FAQ
I AM A MUSICIAN
  1. Can I join with my music?
  2. Why should I join Tribe of Noise today?
  3. What do I get for signing up as artist?
  4. Why should I upload my music?
  5. What is the difference between uploading to the Tribe community and Tribe of Noise PRO?
  6. Can I upload the same song to Tribe of Noise Pro as to my profile in the Community?
  7. What happens when I upload my music to Tribe of Noise PRO?
  8. How can I see my music is accepted to PRO?
  9. Do I get paid when my music is used by media professionals?
  10. Why does Tribe of Noise pay 42,5% as opposed to a 50/50 split?
  11. How do I get paid when my music is licensed by media professionals?
  12. When can I upload my music? Any restrictions?
  13. Can I upload music when I'm registered at a performance rights organization or signed to a record label?
  14. All or some of my music is registered at BMI, ASCAP or another collecting society. Can I still upload my music to Tribe of Noise?
  15. What does Creative Commons mean?
  16. What is a CC 4.0 BY-SHARE ALIKE license?
  17. What is a NEEC?
  18. Can I upload covers (new recordings of someone else's song)?
  19. What is public domain music?
  20. What should I do when I suspect a copyright violation on Tribe of Noise?
  21. Do I have any obligations towards Tribe of Noise?
  22. How can I upload my music?
  23. Help! I cannot upload my music, what can I do?
  24. What type of file should my track be?
  25. How can I share Tribe of Noise with others via the Tribe of Noise invite center?
  26. Where can I find good DIY tips for musicians?
  27. Can I help to get my music heard?
  28. How do I enter the Tribe music contests?
  29. I want to be featured on your YouTube channel. How do I do this?
In-store music service for musicians
  1. What is the in-store music service of Tribe of Noise?
  2. What will this service give me and my music?
  3. Who will be listening to my music?
  4. How does it work exactly?
  5. How can I apply for this service?
  6. Is it free to upload my music for this service?
  7. Do I get paid?
  8. When will I get paid?
  9. I've registered my songs with a collecting society/publisher/label, can I still upload my music for this service?
  10. I don't want my music in any in-store playlist anymore, what do I do?
  11. What about my rights?
  12. What kind of music is used in the in-store music channels?
  13. I have a great song but it needs to be mixed/mastered properly, can you help?
  14. My question was not answered here, now what?
I AM A PROFESSIONAL IN NEED FOR ORIGINAL MUSIC
  1. Can I join if I just need great music?
  2. Why should I use Tribe of Noise music?
  3. What should I do when I suspect a copyright violation on Tribe of Noise?
  4. Can I download music from Tribe of Noise?
  5. Are songs on Tribe of Noise artist pages free of charge?
  6. How do I license a song on Tribe of Noise PRO?
  7. I cannot find the song I need! Help!
  8. How can I share Tribe of Noise with others via the Tribe of Noise invite center?



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Can I join with my music? back to questions
If you are an independent musician, vocalist, singer songwriter and/or composer. Any genre, any part of the world. You are welcome!
Why should I join Tribe of Noise today? back to questions
  • It's your online community to share music and creativity for free
  • Join new opportunities to get you and your music exposed and/or make money
  • Get inspired by fellow musicians from around the world
  • Learn from the (money making) opportunities we throw at you. Not all will be relevant but at least you will learn by doing while others look back at the days that vinyl was a global standard
What do I get for signing up as artist? back to questions
  • A free webpage www.tribeofnoise.com/yournickname
  • Free unlimited web space (upload as much of your own music as you like)
  • A social network to meet fellow musicians and professionals
  • Online DIY tools & services to get exposure and make money
  • Unlimited love and support from our community managers. Real people as opposed to automated robots answering your emails
Why should I upload my music? back to questions
  • We offer you a new and growing audience of professionals in need for music
  • We offer you the tools to legally share your music with fellow musicians and media professionals around the world
  • Your music is unique, it's your way to express yourself and communicate. We are amazed by the great songs uploaded to Tribe of Noise, so should the rest of the world
  • If your music is uploaded to our servers, our team of community managers / music supervisors can start listening. Using our homebrew magic and tagging procedures, it's their job to match music and opportunities
What is the difference between uploading to the Tribe community and Tribe of Noise PRO? back to questions
  • If you upload music to the Tribe of Noise community website you agree with our terms and license your files under the internationally recognized Creative Commons 4.0 By Share Alike agreement. It's one of the best licenses to share music legally. Read more about this license. There is no restriction of the amount and types of songs you upload.
  • If you upload music to Tribe of Noise PRO our music supervisors will pick and choose the ones they want on PRO. You will be asked to sign our Non Exclusive Exploitation Contract. For some musicians it is just a different name for the same kind of deal but in both cases we like you to read the explanation first before you agree and upload
  • Main difference between the two licenses: the Creative Commons 4.0 By Share Alike license allows others to share and remix your song free of charge - even for commercial projects - as long as they attribute the work and license their project under the same license
Can I upload the same song to Tribe of Noise Pro as to my profile in the Community? back to questions
Preferably not. Because there is a difference in licenses and their terms under which you upload your music to the Community and Pro, it can get messy when you upload the same song to both pages. Read about the difference here. Want to hear more about why you have to choose between the community and Pro? Contact our community managers via info@tribeofnoise.com.
What happens when I upload my music to Tribe of Noise PRO? back to questions
Once you have successfully uploaded your song to Tribe of Noise PRO via the UPLOAD MUSIC button on your Account Home, your music is first up for review. Your songs will be listened to by our music supervisors for quality control and tagged by style, feel and best fit. If your song meets our quality and music style standards, it will be added to your Tribe of Noise PRO page. It might take up to a month before the selected songs are available on the Tribe of Noise PRO website.
How can I see my music is accepted to PRO? back to questions
It is very simple: once your music becomes available on Tribe of Noise PRO, the PRO badge on your Tribe of Noise profile page will become active. Simply click on the badge and you will be redirected to your Tribe of Noise PRO page.
Do I get paid when my music is used by media professionals? back to questions
We don't pay you upfront but if your music ends up in one of our licensing deals yes you do! Your share is 42,5% to be precise. Two examples showcasing the money involved:
  1. A video production company buys a non-exclusive license on Tribe of Noise PRO to add one of your songs to a video clip. The license fee in this example is 600 Euro. You make 42,5% so: 255 Euro. Best thing about this deal: the song can be licensed to multiple clients and you can also license the song to similar companies like Tribe of Noise, we don't want any exclusivity
  2. A few of your songs, for example five in total, are selected for an online music program broadcasted in-store by a large retailer with 1000 stores nationwide. In this case the overall playlist contains 350 songs so your share is 5/350 = 1,43% The license fee agreed with this retailer is 10 Euro per month per store. So if 42,5% is shared with the Tribe musicians in this playlist and your share is 1,43% you end up with 10 Euro * 1000 stores * 0,425 * 0,0143 = 61 Euro per month

    The more stores connected, the more music uploaded by you and selected by us, the more money you generate. So tell your supermarket manager, favorite clothing shop manager, hotel manager etc. to give us a call for in-store music programs featuring emerging artists like you!
Why does Tribe of Noise pay 42,5% as opposed to a 50/50 split? back to questions
We want to be as open as possible about this so if other services out there claim they do a 50/50 split, pleaaaassse read the small print. How we figured it out: Take 15% off from 100% to secure bouncing credit cards and other unforeseen costs and split the other 85%. So 42,5% to you and 42,5% to us. Most of our 42,5% will be invested in Tribe of Noise anyway to build a stronger Tribe community, connect with more media professionals and work on more deals for our members.
How do I get paid when my music is licensed by media professionals? back to questions
Every month our system calculates the money generated through our services. Your share will be added to the "Tribe calculator" visible on your account home page. The moment you hit the 100 Euro mark you can request for a pay-out. We work with PayPal to transfer your money so make sure you have a PayPal account up and running.
When can I upload my music? Any restrictions? back to questions
You can upload all songs you own: you wrote/composed/recorded it or you have all rights to act as the rightsholder. You didn't sign away exclusive distribution and/or exploitation rights. No other organization looks exclusively after your rights or limits your rights. You understand and agree with the terms & license agreement of Tribe of Noise. Catch our drift? You are in 100% control!
Can I upload music when I'm registered at a performance rights organization or signed to a record label? back to questions
It's not uncommon for performance rights organizations (like Buma/Stemra in the Netherlands), record labels or music publishers to sign contracts with you based on exclusivity. Therefore they might not allow you to upload your music to Tribe of Noise. Make sure you are properly informed about their policies and your contract with them before you start uploading. Please be aware of your responsibility when uploading your music. We don't want you to run into trouble because a 3rd party is limiting your chances of getting exposure / making revenue.

If you are registered to a collecting society, but you wish to license some music directly via Tribe of Noise, be sure you opt-out for those songs, when possible. This way they will not collect money from the party that used a license for your song directly via Tribe of Noise. Contact the collecting society your music is registered at to ask about their policy about this and the possibilities to opt-out for songs you want to license directly. Make sure you have a written statement from them.
All or some of my music is registered at BMI, ASCAP or another collecting society. Can I still upload my music to Tribe of Noise? back to questions
Be careful! If you are registered exclusively with a collecting society, you could get in trouble with them for uploading to licensing platforms like Tribe of Noise. Only if you're 100% sure about your deal with the collecting society. If it's really non-exclusive, make sure you get this proof in writing. This could be via e-mail or in the contract you have with them.

If (some of) your work is registered with BMI/ASCAP/SESAC you can inform them that you are licensing specific material to companies like Tribe of Noise directly on a non-exclusive base. They need to know this otherwise they might end up "defending" your rights while you signed a direct deal with us. How?
Click here for BMI
Click here for ASCAP
Click here for SESAC (scroll down to 'direct licenses')

For other societies, please make sure you check the terms of their membership.
What does Creative Commons mean? back to questions
Creative Commons is a global organization helping you to share your creativity with the world. In our case the Creative Commons license gives you the opportunity to share your music legally and for free while still owning the song. The license we use enables you to authorize certain uses of your work, including commercial use. Read more about the Creative Commons 4.0 By Share Alike license.
What is a CC 4.0 BY-SHARE ALIKE license? back to questions
This specific Creative Commons license gives you the opportunity to share your music legally and for free while still owning the song. The license enables you to authorize certain uses of your work, including commercial use. Read more about the Creative Commons 4.0 By Share Alike license.
What is a NEEC? back to questions
NEEC stands for Non Exclusive Exploitation Contract. This contract is designed and used to license your music on Tribe of Noise PRO so Tribe of Noise can connect you with professionals ready to license / pay for your work. Download and read our NEEC.
Can I upload covers (new recordings of someone else's song)? back to questions
No! Even if you have the right to make a recording of the song and distribute it on a sound carrier. You probably did not get permission to sign our agreements on behalf of the original rightsholder(s). You may only upload a cover of a song that is in the public domain. Make sure you triple check if it is!
What is public domain music? back to questions
Music of which the copyright of the original owner has expired. This happens 70 years after the death of the original composer. All compositions that are not protected under copyright law are said to be in the public domain. Make sure you only work with a copy of the original publication of a song, as derivative works can still be protected under copyright law. Make sure you do some research on the copyright protection of a work to make sure it’s in the public domain!
You can find more about identifying and using public domain work here.
What should I do when I suspect a copyright violation on Tribe of Noise? back to questions
Tribe of Noise is a community for musicians and media professionals, not for evil copyright infringers. When you hear a song and suspect a copyright violation please hit the 'Flag' button. Our team will get your message and take appropriate action. Thanks!
Do I have any obligations towards Tribe of Noise? back to questions
No, your music is uploaded to Tribe of Noise on a non-exclusive base. If you want to share your music with similar services, please do! It will increase your chances to get exposed and/or earn money.
Yes, we are very serious about ownership and copyright. Only upload music you own and only after reading, understanding and agreeing with our terms and license agreement(s).
How can I upload my music? back to questions
Sign up first, it's free. After you have read, understood and agreed with the general terms and our license(s) you can upload your songs. As many as you like. Already a member? Start uploading your music to the Tribe community or send in music for PRO.
Help! I cannot upload my music, what can I do? back to questions
Have you used the right file format for your tracks? For uploads to the Tribe of Noise community your files have to be MP3 files and for Tribe of Noise PRO we ask you to only upload WAV (16bit) and AIFF files. That isn't the problem? Are you on the upload page for Tribe of Noise PRO and maybe forgot to check the boxes (Agreeing to our terms)? Still having problems? Oops, sorry about that. Please contact us and we will try to fix it for you: info@tribeofnoise.com.
What type of file should my track be? back to questions
When uploading to the Tribe of Noise community, please make sure to upload MP3 files only. For Tribe of Noise PRO platform we accept WAV (16bit) and AIFF files.
How can I share Tribe of Noise with others via the Tribe of Noise invite center? back to questions
There are four easy ways to use the Tribe Invite Center:
  1. Social Networks
    The Invite Center can connect with your social network like Facebook. Just select the one you like to use by clicking on one of the logos and follow the instructions.
  2. Upload your address book
    If you don't use other social networks but you want to invite people from you Thunderbird or Outlook email client, you can. You can send them an invite yourself of course using your computer's e-mail program or you can import these contacts (temporarily). Don't worry we do not store your data. Add a personal message to generate even more traffic to your site, for example a link to your Tribe of Noise profile page or to your music pages.
  3. Manual invite
    This option is the most basic one. Enter the e-mail addresses of your friends (each on a separate line), a personal message and click on 'send invitation'.
  4. Share invite link
    We prepared a short invite text for you so just select where to share the love :-)
Where can I find good DIY tips for musicians? back to questions
There are many resources out there but hopefully you will find our blog posts useful. We try to concentrate on adding DIY tips and instructions useful for emerging artists like you. We also showcase some of the success stories of our artists. Check it out: http://tribeofnoise.tumblr.com
Can I help to get my music heard? back to questions
Never underestimate the key role you can play yourself. Make sure your profile page looks inviting, share links to your music or profile page through your social networks, participate in our Tribe contests, read and reply to our newsletters, make sure we know about your gigs, music placements, album releases etc. The more our music supervisors and community managers learn about you the better we can go out there and make Noise!
How do I enter the Tribe music contests? back to questions
Check out our Contests/Opportunities page regularly. When you selected a briefing perfect for your music you can click on 'submit music' via the contest page. Log in with your Tribe of Noise account and make sure you read and understand the general terms and license agreement. Check the boxes, upload your music and you're in. All songs uploaded will be listened to by our team so we might even get back to you during the contest asking you to upload different versions, more similar music or suggesting you should also participate in other opportunities.
I want to be featured on your YouTube channel. How do I do this? back to questions
Check out what we do here. If you're interested contact our community manager about the opportunity at community@tribeofnoise.com.
What is the in-store music service of Tribe of Noise? back to questions
Tribe of Noise is a leading content provider when it comes to in-store music. We offer individual shops, retail chains and outlets quality background music, without having to pay their national collecting societies. Our music supervisors are briefed by our clients or resellers and select the best possible music from the Tribe community for bespoke music channels. In the backend music is distributed via the internet to restaurants, stores, shops etc. Once a month our database will calculate your earnings based on the amount of songs you have in a music channel and the number of stores broadcasting these channels. Every month your generated revenue is added to your "Tribe Calculator".
What will this service give me and my music? back to questions
Two things: exposure & money! Not only will your music be heard by millions of shop visitors around the world, you get paid for being played!
Who will be listening to my music? back to questions
Millions of shop visitors all around the world! At the moment we're live at 7-Eleven, SUBWAY, Staples, Clas Ohlson and many more.
How does it work exactly? back to questions
You write and record great music and upload it to your Tribe of Noise profile. Our music supervisors listen to every song and will select the right music for our in-store music channels. Once a song of yours is used, you will see the "in-store" mark behind the title of the song in the player on your artist profile. When your song is used in one of the music channels, you will get paid via your Tribe Calculator on your account home. Next to this you will also receive the "Heard By Millions badge" to show off with!
How can I apply for this service? back to questions
After you've created your Tribe of Noise account, upload music to your profile via the UPLOAD MUSIC option.
Is it free to upload my music for this service? back to questions
Totally.
Do I get paid? back to questions
Yes.

We don't pay up front, but when your music ends up in our in-store music channels you get paid indeed! Your share is 42.5% to be precise. Here's an example of how you get paid: A few of your songs, for example five in total, are selected for a bespoke in-store music channel broadcasting at a large retailer with 1,000 stores nationwide. In this case the overall playlist contains 350 songs so your share is 5/350 = 1.43% The license fee agreed with this retailer is US$12 per month per play-out. So if 42.5% is shared with the Tribe musicians in this playlist and your share is 1.43% you end up with US$12 * 1000 stores * 0.425 * 0.0143 = 73 US$ per month

The more stores connected, the more music uploaded by you and selected by us, the more money you generate. So tell your supermarket manager, favorite clothing shop manager, hotel manager etc. to give us a call for in-store music featuring emerging artists like you!
When will I get paid? back to questions
As soon as the Tribe Calculator on your Tribe of Noise account hits €100 (~US$130)! You can then click the option to pay out after which you will receive the money in your PayPal account.
Make sure you use a valid PayPal email account in order to be paid out for the services.
I've registered my songs with a collecting society/publisher/label, can I still upload my music for this service? back to questions
Be careful. Probably not.

In many countries it is common for performance rights organizations (like Buma/Stemra in the Netherlands), record labels or music publishers to sign contracts based on exclusivity / your full repertoire from the past/now/future. Therefore they might not allow you to upload your music to organizations interested in a non-exclusive exploitation right only, like Tribe of Noise.

Make sure you are properly informed about their policies and your contract with them before you start uploading. Ask for the option to opt-out specific songs or a written statement that songs not registered with them are not part of the agreement. Good news: In those cases you as the rights holder have more flexibility to decide what to do with each song you own.

In any case, we don't want you to run into trouble because a 3rd party is limiting your chances of getting exposure / making revenue. So investigate your rights and/or contact us for advice.
I don't want my music in any in-store playlist anymore, what do I do? back to questions
When uploading music to Tribe of Noise we are offering you two options. The Creative Commons license or the non-exclusive exploitation contract. When you've uploaded the music to your profile under Creative Commons, the songs can always be used under this license. By deleting your account your music is not automatically removed from the playlists which could result in you missing out on payment for it. If you have a legitimate reason why your songs shouldn't be in the playlist anymore, please e-mail our Head of Music at marko@tribeofnoise.com.
What about my rights? back to questions
You stay 100% in control of the musical rights to the work. By uploading to your profile you simply give us the non-exclusive right to make your music available and to use it in our in-store music service. Find more information about uploading to your profile under Creative Commons here.
What kind of music is used in the in-store music channels? back to questions
The genre varies per store and target audience of course, but we do only select the music with great sound quality. Make sure you upload the best mixed and mastered versions of your tracks!
I have a great song but it needs to be mixed/mastered properly, can you help? back to questions
Sure! Check out our Golden Ears option.
My question was not answered here, now what? back to questions
Sorry about that! Contact us at info@tribeofnoise.com.
 
Can I join if I just need great music? back to questions
If you are a video producer, game developer, animator, creative director, brand manager or other professionals in need for original music for your project: Welcome! If you need music NOW, stop reading our FAQ and sign up on PRO: http://www.tribeofnoise.com/pro
Why should I use Tribe of Noise music as a media professional? back to questions
  • Because you hate stock music and would like to get your hands on some great original music from emerging artists for your next project
  • You always wondered why music publishers, collection societies or others are in your way: Why not connect with musicians directly through Tribe of Noise?
  • We have the legal stuff covered. Music on the Tribe of Noise community website (www.tribeofnoise.com) is ready to share and remix
    All music on Tribe of Noise PRO is handpicked by our team of music professionals, licensed for your specific needs and ready to buy online and download within minutes
  • We offer you online tools (like our PRO briefing center) to brief thousands of Tribe artists around the world about your next project and receive custom made content within days
  • Our focus is to connect musicians and business. Your focus is to get your project finished within the budget and deadlines. Together we'll make it happen!
What should I do when I suspect a copyright violation on Tribe of Noise? back to questions
Tribe of Noise is a community for musicians and media professionals, not for evil copyright infringers. When you hear a song and suspect a copyright violation please hit the 'Flag' button. Our team will get your message and take appropriate action. Thanks!
Can I download music from Tribe of Noise? back to questions
As long as you are human and not one of these scary robot scripts you can download, remix and share songs you like. If the song is located on our community website it will be licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 By Share Alike. Read more
Are songs on Tribe of Noise artist pages free of charge? back to questions
You are allowed to use these songs for your projects for free, even on a commercial base. Just make sure you respect the Creative Commons 4.0 By Share Alike license. Read more
How do I license a song on Tribe of Noise PRO? back to questions
Add the song on PRO to your shopping cart. When you are done shopping click on "Buy all songs in cart". Log in with your Tribe of Noise PRO account, choose the appropriate license, finish your payment and start downloading. You will also receive an e-mail with a project description document. For your license to be valid, fill in this document and fax this to us within 10 days after your purchase.
I cannot find the song I need! Help! back to questions
The main difference with other online professional music databases is that Tribe of Noise PRO is connected with thousands of emerging musicians, composers and singer songwriters around the world. So hit the "Briefing Center" button on Tribe of Noise PRO. Tell us all you can share about your project like target audience, music style, budget, deadlines etc. and send your briefing to us. We will fine-tune your briefing and send it asap to all artists on Tribe of Noise asking them to participate / help you out.

You can cherry pick the ones you like most or we can make selections for you. It's up to you who will get the deal in the end.
How can I share Tribe of Noise with others via the Tribe of Noise invite center? back to questions
There are four easy ways to use the Tribe Invite Center:
  1. Social Networks
    The Invite Center can connect with your social network like Facebook. Just select the one you like to use by clicking on one of the logos and follow the instructions.
  2. Upload your address book
    If you don't use other social networks but you want to invite people from you Thunderbird or Outlook email client, you can. You can send them an invite yourself of course using your computer's e-mail program or you can import these contacts (temporarily). Don't worry we do not store your data. Add a personal message to generate even more traffic to your site, for example a link to your Tribe of Noise profile page or to your music pages.
  3. Manual invite
    This option is the most basic one. Enter the e-mail addresses of your friends (each on a separate line), a personal message and click on 'send invitation'.
  4. Share invite link
    We prepared a short invite text for you so just select where to share the love :-)