Frequently Asked Questions
|0. How do I see how I am doing in the contests if I am not in the top ten?|
|Answer: Go to our forum and the contest area has an recently updated list of all the Artists in order for each category.|
|0. Can my songs be downloaded (Ripped off) NO!|
No again on this,
We are "listen only" from the site internet service provider on the site. We also give the artist the opportunity to sell a download of there songs from there page and keep all the money. Please report any violations immediately.
|1. What is the art of self promotion?|
Art of self promotion. All successful artists learn early on the extreme importance of promoting themselves everywhere they can, The goal for them is to get the word out about themselves and there music, It is a popularity contest! The idea of a record deal is a musicians dream, It will be to your best advantage to practice and perfect the art of “Self Promotion" connecting with as many people at every opportunity with confidence, Promoting yourself at gigs, Myspace, facebook, in emails, at parties or even publish and ad in the paper. This is the basis of Riffstar providing an opportunity through online services with no barriers to publish your best work and drive fans to your page sell your music and promote yourself. The contests are the best motivation to learn the skill of "Self Promotion" to get votes and attract a fan following.
Tip: Every successful person in the world drives to achieve progress toward there goals each and every, That’s what it takes to make it. Everyday promoting and perfecting your music, image, media exposure and building a fan base. Some of this takes time, investment and money. The first thing that labels look at is how big of a fan base you have. You must be extremely bold and take the helm of your ship to get your message out about your music and make connections wherever you go, be it online or playing for a house party.
A great book on this topic is:
|2. How do I join Riffstar?|
Answer: First you must create a simple membership account. Go to http://www.riffstar.com/register and fill out the E-Z form. You must use a valid email as you will receive a confirmation email and you must open it and follow the link to validate your account. Then you are ready to upload your music lyrics and picture or cd cover. Your free account has 4 Megs of memory and should easily allow you space to upload you best song in its entirety. If you do not have enough memory for a very small charge you can increase your account to hold serveral songs.
|3. What if I am already in the wrong category?|
|Answer: If you feel you are in the wrong category currently no worries, just email us at Support@Riffstar.com and we will be glad to change it for you. |
|4. What category of music should I select?|
|Answer: The category that is closest to your music genre, songs in the wrong category will get very little attention from the public as our search engine uses this to divide the site into different classes so if your R&B is put in Club and dance category it will not recieve any attention the visitors are looking for upbeat trans dance music.|
|4. Is it required to have music to join Riffstar.com.|
No, You can join Riffstar membership free and upload your work at a future time. The Star-generator account is designed for Singers musicians and competitions, so as a member you really will benefit from this area with the intent of publishing your work.
We have a music scout area for the A&R music support type fan to do music reviews and connect with the performers from a quality support membership. This is also free.
|5. What is a good name for my song?|
|The name of the song is what your potential fan sees and is what might help to convince him to decide to click your song for a listen. You should make the name catchy, creative and intriguing enough so that you get a lot of hits from fans. You can always change the name of the song at ANYTIME in your Star-generator account if you come up with something better than your original.|
|5. How do I upload my Song?|
Answer: Uploading a Song is simple.
NOTE: You need to have your song file on your computer in a wav or mp3 file format.
1. Click the “browse” box on the RiffStar upload page. This opens up an explorer window for your computer.
2. Navigate to the correct file for your song.
3. Double Click the file for your song.
4. Click Upload song and wait for the song to be completely uploaded It typically takes a minute or two.
5.Your song file will now appear on the RiffStar upload page and on the home page.
|6. What if I want to update my song, photo, lyrics, Song or stage name.|
Answer: No problem just go to you Star-generator account and inside the song box of the song you want to update just click on the musical note with the pencil inside and you are taken to the editing page were you can edit evrything about your work except the category. EVEN DURING CONTESTS! This is designed so you can continue to improve your work for increased populartity and competitive improvement of your music. Here is the example of the editing symbol and the location in your Star-generator account. = ========
Suzy Q - Obsession
Location: ny/United States
|6. How do I upload a photo?|
Uploading a photo is simple.
1. Click the “browse” box on the RiffStar upload page. This opens up an explorer window for your computer.
2. Navigate this window to locate where you stored your photo on your computer’s hard drive.
3. Click the file for your photo.
(NOTE: Your photo must be in a .jpg or .gif file format.)
4. Click “open”. Your photo file will now appear on the RiffStar upload page
and you are ready for the next step.
Note: If you want to resize your or add a frame to your photo follow this link to a great free tool to enhance your photo.
|6. Do I need to include my lyrics? Yes and here's why.|
Including your lyrics completes your performance . (This is the #1 must do to enhance your work) Read on..
1. It enables you copyright protection.
2. It gives your fans another way to connect to your music.
3. Everyone love's to follow along to your original work lyrics.
4. This is your chance to win over your new fans with your sincere words.
5. Having the world get exactly the message from your hard earned artistic works.
6. Your lyrics will be spidered by google search engine and give you alot more exposure!
7. Get the attention of the industry players to see that you can perform at a professional level.
8. Posting your complete lyrics is a MUST on your work! The quality of your posting is so important!
9. Force you to get your work in to print and drive you to improve!
|6. Can somone steal my songs? Copyrights information|
No. The law is on your side. Actually by publishing your work in the public domain for example online you have even established a stronger claim to your musical works. No one can legally download or share your works without your written permission. All works are protected in the US as they are created. Always include the Copyright © dated. All Rights Reserved clause whenever you publish your text or music. you can visit the USPTO.com website and find copyright tab for indepth explainations and procedures to protect your music.
|7. But our song is a instrumental, I donít have any lyrics.|
No problem! If you want something in the lyrics area, just type “solo” or describe what kind of solo your song.
Enjoy my original electric jazz guitar solo recordered in a loft in France with two other musicians in 2007. This was our first cut and we were never able to top this, We are currently writing lyrics for the arrangement. But Co-Writers are wanted for this one. If you are interested just email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
|7. Do I need to do a performer profile? "About Me"|
Although it is not required. You should include a profile to win over fans and music industry people who have visited your songs.
|13. Are photo's important with my performance?|
Answers are here! Statistics show on Riffstar great pictures are clicked on 4 to 1 over others.... Seriously, Super interesting or sexy photo's are a core attention getter's....We all know this deep down inside but don’t want to admit it... we want to believe that that does not count, Artists want to get there music up on the net on a popular site and that will be enough to get me to stardom or to get some activity and a link to move on and up. Not going to happen! Now the truth!
I will admit that I click on the most attractive or interesting pictures on websites…no matter what site I am on...This is what everyone does....So you need to get on top of your game, do you want to have a chance to make it in entertainment? This is what it takes! Everyone knows when you have confidence in yourself; this is not the same as perfection. No one gets to the next level without it, your pride and confidence in your performance will show in a clear, exciting and passionate photo's. Riffstar is committed to the best and we want to help everyone involved with this great new opportunity to have the tools to make it! We want the best for all of you! And we want to promote the best from Riffstar. I want to motivate everyone to be there best! We will be doing music video’s soon and want all our members to dig in and be your best…. But do not get down on yourself about god given traits, Madonna is not pretty, Boy George is not manly, Cheryl Crow in my opinion is off key on most of her work and many other performer are not a real ICONs, but make it for there twist and pure confidence in there work. In other words they are all human, but they have the drive, confidence and extreme passion to get to real stardom. You have it too…
"The man on top of the mountain did not fall there”
|14. How do we join contests?|
Answer: You will need to open a account. Once a competition has been announced you can pre-register from your star-generator account. click on my contests, then from select from the list your song you want to enter and select the competition that has been announced in your specific category. You can enter mutliple category or mutiple songs in a contest. A case were you would enter a song in a different category is like: Ultimate Singing Contests for original song. Allows most categories of songs to compete with vocals. Some categories are not on Riffstar competitions by design. Next you need to agree to terms and conditions. You are then set to compete. You have a choice to wait and join contests at any time before or during the event entry to the competition closes 3 days before the end of the event.
|15. Were do I find details about the contest and prizes|
Details can be found by clicking here.
|17. Can I promote my songs in the contests?|
Yes, We have a large amounts of traffic to Riffstar, but a performer should promote there music to drive attention and votes to there songs. This can be done through friends, other websites, media of any kind. purchasing votes in anyway is a Federal crime and we record a database of all activity on the site to keep the competition open, fair and honest.
You can promote your song clip by simply right click on your performer photo clip on Riffstar and copy & paste this direct photo link to emails other websites, boards etc.
|18. Is there local or national live auditions necessary for the website or competitions?|
Everyone is welcome on Riffstar.com, We are a Cyberspace Venue designed for everyone to have an opportunity to publish there works and comptete in in our contests. You will need a MP3 or wav file of your music, High quality recording are a must for fans to take you seriously. You may need to get the assistance of a seasoned musician to help you through the inital process. We have many artist who purchase home recording equipment and get fantastic results.
|19. What can you do for me as an artist?|
Riffstar.com online music competition was established in 2003 to leverage the power of singers and musicians to launch the most popular performances to new level providing focused exposure, money, and unique prizes to get a record deal or get signed by a record label. Our exclusive online music venue for music contests is for music artists to see individual real time statistics about the music published on the site. Our singing competition allows performers to edit, modify, change there entry at anytime, even during singing contests or other music contests our categories are Rock, Hip-Hop, Country music, Latin, Rap, R&B, Alternative, Christian, Urban, Dance, Singers, songwriting and many more. Our main focus on singing contests and music competition give all artists a chance to compete in our music venue. We have designed a very effective low cost means for artists to safely, freely get there music in the fans hands to rate, improve, vote for and connect at many levels. Music contests that provide a means for the artist to sell copies of there music and not get involved with free music downloads helps the artist offset some of the recording costs. Winners get cash, prizes and special music promotions to increase and reward the music contest winners with increased fan base and opportunities to sell there songs. Rifstar provides the boiler plate acceptable copyright text and logo under US copyright outlines. Singing contests and music contests entries help provide the exposure and increase prize packages as we also grow with the artists. Having a level, non manipulated, safe and fair music venue and providing feedback to the artists is what makes our web source unique for singing contests, country music contests, Hip-Hop contests, Rock music contest and better than an expensive battle of the bands music contest that usually has winners before the event is even started . Join free today to get started, just fill out the free sign up form and go to your email and confirm the link. You can then upload your music mp3 or wave file at any time. Music and singing contests are running all the time. We will have most genre music contests within our music competition base. We do not do free music downloads but have free internet radio and podcast for music promotion. Your free star generator account has many options to help you manage your free online music. You can sell your music from the account, edit photo’s, upload music of same category with new versions or a better new song. We are on the cutting edge of technology and will provide online competition for all of our online music community. Singing contest bring the most excitement in all categories, but musicians and recording artists with hit songs can network to the music industry through our free online chat called Star-chat artists can connect and contact other musicians, singers and artist through our private confidential service. Competitions are completely online and interactive voting from the public is an invaluable online music tool. We rate music by the fans voting for there favorite and also star rating quality system. American Idol is very slanted and it seems that singing contest with original music that you wrote or chose is much better suited to the new artist or up and coming musician performing predetermined songs that are perfected in the studio. This is the great part about our music venue, original, ability to modify, and works done in studios for perfect new music. The final finished music is going to have the best of your talents in your songs. We are growing at an incredible rate and our visitor and sign-up have skyrocketed meaning our cash and prizes will increase as well as media reach to help musicians raise there game and potential of income from there music.
|20. Once I win a top ten spot can I enter my song in the same contest next time?|
No, You will be eligible for the next level up of competition, but to keep the it fair for new artists and songs we must ask you not to enter that song in the same category if you finished in the top ten. But you may enter your song in another category if you so choose.
|700. How use the new email trading platform?|
|For either new and exsisting songs just click on the edit songs button in your account area and check the "trade this song for fan emails" button. then click on the update button.|
|800. As an artist how do I email my new fans from Riffstar.com?|
Just go to your account area and click on email fans, you will just fill in the email blank and launch your mass emails directly to fans that love you! That's it.