Become An Artist – How It Works
Join Music Vine and become part of a pioneering and ambitious movement in the production music industry.
If you’re interested in becoming an artist with Music Vine, the aim of this article is to answer all of your most pressing questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, feel free to contact us directly.
1. What is Music Vine?
Music Vine is a high-end music licensing platform with a focus on carefully-crafted, authentic music. Where many other libraries have become cluttered, cumbersome and dated, Music Vine has been built from the ground up to make great music immediately accessible. We are quickly establishing ourselves as an acclaimed name in the production music industry – so this is a very exciting time both for the Music Vine team and for the founding-artists joining the project at this early stage.
Royalty free doesn’t mean that the music is available for free – it means that ‘needle drop’ royalties don’t need to be paid each time the music is played. Instead, the customer purchases a one-off license each time they use a track. The earning from the license sale is then split between Music Vine and the artist (the artist rate varies depending upon whether the music is Music Vine-exclusive – see section 2 below).
2. How To Apply
Once you are confident that your music is suitable and eligible for Music Vine, the first step is to complete our Artist Enquiry form. Your enquiry will then be added to our review list and you can usually expect to receive a full response from a member of the Music Vine team within two weeks.
In a nutshell: Music Vine encourages the submission of exclusive music but also accepts non-exclusive music. At least 50% of your Music Vine portfolio must consist of exclusive material.
Given the goal we have at Music Vine of building a unique library of high-end music, we naturally encourage the submission of exclusive music. However, as musicians ourselves, we appreciate that a degree of flexibility can come in helpful, so we felt it important to give our artists the freedom to supplement their portfolios with non-exclusive music.
4. Rates and Payments
Not a fan of numbers? Don’t worry, our rates are straight-forward:
When will I get paid? Music Vine’s pay-outs are made monthly via Paypal – please remember that you must have a minimum of $50 in your Music Vine account in order for a pay-out to be made.
Discounts – To help engage prospective customers, we will be offering time-limited discounts (usually no more than 20%) . When discounted purchases are made, your earning will be calculated from the discounted total – meaning the impact of the discount will be shared between yourself and Music Vine.
5. Quality Requirements
Music Vine operates a rigorous reviewing process. Each track that successfully passes the initial stage of checks will then be reviewed in depth by 2 members of the team. To ensure consistency in the review process, a grading system is used whereby the piece of music is scored out of 10 in each of the following areas:
- Overall production quality
- Cohesiveness of arrangement
- Quality of instruments/samples
- Commercial relevance / usability
The maximum total score that can be achieved is 60 – representing a piece of music that’s exquisitely composed and produced to a world-leading standard. In order for a piece of Music to be considered and accepted for usage on Music Vine, the total score must be at least 50 – still a very high standard.
Because of how labour-intensive the review process is, it may not be possible for members of the Music Vine team to provide detailed feedback for those tracks that aren’t accepted.
6. Performance Rights Organisations
Although Music Vine accepts PRO registered music (e.g. PRS registered), please be aware that the Music Vine site doesn’t currently support this in a way that prompts customers to complete cue sheets. Your income from Music Vine would be generated solely from a percentage of the licence sales themselves. We will soon be overhauling the site – one of the updates being to fully facilitate PROs-registered tracks and provide the info needed for customers to complete cue sheets so that performance royalties can be collected. We’ll be keeping all of our artists updated on our progress with supporting PROs in the coming months.
7. Referral Scheme
Once you’ve become a Music Vine artist, you can refer new artists and increase your earnings.
As you can probably tell, we’re passionate about making our vision for Music Vine a reality and the biggest part of that is getting great artists on board. We want to show our appreciation to those of our artists who help spread the ‘Music Vine’ word, so we’ve set-up a referral scheme whereby rewards (in the form of increased % takings from tracks) can be earned by referring new artists.
How it works: For each new artist you successfully refer to us (i.e they submit a track which is accepted), you can then choose any one of your Music Vine tracks and increase your cut for that track by 5%. Say you were to successfully refer numerous artists to us, you’d then be able to apply the 5% addition to the track of your choice each time, within the limits per-track outlined below:
|Submission Type||Standard Artist Rate||Maximum Possible Artist Rate (with referral scheme)|
When you do refer an artist to us, you’ll need to ask them to let us know that you referred them when they get in touch with us (so we know it’s a referral and can provide you with an update regarding applying the referral reward).