- Apr 1, 2020
- BY: Zach Watson
How to Find and Submit Cue Sheets
If you’ve ever licensed a song from Soundstripe for use in cable television or film, you probably noticed that we ask you to fill out a cue sheet.
These simple documents are super important for a couple of reasons.
First, they help us track which songs are being used in film or TV. These mediums don’t have vast databases of songs that are tracked by algorithms like YouTube or Facebook. So without cue sheets, we can’t document when a Soundstripe track is used.
Second, cue sheets help us collect royalties when our artists’ music is used in TV or film. “Wait, isn’t Soundstripe’s music royalty free?”
Yes, it is for you, the creators. But broadcast platforms are legally obligated to pay for publicly performing copyrighted music in their content.
By collecting these royalties, we can better compensate our artists who write, compose, and record the stellar music you hear in our library.
But to get the royalties that help support Soundstripe and our artists, we need your help. The only way for us to know when one of our songs is used is for you to fill out and submit a cue sheet every time you plan on using our song in your next amazing TV advertisement, show, or groundbreaking film.
Here’s a short walkthrough:
Submitting Cue Sheets
Once you find a song that you want to license, click on the License button. A lightbox will appear that asks you a couple of questions about your project, like so:
When you’re filling out this information, please be specific about the title of your project. The same title you use here needs to match the title on the cue sheet. For example, if it’s for a TV show, please include the episode number and title.
Also click the appropriate use case, confirm that you are indeed using the song for cable or broadcast TV, and then hit the big save button.
After that, you’ll move to the song download screen. As you might expect, this is where you download the song files, but it’s also where you get your cue sheets.
Click the Copyright Information text and you’ll download three pieces of information:
- A copyright info sheet that has the information (song name, writer, publisher, etc.) that you need to fill out the cue sheet
- A cue sheet for commercial advertising
- A cue sheet for general TV usage
Now, all you’ve got to do is fill out the relevant cue sheet and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you listen closely, you can hear the entire Soundstripe music team cheering for you.
Retrieving Cue Sheets for Previous Downloads
If you need to fill out a cue sheet for a previous project, you can still find those documents.
Log in and click the icon in the upper-right hand corner. When the menu opens, select "Licenses".
Next, you’ll see a list of all the songs you’ve downloaded from the library.
On the right side, you’ll see a TV icon for each of the tracks you’ve used that need cue sheets. There’s also a download icon to get the cue sheets and copyright info for that project.
Clicking on the TV icon will launch a new window with links to download the copyright form and the cue sheet template. (It also has a link to this blog post if you ever need to find it again.)
Using the Same Song in More Than One Project
If you want to use the same song in different projects, you need to fill out a new cue sheet for each project.
So if you want to use the same song for different advertisements, each advertisement requires a different cue sheet. The same goes for using one song in the opening or closing sequence of two different episodes of the same show.
And that’s it. You did it. Great job!
If you have any questions, hit us up on live chat or email us at email@example.com.
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