FAQ

New to Pink Fader®? Here’s everything you need to know

We understand that the idea of buying instrumentals online may seem a bit weird to some inexperienced shoppers. For the record, this is a relatively new industry, however, we’re on the cutting-edge of its advancements, and are one of its premier brands.

So there’s no confusion, we’ve decided to put this page together to clearly explain what the online music production industry is all about, and more specifically, how we operate.

Who We Are & What We Do

Pink Fader® is a Grammy®-nominated record production company, offering industry-standard music production to songwriters & recording artists. Since working with robust clients such as Warner Music Group, Fox, ABC, Atlantic Records, MTV, Sony ATV, and more, Pink Fader® has made its music production services readily available to the public.

What Can I Do With The Instrumentals I License From Pink Fader®?

With any of our 4 for-profit licenses (Basic, Deluxe+, Exclusive, and Custom) you can perform and sell the song you make with our instrumental on any digital distribution platform (Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Tidal, etc.) with no earnings caps/limits. Our Amateur license is for promotional use only.

Our more popular non-exclusive for-profit licenses (Basic & Deluxe+) are 100% royalty-free. This means you can push your song, and not have to worry about paying us a dime more than the small initial license fee.

Here are our 2 main restrictions on non-exclusive licenses:

  • The term length of your license (Amateur lasts 2 years, Basic lasts 2 years, and Deluxe+ lasts 5 years).
  • We prohibit 3rd party sync license deals. In other words, you are not allowed to license the song to any 3rd party publishing company. 

How licensing works: Non-exclusive vs. Exclusive licenses (In General)

Generally speaking, when you license an instrumental, there are usually two main options: “non-exclusive” & “exclusive”. We have three non-exclusive licenses (Amateur, Basic & Deluxe+), and two exclusive licenses (Exclusive & Custom).

  • Non-exclusive licenses: When you purchase a non-exclusive license, you’re simply paying us for permission to use the instrumental. It’s essentially a lease. You do not own the beat. We retain full ownership of the beat and can continue to license that same beat to other artists. We clearly define what you get with each license in the next section.
  • Exclusive licenses: We now offer exclusive rights to a small selection of never-before licensed beats here. While we do not sell exclusive licenses to the “pre-made” beats found in our main catalog, exclusive rights to those pre-made tracks can be earned by getting 100K+ streams, or selling 25,000+ units (more info on this page). With our custom beat service, you’re automatically granted exclusive rights to the instrumental we create for you. We request 25% of publishing (for the song) for any exclusive license acquisition, whether it’s from earning it on a pre-made beat, for a custom beat we made for you, or an exclusive license purchased from the exclusive beats catalog.
    • Here are a few benefits of attaining exclusive rights:
      • The beat can no longer be licensed out to others.
      • You have the full right to license your song out to 3rd party publishing companies for TV/Film, etc.
      • The contract lasts forever, so you don’t have to worry about your contract expiring.
      • You own the masters to the song.

Our Licensing Explained

Here’s what you get with each license:

Amateur ($39)

  • MP3 (320 Kbps) | 2-Year License (must renew after 2 years in order to continue using beat) | 0 Radio Spins | Non-Profit | Upload to Soundcloud and YouTube | We can re-license the beat to others

Basic ($99)

  • MP3 (320 Kbps) | 24-Bit WAV | 2-Year License (must renew after 2 years in order to continue using beat) | Unlimited Radio Spins | Unlimited Earnings | Upload to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, etc. | We can re-license the beat to others

Deluxe+ ($199)

  • MP3 (320 Kbps) | 24-Bit WAV | Trackouts | 5-Year License (must renew after 5 years in order to continue using beat) | Unlimited Radio Spins | Unlimited Earnings | Upload to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, etc. | We can re-license the beat to others

Exclusive ($750)

  • MP3 (320 Kbps) | 24-Bit WAV | Trackouts | Lifetime License | Unlimited Radio Spins | Unlimited Earnings | Upload to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, etc. | We cannot re-license the beat to others.
    • This license is only advised if you’re an experienced artist with a decent marketing budget (at least $10,000). We’d hate to see you get a custom beat without any plans or budget as to how to push your song along in the market.
    • You can find our exclusive selection here.

Custom (Inquire)

  • MP3 (320 Kbps) | 24-Bit WAV | Trackouts | Lifetime License | Unlimited Radio Spins | Unlimited Earnings | Upload to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, etc. | We cannot re-license the beat to others.
    • This license is only advised if you’re an experienced artist with a decent marketing budget (at least $10,000). We’d hate to see you get a custom beat without any plans or budget as to how to push your song along in the market.
    • Custom beats are made from scratch to fit your needs. Learn more here.

What happens after a license expires?

  • Once a license expires, you are required to renew it in order to continue exploiting your song. Once expired, it’s as if you never purchased the license, to begin with. Simply re-purchase any license for that beat, and your license is renewed. It is up to you which license you choose to get for your renewal. For example, your original license could be a Basic license (which lasts 2 years), but once it expires, you can get a Deluxe+ license (which lasts 5 years). This is still a form of renewal. If you fail to renew a license (and are still pushing your song), we will be able to find out using advanced software that searches the web & digital distribution platforms for our beats.

What happens if someone earns exclusive rights to an instrumental that I licensed?

  • While the earning of exclusive rights is very rare, we have a protocol in place to protect all licensees of beats who’s exclusive rights are earned by others. Should this happen to you, you will retain all of your original rights. However, once your contract expires, you will not be able to renew the license. With this said, we will make you a replacement custom beat (which is automatically exclusive to you) at half price. The beat would be the same tempo, vibe, and key so that it fits perfectly with your original song. This is the fairest way we know to handle this situation. Again, the earning of exclusive rights is a very rare occurrence. 

Copyrights:

  • Pink Fader® will retain all copyright ownership of the instrumentals for non-exclusive licenses. However, if you earn exclusive rights to beat or purchase a custom beat, you will retain copyright ownership of the Sound Recording (Masters). For non-exclusive purchases, you should file a form PA to copyright your lyrics only. You cannot copyright the music as it’s a non-exclusive license.

Important notes:

  • All audio-protection tags are removed upon the purchase of any license.
  • The Amateur, Basic, and Deluxe+ licenses are both non-exclusive. The Custom Beat & Exclusive licenses are exclusive.
  • Non-exclusive licenses are 100% royalty-free. We request for 25% of the publishing for exclusive licenses (and 3 points).

Does Pink Fader® provide marketing & promotion services?

At the time of this writing, we do not. However, we have a few hand-picked marketing services up our sleeve. Check these guys out:

General FAQ

    How do I purchase exclusive rights?

    We have a private selection  of exclusive, never-before-licensed, beats here:

    https://pinkfader.com/exclusive-beats-for-sale

    As for the premade beats found in our main catalog:

    We do not offer exclusive rights for the beats in our main catalog – however, you can still get exclusive rights to any of those beat under the following conditions: Licensee qualifies for exclusive rights ownership to instrumental at no extra upfront charge if Licensee (a) gets 100,000 streams or more, collectively, through any major music streaming service including but not limited to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, or (b) sells 25,000 units or more of Song through a major music distributor/retailer, whichever comes first. An entity qualifies as a major music distributor or streaming service if the entity publicly sells music (singles, albums, EPs, etc.) and grosses at least one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) annually. For the avoidance of doubt, YouTube views and Soundcloud plays do not count as streams or sales. The licensee must notify Licensor within thirty (30) days of receiving said amount of streams/sales in order to receive further documentation granting him exclusive rights. Failure to notify Licensor will result in retroactive payment to Licensor for all revenue dating back to the date 100,000 streams (or 25,000 sales), which qualifies Licensee for exclusive ownership, was achieved.

    Do you use samples?

    No. All tracks are sample-free. We do not condone illegally licensing “uncleared” sampled music. However, we are capable of making a beat ‘sound’ like it was sampled upon request, as we understand that’s what gives many rap beats their sound.

    What are trackouts?

    “Trackouts” or tracked out audio files, aka “stems” are the separate audio files the make up a particular instrumental. For instance, the kick, snare, synth, piano, and so on are all separate audio files that comprise the instrumental. These are useful for high-end mixing projects where the engineer may need to customize the mix of the instrumental around your vocals. We highly suggest the Deluxe+ License for a top-notch mix.

    How do I credit the producer?

    For YouTube/Vevo/Vimeo/Facebook/Other Video Outlets: “Produced by Pink Fader® – https://pinkfader.com” For all physical media: Anything to the likes of “Produced by Pink Fader®”, or “Instrumental by Pink Fader®” will suffice.

    Can I make money off of the songs I make with Pink Fader®/sell them on iTunes?

    Yes, you can. All licenses allow you to do this without any earnings limits. With non-exclusive licenses, please keep in mind the length of your contract, however.

    Do I have to pay the producer a percentage of the royalties I accure?

    All non-exclusive licenses are 100% royalty-free and last only two years.

    With the “Exclusive” & “Custom Beat” licenses, buyer must pay full minimum statutory rate on mechanical royalties to the producer (~$0.091 per unit sale). Mechanical royalties derive from the use of the actual ‘Master’ (which you would own), not the composition, publishing, or intellectual property of the song. ‘Publishing’ is split at 75/25 (Buyer/Pink Fader®). Exclusive & Custom Beat licenses last for a lifetime, and prevent anyone else from ever licensing the same beat.

    How long does it take for me to receive my purchase?

    All download links are emailed to you instantly upon purchase.

    Will the beat be removed from the website once I license it?

    If you do not earn the exclusive license, no, the beat will not be removed from the site (unless you’ve’ purchased an exclusive license directly from our exclusive beats catalog).

    A beat I was listening to is now removed from the site. What happened to it?

    If a beat is removed, its exclusive rights were earned, and it cannot be resold.

    What forms of payment do you accept?

    We accept all major debit/credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover). We process transactions using PayPal and Stripe. You do not need a Paypal account to checkout via PayPal (a debit/credit card will still work).

    The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. The opinions expressed at or through this site are solely the opinions of Pink Fader, LLC.