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I'm an Artist, Composer/Producer/Band/Sound Designer/Songwriter why should I collaborate with ScapeTune?
Scapetune is a music licensing company that has been made from audio professionals, for audio professionals. We see and understand every audio artist’s needs, being audio artists ourselves. Therefore, we try to offer you one of the fairest contract deals available, some of the best margin rates in the market, and treat you always with respect.
What is the Exclusive and Non Exclusive partnership options?
Firstly, there are many forms of exclusive and non-exclusive licenses. In a Scapetune’s non exclusive deal you get to keep the rights to your content. You can also use your Music/SFX to another catalogue/Music Library that is also a non-exclusive. As a result your Music/SFX may be placed and be used in more than one project and bring you revenue from multiple sources, in addition to the royalty checks you will receive from your country’s performing rights organization (e.g. ASCAP, BMI). In a non-exclusive deal, the composer retains all the rights to each individual track and receives 50% of the synchronization rights, and 50% of the Performance rights (this refers to online sales). In an exclusive deal, you also enjoy the following benefits: You retain greater percentage of Performance Royalties (Scapetune gives you the 62,5% of all performance rights). Better synch fees (your exclusive track can be licensed for up to 150 times it’s non exclusive price). Perceived value is higher (lucrative opportunities become more likely). Complete creative control (on a commercial project, besides usage, the price too of your track is under your control).
Must I sign up with ASCAP, BMI or my country’s performing rights organization?
No, you don't, it is optional. But if you do, every time your music is aired, ASCAP or BMI is tracking it and they will send you a royalty check. Rates vary according to when, where and how often the track was aired. So it is definitely in your best interest to do so.
What if I already have a record or publishing contract?
If any other companies, co-writers or record labels have control over any of the copyrights and intellectual properties in the sound recordings, tracks and/or sound effects that you submit, then you MUST deposit a signed licensing permission between all contributors before the content submission. In other words you MUST be the copyright-owner or authorized representative of the owner for any audio you provide for licensing to Scapetune. If you alone, have created the file, you are the copyright owner and you are free to upload it. If you are unsure whether you are the legal copyright-holder of a clip, don’t upload it. In case of third party sound effects or loops incorporated into a larger work, the seller must ensure that all elements of their composition are cleared for resale and use in a commercial project.
How do I send my Music / Sound Effects to ScapeTune?
First of all, you should sign up to scapetune.com. Once you’ve got tracks ready for submission, click on the ‘’sign up’’ button, in the portal page, and you will be guided step by step, through detailed instructions, in order to complete your registration and the files uploading procedure If you have a very large audio catalogue and it’s ready to upload, you could also use Wetransfer, Google Drive or Dropbox instead of Scapetune.com to transfer your files, along with any possible tag/keyword sheet, and send us a link in the following address: [email protected]
Which audio formats does Scapetune accept? Are there any restrictions about the audio content?
Every audio file may be prepared as 16 or 24bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz in WAV format only. All music tracks must be from 2” (seconds) (jingles, logos etc) up to 7’ (minutes) duration. All sound effects must be from 1’’ (second) up to 5’ Please submit any audio file according to the following format options: “Composer’s Name Track Title 30’’version” or “Composer’s Name_Track Title_30’’version” (if there are more than one versions to one track). Please be sure your file names do not contain any special characters or accents. Examples: &,å, ñ, é, ß, ®, ©, §, ç, ä, ø, ü, or quote marks (“ ” or ‘ ’). Spaces and dashes are allowed.
What is the minimum number of tracks required from each audio artist in order to co-operate with Scapetune?
Scapetune requires at least 15 tracks and/or sound effects as minimum entry for licensing your material through our website market, and at least 30 tracks and/or sound effects for including your material in our hard drives.
Can I submit multiple/alternate versions (instrumental, vocal, remixes) of my audio tracks?
Yes. You can submit up to 8 alternate versions of a track you own. We accept short/extended versions as well as alternate instrumentation mixes of the same track.
Can I submit my Music / SFX to Scapetune if I am not a US/EU citizen?
Composers from any other jurisdiction are welcome and enjoy the same status. As long as you own the rights to your music, you can submit your tracks/SFX.
Can I try to submit my music more than once?
You certainly can! If you submit music/SFX to ScapeTune and they are not accepted, modify your music or recording and you are welcome to submit your music again.
After we sign up a contract-term how many Tracks/SFX can I send to ScapeTune?
As many as you wish. Keep in mind that each time Scapetune reviews your work, we will inform you which of them will be used in our catalogue.
Do I need to master the tracks/SFX I am submitting?
Your tracks/SFX need to be already mastered before you submit them to ScapeTune. Mastered music has the best chance of being licensed for commercial use. Just get us the best quality recording you can and only if this doesn’t meet our quality standards, Scapetune will take care of the rest
How and when do I get paid?
Every composer who provides at least 30 tracks, exclusive or not, can claim, among 40 artists, a share from 10% of the total hard disks sales. If a composer provides at least 60 tracks (with 30 exclusives minimum), is likewise claiming a share from another 10%, among a group of 80 artists, which adds up to 20% of the total hard disks sales. Each composer’s share depends on the quality, the quantity and the popularity of their uploaded audio content. A monthly feedback report which we’re receiving through our online marketplace and our hard drives, logs every single audio file that is being used. This feedback report is the only factor that determines both of these 2 pie charts. In other words, the more tracks a composer supplies us with, the better their chances of selling more material and claiming a larger share of profit than composers with fewer tracks. Payments occur twice a year via Paypal (every December and June). Before you receive any payments from Scapetune, you will have to sign-up first to www.scapetune.com and enter your Paypal e-mail address in “My Account” page.
How long is my music kept in the Scapetune catalogue? How long is the term of our agreement?
The first contract you sign is in-effect for two years. After that point, both parties can agree if they want to continue working together.
How do I remove my music from the Scapetune catalog?
After your initial two-year contract expires, you can remove your music anytime you wish. You have to submit your request in writing and allow at least 2 months for all pending agreements to finalise. If you have been signed to a label, it is your own responsibility to make them aware of your former agreements about license and usage in projects through Scapetune.
What can your clients do with my audio content?
A license agreement with Scapetune might include: Sync to footage for TV, film, videos, games, mobile apps, run as background music for any of the above, or run in television ads.
If I authorise some tracks with Scapetune, can I still use them on other projects? Send them to other libraries etc.?
Since you have a non-exclusive deal signed for your tracks, you can use the same piece as often as you like, for any other projects. But, if for example, Walt Disney requests specifically, exclusive rights to a song of yours, you will be contacted, given the requested terms of the agreement, and ONLY YOU will have the final say in that decision.
Which licensing options/types Scapetune provides?
Scapetune offers various licensing options, depending the scale of a project, time period and type of usage. In the present and for a short period, our catalogue is fully or partially available ONLY through our hard disk packages. Our online licensing platform is already under construction. To get a quote about our hard drive packages, please contact us in the following address: [email protected]
How can I use the track/SFX I used from SCAPEtune?
In any way you want! It all depends on the license you choose!
Can I use your music for personal use only?
Absolutely! And you can do it for only €19! At Scapetune we believe that even home videos of your special moments should have great music to go with them. Our music is affordable for everyone and will make your vacation slideshow, or your favorite birthday video into something you’ll want to watch again and again!
What is a blanket license?
Blanket licenses are generally an unlimited supply of music from our catalogue to be used for a single project or time period. This is generally a more economical way of purchasing music licenses in bulk. These licenses can be from a single film or a single video placement, to an entire tv season.Blanket licenses consist of an entire music catalogue, to be used either for a single project or a predetermined time period. This is generally a more cost efficient method of purchasing music licenses.
Who takes up SCAPEtune’s Custom Scoring works and what’s the process?
Simple: You send us an email request, explaining your project and what it is you're looking for and we prepare a custom score for your needs. We work with a group of about 150 talented composers and other artists. Knowing each one’s specialty is extremely helpful, when we have to choose for the one most suitable to your project. From that point on it will be the usual director/producer-composer collaboration, with guaranteed results.
What is YouTube Content ID?
Copyright holders may use YouTube’s Content ID to identify and control their copyrighted works on YouTube. Every video uploaded to YouTube is compared with audio and video files registered with Content ID by rights holders, scanning for any potential matches.
Why are my videos getting copyright claims?
YouTube might be unaware that you have been licensed to use a specific work, thus they flag your video with a copyright claim until, either the copyright holder whitelists it, or you provide proof that you have a license to use the track.
What exactly is "royalty-free" music?
Royalty Free Music is a term used to describe music that you can use as much as you want, after having paid once the license fee. It's important to remember that "royalty free music" does not mean that the music is "copyright free" or that anyone can use it however they want. There are still copyrights, legal rights and other limitations as to what you are allowed to do with the music. Some party still owns the rights to the music. It only means that the licensing of that piece of music is done as a one-time, upfront payment. Networks and radio stations pay for a license that allows them to broadcast that music for an agreed term. They are required to keep track of the number of airings on a cue sheet so that music broadcasts can be recorded in detail and then, royalties can be distributed accordingly to the musicians, composers, and music publishers. Royalty-free music means that you pay, in this case a one-time licensing fee, but only to use in your own productions, regardless of how many times you use it. In this manner, royalty free music can become more accessible to the general public. Whether you are a teacher in a classroom who wants to make a dynamic presentation, a student working on a project, or trying to find the right way to propose, by creating the appropriate mood, royalty free music is now affordable. Most royalty-free music tracks are registered with a domestic or foreign collecting society. This means that the use of a piece of music must be submitted with a registration form (i.e. cue sheet) to the local “PRO” collecting society, e.g. ASCAP. When you buy a piece of music from us, your purchase gives you a license to use the music in any number of different projects
What is a PRO?
PRO stands for Performance Rights Organization, also known in some countries as Copyright Collecting Agencies or Copyright Collectives . These organizations collect royalties on behalf of the composers and publishers every time their audio tracks are performed, to ensure that composers and publishers are compensated.
What is the difference between Royalty free music and traditional licensing?
The answer is pretty straightforward: None. Any music purchased from libraries comes with a signed PDF as proof of purchase that can be used whenever needed.
What is a Music Cue Sheet?
Every time music is used for a production that is to be performed in public, for example on TV, radio or film, filling out a cue sheet is necessary. A cue sheet is a document that lists: each piece of music used in the production, along with the names of all contributors and publishers. The type of usage for the music (e.g. used in the background, as the theme, etc.). The track’s title and lenght. Cue sheets are usually prepared by producers or end-users (clients or owners) of a produced film, video, TV show, etc. Then the cue sheets are handed over to a broadcaster, so that the broadcaster can report the use of the music to a PRO, every time a work is broadcasted. It has zero cost to producers/end-users.