The Lifespan of a Philby Entry

The Philby Award

Since I started posting about the Philby Awards earlier than I ever have before, I thought it might be interesting to have some posts about my strategy for Philby submissions.

Any year that I work on them, I consider entries for a four year window.

This year I will be reviewing entries for the years 2016-2019.

An entry submitted to me for this year will be eligible for 2019-2022. 

The reason that there is such a wide range of years is that many independent artists often don’t know exactly how to promote their own music.

It also gives me the freedom to make sure that I am turning over as many “musical stones” as I can.

I know that, in general, an artist makes music for a lot of different reasons. I’m guessing that being recognized for putting out quality music might not even be on that list.

However, I also know, that no one ever gets tired of hearing that they have done a wonderful job!

Most year end lists are often too short and/or limited in scope to be a good representation of music for any year.

That’s why the Philbys are here: To recognize brilliant musical achievement!

I could do a year end list similar to others to make an argument that I’m “hip” to the music scene.

That’s not what I’m looking for.

I am the advocate for the under represented or the unheard!

I will conclude most of these articles by posting repetitive information about Philby submissions.


I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2016, I will accept that music for consideration. When it comes to independent self-released projects, an artist may not know how to get their product marketed or recognized. It may take a couple of years to figure that part of it out.

If you have something older than 2016, send that, too, but identify the release date. I’m always looking for GREAT music.

For the Philbys, I’m looking for full albums.

However, if you only have a single, I’ll accept that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list, and more artists are releasing singles these days.

But please don’t send me an incomplete album if you have one.

So, please don’t edit for me.

I hate that and I might not even check out the item. I don’t know why anyone would only send selected songs instead of their whole work of art for consideration.

Please don’t send me links to listen to music. That’s not how I listen to music and I probably won’t listen to it if you send me a link to stream it. Either send me the album to download or request my mailing address for a physical copy.

I usually say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list. But I feel more on top of things than normal this year, and there’s a good two months or so that I have to check out your album.

I will accept any genre of music. I like a variety of styles, even on the same album!

So, please e-mail your mp3, and please make sure it is an mp3 only, to

If you want a physical address or have other questions, please e-mail me at the same address. Because selections will be considered for more than a single year, there isn’t an expiration date at the present.

If you want someone who will actually listen to your music, I am that person.

If you want some recognition for working hard and baring your soul, that might be me, too. I can’t make any promises, but I will listen to your music.

If you are reading this and are not a musician but know someone who is, please forward this to them.

Good luck to all who participate!

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