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Top 5 FAQs

How does Dark Escapes work?

The Dark Escapes team offer songwriters and artists a range of solutions in a one-stop site. Whether it’s global digital distribution, administrative publishing, or marketing & and other services, helping helping musicians around the world monetise their music is what we do. Click here for more on Distribution and Publishing.

How much does it cost?

For Digital Distribution, it only costs you AUD$19.99 per year for unlimited uploads. If you require admin publishing with us, the cost is only AUD$150 for a one-time set up fee. For more on pricing and your rights, click here.

I already have a Distributor, can I still use Dark Escapes?

Yes! It’s important to understand that if you are with a Distributor only, and don’t have any publishing representation, you’re only getting royalty payments on the Master File and not the Composition of the musical work. To fix this, just create an account with Dark Escapes Publishing and our team will help you through the process. To learn more about this topic, click here.

What does Dark Escapes do that my PRO does not?

Your Performance Rights Organisation (PRO) collects performance royalties in its home territory. While they say they are able to collect internationally, they do so through reciprocal deals with foreign PROs which often result in delayed registrations (if the songs get registered at all). This often leads to delayed and incomplete royalty statements from foreign territories. Click Here to read more.

Can Dark Escapes collect my YouTube Royalties?

Yes – we do this through YouTube’s Content ID System. To understand more about this, click here.

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What do I need to get started?

Simply head to our homepage and sign up. It’s that simple! Later, you will need to provide us with your Master tracks in a 24 Bit / 44.1 kHz sample rate for each song you register with us, as well as artwork to the specifications of 3000 x 3000 pixels, in PNG or JPG format. However, once you have signed and gained entry to our members area, all the necessary help is provided.

How much does distribution cost with Dark Escapes?

You can distribute unlimited music to all the major online digital platforms around the world for just AUD$19.99 per year. Full details of our distribution packages can be found on our Pricing page.

Will Dark Escapes take any of my Royalties?

As a Music Publishing company and Distributor, Dark Escapes collects more than just Master royalties for you, and will keep a very small percentage of the Royalties collected on your behalf. Contact us to discuss this further with a one of our highly experienced team members.

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Where Does Dark Escapes Publishing Collect Royalties From?

Dark Escapes Publishing continues to build its reach across the globe by establishing sub-publishing agreements in other territories. Find out more about our global collection network here.

How Long Does It Take To Start Collecting My Royalties?

Dark Escapes Publishing collects from a myriad of revenue sources, with each source paying out on their own timeline. Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, and despite today’s technology, things don’t happen overnight. You can read more by clicking here.

How Often Are Royalties Paid?

If you have earned royalties, Dark Escapes Publishing will make all possible attempts to pay them quarterly providing you have reached a minimum of AUD$160 ready for payout. For more on this, click here.

How Far Back Can You Collect My Royalties?

Sometimes, we are able to collect royalties earned before registration. For more on this, click through to our detailed description on this topic.

What's the Difference Between the Writer's Share and Publisher's Share?

Every composition has two sets of rights: the writer’s share and the publisher’s share.You can read more about this here.

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How do I get paid for my music?

Everything is managed by the Dark Escapes Publishing and Music teams on your behalf. Once your music has collected over $160, a payment will be made at the end of the next quarter, to your nominated bank account. If you would like to request a special payout, just send us an email detailing your reasons.

Payments usually take between 7 and 10 working days to reach your bank account.

How do I view my sales data & earnings?

The Dark Escapes Analytics team will send you a quarterly report showing all available insights and analytics. If you require something earlier, please email us your request at any time.

You can also log into our member dashboard to view your royalties in real time. Contact us to find out more.

Do you work with music videos?

Absolutely! We can help you set up a YouTube channel & Vevo Channel if you don’t already have one. We also add your music videos to our Dark Escapes channels for additional exposure to our growing audience, and increased royalty payment opportunities.

Do I need to renew my subscription?

When you join us at Dark Escapes Music and Dark Escapes Publishing, you will operate on a rolling 1 year contract. This ensures that your music is always available for digital streaming and distribution, and you’re always collecting those royalties, until you decide to terminate your agreement with us.

Will you promote my music?

At Dark Escapes Music, our team will help with some initial promotion to help kick-start awareness of any new artist signed. However, for any on-going digital marketing and promotion, we do offer paid services sold separately and subject to approval.