Who We Are:
College Music Records was built out a passion to bring our favourite music to more ears than ever before. Building on our YouTube curation, we wanted to provide artists with even more opportunity to get their creations heard across the world. We strive to provide a transparent and friendly experience across everything we do, always putting ourselves in the artist’s shoes. After all, we started everything in the first place out of a love for the music, so it’s the least we can do.
What We Do:
Releasing through CM Records enables us to inject time and resources into your music. Aside from distributing the release to all digital stores, we will also upload on our YouTube page. If the release is more than a single, we will work out with you whether to upload the project as a mix or keep as a single track upload. We will also keep the track in heavy rotation in our Spotify playlists. Alongside this, we will pitch the release to our close network of fellow curators, bloggers and playlisters, with the hope of getting your music to as many ears as possible.
As of 2021, We are now working more closely with our in-house illustrator, Ricky Butcher to create bespoke artwork pieces for your releases. We’re happy to give you the artistic freedom when it comes to the artwork by Ricky. If there’s a concept you have in mind, we are happy to incorporate that into the final piece. This helps create a consistency amongst releases for us as a brand while ensuring high quality and unique artwork pieces for you as an artist. If you strongly feel that another illustrator would fit the aesthetic of your release better (or have prepared something yourself), we are happy to explore this route provided the aesthetic and quality are suitable.
If we arrange and pay for the artwork, any costs will be deducted from the first royalty statement. We treat costs as a shared cost, and as such, it is deducted off the gross receipts (i.e. – what is received before the artist and label split is taken).
To help clarify this, here is an example in which costs can be treated differently. In Example 1, the costs are taken before the artist’s net receipt is calculated- this is the way we operate. In Example 2, costs are taken off of the artist’s net receipts (the amount the artist receives after their profit share % is calculated) – as such, the artist takes the brunt of the cost yet the label does not. We do not believe this is fair given both parties are equally invested into the release, and as such, should equally share the costs!
1) $1000 in revenue ($150 costs)
Artist @ 50%
$1000 – $150 = $850
$850 * 50% = $425 (Artist To BE Paid this)
2) $1000 in revenue ($150 costs)
Artist @ 50%
$1000 * 50% = $500
$500 – $150= $350 (Artist due)
We will add our label watermark into the top left-hand corner of the artwork.
We will handle all aspects of the distribution to all major DSPs (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play, TikTok etc.). In order to do this we require the final mastered wav.(& mp3) files, as well as the final artwork. Similarly, we will handle pitching to Spotify editorial playlists.
We kindly advise that you don’t release other projects (unless as a feature/compilation) for a month either side to not clog up your own Spotify profiles with too many releases in a short space of time.
Royalties + Payments:
We offer a 60% royalty rate/profit share and publishing share on any revenue stemming from this release. We will account to you via Curve royalty systems. This features an online portal (which you will be emailed log in details for in due course) in which you can find a breakdown of streams and any money due for you. We will account to you once every quarter via Bank/wire transfer using TransferWise.
Contract + Legal:
Throughout the term, you will retain ownership of the master recording and its copyrights. We ascertain an exclusive license from you as the recording artist to distribute the agreed recordings for a period of twenty years. We also seek to obtain the same % of publishing rights – this further allows to explore opportunities for your music such as in commercial sync opportunities and more like Twitch Soundtrack (who specifically require us to hold publishing rights to deliver your release to them). Entering into an agreement only effects the specific tracks which we plan to release, and takes no effect on your past or future releases (that’s not to say we won’t want to work with you again!). Upon reaching an agreement on the terms, we will send through a digital contract outlining the agreement in more detail. If there is any sampling present in your music, please do send through full details of this, as we must take every step to ensure all samples used are cleared accordingly (we also try to avoid tracks heavily centered around splice/royalty free samples).
We hope that covers all bases and gives you a sufficient overview of the release process, though of course if you have any questions or queries please do drop one of us a message!
A Visual Overview of the Process
Points of Contact:
Jonny is co-founder of College Music and nowadays acts as label manager, working closely with artists throughout the release process as well as working on various longer term projects – he’s always got something simmering away! Away from CM Jonny loves a guinness or two and a spot of cricket when covid allows.
Luke is co-founder and the brains behind College Music. Luke currently has a floating role in the label side which includes helping with promotional renders/assets and on occasion assisting throughout the whole release process. Outside of this, Luke handles the day to day YouTube curation along with data-driven research, marketing and social media presence. Away from CM Luke enjoys ice-cold tinnies – Stella Artois to be precise, ripping fat clouds and the occasional visit to the gym.