1. What is Volume?
Volume is a live-streaming platform designed by musicians for musicians. Volume’s professional quality streams allows musicians of all levels to create top notch performances for fans and new audiences. Any musician can sign up at no charge to play and earn tips as they would during a live performance.
2. What equipment do I need in order to broadcast my performance on Volume?
Our goal is to make broadcasting as easy as possible while maintaining our professional quality audio and video capabilities. As long as you have a camera, microphone (built into a laptop is fine) and Internet fast enough to stream Netflix or Youtube, you will likely be able to perform or broadcast on Volume.com. Of course, the better the camera, the better your broadcast will look!
Recommended Computer Specs and Audio Equipment:
CPU: Intel Core i7 CPU
Ram: 16 gb +
DirectX 10 capable graphics card
Upload speed: 20 mbps +
Minimum Computer Specs and Audio Equipment:
CPU: Intel Core i5 CPU
Ram: 8 gb
Integrated or discrete graphics card compatible with DirectX10
Audio Interface/Built-in microphone
Upload speed: 6 mbps +
3. How do artists get paid?
Artists get paid by streaming performances on the site and earning tips from viewers in the form of AMPs. These AMPs can then be exchanged to U.S.D. Artists also generate income by introducing fans to Volume.com.
We want artists to be entrepreneurial to further grow and monetize their Volume fan base. Artists can charge admission for private concerts, host private lessons for aspiring musicians, or be contracted by Volume to perform for an event or targeted audience.
4. How do artists interact with fans?
Volume.com is an interactive site. Fans can enable a chat box to forward questions (and requests) to performers, rate and ‘like’ performances, and send tips. Artists can schedule meet and greets as well as ticketed, private performances.
5. How will Volume help artists grow?
One of our main missions is to help artists reach new fans. We host ‘battle of the bands’ competitions and advertise the competitors on our site. We’ll be checking in to share our most popular live performances in each genre, boosting your engagement and streaming numbers. Artists will also be streaming live from venues signed up on Volume.com, which will allow you to perform in new places to new people.
6. Does Volume take a percentage?
No. All of the tips you receive on Volume.com can be cashed out for 5¢ per AMP. We may offer premium services, such as a daily payout option, which you can opt into at your sole discretion, but all such services are provided on a fixed-fee basis, rather than a percentage.
7. How long does my performance need to be?
As the artist, the choice is yours. Set length is up to you so you can create your ideal show.
8. Can I perform cover songs?
As a service to Artists, Volume has entered into license agreements with the three biggest performing rights organizations (“PROs”), ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. This means that you may cover songs that are included in the available catalog of music represented by one or more of these three PROs.
Each of the PROs provides an online searchable list of the song compositions that are included in their performance rights licenses. We’ve compiled the following instructions on how to access and search each catalog. Please let us know if you encounter any trouble with following these instructions, and we’ll be pleased to provide further assistance.
How to search ASCAP’s catalog:
From ASCAP’s home page, click on the “Repertory” link on the left-hand side to access ASCAP’s catalog. You will be directed to a search page where you can search through the following filters: Title, Publisher, Writer, Performer, ASCAP Work ID, and ISWC. After you have entered the necessary search criteria, click on the “SEARCH” button to view the available songs found from your criteria. You can click on any of your search results to view more detailed information on the song/artist/publisher. If you wish to download the full repertory, so that you can review it offline at your leisure, you can click on the “Download ASCAP Repertory” link at the bottom of the search page, and then enter your name, email address, and a reason as to why you would like to download the repertory.
How to search BMI’s catalog:
On BMI’s home page, you can access the “BMI Songview search” function by clicking in the search box in the upper right-hand corner. You will be directed to the search page where you can search through the following filters: Title, Publisher, Writer/Composer, Performer, BMI Work ID, and ISWC. Once you have entered the necessary search criteria, change the “Search in…” option to run your search through “BMI Repertoire” (instead of through “Songview”). Then click on the “Search” button to view the available songs found from your criteria. You can click on any of your search results to view more detailed information on the song/artist/publisher.
How to search SESAC’s catalog:
9. Can I simultaneously broadcast my Volume performance elsewhere?
We are dedicated to providing a top-quality live streaming platform for musicians, fans, and venues. For this reason, we do not want to dilute the Volume experience by having broadcasts simulcasted elsewhere. However at this time, Volume is not restricting Artists from making their performances available on other platforms.
10. Can someone take my music?
No—you are the copyright holder to your music, and Volume.com will never claim an ownership interest in your music or Volume.com performances. If someone makes a recording of your music or live show on Volume.com without your permission, then you — as the copyright owner — are entitled to pursue a legal claim against that person. We will provide you with whatever assistance we can to stop the unauthorized use of your work, including our completely free Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) notice service that can be used to send takedown demands for any content illegally captured from your Volume.com shows. Just let us know where you find an unauthorized copy of any content that you published through Volume.com, and we will generate and send DMCA notices to websites, web hosts, search engines, and anyone else we can identify who is participating in the infringement of your copyrights.
11. Will Volume be using my streams as promotional content?
Volume.com never claims an ownership interest in your performances, which are entirely yours. If Volume.com wants to use your stream as promotional content, we’ll obtain your permission before doing so.
12. Where is Volume advertising?
Much like an emerging musician, Volume is spreading by going venue-to-venue and city-to-city on a grassroots basis. Our goal is to connect with local music scenes (venues, bars, and artists) all across the U.S. and help up-and-coming artists reach new fans. Make sure that before you perform on Volume.com, you also share the event details on your social media pages!
13. How do venues work with Volume and host performances?
Venue owners and operators- we want to work with you to supplement your current business! You can live stream your current shows, no matter how big or how small, in order to spread the word about your spot and your favorite local acts.