1. How Do I Create Songs This Way?
Think of the instrumental track as a fully produced chord progression. Just as the chords C-D-G when played on a piano or guitar can inspire hundreds of different melodies and lyrics (songs), so can instrumental tracks! The best way to explain is to show you: Watch the Tutorial Video
2. What do we mean by "Track?"
While lots of people in music loosely use the term 'track' just to mean a song or an album cut, for our purposes, a Songsinc Track is a fully produced instrumental musical bed with no vocals, lyrics or discernible melody line.
3. What is a "TrackOwner"?
A Songsinc TrackOwner is the copyright owner (Master Owner) of the master recording of a Track available for download on Songsinc. We license the right from TrackOwners to make their Tracks available to our Members who use them to create new Songs with.
5. What is a "MelodyTrack"?
This is a Songsinc Track, but with a predominant instrumental melody line that can be heard above the Track. MelodyTracks are specifically for our Lyricist and Poet Members to create songs with.
6. How are MelodyTracks used?
MelodyTracks create instant collaboration between a Lyricist and a Composer. Each MelodyTrack contains an original melody in search of a lyric. Lyricists listen, find the melody that inspires them, download the MelodyTrack and add their Lyrics to create a new Derivative Work Song. Read more about MelodyTracks here.
7. Are your Tracks produced for you?
No. Some TrackOwners do create Tracks solely for this purpose, but we do not hire anyone to create tracks for us. Most tracks come from songwriters, artists, producers, publishers and even record labels who own the rights to existing recorded songs, and they remove the vocals and melodies from those masters and submit the remaining Tracks to us. However, we do discern between IndieTracks and PROTracks.
9. Can you clarify further the difference between an Indie and PRO TrackOwner?
Yes, and the easiest way to do this is to clarify what designates a PRO Track. Tracks are considered PRO if the Master Owners have ongoing commercial success and are in a position to work songs at the highest levels because they have established relationships at these levels (pitch to artists, producers, place in film, tv, etc.). Some of our PRO Master Owner writers have cuts by Faith Hill and George Strait; they produce for Christina Aguilera and Ciara; write for major TV Shows, Video Games and commercials, and are also major publishing companies and labels.
10. Do I own the Tracks I download?
No. We are granting you a limited license on behalf of our TrackOwners for use of the Track you download for the purpose of inspiring a new Song (melody & lyric) and rights for that Track to be used as a "sample" in the recording of the New Song Master.
11. How does the TrackOwner get paid?
Indie TrackOwners earn 40% of the download fee each and every time their Track(s) is downloaded and PRO TrackOwners receive 60% of the download fee. This is in effect a licensing fee.
Songs Created with:
IndieTrack: You will own 80% of the Writer Share and 80% of the Publisher Share of the new Song (melody & lyric). The TrackOwner will receive the 20% Writer and Publisher Share.
PROTrack: you will own 50% of the Writer and Publisher Share and the PRO Master Owner will own 50% of the Writer and Publisher Share, per the PRO TrackOwner Agreement.
MelodyTrack: you will split the 50% Writer and Publisher Share with the composer (who we call the MelodyWriter) - or 25% each. The TrackOwner will own 50% of the Writer and Publisher Share.
14. Do I need to get permission from the TrackOwner or MelodyWriter before I can sell or work my song or New Song Master?
NO. The TrackOwner and MelodyWriter give you Administration rights in our terms and conditions. Once you VAULT the song and master with Songsinc (see #18 below), you can promote it, stream it, sell it (on digital commercial outlets such as Tunecore, CD Baby, iTunes, etc.). You can also submit it for song contests, as long as the contest rules or prizes do not require 100% ownership in the song or assigning away rights to the instrumental Track.
15. Will PROTrack Master Owners hear songs I create with PROTracks?
Yes, if they are highly rated. PROTrack songs, just like IndieTrack and MelodyTrack songs, are rated by peers as well as Songsinc staff and industry partners using an A,B,C rating with "A" as the highest. All "A" and "B+" rated PROTrack songs are sent to the PRO Master Owners. More about PRO Tracks here.
16. Someone wants to record my Song and asks me to send them the backing Track I downloaded from Songsinc so they can sing to it. Can I do this?
NO – because you do not own the instrumental Track. If someone wants to do this, please contact us and we can arrange a limited license for them to use the Track with the TrackOwner so they can record your Song.
17. Can I write more than one Song with the same Track?
Yes! You can write as many different melodies and lyrics as you like to the same Track. You are limited only by your own imagination and creativity. Each new song (melody & lyric) must receive a separate Vault (#18 below) The TrackOwner would receive only one download fee percentage, but he would receive his Writer, Publisher and Master Ownership Share on each new song (melody & lyric) created from that same Track.
18. How do I protect my Song?
Once you have created a Mixed Song with one of our Tracks you must legally send it to us (Audio/MP3 and/or Lyric) so we can Vault Date it, saving those elements to a named & numbered file with the date we received it. This helps protect your copyright and can act as an additional evidentiary witness of your Song submission in the event of a copyright dispute. Songsinc will help you with any filing and copyright questions, and always provides you with that information.
19. Do I have to re-submit my Recorded Demos for Vault Dating if I make new versions?
Yes. We must legally link all the versions to the original Vault Date ID number. This way it links the copyright verification and we know the Track was already licensed by you and whatever new version is being used with permission.
20. Should I register my Song with a Performing Rights Organization ("PRO"), such as BMI, ASCAP or SESAC?
You may do so to continue to protect your interest in your song, however many publishers and writers only register songs with their PRO when there is actually performance royalties for them to collect (i.e. your songs has been cut or placed and will be earning income. Filing with a PRO should not be confused with protecting copyright, and we recommend you speak with your PRO representative about when to file.
21. Can I edit and/or embellish Tracks I download?
The simple answer is yes. For example, you may edit in or out an additional verse, chorus or bridge or overlay other instruments on top of the original instrumentation when creating the New Song Master. However, you never own the embellished/changed Track - it can only be used with the New Song Master – and the altered Track may never be used as an instrumental. Further, if an outside producer is hired by you to embellish or edit the original Track, the producer may only do so as a "Work For Hire" that clearly states he will have no rights whatsoever to the altered/embellished Track.
22. Do I need to pay the Producer, Musicians or Singers who performed on the Track and/or New Demo Master a percentage of any Track or New Demo Master earnings?
If a Producer, Singer and/or Musician signed a "Work For Hire" contract with you that stated the Recorded Master they are producing, playing and/or singing on may be exploited for commercial profit and they will not receive any income from that exploitation, then you are not required to do soIf it's not in writing, it's not binding. Bottom line: we encourage our Members to fairly compensate the talent within any monetary successes the song master created in the session may produce.
23. What is copyright of a Song?
The copyright of a Song is the ownership in what is written and the legal right to the publishing interest in the Song. For our purposes, when a new melody and lyric is written by one of our Members - as inspired by a Track - that Member may copyright that melody and lyric.
24. What is copyright of a Music Recording?
The copyright of Music is the ownership in the actual recording of a Song and the legal right to sell or license that specific recording. For our purposes, Members who add a melody and/or lyric to a Track to create a Song, may only copyright the Melody and/or Lyric, but may not copyright any recorded master using a Songsinc Track, nor do they have any rights to the Track, separate and apart from using it as a sample to create a New Song Master.
25. What If My Question Isn't Here?
Ask us! firstname.lastname@example.org