What is AccompaMe?
AccompaMe is an online platform for musical accompaniment, solo voices and arrangements where professional musicians and good amateur musicians can upload and sell pieces of audio or pdf notes that can then be purchased by musicians worldwide.
What does AccompaMe mean?
AccompaMe comes from the word accompaniment in English, acompagnement in French, acompañamiento in Spanish, etc. It means accompaniment, or accompany me. Because we want to accompany you as a musician!
When does AccompaMe start?
The official launch of the platform is scheduled for Dezember 2018. Currently, as a musician, you can already create your own account and upload your pieces. A sale of the pieces is not yet possible until the launch.
Why should I as a musician upload tracks to AccompaMe?
Uploading has many advantages for you. When you upload songs in very good quality, your songs are purchased by musicians worldwide who can use them for practice purposes. You only have to spend a little bit of effort to record and upload a song, but from now on you will benefit from all sales of your piece or pieces. Known pieces are more likely to be bought. In addition to the revenue of your sold pieces, you can increase your awareness and make new musical contacts. In addition, you enrich the musical offering with each new piece, which benefits millions of music students worldwide.
What are the advantages of buying pieces from AccompaMe?
So far, there are very few websites offering music accompaniment in good quality. Their offer is limited to a few hundred pieces and they are exclusively piano accompaniments. At AccompaMe, the range of musical accompaniments, singles and arrangements will be much larger, as it is a platform where thousands of musicians offer their pieces on / for any instrument (s). It will be much more likely that you will find a wanted piece and you can choose from different interpretations of the many creators. Reviews by other buyers and a preview feature to listen to will allow you to convince yourself of the quality before purchasing. In addition, the price of the pieces is limited, so that everyone can afford the purchase of any pieces.
If there is not a desired piece, you can wish it. The likelihood that one of the many professional musicians will record your piece for a small fee in a short time is quite high.
What kind of music does AccompaMe offer?
Pieces of all genres of music can be offered for sale on AccompaMe. However, the focus is initially in classical music.
How much does AccompaMe cost?
Uploading and offering the music is free for everyone. Any musician who offers pieces for sale can choose their own price. From each sold piece of music, the creator gets 60% of the gross price credited to his account balance. AccompaMe gets the remaining 40%, of which we pay the artists social fee, GEMA (or equivalent international rights companies) and VG music edition. The credit can be used or paid for purchases on AccompaMe. * The sales tax must be paid independently by each musician in his/her country.
Are musical accompaniments also suitable for performance purposes?
It is always best to make music together with musicians, because only then can you optimally coordinate and complement each piece, as well as respond dynamically to the individual needs of the performers. For all musicians and also for the audience, a performance with musicians together is always preferable. AccompaMe is mainly for practice purposes, where it is often helpful to have an accompaniment or a single voice to play or sing along. It may occasionally happen that pieces sold on AccompaMe are also used for performance purposes, e.g. otherwise there is no way to find a musician for the accompaniment.
What about the rights of my uploaded tracks?
As a musician you retain all rights to your pieces and you are not bound to offer them exclusively on AccompaMe. You may only upload specially created pieces to AccompaMe whose rights you own. These are own compositions, as well as all musical accompaniments, individual voices and arrangements that you have recorded and recorded yourself or, for example. created digitally. If a piece is protected by copyright, fees will be paid to GEMA for each sale, with royalties being paid to the composers. You can also choose how your pieces can be used. For this purpose, AccompaMe uses a licensing model based on Creative Commons, where you can choose whether your piece may only be used for private use, or may be musically valuable supplemented / modified for creative purposes and then re-upload to AccompaMe. Our licensing model protects your rights while still allowing creative opportunities for other musicians. Currently you can choose from 9 license options:
All rights reserved (“All rights reserved” copyright)
CC Sampling Plus 1.0
CC Sampling 1.0
Creative Commons 4.0 CC 4.0 (6 different options, this chart is also helpful for selection)
CC BY 4.0
CC BY-NC 4.0
CC BY-ND 4.0
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
CC BY-SA 4.0
CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Why can I choose the retail price myself?
First of all, through your own pricing, we want to make sure that all the pieces offered on AccompaMe are affordable for anyone who wants to buy them. We want to increase the likelihood that the pieces will be bought and prevent illegal duplication. Ideally, pieces will cost only a few euros. We recommend to spend around 1 Euro per minute. However, there are some pieces that are significantly more complex and thus may be higher in price. For you as a musician of the songs uploads it is more advantageous if your piece is often bought at a lower price than sporadic purchases of an expensive piece. If there is already an interpretation of a piece that has good ratings and you also want to offer it, you can set the price of your piece lower to increase the likelihood of a purchase. Thus, every new piece has a chance to be bought, even if there are already established, well-rated interpretations.
How can I save a wav audio file from my digital piano?
Many digital pianos can store recorded tracks directly as WAV or MP3 audio files. With a connected USB stick, each played piece can be stored in very good quality (not just as MIDI, but already with the real piano sound) and then be reused on the PC (e.g., uploaded to AccompaMe).
For this purpose, a USB stick must first be plugged into the piano. Then press the Record button, select the format (MP3 or WAV) and start recording.
Who is AccompaMe for? Examples of typical users:
From the point of view of producers (musicians who upload files)
A string quartet practices regularly. They decide to record a piece that they will perform at their next concert with only three of the four instruments, without the violin. This file will then be uploaded to AccompaMe. Uploading is free and easy, and thousands of violinists around the world have access to a high quality recording of the three remaining parts of the piece for practice. The musicians of the string quartet thus not only enrich the musical conditions for many musicians, they also earn money. –
An accomplished cantor of a parish church practices the pieces for the Sunday service, which he will perform with the soprano. He records the organ accompaniments with a recording device and uploads them to AccompaMe for free. He notes that one of his recorded accompaniments already exists on AccompaMe. With his recording, there are now two different versions of the piece to choose from and he can increase the likelihood that his version will be purchased by his choice of the selling price between 0.5 and 3 euros, even if the other version has already received good ratings from buyers. The piece allows singers worldwide to practice with this accompaniment or to perform the piece. The cantor can also earn something for himself or for the congregation. –
A good baritone uploads his choral part of the Mozart Requiem to AccompaMe so that other singers can practice his recording. Another singer discovers this file and now records the soprano voice for it, in the same tempo of the baritone. She uploads both her voice as well as the mix of the two voices as separate files on AccompaMe. This creates practice files that are sold similar to the CDs of some publishers to practice the choral pieces. –
An arranger has already created many arrangements for his own band and on request for other bands. With AccompaMe he now has the opportunity to make these arrangements available to other bands and orchestras and sell them. –
From the point of view of consumers (buyers of accompaniments and arrangements)
A high school graduate and violin player, for the entrance examination at the conservatory can find her needed accompaniment in one or even several versions for rehearsing her solo violin pieces on AccompaMe. If she does not find a piece, she can create a wish on AccompaMe. The likelihood of one of the thousands of AccompaMe music producers providing their desired accompaniment in the shortest time is great. Both sides benefit from this, Kerstin from the quick wish fulfillment and the processor from the additional fee paid to him. –
A DJ is looking for inspiration for jazz and blues for a new mix. He listens to many audio samples on AccompaMe and eventually buys three separate voices of different pieces, which he then puts together in a new mix with some editing. The result sounds very good and he uploads the mix as a new piece on AccompaMe as an audio file. He chooses to separately upload the edited, modified voices he used to mix the new mix so that other people can rework and interpret his mix. He can also use his mix on his website or upload to YouTube and SoundCloud to show the world his talent as a mixer and his creativity and thus become better known. The artists, from whom he bought the individual voices, benefit firstly from the DJ’s purchase of their pieces, and in addition they are always mentioned by name, thus also benefiting from the DJ’s reputation. For AccompaMe, this DJ is both consumer and producer. –
A conductor of an ensemble would like to perform jazz versions of well-known classical pieces for the upcoming concert. At AccompaMe he finds among the arrangements a variety of suitable works. He can buy the right arrangements for his ensemble and does not have to arrange the pieces himself. –
From the point of view of composers, represented by the GEMA, PRS, STIM, … (stakeholders)
AccompaMe wants to work closely with GEMA right from the start. For each individual part, mix or accompaniment of a piece protected by GEMA (for example, if the composer has not died for more than 70 years) AccompaMe will pay directly to GEMA the amount of approximately 10% of the sale price, or at least 9 ct. per piece. This benefits the composers, who receive royalties when their intellectual property (commercial) is used. Most classic works and many pieces of other genres, however, GEMA are free, so that for these pieces, the fee is waived.
Do you have any criticisms, suggestions or wishes, how we can improve AccompaMe for YOU?
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