What is indieTracks?
indieTracks is a division of the Aircraft Music Library. Its purpose is to market the original music of independent artists, bands and composers, non-exclusively and directly to our clients for placement in advertisements, television programs, films and new media outlets. We feel this is a great way to give our clients access to quality music, while also showcasing the talent of up and coming artists and groups.
It differs from our regular production music library in a few ways. The music in indieTracks is
all existing music submitted by artists - Aircraft does not commission these works. The artist
also retains ownership of the copyrights of all the that music he or she submits to indieTracks.
Under the indieTracks agreement, Aircraft and the artist split the client's licensing fee (the fee
paid by the client for the right to use the music) 50/50. Aircraft will collect publishing royalties
ONLY when your music is licensed by Aircraft (if an artist licenses the same work directly to their
own client, they collect the publishing royalties). The writers/performers ALWAYS keep their
Q: Is there a submission fee?
A: No! We do not charge you to submit material to indieTracks. If you don't receive any income
from this arrangement, neither do we.
Q: Who can submit music to indieTracks?
A: Anyone can submit music as long as he or she owns and controls their own masters and
publishing, all songs are original, and you have the right to enter into this agreement with us.
And you must be affiliated with a Performance Rights Organization (i.e. ASCAP, BMI).
Q: What if my record label owns and controls the masters and publishing?
A: Right now we are not working with record labels. We are only accepting music directly from
Q: Can I submit music if I have co-writers?
A: Yes, you can submit music written with co-writers. However, your co-writers must own their
own publishing, and must sign the agreement as well.
Q: What if I've used samples in my song(s)?
A: As long as the samples are buyout there are no problems; you may submit the song(s).
This is detailed in the indieTracks agreement as well as the 'contract info' document.
Q: What if I've sampled someone's song in my recording?
A: We will not accept a song that contains samples or interpolations of someone else's
Q: What if my song(s) are arrangements of public domain songs?
A: You may submit arrangements of public domain songs, but you must supply proof of PD status.
Q: Can I submit a song with explicit lyrics?
A: You may submit a song with explicit lyrics, but this may limit the ability to license the song for
certain mediums, so you may want to submit a clean edit as well.
Q: I only write instrumental music, can I submit?
A: Yes, you may submit instrumental music to the catalog.
Q: What should I submit to indieTracks?
A: For the first submission, submit 10 high-quality (mastered), full length tracks. For our purposes
we will ask you to rename your work (*see below...# 1 on Agreement Questions*). Submit pieces
that best represent you as an artist, group or composer. We also need either digital or physical
copies of any artwork, lyrics and biographical information (promotional bio and headshot).
If you are a composer with many edits of the same track, submit only the full length version.
Most clients will have the capability to edit the track as they see fit, but if not, we may contact you
to request an alternate edit. If you have an instrumental and vocal version of the same piece, you
are welcome to submit both, but keep in mind that we can only take 10 tracks total (instrumental
or vocal) for the first submission. You may simply check the box for "instrumental version
available" when you enter information for your track description.
If you write in many different styles, pick no more than three styles that showcase your abilities.
If your pieces do well with our clients, or if we see that one of your styles or tracks is a frequently
requested style/mood, then we will contact you to ask for additional submissions in that style of
Q: What style of music can I submit?
A: Our clients have needs for music in all styles, so you should submit music that best represents
your personal style. If you compose in many styles try to narrow it down to a maximum of three
styles, and submit a few tracks in each style.
Q: How many tracks can I submit?
A: Initially, you may submit no more than 10. We will contact you if we would like more, please
do not submit more than 10 tracks initially.
Q: What file format should I submit?
A: 16 bit 48 kHz WAVs are strongly recommended but not required. All audio files must be at
least 16 bit 44.1 kHz WAVs for inclusion in the catalog.
Artwork should be in the highest resolution possible in jpeg format.
Lyrics or bios should be submitted as plain text, and pasted into the required field.
Q: How long will it take for indieTracks to review my music?
A: We may not be able to review your music immediately. Please be patient, and we will
inform you via email as soon as we have reviewed your songs.
Q: Will you let me know if my song(s) have been accepted or rejected?
A: Yes, you will receive an email from us telling you what tracks we have accepted and rejected.
Q: Will I lose ownership in my songs?
A: You do NOT lose or GIVE UP any ownership of the copyrights in the master recording or
the composition. You are ONLY granting us a NON-EXCLUSIVE rights to pitch and license your
music to our clients, and share in the revenue for the placement we acquire.
For our purposes we will ask you to rename your work (something not similar to names listed
with other libraries or clients for the same piece). We will then register the renamed work with
you as the writer with ASCAP or BMI (whichever you are currently associated with) and we will be
listed as the publisher only for when it is used through our library under this title, which is why
we will rename the track.
This means that if you are currently the publisher and you license the music through your own
clients, you will still own the publishing rights under it’s original title. It is only if we license your
renamed music to one of our clients that we keep the publishing from that (you would still keep
all your performance/writers royalties).
Q: Will I be able to create and sell records with the songs I've licensed to indieTracks?
A: You can create and sell records, as long as you maintain ownership of the master
recording and composition. Your deal with us will not prohibit you from doing anything
with YOUR music.
Q: Will I be able to work with other agents offering the same services?
A: Yes, your agreement with indieTracks is non-exclusive. You should explore as many
opportunities as you can to expose your music. But please note that you can not have an
exclusive agreement with another party and also have a non-exclusive agreement with us.
Also we will not let you out of our agreement because another non-exclusive partner is not
okay with you having a deal with us. But we do ask you to keep track of what other libraries
are using your piece of music to avoid possible conflict of interest
Q: How will I be compensated?
A: indieTracks will pay out your half of the licensing fees quarterly. Aircraft will not be
obligated to send a statement for any accounting period in which no fees were collected nor
make a payment if the amount involved is less than $50.00. The exact details are available for
review in the agreement.
Q: Will I receive performance royalties from my PRO (i.e. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC)?
A: Yes, as long as you are a registered member of one of the performing rights societies, you
will receive performance royalties directly from them on a quarterly basis for any broadcast
placements. If you are not registered with a PRO, please do so immediately.
Q: When I make money on my music, I have agreed to pay the band members.
Who will pay them?
A: It will be your responsibility to pay additional vocalists, musicians, arrangers, producers
i.e. any third party you have a revenue sharing agreement with, out of your share of the
Q: What if me or my band members are union musicians?
A: We can not work with your songs if the songs were recorded under an AFM or other union
agreement. It is cost-prohibitive for us to license your songs, as the union new use and re-use
fees for use in films, television shows and advertising are more than the revenue we would
receive for the actual license. We and our clients are not responsible and will not pay any new
use or re-use fees for the use of your songs.
Q: How long is the initial agreement for?
A: The initial agreement lasts two years from the date specified on the agreement and will
renew automatically for one year periods unless one of the parties asks that the agreement
be terminated upon expiry 30 days before the contract expires.
Q: What happens when I terminate my agreement?
A: Any sublicense entered into during the term by any of the parties we license your music to
shall remain in effect for the duration of its term, despite the expiration or termination of
this Agreement and indieTracks’s rights to collect fees from such use will continue as will
its obligation to account and pay you your portion of such fees. Upon termination of the
term of this Agreement, we will have a period of six months to remove your recordings
from our catalog.
Q: Where will my music be placed?
A: Using our established connections in the advertising and television production worlds,
we will facilitate placement of your music in advertisements on television and the internet,
in television programs, films and even various live events such as fashion shows and
corporate parties.The license and rates we issue depend on the number and type of uses
within one production.
Q: Will I be able to approve or reject the type of uses your client is requesting?
A: You will not be able to approve or deny the licenses we issue, due to the nature of the
shows or the type of uses, because of personal "moral" reasons. You are waiving those rights.
Q: Will clients be allowed to edit the songs?
A: Yes, clients will be allowed to edit your songs to fit their needs. You agree that our clients
may use any portion of the music, and may edit or remix it to suit their needs, as long as it
doesn't change the fundamental character of the music. Of course, our clients will NEVER be
allowed to claim ownership based on such edits/remixes.
Q: Will you let me know if when my song has been used?
A: Yes, all your licenses will be visible on your account under “submission status”.
Q: Will you supply copies of the license to me?
A: No, we do not supply copies of licenses to our artists. You will receive a quarterly
statement indicating the uses we have been paid on.