We are open to pitches on album reviews, single reviews and written features. It is our aim to correct the historical imbalance of the site, and the need for dance music, a Black artform, to be written about by Black writers.
Given the global pandemic, we are currently only able to commission a small number of pieces. This is because our coverage has been funded primarily by booking fees for tickets sold on the site, as well as on-site display advertising for events, clubs and festivals, both of which have been significantly impacted by the crisis.
How to get in touch
If it's your first time pitching RA, send us an email introducing yourself, outlining your experience (if any), and explaining your area of expertise or interest. From an editor's perspective, we want topics written about by people who have a personal or authentic angle on them. Say what kind of things you're interested in writing about, then provide a few specific ideas. Perhaps those specific ideas won't work, but it's very important not to get discouraged when your pitches are not accepted. At any given moment, there are many factors beyond the actual quality of the topic that determine whether we'll accept your pitch or not (for RA, a big one is if we've already got something on the same / a similar topic sometime in the past year or coming up soon).
You can reach us here: [email protected].
For any general questions or feedback, it's: [email protected].
Our reviews section aims to cover a broad range of electronic music. We're primarily looking for pitches on interesting independent music and use our section to showcase new talent with a focus on Black artists, meaning that we are very interested in pitches that exist outside of the usual PR cycle. We are also interested in reading your opinions on bigger releases that are in the spotlight. Your pitch should tell us which record/s you'd like to write about, and what you think about them. We see RA's reviews section primarily as an advocate for good independent music, but we're not opposed to critiquing popular music.
When it comes to pitching features, what we suggest is an email with a subject heading like "Feature pitch: XXXX" followed by four or five sentences explaining why this artist / topic / scene is interesting and why a feature on it now is timely or or something our audience needs to hear about. We're interested in pitches tied to existing series (Art Of DJing, Breaking Through, etc) as well as standalone ideas about a sound, scene, collective, club, party or wider trend you find interesting. It's also worth trying to include a working title for your feature in the email subject line.
Here's a bit more information on our existing feature series:
Breaking Through: As the title suggests, this series is focused on emerging artists. Our series archive gives you an example of what we're after: a written-through article (as opposed to a Q&A) around the 1500-2000 word mark.
Label Of The Month: Each month, we shine a light on a different record label. We're open to different approaches for this feature, whether it's a snappy profile of a cool label or an oral history.
Art Of DJing: In our Art Of DJing interviews we go deep with some of the best DJs in the game. These are presented in a Q&A format, with an intro at the start that explains why this DJ is special. The idea of this series is to get deep into the craft of DJing, discussing the areas of special interest.
In the past we have worked with freelance filmmakers, camera operators and editors. However, given the current pandemic, we are not commissiong any new films at this moment. As soon as that changes, we will update this document.
What are the pay rates?
Review pay rates will be agreed with writers before work is commissioned, based on a number of factors, including word count and deadline. As of June 2020, the base rate for an album review is £100 / $120.
The fees for features will vary depending on a number of factors: the proposed word count, the number of interviews taking place and the complexity of the topic at hand. The fee is agreed before the writer starts on the project—and any associated travel costs or expenses are paid for by RA.
Need some advice?
We have a team of writers, editors and filmmakers who are open to answering questions about pitching, process and publishing. You can reach out to us here—we'll be happy to answer any questions you have.