Questions, & Answers
Frequently Asked Questions:
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1. I'm a little bit confused.... What exactly is music licensing?
Music licensing is the business of getting paid for your music, when it’s used in Films, on TV, in Video Games, and many other types of media. Licensing your music for use in television and films can make you several hundred dollars, to as much as several thousand dollars, or more per placement, including backend performance royalties.
2. What bit rate should my mp3 submissions be converted to?
An mp3 at 128kbps, 128 bit rate is preferred for size, convenience, and quality.
3. Would it be OK for my music to contain protective tags?
No way, voice tags are never a good thing unless it’s approved by the artist, those need to come out when submitting to our listings, and opportunities.
4. If I have music that contains samples, can I submit it?
In some rare cases, yes, as long as you have clearance to use the samples for commercial purposes, however Mac a million dollar man musick shall not be held responsible for any copyright infringements. We strongly advise against submitting material that contains uncleared samples, and the person who submits the music is solely responsible for all clearances pertaining to the use such samples.
5. I'm 17 years old can I submit music?
No, but after you turn 18 you can, because in order to enter into a contractual agreement with us, you must be at least 18 years old.
6. If I live in a country outside of the United States, can I submit my music too?
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7. Do the songs need to be full length or would 1:30 be acceptable?
We prefer all of the music we receive to be at least 3:30, long enough for the radio to play. If we need a different version we will request it at that time.
8. Does my music need to be mixed and mastered?
No, but it does help to have the music mixed properly, we really appreciate great recordings, basically your music needs to be broadcast quality.
9. Can I submit music from my mixtape?
No, please only submit original material, music that you own, or music that you have the rights to submit.
10. Why do you only accept original material?
For legal reasons of course, obviously we don’t want to get sued, and hopefully you don’t either.
11. Why don't you accept unsolicited material?
Unsolicited material refers to material that is sent by someone who has no relationship with anyone at a particular company. Occasionally, unknown writers, claiming that they have submitted songs, have sued publishers claiming those songs were “stolen” and given to other writers to work on. Second, there is so much material coming in, from reliable sources, that it’s just not enough time to listen to random material.
12. What does, Open and subject to close with out warning, mean?
This means that once we find what we are looking for, the listing could close at anytime, and it’s on a first come first serve basis.
13. Do you only work with hip hop/rap artist?
No, we work with everything, Hip Hop is our primary genre, but we work with Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Spoken Word, and Classical.
14. Does your company sign artist?
Yes we do, however the majority of the agreements we sign with artist are non-exclusive.
15. Do I need to be signed up with a P.R.O. to submit?
No, but we do recommend it, if you plan on receiving royalty checks.
16. Does your company take a percentage of the payment once my music has been placed?
Yes, we usually split whatever we sell, or license 50/50 with the artist, label, or company that owns the music.
17. How will I know when my music has been placed?
We will contact you immediately with any details regarding placements of your music, we love sharing good news.
18. This looks like a good deal, but why do I have to pay to submit my music?
We have many artist who submit to our listings every day, the fee we charge to submit, is to keep away the people who are not serious. Our time is valuable, only serious artist will invest into their careers!
19. Why are the artist names not posted?
Unfortunately, we have been asked by certain clients not to reveal their identity until they have made their selections, and sometimes we only reveal their identity to the artist, or producers they select.
20. It's the day of the submission deadline, can I still submit?
Yes, you can still submit to opportunities up to midnight, 12AM PST., on the day of the submission deadline.
21. What does the ending needs to have a resolve mean?
The ending having a resolve means to give an absolute ending to your song, or beat, with a sting, or some grand ending that does not fade out.
22. What are beats?
If your track has beats, this is not a good thing. When the bass doesn’t quite match tone wise, it creates an anomaly in the track called beats that makes the bass wobble, so we can not use these tracks.
23. What does clipping mean?
Clipping is what happens when your music is recorded too loud. It distorts and/or stays in the red, which basically means the recording is too hot, and needs to be turned down.
24. What is the difference between media submission, and licensing opportunities, or placement submissions?
Media submissions are radio stations, music magazines, music blogs, and music podcasts which typically don’t generate royalties. Music licensing opportunities, and placement submissions usually generate an upfront royalty, or backend royalty, or all of the above.
25. How do you shop demos to record companies?
We have established some great relationships in the music business, and after an artist music has been screened, and approved by our A&R department, we will then forward their music to the contact we have for the listing they’ve submitted to. In some cases, the submission goes directly to that contact, and they screen it themselves, and we will request additional information as needed.
26. Do you require a press kit (picture and bio)?
Yes, but only by request.
27. How many songs do you require when shopping demos?
3 song minimum
28. What format do you require (MP3 or CD)?
We do not accept DD’s. Mp3’s @ 128 bit rate, are our standard submission format, (read FAQ #2), other formats will be requested as needed.
29. What percentage do you make money if an artist gets signed? Is this a one time amount?
Yes the submission fees are a one time fee, but as far as artist getting signed, every deal is different, (read FAQ #16)
30. Typically what has historically been a reasonable turn around time for song placement and record company or artist interest for songs and/or deals?
It varies from deal to deal, but typically we have a 2 month/60 day grace period, but we’ve had clients get back to us the same day, and we’ve had clients take 3 or more months to get back to us, it really depends on the client.
31. When do you allow the artist to review the contracts, and how long do they have to accept, decline, or negotiate any offers?
Contracts are only presented after a deal has been made, which at that time, the artist has the right to accept, or decline the offer on major deals, and we negotiate on behalf of the artist.
32. Your site states that you have placed songs and these songs are in your catalog. Does this mean your company retains the rights to the songs, and require future royalties on the songs that are placed?
Songs that are a part of our catalog, belong to the artist we have signed to our publishing company. They retain all of their rights, and we act as the publisher in most cases, excluding record deals, and some publishing deals. (read FAQ’s #14, & #16)
Terms and Conditions/Disclaimer:
Payments are accepted through paypal (all major credit/debit cards accepted) for MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK, as an all-in-one solution to on-line publishing, and song placement. Once you’ve made your payment, you will receive confirmation of your payment via e-mail from paypal.com, and all sales are final. Once you have sent your payment, and have received confirmation of your payment, you may upload your music, and your music will instantly be available for review by our staff. All other services, and products purchased on this site will be rendered in a timely fashion. Our staff will contact you directly via e-mail, normally within 3 to 5 business days, with an evaluation/review, either Approved, or Declined, for all music submissions. MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK, and www.whosthehottestrapper.com makes no guarantees that your music will be placed, or pitched to a client. If your music is declined, we will provide you with our reason for declining your submission, and if your music is approved, your submission will be forwarded to the client. If a client is interested in hearing more music, or discussing the project with you further, you will be contacted via email, or by phone. If a client decides to use your music, you may be offered under no obligation, a Licensing Agreement for the listing(s), stating that you will receive 50% of the licensing fees MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK receives for your music. In most cases, we will act as publisher for your music, whenever it is possible to earn performance royalties. The exception is in regards to record deals. With most record labels MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK will only receive a 10% finders fee, based on any upfront money advanced to the artist. In this case the record label will act as publisher on all of the music they secure. Your songs could be licensed into multiple commercials, films, and TV shows, potentially earning you a variety of long-terms royalties, or placed with an indie, or major record label, or a small, or major publisher. MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK supplies music for hundreds of TV shows, films, commercials, video and computer games, production companies, as well as Internet-based media every year. By submitting your music through MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK, and www.whosthehottestrapper.com, your music could be offered to traditionally very hard to reach individuals, and extremely powerful clients. You retain 100% ownership of your music, and most of the agreements are non-exclusive, so you are free to do as you please, with your music. By paying the submission fees, and submitting music to us, you are stating that you are in agreement with our terms here in. You also are stating that you are the owner of, and/or have the right to submit the music for potential placements, and fully understand that you are under no obligation.
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