FAQ´S

General

With Ministry of Musics you can distribute Singles and Albums to the digital partners. Each partner has its own way of categorizing content. Symphonic cannot control how the partners group and format their content.

Singles
In Ministry of Musics platform a single is one (1) track.

In iTunes
-Your release will be classified as a single if:

  • The release is one to three (1-3) tracks.
  • The tracks are 30 minutes total and all individual tracks are less than 10 minutes.
  • Releases that meet the requirements above will automatically have “- Single” inserted in the release title within the iTunes platform.

-As a default, tracks will be sold for $0.99 in iTunes (if they are less than 10 minutes).
-If a single track is 10 minutes or longer, iTunes will automatically sell the release at an album price.

In Spotify

-Your music will be classified under the single category if:

  • The release is under 30 minutes.
  • The release has five (5) or fewer tracks.

-Spotify will not change the title of your release.

Albums
In the Symphonic platform an album is a release with two (2) or more tracks.

In iTunes

  • Any release with seven (7) or more tracks will be considered an album in iTunes. Also, any release that has one to six (1-6) tracks but is over 30 minutes will be considered an album in iTunes.
  • There may be cases where you release an album through Symphonic and the release is labeled as a “Single” or “EP” in the iTunes platform.

EPs
Symphonic does not have a product that is EP specific, but some albums released through Symphonic will be classified as EPs in iTunes.

In iTunes
-In order for a release to be considered an EP, it must meet one of the following two requirements:

  • The release has a total of one to three (1-3) tracks, one or more of the tracks is/are 10 minutes or longer and entire release is less than 30 minutes.
  • The release has a total of four to six (4-6) tracks and the entire release is less than 30 minutes.

-If your release meets the above requirements and you do not have “- EP” in the title of your album, iTunes will automatically insert “- EP” in the title when delivering your album to the partner.

Category: General

Music Distribution

When submitting a release with Ministry of Musics you may notice that some partners do not appear as options in the partner list you see when creating a release.

These are indirect partners of Ministry of Musics, the reason they do not appear is that we do not send directly to them. They get their content via other partners.

The partners that provide content to these indirect partners are called white label providers. A white label provider is a Digital Service Provider that handles multiple services under them. For example, 7Digital and Medianet are two White Label providers that power various streaming and download providers and thus, we list them on our system as the one delivery point.

The services that a white label provider differ from retail, streaming, to cable tv music. There are often many changes in this area and unfortunately, we cannot control what partners under a white label your material goes to or doesn’t go to.

We offer A-La-Carte distribution services! If you already have a distribution deal in place, no problem. Just let us know and we’ll fill in the gaps!

Sure, that’s fine!

If you want to sell your music on your site—CDs or downloads—we completely support those efforts.

Depending on the size of your archive and how much processing we need to take on, the time can range from one week to four weeks.

No. It is up to a retailer (e.g. iTunes) to approve and add a song on to its store. It’s impossible to guarantee placement. No reimbursement will be made if your release doesn’t show up in one or more stores.

To all our partner shops. We have exclusive partners, major distributors, distributors, partners and shops.

In order to distribute your music online, we only need digital distribution rights. You hold all the other rights, such as copyrights, master rights, publishing rights, and so on.

Yes, you need to either own, control or administer the master sound recording rights in order to sign a distribution agreement with any distributor

Reports & Payments

We send statements and royalty payments out to you on a quarterly basis.

SoundCloud Monetization

  • No sign up fees and you earn 70% of all royalties
  • Monetization of songs and profiles
  • Whitelisting means no copyright issues preventing you from uploading

We can monetize your SoundCloud tracks & albums. In short, SoundCloud Monetization will give you more control over your music on the SoundCloud platform as well as allow us to collect on advertising revenue generated by your music on SoundCloud, on our Soundcloud Account.
By signing up to the service we will upload your music to our SoundCloud upload feed to ensure your music is protected so nobody else can upload unless they’re white-listed through Symphonic.
So, if you opt-in for this service, you must send us your soundcloud account to whitelist it.

YouTube Content ID

In today’s digital world, a growing number of authorized and unauthorized third party users make use of copyrighted material every day. These might include the usage of your audio and audiovisual masters for commercial and private applications (e.g. uploading audio and videos on social media sites for weddings, corporate events, commercials or slide shows) in which your masters might be used with or without proper authorization and licensing.

When Ministry of Musics identifies a match between your music recording and a video file on the Internet, we then monetize that UGC video using various advertisement techniques. We serve as an intermediary between artists and the people who might use an artist’s work for, say, a YouTube video. Every time a new video is uploaded, it’s automatically compared against YouTube’s Content Identification library for a match. We constantly monitor and update your musical works within YouTube’s ID library. If we find a match, we can take one of three actions: remove the content, leave it alone or monetize the video. Typically we choose to monetize the video because it generates incremental revenue that we collect on your behalf. It also expands your broadcast portfolio. In some instances, when the video is not suitable, we will issue a takedown.

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