own independently released EP, and were quickly signed by Bruce Flohr at RCA where they went on to create a life-long career.

Nelson began Team Clermont in 1997 with then employee Bill to showcase and support small unknown talented young bands across the US, from Athens Georgia to Chicago, Illinois and beyond. Since then, the two have grown a small, respected music empire known for helping the small bands, the indiest of labels, civil rights groups, the downtrodden, the little guy, and the truly and fiercely independent artist and musician. Now 50% owner, Bill is also head of national publicity and press at Team Clermont.

In their personal lives Nelson and Bill both have been life-long consistent contributors and supporters of many non-profits and charities in which they believe. From Nuci’s Space to The ACLU, and from Community Connection to The Vic Chesnutt Songwriters Award, to The Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund their donations and support can be felt throughout the Athens community and beyond.

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Nelson Wells is a devoted dad to twin daughters, a dedicated business owner, and a generous contributor to and supporter of respected charitable organizations and civil rights groups worldwide and in his hometown of Athens, Georgia. He is also a civil rights activist and a defender of women’s rights, the rights of the LGBTQ community and has, for over 20 years, served on boards and/or donated to and supported groups who defend social justice and liberties for all minority groups especially those being oppressed.
Some charitable organizations and civil rights groups Nelson Wells has been involved with or contributed to include The ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union, Community Connection, Habitat For Humanity, Project Safe, sheltering women and children and protecting women from sexist or domestic violence or sexism in the workplace; Nuci’s space- protecting the lives of artists and supporting suicide prevention among artists and the Arts in Athens, Georgia; Lukas’ Fund – Helping Mothers and infants who find themselves in hospital NICU units; Also, The Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund which helps underprivileged women gain education and defend against sexism in education. Contact Rankin Foundation to learn about all of the support and donations Nelson has made in their honor and to women around the South for their desire for education. In 2006 Nelson began going to Nicaragua to enjoy the surf but also to donate and deliver clothing, shoes and donations of baseball equipment to poor local Nicaraguan families there who are in need of clothing, shelter, shoes and clean water.

Bill has been an artist manager, a radio promoter, a tour publicist, and is now our team’s head national publicist with over 20 years experience under his belt. He is the proud and dedicated father of two daughters and devoted husband to his sweet and kind wife, Erin.

Adam is our in-house radio promoter along side Nelson & the radio team as well as a junior publicist under Bill. Adam also currently runs his successful indie music blog, Surviving the Golden Age, where he’s been at the helm helping to expose and break young artists for 10+ years.
Adam worked in college radio in CT before heading to Los Angeles, and he now calls Athens, Georgia home.

Fréderique Hodges spent her early years in The Netherlands and following the indie music scene from Amsterdam to Antwerp. She now lives in Athens GA with her husband and baby daughter and keeps the books and Bill and Nelson in order at the Team Clermont offices.

Thank you for getting to know your promoters and publicists. Feel free to ask us any questions any time.

For more information on Bill, Nelson, and the entire team submit music or drop us a line below.

Team Clermont accepts music submissions of all kinds. Submit your music now.
Also, Team Clermont now accepts Ƀitcoin & multiple cryptocurrencies. See here!

For Press Contact Bill Benson
For Radio Contact Nelson Wells


SPOTIFY PLAYLIST PROMOTION +

In today’s frantic and busy world it’s hard to trust what can truly quiet the noise and cut through it to find meaningful avenues for the successful growth of an audience. ..A true fanbase.

Team Clermont understands what it means to find the most productive avenues to find meaningful growth. And we want to help the indie musician succeed. These days that requires many different avenues.
Playlists are just one of those… and playlist promotion is something our team offers. While we believe in Soundcloud, 8Tracks, Deezer, Youtube, and the others, the king of playlists is still considered to be Spotify.

Our team makes it easy to grow your audience by increasing your exposure on Spotify. With our exclusive worldwide partners, we’re able to find the best playlists on Spotify and get personalized suggestions of playlists that best match your genre and music with the right audience.

Our team will make sure you are placed on some of the most popular playlists while still targeting the appropriate audience on Spotify for your sound. Spotify playlists are currently the biggest drivers of digital traffic in the music industry, and Spotify playlist marketing is becoming one of the most essential music business services out there.

Again, we cannot guarantee placements to submitted playlists. Playlist additions are entirely at the discretion of each individual playlist curator. 

Our goal is to increase your audience and the most meaningful way to do that is by increasing your monthly listeners. It’s that simple. Let our team do what we are good at and get you the playlist exposure you deserve.
Think your music has what it takes to be on the Spotify? Submit your music now.


Team Clermont reserves the right to refuse transactions with anyone who shows what we consider to be unprofessional behavior, disrespect to women, minorities, or other groups; we reserve the right to refuse business for anyone showing sexism, sexist behavior, or any behavior, lyrics or artwork that is degrading to women or the LGBTQ community, or their civil liberties or anyone we feel does not represent what we consider to be ethical in any way. Owners Bill and Nelson have defended the honor and civil rights of women and the LGBTQ community from discrimination or sexism their whole careers, and operate Team Clermont the same way. There are no refunds and no rush orders. Thank you for choosing our team for your music PR needs.

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