Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What criteria will be used to judge the bands?
Creativity and originality of music; (b) Production quality of recording; (c) Lyrical Composition; (d) Quality of musicianship and performance; and (e) Public appeal, for which number of song plays on the TouchTunes network may be considered, as well as social media outreach, as a factor by the judges in their discretion.
Q. How are number of profile “Likes” factored into the judging process?
Profiles “Likes” are only one of the factors that help our judges assess each entrants popularity amongst their fans.
Q. How does the “Like" count on contestant profiles work?
An individual can Like a Breakout Band contestant once a day for the length of the contest. Please note Like counts do not always update in real time.
Q. What is the TouchTunes Breakout Band contest?
A jukebox battle of the bands. The contest gives unsigned artists a chance to launch into the forefront of the music industry and get their music on TouchTunes.
Q. What do I need to get started?
1. The Publishing Rights and Sound Recording Rights to your song
2. A valid Social Security # or Federal Tax ID # for your W-9 form to be completed
3. Music Sound file for one song – MP3, 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz, Stereo, CBR
4. Album Artwork – Jpeg, 1500×1500, 300 dpi, RGB, 100q
5. Publicity/Band Images- 650×650 and 850×315 (if these sizes are not submitted, TouchTunes will feature stock images)
6. Valid Credit Card or PayPal Account for the $15 submission fee
Q. What’s the prize?
Winner will receive a live audition with an A&R executive at Warner Bros. Records, a national music promotion on TouchTunes jukeboxes and $3,000.
Q. When will the entry period be open?
November 17, 2015- December 13,2015 (or until 500 songs are submitted).
Q. When will my music go on TouchTunes?
Early January 2016.
Q. When will a winner be announced?
Q. Where can I find the official rules?
Q. Can I submit more than one song?
Each entrant can only submit one original song.
Q. Can I submit a cover song?
No. You must own the Publishing Rights and Sound Recording Rights to the song. Cover songs will not be accepted for this contest.
Q. Can I use a sample of another artist’s music in my song?
No. You must own the Publishing Rights and Sound Recording Rights to the song. Songs that sample other artist’s music will not be accepted.
Q. What is the difference between Publishing Rights and Sound Recording Rights?
The Publishing Rights are the rights to the composition (music and lyrics). Sound Recording Rights are the rights to the master sound recording.
Q. We are not signed to a label or publisher. Does that matter?
No. You are required to own the Publishing Rights and Sound Recording Rights to the song. As long as your submission meets all the other requirements, you should be good to go!
Q. We are signed to a label or publisher. Does that matter?
It may. You will need to own the Publishing Rights and Sound Recording Rights to the song in order to be eligible for the contest. You should not have any contractual agreement that would prohibit you from fully participating in the contest.
Q. Why do I need a W-9 form?
Since your music will be on the TouchTunes jukebox network, we’ll need to have all of the necessary paperwork in place to make sure (legally and financially) you’re all set up!
Q. How do I convert my song into an MP3?
We will work with you in order to get your music file working, but if the file cannot be obtained or is corrupt, TouchTunes is not responsible for any losses and the artist will not receive a refund. To learn more about MP3 conversion, click here.
Q. Do I absolutely need artwork?
Yes. In order for TouchTunes to upload your music to our jukeboxes, you must include artwork (one of the?) in the following format: Jpeg, 1500×1500, 300 dpi, RGB, 100q.
Q. What if my music is explicit?
If your music is explicit, you are still welcome to upload your music and enter the contest. However, keep in mind that not all venues or locations allow explicit music and they have a right to exclude it from their location. TouchTunes also reserves the right to remove any extremely explicit content from the contest (see Official Rules for complete details.).
Q. Can I get a refund?
No. Sorry no refunds will be permitted.
Q. What are possible reasons my song might not be accepted?
• Your files are not in the right format (MP3, 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz, Stereo, CBR for songs; Jpeg, 1500×1500, 300 dpi, RGB, 100q for artwork).
• Your song is too vulgar/explicit.
• Your song’s sound quality is poor.
• You did not submit the right paperwork.
• You don’t own the full rights to the song.
• The song file and/or artwork file is corrupted.