How to Get Your Song Listed on The NACC College and Community Radio Chart

Up to date, radio is one of the most important mediums for music lovers, despite the presence of other modern digital platforms. This is especially true for musicians who want their content to be spread out all over the airwaves. Musicians rely on what’s called a “chart” to keep track on how much radio time their content is getting.

Essentially every radio station has a chart with which they keep track of everything from airplay, to programming, to playlist adds, and more. However, every radio station is different. Therefore, they offer different advantages for up and coming artists. For example, a well established and recognizable radio station can offer better artist exposure than a less known independent radio station. While both are great outlets, one may offer a better exposure than the other. If you are an artist or musician, chances are you are looking to distribute your music and keep track of it through radio charts.

It does not matter if you are just beginning your musical career, or already have established yourself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry – making it onto a chart is always important if you want an increase in listenership.

What is the NACC Chart?

NACC stands for North American College and Community Chart. It was launched in January 2017 and since then, it has been responsible for collecting charts from radio stations. Up to this date, they receive charts from over 200 radio stations. NACC not only is dedicated to providing radio charts, they also have editorial content on college-related culture. This is important for new and upcoming artists in the college scene or for those looking to make their breakthrough.

Since college radio stations are non-commercial in nature, they are more accessible than they would be in the commercial realm. However, this does not necessarily mean it is easier. Making it through the college music scene is not an easy task, especially for those who are taking their first baby steps into the music industry. Keep in mind that this platform, though easier to get into compared to the commercial side of the music world, still requires a lot of effort. The experienced college radio promoters at Planetary Group can help you get your foot in the door and take your career to a higher level.

NACC Top 200

The NACC collects information from radio stations every week. With this information, they create their weekly top 200 charts. In it, they include relevant information such as the artist’s name, the song’s name, the label, and current position. To access their latest charts with updated information, all you need to do is log on to their website and look for the NACC top 200. By doing so you should be able to see their updated weekly chart.

Can You Submit Charts to NACC?

The straightforward answer is yes. However, keep in mind that in order to submit your chart to the NACC you must make sure you are a qualifying radio station. Otherwise, you will not be able to submit your music chart. Also, you should make sure your program director reaches out to the NACC for call letters and market information. Just go to the NACC webpage and go to their FAQ section. From there click on the “HERE” link after “How Do I Submit My Charts to NACC?” and you should be well on your way. The chart reporting deadline is every Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. EST.

Are the NACC Charts Weighted and How?

The NACC has weighted charts divided on a one to five-tiered scale. On the NACC’s system, number one has the less weight and five has the higher weight.

  1. This is the category for low power stations and internet stations (100-watt range).
  2. Two is the category for the Smaller Terrestrial radio station (100-almost 1000-watt range).
  3. Number 3 is for the mid-sized markets (stations in the 1000-watt range).
  4. This corresponds to large-sized college markets.
  5. The top weight, number five, corresponds to the largest radio stations.

Does NACC Provide Charts to Record Labels?

The NACC does provide chart information to record labels – and also to promoters. However, the NACC does not serve all chart information to labels and promoters as a gift. While the NACC offers a free version to participate in, this option is limited. However, they offer a paid service which allows them to all the data related to the chart’s weekly creation.

What Other Charts Does the NACC Offer Aside from Their Top 200?

NACC offer breakout charts that are divided into categories and focuses on different genres. Some of the genres they offer charts for are the following:

  • Electronic
  • Folk
  • Heavy
  • Hip-Hop
  • Jazz
  • Non-Comm
  • And more

While this is not a complete list of the music categories the NACC covers, it can provide further information that might help you look for a particular musical genre you are interested in. To learn more about how radio charts and college radio can help you advance your career as a pro musician, contact Planetary Group online, or call us at (323) 952-5050.

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