Our artists often ask me what kind of music we’re looking for, and what makes good music for stores. If one of their tracks is far more successful than the others, or a track is rejected, users often ask me why. We give some guidelines, but in reality it’s much more complicated than that –
It’s what you’ve always wanted: a record company offers you a deal, someone says they can make you a star by managing your band, or someone tells you they can get you the best gigs in town – or even the best gigs in the world! But is it too good to be true? Here
Beatpick is Soundreef’s sister company. This blog post tells you about how you can earn music royalties by registering your songs with Beatpick. Beatpick is a global music licensing company that provides music for adverts, films, videos on the internet and computer games, supplying music to companies such as 20th Century Fox, Samsung and Mercedes. It’s
If you’re a musician, you want to make music. You need to make music. You also need to pay the rent (and buy, say, guitars). Often it’s hard to earn a living from just playing or writing music, and it’s much, much harder to get by on just the music you want to write or
Soundreef continues to support independent artists in the ways that really make a difference: we get their music heard, and we make sure they’re paid when their music is played. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve just paid our artists their royalties for the second semester of 2013 – and it was another big pay
Tim Trudeau is CEO of Syntax Creative. He has experience in all areas of the music industry – he started out as an artist, and soon progressed to artist management, promoting other musicians and brand building. In the late ‘90s, a revolutionary distribution deal he made meant that his band Sackcloth Fashion could reach a national audience
Hannah Boothby, Soundreef Tim Trudeau is CEO of Syntax Creative. He has experience in all areas of the music industry – he started out as an artist, and soon progressed to artist management, promoting other musicians and brand building. In the late ‘90s, a revolutionary distribution deal he made meant that his band Sackcloth Fashion could reach
Hannah Boothby and Davide d’Atri, Soundreef Artists, record labels and publishers often ask us what happens when they’ve uploaded their music – when will it be used as music for business and what affects how much airtime it will get? We’ve put this blog post together to answer some of your questions about this. Why
So here it is, merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun rocking around the Christmas tree with mistletoe and wine. Joy!  Bored of hearing the same in-store music every Christmas? If you’ve always thought that every shop, restaurant, bar and café – and even the gym! – played the same tedious Christmas hits every year, you’d probably
Retailers usually play music in their stores to create a pleasant atmosphere for customers, so that they enjoy shopping – and buy more! Often this just means using a playlist or putting on a CD, but most store chains and well-known brands have their own radio stations which provide specialist music for retail. What does
The most frequent question I get from artists is “how do I contact the music services listed in your directory?” The answer is always the same. Whether you’re contacting a magazine, music blog, radio show, record label, music distributor or promotional service – you have to check THEIR SPECIFIC submission guidelines before getting in touch.
Independent musicians have always lost out because of the way collecting societies have traditionally divided royalties. We think it’s about time they got the money and recognition they deserve for their music. On 16 July 2013, we paid a semester’s royalties to our artists for only the third time in our company’s history. The results
If you’re an artist, record label or publisher who produces good music, you’ll probably be popular in more than one country. But when your music is played in other countries, how do you collect your royalties? Your national collecting society has probably made arrangements to do this, but are these actually fair? What is a
Most artists are very careful to prevent their music from being downloaded for free – so how come they still aren’t paid when it is played? Artists, record labels and publishers usually ask collecting societies to arrange for their music to be licensed, and to collect royalties on it, but most have never actually been

Interview: Those Willows

Those Willows are Jack and Melissa, a duo from Portland, Oregon. They started working with Soundreef in October 2012 and have been a runaway success, with our clients playing their songs over and over again. They’re an unsigned band, but the quality of their music shines out and makes them a hot tip for future
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