What kind of Artists are you looking for?
WMP Publishing filters the content of it’s catalog to ensure that only ‘quality’ music is offered to our clients. We do not sell short sound clips, sound effects, or badly recorded tracks. Tracks will only be accepted if they meet a certain recording quality standard. In terms of artist types, we sign all types of music including soloists, choirs and even orchestras. We cover every genre including pop, rock, jazz, dance, country, classical, hip-hop, contemporary etc. When a client is creating an advert, TV show or film, there is no limit to the type of material they may require and we are constantly surprised.
Are you only looking for full songs or will you also accept instrumentals?
We want both if you have them. You will drastically increase the chances of your song being placed if you are able to supply us with both the instrumental and vocal versions of the each song. We will also accept purely instrumental pieces as long as they have a fully developing theme.
Does it cost me anything?
No. We charge no signing or membership fees
How do I earn money?
We split any revenue that we receive from tracks signed with us 50/50. This includes ‘sync’ fees and the publisher’s share of any Performing Rights fees. You keep 100% of the writers share of Performing Rights royalties, which are collected by a PRO (Performing Rights Organization) and paid directly to you. It is your responsibility to register with a pro, if you wish to receive this.
Do you require exclusivity?
No. You can do whatever you want with your music, other than sign an exclusive publishing agreement elsewhere
Do you re-title songs?
Yes. As a non-exclusive publisher, we must register all songs with an altered title(i.e. a song titled "Love Song" would be retitled "Love Song - wmp version", so we can report usage and track payments
Can I submit covers or use samples?
You are declaring that all the material is fully original when it is submitted and that you are the owner. Tracks therefore cannot contain samples(unless you have the license to use the samples) or be covers (unless you have written consent of the original owner). Tracks can only be submitted if all the parties who own rights sign, so unless you tell us otherwise and provide details you are declaring you are the sole writer and owner of the track and are legally indemnifying us to that effect
How should material be formatted?
We accept 320 bit MP3s for initial submissions then require final content to be in an uncompressed format, such as .wav, .aif, (16 bit 48KHz format)
Can I use an already existing spreadsheet if it has most of the same metadata within it?
Unfortunately no. Each column is very specific and it must match up with the data set that the search engine uses to locate music. If any of the data is missing, your music may end up sitting at the bottom of the pile because it won’t be recognized by the search engine.
Can I change the spreadsheet format from Excel (.xlsx) to another format for editing?
We highly suggest that you do not make any changes to the file extension or format. There are dropdown menus and other features integrated into the spreadsheet that will not transfer properly to other formats. If you don’t have the correct software to open the spreadsheet as it is, you can download Open Office here - http://www.openoffice.org/ and use it to edit the document and save it in the same format. The drop-down menus will also work properly when using Open Office if you are having problems with those.
Where do I send the spreadsheet when it is complete?
completed spreadsheets should be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I upload my music now and fill out the spreadsheet later?
Yes, however we must have the spreadsheet completed before any music goes “Live” in the database. If you upload your songs first, they will stay in the cache server until they are matched with a spreadsheet
If I want to add more music, do I need a new spreadsheet?
Yes. Whenever you send us a new batch of songs, please make a new spreadsheet for the new songs. You will also need to send us a new copy of the EXHIBIT A Artist Information Sheet, with the writers signatures, reflecting the new songs that you wish to submit. Please don’t do this for each individual song you wish to submit. Wait until you have several songs to upload, before submitting new material.
Can I add columns to the spreadsheet?
Yes. You can duplicate certain columns such as Genre, Mood, Style, and Instruments. If you add columns you MUST use the same naming format!
Help with understanding the columns that are in the spreadsheet.
Song Name - Original name of the song
File Name - The actual name of the file that you are sending us to upload. (i.e. ”Love Song.mp3”) It must be the same as the file you are sending us, because that is how we match your mp3 to your metadata. This is by far the most important point the song file name must match exactly to that on the spreadsheet. If we can’t find the metadata for your song, it will not go into the system.
Artist Name - Name of the performing artist in the recording
Genre -This column also has a drop-down menu. There are three columns available and we strongly urge you to use all three. You can create additional genre columns if you’d like but keep it to a max of 5 genre columns please.
Mood -This column also has a drop-down menu and works the same way as the “Genre” column. There are three columns available and we strongly urge you to use all three. You can create additional mood columns if you’d like but keep it to a max of 5 mood columns please.
Style - This column also has a drop-down menu and works the same way as the “Genre” column. There are three columns available and we strongly urge you to use all three. You can create additional style columns if you’d like but keep it to a max of 5 style columns please.
Keywords - Use any keywords or tags that relate to or describe the song in any way.
Instrument - This column also has a drop-down menu and works the same way as the “Genre” column. There are four columns available and we strongly urge you to use all four, unless there are less than four instruments. You may also add additional columns for more instruments if needed.
Language - This is the language of the vocal parts, if there are vocals. This column also has a drop-down menu. If your track is an instrumental or a beat, leave this column blank.
Vocal Type - This is for classification of the vocals. There is a drop-down menu for this column also.
Sounds Like - This column is where you can name other bands or artists that your music would be considered similar to. You can also add the name of a brand or the name of a television show (i.e. Sounds Like – “Iron Chef”). There are four columns available and we strongly urge you to use all four. You may also add additional columns with more examples if needed.
Writer - List the name or names of anyone involved in the writing of the lyrics or concept of the piece.
Composer - List the name or names of anyone involved in the composition of this piece.
Subject - List the main overall subject of the song (i.e. “War” or “Football”)
Pace - You have four choices for this column; Slow, Mid-Tempo, Up-Beat, and Very Fast
Album - Name of the album that this track is from. If it is not a part of an album or collection then leave this column blank.
Duration - This is the length of the track in the format 00:00:00 (hours:min:sec)WND
Publisher - The name of your publisher. If you are self-publishing your music, then please put “self-published” in the column.
Year – This is the year that the album or single was first released.
Lyrics - Please type the entire lyrical content of the song here. Don’t worry about the column being too small. If it makes things easier, you can expand the section while you enter the lyrics manually, or you can simply copy and paste them into the column if you already have them saved in another document.
Uploading instructions are as follows
We will be providing different instructions soon where you will upload those files an many others. We have been working on creating a new system to have all of our music uploaded. If you have sent us music when we were WAP Publishing your music is still in the catalog and available to all of our clients. The system here we are talking about is for new composers on the new system. We accept 320 bit MP3s for initial submissions then require final content to be in an uncompressed format, such as .wav, .aif, (16 bit 48KHz format)