I'm interested in interning for Sub Pop. Do you have internships available?

Sub Pop loves, loves, loves its interns and we do our best to provide a fun and educationally rewarding experience in a nurturing environment with minimal insults and/or off-color comments.

What’s that you say? YOU’D like to intern here at Sub Pop? Well, here’s almost everything you need to know and maybe a few things you don’t:

You do not need to know a ton about the music biz to intern here. It would be entirely appropriate to have an interest in independent music/labels, smaller press and/or music magazines, college radio, and a bit of knowledge regarding what Sub Pop is all about. (Trust me, we do NOT need you to be some sort of a bizarro historian, as that is actually more irritating than useful.) Our ideal intern would know how to count, use a computer, and maybe even have a writing skill or two. Prior experience is not required but it doesn’t hurt either. After all, learning something new is kinda what this whole interning thing is all about.

We all know resumes are pretty ridiculous and packed full of lies and other useless information, but we still want one from you, and we want a good one at that. We are mainly looking for people who are still in college and need to complete an internship as part of their course load, usually in Communications. Why? Because students have a set time-frame for completing an internship (no messy break-ups!), and there is a responsibility for finishing a commitment (no flakers!). Plus, they are usually better looking. In actuality, we often accept interns who are not in school, but these are usually exceptional candidates who are active in the local music community or who have otherwise proven themselves as passionate, trustworthy, and reliable. We want someone who will actually benefit from their time spent here stuffing envelopes, not someone who is just trying to fulfill a requirement. Also, please make sure to indicate which department most interests you so we have a better idea of what you are looking to do. This is important, so don’t brush it off. (Just to make this easier I’ll let you know that the only possible choices are publicity, radio, international, sales, digital communications, and social media.)

Our internships last about 3 months, or one quarter/semester, and it is VERY IMPORTANT that you understand before you start that INTERNING RARELY, IF EVER, LEADS TO A PERMANENT JOB HERE AT SUB POP. (IT’S BETTER TO JUST THINK NEVER.) Your time here is about learning new skills and having something new for your resume, not about permanent employment. We are always looking for interns, but keep in mind that we rarely have more than 4 or 5 at a time and that we usually use more interns during the spring and summer months. It is best to try to set up an internship anywhere from 1-3 months ahead of time, but please don’t email or call every day to see if we’ve made a decision. It’s super annoying and it will most likely make your resume end up in the trash somehow. (That’s a life lesson, people—-write that one down.)

Interning is somewhat of a thankless job that is historically tied to fetching coffee for the head honchos, but I want you to know that we already have someone who gets us our coffee and her name is Rosie. Most of your time interning will be spent helping out with mailings (i.e., stuffing envelopes), finding and scanning press clippings, making one-sheets and/or press updates, counting buttons/stickers, making CDRs, and updating databases and project reports. Glamorous? No. Mildly interesting? Yes!

Still interested? Send your resume to us at internship@subpop.com. Here's a pro tip, please name your resume files with your name. Files simply called "resume" tend to get lost.

What is your demo policy? How do I submit my music?

If you would like us to hear your music, please, share it to our email account at demos@subpop.com. PLEASE DO NOT SEND AUDIO FILES TO THIS ADDRESS, simply send links to your audio hosted elsewhere on the cyberweb. In an effort to discourage physical waste and overflowing email inboxes, this will now be the only way in which Sub Pop will accept unsolicited demos.

Please don’t call or email to follow up; if we want to reach you, we will. It is extremely rare that a band gets signed on the strengths of a demo alone so our best advice to you is to keep playing out, build a fan base, tour, and get your name out there; these are the things that will bring label representatives to your shows and this is what will help you get a record deal. Good luck!

PS – This is not the place to leave a comment with a link to your band’s Facebook page. Aside from having very little chance to attract our attention, the links can mess up the comments section on the front page of the website. Which just means that we have to delete them.

Please see the “best advice” above, it really is sage! Thanks.

I'd love to work for Sub Pop, do you have any positions available?

Unfortunately, Sub Pop is currently overflowing with employees. But fear not! Send us a resume to info@subpop.com, and we'll keep it on file, in case a vacancy happens. We appreciate your interest in working at Sub Pop. We love what we do and we're glad you do, too.

Film Festivals/Student Music Licensing

For starters, I’d like to invite you to read this article written by Bart Day for a quick and simple primer on how licensing works. After that, I’d like you to read this one on the Stanford Universities Libraries site regarding the actual rules for fair use. (PRO TIP: Read the whole thing.)

A one year, worldwide festivals only sync license for a Sub Pop artist will run you $500 total, half of which goes to pay for the publishing rights you’ll need to license, and the other half of which goes to Sub Pop to pay for the master recording rights. Sub Pop can only license the master use rights to you (unless you are requesting a band we publish as well), so you will also need to contact the band’s publisher or management to fully clear the use. I want to stress that this fee is for Film Festivals and/or non-commercial uses only, and it does not automatically include online rights of any kind.

If you’d like to request a festival license please send an email to either licensing@subpop.com and include as much information about your project as possible including the rights and terms requested, film budget, music budget, etc. Most bands will want to view the scene in question so it helps to send a password protected link to view the scene with your initial request. 

Can I use [name of song released by Sub Pop] in my podcast?

For your non-commercial podcast, you may use of any of the tracks we offer for free download from our website. A convenient place to retrieve the 20 most recently offered freely download-able tracks from Sub Pop is through our digital sampler, available here and updated monthly.

This use is revocable at any time, for any reason, by us. In the meantime, have at it!