What music is CD Baby sending to Facebook?
You can opt-in to Facebook monetization any time that you sign-up a new release for distribution through CD Baby. If you already have releases distributed through CD Baby and opted-in to YouTube monetization, you don’t need to do a thing! Not opted-in yet? No problem! Just go to this section of your account dashboard and follow the prompts.
How does it work?
Although it functions much like YouTube Content ID, there will be no visual indicator (like a claim or ad) once you’re monetized. If you’ve opted-in for the Facebook Monetization program, your music is being monetized. In order to collect your publishing earnings from Facebook for songs you wrote, you will need to use CD Baby’s Pro Publishing service or have your publishing handled by an entity Facebook has licensed.
Why isn’t Facebook in the distribution options like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc?
Facebook will function a lot like YouTube Content ID in that Facebook users will upload videos that may contain music. Since there’s a sync aspect to the service (music synced to user uploaded videos), we will treat Facebook like a sync licensing partner (like we do with YouTube Content ID). All you have to do is sign the Sync Addendum terms during the opt-in process.
When will CD Baby begin paying out earnings from Facebook?
CD Baby anticipates paying its artists for Facebook usage around the third quarter of 2018. The exact month that payment will occur is dependent upon when the first payment from Facebook is received by CD Baby. We will work diligently to pay artists as quickly as we can once we receive earnings from Facebook.
How often will CD Baby payout earnings from Facebook?
Earnings will be paid out quarterly, similar to YouTube Content ID.
Can I have two distributors deliver the same music to Facebook for monetization?
No, artists will need to grant one distributor exclusive rights to deliver and collect earnings from Facebook, just like with YouTube Content ID.
How much will I earn from CD Baby for its Facebook monetization program?
Like YouTube Content ID, artists will earn 70% of what Facebook pays to CD Baby.
What territories will this be available to?
The World! Much like YouTube Content ID, we will monetize all music delivered to Facebook worldwide.
What if I find a Facebook page that has my music on it, but I didn’t create it.
Facebook is not looking to enable people or companies to create their own music listening experience on the platform through these licenses. If you find a Facebook profile/page that is uploading videos in a manner that attempts to create a music listening experience, please let us know by submitting a request using our Help Center link with the subject as “Facebook Music Listening Experience.”
How does CD Baby determine how much I’ll get paid for Facebook monetization?
Facebook monetization is unique in that CD Baby negotiated a lump sum payment from the social media giant that covers the next 2 years. In the first year (mid 2018-mid 2019), Facebook will not provide any usage reports for activity on their platform to any providers, not only CD Baby. As a result, CD Baby is going to use a pro rata (proportional) payment method for all music opted-in to its Facebook monetization offering during that time. Beginning in mid-2019, CD Baby will receive usage reports that will allow it to pay artists for their actual performance on the Facebook platform.
While this is not a typical payment structure to CD Baby’s other partnerships, the lump sum payment from Facebook is an industry-wide standard and no other distributor can offer better terms to its artists than CD Baby. As soon as Facebook begins providing usage reports to distributors, CD Baby will be at the front of the line to receive them.
What rights are monetized through CD Baby’s Facebook monetization?
CD Baby’s Facebook monetization collects sound recording earnings from the platform. In order to collect your publishing earnings from Facebook for songs you wrote, you will need to use CD Baby’s Pro Publishing service or have your publishing handled by an entity Facebook has licensed. Add this to the numerous reasons why CD Baby’s Pro Publishing is a critical piece to collecting all that you are owed.
Ok, I read all about it. What if I’m still not interested?
If you don’t wish to participate in the Facebook Monetization service, you can always opt-out from your account dashboard. You can follow the instructions here.