Artist Questions

You've got questions? We've got answers. Read our frequently asked questions to get a better idea how Audiosocket works for artists.

About the Agreement

  • How much compensation will I receive when my songs are licensed by Audiosocket?

    Compensation will vary greatly based on the scope of the project and purpose of the songs employed. Placements can range from under $100 to thousands of dollars for a single agreement. Usage agreements are all very different and calculations are based on the media outlet, number of units produced or number of viewers, number of times it is used and many other factors related to the particular type of media employed.

  • How much of the licensing fee does Audiosocket commission when they secure a placement?

    Audiosocket commissions 50% of the gross licensing fee.

  • Does Audiosocket keep any of my royalties?

    Yes. We keep 50% of the publishing royalties. You retain 100% of your writer's share.

  • Do I get to approve a specific license proposal? Can I say no to a particular use of my song?

    Only if the license is for exclusive use. For non-exclusive licenses, which are the vast majority of deals we make, the rights of approval are solely ours. When you sign up with Audiosocket, you are hiring us to act as a licensing agent for your music, and as such to use our best discretion to make non-exclusive agreements on your behalf. The agreement you sign when you begin work with Audiosocket gives us pre-cleared rights to your music for potential licensing. But this is the pepperoni on the pie! This is why we are effective, and it's the main reason why music supervisors call us first: Audiosocket can license your music the same day that it is requested.

  • What do your clients do with my music?

    Once an agreement is reached, our clients can only do with your music what is agreed upon in the licensing arrangement. That 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.

  • Will my music be edited?

    It's possible. The client might need to edit your music to better suit their needs, meaning, specifically, starting at a certain point in the piece and cutting off the music at a certain point. Its volume may be altered. However, they will NOT be going into the track and remixing it, adding to it, etc. If they do ask for a track mixed differently or significantly altered or certain things taken out, etc., we will come to you and ask that you do it.

  • If I authorize Audiosocket to license my music, can I still work with other agencies?

    Sure! Standard licensing is non-exclusive so you can use the same piece as often as you like for other projects. If one of our clients specifically requests exclusive rights to a song of yours, you will be contacted, given requested terms of the agreement and ONLY YOU will have final say in that decision.

  • What if I already have a record or publishing deal?

    A signed agreement MUST be received by any / all co-writer(s), record labels, or companies that have control over any of the copyrights and intellectual properties in the sound recordings and songs that you submit. Without such consent, your music will not be considered.

  • How long is my music kept in the Audiosocket catalog? How long is the term of our agreement?

    Initial term is two years. You decide after that point if you want to continue working with us.

  • How do I remove my music from the Audiosocket catalog?

    After your initial two-year term, you can remove your music at any time. You must submit your request in writing and allow at least 90 days for all pending agreements to clear. If you have been signed to a label, it is solely your responsibility to make them aware of your former agreements for license and usage in projects through Audiosocket.

  • Why does Audiosocket need SS #, Tax ID # and W-9 tax forms as part of the agreement?

    In compliance with the Federal Tax requirements, we must report all wages and income received by US citizens to the IRS using your SS or Tax ID number. We cannot issue payment without this information.

  • If I would like payment made to my company do you need my SS# as part of the agreement?

    No, if payments will be made out to a registered business name, you will need to submit the Federal Tax ID Number.

About Music Licensing

  • What kind of music do Audiosocket's clients want?

    Our clients want high-quality, well-made, well-recorded music in all genres. This music and recording quality needs to stand up to the best that is out there, because that is what we are competing with, so keep that in mind.

  • Should my music be mastered?

    Yes, it should. Mastered tracks give you the best chance to land in our player. More importantly though, mastered music has the best chance of being licensed for commercial use. Simply get us the highest quality recording you can. One that's free of audio interference, and that represents your style of work.

  • How does Audiosocket share my music with its clients?

    Audiosocket has developed an amazing music proprietary licensing technology that allows clients to search, discover, stream, and license your tunes. We classify each song with up to 200 unique attributes, so when our clients do a search, they get qualified results. Furthermore, we create promotional newsletters and materials that highlight certain artists in our roster, we pull music for clients and drop it in their playlists, and even share artist news on our social networks.

  • Do I have to sign up with a performing rights organization like ASCAP or BMI?

    You don't have to, but it is definitely in your best interest to do so. Every time your music is aired ASCAP or BMI tracks it and will send you a royalty check. Rates vary according to when, where and how often the song was aired. Yeah, so, you don't have to, but you're crazy if you don't. DO IT!

About the Submission Process

  • How many submissions do you accept into the catalog?

    We're very selective and have built a brand and a catalog of music that is synonymous with excellence. On average we accept about 10% of the artists that submit to us. While this might seem a little demanding, our clients expect it.

  • If I am not accepted into the catalog, do you offer feedback or criticism of my track?

    No. We're not here to criticize or offer coaching. If you aren't accepted, we want to encourage you to go on and do great things. We don't want to discourage you in any way. Your music is probably just not what we're looking for at this time, or it didn't fit the criteria laid out in other areas of the website.

  • What do I have to do to submit?

    Submission is very easy, just upload four tracks on the Audiosocket website (link) and we'll listen to them as soon as possible!

    Note that to be accepted, you have to give us a guarantee that the material you submit is yours (written and recorded by you, not sampled, NO COVERS). Anyone else who owns any part of the master recording or the publishing, or anyone who has any rights over the music in any way, must sign an Audiosocket agreement prior to acceptance. Big mumbojumbo of lawyerese to follow: You indemnify Audiosocket and our clients if / should your accepted works infringe upon the rights of another. Or, as we'd say had we not been infected by the lawyer gene, submit your own work. Don't infringe on copyrights - protect your assets, and we'll protect ours.

  • Should I submit MP3s?

    Yes, submit MP3s. If you are accepted into our roster, we will then ask you to upload high-quality WAVs.

  • Should I submit multiple versions (instrumental, vocal, remixes) of my songs?

    No. Send us your four best tracks and once you're accepted we encourage you to also upload instrumental versions.

  • Can I submit songs that have co-writers?

    Sure. Songs with multiple writers are eligible for our catalog. Every writer, publisher and master owner MUST be invited and agree to the digital agreement before we will include your music.

  • What about samples and other gray areas?

    Any music submitted to Audiosocket must be owned or cleared 100% for your usage and we must receive proof of that before we'll agree to representation. Bring us good stuff, and remember that samples must be royalty-free and cleared as well. So, pretty please, with sugar on top, bring us your own songs.

  • Why is my submission limited to four tracks?

    It takes a lot of time to personally listen to all of the music received. We trust that you and your band members know your most marketable pieces.

  • Can I submit my music more than once?

    Yes. If you submit music to Audiosocket and are rejected, AND you have modified your music or recording, you are welcome to submit your music again.

  • Can I submit my music to Audiosocket if I am not a US citizen?

    Yes, as long as you own the rights to your music, you can submit your tracks. If you are accepted into the catalog, you will need to file some additional tax forms that we can provide.

  • What if I play in multiple bands?

    If you are in multiple bands simply submit multiple auditions.

  • How will I know if Audiosocket has selected my music?

    We'll say yea or nay within 60 days following your submission.

  • Once I'm selected, what's next?

    Audiosocket will provide a link to a kick ass artist portal for you to login into. This is where you'll review the agreement, invite your co-writers and upload music!

  • How do your clients find the right music for their project?

    Audiosocket's clients can rely on our intimate knowledge of our music, or they can browse tunes with their own personalized accounts. We have a team that pulls songs for certain projects or our clients can dive into the Audiosocket player and search for the tracks they need.

  • What happens once my music is selected for a project?

    A Master & Sync Licensing Agreement is issued. We tell our client what to expect in terms of usage. The client responds with a signed document, and specific terms are set forth at that point. Audiosocket collects the agreed-upon fee, you receive 50% of the amount granted for the license. Audiosocket pays you on a biannual basis. You will receive a statement that includes the amount your track was licensed for and where / how it was used.