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Single Song & Subscription Model Licensing via Braintree

A division of PayPal, Braintree is the preferred payment processor for the SourceAudio e-commerce suite. Since its foundation in 2007, the company has become the industry standard for secure, reliable, high-performance online payment processing. 

Braintree and SourceAudio work in cooperation to empower licensing merchants in building out a complete and fully automated checkout process. The integrated system accepts over 130 different major currencies, providing payment infrastructure for music licensing businesses around the world.

Prioritizing Security

In addition to basic fraud tools like AVS and CVV, powering your SourceAudio e-commerce suite with Braintree provides advanced fraud protection powered by intelligence harnessed from decades of PayPal and Braintree activity. Every Braintree-processed checkout is encrypted with secure tokenization to protect sensitive data, and Braintree’s system of risk threshold rules monitors your site for any suspicious payment activity to maintain rock-solid cyber security against online threats.

These security features set your licensing site on a fast track to PCI compliance, the universal payment card industry standard for security that every e-commerce vendor must meet. Working with a trusted partner like Braintree means a short and simple SAQ (self assessment questionnaire), which is the application form for PCI compliance, that can otherwise be very lengthy and complex. 

Even as new security standards emerge, Braintree’s suite stays up to date, keeping merchants PCI compliant, secure, and in full control of their check out process.

Unparalleled Ease of Use

A delay of just a few seconds during the checkout process can have a dramatic impact on your sales conversion rate. That’s why the e-commerce suite touts an infrastructure that has stripped away any unnecessary processes, leaving only what’s needed to efficiently execute sales and keep conversion rates high. Run your checkout with Braintree to accept all major card types with no additional integration required beyond a bank account for revenue to be transferred out to. 

The Braintree suite makes it easy to set up recurring billing for subscription based plans on your SourceAudio site. Customers have the ability to upgrade or downgrade their subscriptions at any time and their sensitive information is kept safe in the Braintree Vault. If there’s ever a payment failure from the customer’s end, Braintree’s reporting makes it easy to track down the error and any relevant details.

Comprehensive Reporting

All transaction information is centralized in its own page in the Braintree suite. Filter by card type, date created, date settled, and more. See any transaction disputes and submit supporting documentation as needed from directly within the control panel. Set up webhook notifications to receive real-time information on events taking place in your gateway. Braintree even offers a sleek API that allows merchants to build custom reports for their specific needs.

Enrolling and Connecting Your SourceAudio site

Visit the Braintree site to begin the process of applying for a merchant account. New merchants start by providing basic company information as requested by Braintree. Requests are verified using an intelligent assessment algorithm that ensures streamlined onboarding in line with industry compliance requirements. Once verified, grab the verification key codes from within your Braintree account, enter them on our SourceAudio e-commerce panel, click to save, and you’re all set to start accepting payments!
If needed, you can also set up your SourceAudio e-commerce site with a PayPal account, but a PayPal account does not support e-commerce coupons or subscription plans. For complete access to all payment processing features, apply for a Braintree account here.

Friday, 23 October 2020
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Superior Searchability

When a music supervisor needs the perfect track from a massive library on a moment's notice, searchability is everything. We’ve leveraged decades of industry experience to create the most powerful, flexible, and comprehensive music search tools available anywhere.

Basic Search: How It Works

Search results are powered first and foremost by track metadata. When a search is entered from the search bar at the top of any SounceAudio site page, every piece of metadata on every track is combed for matches to each word of the search entry. 

If there’s a misspelling or a user enters a word that’s similar but not quite identical to anything in a library’s metadata, our autocorrect always points them in the right direction by changing the entry to the closest possible match from the site’s metadata. 

Search results return any metadata matches sorted by relevance and can also be sorted by length, release date, or alphabetically by title.

Advanced Search

Field-specific searches and compound searches can be a huge time saver, especially if you already have some familiarity with a site’s material. Open the advanced search tools by clicking the icon of three horizontal lines in the search bar, and run an advanced search to comb through only a single, specified metadata field for your search entry. The advanced search tools also allow for multiple search entries to be run in unison; toggle the “and/or” setting to show tracks that match either entry of your compound search, or only the tracks that match both entries.

Sonic Search

Search for audio with audio! Put your reference tracks to work with our Sonic Search tool that brings back sonically similar cues to your reference track. Open the advanced search tools, then just drag and drop your reference track onto the Sonic Search module. Also search with mp3’s and YouTube URL’s. In a few seconds, Sonic Search analyses timbre, tempo, vocals, and more to bring back the library’s most similar tracks to your entry. It’s that easy. Try it out and save yourself tons of time, especially when searching a new, unfamiliar library.

Track Filters

For a user who may feel intimidated by an open ended search, track filters are the way to go. Let’s say a site features many different genre tags. A user can use track filters to quickly see all the genre values and select to only see tracks labeled with the genre they’re looking for. They can then select an additional filter, like tempo, to view only tracks of that genre and tempo. Filters can even be applied in addition to basic, advanced, or Sonic Searches to further narrow down search results.

Saving Searches

Running a search you’ll need to come back to in the future? Click “Save This Search” just above your results to save the search on your user account. You can revisit these exact results any time by heading to your User Dashboard > Saved Searches. We designed this feature to make sure that once you’ve dialed in the perfect search, you’ll never have to worry about losing it or starting over again.

Friday, 16 October 2020
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Upcoming Online Music Industry Events and Resources – October + November 2020

PMA Academy: Global Month - October 13 at 9AM, October 20 at 3PM, & October 27 at 9AM (All times PST)

This October, the Production Music Association’s PMA Academy will be hosting a series of three hour-long events discussing regional current events in the production music world. Each week will focus on Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and Asia, respectively. The event will be held over Zoom and is completely free of charge. The PMA’s goal is to provide education, support, and advocacy for its music publisher and composer members at any stage in their career. Keep an eye out for the return of the PMC in 2021!
Register for the PMA Global Month events here:
https://pmamusic.com/events/

The Music Business Association Presents: Driving Change, Diversity & Inclusion in the Music Industry - October 20-22 12-3PM PST

The Music Business Association’s three-day Driving Change event will bring together music business executives and thought leaders for a series of action-based conversations on diversity and inclusion. Guests discuss how to take meaningful steps in supporting underrepresented communities in our industry, and what we can learn from each other to help institute positive change. A minimum donation of $1 is required to register for the online event.
Register and view the complete event itinerary here:
https://musicbiz.org/events/driving-change/

Guild of Music Supervisors Fall Panel Series - October 22 at 3:30PM & October 29 at 3:30M (All times PST)

Tune into the Guild of Music Supervisors' latest Zoom panels on the last two Thursdays of October. Catch their “TV Studios & Music Supervisors Panel” on October 22nd, and “Labels, Publishers, and Management Panel” on October 29th. Both events are free to attend, though registration is required at the link below. GMS has continued its work through the pandemic to help the community of Music Supervisors, Music Creators, and other leaders in the TV/Film industry stay connected and informed. Check out their YouTube channel for more great segments from top Music Supervisors on what it’s like working on some of the most watched shows on Apple TV+, Netflix, and Amazon.
Register for the GMS October panels here:
linktr.ee/guildofmusicsupervisors

New Music Conference 2020 - November 13, 2020 1:00AM PST

The New Music Conference brings together modern music professionals from around the globe with the goal of sharing knowledge and experience, and forming relationships. The program covers a wide and thorough range of topics from composition to modern music publishing. This year marks the second annual installment of the Dutch conference, which will take place on Friday, November 13th in the midst of the November Music festival in 's-Hertogenbosch. The New Music Conference will be streamed live in its entirety, free of charge, though registration in advance is required at the link below.
Register to stream the online event here:
https://www.newmusicconference.nl/tickets/

Friday, 9 October 2020
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Site Configurations for Any Business Model

The SourceAudio suite provides tools that are essential for many different kinds of music businesses.  We’ve broken down this wide array of business models into three main categories and laid out how the site can be tailored to suit each type of business and accentuate a brand’s unique strengths.

Labels, Publishers, and Composers

Music management companies working in synchronization licensing have been at the core of SourceAudio’s design since the beginning.  Our flagship features like search, file delivery, metadata management, pitch sending, and syncing tracks to buyers and sub-publishers are just some of the features that have quickly become must-haves in the field.  No matter the specifics of a rights management company, it’s easy to tailor a site to suit the exact needs of their operation.

Access

SourceAudio sites offer complete control over the site visitor’s access permissions.  Set how much, if any, of your site a new visitor can see before requesting a user account.  Manually approve account requests or configure your settings so that they’re automatically approved.  Companies can even set their site to only auto-approve requests from emails with a certain domain so that trusted collaborators can skip the vetting process and never miss a deadline. Yet another integral sign up customization is the control over what information is requested from a new user when requesting an account.  Ask for key sales information, or just stick to the basics.

Royalty Collection and Passive Income Sources

Our revenue generation programs provide vital income sources to rights management companies with the click of a button.  Making these kinds of arrangements for licensing in radio or podcasting used to be a complex and time consuming process, but now radio, podcast, YouTube, and global PRO royalty collection all function as a simple opt-in from one centralized ecosystem.  Ineligible for one or more programs?  No problem, enroll in only the programs that fit your business.

Choose Your Site Pages

Deep customization options are essential for fully branding a site. Pages of a site can display a selection of material by artist, album, track, or display an HTML or CSS customized page, just to name a few of the many options available. The flexible interface is controlled using intuitive site builder tools, and our dedicated support team is available full time to get your site exactly where you want it.

Alibi uses a page of curated playlists as their landing page, while Strike Audio simply uses the track explorer.  HD Music Now and The Eggplant Stereo both used the SourceAudio homepage-builder to create their landing pages.

Statistics and Data Collection

Comprehensive data on site visitors and audio assets is available in our robust statistics panel. If a company is only looking at their sales, they may only be seeing part of the picture. Dive into these statistics to identify untapped potential and optimize your sales funnel to more effectively meet demand. 

Our data services also go beyond the platform. Need to keep track of on-air broadcast placements?  SourceAudio Detect is exactly that.  Looking for in depth reporting and claim management controls when your music is used on YouTube?  Our YouTube Content ID suite is exactly what you need, especially if your licensing business leans into our second business category.

Mass Marketed Licensing

The proliferation of small budget media productions has led to a massive demand for “micro-licensing”, affordable music licensing for various online platforms.  While a traditional synchronization license likely involves a hands on, service based experience, micro-licensing is all about automation and attracting droves of customers.  Activate e-commerce to get all of the following features, in addition to the standard features of a rights management company site, for the total micro-licensing experience.

Streamlined Usage-Based Licensing

Activating e-commerce changes the on-site licensing process from a contact form to a self-serve shopping cart check out. Build out usage-based rate cards with corresponding price points so that when a user adds a track to their cart they select their usage and get charged at checkout accordingly.  Customize your legal documentation, and assign different licensing information to different track collections as needed.  List your tracks in any of over 30 major currencies supported on SourceAudio, and connect your payment processor of choice, either Braintree or PayPal, to securely process payments from any major credit card, anywhere in the world.

Brand X Music uses a detailed rate card set up to charge for their licenses.  Clicking the “Add to Cart” icon on the right of any track brings up the usage selector.

Subscriptions and Coupons

Go beyond single purchase pricing with subscriptions and download coupons, both only available with Braintree. Foster recurring business with subscriptions that bill every month and provide a set number of download credits at every billing cycle.  Set whether or not unused download credits roll over from month to month, and whether alternate versions of a track are included in a single license, or if they should be counted separately.

Muzicwise has both a detailed rate card set up and a highly customized subscription sign up page.

Generate coupons that are redeemable for any of the following: a specified amount of download credits, a percentage off of a single licensing fee, a percentage off of an entire cart of licenses, or a percentage off a subscription enrollment for a specified duration.  Set an expiration date, or keep the coupons active in perpetuity, the possibilities are endless with these powerful e-commerce tools.

Client-Side YouTube Allow-listing

When providing a micro licensing service, the last thing anyone wants is to run into difficulties with unwanted claims placed on a legitimately licensed track.  Engage our YouTube Content ID services to offer client-side channel allow-listing during checkout.  All the client needs to do is enter their channel ID in the corresponding entry prompt during checkout and their channel will be claim-free when using their purchased song.  The SourceAudio Content ID suite also provides complete reporting on all claims placed on usages of your tracks across the entire YouTube platform, an indispensable tool for any company that licenses for YouTube.

Add On’s

Need more reporting? We’ve made it incredibly easy to integrate with Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Hubspot, Facebook Pixel, and Facebook Business Manager.  Get thorough reporting on your web traffic and keep the leads coming.

Music Supervisor or Production Team

SourceAudio has become a staple throughout the production industry for music departments of all shapes and sizes.  From editors, to music supervisors, to agencies, to major broadcast networks, our tools have made browsing, auditioning, organizing, cataloging, downloading, and diving back into ongoing projects easier than ever before.

All Your Music in One Place

Whether you’re uploading your own music or looking to source from other companies, all this music is brought together into one centralized search portal that brings back only the material you’ve opted to list to your site.  With over 50 million unique tracks on SourceAudio from over 1,200 different music seller companies, it’s the biggest and best network of production music that’s ever existed.

Get Pitched

In addition to track searches, network and buyer sites come equipped to send out pitch requests to connected sellers.  Include the budget, reference tracks, a description, and hand pick which providers should get the request.

Collaborative Tools and More Essentials

Playlists and cue sheets can be converted from one to the other, and shared between users for seamless collaboration. Import local EDL files to view, edit, and store them on a user login, and export cue sheets as PDF’s, CSV’s, or XLSX files.

Adobe Premiere Panel

With our Adobe Premiere extension, editors, producers, podcasters, and other content creators never have to leave the Adobe environment to browse and drop in tracks to a project.  Access your own playlists or playlists sent to you and drag tracks straight from the panel to the Adobe timeline. Once you’ve selected your soundtrack, instantly export PRO-formatted cue sheets from the Adobe panel.

Friday, 2 October 2020
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Production Music Trends: Fall 2020

Our featured trends for Fall 2020– from global culture, to production techniques, to annual sales patterns. 

International Influence

2020 and the recent years preceeding have been a hugely important time for amplifying POC and non-white voices. Listening trends reflect this, as music that signals diversity and inclusion sits at the top of the media landscape in 2020.  

Latin music has had a massive year both on the commercial charts and in production music.  The sound is typically upbeat, lively, and highly rhythmic which has made for countless latin and latin inspired hits over the decades. Today in the midst of the streaming revolution, Latin music’s popularity is reaching new heights, and the sound will no doubt continue to be a hot commodity in the production music sphere.

K-pop and J-pop have put their own spin on the pop star archetype, taking the genre to extreme new levels.  These hyper-stylized artists are the new face of pop music around the world and their impact on the production music industry is evident in the currently circulating sounds for synch.  Keep up with these far-east chart-toppers for the latest trends in pop music as the genre develops in the 2020s.

Sidechained Kick Drums

Sidechaining is a production technique in which one audio signal triggers a separate audio effect.  The use of sidechained compression triggered by a kick or even a bass signal results in a quick dip in volume on the rest of the track so that the kick or bass sound is then louder in comparison.  Sidechaining had been a trick of the trade in beat making for ages before the sound reached widespread, overt popularity in the 2010’s.  It was at this point that experimental producers ramped up the effect to the point that the sound became a defining feature on many tracks.

Heavy sidechaining is now both a commonly used production staple and an iconic sound in itself depending on the level at which the effect is applied.  Electronic, pop, hip-hop, experimental, and even rock producers can benefit greatly from understanding this production technique and applying it in accordance with the needs of their music.


Seasonal: Holiday Music

Each year between the months of October and December, the production music industry sees a jump in activity.  As companies roll out new marketing pushes for the holidays, all types of music are needed for their productions, but especially holiday music.  Traditional Christmas music, Hanukkah music, modern spins on old classics, and anything with sleigh bells are all widely sought after as the holiday rush approaches.

Make sure all your music can easily be found by staying on top of your tracks’ metadata tagging.

Friday, 25 September 2020
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