Q. What does your label do for artists?
A. Our label is run by musicians, songwriters and producers and is for musicians, songwriters and producers. Our people think of our label in the same way they think of a band they are in. Everyone works together to help the success of everyone.
We offer worldwide digital distribution to our artists and have limited promotion, which is primarily left to the artist and his/her team. We believe it takes a team to make an artist successful and we help our artists build their team. As a label, we are one member of that team.
Our artists have access to educational material to help with their art, craft and business. When an artist has a contracted release on our label we give them access to two of Rick Barker's music business courses that we purchased. Rick Barker is Taylor Swift's former manager.
The success of our label is dependent on the success of our artists and the success of our artists is dependent on the success of our label. When everyone is working to help each other success is inevitable.
Q. What are your submission guidelines?
A. Our first requirement is that your song must have lyrics that address the topics of peace, non-violence, anti-war, or the teachings of religious profits without sounding like a religious song. Listen to our artists to get a general idea of what we are looking for.
You may submit one song link only, to email@example.com. Do not attach music files unless instructed to do so after sending a link. If we feel that your song will help us with our mission we will offer you a contract and ask to hear more of what you have. If your song is close, but in need of further work we will give you feedback on what you need to do to get it released on our label. If your song is totally off topic we will send you a message letting you know we don't want to hear from you again.
Q. How do your people on your label get paid?
A. Each contract will be different, based on the number of people in our private group that worked on the song, but generally everyone who worked on a project will get an equal share. A typical split may look something like this:
Songwriter, Publisher, Recording artist, visual artist, producer, recording engineer, editor, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, label. This would make 10 equal divisions, and each person would receive 10% of net profits received by the label.
Some jobs may have more than one person on it. For instance, an artist may provide 2 tracks to the project (guitar and vocal for example), and the producer may provide, piano, bass and drums. This would create a track share where the artist would receive, in addition to the artist's share, 2/5 of a track share and the producer would receive 3/5 of the track share.
Everyone getting paid must have a PayPal account, and payments are made at the end of each quarter that has a minimum gross amount of $50 available for disbursement.
Upon initial release, the song is posted to our website to stream for free and download for free with the option of making a donation. As of the writing of this FAQ, donations have ranged from $0.00 to $100.00 for one song download, and have shown to be the best source of revenue for everyone who worked on a project.
Within one week of the release, we submit the release to CD Baby for digital distribution on multiple major and not-so-major platforms. 6 weeks following our upload, the song is released to all of the digital platforms serviced by CD Baby.
Q. How do you promote the music of your artists?
A. As of the writing of this FAQ we do not currently have an advertising and promotion budget. We do however, promote our releases on several social media platforms and we have a monthly column in Write Away online magazine, located in the UK. Our PR department helps prepare press releases for Write Away and local news media.
We are currently collecting a list of internet radio stations, music bloggers, playlist curators, and magazines. We share these lists with artists who want to boost their promotion efforts. Artists may invest in their own paid advertisements at their own discretion as they would if they were promoting themselves or their band outside of our label.
Q. How much will it cost me to have my song released on your label?
A. We go by the long standing rule that says a legitimate label won't charge you for releasing your music. Those who do are “Song Sharks”. However, due to changes in the music industry, many labels are becoming desperate and are leaning toward song sharking.
If your song meets our criteria and can help us with our mission, you don't pay to get a release, but you do get paid when the release generates revenue.
If your song needs a co-writer or producer or any type of engineer, you may collaborate with anyone in our private group who possesses the skills you need. You will not be charged any up-front fees, but will share the label's profits with everyone who worked on your project.
Q. What if I want to hire someone from the private group to help me with a project that is not for release on your label?
A. The people working on projects for our label do so voluntarily for a share of profits, but they also must earn a living. If you choose to hire someone from our private group for a non-related project, you may do so by paying the rates that they charge their customers outside of our private group.
It is advised that before paying for the services of someone in our private group that you first do a project for release on our label with them. That way you get to see how they are to work with before hiring them. They get to sharpen their skills by doing the volunteer work, and you get a “try before you buy” scenario.
Q. What is a 360 deal?
A. Back in the day of vinyl and CD sales, most major labels were able to profit from royalties alone. When streaming services were introduced it changed the game and the majors had to make changes in order to survive. These changes included a 360 deal, which meant that the label got a percentage of everything the artist made, whether it be royalties from sales, downloads, streaming, touring, endorsements or licensing.
Q. Do your contracts include 360 deals?