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    Posted: January 08 2014 at 12:33

ProgArchives is dedicated to creating the best and most complete database of progressive rock on the internet. The collaborators of the website dedicate much of their time to careful evaluation and selection of the bands they deem as progressive rock and add bands accordingly. This cannot be done by this select few, however, and we need the help of the entire website to track down bands which would further complete the database. While we want to maintain the most up-to-date and comprehensive database, those who wish to suggest bands to ProgArchives must do some work in order for bands to be recognized, evaluated, and added.

First, please only suggest bands that have released at least one album and are compatible with our definition of an "official release." If the band is signed to a label, it is almost guaranteed this band fits this definition, but if the band is self-signed, please ensure that the band has recorded their music professionally or in a professional manner and has their music available for purchase or download from a respected source. The availability of a physical medium is preferred, but bands whose music is available solely on iTunes, BandCamp, or a similar website will also be accepted. If bands do not have an official release, feel free to create a thread in the unsigned bands subforum.

Second, prepare a suggestion. 

You have two options to create a suggestion

1) Use the defined Suggest New Bands/Artists subforum.
This subforum is monitored by collaborators who will listen to your suggestions and alert the proper genre team of your suggested band. The genre team will then take your suggestion and evaluate them to determine whether your band is eligible for addition. 
PLEASE make the suggestion checker's job easy by creating well-thought out, thorough suggestion threads. Here is a good procedure to follow:
  • Title: BAND NAME - POSSIBLE SUBGENRE (ex. Genesis - Symphonic prog)
  • Start with some basic biographical information about the band (ex. Genesis was formed in 1967...)
  • Provide streamable samples of the band's music that checkers and team members can listen to (ex. youtube videos, BandCamp pages, Soundcloud links, MySpace, Facebook, ReverbNation, etc)
  • If you have listenable material that would aid in evaluation, you can upload these in .zip or .rar format to file sending websites such as sendspace.com and send them to the team leader of the genre that you are suggesting the band should be evaluated under. A list of team leaders can be found at the end of the post here.
  • Provide links to the bands official website, websites that have written about the band, or helpful links in general. 
This is a phenomenal example of a great suggestion thread. 
One a monitor checks your suggestion, a genre team will look at it next. Evaluation could take anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on how busy a genre team is.

2) Use the email suggestion method, written by Uwe (Rivertree)
Collect sound samples and other helpful information, as stated below. Create a ZIP or RAR archive with all this included, upload it to a free filesharing service (RAPIDSHARE.com is actually recommended because very fast all around the globe) and finally forward the download link to [email protected] as well as your explanation of why this band/artist should be added to ProgArchives and in which sub-genre
  • necessary information
    please provide some full songs (no clips/excerpts) with acceptable quality (not less than 128 k/bits) for evaluation and streaming. If you want to send a promo CD you'll get back a reply containing a valid postal address. These samples will of course only made available for streaming with permission from copyright holders. 

  • helpful information
    - website, MySpace as well as other related links with useful informations or reviews
    - band biography (in English)
    - an artist picture with a scale of 500 pixel as possible
    - the complete band/artist discography (album titles, cover art, line-up, tracklisting plus track times) as possible
Once the email has arrived, the Band Submissions Team will check the information and forward the request to the prefered sub-genre team which will evaluate then.
Please use this email address only for submitting bands for inclusion. Inquiries about the progress or other issues will be ignored.

Using the first option is usually preferred. 

Suggesting a band can seem like a tedious and time consuming ordeal, but we all appreciate your contribution to the site and beg patience as team members evaluate bands. No collaborator is paid, so all evaluations are done on volunteered time. One way to help speed evaluation is to provide a biography. More details about this can be found here.

Thank you for your collaboration!

Andy Webb
The Admin Team

Edited by Andy Webb - January 08 2014 at 12:59
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