FAQ´S

Music Distribution

1. Special characters. The text of the description of an album or track, as their linked tags, and song lyrics, must not contain any special characters such as the following (or similar):

  • (-), (_), (.) (*), (“), (•), (#), (@), (¢), ($), (%), (&), (=), o (º).

2. Links and emails. The description of the album or tracks, the lyrics, and album’s or track’s tags, should not contain any link to web pages, social media or similar networks references, or contain email addresses.

3. Text format. The description text of an album and its lyrics, must not have any formatting or special design. All text must be “plain text”. This applies also to the release titles.

4. Tags. All tags must be assigned individually, and must not contain spaces or dots, or any special character, such as the following (or similar):

  • (-), (_), (.) (*), (“), (•), (#), (@), (¢), ($), (%), (&), (=), o (º).

Exceptionally, the following symbols will be allowed:

-(-) If it’s a part of a compounded name.
-(.) As long as its use is prioritized in initials and/or if not used at the beginning or at the end of a sentence.
-(“) when it serves to appoint any type of alias. It will only be valid if is used at the beginning or at the end of a word and/or alias.
-(#) When it does not allude to social networks and/or any social network promotion. Same if is equivalent to any musical expression – as a sharp.
-(=), (º), (+) y (%) When they are in a context related to numbers(figures) or mathematical formulas.
-(™), (©) o (®) With the existence of documents that demonstrate that there are entities legally registered. In this case is necessary to facilitate the correspondent documentation in advance, to our Support team.
– If the specific label has precedents on the channels and previously validated by them.
– If the linguistic rules of a certain language require it.

5. Alphabet. The use of characters that do not belong to the western alphabet is not allowed. Except in the following cases:

-If its use in the distribution is coherent with symbols and there aren’t any different alphabet mixes. Is important to avoid the symbols’ ornamental character. Preferably it has to have an explicit relation with the content.

-Symbols that could be explained in contextual key, such as mathematical formulas or other adjacent disciplines.

6. Language. At the album level, the language must be the same as the titles -both track and album level. If there are more languages, the main one has to be chosen.

At the track level the language assigned should be the one used in the song. If it’s instrumental or an invented language is used, then we will indicate it as “no linguistic content”.

If the language used doesn’t appear in our list, please assign the most similar one.

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Language support varies from DSP to DSP. We currently support every language that itunes supports, and some more. Most DPSs only use language information for internal search engine settings, and do not specify other uses in their specs, so we do our best to manage language use.

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1. Category prices. You must choose a price category from one of four price categories. This does not ensure an identical price in all channels, since the channels have the right to determine the final price of an product, depending on the territory and currency of a sale. The categories are indicative of the range of price you desire for each album individually.

The price categories (in the platform) are:

  • Budget: equivalent to an economic or the most affordable price.
  • Mid: equivalent to a standard or common prince in each channel.
  • Full: equivalent to a higher or more expensive than the standard price.
  • Premium: equivalent to the more expensive price.

2. Release dates. Depending on the date indicated in this section, the album will be published in the channels sooner or later. If the album is distributed previously to the release date, it will not be made public until the date indicated before the distribution. If the album is distributed after the release date, it will be directly published within the 2 to 10 work days, from its distribution.

3. License. You can choose between two main types of license, these are: Copyright or Creative Commons.
Copyright ensure a full protection of all intellectual rights for each rights’ owner or holder, while Creative Commons has several types of licenses for different types of interests. For more information, go to: http://creativecommons.org/).

For publication of an album, it’s required to indicate:

(C) The Copyright owner or holder, who is generally the author of the work.

(P) The sound recording owner or Publishing right’s holder, who is generally the producer or record label.

In the case of groups or bands where rights are shared, the group or band name can be indicated in both cases mentioned above.

4. Territories. If you do not have publishing rights for all territories, or it is not of your interest the publication in all territories, you may indicate the desired territories in the “License” section in the platform.

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1. Versions. To indicate that a Version Track is different from the original, please use the corresponding field for this purpose. Version information will not be accepted as part of an album title. You should also use standard spelling, without abbreviations, and make a proper use of capitalization.

2. Name of the original artist on parody, version, karaoke, tribute and cover tracks or albums. For Parody, Karaoke, Tribute and Cover albums, the name of the original artist should not be displayed in any artist field on track level, nor at the album’s level. You must use clarifying language to ensure that consumers will not think those original artists are performing on your album or track.

  • Karaoke exceptions: The karaoke track titles can refer to the original artist. Please, use sentences to clarify that these artist aren’t the performers. Use sentences as “Originally Performed by… (original artist name)”.

3. Name of the original artist in the track or album’s titles. The title of a track, as the title of a cover of tribute album, must not make any reference to the original artist. Do not use phrases such as: “Original Performed by”, “In the Style of”, “Tribute to”, “Cover of” or similar.

4. Information of karaoke version. The karaoke albums or tracks must be indicated on the corresponding field as “Instrumental” of “Karaoke” versions. The primary genre of this king of album or tracks must also be set as “Karaoke”.

5. Deceptive or misleading information. Tribute or cover albums must not be deceptive or misleading.
Do not use genres, popular song lyrics, or the original artist names as the album title, track title, or artist for karaoke. Content that is considered deceptive or misleading will not be accepted and distributed.

6. Sound-a-likes. Sound-a-likes (cover songs that sound like copies of the original) or unauthorized remixes with deceptive or misleading audio, will not be distributed.

7. Cover licenses. For a cover you will need to present an authorization signed by the original rights owner – who will allow you to use the work for commercial purposes.

  • You can obtain a license through different online services, as for example www.easysonglicensing.com. You need the license only in case that the adapted songs belong to an Anglo-Saxon area. If the songs are from a latin area, South America and Occidental Europe – excluding Aglo-Saxon countries –  it is enough to mention at the track level the original composer and the publishing house (label and/or producer rights owner) assigning their correspondent roles. For versions from territories that we don’t comment here, please, contact our Support team.

  • If the version modifies substantially the work, as a radical variation of the lyrics/musical content, you must present a more specific rights owner permission to distribute the content. The documentation reported has to be contrastable and true.

  • Attention: Do not confuse the term “version” or “cover” with a “remix”. If you did a remix or if you are using any recording sample that belongs to another person, you will have to request the authorization from the original master owner.

8. Continuous mixes and DJ sets. Dj sets (with own or other’s artists tracks) and continuous mixes (that is, putting all the tracks of an album together in a single track creating a continuous mix) are not allowed by the channels.

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From the moment a content is distributed by the user, the Quality Control (QC) will be carried out. If the content meets all the stipulated requirements,  then it will be approved, and then delivered to the corresponding channels.

When the delivery process is finished, the corresponding user will be notified (by email).

Once the content has been completely delivered to the channel(s), the timing for the publication will depend on each channel, which can take from 2 to 15 working days. For this reason, we recommend making the distribution as early as possible, at least 15 days before the release date, to ensure that the content is published on the desired date.

Please note that this period of 2 to 15 working days, is extended during festive and holiday periods, taking even more days for publication. Regarding this, when appropriate, we will notify you about the deadlines for the main channels.

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Stores only accept good quality cover arts with the following requirements:

JPG or PNG file
Perfect square and at least 3000 x 3000 pixels
Best-quality RGB Color mode (including black and white images)
Resolution of at least 72 dpi (300 dpi is better)
Only include text with the artist name and release title or image only with no text

Do NOT include: extra text, email addresses or URLs, stickers, poor quality or cut-off artwork…etc.

Please remember you are responsible for the content you are uploading in the platform!

If your artwork does not adhere to these requirements, this may result in some or all stores rejecting your release.

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Your audio files must meet the format specifications below to go live in the digital stores.

The audio files format required is:

WAV stereo 44.1 kHz (sample rate), 16 bit (bith depth), 1411 kbps (sample rate). We also accept 24 and 32 bit files.

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Usually it is a matter of days for your music to go live in the stores after you complete the order and delivery process.

However some digital stores have their own internal procedures and may take longer to make you music available on their front-end retail services.

iTunes: Most releases take 24-72 hours to go live in iTunes
Spotify: 24-72 business hours
Amazon, Deezer: 3-7 business days
Google Play: about 2 weeks
 All other stores: take 1-3 weeks

Remember these are approximate timelines only, and we can not guarantee the exact time your music will go live in these stores as we have no control on the digital retail stores’ internal content management processes.

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Yes. Our email notification process allows us to notify you as soon as your Release is delivered.

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When creating a Release, you can choose between a large number of genres to assign it to.

Please see the list of possible values below:

Alternative
Alternative/Experimental
Alternative/Indie Pop
Alternative/Gothic
Alternative/Grunge
Alternative/Indie Rock
Alternative/Rock/Metal
Ambient/New Age
Ambient/New Age/Meditation
Audiobooks
Blues
Blues/Contemporary Blues
Blues/New Orleans Blues
Blues/Traditional Blues
Children’s Music
Children’s Music/Classic
Children’s Music/Holiday
Children’s Music/Stories
Classical
Classical/Antique
Classical/Baroque
Classical/Concert
Classical/Chamber
Classical/Modern Compositions
Classical/Opera
Classical/Orchestral
Classical/Piano
Classical/Romantic
Comedy
Country
Country/Bluegrass
Country/Contemporary
Country/Honky Tonk
Country/Nashville
Country/Pop
Country/Square Dance
Easy Listening
Easy Listening/Bar Jazz/Cocktail
Easy Listening/Bossa Nova
Easy Listening/Traditional
Electronic
Electronic/Breaks
Electronic/Broken beat
Electronic/Chill Out
Electronic/Dance
Electronic/Deep House
Electronic/DJ Tools/Sample Packs
Electronic/Downtempo – experimental
Electronic/Drum & Bass
Electronic/Dub/Reggae/Dancehall
Electronic/Dubstep/Grime
Electronic/Electro House
Electronic/Glitch Hop
Electronic/Hard Dance
Electronic/Hard Techno
Electronic/Hardcore
Electronic/Hardstyle
Electronic/House
Electronic/Jazz
Electronic/Indie Dance/Nu Disco
Electronic/Minimal
Electronic/Pop Trance
Electronic/Progressive House
Electronic/Psy-Trance
Electronic/Tech House
Electronic/Techno
Electronic/Trance
Electronic/Trip Hop
Experimental
Folk
Easy Listening/Lounge
Funk/R&B
Hip-Hop/Rap
Hip-Hop/Rap/Gangsta & Hardcore
Holiday/Christmas
Inspirational
Jazz
Jazz/Dixie/Rag Time
Jazz/Latin Jazz
Jazz/World
Jazz/Bebop
Jazz/Big Band
Jazz/Classic
Jazz/Contemporary
Jazz/Free Jazz
Jazz/Fusion
Jazz/Jazz Funk
Jazz/Nu Jazz/Acid Jazz
Jazz/Smooth Jazz
Jazz/Swing
Jazz/Traditional
Latin
Latin/Bossa Nova
Latin/Brasil/Tropical
Latin/Pop
Latin/Rock en Español
Latin/Salsa/Merengue
New Age
Pop
Pop/Contemporary/Adult

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ISRC, the International Standard Recording Code, is the internationally recognized identification tool for sound and music video recordings.

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A UPC (Universal Product Code) or EAN (International Article Number) is a unique code used to identify a Release.

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No.

We offer UPC and ISRC codes FOR FREE to all our registered customers.

(Please note this is often a paying option with our competitors!)

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In case you are a record label or you do own legitimately registered UPC and ISRC codes, you can of course use your own.

Just follow the instructions during the Release creation process.

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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

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