Music Program Terms and Conditions
Hi, we’re Harp-School. We’ve met before over at Harp-School.com. It’s good to meet you again and we’re really glad you’re keen on selling your music with us.
Read on for details about your artist responsibilities, the process of selling your items on the Harp-School Store and how you can earn money with us.
This Harp-School Artist Agreement (the “Agreement”) contains the complete terms and conditions that apply to an individual’s or entity’s participation in the Harp-School Store Music Program (the “Program”).
As used in this Agreement, “we”, “us”, “our,” “Harp-School” or “Harp-School.com” means the company Harp School, SIRET 50051360100038, located at 6 bis chemin de Sahorle, 66300 Vinça, France, its successors and assignees.
“You”, “you” and “your” mean the applicant to the Program.
“Site” refers to Harp-School’s site at www.harp-school.com and any other Site owned or controlled by us.
“Titles” means your composed sheet music and all associated content such as song title, cover art, product descriptions, classification data, tablature and other music types. “Digital Albums” means your uploaded MP3/FLAC/ALACs and all associated content such as the musical composition, song title, cover art, product descriptions, classification data, and other music types that constitute your music Album. Under this Agreement, Harp-School will become the non-exclusive digital retailer of various Titles for which you own, control, and/or have licensed the worldwide digital print music rights and/or various Digital Album for which you own, control, and/or have licensed all rights necessary for distribution (including any musical compositions incorporated therein).
Your Harp-School Store Sheet Music Titles and Digital Albums must adhere to all requirements of this Agreement. We reserve the right (but will have no obligation) to review the appropriateness of your content, and may choose to remove it from our Site in our sole discretion. If you do not comply with these guidelines or any terms and conditions of this Agreement, we also reserve the right to terminate your participation in the Program.
1. Agreement Acceptance
2. Agreement Amendment and Modifications
The Program may change over time and as such the terms of the Agreement will need to change as well. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Agreement at any time at our discretion. Modifications may include, for example, changes in the scope of available commissions, commission schedules, payment procedures, and Program rules. We will give you notice of any changes by posting new terms in place of the old with a revision date indicated at the top and /or sending an email to the address associated with your Harp-School Artist Account.
If any modification is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate your participation and this Agreement as set forth herein below. Your continued participation in the Program following our posting of a change notice or new agreement on our Site will constitute binding acceptance of the change. If you wish to terminate this Agreement, you must immediately withdraw all of your content by un-publishing it.
3. Terms of the Agreement
The terms of this Agreement will become effective upon your participation and/or acceptance and will end when terminated by you or us. Either you or we may terminate this Agreement at any time, with or without cause. If we terminate you from the Program, we will send notification to the email address associated with the Program account. You are only eligible to earn commissions on sales of your Titles and Digital Albums, which occurred during the term of this Agreement, and commissions earned through the date of termination will remain payable only if the related orders are not canceled. We may withhold your final payment for a reasonable time to ensure that the correct amount is paid.
4. General Description
Sheet Music Titles
You grant Harp-School the non-exclusive right to market and sell your sheet music Titles digitally on our Site as part of our Digital Download Sheet Music library, as set forth in Section 12 below. Harp-School shall have the right to store and serve the Titles from Harp-School’s servers or from Harp-School’s service provider’s servers. Customers who purchase Title(s) will have unlimited access to view their purchased Title(s). If a Title is removed from the site it will no longer be for sale. However, customers who have previously purchased the Title will still have viewing and printing access to that Title.
You grant Harp-School the non-exclusive right to market and sell your Albums, as Digital Albums in MP3 (and FLAC/ALAC high quality formats if available) on our Site as part of our Digital Album library, as set forth in Section 12 below. Harp-School shall have the right to store, perform and serve the Digital Albums from Harp-School’s servers or from the Harp-School’s service provider’s servers. Customers who purchase digital music will have unlimited access to play the Digital Albums from such services. If a MP3/FLAC/ALAC is removed from the site it will no longer be for sale. However, customers who have previously purchased the Digital Album will still have the playing access and the ability to download. Customers will have the right to download the MP3/FLAC/ALAC and keep it on their devices and/or other media storage for their personal or family use.
5. Digital Rights Management
Harp-School provides no Digital Rights Management protection (DRM) for PDF files of Titles. PDFs are protected with a watermark that shows date of purchase, order and customer information, as a deterrent against unlawful reproduction or duplication. You agree that this provides adequate protection against unlawful distribution of the Titles.
Harp-School provides no DRM protection for the Digital Albums.
6. Application & Submission Process
6.1. Program Application & Item Submission
To apply to the Program, you must submit a complete Program application on our Site, which includes, at a minimum, your contact information and preference for form of payment. Once the form has been submitted you will be assigned an Harp-School Artist Account ID.
Once your application to the Program is complete, you may begin submitting items from your Artist dashboard as described hereinafter (6.2, 6.3, 6.4), or by email.
You own all digital files that are provided to Harp-School. As such, Harp-School shall not use the files outside the scope of the licenses granted to us in this Agreement.
You shall provide to us, at your own expense, each Title or Digital Album that you intend to sell on our Site. We will not return any electronic files of physical content/media you send.
Use the “Add product” function from your Artist dashboard’s product section at www.harp-school.com/dashboard/ to submit a product, or send the following files and information to [email protected]:
- The Sheet Music file (required), must be in a PDF format.
- Title details (required): Name, Composer, Genre(s), Harp Type: lever (34+ strings) / lap (22+ strings) / pedal / llanera), Instrumentation (harp solo, orchestral, etc.), Level, Description (optional), and list price (see 8.).
- Audio Recording (required), of your Title (full piece or excerpt – MP3 format) played on a real harp, to comply with Harp-School Store Standards (see 6.4). As such, a software generated audio will be rejected.
- A cover Image/Photo (optional) to use as product thumbnail, subject to Harp-School’s approval (see 6.4.). A default product thumbnail will be applied to your product if you don’t provide an image.
- Video (optional), with an excerpt or the entire Title you submitted (MP4 format, or YouTube link).
- The Editable Source File (optional), from your editing software (Finale, MuseScore, Sibelius, etc.). This can be requested (see 6.4.a).
6.3. Digital Album Submission
Use the “Add product” function from your Artist dashboard’s product section at www.harp-school.com/dashboard/ to submit a product, or send the following files and informations by email:
- The Audio File(s) in MP3 format – minimum quality: bitrate: 256 kbps (320 kbps is recommended). If you are unable to provide such quality, a “low quality” notice will be displayed on your product page.
- Additional recommended formats (increase sales): WAVE, FLAC, ALAC, these are lossless (CD high quality) formats that bring additional value to your recordings. See our Digital Album Guideline if you need help with these formats.
You do not need to provide MP3 files if you submit lossless formats. We will convert your files in MP3 for you. Do not convert MP3 files to FLAC or ALAC as this will create “fake” lossless files that we will rejected.
- Metadata: please make sure your audio files are “tagged” properly so audio players will be able to display your track information (name, artist, etc.). See our Digital Album Guideline if you need help with audio tags.
- Compression: you must upload all your audio files in a single compressed ZIP format.
- Album/Song details (required): Name, Composer, Genre(s), Description (optional), and list price (see 8.).
- Album cover (required) in an image format (JPEG, PNG). A default cover will be applied if not provided.
- Video(s) (optional) with excerpts or full tracks of the album you are submitting: MP4 format, or YouTube link(s).
6.4. Complying to the Harp-School Store Standards
As part of Harp-School Identity Guidelines, Marketing strategy and ambition to guarantee the best customer experience, your items must comply with Harp-School Store Standards. As such, the following policy applies to your items and their use on the Harp-School Store:
(a) Harp-School pays close attention to the writing quality of the Sheet Music published on the Harp-School Store. You should pay particular attention to the writing quality of your sheet music. The Sheet Music’s Source file (editable, generated by your editing software) can be requested by Harp-School, so that Harp-School can apply minor changes to your Sheet Music and make sure it complies with Harp-School’s Store Standards (notation quality, layout, readability, etc.). By submitting your Sheet Music to the Program, you agree that Harp-School can make minor changes to your item for that purpose. If we make such edits to your files, we will send you an email notification to the email address associated with your Harp-School Artist Account.
(b) Harp-School will generate excerpt(s) of your Sheet Music, in a JPEG image format, watermarked with Harp-School logo, and to use as a preview on your Sheet Music product page. By submitting your Sheet Music to the Program, you agree that Harp-School will create such image preview of your Sheet Music.
(c)Harp-School will generate excerpt(s) of your Digital Albums’ audio tracks in MP3 format, to use as a preview on your Album sales page. By submitting your Digital Albums to the Program, you agree that Harp-School will create MP3 preview(s) of your audio file(s).
6.5. Publishing / Un-publishing your items
We have the right but without any obligation to release your Title and Digital Albums as part of our standard update process. Publishing your item can take up to 30 days; however, we reserve the right (but will have no obligation) to review the submitted content, PDF or MP3/FLAC/ALAC files and to not allow the Title or Digital Album to be added to our site or to remove Titles or Digital Albums if we believe it violates this Agreement, is illegal, violates the rights, harms, or threatens the safety of any person, or creates the potential for liability for us, our suppliers, service providers, partner companies, or any of our users or customers.
If Titles or Digital Albums are rejected or removed from the Site post publishing, we will send you an email notification to the email address associated with your Harp-School Artist Account.
6.6. Music in the Public Domain and other Non-Exclusive Content
While it is acceptable to arrange public domain music and submit it as a Title, we require that any new additions to our Site are arrangements that provide additional value that is not currently represented on our Site such as a level-specific arrangement or an arrangement in a style that is different from the original. If we determine that your arrangement does not provide enough unique value then we will reject your Title for publication and/or remove your Title from the Site.
6.7. Spam Policy – Prohibited Content
You shall deliver all files free and clear of viruses, worms or other potentially harmful code. You agree that you will not or shall not post, submit, or otherwise provide to the Site, any Prohibited Content. “Prohibited Content” means any content that: (i) is offensive or promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; (ii) bullies, harasses, or advocates stalking, bullying, or harassment, of another person; (iii) involves the transmission of “junk mail,” “chain letters,” unsolicited mass mailing, or “spamming,”; (iv) is false or misleading or promotes, endorses or furthers illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous; (v) promotes, reproduces, performs, uses, incorporates, samples or distributes an illegal or unauthorized copy or derivative work of another person’s work that is protected by copyright or trade secret law; (vi) is involved in the exploitation of persons under the age of 13 in a sexual or violent manner; (vii) provides instructional information about illegal activities such as making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone’s privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses and other harmful code; (viii) contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or similar software; (ix) violates any applicable law, including, but not limited to laws and regulations governing unfair competition, anti-discrimination and false advertising; or (x) otherwise violates this Agreement or creates liability for Harp-School.
You must ensure that all content is in compliance with our Program terms and conditions and this Agreement at the time you submit it to us. If you discover that the content you have submitted does not comply, you must immediately withdraw the content by un-publishing it. You may submit a new version that complies with this Agreement. We are also entitled to remove or modify any content, including the metadata and product description you provide for your Title and/or Digital Album, for any reason, including if we determine at our discretion that it is Prohibited Content or otherwise does not comply with our content requirements.
7. Qualifying Products and Reporting
Digital Sheet Music Title
For a sale to qualify for a commission payment, the customer must purchase one or more of your Titles using our online ordering system and remit full payment to us. Customers who purchase your Titles are purchasing the right to view and download the sheet music Titles PDFs. If a customer cancels their order (not possible after payment for digital goods), we will remove that sale from your commission payment. We will track and process product orders placed by customers for your Titles.
For a sale to qualify for a commission payment, the customer must purchase one or more of your Digital Albums (Digital Albums/Song(s) in MP3/FLAC/ALAC) using our online ordering system and remit full payment to us. Customers who purchase your Digital Album are purchasing the right to play and download the MP3/FLAC/ALAC audio files. If a customer cancels their order (not possible after payment for digital goods), we will remove that sale from your commission payment. We will track and process product orders placed by customers for your Digital Albums.
We will make available to you reports summarizing your sales activity when a transaction occurs. The form and content of the reports may vary from time to time at our discretion. We will not provide reports of your sales unless you request it. You can request your sales activity reports by sending an email at [email protected], and we will provide you with the report under 15 days.
You will provide a list price (“List Price”) for each Title and Digital Album you submit. The current List Price policies are as follows:
The List Price will be in US dollars (USD).
The List Price will be automatically converted once a week to the other Site currencies (EUR, GBP), using updated exchange rates and from the external service currencylayer.com.
The List Price will exclude all other costs associated with an order.
If we offer your Titles for sale in another currency (the “Sale Currency”) other than USD, we may convert the List Price to the Sale Currency at an exchange rate we determine, and periodically update the converted List Price in order to reflect current exchange rates.
There is a minimum List Price for Titles and Digital Albums :
Minimum Sheet Music Title pricing starts at $1.99.
Minimum Digital Album pricing starts at $4.99.
There is a maximum List Price for Digital Albums: $19.99
Sheet Music Price List – Reference Chart
The Following Price List is for reference purpose only. However, aligning the price of your items with these prices can optimize your sales.