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Our idea for Artist Signal is simple.
We want to give artists a platform on which they can energize their fans and organize them to support new artists. We want to do that in a way the fans don't have to spend any money. At that we think we have been moderately successful. Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about people organizing in ways that subvert the essence of our goals, even if they don’t strictly speaking break the rules. What little money I have I choose to spend on maintaining the site and slowly improving it. Also, I believe people are basically good, and want to do the right thing. So, I’m not going to hire a police force to make sure everyone plays fair. If the site becomes just a place to game the system, and not a place to discover new music, then those of us who do this, for the love of music, and dedication to the artists who create it, will just go do something else.
Rick (Co-founder and Funder)
What is ArtistSignal?
ArtistSignal is a platform for emerging artists & bands to showcase their talent and let the world decide on their #1 choice. The top artist each month receives $10,000 to jumpstart their career.
What does it cost to signup?
Nothing. It's free for voters and artists both.
Why should I use ArtistSignal?
ArtistSignal is a great way for fans and music enthusiasts to help jumpstart the careers of emerging artists all around the world.
Where does the $10,000 come from?
ArtistSignal is a well-funded tech startup focused on creating a new social exposure platform for artists all over the world.
How do I sign up as an artist or band?
You can signup as an artist or band on our signup page or by clicking here.
Do I get to keep the rights to my music?
Absolutely. You get to keep 100% of the rights to your music.
Does it cost to use ArtistSignal or sell my music?
Nope. ArtistSignal is free for artists and voters and we do not charge you to sell your music or collect rewards.
How do I become a ‘Staff Pick’?
Staff Picks are by definition what we are listening to. However, here are some things you can include that go a long way in helping us make our decision:
Good music. You’ve got this, right? Let’s move on.
An attractive profile picture. We don’t care if you are attractive, but we like to see clear, high quality pictures. Preferably no selfies.
A well written biography. We want to know the artist behind the music. What’s your story?
A video. Whether it’s a produced video, or just a great live version, it’s nice to let our eyes in on the music action.
Fan engagement. If your fans are rabid supporters of your music, we’re going to notice. The more your fans interact throughout the site, the more you’ll pop up on our radar.
Rewards. We like to see fans support our artists, but we also love to see our artists give back to their fans.
Want to get our attention for a Staff Pick? Let us know here.
How can I be featured on the homepage slideshow?
Our featured artists are chosen using the same criteria we use for ‘Staff Picks’, with these additional guidelines:
All featured banner artists will be refreshed weekly.
No artist who is currently in the top 10 is eligible for the slideshow. If an artist moves into the top 10 while being featured, that artist will remain featured until the following week.
Artists can be featured more than once, but not in consecutive weeks.
That’s it. Think you fit the description? Let us know here.
What are the credit card fees?
PayPal charges tiny credit card fees so you get the most money back. You can learn about their fees here. With PayPal you will need to enable micropayments to ensure you get the cheapest rate. You can learn how to do that here.
Does it cost to offer my music for free?
Nope. You can always use our tools to distribute your music for free at no cost to you.
We report all your US, Canadian, and International sales to SoundScan.
What are tips?
Fans can tip you any amount directly from your profile. No purchase is necessary for fans to give you a tip.
Will cover art and metadata be correct?
Absolutely. We hate it when you download a song and the filename is final_3_studio.mp3 so we'll always make sure the cover art and metadata is correct. It will look correct on your favorite mobile devices as well as media players.
What file types can I upload?
You can upload almost anything. If you find you can't upload a type you want, drop us a line and we'll help you out.
What is the quality of my music download?
Your music is transcoded into a 320 kbps DRM-free MP3 file for download. We can only transcode your file at the quality you give us so make sure to upload high quality tracks.
Why did I not recieve my montly payout?
Artists may not receive a monthly payout for a few reasons:
- Make sure you have entered your PayPal email in your dashboard section (information tab).
- Artists who earn less than $1.00 will not receive a payout.
- Payments have not yet been processed.
If you have anymore questions about payments, please contact support.
Can a Top Artist win the $10,000 multiple times?
Top Artists are not eligible to win the $10,000 multiple times, however, all artists can participate for a portion of the $5,000 payout each month.
Who can vote?
Anyone can vote anywhere in the world.
How do I vote?
You can sign up as a voter on ArtistSignal by using your Facebook account. You will then be able to vote for artists on our platform.
How long does a voting session last?
All voting sessions last one month. A new round of voting will begin on the first day of every month where all artists will get a fresh start.
How often can I vote?
You can vote as many times as you like but you can only vote for the same artist once per hour.
How do you prevent voting fraud?
We protect artists from voting fraud in many ways. All voter accounts on ArtistSignal are verified through Facebook and thus are required to have a minimum number of social connections and other data that can only be verified through the social services API.
Requiring Facebook signup helps ensure identity and integrity on our platform. All voters are using their social media identities. This establishes a check and balance where all votes and comments are completely transparent and reflect the individual directly and publicly. The ArtistSignal team is comprised of computer engineers who use automated and non-automated metrics to keep the platform fair and running smoothly.
As an artist or voter, getting your friends, fans, and family to vote is great and in fact, we encourage it. Don't invade others profiles and SPAM their fans or their comment boxes. Spamming makes you and other users look bad, and it could get your account permanently suspended. So, don’t do it.
- Commenting on other artists profiles asking for votes just because you voted for them.
- Promoting an artist on other artist's profile.
- If you think it might be spam, it probably is.
Be respectful and considerate
- Don’t harass other artists or their voters.
- Don't post obscene, hateful, or objectionable comments.
- If you don't like an artist or their music, don't listen to it. No need to be a jerk.
What are voter rewards?
Artists can set rewards for loyal voters. Just by voting for artists you can unlock and get music, videos, merchandise and other great stuff
Do rewards cost money?
Artists have the option to set a price when they offer rewards. Many artists allow rewards to be free.
What can I offer as a reward to my voters?
Almost anything you want. You are able to offer digital and physical rewards to your voters. You can choose an uploaded song or album as a reward or upload a custom file (video, secret track etc.). You can also add a physical reward like a signed copy of your album, vinyl, t-shirt or any merchandise. You can also set a price for physical rewards and voters use PayPal to pay for your priced rewards.
When will I receive my rewards?
All artists are encouraged to fulfill all rewards no later than 60 days after the session they were claimed. You can communicate with artists you've claimed rewards from directly in your dashboard from a computer. It's easy to keep each other posted on the progress of rewards.
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