Answer: As long as negative reviews or little useful feedback is okay with you, yes, it doesn’t hurt to submit your original music there. Do not expect much though. If you get lucky and have a great experience, then that’s great. That’s why it doesn’t hurt, because you never know. But be cautious and don’t spend a ton of money on the paid submissions. Unless you are serious and have money to burn.
I hesitate to write this because the owner of SubmitHub put a lot of work into the site and maybe they truly are doing it for the good of music. Also, who cares about my opinion? But, I’m doing this in case it helps a few people save some money.
Here. We. Go.
SubmitHub is a website where artists can submit songs they’ve created to blogs, influencers, and even record labels. If they like your track, they might feature it. Or, help promote it in some way. You get 2 free submissions a day. But, with free submissions the blog/other service can ignore it if they want. Or, you pay. If you pay then most likely the blog/service will listen to your song. But, they can still say, “Sorry, not my thing,” and you’re out some cash with no reward. Not even a decent review.
You are able to see things like, genres that blog/service likes. But, you could see that the blog loves Acoustic guitar, pay money, submit an Acoustic guitar song that you feel is your best ever, and the blog/service could all but ignore you (notice I said, “all but ignore,” because if you paid they’ll say something).
Another downside is no refunds. If you purchase a bunch of tokens then have buyer’s remorse, you can’t get your money back. They should let you have your money back. Because you sincerely may not know if your music is good or not.
Picture this. You think your music might be good. You pay for a bunch of submissions. Quickly you see blogs declining your song. Why not then let the artist have their money back? There is no, “well the tokens don’t expire so just practice and submit again down the road.” That is assuming someone’s voice/style/technique will completely change. Which could happen. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Right? But, at some point you have to be happy with yourself. And, what you can do is what you can do and that’s great. Sometimes, nothing you do will be good enough to that random music blogger. And so, give me my money back. Simple.
One might say I’m disgruntled. One might say, sorry guy, your music isn’t good, that’s why you didn’t have success there. But, I think it’s a little more than that. As a start, the bloggers aren’t necessarily music experts. And, they know what the bare minimum is to satisfy any rules SubmitHub has for them. SubmitHub might tell them for paid submissions, at a minimum, you must do XYZ. And so, they barely do XYZ.
After submitting feedback to the owner he admitted that the service was created to make music bloggers’ lives easier. So that THEY didn’t have to sift through a bunch of submissions via email or whatever. But you know what? Creating music is hard. It takes a lot out of you. Artists put their heart and soul into tracks. Their lives. They put their life into the music. And here you have bloggers who want to make money, making a service to make reviewing easier for THEM. And not bending an inch to refund, or give bloggers stricter rules. Well, I’m sorry but, bloggers just aren’t that special. And that includes me even though I rarely blog. And I definitely do not blog to take money from people.
If you create music as a hobby, then really ask yourself why you are submitting.
If you do not have spare cash to burn, then ask yourself why you are hurting yourself financially.
But, if you have extra cash, and/or you are doing music already for a living, then maybe submit. Although an artist who makes music for a living told me recently that SubmitHub isn’t worth it.