Rewatch the WXPN 24-Hour Song Challenge Webinar

FAQ Addendum:

Thanks to those of you who joined the webinar! Here’s a link to the slide deck we presented. And, we had some great questions at the end of the webinar and wanted to provide some clarity for you: 

First, the most important question we received: Is mayonnaise an instrument?

I mean, Taj Mahal says that anything can be an instrument. So, if you can make it work, go for it.

Can I be on an Indie label and still be eligible for the Song Challenge? 

The answer is yes, with a caveat. The song challenge is meant to support and offer exposure for our independent Philly regional songwriters who don’t have the advantage of label representation. Here’s how it’s written in the rules: “Independent musician(s) who self-release their own recordings are eligible. Entrants must not be signed to any major or independent labels for distribution. WXPN will make any and all final determinations as to Entrant(s)’ status as independent musician(s).”

Can I use backing tracks on my song? 

Yes, you can. As long as you have rights to the tracks and can perform with them, or recreate them with a live band for performance.

Are there accommodations for religious restrictions? For those who do not use electronics or make music before sunset on Saturday

Yes. If you need accommodations for religious restrictions please reach out to us at and we will make sure you have the time you need to compete in the contest.

Does your performance video have to be one take or can there be cuts and multicamera takes?

First, remember to focus on the song. If it serves the song to create multiple camera angles, then by all means give it a go. But remember that the performance must be a live performance, not a recording that you’re playing to.

Can you include curse words in the song?

The rules state that the song “cannot contain material that is indecent, lewd, pornographic, obscene, profane, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.” So, let’s keep it clean for radio, folks!

And finally, Nate, sorry, no pyrotechnics at Fest. 😉

If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at