Music & Other Content FAQs

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Do you have content you’d like us to distribute and sell for you? Fill this questionnaire to begin the process immediately. You will be amazed at how quickly you can start earning great income from you work.

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[et_pb_accordion_item title=”I am an artist and musician, what can Otakada do for me?”]

Otakada helps in distributing your music on all the most popular download and streaming sites worldwide.

We provide Sync licensing for TV, film, and games. We make money for you on YouTube, sell your music on Facebook, and sell and promote your music via Otakada site and various music promotion channels.


[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”How much will it cost me to get my Audio book, music or Video file to the world?”]

Otakada only charges a one time setup fee of $20.00 for singles, $55.00 for EPs (up to 5 titles), and $74.00 for albums up to 10 titles. This rates apply also for audio books each chapter reads as a single file. Pricing for Video is charged at $50.00 for 10 minutes or less video file, $75.00 for 15 minutes or less video file and $100.00 for 30 minutes or less video file. Above 30 minutes to 1 hour goes for $150.00 per file. Longer video files are subject to negotiation. We depend on a 50/50 net revenue share with you (the content provider) to run our operations. In essence, we don’t make money unless you make money.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”What is Sync Licensing and can I make money from it?”]

Absolutely! Sync licensing, or “Synchronization,” refers to the use of music in films, TV shows, commercials, video games, presentations, YouTube videos, or anything else where a song is “synced” to moving images.

When a song is licensed for sync, a fee is paid to the songwriter/publisher for the usage of the underlying composition, AND to the copyrighter owner of the master recording for the use of the track.

Otakada is working to help artists generate new revenue by licensing their music for movies, TV shows, ads, video games YouTube. We promote your music directly to music supervisors, advertising agencies and TV producers to get your music placed, and work with our partners to monetize your music on YouTube and other UGC video platforms.

Sync licensing has not only become one of the major revenue streams for today’s independent artist, but it’s also one of the most effective ways of finding new fans.

Our partners have paid over 5 million dollars in YouTube ad revenue to artists, and that figure is growing rapidly — since YouTube has become both the #1 music discovery tool online AND the #1 preferred platform for listening to music among music fans younger than 18.

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  1. Monetizing your songs: With Otakada’s YouTube Monetization Program, we’ll make sure YouTube identifies ANY video that uses your music — and we’ll make sure you get paid a share of the ad revenue.
  2. Monetizing your YouTube channel: When you monetize your channel, you are able to make money off the videos you upload directly to your channel (whether or not they have your music). This does NOT monetize your songs across YouTube, meaning that when you monetize your channel, you are NOT making money from videos uploaded by your fans or other YouTube users.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”How do my songs and videos generate revenue on YouTube?”]

All the money is generated by ads on the videos. You’ll earn money from an ad on your video if someone:

  • Clicks the text or banner ad
  • Watches the entire commercial or at least 30 seconds of the commercial (if it’s longer than 30 seconds).

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”How do I know if I qualify for YouTube monetization?”]

Do you own the rights to the master recording and the composition (lyrics and melody)? If so, you qualify. In other words, you can’t monetize cover songs. But otherwise, you’re all set!

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”I’m already collecting ad revenue on my own YouTube channel. Will you now take a commission on that?”]

If you are already making money from monetizing your YouTube channel, Otakada will still collect revenue for the videos that contain your songs that are a part of our YouTube monetization program. You can do one of the following things:

  1. Keep things simple and let us take over the management of ad revenues for your YouTube channel. There are no payout thresholds to meet when you go through Otakada.
  2. Have Otakada “whitelist” your channel. This will allow you to continue collect revenues directly from your channel while giving Otakada the ability to collect ad revenue whenever your music appears in someone else’s video.
  3. Opt-out of Otakada’s YouTube monetization program. However, this will remove your music from YouTube’s Content ID system that enables you to make money off of other videos on YouTube that are using your music.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”How much money will I make?”]

YouTube ads are similar to Google ads. It’s essentially an ad-placement auction. The amount you earn for each clicked ad, while small, will vary according to a number of factors, so it’s difficult to make predictions. The bottom line is this: the more people who watch videos that use your music, the higher the probability of clicked ads. The more ads clicked, the more you earn.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”When do I get paid?”]

You are paid for digital content sold each quarter after that quarter ends.*

  • 1st Quarter: January 1 to March 31 (payments in late May)
  • 2nd Quarter: April 1 to June 30 (payments in late August)
  • 3rd Quarter: July 1 to September 30 (payments in late November)
  • 4th Quarter: October 1 to December 31 (payments in late February)

We do not receive the reporting sales information until 30 days after the close of the quarter. We then need additional time to verify, compile, and send the information to you; hence, the two-month time-frame.

* You are paid for the content sold in the given quarter time frame once you reach the threshold of $50.00 or more for payments by western Union, PayPal or bank transfer, depending on the lowest transfer fee which will be charged to you.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”What is a UPC bar code and why do I need one?”]

A UPC bar code is a unique 12-digit serial number that identifies your specific product (in this case, an album) amongst all the other products on the marketplace.

A barcode is the standard method of tracking digital and physical music sales, allowing Otakada to send your sales tallies to Nielsen SoundScan/Billboard every week. SoundScan reports your sales figures to the Billboard charts. So if you have dreams of topping the charts, the first thing you need is an official UPC barcode for your album or single.

If you already have a UPC code for your album, you can use that one. If not, you can easily purchase your own permanent UPC bar code for only $33.00 for an album, $10.00 for a single song.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”Can I change my album’s UPC bar code?”]

A UPC bar code identifies an individual product in the marketplace. If you want SoundScan to track each sale, then you should purchase a valid unique bar code for your album/single and have all sales tallied and reported according to THAT serial number. It is acceptable to have different bar codes for different formats of the same album: vinyl, download, CD, etc. However, if you assign another album’s bar code to a new release, combine two bar code numbers, or make up an invalid bar code number, you may be removed from Otakada or any of our third party distributors (digital and in-store). Using an incorrect or invalid bar code causes serious confusion for our distribution partners and can potentially limit another artist’s ability to have their sales reported accurately.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”What is Audio Mastering?”]

Mastering is the art of refining and polishing finished stereo mixes by making subtle adjustments to equalization, selectively adding compression, limiting, stereo enhancement, and other psychoacoustic tricks like aural excitation. All your favorite recordings have been mastered to optimize the audio for playback on multiple systems.


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Fill this questionnaire to get started immediately. Your content will be on 95% of all the major distributors around the world in no time.