Submitting to Projects

What is meant by Rough Draft Submission?


For both Artists and Producers, it is often hard to tell before entering into a collaborative Project whether or not each will be well suited for the other. Rough Draft Submissions are an efficient method that Producers can use to give Artists a good idea of which elements and effects they would bring to their songs. This provides a chance for Producers to show off their skills and creativity and a chance for artists to get a feel for what a full collaborative project with a particular Producer would sound like. Rough Draft Submissions could come in many forms. One Submission may consist of just a portion of the song, such as the chorus, giving the Artist a preview of which direction a Producer would plan to take the song as a whole - while another Submission could be a more detailed overview of a proposed composition for the entire song. It's really just up to the Producer to decide how much time they feel is necessary to spend on a Submission in order to give the Artist enough insight into their style, ingenuity, and skill sets. Submissions can be crafted by Producers for an Artist's song by downloading the tracks for that song and uploading them into their DAW (Digital Audio Workstation - AKA Pro Tools, Cubase, ect). Rough Draft Submissions are NOT a submission of previous work done with another Artist. They must be a sample of what the Producer would and could do for this new Artist's song.




Are there limits to Producers using Submissions for their own personal promotion?


Yes there are limits on using Submissions. While Producers may want to use their Submissions to showcase their production abilities on their social sites and personal portfolios, our Terms of Use prohibits Producers from using Submissions which contain the Artist's "Confidential Information" such as original lyrics, melodies, recordings, or files, for their personal promotion unless provided with prior, written approval from the Artist. This will serve to respect the fact that Artists may not want unapproved versions and mixes of their songs publicly displayed, as they may feel said Submissions do not best represent them. If, for a submission/proposal, a Producer uses a beat that is all theirs, and does not use any of the Artists copyrighted material then of course they can use that beat or any part of their submission that does not contain the Artist's Confidential Information for other projects/use outside of ItyDity. For more information on this, please see section 2.1.7 of our Terms of Use.




If I submit a beat or track and I am not selected as the Final Producer, can I still use that beat or track with another Artist?


Yes, but only the parts that are all your own and do not contain any Intellectual Property (original lyrics, melodies, recordings, etc) of the Artist. If, for a submission, a Producer uses a beat that they themselves created, then of course they can use that beat or any part of their submission [that does not contain the Artist's Confidential Information] for other Projects/use outside of ItyDity. For more information on this, please see section 2.1.7 of our Terms of Use.




How do I particpate in a Project?


On ItyDity, Projects occur in 3 Phases: The Starter Phase (producer feedback), The Get Matched Phase (producer rough draft submissions), and The Go Pro Phase (artist works with final producer). Learn about Phases in 30 seconds click here.




Can I submit previous work that I have done as my Submission?


Unfortunately, no you cannot submit previous work that you have done as your Submission. Although we used to allow this in the past, in all Projects ever completed on ItyDity in the past, never once was a Producer selected as the Final Producer based on previous work. Time and time again Artists have selected and hired Producers based on the rough sketches they submitted of the artist's specific song. Therefore, once you are selected as one of the 5 final Producers to move onto the 2nd round in a Project (the Submission Round) you are required to submit a Rough Draft Submission/sketch as your submission.




What prevents an Artist from just stealing a Producer's ideas presented in their Submission?


We are pro-active in educating Artists on fair practices and we strictly enforce that Artists follow the following guidelines, so that there is no stealing of Producers ideas, in order that Producers are rightly compensated for their original, unique, and non-obvious ideas. These guidelines are outlined in 1.7 of our Terms of Use. We carefully regulate any circumstances where these guidelines are violated and provide dedicated support to any claims that are submitted that there has been a violation. If an artist want to use any part of any Submissions that they did not select as their Final Selected Submission, and artist has two options: A. Choose 1 or more other Producers as Co-Producers and pay each Co-Producers an additional amount equal to the full project payout amount minus $300 (since the co-producers are not tasked with mixing and mastering). We encourage this if there is a significant portion of another Producer's Submission/Proposal that the Artist is excited about. *Note that Co-Producers also receive 5% sound recording royalties on the completed song. OR B. Instead of selecting Co-Producers, the Artist can select only certain elements from non-selected Proposals such as the bass line, or horns section, or drums and then pay each corresponding Producer $100 for that specific element. This is suggested if the Artist only likes one or two specific elements of another Producer's Submission/Proposal. All of this said, it is important to say this too: U.S. copyright law is a foundational federal law. When and if ideas get stolen, people have the right to enforcement - if they can prove access, substantial similarity, and damages. Working together online, and posting demos and creative ideas on Soundcloud, ItyDity, or a number of other websites cannot change U.S. copyright law - if anything, one might argue that it would, in fact, provide more protection. Why? Because, again, there are three parameters that go into enforcing a copyright infringement claim: proof of access, similarity, and damages. With creative collaboration transitioning to an online workspace, there's often more transparency in these areas which could actually provide more proff and make it easier to enforce a case. And on top of all this, ItyDity has certain mechanisms in place, baked into our terms of use to protect and guide the artist or the producer as to what their remedies or course of action would be, and what options they have, in case there is an issue.




What is the purpose of Projects?


We match producers with promising artists with compatible styles and who they might not otherwise find on their own or have access to. However, we don't work like a normal big label agency in the way of strictly connecting a producer with an artist one-on-one. Instead we facilitate these pairings using Projects. Projects serve as a test run of sorts to facilitate long lasting musical partnerships. The process of receiving Rough Draft Proposals is meant to serve as a matchmaking system so that artists can find a producer they love. And because this system is so effective (we have a 100% successful match rate) often artists continue to work with their final selected producer again and again hiring them for more songs. Another goal of having the Projects is that we want to be able to refer producers later on, via 1-on-1 matching, not just because of their credits or status, but because through the relationships we've formed with them we know that they are good people, they communicate well, they do a great job and we know that they will be good for the artist. And the best way for us to get to know a producer and how he/she works is by seeing them in action. "Action" doesn't necessarily HAVE to be a submission to a Project, and you may suggest other ways you can help us (by offering us really great references, or ?) But in most cases producers initially get involved by submitting to at least one Project to help us get a feel for you. The other goal of the Projects is to give opportunities to unknown or unlikely producers to work with an artist, gain exposure, get paid, break into the industry, and perhaps build a prosperous long-lasting relationship with that artist. But even for more established producers what we find is that because an artist has now discovered very quickly that they fit better with you over many other potential "suitors", they are more likely to stick with you for future songs/musical endeavors instead of moving on from Producer to Producer. We can also help producers by helping the artists they have produced via ItyDity. We have established artist development partnerships, career mentors, and a built-in patented process that helps artists seek out placement and promotional opportunities to place the song in revenue generating situations. On the contrary, when working with an artist outside our our platform on their song, we have often heard from producers that it can be a pain to put so much effort into a song, only to have the artist fail to properly idenitfy industry placement opportunities and promote the work - resulting in a lack of exposure or potential royalty splits for the producer.





Recording Tracks

When I hear a demo, are those the tracks I'm getting to work with?


The demo that is publicly playable on a project page is the track that producers who enter into Phase 2 will be working with to craft their Rough Draft Submissions. It is only prior to the beginning of Phase 3 that the artist will professionally record the tracks for their song as they prepare to complete the song with their final, selected Producer.





Being Selected for a Project

When I hear a demo, are those the tracks I'm getting to work with?


The demo that is publicly playable on a project page is the track that producers who enter into Phase 2 will be working with to craft their Rough Draft Submissions. It is only prior to the beginning of Phase 3 that the artist will professionally record the tracks for their song as they prepare to complete the song with their final, selected Producer.





Payment, Royalties, and Credit

How do I become a Top Tier Producer on ItyDity?


Producers on ItyDity can earn Top Tier status by being selected as the Final Producer in Projects or by being chosen as the runner up. Top Tier producers on ItyDity get premiere access to new Projects, are considered for Wild Card placements in Projects, and are kept in our database for one-on-one matching down the road.




Am I unlikely to get a job without a portfolio built up?


Not unlikely, but it helps. Wildcards exist for this very reason. We choose wildcard producers who show excitement and willingness to move into Round 2. And in Round 2 submissions are blind, meaning the artist doesn't know who made what and only pick based on talent/skill/creativity. Many of the producers on our site have landed a project without an impressive or large previous portfolio, based only on a skillful submission.




Any pro tips for landing projects?


Yes. In your written request, list specific instruments you would and could add that you hear or that the artist has requested. This assures them you can provide what they're looking for. Another thing that helps is listing why you connected to their song and message. Also cite any songs you've done in the past that are similar, or if those are already listed/submitted links on your profile, you can leave that out as they'll likely also look at your profile. If you don't have a big portfolio built up - that's fine! If you aren't selected by the artist in Round 1 you still may be chosen by ItyDity as a wild card to move to Round 2. In Round 2, you'll have a better shot at being selected as the Final Producer if you stay pretty close to their vision/references while applying creativity, skill and professionality to your instrumentation, style and timing.




How do I know if I'm the right type of producer to use ItyDity?


ItyDity is a platform for all levels of producers. Projects give opportunities to even unknown producers to work with an artist, gain exposure, get paid, break into the industry, and perhaps build a prosperous long-lasting relationship with that artist. In Round 1 of Projects, the artists may select based off of portfolio, but ItyDity also picks 2 wildcards/underdogs to move onto Round 2. And that could be anyone. Then, in Round 2, the submission process is blind, meaning the artist will not know the identities of the submitting producers until after they select their favorite, giving every producer a fair shot.





Getting Hired on ItyDity

How do I become a Top Tier Producer on ItyDity?


Producers on ItyDity can earn Top Tier status by being selected as the Final Producer in Projects or by being chosen as the runner up. Top Tier producers on ItyDity get premiere access to new Projects, are considered for Wild Card placements in Projects, and are kept in our database for one-on-one matching down the road.




Am I unlikely to get a job without a portfolio built up?


Not unlikely, but it helps. Wildcards exist for this very reason. We choose wildcard producers who show excitement and willingness to move into Round 2. And in Round 2 submissions are blind, meaning the artist doesn't know who made what and only pick based on talent/skill/creativity. Many of the producers on our site have landed a project without an impressive or large previous portfolio, based only on a skillful submission.




Any pro tips for landing projects?


Yes. In your written request, list specific instruments you would and could add that you hear or that the artist has requested. This assures them you can provide what they're looking for. Another thing that helps is listing why you connected to their song and message. Also cite any songs you've done in the past that are similar, or if those are already listed/submitted links on your profile, you can leave that out as they'll likely also look at your profile. If you don't have a big portfolio built up - that's fine! If you aren't selected by the artist in Round 1 you still may be chosen by ItyDity as a wild card to move to Round 2. In Round 2, you'll have a better shot at being selected as the Final Producer if you stay pretty close to their vision/references while applying creativity, skill and professionality to your instrumentation, style and timing.




How do I know if I'm the right type of producer to use ItyDity?


ItyDity is a platform for all levels of producers. Projects give opportunities to even unknown producers to work with an artist, gain exposure, get paid, break into the industry, and perhaps build a prosperous long-lasting relationship with that artist. In Round 1 of Projects, the artists may select based off of portfolio, but ItyDity also picks 2 wildcards/underdogs to move onto Round 2. And that could be anyone. Then, in Round 2, the submission process is blind, meaning the artist will not know the identities of the submitting producers until after they select their favorite, giving every producer a fair shot.