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Artist’s Guide to Selling & Promoting Music on oySongs.com
 
W
elcome to oySongs.com! 
                                                                                             
oySongs makes your music available to the whole world.  Our purpose is to be the best resource for Jewish music of all genres. We are a distributor (not a publisher) - similar to iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby - with the leading position in the niche of Jewish music.
 

How it works

· Your music (audio and sheet music), bio, and pictures are featured on your oySongs Artist Page, easily found by your name, song titles, and cross-referenced by style/genre/holiday.

· Quarterly commission reports are sent to you via email to show sales activity.

· Commissions are a 50/50 split (after credit card fees) and sent quarterly or when the $25 US threshold is met.  Commissions are paid by bank-generated check or can be deposited to your PayPal account.

· oySongs sets the pricing which is in line with market standards:

  • mp3 downloads: $1.29 Note: this can be lower if a customer uses pre-paid oyGelt, which brings their price as low as $.99

  • Album downloads: $9.99 for typical album of 10 songs or more; prices may be adjusted for specialty albums or unusual lengths.

  • Sheet Music: $3.95 for lead sheets; $4.95 for Piano/Vocal/Guitar; $2.25 for multi-part with minimum purchases (i.e., choral, multi-instrumental, etc.)

 NOTE: There are occasional exceptions for non-standard products.  oySongs reserves the right to set pricing to stay in line with market/customer/industry standards.  Promotional pricing or limited license agreement pricing may also fall outside the standard pricing model.

Why sell your music on oySongs?

When you sell your music with oySongs, you have exposure to a customer base that is specifically looking for Jewish music and is open to finding new music for their libraries.  This gives your music great exposure opportunities to customers who may not know you (yet) but may find you when they are intent on finding Jewish music. 

oySongs’ customers are cantors, rabbis, worship leaders, music teachers (Jewish, religious and secular), song leaders, educators, musicians who play Jewish gigs, and music lovers of all stripes.  Many are repeat customers who know oySongs is their best resource for Jewish music.

oySongs can be, as we are for many artists, the exclusive distributor which unburdens you from customer service issues and the need to be accessible at all times.  Or, we can be one part of your distribution network.

Because we are focused on the Jewish music niche, we are uniquely positioned to become familiar with your music catalog and our customers’ needs, to make a good shidduch (match).

 

How to become an oySongs Artist

We have a brief online application (Become an oySongs Artist can be found at the bottom of the Home Page).  We will go through our vetting process, and you will receive both automated and personal responses throughout the process regarding the status of your application.  We encourage you to provide links to videos, your website, etc., so we can get a good sense of you and your music.

What we look for in an oySongs Artist:

  • Be a Jewish composer/performer, or a composer/performer of Jewish music
  • Have a catalog of 6 songs, minimum, of Jewish content
  • Have production rights (i.e., mechanical licenses) and/or permission to sell the music
  • Audio recordings must be of a professional quality, ready for consumers
  • Sheet music must be software generated (no handwritten scores), edited professionally, ready for consumers.  (See Sheet Music, below, for more details.)

Yes!  We have a match!

Once we’ve approved the application, you’ll receive our standard 3-page contract.  All Artists have the same agreement with oySongs.  Highlights of the contract include:

  • We ask to be your only digital Jewish music distributor, however this does not interfere with your non-Jewish distribution methods, such as your site, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, etc.
  • We ask that you let your fan base know via your website, social media, etc. that your music is available on oySongs.  We can provide you with a graphic that you can link to off your site, which will bring your fans to your oySongs Artist page directly.
  • The agreement term is for 1 year, self-renewing, and may be terminated with 60 days’ notice in writing by either party.
  • oySongs has the right to negotiate license agreements for your music, using the same 50/50 split after credit card fees, and oySongs-determined pricing. 

Upon execution of the contract, you can establish your catalog on oySongs.

BIO, PICTURES

In addition to the music upload capability that your artist account provides, you can also upload promotional content; bits of information and pictures that make the customer shopping experience more complete:

Biography.  Click My Account/My Bio and add your already-completed biography.  It can be as long as you like, but please make sure it’s spell- and grammar-checked and proofread.

Pictures.  Click My Account/My Pictures and add your headshots, in-action pics, or any pose.  You can upload up to 6 images – the more, the better.  Please make sure they’re .jpeg files, max size 500 x 500 pixels.

News & Reviews.  Click My Account/News & Reviews and begin uploading reviews, articles, links, or anything else you think would help people better get to know you and your music.

AUDIO FILES

There are three ways to get your audio files on oySongs:

  1. Send us your CDs (not copies – actual unopened commercial CDs, if available – we need artwork, etc.) – and we’ll do the hard work.  There will be a service fee of US$20 per album – that’s less than CDBaby’s $49 per.  We will make all necessary mp3 files, generate 30-second samples, and scan cover art.  We’ll need to keep the CD for our records.  Please send your check payable to oySongs along with your CD to: oySongs, 1965 E. Dava Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283. You can also pay via PayPal (oy@oysongs.com).
  2. Send us your mp3 files and artwork via Dropbox or as attachments to emails to oy@oysongs.com and send a payment of $20 USD to our PayPal Account (oy@oysongs.com).  
  3. Or, ‘rip’ (industry term) the mp3s yourself, using the exact specs below.  If you do this according to our exact specs, there will be no service fee (however, if we have to go back and redo most of it, there will be a service fee, so please follow the directions).  

NOTE: For single mp3s (not part of an album) you can always upload them yourself, for no charge. 

The existing audio files on commercial CDs (like yours) are not mp3s – they need to be converted to this format to be sellable on the web.  To ensure that the customer gets the highest quality music product, we require the following specs for each mp3 file:

File Information: Use ripping software like WinXMedia, iTunes, Nero, or Windows Media Player (use the LAME encoder with ID3 V1 or V2) to generate the actual mp3 files and to provide Track Title*, Artist Name*, Album Name*, Year of Release*, and Genre (* = required info)
Required Bit Rate: 192 kbps – no less, no more. You may use VBR set at 192 if you like.
Required Sample Rate: 44100 kHz
Cover Art: 150 x 150 pixels full-color .jpg (or .jpeg) file – please make sure it’s a good scan – album art often sells the music as much as the music itself does! For now, we can’t offer scans of the rest of the album art (it’s in the plans)
Other: Please no artificial (computer) fades; no unnecessary silence at either end of the track; no tracks under or over 192 kbps unless set on VBR. Set the channels to Stereo.
 
Which software should you use?  You may use any of the standard media players like iTunes or Windows Media Player. Just make sure the aforementioned specs are followed exactly.
NOTE: Have your Cover Art formatted and ready using the specs noted above before you go to the next step:

Log into your already-created oySongs account, go to My Account, and click “Upload Music”, then follow the wizard.  You can upload songs as being part of an album, or as singles.   Your uploads will go into the queue.  We will verify the specs in our system and assuming all files are formatted correctly, they will be added to your oySongs Artist catalog within 7 business days (usually sooner.)

SHEET MUSIC

To add your sheet music to the catalog, send it to us as an attachment to artist@oysongs.com.  We’ll prepare it with the oySongs.com logo and catalog number and associate it with your album and/or mp3 file.  Sheet music is a key ingredient to the success of your music in the Jewish music world – our cantors, music directors, and worship/music leaders depend on it.  There is no upload fee for sheet music at this time.

oySongs is no longer a Sibelius/Scorch-based distributor.  Instead, we are migrating to .pdf (flat) files.  

When submitting sheet music to oySongs, we ask that you send us publish-ready, edited, and professionally-engraved sheet music.  oySongs reserves the right to approve the quality of the sheet music.

 

Required elements include:

  • Song title
  • Composer name
  • Lyricist name or Liturgy reference
  • Copyright year and Publisher name
  • Font size minimum 10 point
  • No exotic fonts - keep it easy to read from the distance of a music stand
  • Clear "road map" - repeats, Coda markings, etc.
  • English translations of Hebrew or non-English lyrics, if applicable
We recommend following the URJ Transliteration Guidelines for transliteration syllabication.
 

PLEASE NOTE: oySongs reserves the right to approve the quality of the sheet music.

 

If you’re not inclined to create your sheet music, there are many transcribers in the music business who can do it for you.  Please provide them with these guidelines to be sure your sheet music meets industry standards.  We suggest you work with someone who is experienced and knowledgeable about Jewish/Hebrew texts.  oySongs does not make corrections or assume responsibility for any errors.  Customers will be directed to the Artist regarding questions or errors in their sheet music.

         


 
Creating or formatting Sheet Music with Eglash Creative Group (ECG)
Thanks to our partnership with the leading Jewish music engraving and editing firm, Eglash Creative Group (ECG) offers you a significantly-discounted price for sheet music work, available to you as an oySongs artist.  Find the option below which fits your music, and contact ECG to begin work:

If you don’t have anything notated and need transcription (recording to sheet music): ECG is proud to offer a flat fee of $40 per page for transcription of a song into a lead sheet.  This includes transcribing and typesetting of melody line, lyrics, chords, and Hebrew. For a more complex arrangement, contact ECG for an estimate.

If your music is in Sibelius format:  If by chance it isn’t in good form, and needs a lot of reformatting work, ECG can reformat it for a service fee of $20 per page (editing music can be a very time-consuming task!).

If your music is in Finale format: ECG can convert and reformat it for a fee of $30 per page.

If you have manuscript, PDF, or paper copies only: ECG can professionally typeset your entire catalog for use on oySongs, and you will own the typesetting you pay for (and the Sibelius files) for any future use such as printing a songbook, which ECG can also help with. This option is available for $32 per page for lead sheets (melody line, lyrics, chords, and Hebrew if applicable). If your music has other accompaniment or is choral/instrumental in nature, contact ECG for a quote.

Please contact ECG for an estimate on your project: Eglash Creative Group (Joe Eglash)

ecg@eglashcreative.com   918.924.5324                                                             www.EglashCreative.com

Note: All rates subject to change without notice.

Marketing with oySongs:

You will automatically be assigned your own personal oySongs Artist page.  This is an easy way for you to point people interested in your music to an all-inclusive store.  Your home page will read: www.oySongs.com/YourName.  We encourage you to let your fans know that your music is available on oySongs.com.  You can print this on your concert information, flyers, brochures, link to it on your website, your social media pages, and list it on your CD sleeves. 

For each new album you send, oySongs will add it to the “Just Added” section on the home page.

All new items will be added to the appropriate “Nu?!” page.

Co-op opportunities exist for you to promote your music within oySongs:

  •  Our colorful email newsletters are sent monthly to more than 5000 self-selected users and fans of Jewish music.
  • The newsletters highlight multiple albums, artists, themes, and other oySongs-related topics.
  • The newsletters always have links to featured oySongs Artist pages for quick access to purchasing action. 
  • We will work with you on content and photos.
  • We will schedule your space in advance to complement your other publicity programs.

We will work with you to design and write these features. They greatly increase your exposure to Jewish music shoppers.  As with all marketing, oySongs cannot guarantee sales, but adding your music to a Featured area on the oySongs home page and newsletters is an affordable way for you to market your brand to a focused audience.

Contact us at Artist@oysongs.com to reserve your space and plan your content.
 

HOME PAGE FOCUS + NEWSLETTERS

FEATURED ARTIST PACKAGE   $50

  • One of rotating home page Featured Artists for 60 days
  • + feature in 2 oySongs e-mail newsletters
  • + oySongs-designed home page banner
 
FEATURED ALBUM PACKAGE   $25
  • One of rotating home page Featured Albums for 60 days
  • + feature in 2 oySongs e-mail newsletters
FEATURED SONG or SHEET MUSIC PACKAGE   $15
  •  One of rotating home page Featured Songs or Featured Sheet Music for 60 days
  • + feature in 2 oySongs e-mail newsletters 

SPECIAL EMAIL NEWSLETTER: Single Artist

Special E-mail newsletter    $50

Single Artist featured in one email newsletter.  Dedicated to one Artist, this is perfect for new CD releases, songbooks, upcoming tours, and a great way to focus attention on your catalog.  Limited to once a year per Artist. 

Other Cool Things About oySongs

One of the perks of being an oySongs artist is catching up on your colleagues’ music – you receive a permanent 15% discount for everything on oySongs – use the coupon code ‘artist’ when checking out!

Since oySongs is a digital music store, we have the ability for some creative initiatives.  Consider this: you play a live show in Tulsa, and record it live to 2-track (mixed stereo).  You give the audience a special oySongs discount coupon for the recording of the concert they were at, available for download the morning after!  After the show that night, you convert all the tracks to mp3 and send them to us for posting.   Interested?  Let’s talk.

 

About Cover Songs…

If you have recorded songs written by other people, oySongs requires that you have gone about this legally (with the exception of songs in the public domain).  Furthermore, you are required to pay that songwriter every time the track sells on oySongs (an easy way to keep track of sales is the quarterly report you will receive) the same way you paid them for your recording – according to statutory mechanical rates.  As of January 2010, in the USA, that rate will be 9.1 cents for songs 5 minutes or less and 1.75 cents per minute or a fraction thereof over 5 minutes, unless you’ve negotiated a different rate (see www.HarryFox.com for more information, or if you live outside the USA, contact your national rights administrator).  That means, when you get your check and report from oySongs, you will need to, in turn, pay that songwriter or publisher their due royalty.  oySongs is not responsible for payment of these royalties.

 
A Final Note
The world of digitally-available music has opened up new opportunities for people to find your music.  At oySongs, you, the artists, are our partners.  We want to see you succeed because we love this music and we believe that the world needs it.
 
B’shirah,
 
Susan Colin
Owner, oySongs
Tempe, AZ 

469-444-1182




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