Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is music licensing?
If you look in your wallet, most likely you have a “license to drive” that your state DMV “issued” you. Without that License, It’s illegal for you to drive. Music licensing is similar, kind of.
A composer in his studio writes and records a song. He can now ISSUE someone a LICENSE to USE that song in a film or commercial in exchange for an agree'd upon fee. This license gives that filmmaker the legal right to use that composers song in their project/production. Without that License, it’s illegal for the filmmaker to use that song. By becoming a Soundstripe partner, you’re giving Soundstripe permission to issue usage licenses for your music to other people/companies on your behalf.
+ Will all the songs I upload to Soundstripe be in the online catalog?
The Short, No. Don’t freak out… Our catalog is curated for the sake of Soundstripe's offering remaining a truly useful tool for our members.
+ What happens to my songs when I upload them? How long will it take to get my track published?
New uploaded tracks remain in our back catalog until our staff has a chance to listen, approve, and tag the song with multiple moods, pace, and genre tags. This process typically takes 1 to 2 weeks before a song is published live to the catlog. Appreciate your patience. We are continually improving tech features to smooth this process.
+ If I upload a track, is it Soundstripes forever?
Nope! Our permission slip to license your music on your behalf auto-renews every 12 months. If you want to end the agreement and pull your songs, you can do so with a simple “I want to end my contract” e-mail atleast 30 days before our agreement renews itself. We're here to provide opportunity, not take it away.
+ Can I take one of my songs out of the catalog during my term?
The short answer, Yes with good reason. We prefer not to take songs out at random for lots of reasons. That being said, we exist to help music makers make money. If you need to pull a certain song or several songs in order to take advantage of a great opportunity that comes your way that your Soundstripe agreement is jamming you up from, in good faith, we'll make it happen. We're hear to help. Not hinder.
+ Is my deal with Soundstripe Exclusive?
No with one exception Our agreement together is non-exclusive except with respect to direct, "click to license" competitors... i.e., other web-based music licensing catalogs like Pump Audio, Marmoset, The Music Bed, Song Freedom, Pond5, Shutter Stock, etc. This exclusivity ONLY applies to the tracks you choose to give us. Song A can be in our catalog and Song B can be on a competitors website. This keeps our catalog unique.
+ Can I still pitch/license my songs on my own or through an agency?
Absolutely! and we don’t touch any of that $$$. You got the deal, why should we get paid for it? You are free to license your music to whomever you’d like! It’s your music.
+ How do I make money?
All revenue derived from app.soundstripe.com is divided 50/50 between our partners (you) and Soundstripe. The revenue is allocated to each partner based on user downloads.
+ When do I recieve my payout from Soundstripe? How Does it work?
We use a thrid party payout company called Dwolla. Payouts arrive every month around the 15th for the previous month's licenses.
If you are a new partner to Soundstripe, hold tight. It's coming. You'll receive an email from Dwolla that will prompt you to enter in your direct deposit info on your first payout month.
For example, if you signed up and licensed music in June, you'll recieve payout for June around July 15th.
+ I'm outside the U.S., how do I get paid?
Unfortunately Dwolla (our payment processor) doesn't work for our partners outside the U.S. For partners outside the U.S. we use PayPal
+ I don't have any songs published in the catalog yet, but I still got paid. How?
Our payout is split into two different “pools” of money, used and unused. The used pool gets worked out in an algorithm that pays our contributors per used/licensed track. The unused pool comes from members that don’t use the service that month. We give that money back to all our contributors as a “bonus pay” for being apart of the SS catalog. Cool huh? If you haven't uploaded your songs or had any licenses on your first month, you still get paid!
+ Do I keep my publishing, copyrights and master ownership?
Yep! You retain all of your copyrights, including all of your publishing and BMI/ASCAP/SoundExchange revenues.