What is Soundmouse?
Soundmouse is a company that provides music reporting services to the broadcasting industry. They develop and provide software that reports music usage directly to broadcasters and collecting societies for them to identify music usage across radio, TV, online and other media.
What services do they offer?
Using Music Recognition Technology (MRT), Soundmouse monitors key television and radio broadcasts in the UK and across the world to report where our members’ music has been used.
For PRS, Soundmouse monitors and directly reports on:
- Performances across 125 domestic radio stations
- Music used on international TV and radio stations
- Music used in TV adverts in the UK
- Music used on a number of TV and radio stations in Cyprus
Soundmouse additionally offers cue sheet services on behalf of broadcaster clients around the globe and monitors online music usage. The BBC has chosen to partner with them to supply their music management system, MusicBox.
In 2021, royalties from 27,768,075 music usages were paid to members as a result of the MRT services provided by Soundmouse.
Why should I join Soundmouse?
PRS have our own systems to try to match your music as best we can, however, to make sure we’re paying out your royalties as accurately as possible, we enlist the help of Soundmouse and their music recognition technology to fill in any gaps and enrich our distribution information.
As a PRS member, you can join Soundmouse for free and upload your music to make sure that your repertoire is available to broadcasters and collecting societies for reporting purposes. This means there are more accurate distributions for the TV channels and radio stations monitored and your royalties will reflect this.
What territories do they cover?
Soundmouse works in a comprehensive set of territories around the world, including Europe, UK, USA, Australia, South Korea and Japan, and produces music reports for many of the world’s largest media companies and collection societies
If you know your music is used in Cyprus, you should make sure you join because when your music is played on TV or radio there, you’ll only get paid if you have a Soundmouse account and your works have been uploaded to it.
It’s important to note that several other societies around the world rely significantly on Soundmouse’s technology to identify music used on TV and radio, in the drive towards accuracy in reporting when your music is used around the world. These include:
- ASCAP (USA) use Soundmouse to identify music used in radio commercials, public service announcements, short form infomercials, movie trailers (not monitored by Numerator), TV commercials (not monitored by Numerator) and promos not on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, Univision, HBO, Cinemax or Showtime
- GEMA (Germany) uses Soundmouse to identify music used on TV commercials for selected channels
- IMRO (Ireland) uses Soundmouse to identify radio commercials for selected channels
- APRA/AMCOS (Australia & New Zealand) uses Soundmouse to identify music used on all TV and Radio commercials
We highly recommend you set up your Soundmouse account and upload your audio files, otherwise you may not receive a payment for the usages above.
I have written music for production music libraries. Should I upload my tracks to Soundmouse?
Most production music libraries will already have music accounts and should be uploading your data but it’s a good idea to check this with them. Any music you have created which is specifically commissioned for adverts, film and TV that sits outside your library work should be supplied to Soundmouse directly.
How much does it cost?
Signing up to Soundmouse account is free.
How do I join Soundmouse?
What do I need to upload?
When you have received your account invite and logged in, you will need to upload your audio files. Each recording you upload should relate to a work registration. You can have multiple recordings or edits that relate to one registration e.g. a jingle package with multiple versions of the same track.
Please provide the following for each track:
- Audio file name incl. file extension (unique identifier) in as high a quality as possible
- Track title (should be the same as when you registered the track with us)
- Composer and publisher name(s) including society affiliations
- Label name (if a commercial recording, then indicate record label here. If not, then insert name of data supplier as per library label name)
- Audio format: MP3 320kbps is suitable, but you can upload higher resolution files (WAV or AIF) if you like.
- PRS for Music tunecode
- Composer / Publisher CAE/IPI Number
- Composer / Publisher Society Name
- (if applicable) Library label name (This acts like a master folder, housing all your tracks under one name and is not required for Commissioned Composers but for production libraries / commercial music suppliers where this can be the name of the company/catalogue)
I have a question, who can I ask?