How can I license my music?
At Tracks & Fields, brands, advertising agencies, film productions, TV channels, game developers and others look for your music for their projects. In most cases, these usages of your music require a special license with all rights holders of the music. The fees for these licenses can range from a few hundred to thousands of Dollars/Euros/Pounds. This depends on the type of media, the country, the duration of the music within the film or commercial or the importance of the music for the project.
Tracks & Fields does not set a price for licenses as we believe in the concept of a marketplace. Naturally, the better the project/budget, the more people are sending music. On the other hand, the more specific a briefing, the less people actually have something that fits. Some projects pay less but are cool projects that have promotional benefits for you; others are not making your heart beat faster but pay a lot of money. We believe the decision is yours as to what works for you and what doesn’t.
The process is quite simple: Companies/people who need music post their request on our site. The briefing will tell you exactly what they are looking for. The deadline is the time by which they need it. The payout will let you know how much they can pay for the license to all rights holders. You can then submit your Track. If the requesting user wants to work with your Track, we will contact you and arrange the details, including paperwork, payment and possibly additional editing of your Track.
Who is listening to my music?
The typical request has anonymous submissions, which means only the agency that has set up the request can listen to submissions. All submissions are made available to the person who has started the request. Within the agency or production company it is usually forwarded to the person that has the final decision over the music.
Additionally, our staff are checking all submissions to be able to help the client finding the right music.
What rights do I license and when?
Unless stated otherwise, requests require you to grant a non–exclusive license for the rights to the recording and the rights to the composition. These are also called “sides”, the master–side and publishing–side. The money amount shown is the actual payout; Tracks & Fields will not charge you a fee from this amount. In almost all cased the payout stated is “all in”, which means the payout is for both master and publishing. It is a standard industry practice that this will be split 50/50 between the owners of the master and the owners of the publishing.
If you have written and recorded your own material, you own both master and publishing. If you have a contract with a record label for the submitted track, they probably own your master. If you have a publisher or someone else wrote your music or lyrics, they own a part or all of the publishing. If anyone else owns a piece of your music, they need to approve a final license as well. If you haven’t done so yet, get in touch with them and discuss what kind of deals you can submit to to make sure they will agree.
Once your track has been chosen, you will enter an agreement with the licensee. You do not give away any rights simply by uploading, it will require you and all rights holders to make a contract, either online or on paper, with the company or person that wants your music. This can be required really fast, so make sure you provide all details to the track during the upload and have included your full contact details in your ACCOUNT settings.
How can I submit my music to requests?
You can simply upload your music on the request page or choose one of the Tracks you have previously uploaded. You have not entered a license by simply uploading; it will require an agreement once your track has been selected.
Most requests are for premium users only. We do this to make sure we only have serious and professional artists, producers, labels and publishers submitting music to the requests.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes, but within reason. Try to limit your submissions to a maximum of three submissions per request. If you have more music you think is great for licensing, put them on your profile page. If someone likes the direction of your submissions he/she will check out the rest.
How do I know when the request is over?
A request is over when the deadline has passed and a Track has been chosen. If your Track has been chosen, you will be alerted via message. Generally, requests have three statuses in our system: running (green), pending (yellow), closed (red). As long as the request you submitted to is pending, the decision has not yet been made. If the request turns to red, the decision has been made, and if you haven’t received a message by then, the person requesting decided on another track.
Can I get feedback on my music?
Feedback is not very common, unless the client wants to license the track or sometimes when it is shortlisted.
I share the rights with a label/ publisher. Can I submit to this request?
Yes. It is best to make sure beforehand that the other rights holders are OK with the deal. At the latest when your Track has been chosen. You would then need to inform your label, publisher and any other party who has rights to your music and everyone has to sign the licensing agreement with the licensee. You should be able to take care of this very quickly.
The briefing is very specific, should I submit even though I am not quite sure my Track is spot–on?
Briefings can be quite subjective and require some common sense. If someone asks for Brooklyn–style indie rock and you think you sound more like London, chances are it is close enough. But if your Track is a hip–hop track, you don’t match the briefing. However, be honest with yourself and ask if your music is really what they might be after. Do not randomly submit your music just because know someone will listen.
Why are many licensees not stating the name of their project or their own names?
Very often, they simply are not allowed to and/or do not want to reveal details that can be used to track their productions or clients. Others are afraid of receiving pitching–calls from labels and publishers trying to hard–sell their music and disrupting their daily business.
Will I know the exact project before I license my music? What happens if I change my mind?
Yes. Once you are chosen you will be revealed the brand name, exact usage, length of usage etc. Briefings are usually specific enough that you can get a very good idea what it is for and they should include enough information so you can make the decision before you submit. However, in the unlikely case that you might feel like there has been something left out and that this changes everything for you, no one can force you to license your music.
What is your provision?
We take a fee from the licensee for various services, including clearance, administration, creative consulting etc. This fee ranges between 25%–50% of the direct licensing budget. The stated payout that you see is the money that you (and other rights owners to the Track) will get.
We do not take a percentage from backend royalties (PRO), i.e. for broadcasting, streaming or public performance.