By Steven Cravis
Soundcloud’s new partnership with Getty Images music licensing is good news.
The convenience for submitting new music has greatly improved. Via the Pumpaudio portal, the content provider has had to submit a full length CD and wait for approximately 6 months, in some cases a year, before finding out if any of the tracks were approved and added into their database. Those tracks which did make it, made it onto http://www.gettyimages.com/music (and the ones previously accepted by Pumpaudio and currently available through GettyImages must not be duplicated onto Soundcloud licensing through GettyImages). There was no way to simply upload new music, one track at a time, for the GettyImages licensing this way. The Soundcloud alliance with GettyImages has solved that problem.
With Soundcloud’s new partnership, the soundcloud composer need only do the following few steps:
1. Go to this link and connect their soundcloud with a gettyimages account: http://soundcloud.gettyimages.com/ and follow the directions for giving licensing permissions for only the tunes you select from a list of your tunes that will show up there from within a private view. This will, behind the scenes, create a new ‘buy link’ within each song you’ve permitted to be licensed, and the links it creates will appear on your music player as ‘License’ with a few more tweaks, see step two.
2. Go back within their soundcloud account and edit each track to make the little ‘g’ (GettyImages logo) license button appear on top of each song’s player. In order for this to work, the composer has to, in soundcloud admin, click on Show More Options link within that song’s edit-details view. Then if there is any text such as ‘Buy’ under the Custom Link Title, remove it, leaving it blank and SAVE changes with the big button at bottom of the display. Now the player will have a ‘License’ button that goes to a page like this example http://soundcloud.gettyimages.com/license-request/61772978-olympian-dreams Note: near the bottom of this page, it specifies the track, that was of interest before the person interested in buying the license submits their information, above a simple form.
My question for GettyImages is: When will they have the soundcloud submitted song titles searchable via http://www.gettyimages.com/music ? At this point it seems that people have to somehow find our music by searching through Soundcloud.com
Wondering about the percentage paid to content creators? Be sure to reference this link for further questions: http://soundcloud.gettyimages.com/faq
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Steven Cravis is a soundtracks composer who’s placed music on NBC, CBS, Animal Planet, Matchroom Sport (Sky Sport 3, United Kingdom), has a top charting album Healing Piano on Amazon, and composes the soundtracks for the award winning app Quell by http://www.fallentreegames.com