On this page, you will find samples of the Release Form performers are asked to sign and specific Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to it. If you are intending on applying to perform, we ask that you have a look through these and the general FAQs found here.
Below are two sample Release Forms available in PDF format. You will be provided with instructions and the appropriate form, depending on if you are performing a cover song or an original composition, via email prior to the day of recording.Music on the Spot Original Song Release Sample. Music on the Spot Cover Song Release Sample.
* Do I have to sign anything?
* What does that clause mean in the Original Composition release mean?
* What does it mean where the release mentions photos taken on the day and still images?
* What happens if I don’t want to sign the release?
* Will MotS make any money from my performance?
* Can I self-distribute / upload the video to my own social media channels?
Yes. To participate you will be required to sign a release form which will be sent to you directly before the day of recording. Please have a look at the release here and take note of the details you will require.
We have endeavored to answer any query you may have regarding the release form within these FAQs. So please take the time to read through them before contacting us.
If you have any more questions regarding the release form please do not hesitate to contact us here.
What does it mean in the release form where it says that “I grant a perpetual and irrevocable right for Music on the Spot to publish any video of the performance of this composition, filmed on the date above, and grant them exclusive publishing rights to this video performance for six (6) months.”
Basically, what this means, is that a) you allow us to publish any video that we produce from recording your performance, that b) you cannot request we remove this video at any time in the future after we have published it and it will remain in our archives, and that c) we are the only people allowed to publish this video within the first six months.
What does it mean where the release mentions photos taken on the day and still images?
For promotion, be it through our website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or future social media platforms, or even YouTube thumbnail, we need to use still images. On the day of your recording, we may ask you to pose for a photo or we may take a still image from video footage for said use.
What happens if I don’t want to sign the release?
Unfortunately, the release is non-negotiable. Without the release, we are not able to record your performance nor are we allowed to publish and promote your video.
Will MotS make any money from my performance?
The video series as a whole will have sponsorship, partnership and potential advertising deals on our website and Facebook page. Your individual performance has the potential to earn a diminutive amount of youtube advertising revenue which, if any, will go towards covering our day to day operating expenses.
Monetary value from sponsors may come in the form of “in kind” contributions. For example, an established entertainment website may provide MotS with an expanded reach / viewership via their channels in return for advertising on our site.
As demonstrated by our very first and totally awesome sponsor, IC12 Led Light Cube, this wonderful company has generously provided MotS with all of our location lighting needs in exchange for advertising on our website and social media channels. We will actively pursue more awesome partners like IC12 across both the music, arts and videography industries.
Other sponsors may simply wish to pay us for advertising on our website and social media channels.
MotS does have a “long game” when it comes to making money from the series. We intend to use the series as a platform to promote our skill sets to the wider arts community with the aim of creating future professional work and income for us outside of the series itself.
Can I self-distribute / upload the video to my own social media channels?
No, not initially. The video is yours to share freely from our YouTube channel (by direct link or embedding). In other words you are free to share it on your website and social media channels but we ask you to share the video link from our channel – we do not allow separate uploads of the performance within the first six months of the video going live online. All of this is outlined in the release form that you are required to sign before the commencement of the video shoot. After a six month period, and upon request, we will lovingly send you a copy of the video file for your own self-distribution and use. Your video will perpetually remain on our website archives – as removing it will throw out previous social posts and website links.