Frequently Asked Questions

What is

SongShop is a platform for songwriters to pitch their songs to artists, and a platform for artists to find new songs to record. For more information, see How It Works →

How are my royalties collected?

Your royalties will be collected through the Performance Rights Organization or administrative company you are signed up with. Any mechanical royalties due will be paid directly to the writer by the artist who recorded your song. The artist that records your song is responsible for paying physical sales royalties (iTunes, CD’s) semi-annually as outlined in the contract.

How are my songs protected?

You are protected by law through the copyright act. Once you have created your works, you as a writer are automatically protected under law as soon as it has been “fixed” in any material form.

We also recommend your songs to be registered with a PRO (Performance Rights Organization) before uploading them to your song catalogue. This way, you are set up to have performance royalties collected before an artist is interested in recording your song. Common PRO’s are SOCAN (Canada), ASCAP, or SESAC (USA)

How can my songs be used?

Your songs can be used in any way stated in the mechanical license. For more information, check out the license terms here. The artist is not able to use your songs for TV/video without your permission. This would require a synch license on top of your mechanical license

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STANDARD AND  EXCLUSIVE LICENSE?

A standard license allows the songwriter to grant multiple mechanical licenses on one song at the same time. There is the possibility that one artist will be recording and releasing the song at the same time as another. Exclusive licenses grant the purchaser exclusive rights to the song for a 6 month term. It does not, however, terminate other licenses that may have been purchased previously. It only guarantees no new licenses will be granted on that song during the contract term. The exclusive license holder will have a chance to renew the term before it expires. Once the term expires, the exclusive license will be transferred to a standard license.

For more information check out our legal page here — LEGAL

What KIND OF SONGS CAN I UPLOAD?

Your songs should be a fully completed demo track. It DOES NOT need to be a fully polished, finished mix. The quality should be high enough to put the songs best foot forward. The better quality the demo is, the more likely an artist is going to want it!

why won’t my song upload?

Are you trying to upload the correct file types? Be sure to read the description of the fields you are uploading. We only accept certain file types, and some fields have size restrictions

WHy do i need a Paypal Business Email?

You need your account email to be associated with your Paypal Business account. This is because you get paid commission on licenses sold on your songs! Without having a Paypal business email, the site cannot automatically pay you your commission when a license is is sold

CONTACT

If you have Any additional questionsfeel free to contact us!