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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 looking for music for a film or TV commercial
  • Composers looking to collaborate with Lyricists
  • Lyricists looking to collaborate with Composers

What are the selling options at Songbay?

Selling Options

At Songbay,  you can sell music and lyrics in a variety of ways and set your own fees:

  • As a Download (For personal use only).
  • As a Single-Use License (Allowing the song or lyric to be used in any single project).
  • As a Derivative-Use License (As above, but allowing full editing of the song or lyric).
  • As a Copyright Exchange (All rights are transferred from Seller to Buyer. The buyer becomes the new owner of the song or lyric and can do with it as they wish).

For full selling options, restrictions and average guide selling prices, please see the grid below:

 

If I upload materials on your web page and offer it for sale, can I also use the same materials to sell it on other web sites besides Songbay?

Yes, absolutely. There are no exclusive tie-ins with us, so you are free to simultaneously advertise and sell your material on any other platforms. We will also give you full copyright protection of your material even if advertised and sold elsewhere!

How much should I charge for my Songs and Lyrics?

Average Prices and Buying Options

You can set your own fees for your songs and lyrics, we take no commission on sales.

For full details, restrictions and guide selling prices, please see the grid below:

 

Songbay for Sellers. How does it work?

What Is Songbay?

Songbay is a unique library which stores and advertises music and lyrics which are purchased 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 looking for music for films and TV commercials
  • Composers looking to collaborate with Lyricists
  • Lyricists looking to collaborate with Composers

Selling Options

As a seller on Songbay, you can choose to sell your music and lyrics in the
following ways:

As a Download (for personal use only).
As a Single-Use License (like a lone of your song or lyric for a single project).

As a Derivative-Use License (as above, but allowing full editing of the song or lyric).

As a Copyright Exchange (where all rights are transferred from Seller to Buyer).

We will assume that you are already familiar with digital downloads and
music samples, but perhaps less clear on music licensing and copyright exchange.

Licensing

This is the most popular selling option at Songbay. In simple terms, a music license is like agreeing to loan a song or lyric to another person. Instead of 'loan', the music industry uses the word 'license'.

Songbay licenses

We offer two licenses to our users, a 'Single-Use-license' and a 'Derivative-Use-License'. These are ideal for artists who want to retain all rights and control of their work, whilst receiving license payments from users wishing to loan their work.
Example uses of these licenses (loans) might be for a website, a company video, a radio commercial, film track, etc.
The buyer pays the artist a fee for a license and can then use the work legally (for one single project only).

A 'Single-Use License' grants all income and royalties to the seller, a 'Derivative-Use-License' divides the income and royalties equally between seller and buyer.

A license is a great option for all. The seller keeps total control of their work and is also entitled to receive royalties whenever their work is performed or broadcast. The buyer on the other hand, gets to use the work legally without having the expense of purchasing the copyright.
Both licenses are 'non- exclusive' agreements, meaning as a seller, you can sell multiple licenses simultaneously. For example, you could grant a license to 10 different people for 10 different projects and receive 10 royalty shares, potentially quite a profitable arrangement!
The more your work is licensed, the more fees and performance/broadcast royalties you will receive.
We even supply and complete the license agreements between seller and buyer without charge!

Copyright Selling

Another unique option offered at Songbay is copyright selling.
We allow you to sell the copyright of your work to another person if you wish. The new person then becomes the legal owner and copyright holder of the the music or lyric and gains full control of it.

Clearly this is the most expensive option for buyers and (initially), the most lucrative for sellers.

Most composers/lyricists prefer not to use this selling option but some, wishing for higher fees, are happy to sell copyrights.

** It is  important to realise that agreeing to a copyright sale means agreeing to relinquish all rights to your song or lyric. Once sold,  you no longer have any control over it and no rights to any future income or royalties generated. The new owner would not even need to credit you as the original songwriter/ lyricist. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to think very carefully about choosing this selling option. If in any doubt, choose a license selling option instead.

As with all sales at Songbay, we supply and complete the copyright agreement between seller and buyer without charge.

How much should I charge for my work?

Unlike other companies, we allow you to set your own fees for your work without deducting commission from you sales. So whatever fee payments you
receive at Songbay, you keep!

When uploading your songs and lyrics to our online sellers area, we advise you on the recommended industry prices, to ensure you do not over or under charge for your work.

Useful Links:

Songbay Free Copyright Protection >>

Songbay Quality and Assessment Criteria >>

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 with 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 in the search terms: "Buy Lyric" or "Sell Lyric" or "Sell Song" or "Buy Song" and see what pops up!

Songbay is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for professional songwriters, producers and buyers wishing to connect.  As of Jan 2017 we were averaging 120,000 hits to our website and over 100,000 page views per month. We're now the the world's largest original lyric library.

A good deal?

Our business model allows us to keep subscription fees to an absolute minimum. For a little more than the price of a cup of coffee each month, we give our songwriters the following:
A stunning hosted artist page, image, audio and video upload and integration, music and lyrics stored securely and published worldwide, 100% of all sales and royalties, free legal contracts, leading Google ranking searches, artist promo features on our blog, direct live user to user chat, direct artist contact links, lyric and song appraisal and collaboration service, copyright protection on all uploads, songwriting vacancies, social media advertising, music industry contact databases. Numerous artists are buying, selling, collaborating and networking daily at Songbay.
Lastly we reinvest every penny of profit into research, admin and development of existing and new features for our users.
We think that's a pretty good deal!

Can I purchase original music and own all rights?

Yes, providing the artist has chosen to use the 'Copyright Exchange' selling option. There are several different selling/purchase options at Songbay. If the artist has chosen to offer this option, the 'copyright' purchase option will be displayed along with all the other purchase options (with an explanation of each) next to each song or lyric. Simply select whichever option you require, in this case, the copyright, and follow the instructions.

How do I Purchase Songs or Lyrics at Songbay?

How to Buy Music and Lyrics at Songbay

  1. Use our powerful search functions to find something suitable.
  2. You can search by style or keywords.
  3. Use the preview buttons to listen to songs / read lyrics.
  4. Select the 'Purchase' option displayed next to the Song or Lyric.
  5. Choose a suitable buying option. These are clearly displayed with each song or Lyric and vary from a simple digital download to an entire copyright purchase. The prices are clearly displayed for each buying option.
  6.  Follow the simple step by step instructions, complete the checkout process then download your chosen song or lyric. You will also receive a completed contract to keep for your records.
  • You can also contact artists directly using the live chat function in your user dashboard or from the contact form on each artist's page. You may wish to discuss a specific writing request or have a collaboration proposal. You will need to register in order to do so, which is free

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

We recommend using a simple online currency converter to help you, such as  'XE Currency converter' http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

Payment using different currencies is simple. For example, a user from the US might wish to purchase a song advertised for sale on Songbay in UK Sterling. Using Paypal, the user would simply specify 'pay recipient in UK Sterling'  and Paypal would automatically convert and exchange funds into the correct amounts and currencies. In this example, the buyer would have the correct fee deducted  from their account in dollars whilst the seller would receive payment in UK Sterling.

 

I've received a collaboration offer from an interested user, what should i do now?

Firstly, you should establish legitimacy of the collaboration offer. Make sure the offer has come directly from the Songbay website and that the user is a registered Songbay member.  You should then find out as much about the offer as possible. Ask lot's of questions about the proposal and specifically, why the user wishes to work with you. Ask to see examples of the user's works,  projects,  website links, other songs, lyrics, poems etc. Take your time and don't be rushed into anything. Do not agree to sign any deals which require you to give up ownership  (copyright) of your work, unless you really do wish to negotiate a copyright sale.
If you are happy to proceed, you can explore some collaboration approaches. 
Typical Songbay Artist collaboration arrangements
  1. Option 1: A popular option is a straight royalty share of the finished song, typically a 50% split between you and the other party. You collaborate with the other artist and agree joint ownership and to divide equally all royalties accruing from the newly created song.
  2. Option 2: Choose to take a lower percentage ownership/royalty share but charge an additional hourly rate for your time.  Here are some typical collaboration rates for songwriters at Songbay:
  • £20-£60 per hour for freelance collaboration plus a 10-25% share of any royalties.
  • £1000-£7000  for a ghost written song or lyric  (with no royalty share).

Of course you are free to strike up whatever deal works best for you, and to work out percentage splits and payments accordingly.

What are your membership prices in US dollars?

For full details of our membership benefits and subscriptions packages for sellers, please see our Membership Options Page >>

Our prices are displayed in UK Sterling. For other currencies we recommend using a simple online currency converter to help you, such as  'XE Currency converter' http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

How much should I charge for a copyright?

The pricing of copyright exchange sales should be considered very carefully since if you choose to sell the copyright, you are agreeing to hand over all rights and all future royalties to someone else. To give you some indication, a few of our more prolific songwriters are happy to sell the copyrights for a few hundred dollars, others for tens of thousands. The average copyright sale at Songbay is between £2000-£5000 for a song and £250-£2000 for a lyric.
Many of our artists prefer not to sell copyrights and use our 'Single Use license' instead. This option allows a buyer to use the seller's work legally -the composer or lyricist continues to retain all rights of ownership and royalties. This is our most popular selling option at Songbay.

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 set formula to guarantee sales but that there are things we can do or avoid doing to boost our chances of selling.

In our experience, clients will nearly always choose professionally recorded/produced songs over 'rough demos' and tend not to 'see the potential' of a good song, particularly when there are faults such as  tuning, timing recording/production issues to have to 'see past'. With this in mind,  as a songwriter, ensure your song is recorded and produced to a high standard and use mastering tools such as compression to balance levels. If the vocals sound like they have been recorded in the garden shed or have been stuck on top of a 'loop' or 'backing track' using a $5.00 microphone, we would say your chances of selling are slim!

For lyricists, our clients tend to go for poignant, moving, catchy or humorous lyrics . We advise using devices such as metaphor, alliteration and personification in your work. If you do not know what these things are, we would advise researching! Lyrics which lack depth or rhyme for the sake of rhyming are almost always overlooked.

We give each user an artist page. So please make the most of it's functionality. It's a great tool to get your work noticed and to be taken seriously as a songwriter. Therefore, ensure you complete the 'Resume' and 'Information' sections which are presented to buyers. The information you present here helps us to promote you.

Promotion

Please ensure you have also completed the 'social media links section' (in the 'Enhanced Profile' area of Songbay). If you do not have a Twitter account, we highly recommend creating one. We have a huge following on Twitter and along with other social networks, use it regularly to promote the work of our artists.

So back to the question of Selling,,

A common misconception by sellers is that their newly uploaded song or
lyric will be sold straightaway. Experience shows that this is not the
case, that joining any music or lyric library should be considered more of a mid to
long term commitment. It's simply not possible to put a time frame on when someone will
have a specific requirement for a specific song or lyric. That said, clearly the more high quality material you can upload to a music/lyric library, the greater your chances of being discovered. Similarly, the more people searching the library, the greater the chances of sales. With regard to this, Songbay gives genuinely wide exposure to it's artists, we are ranked extremely high in original music searches from all Internet search engines and No1 for original lyric searches on Google. As a result, every day music and lyrics are traded at Songbay-from simple poetic verses to complete film scores (Songbay  subscriber Kevin Nevel has been writing songs for for Keith Urban, TimMcGraw, and Joss Stone.  Kevin Nevel on Songbay>>)

To further enhance sales, we allow our users to contact each other directly. Songwriting
openings can then arrive through networking and collaboration offers. There are plenty examples of this happening on a daily basis at Songbay.- Artists receiving work offers at Songbay >>

Other Benefits of  being on Songbay

Many Songwriters are happy to use our service simply for the related benefits:

Whilst your music and lyrics are being hosted and advertised on our
library, we provide you with additional unique  services. Including:

  • Free Copyright Protection for all your uploads
  • Free Publishing (Your work is published worldwide directly from our site)
  • Music Industry Contact Lists ( A comprehensive 'who's who of the music industry, helping you get your work to the right people).
  • Songwriting Opportunities
  • Songwriting Advice
  • Contract Advice
  • Promotion
  • Artist Page (a networking hub with direct contact links, etc to your work)

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

Songbay is a 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 and buyer. 'Not possible' we here you say? Oh yes it is,, and we have many thousands of users to prove it!

Songbay artists have complete control over their work and set their own  fees accordingly. We also provide free completed contracts between buyer and seller (saving a fortune in expensive music contract drafting).

Users may of course use their own contracts, but ours are an excellent starting point, giving a clear breakdown of royalty splits between composer and buyer so everyone knows where they stand. We provide our contracts without charge as a courtesy to our users.

For full details of selling options, royalty shares and restrictions,  please see the grid below:

 

 

Can I change the price I originally listed for my songs?

Yes,

To edit uploads/content/descriptions/prices or to add artwork to uploads, login to your Songbay account and from your user dashboard choose the link:  'Edit Your Uploads' then 'Edit Details'

The direct link to this area is:

https://songbay.co/my-submissions

Does Songbay buy Music or Lyrics directly from me?

No, we do not purchase any songs or lyrics directly from our users. Songbay is an artistic 'show room' for songwriters and lyricists. Interested buyers or artists will be able to contact you directly via our website. We provide an advertising and promotion platform which makes it easy for buyers to purchase music or lyrics from you, plus comprehensive communication/ chat systems allowing direct buyer to artist contact and artist to artist collaboration.

As soon as your work is approved for sale on Songbay, it becomes visible to the world. You receive extensive selling options, e.g., you can sell your work as a digital download, you can license your work using our 'single-use license'

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

You can even sell the copyright if you wish.

You set your own fees and get to keep all royalties. We even prepare and complete the contracts for you without charge!

Copyright Protection. Can I just upload my songs as they are or do I need to register them with a copyright company?

"Hi, Songbay representatives!
I've been searching for a long time among the lots of internet-resources and it seems that Songbay is just perfect for my purposes. I'm just at the beginning of selling music career and I'm still a bit confused about not-understanding some details. I'm from Ukraine and in my country there is no particular way to prevent the song's rights to be violated so a lot of musicians do not bother themselves with the copyright stuff. I have a number of songs that are written only by me and lot of them have never even been played to anyone. Do I have to state my copyright in some particular way before uploading or should I upload them straight to Songbay and that would be enough? Thanks in advance. I'm waiting for your response. "

 

AdminReply:

Thanks for you interest in Songbay.

Copyright protection is an integral feature of our service, we provide this benefit to our users without charge on all uploads.  Provided you own the copyright to the songs/lyrics you upload, we will protect them for you. You can upload them straight to Songbay with the reassurance that as well as publishing your work, we will also protect it.  For further details, please see:

https://songbay.co/songbay/blog/faqs/#how-does-the-songbay-copyright-protection-work

and also:

https://songbay.co/songbay/blog/faqs/#copyright-and-security-concerns-how-secure-is-my-material-once-uploaded-to-songbay

Which 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 as a digital audio recording, the writer of the song (as well as the lyricist, recording artist, producer, etc.) earns a royalty, or payment. These royalties can be divided into four groups:

1. Performance Royalties
2. Mechanical Royalties
3. Printed-edition royalties
4. Synchronization

Performance and mechanical royalties are generally the two main sources of income for songwriters.

Performance Royalties

Any type of establishment where songs are can be heard, either recorded versions or live performances, are classified as 'broadcasters'.
Broadcasters can be: radio stations, TV networks, nightclubs, concert halls, stadiums, auditoriums, cinemas, companies (basically any establishment or business providing live or pre-recorded music). Broadcasters must be members of a performing rights organization and pay for the right to use music in their venues. This fee is known as a music license. The money collected from these licenses forms a fund from which royalties are calculated and distributed to songwriters and lyricists.

How are Performance Royalties calculated?

By law, broadcasters must keep accurate logs of the songs they broadcast or allow to be performed in their establishments, on a quarterly basis. They give this log to a performing rights organization, e.g., BMI, SESAC and ASCAP, PPRS, who then total up the amount of times a song has been performed or broadcast. They then disperse the appropriate amount of funds to the songwriters/lyricists who they represent, via royalty checks.
Performing rights organizations exist to ensure that songwriters, lyricists and artists are paid each time their songs are used in a public place, broadcast on television, radio, film screen or streamed on the internet.

Mechanical Royalties

These are generated from payments by record companies to artists via mechanical collection agencies, such as 'The Mechanical Copyright Alliance', 'Phonographic Performance Ltd', etc.
As a songwriter/publisher, you are owed a royalty every time your composition is reproduced (on vinyl, tape, CD, MP3, etc). In the United States, this royalty is generally equal to 9.1 cents per reproduced 'copy' of that song, regardless of whether those albums or singles are sold. For on-demand streams through services like Spotify and Grooveshark, the mechanical royalty rate is far lower.

Examples

If someone covers one of your songs and they manufacture 1000 CDs, they owe you $91, regardless of whether those CDs ever get purchased by customers. If they sell 100 MP3s of your song, they owe you $9.10.
Mechanical royalties are set aside by the retailer (music stores, websites, book stores, gift stores, souvenir stands, etc), and paid to collection societies who then distribute those royalties to songwriters and publishers, in much the same way that performance rights organizations distribute funds.

Synchronization

Synchronization occurs whenever a song or lyric is used in combination with a movie, video, TV program, or soundtrack.
In these cases, the synchronization rights are obtained by the movie, TV or video producer for a fee. This is paid to the songwriter or publisher and depends on how much of the song is used, how
often it is repeated and whether the soundtrack is sold
locally, nationally or Internationally.

Printed Edition Royalties

These royalties are generated whenever a printed version of a song or lyric is sold. Such as: sheet music, songbooks, anthologies and any other published collections of printed arrangements.

To summarize, the four main sources of royalty payments for songwriters and lyricists are:

1. Performance Royalties
2. Mechanical Royalties
3. Printed-edition royalties
4. Synchronization

Essentially, that's how songwriters earn money and get paid in the music industry.

Unlike other companies, Songbay takes no percentage cuts of any of these royalties or fees.

How does the Songbay Copyright Protection work?

In addition to all the other benefits of Songbay membership, we give our users full Copyright Protection on all music and lyric uploads. Many songwriters use Songbay exclusively for our free copyright protection service.

Copyright law across the world states that in any legal dispute, you must be able to prove you are the original author of a piece of work-to do this you need to be able to prove that your work predates any other copy. 

Songbay allows you to do this. Once you have uploaded your music and lyrics, they are stored securely in the 'Songbay vault'. Each uploaded is given a unique digital reference, encrypted, then time and date stamped.

In any case of copyright infringement, e.g., if  your work is used without permission or has been plagiarised , you are protected. Your Songbay records prove evidence of existence and ownership. We will forward our records to your legal representative and provide you with a written affidavit confirming the date/time uploaded.  Most companies charge for copyright protection, (around $15 per song/lyric) we provide this free of charge for you at Songbay!

If you look in your Songbay user area under the heading 'Copyright' you will see a list of all your protected uploads.

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

Membership to Sellers is by subscription. Our business model allows us to keep our pricing exceptionally low. Our seller packages cover admin, hosting and development costs and range from £2.99 to £9.99 per month.

Here is a list of the current key features for subscribers:

  • Showcase your songwriting abilities to a Global audience. For example, we are ranked No1 in Google for Lyric searches, receiving thousands of views each day.
  • Keep All your Sale fees and Royalty payments. We take no commission on sales and no percentage of royalties.
  • Generous Music and Lyric Uploads.
  • Receive work offers, collaboration proposals and specific writing requests via our Direct Email and Live Chat Contact functions. Contact Examples >>
  • Copyright Protection
    We protect your songs or lyrics from any unauthorised use, copying, plagiarism, or re-selling.
  • Receive your own 'Artist' area. We host and display your Lyrics, Songs, Photos, Artwork, Bios, Website and Social Media Links.
  • Receive 'Featured Artist' promotion throughout our site and on our blog.
  • Receive promotional mentions on Social Networks.
  • Music Opportunities Each month we receive songwriting requests from buyers, record companies, agents, producers, etc, all looking to source music and lyrics for various projects. We pass the information on to our subscribers.
  • Receive professional musical, arrangement and production advice.
  • Gain access to our enormous database of essential worldwide music Industry contacts, helping you get your compositions to the right people. See examples >>
  • Article and content Contribution to our Blog. Become part of Songbay. Write articles and have them published on our site.
  • Flexible Subscription Packages with no tie-ins. Use Songbay/ cancel whenever you wish. If you decide that Songbay is not for you, simply drop us an email and we will cancel you subscription with immediate effect.

Testimonials Examples of Subscriber Feedback to us.

User Testimonials >>

Full Details of Membership Options >>

How do I upload my Songs or Lyrics to Songbay?

To upload to Songbay, follow these simple steps:

  1. Register (You will need to register in order to sell music or lyrics at Songbay).
  2. On registering, go to your  user area -Indicated 'My Songbay' in yellow at the top of the page.
  3. Choose either 'Sell Lyric' or 'Sell Music' depending on what you wish to sell. If you are only wishing to sell a lyric, select 'Sell Lyric', if you are wishing to sell a song containing music only or song containing both music and lyrics, sellect 'Sell Music'.
  4. Follow the step by step listing instructions. You will be asked how you wish to sell your work. For example, as a Download, a Single-use license, or even as  a complete Copyright exchange (you will receive advice on what each of these options are as well as guide prices to help you)
  5.  You will then enter your sale price for your music or lyrics (users set their own fees for their work).
  6. Finally, you will be prompted to enter specific details about your work so that it can be found by search engines, e.g., style, mood, Instruments featured etc. The listing process takes just a few minutes, after which your song or lyric will be published for sale to the world!

See example video >>

You will receive notification of your music or lyric sales or of any interest in your work.

Which type of music/lyrics sell best on Songbay?

Which type of music/lyrics sell 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. Well produced /structured commercial songs of all genres are always very popular as is high quality orchestral music. Well crafted lyrics use devices such as metaphor, personification and alliteration are always in demand.

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

It's very secure! We give free Copyright Protection at Songbay

In addition to all the other benefits of Songbay membership, we give our users full Copyright Protection on all music and lyric uploads. In fact, many songwriters use Songbay exclusively for our free copyright protection service.

A question we're often asked is "What if someone decides to plagiarise or copy my work and pass it off as their own?"

A good question,,here's the answer:

The moment a song or lyric is created, the composer or author automatically owns the copyright. As is the case with any online advertising or public performance, there is always a risk that material could copied or used without permission.

Copyright law across the world states that in any legal dispute, you must be able to prove you are the original author of a piece of work-to do this you need to be able to prove that your work predates any other copy.
Songbay allows you to do this. Once you have uploaded your music and lyrics, they are stored securely in the 'Songbay vault'. Each uploaded is given a unique digital reference, encrypted, then time and date stamped.

In any case of copyright infringement, e.g., if  your work is used without permission or has been plagiarised , you are protected. Your Songbay records prove evidence of existence and ownership. We will forward our records to your legal representative and provide you with a written affidavit confirming the date/time uploaded.  Most companies charge for copyright protection, (around $15 per song/lyric) we provide this free of charge for you at Songbay!

You are  covered by International copyright law. The punishment for any infringement is serious. Fines are astronomical leading to bankruptcy for those found guilty and huge payouts to the copyright holders.

If you look in your Songbay user area under the heading 'Copyright' you will see a list of all your protected uploads.

What type of music or lyric can be uploaded?

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

Which type of music/lyrics sell best on Songbay?

Which type of music/lyrics sell 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. Well produced /structured commercial songs of all genres are always very popular as is high quality orchestral music. Well crafted lyrics use devices such as metaphor, personification and alliteration are always in demand.

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 get paid for my Song and Lyric Sales at Songbay?

We use Paypal to forward sale fees to you. The process is instantaneous, once a buyer completes the check out process, payment is transferred to your Paypal account  In order to receive instant payment from buyers when selling, you will need to have a Paypal account . *Important* You must link your credit/ debit card and bank account to Paypal otherwise the sale will not complete. To do this follow these simple instructions:

  1. Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click Wallet at the top of the page (if you’re on a mobile device tap Menu, then Wallet)
  3. Choose to add card account, then complete details
  4. Choose to add  bank account, then complete details

Paypal Website >>

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 taste'. This is certainly the case where music licensing is concerned. 'Good' really means 'most suitable' for a specific context. There have been occasions when we have recommended music which we've considered to be strong melodically and harmonically only for the client to choose something that in our opinion seemed pretty average. Sometimes TV executives will deliberately overlook the song with the clever chord sequence or catchy chorus as it would detract from the visual scenario that they have in mind. Sometimes, they might choose the song which seems banal or unbearably irritating, but works perfectly well for a specific product commercial.

Having said this, from experience, music displaying poor musicianship and sound quality is almost always overlooked. Producers and musical supervisors will avoid music (even great songs) that contain noticeable sonic faults, e.g. Inappropriate EQ, balance, compression, quantisation, distortion, noise issues. They will similarly avoid music which has noticeable musical faults, e.g. Intonation, timing and synchronisation errors or is lacking in required musicality, i.e. musical expression- dynamics, rubato, colour or phrasing for example.

Therefore, we ask our artists to ensure that there are no obvious sonic or musical faults in the material submitted. Irrespective of genre, final uploaded versions should resemble well balanced master recordings. We listen to and read all submissions to our library. We will not accept any material displaying poor recording quality, low composition or arrangement standard, poor musicianship (such as noticeable tuning and timing issues) or inappropriate or offensive language. Any unsuitable material will be removed from our site within 24 hours. We notify all paid subscribers by email if their material has not met our selection standards. Users will then receive credits to allow further upload opportunities.

Lyrics

What makes a Good Lyric?

In the same way that a composer must understand the fundamentals of song construction, i.e., melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement, a lyricist needs to know what makes a strong and catchy lyric.
We are looking for well crafted, catchy lyrics using devices such as alliteration, simile, personification, onomatopoeia, rhyme and humour.

It is important that lyricists understand all of the above elements and have a grasp of when and how to use them in a song. As well as originality, we look for comprehension and implementation of these key elements.

What type of music or lyric can be uploaded?

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

Which 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 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 at 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 member of a professional collection Royalty collection agency such as ASCAP, PRS, BMI,  they will automatically collect these royalties for you.

How this works

The ' royalty is administered in each country by a local Performing Rights Organisation (PRO), who represent composers and lyricists. This organisation will normally require broadcasters (TV, radio stations for example) and live music venues to pay a license fee, usually an annual 'blanket' license that covers them for all the music they broadcast or all the music performed live in their venues. Fees from all broadcasters and live performance venues form a large fund, a percentage of which is used to pay composer/lyricist royalties. Broadcasters are meant to complete a document called a 'cue sheet' containing specific details about the composer and their work. This document is then passed on to the local Performing Rights Organisation who calculate and distribute the royalty payments accordingly. Live music venues complete a similar document.

To clarify, it is the broadcaster or live venue owner that pay performance royalties to our artists,  not the Songbay license purchasers.

 All royalties go to the composer or lyricist, Songbay takes no percentage of these. 

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 or lyrics submitted for sale at Songbay must be free from any publishing restrictions and that the user must also have all rights to the material they wish to sell or license.

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

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 simply instruct the buyer to make a bank transfer to your account in which ever currency is convenient. As soon as the money is in your account, you would  log into your 'user- area' at Songbay and click the link -'Payment received'. At this point, the buyer would be able to download their purchased lyric or song and contract.

Which 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 to have a Paypal account. When a buyer makes a purchase, they are instructed to pay the seller via Paypal. Once receipt of funds are confirmed into the seller account, the buyer can download the song or lyric and receive a completed contract. The song or lyric can then be used in accordance with the terms of the license agreement. We do not take any percentage of sale fees or broadcast/performance royalties.

Are there any tie-ins with Songbay?

Are there any tie-ins with Songbay?
No. You can upgrade or close your account whenever you wish. If you want to upgrade your subscription, please go to songbay.co/membership-options

If you no longer wish to use Songbay's services, simply choose the 'Close account link' from your user area.

Please note, we cannot refund any subscription payments that you may have already made.

How do your subscriptions (packages) work?

We offer monthly or yearly subscription packages. A subscription is an ongoing payment giving access to our service. Each subscription package offers different user benefits, features and upload levels, such as artist promotion, direct contact, networking functions, music industry directories, copyright protection, etc.

Once your subscription is in place, you can upload your songs and lyrics whenever you wish. Some artists upload lots of songs and lyrics all at once, others space uploads over a period of time. The amount of uploads indicated is the total amount that the subscription package allows. It is not a monthly entitlement. The subscription must be kept active in order to access and use our service.

There are no tie ins with Songbay, you may upgrade or cancel your subscription at any time. If you decide to cancel your subscription or do not keep it active, your account will be closed and any uploads or other user content will be removed from our system. Any unused features or upload entitlement will also end, including our copyright protection service.

Our business model allows us to keep subscription fees to an absolute minimum. For a little more than the prices of a cup of coffee each month, we give our songwriters the following:
A stunning hosted artist page, image, audio and video upload and integration, music and lyrics stored securely and published worldwide, 100% of all sales and royalties, free legal contracts, leading Google ranking searches, artist promo features on our blog, direct live user to user chat, direct artist contact links, lyric and song appraisal and collaboration service, copyright protection on all uploads, songwriting vacancies, social media advertising, music industry contact databases. Numerous artists are buying, selling, collaborating and networking daily at Songbay.
Lastly we reinvest every penny of profit into research, admin and development of existing and new features for our users.
We think that's a pretty good deal!

 

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: https://www.songbay.co/license-examples/

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 through sales of their work on Songbay.

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