Tune Society FAQ
What is Tune Society?
Tune Society is the first online, royalty free, consignment-based Music Library for production and media that is totally controlled by you... the users and purchasers, the artists and composers. It is where music artists license their music for royalty-free use in media and entertainment all over the world (videos, films, audio productions, commercials, on-hold music, restaurants, video games, YouTube movies, etc).
How does Tune Society work?
For the production music user, Tune Society is very simple. You can search for the music you are looking for by using a number of different criteria: genres and sub-genres, moods, beats per minute (BPM), vocals or instrumentals, by price levels, particular artists, song titles and descriptions. Songs are priced at three different levels. But they are all royalty-free, with no other conditions, hidden fees, forms to fill out or strings attached. For one price they are licensed for you to use forever in your media productions.
If you are an artist or composer, you can upload your songs to be sold/licensed on Tune Society absolutely free. Tune Society is open to anyone who wants to upload their songs. There is no cost to you to offer your songs on Tune Society. And, when your songs sell, YOU EARN 50% of the retail download price! For more information go below to "Selling My Music on Tune Society".
What are the three pricing levels all about?
On Tune Society, all songs are priced at one of the three levels - $29.99, $59.99 and $99.99. All songs begin at the $29.99 level when they are first submitted to Tune Society. From there songs may move up to the next level by two methods: the first method is based on sales (downloads) of a song (tunes move up to the next level of pricing when they achieve a certain number of downloads). In this way, the most purchased music rises to the top. The most purchased songs also rise to the top of the search pages. Therefore, it is actually the users who decide which are the best songs. The second method is based upon an approval process. Any artist at the $29.99 level may submit 5 of their songs to Tune Society for approval at any time. If the artist is "approved" then all of his/her songs are instantly moved up to the "Approved" $59.99 level. And any future songs that they upload automatically enter the Tune Society website at the $59.99 level. From here...all songs move up to the $99.99 level by "number of purchases/downloads."
Don't neglect to check out all the pricing levels - you might just find a gem of a song that hasn't had enough downloads yet to move it up to the next level. To read more about how songs move up in pricing levels, read "How does the Tune Society pricing structure work?" below.
What does “Buyout” or “Royalty Free” mean?
A royalty-free license gives the purchaser unlimited usage of the song, world-wide (no geographic boundaries) for an unlimited amount of time (in perpetuity). It DOES NOT give the purchaser any ownership of the song, and it DOES NOT give the purchaser the right to re-sell the song or transfer the royalty-free license to any other person or entities.
Does that mean that a major movie director or producer could pay just $29.99 for a song and use it in his/her next feature film?
Yes. Absolutely. And the artist who put the song up on Tune Society would benefit greatly in future job prospects!
How can I report problems and abuse on Tune Society?
Click the "Report Abuse" link at the bottom of the Tune Society home page and follow the instructions.
Buying Music from Tune Society
Why would people buy music from Tune Society for $29.99 or more when they can buy music from iTunes for 99 cents?
The difference is that purchasing music from a production music library, like Tune Society, grants the purchaser a license to use it in a media production, such as a video or a film. Hence, the higher prices. In contrast, buying music from iTunes DOES NOT give a person the rights to use it in media or any kind of production. They may only LISTEN to it.
Another very important distinction with Tune Society is that the artist is not "selling" his/her song to the purchaser. They are selling a license for the purchaser to use the song for an unlimited time in their productions. The purchaser does not own it and they may not transfer or re-sell it to anyone. They may only use it themselves in their own media productions.
What are the advantages to becoming a Tune Society Member?
We encourage you to create your own Tune Society user account because of the many benefits of being a Tune Society Member. Some of these are:
1. Members can access and view all of the songs that they have purchased and downloaded in the past. A member has the ability to view song details and information, download dates, as well as, receipts of their transactions.
2. Members can create Music Boxes to categorize and organize songs for different purposes. Members have the ability to create personal or public Music Boxes with unique Music Box names. They also have the ability to send Music Box links to friends or clients before purchasing and downloading specific tunes.
3. Members may view artist profiles. This is helpful when a Member wants more information on a certain composer or songwriter.
4. Members also have the ability to leave feedback on songs. They may write comments and reviews on songs they like, and rate songs with our Tune Society “5 Bird Rating System.”
5. Being a member also allows quicker check-out (when purchasing songs) and a more secure check-out system.
6. And finally, if a Member wants to become a Tune Society Artist, it’s an easy step. Becoming an artist allows a Member to upload their own music to the Tune Society website to be licensed and downloaded by other users all over the world.
What is the Music Box and how does it work?
Music Boxes are folders that allow a Member to organize and compile music based upon different criteria or parameters of their choosing. Some Members will want to select music before purchasing it so that they can share ideas with friends or clients. Just click on the Music Box icon to the right of a tune and you will be able to create a new Music Box or add to an existing one. If you want to share the Music Box with a friend or client, just copy the URL provided in the Music Box and paste it into an email. When someone clicks on the link they will instantly be directed to the Music Box and can preview all of the tunes in it. Additionally, you may make your Music Boxes public and search-able by other users on Tune Society by checking the “Public” box inside a Music Box.
Selling Your Music on Tune Society
Can anyone sell music on Tune Society?
Yes, anyone may upload music that they own the copyright to and control to be sold/licensed on TuneSociety.com. They must be the rightful owners and copyright holders of that specific music. Just click on the “Upload Music” button and follow the directions.
Is there any music that Tune Society will not sell?
Tune Society will not sell music or audio that contains profanity, hateful, violent, suggestive or indecent content. Tune Society will not sell music that has been uploaded fraudulently or is not the rightful property of the person uploading the music. Please see the Legal pages for standards and penalties.
How does the Tune Society pricing structure work?
There are three levels of song prices on tune Society: $29.99 (Standard level), $59.99 (Approved level) and $99.99 (Premium level). By default, all songs, when uploaded, will start out at the $29.99 level. There are two ways for songs to move up to the next level. First, all songs at the $29.99 level will individually move up to the $59.99 level when they are purchased and downloaded 25 times. Songs at the $59.99 level will automatically move up to the $99.99 level once they have been purchased and downloaded 10 times.
The second way for songs to move up to the next level is by an approval process. Any $29.99 artist may submit five of their uploaded songs to Tune Society for approval. If the music is well recorded (clean) and meets a solid standard of production quality, the artist will become an "Approved Tune Society Artist". This means that all future uploaded songs, and theirexisting songs, will automatically be bumped to the "Approved" price level of $59.99.
What audio file formats does Tune Society accept?
Because Tune Society strives to use the best audio quality possible, there are three formats that Tune Society will accept: AIF, WAV and MP3. The best audio file formats are AIF (.aif) and WAVE (.wav). If possible, we suggest that artists choose one of these two formats as a priority format over (compressed) MP3. If your audio recordings are not in one of these three formats please convert them before uploading them to TuneSociety.com. There are many free audio file converters available online that you can use to convert audio files into the Tune Society accepted formats.
AIF vs. AIFF
It is important for all AIF songs to have the three letter extension .AIF and NOT .AIFF! If your song extension is .AIFF then your song will be rejected during the "Upload Song" process. Please change the extension from .AIFF to .AIF. Then your song will be accepted during the "Upload Song" process.
Does my music need to be copyrighted to sell it on Tune Society?
No, your music does not need to be copyrighted, but we strongly recommend that you do submit your music to be copyrighted for your own protection. You don't need to register your copyright with the United States Copyright Office in order to have a valid copyright. You have a valid copyright as soon as your song or sound recording is "fixed in a tangible medium of expression". Although registration is not required to have a valid copyright, it does provide several benefits:
1. The establishment of a public record and evidence of your claim as the valid copyright owner of your songs and sound recordings.
2. The ability to file a federal lawsuit against someone who uses your song or sound recording without your permission.
3. Eligibility to receive statutory damages and attorney's fees in the event you file and win a copyright infringement lawsuit.
4. For more information about copyrighting your songs, go to: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/#.
Do I need to be registered with ASCAP, BMI or other performance royalties organizations?
As an artist/composer/publisher, it is recommended that you register with ASCAP or BMI (in the USA) or your national public performance royalty organization (PPRO). This ensures that when your music is used for film, theatre, broadcast, etc. you will get the composer and/or publisher's share of the public performance royalties. It is up to the producer, or purchaser/user of the music, to fill out a cue sheet and report the uses of the music in a public performance situation to the appropriate PPRO. When you upload your music to Tune Society you will be asked to provide the name of your PPRO, if you are a member of one. If you are not a member of a PPRO then leave the space blank. Many artist and composers are not a member of a PPRO. It is strictly up to you, the artist, whether you want to register your music with a PPRO.
Is there a procedure to report abuse, fraud, impersonations, copyright infringements or incorrect song files on Tune Society?
Yes, go to the "Report Abuse" tab at the bottom of the website page and follow the instructions. In addition, go to the Legal pages for standards and penalties.
Does Tune Society own my music if I upload it to Tune Society?
No! Tune Society acts as a consignment-based seller of media. The Tune Society agreement with artists is a non-exclusive agreement. This means that the artist is not "locked" into an agreement with Tune Society that only allows their music to be distributed on TuneSociety.com. You, as the artist, have the right to distribute and sell or license your music wherever you want whenever you want. The artist may also take their music "off-line" on the Tune Society website at any time. YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM! YOU HAVE THE CONTROL! IT'S YOUR MUSIC...NOT OURS. You retain the freedom to do with it what you want, when you want.
Another very important distinction with Tune Society is that you, the artist, are not "selling" your song to the purchaser. You are only selling a license for the purchaser to use the music for an unlimited time in their productions. They do not own it and they may not transfer or re-sell it to anyone. They may only use it themselves in their own media productions.
If I decide to de-activate a song from Tune Society.com, what happens to the buyers that have already downloaded my song?
If you decide to de-activate your song from Tune Society you agree to honor the license granted to buyers who downloaded the song BEFORE you took your music offline. This means that everyone who purchased your song up to that point will still be able to use it royalty-free for an unlimited time. As part of the artist agreement, the artist has agreed to honor the licensing of any song purchased while a specific song is available to download on the Tune Society website. To see the Artist Agreement, go the "Legal" tab on the bottom of the website page.
How will I get paid when my music sells on Tune Society?
When music is downloaded, Tune Society pays the artists 50% of the retail download price. Each month an artist will receive a report via email of all of his/her sales on Tune Society. When that report is issued, the artist will receive payment in their PayPal account on the 7th of every month.
Are there any musical requirements for Tune Society?
There are no musical guidelines, creative guidelines or limitations on music that is uploaded to Tune Society. However, all music that is uploaded to Tune Society must be an original composition (no copy-protected loops or sampling). Originality is good but not required. Mimicking current styles or classic sounds is also very marketable. Some artists use the formula of a 30 or 60 second middle section, and then build a beginning and an end from there. The creativity is left entirely up to the musician. We do recommend that all of your music be quantized.
What kind of music will sell best on Tune Society?
Tune Society is made up of many directors and producers who search for music all the time and use music on a regular basis in production and media. So, we know WHAT WE LIKE. But the idea of Tune Society is that there are people all over the world with different tastes...and different likes and dislikes.
With that said...we have a few helpful hints. Keep your music simple and emotional. Create scores that allow an emotional bed for a scene. But don't get in the way. Create songs that have "highs" and "lows". Keep the "bar" high. Go for excellence. But stick with your own personal style. This will help separate you from everyone else. If you have a song that builds, provide a place in the middle section where everything practically drops out. Then build back into your groove and end it big. Of course not all songs will flow this way. But by doing this you will be giving OPTIONS to the director, producer or editor that is editing your tune into their movie. They are looking for OPTIONS. And if you don't give an editor (director or producer) options, you are lowering your chances of licensing your music for multiple productions.
Can I upload music with lyrics?
Absolutely! Please do! Many songs with lyrics are being used in TV, radio, movies, etc. Montage sections in feature films use many different songs with lyrics. Grey's Anatomy uses many songs with lyrics. Upload away! We only suggest that if you upload songs with lyrics, also include an upload of the SAME SONG with out the lyrics as well. This will give he director/producer more flexibility in HOW they can put the song to use in their media.
What can I do to get my music to sell more?
There are many things you can do to sell more of your music on Tune Society. Some ideas are: 1. Create an “underscore” or “rhythm” version of your song. Strip off the lead instruments and create a version with just the rhythm instruments and drums. 2. Create a “groove” version of your song. Strip off all the instruments and create a version with only drums and percussion. 3. Create different length versions of your full length song. The most common versions are 15 seconds, 30 seconds and 60 seconds. These are commonly used lengths in commercials. The more versions you have of your song, the more possibilities you have of selling them.