MusicHub

FAQs

In this section you'll find information on how MusicHub works and how to become a member.

Joining MusicHub

Who is MusicHub for?

MusicHub is for creators and music industry professionals with an independent mindset, looking for an easy solution to digitally organise, administer and release their music, as well as expert career guidance and services. We believe musical talent should be empowered and so, with our digital platform we provide musicians with intuitive tools and solutions to unleash their creative potential and get their music heard independently and with ease. 

How do I become a MusicHub member?

MusicHub is open to all GEMA members. To become a MusicHub member, just click on the “Login” button on the top right of our page and log into MusicHub with your GEMA login credentials. Directly subscribe to our newsletter for more MusicHub updates. Not a GEMA member yet? Then join our waitlist by clicking the “Join waitlist” button at the top of our homepage and we will contact you as soon as MusicHub is open for you. 

How much do I pay?

As a GEMA member, you don't pay any monthly subscription fee to use MusicHub. When you release via one of our distribution partners, you keep 100% of the rights to your music and 90% of the income generated from streaming and downloads. This is available in your MusicHub account and can be payed out directly. Please note that income from on-demand-streaming of copyright protected works will continue to be paid out by the streaming services via GEMA, even though these works are released through a distributor.

Can I switch to MusicHub?

Yes, of course. You can organise, administer and if desired also release your future independent releases with MusicHub via distributors. In case you want to re-release any music already published with another distributor, you will have to have a takedown performed and subsequently re-release with MusicHub via our distribution partners. Please inform our customer support team before you arrange a termination with your current distributor. This way we can help you avoid potentially losing playcounts or playlist rankings during the transition. 

When can I start uploading my music to MusicHub and get it released?

As a GEMA member, you can register with MusicHub anytime, upload your music and, if desired, get your music released through distributors. If you are not a GEMA member, join our waitlist and we will let you know as soon as MusicHub is open to you. 

Can I join MusicHub as a label or publisher?

While our features are geared towards musicians, you can of course use MusicHub as a label or publisher. However, uploading a large number of works at one time will require increased manual effort on your part.

MusicHub offer

How is MusicHub different from other service providers?

MusicHub is momentarily aimed at GEMA members. In addition to releasing via distributors, you can organise and administer your music in our “Track Library”. More tools will be integrated to the platform in the future. These will include "GEMA works registration", which will create an innovative offer for all MusicHub members.

What kind of works can I administer and get released via MusicHub?

MusicHub is focused on the digital organisation, administration and release of music audio files. 

Can I upload tracks to MusicHub that have already been released?

Yes, however, please make sure that there are no rights conflicts with labels or other distributors.

Release

Which audio formats are accepted?

So that your audio files are accepted by all streaming and download platforms, when you release through one of our distribution partners, you should stick to the following requirements:
File format: WAV file
Sample size: 16-bit
Sample rate: 44.1 kHz
Data transfer rate: 1411 kbps

What streaming and download platforms as well as stores can my release be published on?

Currently our distribution partners push to the leading streaming and download platforms: Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer and Napster and to social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. We are constantly working on expanding the range of platforms served through our distribution partners. 

How long will it take for my release to go live?

When creating your release in MusicHub, to ensure a successful release to all DSPs through our distribution partners, you must select a release date 2 weeks in the future. That is how long it will take it take for your release to go live. 

Do you also offer promotion services?

You can find a selection of articles in our Intercom Help Center. In those, we focus on topics such as what you have to consider when uploading your track, as well as what happens after you have submitted your release, or can do to promote it, for example, by updating your artist profiles on DSPs. We are constantly working on expanding our range of articles and services to give you the support you need. As soon as there are new developments or new features, you will be the first to know.

Who are MusicHub’s distribution partners?

A first distribution partner for MusicHub is ZEBRALUTION. ZEBRALUTION has been active as a digital distributor for independent labels since 2004 and has been considered a reliable partner by major DSPs such as Spotify and Apple for many years. The ZEBRALUTION team has supported the foundation of MusicHub by GEMA with its know-how and experience. However, MusicHub will continuously expand its range of services and is also open to cooperation with other distribution partners.

Payment

Where can I see how much my music is making me and how it’s performing?

You can access daily stats detailing the performance of your music, which can help you direct your marketing efforts.

How can I access my earnings?

The income you've earned from your music's streams and downloads is available every month and ready for pay-out directly in your MusicHub account.

T&Cs and Rights

What are MusicHub’s general terms and conditions?

We will provide you with our terms and conditions for using MusicHub along with your invitation to join the platform.

Do I keep the copyrights to my music when I get it released through MusicHub’s distribution partners?

For releasing your music to platforms like Spotify, Apple Music etc., you must grant MusicHub a non-exclusive license to your recordings, exclusively for sublicensing to the distributor and to DSPs. You retain exclusive rights to your recordings for all other uses and can also have your recording taken down from the platforms via the distributor at any time.

Who takes care of the contributing musicians’ rights?

Before publishing your release through a distributor, you need the explicit permission of all parties involved.

Can I get my music, which is licensed to a publisher, released through one of MusicHub’s distribution partners?

Yes, but the recordings must not already be exclusively licensed to a label or other distributor.

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