#027: Amy McCullough – Your Music in Print

Get your music reviewed by your local weekly! Amy McCullough, is the music editor for the Willamette Week, a popular and award winning weekly newspaper here in Portland with a circulation of almost 90,000. She shares with us details of her job as well as what she and her staff are looking for when deciding who to feature in their articles.

The Willamette Week website

  • That was a very helpful interview. There’s an Alt Music paper in my city as well, and this gave me some insight into the inner workings of publications such as these.

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  • Thank you for this article. I have a nie review from a local paper in Atlanta Georgia some years ago. I wrote the points down that Amy said were important.

    Thank you very much.

  • Very educating although quie hard to accomplish.

  • Great interview, really useful.

  • Thank you Amy! I loved your suggestions and your nervous laugh.


  • The truth is cold and hard. If you are interesting enough people will feature you, otherwise you get left behind. I discovered that being unexpected in introduction letter sometimes gets me noticed, and get the editors listen to my stuff. Many musicians don’t know this, but getting the editors listen to your music is almost half the battle as far as getting featured is concerned. 🙂

  • Good podcast but Amy McCullogh is not the music editor of Willamette Week – it’s Casey Jarman.

  • Hi Amy,we would like very much for you to review our “Guardians of the Grain” CD with vocals by Mark Everett from Alberta, Canada.
    We are an “indie” out of Arizona.
    Thank you so much,
    Clyde Jorgensen

  • Mark – This podcast is an older episode. When it was recorded, Amy was the music editor for the Willamette Week. The info coved holds true even if she’s not at that post anymore.

  • awarrior

    She mentioned him as an assistant music editor in the podcast and that there were two staffers so apparently she is the other one.