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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Songbay?

Songbay is a unique song library which stores and advertises music and lyrics for purchase by anyone needing original material in their productions. Typical users include: Companies looking for music for websites Managers/Agents searching for new material for artists Producers … Continue reading “What is Songbay?”

Songbay for Sellers, How does it work?

What Is Songbay? In order to sell your music and lyrics on Songbay, it is important that you are aware of what it is we do and what your selling options are. Songbay is a unique library which stores and advertises … Continue reading “Songbay for Sellers, How does it work?”

What music rights do I need in order to use Songbay?

What music rights do I need in order to use Songbay? You must own all the rights to any material you wish to license or sell through Songbay, i.e., the copyright, publishing and master recording rights.

Who uses Songbay?

Who uses Songbay? Songbay is used by: Songwriters, arrangers, lyricists, transcribers, musicians, record companies, publishers, management companies, advertising executives, producers, musical supervisors, song collectors, promoters, etc. Everyone with an interest in sourcing, licensing, buying or selling music can be involved … Continue reading “Who uses Songbay?”

What Percentages of Royalties do I receive if I Sell or Buy Music or Lyrics at Songbay?

Think of Songbay as a kind  of publishing company, which gives artists full control of their own publishing rights, fees and royalties yet takes no percentage cuts from anyone. A company which manages to work fairly for both composer, lyricist … Continue reading “What Percentages of Royalties do I receive if I Sell or Buy Music or Lyrics at Songbay?”

How Popular is Songbay?

Very! Songbay has risen steadily up the search engine rankings over the last few years and is currently listed NO 1 on Google for lyric and in the top 4 for music searches. To prove the point,  in your browser, type … Continue reading “How Popular is Songbay?”

Songbay for Buyers/ Purchasing Options

What Is Songbay? Songbay is a unique song library which stores and advertises music and lyrics for purchase by anyone needing original material in their productions. Typical users include: Companies looking for music for websites Managers/Agents searching for new material for … Continue reading “Songbay for Buyers/ Purchasing Options”

How do I Purchase Songs or Lyrics at Songbay?

How to Buy Music and Lyrics at Songbay Firstly search our library. Simply choose ‘Music’ or ‘Lyric’s (on the top right hand side of our home page). You can search by style or keywords. Begin previewing suitable music or lyrics. … Continue reading “How do I Purchase Songs or Lyrics at Songbay?”

The prices are all shown in UK Sterling, can they be shown in other currencies?

Not at this time although it is an option that we are looking to introduce . In the meantime we recommend using a simple online currency converter to help you, such as  ‘XE Currency converter’ http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ As regards the transfering of … Continue reading “The prices are all shown in UK Sterling, can they be shown in other currencies?”

How much does it cost to buy Music and Lyrics at Songbay?

Its free to search our library and contact our users. Prices start from: 0.79p for a Digital Download £15 for a Project License £150 for a Copyright Purchase Example uses: Music for a Film Music for a Television or Radio … Continue reading “How much does it cost to buy Music and Lyrics at Songbay?”

How much should I charge for my Songs and Lyrics?

At Songbay artists set their own fees for their songs and lyrics. Our current recommended guide prices for sellers are as follows: Digital Downloads: £ 0.79p to £1.50 Single-Use License: £15-£75 Music Samples: £10-£50 Copyright: £150 – £5000

Will my Songs or Lyrics sell on Songbay?

We would love to answer definitively ‘yes’ to this question. Some of our users seem to experience success straight away whilst others after several months and sometimes after several years. Our considerable experience of music licensing teaches us that there is no … Continue reading “Will my Songs or Lyrics sell on Songbay?”

Does Songbay buy Music or Lyrics directly from me?

It is important to understand that we do not purchase any songs or lyrics directly from our users. Songbay is a kind of artistic ‘show room’  for the talents of songwriters and lyricists. Any interested buyers will be able to contact … Continue reading “Does Songbay buy Music or Lyrics directly from me?”

What Royalties can I receive if I sell my work at Songbay?

If your work is sold at Songbay, it’s highly likely that you will be eligible to receive royalties.  When a copyrighted song or lyric is performed in public, played on the radio, sold as a CD or digital recording, or downloaded … Continue reading “What Royalties can I receive if I sell my work at Songbay?”

How much does it cost to Sell My Music and Lyrics at Songbay?

Membership to Sellers is by subscription. We are a non profit company, our charges cover music and lyric hosting as well as administration costs. Membership packages range from £2.50 to £12.99 per month. Here is a list of the current … Continue reading “How much does it cost to Sell My Music and Lyrics at Songbay?”

How do I upload my Songs or Lyrics to Songbay?

To upload to Songbay, follow these simple steps: Register (You will need to register in order to sell music or lyrics at Songbay). On registering, go to your  user area -Indicated ‘My Songbay’ in yellow at the top of the … Continue reading “How do I upload my Songs or Lyrics to Songbay?”

How much does it cost to join?

How much does it cost to join? It is entirely free to join or browse the Songbay library. There are a range of additional subscription packages covering a variety of services.

What type of music can be uploaded?

What type of music can be uploaded? Every genre of music can be added to the Songbay library and in any language.

What type of music sells best on Songbay?

What type of music sells best on Songbay? The list of uses for which buyers require music and lyrics is endless, hence all high quality material (of any genre) stands a good chance of getting noticed on Songbay. Our ‘Contact … Continue reading “What type of music sells best on Songbay?”

What are your prices for music and lyrics?

All prices are determined by our artists and vary accordingly. If you see a song or lyric that you like, select the option to purchase and you will notice a selection of buying options, such as: Digital download Sample Multi-use … Continue reading “What are your prices for music and lyrics?”

How do I cancel my subscription?

There are no tie-ins with Songbay. You can upgrade, pause, resume your membership at any time. To close your account, simply login and from your user area, choose the option: ‘Your Songbay Profile’, then the option ‘Close Account’ and follow … Continue reading “How do I cancel my subscription?”

I am not from the UK, can I still use Songbay?

Yes, Songbay, although based in the UK , is an International company and welcomes submissions from artists from all round the world.

Can I submit Songs and Lyrics in Languages other than English?

Yes, we welcome music and lyrics of any language.

How do I edit my uploads?

You can change the description information of your song or lyric and alter the prices for which you wish to sell them. You can delist/ re-list items and add/ remove artwork and images. For legal and contractual reasons and to … Continue reading “How do I edit my uploads?”

What are the selling/buying options at Songbay/ What are the fees for music and lyrics?

Selling Options At Songbay,  users can sell and buy music and lyrics in the following ways:   As a Download (for personal use only). As a Sample (a short extract). As a Single-Use License (like a loan of the the song or lyric for a specific … Continue reading “What are the selling/buying options at Songbay/ What are the fees for music and lyrics?”

How do I add my Paypal details to my Songbay profile?

In order to receive instant payment from buyers you will need to include your Paypal details with your Songbay profile. To do this, follow the steps below: Login to Songbay Select ‘My Songbay’ (top right side corner of home page) … Continue reading “How do I add my Paypal details to my Songbay profile?”

Why can’t I make changes to my uploads?

We have strict rules on what users can and cannot edit as regards uploads to our site. We only permit the Lyric or Song description details to be edited, not the Title or content itself, i.e., the words or audio. … Continue reading “Why can’t I make changes to my uploads?”

How can payment for music or lyrics work if I’m from a country that doesn’t have the Paypal option?

If you are from a country that does not have Paypal as a way of transfering money, you are welcome to transfer money by any other means. As a seller, using the direct seller/buyer contact functionality at Songbay, you would … Continue reading “How can payment for music or lyrics work if I’m from a country that doesn’t have the Paypal option?”

Can I receive a multi track recording or a copy of the lyrics if I make a purchase?

A buyer is only able to receive a multi track master recording and lyric sheet to a song if they have purchased the copyright. Lyrics sheets for songs are also available  for users purchasing a Songbay ‘Multi-Use License’ . For … Continue reading “Can I receive a multi track recording or a copy of the lyrics if I make a purchase?”

Are there any tie-ins with Songbay?

Are there any tie-ins with Songbay? No. If for whatever reason you decide that you no longer wish to use Songbay’s services, you may leave at any time. Simply notify us and we will close your account and remove any … Continue reading “Are there any tie-ins with Songbay?”

What is your selection criteria?

What is your selection criteria? Music To maintain the quality of our library and the integrity of our service, we maintain exacting professional standards. Quality is such a personal choice which often appears to defy logic or traditional ‘good musical … Continue reading “What is your selection criteria?”

What formats can be uploaded to Songbay?

What formats can be uploaded to Songbay? We currently accept the following file formats: MP3, WAV, .DOC, .DOCX, & JPG files

Can I upload lyrics on their own (without music)?

Can I upload lyrics on their own (without music)  Yes!

Do I have to accept all offers on my songs or lyrics?

Do I have to accept all offers on my songs? No, on receipt of the draft contract, you can either decline or accept. There are no fees or penalties for declining a license.

Do I have to pay commission if I sell, buy or license music at Songbay?

Do I have to pay commission if I sell, buy or license music at Songbay? No. Songbay takes no percentages of sales or performance royalties. Artists keep 100% of all the money they make through Songbay.

Am I still eligible for performance royalties if I sell music through Songbay?

Yes! There is royalty known as the ‘performance royalty’, which is owed to a composer/lyricist whenever their music is broadcast or performed in public. This is not normally paid by people purchasing songs or licenses from artists through Songbay. (See below). If you are a … Continue reading “Am I still eligible for performance royalties if I sell music through Songbay?”

Do I have to pay to search the Songbay licensing library or to contact composers with a specific song writing request?

Do I have to pay to search the Songbay licensing library or to contact composers with a specific song writing request? No, we provide this unique service free of charge.

Can I still use Songbay if I already have a publishing, recording or management deal

Can I still use Songbay if I already have a publishing, recording or management deal? Songbay can work concurrently with any company, service or person working for, or on behalf of a songwriter. The only stipulation is that any music … Continue reading “Can I still use Songbay if I already have a publishing, recording or management deal”

How does the exchange of contracts take place if I buy/sell music or lyrics through Songbay?

How does the exchange of contracts take place if I buy/sell music or lyrics  through Songbay? The process is automated. When a buyer makes a purchase, they are instructed to pay the seller via Paypal. Once receipt of funds are … Continue reading “How does the exchange of contracts take place if I buy/sell music or lyrics through Songbay?”

What payment options can I use to trade music or lyrics at Songbay?

What payment options can I use to trade music or lyrics at Songbay? All payments take place directly between buyer and seller using the safety and convenience of Paypal. In order to trade music or lyrics at Songbay, you will need … Continue reading “What payment options can I use to trade music or lyrics at Songbay?”

How do the Package (Subscription) options work?

How do the Package Options work? All packages allow a set amount of uploads (submissions) which can be made during a certain period of time. Some packages include additional benefits such as artist promotion features and details of useful music … Continue reading “How do the Package (Subscription) options work?”

What is the Songbay ‘Single-Use’ license?

Songbay Multi-Use License This is a license granted by a composer or lyricist allowing their work to be used for a specific purpose at a fixed price The advantage of this license There are several advantages to both buyer and … Continue reading “What is the Songbay ‘Single-Use’ license?”

Are your contacts exclusive or non-exclusive?

With the exception off copyright exchanges,  all sales through Songbay take place on a  ‘non exclusive’  basis. This means the composer or lyricist retains the copyright to their work and can sell their song or lyric using our’ multi-use’  license … Continue reading “Are your contacts exclusive or non-exclusive?”

Can I see the full details of your licenses and contracts?

Can I see full details of your contracts between buyer/seller? Yes, Please see: http://www.songbay.co/license-examples/

Copyright concerns? How secure is my material once uploaded to Songbay?

How secure is material once uploaded to Songbay? Very! It is securely stored and encrypted on our server. It can only be downloaded if purchased. As is the case with any online advertising, there is always a risk that advertised … Continue reading “Copyright concerns? How secure is my material once uploaded to Songbay?”

Who is responsible for tax declarations on net income generated through sales at Songbay?

Who is responsible for tax declarations on net income generated through sales at Songbay?  It is the responsibility of the seller, i.e., composer or lyricist, to make appropriate tax declarations to their local revenue agency with regards to any profits made … Continue reading “Who is responsible for tax declarations on net income generated through sales at Songbay?”

I’m having technical difficulties, please help!

Known Technical issues and Fixes As with all online companies,  users may experience technical  difficulties from time to time. These are often  the result of browser/ server/ softwear/ hardwear conflicts which are beyond our control. Here is a list of … Continue reading “I’m having technical difficulties, please help!”

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