Crowd Studio is a safe, fast and simple online marketplace where people can sell and purchase custom music and audio.
We are a crowdsourcing platform where anyone – from a corporation looking for a sound logo, to an individual seeking a personalized song for a special occasion – can meet up with talented musicians who can create music to order.
Here’s how it works: say you represent a corporation about to launch a commercial campaign, and you need a jingle to be played on a local radio station. All you have to do is create a “Project” within Crowd Studio. It is all done in 3 easy steps: the first one is creating a brief specifying what you want: How long should this piece of music be? In what style? Should it be sung or instrumental? When should it be ready? And how much you’ll be paying for it. Once this Project is launched, the second step begins: musicians from all over the world can write and record their music according to your brief, and submit it as an entry to your Project. Once the project reaches its deadline, step three starts: you will choose the entry that best fits your needs and announce it as the winner. You get the music you want and the musician gets paid, all in a timely and uncomplicated manner.
If you already know and like the work of a particular musician in our website, you also have the option of hiring him/her directly, thus creating a One-on-one Project.
Here are examples of what you can purchase at Crowd Studio:
• Soundtracks, sound effects and voice over for mobile apps and games
• Soundtracks, sound effects and voice over for videos
• Jingles, spots, sonic logos, tags, voice over for commercial purposes
• Personalized songs, sound-alike/covers, mixing and more!
Click here to see how it works.
Here is how a Crowd Studio Contest works:
1 – Tell us what you need – Describe your project, name your price and your deadline.
2 – Collaborate with Musicians – Musicians will submit their creations to compete for a prize. Provide them feedback to help Musicians deliver a product you love!
3 – Choose your favorite – Select your favorite entry, download the final audio files and release the payment!
A One-on-one Project is similar to a contest, but the Client chooses a single Musician to work with. Therefore, Client and Musician can work together every step of the way to create the best possible product. If you want to work with your favorite Musician, a One-on-one Project is the best option for you.
The process is simple: go to “Post your project”, select “One-on-one Project” under “Project type”, and then you can type the username of the Musician you want to work with, or choose one of our Top Musicians. Start your project now!
Alternatively, you can also browse through our Musicians list and then simply click on the “hire” button, to the right of your preferred Musician’s name.
Registration only takes few seconds and is free! Click here or click the “Register” button located on the top of the screen.
At sign up, you will fill out your information and select whether you are a Client or a Musician (you can only select one of the two options). Next, you’ll receive an account activation email – if you can’t find it in your inbox, look for it in your spam or junk folder. Just click the link provided in the email and you are ready to enjoy Crowd Studio!
At Crowd Studio, a Master is what we call the final version of a Musician’s work. It is what is delivered to the Client: the final mix of the product (soundtrack, voice over, jingle, sound effects, etc.) in a high-resolution digital file.
Crowd Studio asks that Musicians submit their entries as MP3 files, because they are smaller files and load faster, but when selected as a winner, the Musician is prompted to upload a Master file.
Click here to learn about the acceptable formats for the Master file.
We are very serious about copyright violations. Please report it to us and send us all relevant information here.
Each Contest has its own place for discussions. After logging in, you can post any comments or questions related to that project by clicking on the “Comments” tab inside the project detail page (Don’t know how to get there? Go the “Contests” page, click on the Project you want to comment on and find the “Comments” tab).
According to Crowd Studio’s Standard of Conduct, users are not allowed to exchange private messages and share their personal information.
We love constructive feedback and we are committed to providing you with the best service possible. To report bugs, make suggestions or even complaints, please contact us.
“Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression”, according to the US Copyright Law. Basically, it refers to the ownership of some form of original work (in our case, audio). Owning the copyright to a musical composition gives you the right to:
At Crowd Studio, you can sell and purchase music in 3 different ways: full transfer of copyrights, through an exclusive license, or through a non-exclusive license.
It´s simple! Login to your “Client” account (if you are not registered yet, click here and click on “Post a Project”, located on the upper menu. Then, you will need to tell us about your project, follow the steps:
Step 1 – Tell us what you need – Describe your project, set your deadline, pick your prize amount, transfer the funds. You can also boost your project with optional add-on features to get more entries!
Step 2 – Receive and comment on entries – Talented and experienced Musicians will submit their entries to compete for the prize. You will have the opportunity to rate and comment on each one or eliminate those you don’t like. Giving feedback to Musicians and requesting changes, will help you get exactly what you need.
Step 3 – Select the best entry and download the Master. Easy! – Select your favorite entry and announce it as the winner. Then, you’ll be prompted to download the Master file. We’ll make sure the winner gets the prize money and you’ll get the product you love!
In addition to registering with Crowd Studio, you will also need a PayPal account to complete all your financial transactions. Please note that only users with a “Client” account can post a project.
You can post whatever project you want, as long as it is related to music. We will present you with a set of categories to choose from, but if your project does not fit any of them, you can select “other” and describe what you’re looking for:
Crowd Studio offers our clients the freedom to create unique projects and set their own prices. To ensure our Clients’ satisfaction, each project can be personalized to extreme detail. The following are customizable:
In fairness to Musicians, all products have a minimum award.
No. While posting your project, you can only select one category and subcategory. You’ll have the opportunity to better explain what you want in your “Project description”. The more detailed your description is, the better are your chances of getting exactly what you want.
Basically, you should be as descriptive as you can.
Your brief is a description of what you need for your project. It’s how you tell Musicians all about what you are looking for, details about your company, how you are different from your competitors, your preferences, your goals. You should be honest, clear and thorough to get entries you like. You can have an amazing project with a great prize but if you don´t write a clear brief, many Musicians won´t be interested. Remember, along with your project, there are many others that Musicians can participate in. They have a limited amount of time and they will be selective when choosing a project to work on.
Moreover, your project´s title is the first thing that Musicians will see when looking for a project to participate in. So, pick a title that can objectively catch their attention and that reflects what your project is.
Worry not! Crowd Studio will guide you as you write your brief. We have provided a number of fields and questions about your project for you to fill out and answer when posting your project. Although most of them are optional, we highly recommend you give as much information as you can.
Only you can decide on what prize to offer for your project. Crowd Studio stipulates minimum prizes for each category to provide fair awards for Musicians. The minimum awards take into account the amount of work Musicians put into creating custom audio. Just keep in mind that the more you offer, the greater the number of entries you will receive.
When posting your project, you’ll select the project type: either Contest or One-on-one. If you select a One-on-one project, you will be prompted to either type the username of the Musician you want to work with of select a name from our Top Musicians. Please note that you can only invite (hire) a single Musician to participate in your One-on-one project.
When launching a Contest, you’ll still have the option of inviting Musicians to participate in your project. This can be done when selecting additional features. If you chose “Invite a Musician”, you can type a single Musician username. If you select “Invite our Top 5 Musicians“ this will automatically select the 5 Musicians with the highest amount of points on our website.
To start a project, click here.
Multiple awards significantly boost your project’s participation as Musicians have more chances to win an award for their work. By purchasing multiple entries, you can also combine the different elements or ideas you like the most from each entry to fulfill your needs, or develop multiple branding options for your products or company.
When selecting additional features for your project click the “offer additional awards” button, and write the amount of the second award. Follow the same procedure to offer a third, a fourth and a fifth award. In this manner, you can add up to four additional awards, even if your project has already been launched. Crowd Studio also sets a minimum prize value for each additional award (the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th awards must be respectively at least 80%, 70%, 60% and 50% of the 1st award). When offering additional awards, you’ll be purchasing multiple entries and receiving separate legal contracts and deliverable for each of them.
What are you waiting for? Click here and start your project now!
When posting a project, you’ll be asked to pay up front using PayPal – if you don’t have a PayPal account, click here. Once you’ve done that, you won’t have to worry about paying your winning Musician because Crowd Studio takes care of that for you. Your payment will be held in escrow until your project reaches its deadline and you select the winning entry.
We ask that you pay for your project when you post it so that our Musicians know that you are committed to purchasing an audio related product. Once a project gets posted, Musicians from all over the world will spend time and energy developing their ideas to contribute to your project. It’s only fair that they know you are a serious buyer. In return, you are protected by our satisfaction guarantee. And if you don’t find an entry you like, we will give you a refund. Click here to read about our refund policy.
Crowd Studio charges a 20% fee on top of your total award amount. For example, if a project award is $1000, the total cost to the Client is $1200 plus the cost of the optional add-on features the project holder selects.
When you submit your payment through PayPal, you’ll automatically receive a receipt through email. Furthermore, once registered with PayPal, all your previous transactions will be available in your account History within PayPal’s website.
Please contact us if you have any specific questions.
The first and simplest thing you can do, is rate the entries you receive. The rating is made available instantly and it serves as a good indicator of how well the Musicians’ work is living up to your expectations. If a Musician’s entry receives a low rating, it will give him/her a chance to make changes and upload a new entry. Moreover, inside each project, there is a Comments section, where logged in Musicians and Clients can place their opinions, feedback and questions. Please make sure you check this page often and respond to all questions with due diligence. In essence, the better you can communicate what you like, the better the chances of getting it.
After logging in into your Client account, go to your Dashboard and then click the “Projects” tab. Under the “My projects” subtab, you will find all your posted projects. Click on the project that you want to manage.
Inside your Project details page, you’ll find some organizing folders that can help you manage your project’s entries:
The order in which the projects are shown on the Contests list as such:
Musicians can choose which projects to participate in. They tend pick those projects with higher prizes, better written briefs and featured projects. We advise you to make sure you’re offering a fair award (compatible with your scope) and a reasonable deadline.
In addition, to make your project more interesting for Musicians, you should give them constant feedback, rate their entries and keep your project’s brief updated. And remember, you can also invite Musicians to participate in your project.
If you have specific concerns about a user banned from your project, please contact us here.
When you post your project, interested Musicians start working on their entries and many of them plan to submit on the last day. In fairness to them, Crowd Studio doesn´t allow Clients to shorten their deadlines. Also, be aware that by letting your project run its full course, you’ll receive the largest amount of entries.
We highly recommend Clients on a tight schedule to consider the “Thunder” feature so they can post projects that run in just one week.
You have seven business days to select the winning entry.
If you really need extra time, just let us know about your needs right away by sending us an email stating how much extra time you will need and the reason (Crowd Studio limits the extra time to a maximum of seven business days). If your request is legitimate, you’ll be granted an extension.
After logging in into your Client account, go to your Dashboard and then click the “Projects” tab. Under the “My Projects” sub tab you will find all your posted projects. Click on the project for which you’d like to choose a winner.
You can manage your project by ranking, rating, choosing as favorites or eliminating entries to assist in the process of choosing a winner. If you want to learn more about how to manage your project, click here.
After the deadline is reached, a “Select a winner” button will be made available inside your project´s page. You must choose your 5 favorite entries by ranking them from 1 to 5 before you can submit your final decision. We understand that the winning entry (1st place) is your main concern, but selecting the 2nd to 5th place is of great value to the Musicians, whom will be awarded points accordingly. It is also beneficial to you, as you’ll keep track of your favorite Musicians and entries, which may come in handy if you decide to invite Musicians for a future project. After you’ve clicked the “Select a Winner” button and have selected your top 5 entries, you’ll have to confirm your final decision by clicking on “Confirm and Submit”.
All you need to do is to choose a winner and Crowd Studio will do the rest for you.
When a winner (or winners, in case of Additional Awards) is selected, the Musician will upload the Master, which will be made available for you to download. Then, the award amount will be sent to the winning Musician´s PayPal account
Your final decision will only be submitted after you click on “Confirm and Submit”. This will give you a chance to double check your selection before it is announced.
If you still made a mistake, please inform all Musicians immediately by posting in the Comments tab of your project that you’ve made a mistake. Then, send us an email informing us of this error. Please include the project information and the correct winning entry (as well as your remaining favorite entries) and we will fix that for you.
No. After awarding a Musician, we assume that you got what you wanted. That´s why we highly recommend giving feedback to Musicians and rating their entries before your Contest closes, in order to provide them a better understanding of what you like and an opportunity to update their entries.
If, for some reason, you really want to request minor adjustments to the winning entry, please send us an email explaining the reason and we´ll help you to solve the problem.
Nothing! It´s absolutely free to register and to participate in our projects. You will not be charged any fees or commissions, even when you win a contest! What are you waiting for? Register now!
To make Crowd Studio even more interesting, we added a pointing system to rank Musicians. The more active you are on the website, the more points you’ll be awarded. As you earn more points, you’ll climb our Musicians chart, and will eventually be among our Top Musicians. This will improve your chances of being hired for a One-on-one Project, being invited for a Contest and will also improve your profile´s visibility!
There are several different things you can do to earn points:
The Master file should be in .wav format.
To learn more about what a Master is, click here.
Clients have the option of making their projects “Silent”. Only the contest holder can listen to all submitted entries. In Silent projects, Musicians can express their creativity more freely, without worrying about protecting their original concepts.
This is an optional feature the Client can select as an add-on when posting a project.
Clients have the option of making their projects “Private”. Only registered users, who are logged in, will be able to view Private projects. This ensures that the contents of the project and the Client’s information are not accessed by search engines or made available to the general public.
This is an optional feature the Client can select as an add-on when posting a project.
After logging in, you can navigate to the “Contests” page and click a project title to view its details. Once you find a project you would like to participate in, you can click the “Submit Your Work” button (Alongside the tabs: “Brief”, “Entries” and “Comments”). Then type your entry title and upload your audio file. Done!
For One-on-one projects, you can navigate to your Dashboard, go to the “Projects” tab and “My Watchlist” subtab to find the One-on-one project you were invited to participate in. Click the project title to view the project’s details and you’ll find the “Submit Your Work” button (Alongside the tabs: “Brief”, “Entries” and “Comments”).
Each project has its own “Comments” section, where you can ask questions, exchange information about the project, respond to comments and communicate with other participants and the contest holder.
Here’s how you get there: after logging in, you can navigate to the “Contests” page and click a project title to view its details. Once you’re there, you’ll find the “Comments” tab alongside the tabs: “Brief” and “Entries”.
We are committed to promoting fair play. In order to give every Musician equal chances of winning, private messaging is not allowed.
We take copyright infringement and protection of intellectual property very seriously. You should report it to us immediately, via email, including all details of the violation and any supporting information. The more detailed you are, the faster we can solve this problem.
Click here to contact us.
If you’ve submitted the wrong file as an entry, or if you do not own the copyrights to this file, please contact us right away and let us know the entry name, submission date, Project title and the reason why you need it withdrawn.
Click here to contact us.
If you are selected as a winner, Crowd Studio will send you a notification by email. This email will also contain information on what to do next and how to upload your master so that the Client can download it and confirm your payment.
Once you have been selected as the winner, you will be notified by email and prompted to upload your Master so that it can be delivered to the Client. After the Client confirms the delivery and approves the Master, your prize will be transferred to your PayPal account within 7 business days.
You can track the entire process! Just go to your Dashboard and click the “Transactions” tab. This is your control panel, where you’ll find a list of all transactions for which you have received or will receive a payment, including completed projects you´ve won and Music Shop products you´ve sold.
At this time, all payment transactions must be made through PayPal. If you don´t have a PayPal account, click here to register.
We are planning on offering other payment methods in the future. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Your username is automatically created upon registration with Crowd Studio, and it cannot be changed.
To change your email or password, simply login, navigate to your Dashboard, click the “Profile” button under your username, and click on the “Account” sub-tab. Simply, type your “New email” address and/or “New password” and click the “save” button.
It´s easy! Login and access your Dashboard. You will see the topic “Notifications” right below your profile info. Select the options you are interested in and click “save”!
If you notice some improper behavior from a Client or a Musician, please send us an email, including all the relevant information about the misconduct you observed. We will take all the necessary actions to solve it.
Your activation email is probably in your spam or junk folder. But if you still can’t find it, just “contact us” and we’ll help you activate your account!.