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Artist Splits: How Artists Can Create Contracts to Share Royalties with Collaborators


Artist Splits is the feature which enables you to create contracts in order to share your royalties with 3rd parties.

HOW TO ACCESS ARTIST SPLITS

  1. Splits is located in the Rights section of any music or video release

WHO CAN CREATE ARTIST SPLITS

Any account user with the Administrator role can create splits.

THE CONTRACTS THAT ARTIST SPLITS CREATE

  • The contracts created are in the Rights section; and Artist Splits contracts will also appear there. When an Artist Splits contract is created, the payees will be paid directly from Good morning. Instead of being paid all directly, you are telling us to pay your contributors. 
  • The Artist Splits feature creates track-level contracts so that the royalties from any track can be split amongst different rights holder whenever you do a royalty run.
  • For users who wish to create the same splits across an entire release, they can easily do so by creating splits for one track and then using the “Copy splits from track” option to apply the same splits to all the other tracks.
  • When the payees and splits differ on the various tracks of a release, Artist Splits will further automate the creation of the prorated release-level contract required to handle full-release downloads.

THE ARTIST SPLITS CREATION FLOW

  • You will see the Splits interface on the Rights page of any of your releases.
  • Creating splits is only possible once a release has been distributed as that ensures that the number of tracks can no longer be modified (and therefore that the prorated release-level contract will remain accurate).
  • For any or all tracks, a user will be able to indicate:
    • The payee name(s)
    • The payee email address(es)
    • The payees’ revenue share percentage of the track
  • Note that all splits must be entered at once and they cannot be modified directly once the splits are saved. If you need to modify a split, you will need to contact our support team so that they can modify the related contracts.
  • Also note that if someone tries to add splits for a track/release that is already on a track/release contract, they will be blocked from doing so and notified that a contract already exists and that they should contact our Support team to add/modify the splits.
  • Emails will be sent notifying you and the new payee that they’ve been added to a revshare contract. Be sure they add their payment information.

Good Morning requires all members to ensure they obtain a Mechanical license before distributing any cover song. However, there are cases when it’s legal to partly distribute cover songs without a license. We will lay out the options and conditions in this article.

What exactly is a Cover song?

A Cover song (or Cover version) is a new recording of an existing song by a musician who is not the original composer or recording artist. A Cover version needs to be a “faithful rendition” (no change in melody, lyrics, and arrangement), and the original song must be distributed or offered to the public by the original artist or their record label before the cover version is recorded.

Important: A cover song can not include any part of the original song’s recording, regardless of the duration. That would make the song a remix or a mashup that requires an additional Master license.

What is a Mechanical license?

The term “mechanical” refers to when songs are mechanically reproduced – in physical formats like Vinyl and CDs, and more relevant to our time – in digital formats like Streaming and downloads. Mechanical royalties come from the composition copyright. Whenever an artist records and releases a cover song (that includes someone else’s musical composition) through their unique sound recording and makes it available to the public for profit, they need to obtain a mechanical license that will secure the payment of the mechanical royalty to the music publisher and songwriter. 

Is a Mechanical license always required for a cover song distribution?

Until a few years ago, it was required in all cases. That changed when the Mechanical License Collective (MLC) was formed in the US. The MLC is a non-profit organization that administers blanket mechanical licensing to eligible streaming platforms and pays royalties to all prospective rightsholders. So if all the conditions are met and you follow all the following rules, a mechanical license is not needed:

  1. The cover version is a “faithful rendition” of the original song, meaning no changes in the melody or lyrics were made (minimal arrangement changes are allowed).
  2. The cover version does not include any part of the original song’s recording
  3. The original song was already distributed or offered to the public by the original artist or any record label.
  4. The original authors of the composition and lyrics and the publisher of the original song are correctly listed and credited in the cover song metadata. You can find the correct information on websites like the Easysong search engine.
  5. The song is distributed exclusively in the US
  6. The song is distributed only to the eligible DSPs covered by the MLC 

*Please note that the list of eligible DSPs is updated from time. Make sure to check the MLC website – DSP Notices page if the DSP you intend to distribute to is included.

Respectively, if you intend to distribute the song outside the US, distribute the song in Download DSP, distribute physical copies of the song on CD or Vinyl, or make changes in Melody or Lyrics – a Mechanical license is needed.

How can I get a Mechanical license for a cover song?

  1. Via the record label/ publishing company of the original song. This is the most recommended way, and most big companies have a process for this in place.
  2. Via services like Songfile and Easysong that offer licensing services for a fixed fee.
  3. Via collecting societies that handle also mechanical royalties like SACEM and GEMA

Releasing a cover song on YouTube

Since it is an Audiovisual platform, distributing a cover song to YouTube requires a synchronization ‘sync’ license in addition to the mechanical license – even if you upload the song with a static image. Many artists post their cover songs on YouTube without any license. Some are not aware that it’s required, and some are counting on the YouTube CID system to identify the song, notify the rightsholders and let them choose if they want to monetize the song or block it. We do not recommend distributing cover songs to YouTube without a license!

The good news is that many music publishing companies have an agreement with YouTube and have an easy licensing process. It allows their songs to be used in exchange for a portion of the ad revenue generated on YouTube. So the best way to handle this is to find out who’s the publisher of the song in the Easysong search engine and contact them directly to find out if they have an agreement with YouTube. 

We’re happy to help. Reach out to us at gm@goodmornmusic.com

Distribution FAQ

Does Good Morning Music provide access to unique codes (ie: Apple track ID’s, Spotify URI)?

For all DSPs that provide a method to obtain a URI or a weblink, we retrieve those and display them in the Distribution section of your release.

Does Good Morning Music provide a way to setting up pre-orders?

Yes.

Why is it live on Shazam before the release date?

This is just how Shazam works: they don’t respect release dates. But you can’t play the song yet. If you do not want it to appear at all before the release date, do not send it to Shazam before that date.

Why does it show live on the UI when it is not live yet on YT, Yandex, iMusica, Nuuday, and Shazam?

Live on the UI for the following DSPs YouTube, Yandex, iMusica, Nuuday and Shazam simply means that they have confirmed ingestion.

What happens to my chart history/rankings, playlist placement, etc when transferring distribution to Good Morning Music?

When migrating catalogs these days, the only major DSPs that lose some historical data/rankings are: 

  • iTunes: if the UPC-ISRCs are all the same, the merge should be complete and chart history & popularity should be retained while ratings & reviews will be lost.
  • YouTube Music: view/stream counts will be reset to 0.

For other DSPs, your new instance should replace your old instance as long as you avoid changing certain metadata fields until after your migration. Please see this article for the list of fields not to change during/before your migration.

What is the turnaround time of delivery for new releases?

Delivery time to most major DSPs is within a few hours / same day.

Our current distributor makes our music available on YouTube and has a copyright claim management system, just confirming that you would do this as well in a distributor role?

Yes, we deliver to YouTube Content ID. We don’t provide a UI for direct claim management. Our YT staff handles this directly and reaches out to you in the event of an issue with your content.

What information would you need exactly from us for the transfer from our distributor/aggregator?

Good Morning Music requires our customers’ catalog to be ingested. This can be done in a few different ways:

  • Your current aggregator can possibly set up a feed to Good Morning Music.
  • Use Good Morning Music’s catalog ingestion template.
  • Create a release directly on the platform.

What is Good Morning’s service fee?

10-15%. We have services for baby, developing, and heatseeker artists. We are exploring ways an artist could potentially use their reward points to reduce this fee.  

Does Good Morning Music provide a way to setting up pre-saves?

Yes. Just shoot us note at artists@goodmornmusic.com with the subject: pre-save link.

Yes, we process mechanical reporting with our platform in the following ways:

  • Indicate the mechanical amounts due on each payee statement
  • Provide a master mechanical report to you showing all amounts due by each payee (but not the splits of those dues to the writers/publishers) 

Artists can earn rewards points by taking actions they are already doing, that is releasing their music for streaming, downloads, syncs; registering publishing copyrights, and collecting songwriting income. Artists can receive a boost on their points when they refer their friends and migrate their catalog.  These points are distributed as rewards for contributing to the ecosystem and can be used to get to your goals faster.  The roadmap includes additional value for the points:

• Increase speed of payout

• Reduce distribution fees

• Marketing and promotion opps

• Education resources

• Access to more sync opps

The DSP editorial roles involve discovering new music, keeping up with trends, and creating playlists that resonate with different listener groups. If you’re looking to get your track featured on an editorial playlist, here’s the best approach and remember no one can guarantee you an editorial playlist:

1. Submit Through Spotify for Artists: The first step is to make sure your music is uploaded to Spotify at least a week before its release date. Once your upcoming release is in your Spotify for Artists account, there’s an option to submit it for playlist consideration. Please include as much information as possible about the track. The more Spotify knows about the song and the story behind it, the better chance it has.

2. Get Your Music Heard: Beyond Spotify’s internal submission process, getting your music heard by as many people as possible can increase its chances of being noticed. Share it with your network, engage your fans, and use social media to its fullest potential.

3. Consistent Quality: DSPs always look for tracks that demonstrate consistent quality and appeal to our listeners. Keep refining your sound and production quality.

4. Playlist-Friendly: Different playlists serve different moods or activities. When submitting, make sure your track aligns with the playlist you are targeting.

5. Engage Your Fans: A dedicated fanbase that saves your tracks, adds them to their personal playlists, and shares your music can increase your chances of getting noticed by an editorial team.

6. Pro & Heatseeker Members receive editorial playlist pitching from Good Morning Music.

To get started, simply sign up for an account here  and follow the step-by-step instructions for uploading your music, registering your copyrights, and setting up your royalty collection. Our user-friendly interface and dedicated support team will guide you through the process, ensuring a seamless transition to decentralized music distribution.

Artist-led music distribution offers artists a more transparent and equitable revenue model by enabling artists to participate in the value creation in a distributor. By sharing in the value created, artists can receive a larger share of their earnings from music sales, streaming, and other sources of income.

Our Find Money service finds if you are owed money, notifies you if you are owed money, and saves you money on unnecessary expenses.

On our roadmap is an AI Automated Accounting service to help you record all your deductible expenses properly to save you money on taxes.

You can change a release date once a release has already been distributed. The basic principle is to just redeliver the release with the new release date (this is technically called the “start date”).

Note that if the release is still in delivery, you may need to pause the delivery: How to edit a Release that is still in delivery.

Here are the steps for changing the start date:

  1. Click on Assets > Music
  2. Click on the asset you’d like to edit the release date of.
  3. Select “distribution” from the menu on the sidebar (see image below)
  4. Click the big purple Distribute All button on the top right corner of your page
  5. Scroll to the bottom to find the “Release start date” field and edit it there.

See how  to request verification on Instagram and on Facebook. Note: Your verified badge on Instagram will carry over to Threads. To also find out more about Meta Verified, click here

If unable to proceed with the resources above, Members can provide the following to us.

  • Instagram profile or Facebook page URL.
  • 7+ articles from notable publications specifically about the entity seeking to be verified.
  • Make sure your current profile is complete with a name, bio, profile photo, at least 1 feed post, and is publicly visible. 

In our ongoing effort to fight Artificial Streaming (“AS”), Good Morning sends artists monthly AS reports that we receive from Spotify regarding your catalog. The report includes all the data artists need to monitor AS, take preventive actions to minimize this issue, and hopefully eliminate it. Please note that Artificial Streams are identified and reported by the DSP.  Good Morning simply communicates to clients what we receive from the DSP.

ABOUT ARTIFICIAL STREAMS

The streaming services work diligently to ensure streams reflect genuine user listening intent. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. AS can result from any of the following causes:

  1. Fraudulent behavior (when someone is trying to increase the stream count in order to obtain more royalties)
  2. Naivete with using so-called marketing/playlisting services which use unauthorized methods to generate streams.
  3. “Ricochet” AS when fraudsters play random tracks in order to appear like normal users. In such cases, artists are not the instigators of the AS, but random victims. DSPs are aware of this phenomenon and will not usually take action against your assets unless the number of AS becomes significant (it’s not possible to give you a precise number).

Unfortunately, the result is the same in all cases:

  • The DSP will withhold royalties for all such AS
  • The related tracks’ streaming count will not be incremented for any AS
  • The related tracks will be blacklisted from all official playlists
  • The DSP will take down the associated release(s) from their service, in the case of Apple, Pandora, and Spotify, this is a permanent takedown

Please note that repeated AS activity from your catalog may be cause for limiting or canceling your access to certain DSPs, and may ultimately result in the termination of your account as required by our need to protect our account’s standing with the DSP. 

IF YOU HAVE ARTIFICIAL STREAMS IN YOUR ACCOUNT

We will notify you to stop any such behavior. We are required to contact all artists with an AS count above 1000 (per track) in order to prevent the count from increasing. (Any AS count below 1000 is likely the result of other factors). This will be one strike.

Assuming that these are not bad actors, request that these artists immediately contact the marketing/playlisting services they have retained and have them stop their campaigns at once. 

In cases of significantly high AS we will notify you and may issue a takedown of the related assets in order to prevent additional AS. This would be n additional strike. In such cases, please do not redeliver the related releases until you have confirmed that the cause of the AS has been addressed and confirmed with us that you can redeliver the related releases.

We provide artists with a three strikes and your out rule. If you have three strikes against your account, we reserve the right to terminate your account. Subscriptions will not be refunded in such cases.

HOW TO AVOID ARTIFICIAL STREAMS

Avoid any paid or unpaid services that guarantee streams or playlist placements. These services are probably using illegitimate practices without your knowledge. Make sure you understand how important it is to avoid using bots, click farms, or any pay-to-play schemes. These services can threaten your hard work and put your catalog and account at risk.

Learn more about it in the following link, and share them with your clients:

VIDEO: WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL STREAMING?
SPOTIFY FOR ARTISTS: ARTIFICIAL STREAMING EDUCATION

ARTICLE: PAID 3RD-PARTY SERVICES THAT GUARANTEE STREAMS

How to transfer my music to Good Morning and import my catalog.

If you need to import a catalog after your joining please follow these visualized one by one steps: 

Visual Step by Step Instructions on Music Migration

If you wish to migrate just a few releases, you can do so by creating a new release in your Good Morning account and selecting that this has been previously released.  You’ll need to enter the prior release date and the same UPC.

Please be sure to input the following details exactly to avoid any mapping and stream count syncing:

                • Artist name

                • Release title

                • Track titles, ISRCs and their sequence

                • Exact WAV files as previously released

                • Same artwork

When done properly, the stream counts transfer.

REDELIVERING YOUR CATALOG TO THE DSPS

Please put together a spreadsheet by UPC or Good Morning Release ID to indicate for each release:

  1. Any territorial restrictions
  2. Any non-default pricing
  3. Any future release dates
  4. Any DSPs to exclude when redelivering, or whether the catalog should be redistributed to all the DSPs enabled for your account
  5. The Spotify artist URIs of any artist on a release (or its related tracks) with any of the following roles:
    1. Primary artist
    2. Featuring artist
    3. Remixer
  6. The Apple Artist IDs of any artist on a release (or its related tracks) with any of the following roles:
    1. Primary artist
    2. Featuring artist
    3. Remixer
    4. With
    5. Composer (for Classical music only)

TAKEDOWNS FROM YOUR PREVIOUS DISTRIBUTOR

Please always check with us first before issuing any takedowns from your previous distributor. 

Check out our Pro and Heatseeker Plans for transferring catalog service.

Yes, we welcomes artists from all genres and experience levels, from emerging talents to established professionals. Our goal is to empower all artists by providing an inclusive, transparent, and innovative platform for music distribution, revenue generation, and sharing the value your music creates.

We have tiers of service for every level of your career. 

Yes, we deliver to YouTube Content ID. We don’t provide a UI for direct claim management. Our YT staff handles this directly and reaches out to you in the event of an issue with your content.

Good Morning has partnered with representatives to conduct outreach to artists who are not currently on Good Morning to discuss partnership opportunities. This could include utilizing Good Morning’s service for their existing releases, monetizing their community using our CRM products, ensuring your collecting 100% of your royalties, or other initiatives.

You may receive emails from @goodmorn.org, @gmmusic.xyz email address. If you receive an email and don’t want to be contacted by usa gain, please reply to their email and ask them to remove you from future outreach.

You can learn more about how Good Morning works with artists here.

  1. Please reach out to us should you have any suggestions on how Good Morning can help you better address the problem of Artificial Streaming. Note that most of these playlist/stream boosting services engage in practices which the DSPs consider to be abusive and to constitute Artificial Streaming. You can read more about this in this Spotify article. This video from Spotify is also useful in explaining.
  2. We highly recommend reading the following study about the adverse impacts on an artist’s performance and growth when they engage in Artificial Streaming campaigns.
  3. Please note that Artificial Streaming can result in the withholding of royalties, permanent removal of your track the DSP, and is Harming your overall profile and the discovery of your music.
  4. Good Morning will be adding new messaging in the app to warn all users about the hazards of using playlisting/stream boosting services.
  5. We may take down your catalog and terminate your account if you are suspected of of being a bad actor.
  6. Bear in mind that Spotify will shortly start charging a 10 USD or Euro penalty for any track found to have 90% or more Artisticial Streaming in a given month, and that Good Morning will be passing this penalty on to you.

Check out our transparent pricing on our distribution and service plans here!

Pro and Heatseeker Members Receive Playlist Submissions. Please fill out the form in your dashboard at least 5 weeks out from release date.

We can not guarantee editorial playlist placement, however we follow best practices provided to us by DSPs and have a track record of success.

Be sure to submit through Spotify For Artists (SFA) and other DSP editorial submission forms. DSPs such as Spotify can not review our direct pitches without first receiving the submission through SFA.

  • Additional information:
    • If you are pitching a stand-alone single or pre-add launch, information about upcoming release timeline can be helpful so we know where this release fits in the overall campaign. Ex: is this a one-off single? Will a pre-add be following on a particular date? If you are pitching a pre-add, what is the album date?
    • **Please Note** An artist bio is not necessary. Please do not provide.
  • Genre:
    • Only use options exactly as they appear in drop down menu. Reformatting the genres will cause errors and your titles may be overlooked.
    • If you would like your title considered for additional genres, please list them out in the description field Ex: “Please also consider for alternative and electronic”
  • Marketing Drivers:
    • Include the following:
      • Marketing plan with dedicated budgets and details
      • Has the artist committed to a time-synced lyrics post

Mechanical royalties (or “mechanicals”) are royalties earned by songwriters through the physical and digital reproduction of copyrighted works. That includes everything from CDs and vinyl records to downloads, interactive streaming platforms and digital audio files, to karaoke recordings, film soundtracks, and cover songs.

While some countries and territories have collection societies that collect performance and mechanical royalties, that’s not the case everywhere and unless you’re affiliated with them directly, you may not be collecting all of what you’ve earned.

Without a publishing partner, you’re likely leaving uncollected money on the table.

Good Morning Music offers a Publishing Administration service to ensure you collect all your songwriting royalties.

Good Morning Music supports distribution or delivery to an extensive and growing list of DSPs.

DSPs we service

  • ADAPTR
  • AMAZON
  • ANGHAMI
  • APPLE MUSIC
  • AUDIBLE MAGIC (LICENSING)
  • AUDIOMACK
  • AWA
  • BEATPORT
  • BOOMPLAY
  • DEEZER
  • FACEBOOK AUDIO LIBRARY
  • FACEBOOK RIGHTS MANAGER
  • FLO
  • IHEARTRADIO
  • IMUSICA
  • ITUNES
  • JAXSTA
  • JIOSAAVN
  • JOOX
  • KKBOX
  • KUAISHOU
  • LICKD
  • MIXCLOUD
  • MUSICTIME
  • NAPSTER / RHAPSODY
  • NETEASE
  • NUUDAY
  • PANDORA
  • PELOTON
  • PRETZEL
  • RESSO
  • ROXI
  • SHAZAM
  • SNAP
  • SOUNDCLOUD
  • SOUNDTRACK YOUR BRAND
  • SPOTIFY
  • TENCENT
  • TIDAL
  • TIKTOK
  • TREBEL
  • TRILLER
  • TWITCH
  • YOUTUBE CONTENT ID
  • YOUTUBE MUSIC

The following DSPs are likely to be integrated in 2023: 

  • DISCO
  • STYNGR
  • SUPERNATURAL
  • SONGCLIP
  • MELON
  • GENIE
  • VIBE
  • BUGS

If your subscription ends, be it by cancellation or payment failure, what happens to the music you distributed through Good Morning.

For distributed music: You keep your music up forever without interruption by paying a one time fee per Single of $10 and per album of $25. To start this process, please contact the Artist Success Team.

You will have a 30 day grace period upon the end of your subscription if you wish to transfer your catalog to a new distributor.

After 30 days if you have not purchased a Forever Music package, we will contact you to confirm your catalog has been re-distributed prior to taking down.

Artist rewarded music distribution leverages a points system that gets artists faster to their goals and strives to provide a more transparent, equitable, and efficient way for artists to control how their music is distributed. Specifically with Good Morning, artists get a vote that enables them to share in the value that their music creates.

Good Morning Music is an artist led music distribution service that rewards artists for the actions they have to take to get paid.  Artists and rights holders can upload music to distribute to commercial Digital Service Providers (DSPs) such as Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, and more.  

Artists earn points when they take actions such as releasing new music, getting streams, registering compositions, you know, actions you are already doing.  Points come with rewards and a vote in the future of the service.  You can receive a 5x boost in your points when you migrate a catalog.

A copyright Violation Notice (or a “DMCA takedown”) is a legal claim that occurs when a 3rd party reports Good Morning of infringing content in your catalog. The reporter can be the Claimant (Artists, their rep, or any rightsholder), or the DSP that received the notice from the Claimant.

If this happens, you’ll receive a notice from Good Morning that will alert and guide you on what actions are needed to resolve this issue and stay protected from legal actions and damages. 

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (“DMCA”), unless a resolution is reached with the claimant, Good Morning will issue a preventive takedown of the content within 5 business days. Some DSPs, such as Spotify, may immediately initiate a takedown until resolved.”

Why you received a DMCA Copyright Violation Notice:

Sometimes, copyright violations occur due to expired rights or simple mistakes like misspellings or misunderstandings. But in many cases, it’s because infringing content was distributed by you or your client. Here are some examples of infringing content and copyrights violations:

  • Content distributed without a license from the artists/ rightsholders
  • Duplicated or stolen content infringing on a third party’s copyright
  • YouTube assets belonging to a third party, claimed by you or your client
  • Content distributed to territories or DSPs not covered by the license
  • Remixes created and distributed without proper licensing
  • Cover versions distributed globally without a mechanical license
  • Misleading song titles and artist names, illegal use of trademarks or visual content
  • Any unauthorized use of someone else’s intellectual property

If you wish to contest the copyright violation claim:

Contact the Claimant

The best way to resolve this issue is to contact the Claimant and sort it out directly with them. If you manage to do that, make sure you and the Claimant inform us about the resolution. Please contact us within 5 business days, whether or not the situation has been resolved.

File a DMCA Counter-Notification

If you’re unable to resolve this directly with the Claimant and you have the full documentation to prove that you have full rights over the content, you can file a DMCA Counter-Notification. 

Please be aware that by filing a DMCA Counter-Notification, you are escalating the matter such that the Claimant will have no recourse other than to take legal action against you should they wish to assert their rights to the content. You should also consider that some DSPs do not respect DMCA Counter-Notifications automatically. However, if you have the rights to the content and we can validate your documentation, filing a DMCA Counter-Notification is a good starting practice that can help us reinstate your content down the road.

Read carefully and follow the instructions on how to file a DMCA Counter-Notification

If you do not  wish to contest the Copyright Infringement Claim:

Whether or not the claim is valid, you may choose not to contest it. If that is the case for you, here are the steps you need to take.

  • If you don’t contest a valid claim, immediately remove the product(s) from all DSPs where you have a Good Morning agreement.
  • If the distribution was fraudulent, remove all catalogs for the responsible artist/label/payee/account. 
  • After removing the content, reply to this email with a list of the UPCs taken down.

Your access to Good Morning’s distribution deals is contingent on not distributing infringing material. If you receive excessive valid infringement claims, we’ll have no choice but to revoke your distribution access.

What if you own the rights, but the Claimant doesn’t respond?

If you own the rights and the claimant doesn’t respond, and you have complete documentation to support your rights and have attempted to resolve the infringement claim or submitted a Counter-Notice that went unanswered, the Good Morning team will make efforts to restore your taken-down content. 

 For additional information, please reach out to us: gm@goodmornmusic.com

  • iTunes
  • iTunes Match
  • Apple Music
  • Spotify
  • Deezer
  • Amazon
  • Soundcloud
  • YouTube, UMA and Pandora are next to be integrated.
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Artist Splits: How Artists Can Create Contracts to Share Royalties with Collaborators


Artist Splits is the feature which enables you to create contracts in order to share your royalties with 3rd parties.

HOW TO ACCESS ARTIST SPLITS

  1. Splits is located in the Rights section of any music or video release

WHO CAN CREATE ARTIST SPLITS

Any account user with the Administrator role can create splits.

THE CONTRACTS THAT ARTIST SPLITS CREATE

  • The contracts created are in the Rights section; and Artist Splits contracts will also appear there. When an Artist Splits contract is created, the payees will be paid directly from Good morning. Instead of being paid all directly, you are telling us to pay your contributors. 
  • The Artist Splits feature creates track-level contracts so that the royalties from any track can be split amongst different rights holder whenever you do a royalty run.
  • For users who wish to create the same splits across an entire release, they can easily do so by creating splits for one track and then using the “Copy splits from track” option to apply the same splits to all the other tracks.
  • When the payees and splits differ on the various tracks of a release, Artist Splits will further automate the creation of the prorated release-level contract required to handle full-release downloads.

THE ARTIST SPLITS CREATION FLOW

  • You will see the Splits interface on the Rights page of any of your releases.
  • Creating splits is only possible once a release has been distributed as that ensures that the number of tracks can no longer be modified (and therefore that the prorated release-level contract will remain accurate).
  • For any or all tracks, a user will be able to indicate:
    • The payee name(s)
    • The payee email address(es)
    • The payees’ revenue share percentage of the track
  • Note that all splits must be entered at once and they cannot be modified directly once the splits are saved. If you need to modify a split, you will need to contact our support team so that they can modify the related contracts.
  • Also note that if someone tries to add splits for a track/release that is already on a track/release contract, they will be blocked from doing so and notified that a contract already exists and that they should contact our Support team to add/modify the splits.
  • Emails will be sent notifying you and the new payee that they’ve been added to a revshare contract. Be sure they add their payment information.

Good Morning requires all members to ensure they obtain a Mechanical license before distributing any cover song. However, there are cases when it’s legal to partly distribute cover songs without a license. We will lay out the options and conditions in this article.

What exactly is a Cover song?

A Cover song (or Cover version) is a new recording of an existing song by a musician who is not the original composer or recording artist. A Cover version needs to be a “faithful rendition” (no change in melody, lyrics, and arrangement), and the original song must be distributed or offered to the public by the original artist or their record label before the cover version is recorded.

Important: A cover song can not include any part of the original song’s recording, regardless of the duration. That would make the song a remix or a mashup that requires an additional Master license.

What is a Mechanical license?

The term “mechanical” refers to when songs are mechanically reproduced – in physical formats like Vinyl and CDs, and more relevant to our time – in digital formats like Streaming and downloads. Mechanical royalties come from the composition copyright. Whenever an artist records and releases a cover song (that includes someone else’s musical composition) through their unique sound recording and makes it available to the public for profit, they need to obtain a mechanical license that will secure the payment of the mechanical royalty to the music publisher and songwriter. 

Is a Mechanical license always required for a cover song distribution?

Until a few years ago, it was required in all cases. That changed when the Mechanical License Collective (MLC) was formed in the US. The MLC is a non-profit organization that administers blanket mechanical licensing to eligible streaming platforms and pays royalties to all prospective rightsholders. So if all the conditions are met and you follow all the following rules, a mechanical license is not needed:

  1. The cover version is a “faithful rendition” of the original song, meaning no changes in the melody or lyrics were made (minimal arrangement changes are allowed).
  2. The cover version does not include any part of the original song’s recording
  3. The original song was already distributed or offered to the public by the original artist or any record label.
  4. The original authors of the composition and lyrics and the publisher of the original song are correctly listed and credited in the cover song metadata. You can find the correct information on websites like the Easysong search engine.
  5. The song is distributed exclusively in the US
  6. The song is distributed only to the eligible DSPs covered by the MLC 

*Please note that the list of eligible DSPs is updated from time. Make sure to check the MLC website – DSP Notices page if the DSP you intend to distribute to is included.

Respectively, if you intend to distribute the song outside the US, distribute the song in Download DSP, distribute physical copies of the song on CD or Vinyl, or make changes in Melody or Lyrics – a Mechanical license is needed.

How can I get a Mechanical license for a cover song?

  1. Via the record label/ publishing company of the original song. This is the most recommended way, and most big companies have a process for this in place.
  2. Via services like Songfile and Easysong that offer licensing services for a fixed fee.
  3. Via collecting societies that handle also mechanical royalties like SACEM and GEMA

Releasing a cover song on YouTube

Since it is an Audiovisual platform, distributing a cover song to YouTube requires a synchronization ‘sync’ license in addition to the mechanical license – even if you upload the song with a static image. Many artists post their cover songs on YouTube without any license. Some are not aware that it’s required, and some are counting on the YouTube CID system to identify the song, notify the rightsholders and let them choose if they want to monetize the song or block it. We do not recommend distributing cover songs to YouTube without a license!

The good news is that many music publishing companies have an agreement with YouTube and have an easy licensing process. It allows their songs to be used in exchange for a portion of the ad revenue generated on YouTube. So the best way to handle this is to find out who’s the publisher of the song in the Easysong search engine and contact them directly to find out if they have an agreement with YouTube. 

We’re happy to help. Reach out to us at gm@goodmornmusic.com

Distribution FAQ

Does Good Morning Music provide access to unique codes (ie: Apple track ID’s, Spotify URI)?

For all DSPs that provide a method to obtain a URI or a weblink, we retrieve those and display them in the Distribution section of your release.

Does Good Morning Music provide a way to setting up pre-orders?

Yes.

Why is it live on Shazam before the release date?

This is just how Shazam works: they don’t respect release dates. But you can’t play the song yet. If you do not want it to appear at all before the release date, do not send it to Shazam before that date.

Why does it show live on the UI when it is not live yet on YT, Yandex, iMusica, Nuuday, and Shazam?

Live on the UI for the following DSPs YouTube, Yandex, iMusica, Nuuday and Shazam simply means that they have confirmed ingestion.

What happens to my chart history/rankings, playlist placement, etc when transferring distribution to Good Morning Music?

When migrating catalogs these days, the only major DSPs that lose some historical data/rankings are: 

  • iTunes: if the UPC-ISRCs are all the same, the merge should be complete and chart history & popularity should be retained while ratings & reviews will be lost.
  • YouTube Music: view/stream counts will be reset to 0.

For other DSPs, your new instance should replace your old instance as long as you avoid changing certain metadata fields until after your migration. Please see this article for the list of fields not to change during/before your migration.

What is the turnaround time of delivery for new releases?

Delivery time to most major DSPs is within a few hours / same day.

Our current distributor makes our music available on YouTube and has a copyright claim management system, just confirming that you would do this as well in a distributor role?

Yes, we deliver to YouTube Content ID. We don’t provide a UI for direct claim management. Our YT staff handles this directly and reaches out to you in the event of an issue with your content.

What information would you need exactly from us for the transfer from our distributor/aggregator?

Good Morning Music requires our customers’ catalog to be ingested. This can be done in a few different ways:

  • Your current aggregator can possibly set up a feed to Good Morning Music.
  • Use Good Morning Music’s catalog ingestion template.
  • Create a release directly on the platform.

What is Good Morning’s service fee?

10-15%. We have services for baby, developing, and heatseeker artists. We are exploring ways an artist could potentially use their reward points to reduce this fee.  

Does Good Morning Music provide a way to setting up pre-saves?

Yes. Just shoot us note at artists@goodmornmusic.com with the subject: pre-save link.

Yes, we process mechanical reporting with our platform in the following ways:

  • Indicate the mechanical amounts due on each payee statement
  • Provide a master mechanical report to you showing all amounts due by each payee (but not the splits of those dues to the writers/publishers) 

Artists can earn rewards points by taking actions they are already doing, that is releasing their music for streaming, downloads, syncs; registering publishing copyrights, and collecting songwriting income. Artists can receive a boost on their points when they refer their friends and migrate their catalog.  These points are distributed as rewards for contributing to the ecosystem and can be used to get to your goals faster.  The roadmap includes additional value for the points:

• Increase speed of payout

• Reduce distribution fees

• Marketing and promotion opps

• Education resources

• Access to more sync opps

The DSP editorial roles involve discovering new music, keeping up with trends, and creating playlists that resonate with different listener groups. If you’re looking to get your track featured on an editorial playlist, here’s the best approach and remember no one can guarantee you an editorial playlist:

1. Submit Through Spotify for Artists: The first step is to make sure your music is uploaded to Spotify at least a week before its release date. Once your upcoming release is in your Spotify for Artists account, there’s an option to submit it for playlist consideration. Please include as much information as possible about the track. The more Spotify knows about the song and the story behind it, the better chance it has.

2. Get Your Music Heard: Beyond Spotify’s internal submission process, getting your music heard by as many people as possible can increase its chances of being noticed. Share it with your network, engage your fans, and use social media to its fullest potential.

3. Consistent Quality: DSPs always look for tracks that demonstrate consistent quality and appeal to our listeners. Keep refining your sound and production quality.

4. Playlist-Friendly: Different playlists serve different moods or activities. When submitting, make sure your track aligns with the playlist you are targeting.

5. Engage Your Fans: A dedicated fanbase that saves your tracks, adds them to their personal playlists, and shares your music can increase your chances of getting noticed by an editorial team.

6. Pro & Heatseeker Members receive editorial playlist pitching from Good Morning Music.

To get started, simply sign up for an account here  and follow the step-by-step instructions for uploading your music, registering your copyrights, and setting up your royalty collection. Our user-friendly interface and dedicated support team will guide you through the process, ensuring a seamless transition to decentralized music distribution.

Artist-led music distribution offers artists a more transparent and equitable revenue model by enabling artists to participate in the value creation in a distributor. By sharing in the value created, artists can receive a larger share of their earnings from music sales, streaming, and other sources of income.

Our Find Money service finds if you are owed money, notifies you if you are owed money, and saves you money on unnecessary expenses.

On our roadmap is an AI Automated Accounting service to help you record all your deductible expenses properly to save you money on taxes.

You can change a release date once a release has already been distributed. The basic principle is to just redeliver the release with the new release date (this is technically called the “start date”).

Note that if the release is still in delivery, you may need to pause the delivery: How to edit a Release that is still in delivery.

Here are the steps for changing the start date:

  1. Click on Assets > Music
  2. Click on the asset you’d like to edit the release date of.
  3. Select “distribution” from the menu on the sidebar (see image below)
  4. Click the big purple Distribute All button on the top right corner of your page
  5. Scroll to the bottom to find the “Release start date” field and edit it there.

See how  to request verification on Instagram and on Facebook. Note: Your verified badge on Instagram will carry over to Threads. To also find out more about Meta Verified, click here

If unable to proceed with the resources above, Members can provide the following to us.

  • Instagram profile or Facebook page URL.
  • 7+ articles from notable publications specifically about the entity seeking to be verified.
  • Make sure your current profile is complete with a name, bio, profile photo, at least 1 feed post, and is publicly visible. 

In our ongoing effort to fight Artificial Streaming (“AS”), Good Morning sends artists monthly AS reports that we receive from Spotify regarding your catalog. The report includes all the data artists need to monitor AS, take preventive actions to minimize this issue, and hopefully eliminate it. Please note that Artificial Streams are identified and reported by the DSP.  Good Morning simply communicates to clients what we receive from the DSP.

ABOUT ARTIFICIAL STREAMS

The streaming services work diligently to ensure streams reflect genuine user listening intent. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. AS can result from any of the following causes:

  1. Fraudulent behavior (when someone is trying to increase the stream count in order to obtain more royalties)
  2. Naivete with using so-called marketing/playlisting services which use unauthorized methods to generate streams.
  3. “Ricochet” AS when fraudsters play random tracks in order to appear like normal users. In such cases, artists are not the instigators of the AS, but random victims. DSPs are aware of this phenomenon and will not usually take action against your assets unless the number of AS becomes significant (it’s not possible to give you a precise number).

Unfortunately, the result is the same in all cases:

  • The DSP will withhold royalties for all such AS
  • The related tracks’ streaming count will not be incremented for any AS
  • The related tracks will be blacklisted from all official playlists
  • The DSP will take down the associated release(s) from their service, in the case of Apple, Pandora, and Spotify, this is a permanent takedown

Please note that repeated AS activity from your catalog may be cause for limiting or canceling your access to certain DSPs, and may ultimately result in the termination of your account as required by our need to protect our account’s standing with the DSP. 

IF YOU HAVE ARTIFICIAL STREAMS IN YOUR ACCOUNT

We will notify you to stop any such behavior. We are required to contact all artists with an AS count above 1000 (per track) in order to prevent the count from increasing. (Any AS count below 1000 is likely the result of other factors). This will be one strike.

Assuming that these are not bad actors, request that these artists immediately contact the marketing/playlisting services they have retained and have them stop their campaigns at once. 

In cases of significantly high AS we will notify you and may issue a takedown of the related assets in order to prevent additional AS. This would be n additional strike. In such cases, please do not redeliver the related releases until you have confirmed that the cause of the AS has been addressed and confirmed with us that you can redeliver the related releases.

We provide artists with a three strikes and your out rule. If you have three strikes against your account, we reserve the right to terminate your account. Subscriptions will not be refunded in such cases.

HOW TO AVOID ARTIFICIAL STREAMS

Avoid any paid or unpaid services that guarantee streams or playlist placements. These services are probably using illegitimate practices without your knowledge. Make sure you understand how important it is to avoid using bots, click farms, or any pay-to-play schemes. These services can threaten your hard work and put your catalog and account at risk.

Learn more about it in the following link, and share them with your clients:

VIDEO: WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL STREAMING?
SPOTIFY FOR ARTISTS: ARTIFICIAL STREAMING EDUCATION

ARTICLE: PAID 3RD-PARTY SERVICES THAT GUARANTEE STREAMS

How to transfer my music to Good Morning and import my catalog.

If you need to import a catalog after your joining please follow these visualized one by one steps: 

Visual Step by Step Instructions on Music Migration

If you wish to migrate just a few releases, you can do so by creating a new release in your Good Morning account and selecting that this has been previously released.  You’ll need to enter the prior release date and the same UPC.

Please be sure to input the following details exactly to avoid any mapping and stream count syncing:

                • Artist name

                • Release title

                • Track titles, ISRCs and their sequence

                • Exact WAV files as previously released

                • Same artwork

When done properly, the stream counts transfer.

REDELIVERING YOUR CATALOG TO THE DSPS

Please put together a spreadsheet by UPC or Good Morning Release ID to indicate for each release:

  1. Any territorial restrictions
  2. Any non-default pricing
  3. Any future release dates
  4. Any DSPs to exclude when redelivering, or whether the catalog should be redistributed to all the DSPs enabled for your account
  5. The Spotify artist URIs of any artist on a release (or its related tracks) with any of the following roles:
    1. Primary artist
    2. Featuring artist
    3. Remixer
  6. The Apple Artist IDs of any artist on a release (or its related tracks) with any of the following roles:
    1. Primary artist
    2. Featuring artist
    3. Remixer
    4. With
    5. Composer (for Classical music only)

TAKEDOWNS FROM YOUR PREVIOUS DISTRIBUTOR

Please always check with us first before issuing any takedowns from your previous distributor. 

Check out our Pro and Heatseeker Plans for transferring catalog service.

Yes, we welcomes artists from all genres and experience levels, from emerging talents to established professionals. Our goal is to empower all artists by providing an inclusive, transparent, and innovative platform for music distribution, revenue generation, and sharing the value your music creates.

We have tiers of service for every level of your career. 

Yes, we deliver to YouTube Content ID. We don’t provide a UI for direct claim management. Our YT staff handles this directly and reaches out to you in the event of an issue with your content.

Good Morning has partnered with representatives to conduct outreach to artists who are not currently on Good Morning to discuss partnership opportunities. This could include utilizing Good Morning’s service for their existing releases, monetizing their community using our CRM products, ensuring your collecting 100% of your royalties, or other initiatives.

You may receive emails from @goodmorn.org, @gmmusic.xyz email address. If you receive an email and don’t want to be contacted by usa gain, please reply to their email and ask them to remove you from future outreach.

You can learn more about how Good Morning works with artists here.

  1. Please reach out to us should you have any suggestions on how Good Morning can help you better address the problem of Artificial Streaming. Note that most of these playlist/stream boosting services engage in practices which the DSPs consider to be abusive and to constitute Artificial Streaming. You can read more about this in this Spotify article. This video from Spotify is also useful in explaining.
  2. We highly recommend reading the following study about the adverse impacts on an artist’s performance and growth when they engage in Artificial Streaming campaigns.
  3. Please note that Artificial Streaming can result in the withholding of royalties, permanent removal of your track the DSP, and is Harming your overall profile and the discovery of your music.
  4. Good Morning will be adding new messaging in the app to warn all users about the hazards of using playlisting/stream boosting services.
  5. We may take down your catalog and terminate your account if you are suspected of of being a bad actor.
  6. Bear in mind that Spotify will shortly start charging a 10 USD or Euro penalty for any track found to have 90% or more Artisticial Streaming in a given month, and that Good Morning will be passing this penalty on to you.

Check out our transparent pricing on our distribution and service plans here!

Pro and Heatseeker Members Receive Playlist Submissions. Please fill out the form in your dashboard at least 5 weeks out from release date.

We can not guarantee editorial playlist placement, however we follow best practices provided to us by DSPs and have a track record of success.

Be sure to submit through Spotify For Artists (SFA) and other DSP editorial submission forms. DSPs such as Spotify can not review our direct pitches without first receiving the submission through SFA.

  • Additional information:
    • If you are pitching a stand-alone single or pre-add launch, information about upcoming release timeline can be helpful so we know where this release fits in the overall campaign. Ex: is this a one-off single? Will a pre-add be following on a particular date? If you are pitching a pre-add, what is the album date?
    • **Please Note** An artist bio is not necessary. Please do not provide.
  • Genre:
    • Only use options exactly as they appear in drop down menu. Reformatting the genres will cause errors and your titles may be overlooked.
    • If you would like your title considered for additional genres, please list them out in the description field Ex: “Please also consider for alternative and electronic”
  • Marketing Drivers:
    • Include the following:
      • Marketing plan with dedicated budgets and details
      • Has the artist committed to a time-synced lyrics post

Mechanical royalties (or “mechanicals”) are royalties earned by songwriters through the physical and digital reproduction of copyrighted works. That includes everything from CDs and vinyl records to downloads, interactive streaming platforms and digital audio files, to karaoke recordings, film soundtracks, and cover songs.

While some countries and territories have collection societies that collect performance and mechanical royalties, that’s not the case everywhere and unless you’re affiliated with them directly, you may not be collecting all of what you’ve earned.

Without a publishing partner, you’re likely leaving uncollected money on the table.

Good Morning Music offers a Publishing Administration service to ensure you collect all your songwriting royalties.

Good Morning Music supports distribution or delivery to an extensive and growing list of DSPs.

DSPs we service

  • ADAPTR
  • AMAZON
  • ANGHAMI
  • APPLE MUSIC
  • AUDIBLE MAGIC (LICENSING)
  • AUDIOMACK
  • AWA
  • BEATPORT
  • BOOMPLAY
  • DEEZER
  • FACEBOOK AUDIO LIBRARY
  • FACEBOOK RIGHTS MANAGER
  • FLO
  • IHEARTRADIO
  • IMUSICA
  • ITUNES
  • JAXSTA
  • JIOSAAVN
  • JOOX
  • KKBOX
  • KUAISHOU
  • LICKD
  • MIXCLOUD
  • MUSICTIME
  • NAPSTER / RHAPSODY
  • NETEASE
  • NUUDAY
  • PANDORA
  • PELOTON
  • PRETZEL
  • RESSO
  • ROXI
  • SHAZAM
  • SNAP
  • SOUNDCLOUD
  • SOUNDTRACK YOUR BRAND
  • SPOTIFY
  • TENCENT
  • TIDAL
  • TIKTOK
  • TREBEL
  • TRILLER
  • TWITCH
  • YOUTUBE CONTENT ID
  • YOUTUBE MUSIC

The following DSPs are likely to be integrated in 2023: 

  • DISCO
  • STYNGR
  • SUPERNATURAL
  • SONGCLIP
  • MELON
  • GENIE
  • VIBE
  • BUGS

If your subscription ends, be it by cancellation or payment failure, what happens to the music you distributed through Good Morning.

For distributed music: You keep your music up forever without interruption by paying a one time fee per Single of $10 and per album of $25. To start this process, please contact the Artist Success Team.

You will have a 30 day grace period upon the end of your subscription if you wish to transfer your catalog to a new distributor.

After 30 days if you have not purchased a Forever Music package, we will contact you to confirm your catalog has been re-distributed prior to taking down.

Artist rewarded music distribution leverages a points system that gets artists faster to their goals and strives to provide a more transparent, equitable, and efficient way for artists to control how their music is distributed. Specifically with Good Morning, artists get a vote that enables them to share in the value that their music creates.

Good Morning Music is an artist led music distribution service that rewards artists for the actions they have to take to get paid.  Artists and rights holders can upload music to distribute to commercial Digital Service Providers (DSPs) such as Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, and more.  

Artists earn points when they take actions such as releasing new music, getting streams, registering compositions, you know, actions you are already doing.  Points come with rewards and a vote in the future of the service.  You can receive a 5x boost in your points when you migrate a catalog.

A copyright Violation Notice (or a “DMCA takedown”) is a legal claim that occurs when a 3rd party reports Good Morning of infringing content in your catalog. The reporter can be the Claimant (Artists, their rep, or any rightsholder), or the DSP that received the notice from the Claimant.

If this happens, you’ll receive a notice from Good Morning that will alert and guide you on what actions are needed to resolve this issue and stay protected from legal actions and damages. 

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (“DMCA”), unless a resolution is reached with the claimant, Good Morning will issue a preventive takedown of the content within 5 business days. Some DSPs, such as Spotify, may immediately initiate a takedown until resolved.”

Why you received a DMCA Copyright Violation Notice:

Sometimes, copyright violations occur due to expired rights or simple mistakes like misspellings or misunderstandings. But in many cases, it’s because infringing content was distributed by you or your client. Here are some examples of infringing content and copyrights violations:

  • Content distributed without a license from the artists/ rightsholders
  • Duplicated or stolen content infringing on a third party’s copyright
  • YouTube assets belonging to a third party, claimed by you or your client
  • Content distributed to territories or DSPs not covered by the license
  • Remixes created and distributed without proper licensing
  • Cover versions distributed globally without a mechanical license
  • Misleading song titles and artist names, illegal use of trademarks or visual content
  • Any unauthorized use of someone else’s intellectual property

If you wish to contest the copyright violation claim:

Contact the Claimant

The best way to resolve this issue is to contact the Claimant and sort it out directly with them. If you manage to do that, make sure you and the Claimant inform us about the resolution. Please contact us within 5 business days, whether or not the situation has been resolved.

File a DMCA Counter-Notification

If you’re unable to resolve this directly with the Claimant and you have the full documentation to prove that you have full rights over the content, you can file a DMCA Counter-Notification. 

Please be aware that by filing a DMCA Counter-Notification, you are escalating the matter such that the Claimant will have no recourse other than to take legal action against you should they wish to assert their rights to the content. You should also consider that some DSPs do not respect DMCA Counter-Notifications automatically. However, if you have the rights to the content and we can validate your documentation, filing a DMCA Counter-Notification is a good starting practice that can help us reinstate your content down the road.

Read carefully and follow the instructions on how to file a DMCA Counter-Notification

If you do not  wish to contest the Copyright Infringement Claim:

Whether or not the claim is valid, you may choose not to contest it. If that is the case for you, here are the steps you need to take.

  • If you don’t contest a valid claim, immediately remove the product(s) from all DSPs where you have a Good Morning agreement.
  • If the distribution was fraudulent, remove all catalogs for the responsible artist/label/payee/account. 
  • After removing the content, reply to this email with a list of the UPCs taken down.

Your access to Good Morning’s distribution deals is contingent on not distributing infringing material. If you receive excessive valid infringement claims, we’ll have no choice but to revoke your distribution access.

What if you own the rights, but the Claimant doesn’t respond?

If you own the rights and the claimant doesn’t respond, and you have complete documentation to support your rights and have attempted to resolve the infringement claim or submitted a Counter-Notice that went unanswered, the Good Morning team will make efforts to restore your taken-down content. 

 For additional information, please reach out to us: gm@goodmornmusic.com

  • iTunes
  • iTunes Match
  • Apple Music
  • Spotify
  • Deezer
  • Amazon
  • Soundcloud
  • YouTube, UMA and Pandora are next to be integrated.