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29
Oct
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Catalog Mangement & Administration Features Part 1: Interested Party Tools

 

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» Interested Parties - Managing Your Interested Party Metadata for Easier Catalog Management, Royalty Accounting and Administration

We have embarked upon the next evolution of the SourceAudio platform that will help you manage your creative rights administration business far more easily, affordably and effectively -- with much less time and money spent duplicating efforts across multiple systems -- than ever before. We know you pour a great amount of effort and detail into maintaining multiple systems to ensure your royalties and splits are tracked & managed so that your PRO payments can be distributed and reported as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our next goal as a platform is to make your catalog management and administration business easier on you, more efficient, and more powerful than it's ever been before.

» The New Interested Parties Tool

Up to this point on SourceAudio you've enjoyed total flexibility in displaying/managing your creative rights splits and metadata. For example, many of you use one field called "Publisher" and you include all splits within that field that probably look something like this: "Andrew Harding (ASCAP) 50% / Dan Korobkin (ASCAP) 50%". This data format helpful for quick reference and for looking up splits but it could be much more powerful by being organized in a way that allows it to better interact with external reports and systems (think cue sheet tools, file delivery, and PRO statements).

The new Interested Party Management Tool allows you to create and define each person/party on your site one time, and quickly assign them to your songs/recordings one-at-a-time or in large batches all at once. With this new tool you can create Writers & Publishers and store the following data for each of these types of parties:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Affiliation
  • Affiliation ID
  • IPI #
  • Company
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • SSN/EIN
  • Notes (think CRM here, we're extending this tool for leads, customers etc. in the future)

Using the New Admin Panel Tool

To create and edit individual Interested Parties, visit your new "Interested Parties Tool" located in your main Admin Panel menu on the left. Create a new party on the right and manage/edit existing parties on the left. Like your metadata, we also support batch spreadsheet imports of Interested Parties now too! To use the new Interested Party import tool, first export a sample spreadsheet of your existing Interested Parties at the bottom of this new tool to see the format and fields we recommend you use. It's still very flexible and you can add as many parties as you'd like to add all at once.

Editing Individual Tracks Inline

Interested Parties can also be added and edited on individual track detail pages. To edit your Publisher or Writer splits on a track detail page go into Secure/Edit mode just like you would to edit any field. Then, click the edit icon next to one of the new 'Standard' fields called "Publishers" or "Writers". Once you're editing your Writers or Publishers inline you'll see a new interaction appear that allows you to assign an existing Interested Party, create a new one, and assign the appropriate % splits for each party. See this screenshot below for a quick look at how it works.

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» We Made the Transition to this New Format Nice and Easy On You

Many of you had your Writers splits in your Composer field or in a custom field called "Writers". For Publishing splits, many of you had this data in your "Publisher" field or another custom field that you created. We retained all of this metadata 100% for you in your existing fields but we also ran some scripts to parse out Last Names, First Names, and related splits for the writers and publishers you had in your metadata (including PRO affiliations etc. when available) and placed them nicely into your new Writers and Publishers fields. For those of you who had metadata to move to these new fields you will see that you now have many Interested Parties already created in your new Interested Parties tool. You'll also see your new "Writers" and "Publishers" fields now contain the relevant data you previously had available in its legacy format on your site. We didn't remove anything from your site - if you had data in your Composer, Publisher (renamed to "Publishing" now), or a custom field that contained this data it's still there. Feel free to delete, keep or hide it - it's totally your call!

One important note: Because the previous versions of Writer and Publisher share data varied in format from site to site, we did the best we could to make sure it was parsed and put into the right place in the new Interested Parties fields. So, we hid these new fields for you so that you can have a look to see how the parsing turned out on your site. If you need to make any edits or do any clean up just go to your Interested Parties tool in the Admin Panel and edit each one right there. Save them once and they update site-wide. When you're ready to display these new fields (or if you want to display them at all) just un-hide them in your fields tool in the Admin Panel where you control the visibility of every metadata field on your site.

» This is Part 1 of Our Catalog Management & Administration Tools -- What's Next?

These new Interested Parties capabilities set the stage for the next phase of our new suite of catalog management and royalty administration tools coming very soon. Here's what you can expect to see next as we continue making progress on this empowering and time and money-saving suite of tools for you!

  • Works administration and management tools
  • Contract administration and management tools
  • License administration and management tools
  • PRO statement import tools for fast accounting administration and reporting
  • Full CRM capabilities with notes, tasks, reminders and more

More to come very soon...onward and upward!

16
Oct
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Fast, Easy and Affordable — Get Your ISRCs from SourceAudio

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What is an ISRC and why do I need them?

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is the international identification system for sound recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording which can be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. The ISRC provides the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments and, in many territories, is increasingly becoming a tool in the fight against piracy. By identifying all sound and music video recordings that are released, regardless of the format that they are released in, the ISRC enables the tracking and tracing of these recordings through the music value chain. DSPs like Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, Amazon and many more all require an ISRC for every recording submitted to their platform. ISRCs are also becoming increasingly requested by production and media companies as a standard way to accurately track the usage and performance of recordings in their productions.

How do I buy and assign ISRCs via SourceAudio?

Anyone with an active site on the SourceAudio platform can instantly buy blocks of ISRCs from within their Admin Panel. Just go to Admin Panel > Add Ons & Tools > ISRCs to get started. ISRCs are a "standard" field on the SourceAudio platform so when you're on the new ISRC tab, we will display for you the total number of tracks you have on your site + the total number of ISRCs you already have assigned to your recordings. This will help you determine exactly how many ISRCs you'll need to buy if you want to make sure every recording on your site has this unique and standardized identifier.

To proceed with purchasing and downloading your ISRCs, enter the number of codes you wish to buy in the "Purchase" field. Click the "Checkout" button, complete the payment information section, and you're finished. Your ISRCs will be instantly downloaded in a CSV and a copy of the spreadsheet containing your ISRCs will also be emailed to you.

To assign your new ISRCs to your tracks, use your metadata spreadsheet export tool to grab a full dump of your current metadata on your site. Then, copy and paste your new ISRCs into this main metadata spreadsheet, associating each one with a track on your site (if you already have an ISRC field just paste them in there; if you don't have an ISRC field just simply create a new column called "ISRC" and drop them into this new field). How you choose to assign the numbers is totally up to you; you can put them all in sequential order or you can make it random -- there are no rules when it comes to associating new ISRCs to recordings that don't already have one. When you're done pasting your ISRCs into your main metadata spreadsheet save the CSV, upload it via your metadata spreadsheet import tool, and you're done!

One quick rule when it comes to assigning ISRCs: If you already have an ISRC for a track/recording, don't change it. Hang onto it. Each track should retain its original ISRC forever.

How much do ISRCs cost?

If you buy ISRCs direct from the US ISRC Agency you'll pay $80 up front + $150 for every 1,000 ISRCs (or $0.15 each). Other online services out there charge as much as $1 per ISRC. With SourceAudio you pay $0 up front and each ISRC is just $0.10 a piece. We ask that the minimum transaction be at least $10, due to our credit card processing fees on micro-transactions, but you can hang onto any unused ISRCs -- because they're yours -- and assign them to tracks at a later time.

Do I own my ISRCs forever?

Yes. We have obtained a giant block of ISRCs from the US ISRC Agency and can officially administer the codes but once you buy your codes and associate them to your track(s), your ISRCs will never need to be updated or changed no matter where you have them hosted.

ISRCs are a great way to identify your recordings on any platform or medium so if you don't have yours already, go get your ISRCs today!

31
Jul
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New Advanced Search Capabilities Are Now Available

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Try These New Techniques to Find the Music You're Looking For Faster

Search is absolutely core to all of our businesses. With that in mind we are always working on innovating and making our platform more powerful than ever. We have just launched a handful of new search capabilities that you can begin using immediately. This gives everyone 7 different, powerful, and easy-to-use search methods to use when finding tracks on your SourceAudio site. Here they are:

1. "AND" searches (default): By default when you type in more than 1 term you're running an "AND" search. The terms are reductive and you'll refine your results as you add more terms.

2. "OR" searches: To run an "OR" search, simply include "OR" between multiple terms like this: "upbeat OR happy".

3. Negative searches: To exclude a specific term from your search results set include a hyphen ("-")  before that term in your query. For example, if you want to look for something upbeat without drums, you'd type this: "upbeat -drums".

4. Active browsing: We know metadata keywords are often subjective. Something you consistently call "upbeat" could be referred to consistently as "happy" by another person. To solve for this we created this new active browsing feature. Now when you scan any search results page you'll notice that all of the terms are clickable. As you click the terms you'd like to explore further they instantly appear in your search field above, slowly building a new "AND" query as you add more terms. Give this new one a shot, it's great!

5. Column/field searches: This one is great. To search within a single column simply type the column/field name followed by a colon and the term you're looking for. For example if you want to find all tracks that have a mood of "upbeat", you would type this into your search field: "mood: upbeat". This works for all fields too so if you need to quickly find a specific track or artist it works great for that as well.

6. Phrase searching: If you need to find a specific phrase or string of keywords in a particular order just include quotes around your search terms. For example, if I'm looking for the song "Happy Birthday" I could search for "happy birthday to you" and you'll only see results that have that exact string of keywords in their metadata.

7. Sonic Search: This one isn't new but it's worth mentioning as part of an overall search update. Find music with music with our proprietary signal processing search technology. Whether you need to find an exact match on a file or you're looking for something that sounds similar to a song you have in mind, Sonic Search can handle it all for you.

We know you all have your go-to methods for searching and hopefully these new enhancements will give you more tools to help you and your clients find what you're looking for faster!

12
Jul
0

New: The Easiest & Most Affordable Way to Deliver Formatted Music and Metadata to Anyone

 

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» File Delivery Just Got Easier & More Affordable Than Ever

SourceAudio now supports 3rd party file delivery. It's DIY, incredibly flexible, easy to use, and more affordable than any other file delivery solution out there. Here are a few of the highlights on this new feature that's available now within every single SourceAudio music hosting site:

• Unlimited Delivery Partners Supported for Free

• Deliver Files and Metadata via FTP, SFTP or Zip File Download - Whatever Method Your Partners Prefer

• DIY Tools Allow You to Set Up and Edit Delivery Specs on Your Own

• Full Technical Support & Setup Assistance Available If Needed

• Pay Only $249/Terabyte for the Files You Transfer -- That's a TON of Transfer!

• Utilize Preset Schemes for Faster DIY Setups

 

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» Your First 100GB of Delivery is FREE!

Paying for file delivery is simple: You buy your file transfer by the terabyte. Need to send your entire catalog to a new sub-publisher? Need to send your latest releases to a long-time client? Perfect. Just visit the new File Delivery section of your Admin Panel, provide us with your credit card details, purchase your first terabyte of transfer, and send your files. We'll let you know how much transfer you have left until you need to purchase your next terabyte. Your terabytes never expire and there's no other hidden or recurring fees. Use only what you need and hang onto your transfer balance as long as you want!

» Need Help Getting Started?

We encourage you to send a couple test deliveries, for free. Run through the steps and send a handful of albums to yourself. Once you've gone through the flow and have saved a few new delivery partner profiles, let us know what you think! If you have any questions or need help getting started with your first partner delivery setup, shoot us an email and we'll get you started.

You'll also notice that there are several preset delivery schemas already built into your new File Delivery tool. These are schemas that are widely used so we set them up for you in advance so that you can quickly send files to any partners utilizing those systems. Feel free to test out deliveries to partners using those systems as well.

We hope you tap into the time and cost-saving benefits of our new file delivery feature...enjoy!

28
Jun
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NEW: Flexible, Fully-Customizable Home Page Layouts

Drag and drop home page elements to create your own perfect home page layout!

Drag and drop home page elements to create your own perfect home page layout!

 

» A New Home Page to Enhance Your Marketing and Promotional Activities

Our team knows that promotional capabilities are critical when it comes to making a fantastic impression on your current and prospective clients. You all have great content, reels, placements, and music that you need to promote so everyone can understand how great you really are. We took this into consideration when creating the new enhancements we just made to the home page experience available within every SourceAudio site. Now you can hand-pick from a wide variety of modules to include on your home page - in the page locations of your own choosing - so that your best foot is always forward when clients come through the front door of your site. Here's a snapshot of those modules you can add to your home page at anytime:

  • Promotional Carousel
  • Featured Tracks
  • Featured Albums
  • Featured Playlists
  • Features Artists
  • Featured Composers
  • Featured Catalogs
  • Featured Labels
  • Blog
  • Social Network Widgets
  • Text Blocks

Our "Text Block" module provides you with infinite flexibility to customize your home page and include elements of any kind. Some of the items you can include in Text Blocks are:

  • Embedded videos
  • Embedded images
  • Embedded social widgets
  • Custom-formatted promotional elements
  • And anything else you can do with your common WYSIWYG editor

 

» Infinite Layouts Supported

We know you all have your own ideas on how to best present your content and promotional elements so we've taken a drag & drop approach to the home page builder tool that allows you to create literally any layout you desire. Whether you like full-width modules stacked down the page or side-by-side modules that take up less real estate, the decisions are all up to you. For an example of the new full-width home page in action, check out SourceAudio's demo site "Sandbox" right here:

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» Here's How It Works

To access the new "Home Page Maker" tool, simply visit your Admin Panel and navigate to the "Home & Custom Pages" section on the left. When you land in the new Home Page Maker you'll see an interactive module layout image representing what your home page looks like today. If you don't use a home page today this area will be blank, but you can easily add and edit modules by using any of these actions below.

  • To add a new module to your home page just grab the module type icon to the right and drag it into your home page layout on the left. Drag it around to position it as you like and let it go when it's in its desired location.
  • To remove a module from your home page just grab it in your home page layout and drag it back out over to the right into the module selection area.
  • To edit the content within a module just mouse over the module in your home page layout, click the little settings icon in the upper-right, and an overlay will appear. Make your changes and additions within the overlay and save them when you're finished.
  • To publish the updates on your updated home page just click the big "Save" icon in the upper right of the Home Page Maker tool and you're set!

That's it! We try to keep things as simple as possible in regards to usability so we encourage you to give this new tool a shot. Dig in, customize your layout, feature your music, add reels/videos/images as needed, and set up your home page in the way you feel best represents your music, business and brand. Have fun with this new tool and you'll hear from us again soon!

 

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