Soundrop is happy to announce that we can now accept classical content for distribution! It's important to us that you have as much flexibility in your formatting as possible. However, if you are submitting in any of the classical genres, we do need to follow specific formatting guidelines to make sure that we are delivering your content in a way that will get you the most visibility and look just as professional as the other classical content on our partner stores. Here’s what you need to know about submitting classical content with us:
Classical Track Formatting
Classical content does need to follow pretty specific formatting. It sounds strict, but imagine if we called every minuet “Minuet”. Your customers would never know which minuet to buy.
Here’s how to format your tracks so we know what piece you are playing:
[Name of Work] in [Key], [Catalog Number]: [Movement Number]. [Movement Title]
- Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
- Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: III. Presto
This is the only information that should be included in the track title. We have lots of other places to credit composer, arrangers, soloists, conductors, etc. If you aren’t sure or can’t find some of the information we’re asking for, check out the Petrucci Music Library here: http://imslp.org/. Search for the work, and they’ll have a whole wiki page on it. Pretty rad!
Classical Composer Formatting
The way we format Classical Composer depends a lot on the composer and whether it’s public domain, cover or original.
For Public Domain:
Please list the full (or commonly accepted [See common names below]) name of the composer on the publishing page of your release. Please note that all accent marks should be included. You can download a list of popular composers here:
For Cover Songs:
Just fill out a licensing request and purchase licensing! We’ll take care of the rest.
For Original Songs
Please list the full name of the composer. Composers should only be listed in the “Artist Name” field if they are performing an instrument or conducting. The role of the composer is of special importance in classical content, so if the composer is also performing on the recording, please contact us to confirm that when asked by our content approval team. Especially important: If the composer is performing on the recording, the composer name and artist name must match exactly!
I Recorded a Classical Version of a Contemporary Song, How Does That Fit In?
Please list the normal song title (ex. Stuck on a Feeling NOT Stuck on a Feeling in C major, Op. 1: Movement 1: Stuck on a Feeling.) and submit a licensing request. Please note that the best genre selection for this type of piece is “Classical Crossover”.
I Created a Specific Arrangement for a Specific Instrument, How Do I Credit That?
Please add (Arr. for instrument name) at the end of your track title. Ex. Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: III. Presto (Arr. for Bagpipes). Want to credit the arranger? Please do so by adding the arranger name in an “Arranger” role in the artist names section.
What About Opera Though?
We don’t see a whole lot of opera come through these days, but we want you to be able to submit correctly! The track title for a selection from an opera should start with the name of the opera, followed by a colon, followed by the selection title. For recordings of a complete opera, include act and scene information after the opera title but before the colon and selection title.
Opera Selection Titles:
- Don Giovanni, K. 527: Il mio tesoro
- La traviata: Libiamo, libiamo… (“Brindisi”)
- Tosca: Vissi d’arte
Complete Opera Titles:
- Falstaff, Act III Scene 2: Un poco di pausa
- Falstaff, Act III Scene 2: Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale
- Falstaff, Act III Scene 2: Tutto nel mondo è burla
If you do submit a complete opera through Soundrop, please let us know! We’ll definitely want to give it a listen (We love opera, or at least our content approval lead does. I don’t know why they still trust me to write these things)
What If I Don’t Want to Use Classical Formatting?
If your title is classical, we will need to use classical formatting. We’re always happy to help with other options though. If your title isn’t FULLY classical (ex. You’re recording solo piano pieces for ballet class, or are doing lullaby versions of classical songs) we may be able to help you figure out some options. Please contact us by clicking submit a request at the top of this page
HELP! I still don’t know what to do?
Our artist services team can totally help! Click “submit a request” at the top of the page to get started