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 digital distribution solution, 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 distribute, organise and promote their music independently and with ease. 

How do I become a MusicHub member?

Join the waitlist to become a MusicHub member today, by clicking the 'I'd like to join' button at the top of our homepage. MusicHub is currently in beta phase and we are onboarding small numbers of users at a time in order to optimise the platform before our official launch. Subscribe to our newsletter for more MusicHub updates.

What is the deal?

As a GEMA member, you don't pay a subscription fee for distribution via MusicHub. You keep 100% of the rights to your music and 90% of income generated from streaming and downloads, which is available directly in your MusicHub account. Please note that income from public performance royalties generated by streaming, e.g. your music being played on Spotify in a coffee shop, is available in your GEMA account.

Can I switch to MusicHub?

Yes, of course. You can distribute your future independent releases with MusicHub. For any releases already published with another distributor, you will have to have a takedown performed and subsequently re-release with MusicHub. Please inform our support team before you arrange a termination with your current distributor. This way we can avoid you potentially losing playcounts or playlist rankings during the transition. 

Who can participate in the MusicHub beta program?

The MusicHub beta program is open to all GEMA members, regardless of membership type. Currently the beta program is limited in its capacity. Please contact us if you would like to participate in the program. We kindly ask for your understanding as we are inviting beta users to the platform one by one and so, there may be some delays.

When can I start uploading and releasing my music with MusicHub?

The MusicHub beta program is already up and running. As soon as you’ve been onboarded to the beta program, you can register with MusicHub and release your music with us.

Can I join MusicHub as a label or publisher?

While our features are geared towards independent creators, 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 primarily aimed at GEMA members and will have additional tools integrated to the platform in the future. These will include the organisation of your works and GEMA works registration, in addition to distribution, in order to create an innovative offer for members.

What kind of works can I publish on MusicHub?

MusicHub is focused on the release of music, audio files. Functionality allowing the release of other related files like sheet music files is not currently planned.

Can I release tracks through 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 does MusicHub accept?

MusicHub accepts the following audio files:
File format: WAV file
Sample size: 16-bit
Sample rate: 44.1 kHz
Data transfer rate: 1411 kbps

What streaming platforms and stores will my release appear in?

Currently we push to the leading streaming/download platforms: Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer and Napster. We are working on expanding the range of DSPs served at the minute.

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

In order to ensure successful delivery to all DSPs, when creating your release in MusicHub, 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. 

What about promo?

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.

Payment

Where can I see how much my release is making me?

You can access stats detailing the performance of your music directly in the MusicHub platform, which can help you direct your marketing efforts.

How can I access my earnings?

The money you've earned from your music's streams is available for pay out directly in your MusicHub account.

T&Cs and Rights

What are MusicHub’s 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 release it via MusicHub?

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

Who takes care of the contributing musicians’ rights?

Before publishing your release on MusicHub, you need the explicit permission of all parties involved.

Can I release music of mine which is licensed to a publisher on MusicHub?

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

Your question wasn't answered?

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