Frequently Asked Questions
Is the music in Soundscape Media represented Exclusively or Non-Exclusively?
We represent music both Exclusively and Non-Exclusively. You may choose to submit your music to either the Exclusive or the Non-Exclusive libraries or you can have some music in both. Please read below to learn about the difference between the two libraries.
What's the difference between Exclusive and Non-Exclusive representation?
Exclusive representation means that we are the only licensing agency that can represent and license the tracks you have signed with us during the term of the agreement. Non-Exclusive representation means that you can have the same tracks represented and licensed by various music licensing agencies during the same term. You maintain full ownership to the copyright of your music whether you choose for your music to be represented Exclusively or Non-Exclusively. Please read below for more details.
Why would I want my music to be represented exclusively over non-exclusively?
We are getting more and more requests for exclusively represented music so your chances of getting a license if your music is represented exclusively by us is much higher. If your music is exclusively represented by us then your music will be available in both our exclusive catalogue as well as our non-exclusive catalogue with much better odds of getting placements. Plus our exclusive catalogue is much smaller than our non-exclusive again bettering your chances of placements.
Will I keep the ownership and copyright of my music?
Yes. Absolutely we only represent your music for licensing purposes. We only need the rights needed to license and place your music in TV, Film and other media licensing opportunities. You maintain full ownership of your music.
Can I sell my material on iTunes or my own CD or get signed by a record label etc?
Absolutely. You are free to sell your music in any manner for consumer listening purposes no matter if you are on an exclusive or non-exclusive contract with us.
What types of music does Soundscape Media place?
Both vocal and instrumental music from all genres. As long as it's good quality and stylistically appealing to our tastes. We are moving towards our particular preferred tastes making up our unique boutique sound in various indie rock and indie electronic music. We do however like to carry all genres to meet the needs of all clients for all projects so if you make good music, feel free to send it.
Should I follow up with you guys after I submit my music? How long are your response times?
You will hear back from us but you have to be patient. It can take a few days, a few weeks or even a month until your track is reviewed. Once accepted, please don't contact us regularly to ask if your music has been licensed as you will be sent a statement when your payment is sent to you after at the end of the current pay period.
How do I remove my music from the Soundscape Media library and terminate my contract?
1. Email us and to let us know you would like to remove your music and we’ll make sure you have fulfilled your contract obligations and send you a Termination Form to sign and mail to us. 2. Mail us the signed Termination Form by mail that officially states that you would like to terminate the contract and remove your tracks from our library. Please note that our agreement is a three year term, so please make sure the term has passed before attempting to remove your music.
What happens when my music gets placed and licensed?
We will issue a license to the client to non-exclusively use your music. All license profits collected by us will then be split 50/50 with you.
How does payments work when we make a license placement for you?
We split all profits from the placements we make with you 50/50. This ../includes the front end license fee and the backend peformance royalties. (Please note that PRO royalties are paid to you by your PRO and not by us). When we receive payment for a license we will pay it out after the current pay period ends and your PRO will pay you your performance royalties.
Will you tell me when my music was used?
You will be notified of placements in the form of a statement that will be sent to you with payment for your licenses. We often don't receive cue sheets from clients until well after the production first aired. Please be patient as your statement and payment will be sent shortly after the end of the payment period in which the license was made.
What happens if my music doesn’t get used?
Nothing. You are still the owner of all your music and we will continue to try our best to make placements for you.
Can I submit cover songs or public domain songs?
We cannot represent cover songs so please do not submit them. Public Domain songs are ok to submit but please let us know which songs you submit that are public domain by checking the appropriate box in the uploader info box.
Can I submit music with Samples?
No, we cannot accept music containing audio samples from other peoples music or any samples which are not authorized to be used in your music.
Should I also submit my instrumental versions of my songs as well as the vocal versions?
Absolutely, we license a lot of instrumental music and if you have instrumental versions of your vocal songs you will highly increase the chances of getting placements.
Do I need to be a member of a PRO (Performing Rights Organization)?
We highly recommend that you join a PRO because this is the way to receive your broadcast performance royalties for when your music is broadcasted for placements we make for you. Joining a PRO is completely your choice, we don't force you to join if you don't want but advise you to do so as your broadcast royalties are paid to you by your PRO and not by us.
On the contract you ask for my CAE/IPI number, what is this and how to I get one?
If you are a member of a PRO you already have one. Just call or login to your PRO account online to get this number. This number is an international PRO identifier that is important for routing your broadcast royalties. It's a nine digit number, don't get this confused with your member number.
Who needs to sign the Licensing Agreement?
You need to sign the contract as well as anyone else who co-wrote or holds rights in the music, masters or publishing. When you submit your music please include information about all co-writers and which songs were co-written by whom.
Does it cost me anything to sign up with Soundcape Media?
Absolutely not. Unlike some other music licensing services our representation services are free of charge. We are here to make you money, not cost you money.
What Audio Format should I submit my music in?
Your initial 5 song submission should be MP3s. Once accepted, we need your music to be submitted in either AIFF or WAVE format. 16 bit, 44.1khz .
What responsibilities and guarantees am I stating in my Soundscape Media contract?
You are guaranteeing that all the writers listed on the contract are ALL of the writers that took part in any of the writing and that have stakes in the ownership of the music (no writers can be left out). You are also guaranteeing that all the music is originally written by you and the listed writers. You are legally responsible for any consequences resulting if you misrepresented any information on our contract.
Can I submit more music after my initial submission has been accepted?
Yes, you can submit music anytime but please be sure NOT to submit songs again that you have already submitted. If we notice duplicate songs in a submission our policy is to immediately discard the entire submission.
How do I know that you received my music submission?
We make a point to contact everyone who submits music to us. Whether you're accepted or denied you should hear from us.
Is it ok to email you guys and ask what kind of music you are looking for these days?
The best way to find out what we are looking for these days is to see our Current Music Needs page.