- What is the !earshot Digital Distribution System (!earshot-Distro)?The !earshot Digital Distribution System or !earshot-Distro for short is an online database designed to get Canadian content to campus and community radio stations. Once the music has been uploaded and paid for the music becomes available for campus and community radio stations to search, review, and download music to be broadcast within their local communities across Canada.
- Who is the National Campus and Community Radio Association?The National Campus and Community Radio Association/l’Association nationale des radios étudiantes et communautaires (NCRA/ANREC) is a not-for-profit national association working to recognize, support, and encourage volunteer-based, non-profit, public-access campus and community-based broadcasters in Canada. Currently, the NCRA/ANREC represents over 110 not-for-profit campus and community radio stations from across Canada. More information about the NCRA/ANREC can be found at ncra.ca.
- How can I sign up to the !earshot Digital Distribution System?To create an account for !earshot-Distro you will need to go to https://secure.earshot-distro.ca/sign_in. From there you will need to click on “Sign Up” in the top right-hand corner of the site. Depending on if you’re a label/distributor or an independent artist select the appropriate option, then fill out the information to create an account.
- How much does it cost to use the !earshot Digital Distribution System?The fees associated with making uploaded music available for broadcasters are $7 per song for a single/EP (1 to 7 songs), and a flat $50 for an album/compilation (8 to 20 songs). Once a song has been paid for it will become available for broadcasters to find within the system. This fee is only required when you want to make your music available for broadcasters. Songs can be uploaded, and their metadata edited before needing to pay.
- Is this one-time fee? or is it annual?The fees associated with uploaded music available for broadcasters are one-time only and remain in our system for any user to discover, years later. There are no annual fees. Songs remain uploaded until the uploader removed them.
- Should I be a member of SOCAN?Yes! We highly recommend artists and labels are registered with SOCAN, as you can earn royalties from your music being disturbed through this system. You do not need to be a member, but it’s encouraged.
!earshot-Distro is currently focused on Canadian content. We are currently looking to expand !earshot-Distro to include artists from other countries. However, any song that meets the MAPL standard can be uploaded at this moment in time.
What is the MAPL standard?The MAPL standard is a definition created by the CRTC that defines what music is considered to be Canadian for use by Canadian radio stations. More information about the MAPL system and its standards can be found at https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/r1.htm.
- Where can I learn how to use !earshot-Distro?
- What do each of the license options within !earshot-Distro mean?Broadcast: Assumed permission for any active song, allows stations on AM/FM or an online stream to broadcast your music. This includes archived shows (not in a podcast format).
Available for use in Podcast: Gives stations the copyright permission to use your song in a podcast. No contract is required for this option.
Can be played in the background for station advertisements: Stations may use your song in the background of an advertisement or public service announcement that they have created. No contract is required for this option.
Can be licensed to a compilation: Your song is available for stations to use it in a compilation. To do so stations must reach out to you to seek permission to use your song. A contract must be signed between the station and yourself.
- What campus and community radio stations that have access to !earshot-Distro?A list of radio stations can be found at http://earshot-distro.ca/?page_id=220. This list is updated when a new campus and community radio stations setups an account within !earshot-Distro
- What if I have a question about !earshot-Distro that has not been covered?For any questions, inquiries, or help needed with relation to!earshot-Distro at this moment in time should be directed towards firstname.lastname@example.org.