Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

You end up in our Top 10 via the system Time + Sales = Top 10. This is how any other hitlist in the music industry operate. Read more about this in our blog.

Through HoT PICKS you can appear on the front page of one of the genres selected by HoT. By appearing on a front page, you get noticed moreand this will lead to an increased chance of selling. The HoT PICKS are selected by our HoT staff. You are unable to influence this. Or perhaps you can – by submitting high-quality tracks!

At this moment, all transactions will go through credit card and Paypal. The moment you want to pay with credit card this will run via the Paypal site, where you can select your credit card.

The musical works on HoT are protected by copyrights. We have obtained permission for their use from the Dutch rights organisation Buma/Stemra. Any use of the musical works on our site, other than listening for the user’s own satisfaction and/or reproducing for the user’s own practice, study or use is explicitly prohibited. Moreover, selling, reselling or distributing the musical works is strictly prohibited.

Seller

You can become a ‘label’ by Auditioning. To ensure a constant quality we listen to every single track. When you get approved, you become a virtual label.

No. The quality of all music or vocals offered via HOT will be screened. We ask you to upload three of your best tracks, which will then be assessed by HOT professionals. If we find your track(s) suitable to be released commercially, you will be given access to the site where you can offer your tracks for sale. Please note: every new track that you offer for sale will be newly assessed. It can well be the case that you will not be able to sell everything via HOT.

HOT is not a jury that assesses your tracks on genre or creative input. We do however want to ensure that the tracks offered are of a good enough quality to be put on sale. If everyone tries to sell their low quality demos, buyers will ultimately be less interested. This is not good for HOT, and not good for you.

You need to create a virtual label via HoT. Technically, this is not an official record label, but a so-called imprint. The term ‘imprint’ is usually used when a label is strictly a trademark or brand and not a company. When we refer to label, we actually mean ‘imprint’. Through this label you will sell your music. The name of the label may not already exist.

Definitely. If you release tracks with more producers on one label you will sell more and so feature more quickly in one of our Top 10 lists. This means that your label will get noticed faster. The person who starts the label though, is responsible for everything sold through this label. This is one of the reasons why we always ask for an ID.

  • Every sub-track should be rendered for the whole length of the track.
  • Ever sub-track must be named: Kick, Top kick, Bass, hihat1, hihat2, clap, snare,
  • percussion. It is not sufficient to only fill in numbers.
  • Midi files of all important elements you used, e.g. lead/, drops/bass/melodies etc, ect
  • Rendering is done at Wav 44.1 kHz, 24 bit.
  • Send a completely mastered and unmastered version.
  • Send all sub-tracks together in wav form.
  • Minimal track length must be 3:30 minutes. (Dubstep 3:00)
  • Make sure you send us a proper mix and master
  • If you use a vocal from a sample pack, you’re required to put this in you track description. Also upload the instrumental version.

When the buyer buys your track, he will become the (master)owner of the track. In terms of neighbouring rights: he will become the owner of the phonogram. Although he is allowed to change the artist name and title, and although you have given him permission to remix or alter your track, the buyer cannot change/delete your name as composer/writer without your prior permission. You will however remain owner of the performers rights in respect to neighbouring rights when you have produced, recorded and performed your track. If you collaborate with other artists (for instance a vocalist or a guitar player) on a track you will have to share the performers rights with them. We do advise you to check this with the Dutch neighbouring rights organization called Sena (www.sena.nl) or with a neighbouring rights organization in your own country. Sena is a respected neighbouring rights organization and many world-famous artists are registered at Sena. Even if your country of birth is not The Netherlands, you can register yourself easily at Sena.

Of course it is possible to make individual agreements with the buyer: when he completely re-arranges your track, he could ask if you are prepared to share the rights with him. But if the buyer buys your track, he agrees that you are the composer/writer of the track he uses.

Artwork must be of good quality: minimum of 320x320 dpi. Should HoT decide that the artwork does not look good, you will have to make adjustments. Artwork is for illustration purposes and is a way to get noticed more. The artwork will not be sold. The advantage of this is that you can use the same artwork, in the same style and shape or with small adjustments, for other tracks. We do advise you to put the number or track name on the artwork: 001, 002, 003 etc.

No. We are very adamant about this. All tracks have to be unique - having three tracks with the same melody is not allowed. So the use of templates, construction kits and leads/melody's/drops or midi from a sample pack are prohibited. Of course it’s allowed to use a kick, hi-hat, snare, FX, etc.

What happens if you don’t follow the rules? Read more about this (link).

No. All tracks and vocals must be unique if you want to offer them via HoT. Tracks that have already been played publically by DJs or uploaded on the web, may no longer be sold via HoT. HoT uses an extremely advanced system with fingerprinting technology. With the help of this system, it is easy to check if your track has already been played somewhere. Of course, you may test your own tracks. Should you, as a seller, try to sell something twice, your label will be banned from the site immediately.

Yes, of course you can. If someone wants to sell their music via your label, that is allowed. The original artist/label/author must give you permission in writing to sell. Always ensure that - on request - you can show proof, either that you are the owner, or that you are allowed to offer the track by the original producer. You can proof that you are the owner by providing evidence that your work is registered with a copyright organisation (such as BumaStemra, PRS or SABAM). Demonstrating that you are allowed to sell someone else’s music is simpler: you need to have a written and duly signed agreement between yourself and that third person. Beware: a verbal agreement is most of the times not sufficient according to the law!

Read all about this subject in our blog

At HoT, we like to be transparent. We are only a bit secretive about the identity of the track supplier. We are pleased to explain what you will earn, and what HoT earns. In any case, your only investment is producing a good track. To begin with we both need to work together and invest a lot in order to get your track noticed. You’ve put a lot of effort into producing a strong track. HoT ensures that you get a platform for your track and HoT ensures that your rights are secured. If your track will not get sold, a lot of effort has still been made by all parties involved. Should your track be sold somewhere else at a later date (earning you money), then HoT can claim a portion of the publishing rights, so that it’s not been a complete waste of energy. If a track is not sold at all, we all lose out. But that‘s business! HoT sells a track and receives 275 euros from the buyer. You receive the largest portion of this: 175 euros. The buyer must, if he himself exploits your track commercially, pay copyright royalties. To give you an idea we’ll roughly explain what the distribution is when you have made a track containing lyrics (the split will be different when the track contains no lyrics): 10 cents of every euro paid goes to the copyright organization to cover agency costs. 30 cents of the remaining 90 cents is for the publisher. These 30 cents end up in a HoT publishing fund. A fund like this is shared with a large ‘publishers office’ (that can also ensure that you become more known as an author). They also ensure that any of your work released abroad is properly administered so that you always get the money you are entitled to. HoT receives part of the 30 cents. Should your track be a big success, HoT profits from this as well. It is also very important that your track is incorporated under a HoT publishing fund, because sometimes buyers can claim shares. They too try to spread their risk. When you have closed a publishing deal at least 3 months before uploading your work to HoT (and thus could not have been aware of the HoT terms and conditions), we can represent your track, but only if your publisher accepts a 50/50 split. 60 cents are left remaining. HoT receives a small share of 10% of these 60 cents as co-author/composer. The remaining part is for the author/composer. Which is usually you. Besides the copyright royalties, there are also neighbouring rights envolved in a track. As a performing artist, you have the full right to the ‘performers’ part of the monies collected by collecting rights societies such as Sena in the Netherlands. The “producer’s share” is the part bought by the buyer. By selling your track to a third party, you transfer the ownership in the mastertape from yourself to the buyer. The buyer is from that moment on the rightholder to the producer’s share of the monies collected by collecting societies such as Sena in the Netherlands. Who eventually pays for the related rights? Everybody that uses a mastertape publically: radio stations, cafés, event organisations, television channels etc.

The money will be paid into the PayPal account that you have given us. Paypal automatically will transfer your payment within three days after the track has been sold.

An advertising agency may use it in an advert. A DJ can use it in his set, and even release it under his name as an artist (not: author!). An event organiser can use it as a theme song, etc. Of course, you are the author of the track, and we keep this in mind! We make agreements with the new owner that he may not use the track for political purposes or for controversial advertising purposes without your prior permission. It will also never be allowed to use work that you have written for activities that are legally prohibited. For example, using music, during illegally organised manifestations.

Yes, you do. You may not announce that you are either the composer of the tracks (artist of the performance? or the original owner of the work. The same confidentiality obligation applies if you are allowed to sell other people’s work.

No, this is not allowed. Why? Because it would be weird if a buyer could acquire the same track on two or more different sites. If you don’t stick to this rule, you will be banned from HoT and we will take legal action.

Uploading on House of Tracks is free. You can sell as many tracks as you want, as long as the quality remains high. HoT doesn’t start earning with your track until it’s sold.

Of course. First of all, there’s lots of information to be found on the Internet. Below, are a few useful links:

  • BumaStemra
  • Sena
  • Sabam
  • Gema
  • Details of our publisher (via a dedicated link!) Of course, you can always ask our HOT staff your questions by email. After all, you’re dealing with contracts. Understandable that you want to know a bit more about everything.

Buyer

You will receive a mastered and unmastered version.You will also receive all the Stems in the whole length of the track in of WAV, which means all the individual sounds of the entire track. Plus midi from all important elements of the track. When a track contains any vocals, we will also send the instrumental version. This is useful, because it allows a DJ to make a remix. A company can use a track or an element (such as vocals) for a commercial.

No. As a rule, we don’t send the project files. This had two reasons. First of all: in general most people use different VST/DAW. The second reason is that producers don’t like to share their secrets; a chef doesn’t just hand out his recipes either. We will send you all the Stems (WAV) though, of the whole length of the track. Plus midi from all important elements of the track. This way you can import them into your DAW.

An advertising agency may use it in an advert. A DJ can use it in his set, and even release it under his name as an artist (not: author!). An event organiser can use it as a theme song, etc.

Releasing and selling are two different things. You may not resell a trock on any other producer’s platform because you don’t own the composer rights. But of course you can release a track via Beatport, Spotify or iTunes, because you are the master owner of the track.

Unfortunately this is not possible. On the HoT website you can listen to the track/vocal from start to finish. You know exactly what you’re buying. Because you already received the track with all Stems, you can not return it.

A track can be commercially exploited by you as a buyer in many different ways. A DJ can release a track under his own name. For example: when you sell a track via Beatport or iTunes, the revenues from the sales will end up with you. A label can buy a track and then further exploit it, an advertising agency can use the track when introducing a new product. Everybody is free to exploit the track as he sees fit. HoT has no further influence on this and does not want to interfere in this process.

No. The seller is responsible for the matching artwork and he has the rights to it. You will not automatically acquire rights to artwork.

No. When you hear vocals in the productions you buy, you may assume that 75% of these originate from a sample pack (100% legal) and are most likely not one-of-a-kind. We allow vocals from packs, and that’s why we also standardly supply the instrumental version.

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