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theaudience.co.nz is the ultimate music discovery machine, a socially interactive and engaging music website that specifically focuses on unreleased songs and supporting up-and-coming New Zealand artists.

Below you'll find answers to some frequently asked questions, which will help you to make the most of being on theaudience.co.nz.

Welcome to theaudience.co.nz from theaudience on Vimeo.

 

How do I register to use theaudience.co.nz? You can sign in at any time by clicking the link at the top-left corner of the page, using your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account.

Why do I have to sign in with a social network account? This allows you to make the most of the capabilities of theaudience.co.nz.  With a few clicks, you can share artists, tracks and your own playlists created on theaudience.co.nz via social networking platforms.

Encouraging sharing not only enables you to let your friends know of your favourite artists and tracks, but it also helps you discover new music via your friends, who may be sharing their favourite artists and tracks as well.

What is the Discover button? The Discover button is curated by us and is an ever-changing list of tracks that we think are interesting and that will appeal to a wide variety of people on theaudience.co.nz.

How is it decided who gets the NZ On Air 'Wild Card' Making Tracks grant?  It doesn’t matter what genre the track sits in, whether it is commercial or alternative, who it’s by or who is behind it; in fact the only thing that does matter is that it is a fantastic track and enough people like it so it finishes in the #1 spot at the end of a chart month. This means that 10 times a year the number one track from the Wildcard Chart goes forward for a $10,000 NZ On Air 'Wild Card' Making Tracks grant, which contributes towards recording the winning track and producing a viedo.

Please note though that if an artists has already been discovered by theaudience.co.nz and has received a Wild Card Making Tracks grant then they're ineligible to receive any further Wild Card grants. If you also receive theaudience.co.nz Wild Card grant, it is still a NZ on Air Making Tracks grant and you must still adhere to the their guidelines, including contributing $2000 towards the costs. The full set of guidelines can be found here

What is the difference between the Daily Chart and the Wildcard Chart? The Daily Chart (website homepage) updates once a day at 3am and shows a track's position based on votes, plays and shares from the last 24 hours. The Wildcard Chart is a more long term view - based on activity from the first to the last day of each calendar month - and it updates hourly.

How do I create a playlist? You can create, name and save playlists on theaudience.co.nz.  The playlists can be posted on your social media pages or anywhere else you want them to be seen. Voting for your favourite ‘unreleased’ track also automatically adds it your playlist.

How do I download music from theaudience.co.nz? Music is not for sale on theaudience.co.nz, but an artist can make a track available for download - to all users, or only for their fans. By clicking on a track page you'll see the download option, if it's avaialble.  

How do I become a fan of an artist? Simply navigate to the artist’s page and click ‘Become a Fan’ at the top of their profile.

How do I embed tracks and playlists on my own website? On theaudience.co.nz you will find embedding codes wherever you see a 'Share' button. The different types of players can be viewed in demonstration here, and they can be seen in action at publicaddress.net here.

How do I stay up to date? We suggest you like our facebook page and follow us on Twitter. This means you'll be the first to hear about exciting competitions and anything else that's going on.

How does the weekly Top 10 for theaudience.co.nz radio show work? The weekly Top 10 is calculated at 9am each Thursday morning, from activity across the site for the previous 7 days - so you can help decide who makes the cut by pushing play, voting for your favourite tracks, adding tracks to playlists and sharing via social media.   

Kiwi FM - Mon 8pm, replayed Thurs 8pm, Fri 6am, Sun 9pm (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch), RDU - Fri 2pm (Christchurch), Contact FM - Fri 3pm (Hamilton), 95bFM - Sat 11am (Auckland), Most FM - Sat 12pm (Taranaki), Radio One - Sat 4pm (Dunedin) and Control FM - Sat 6pm (Manawatu).

What is the Fair Play clause? The Fair Play clause is part of the website’s terms of use (http://www.theaudience.co.nz/terms-of-use/) and exists so that everyone has equal opportunities.

"The site is pretty resilient but no doubt one or two of you will try to beat the system.  Activities like using multiple accounts to vote or repeatedly playing the same track are, in our view, cheating. We have systems in place to alert us to this type of activity and if we find anyone cheating we will take whatever action we deem appropriate - if you don't like it then you are welcome to leave.  Our decision will be final, no rights of appeal exist." 

I saw X artist at Number 1 when the chart closed - why didn't they win?

This is a visual issue that doesn't come up often, but every now and then you will see an artist sitting in the Number 1 position on the chart at the end of the month who isn't actually in the top position.

The chart displayed isn't exactly real time - it updates often, but there will be times when the raw numbers don't match up with what's displaying on the site. This applies to every position on the chart, not just #1. If there is a close race at the top of the Wildcard Chart, sometimes this will mean an artist appears in #1 when it closes at 9pm on the last day of the month, even though the raw numbers say different. Rest assured - the winner of the Wildcard Chart will always be the artist with the most votes, plays and shares at the end of the month, regardless of what visual glitches may exist.

Tutorial video: Still unsure? Try watching our helpful user tutorial video, and if you've still got questions feel free to send us an email on .

 

 

ARTIST FAQ's

Who can register as an Artist on theaudience.co.nz? theaudience.co.nz is free to use and open to everyone.  If you are an artist and want to put your tracks up you will need to be either living in New Zealand, or if offshore, a New Zealand citizen.

How do I sign up? Head to http://www.theaudience.co.nz/ and register, using an existing Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account. Then you need to hit the button that says CREATE ARTIST and away you go.

theaudience.co.nz Artist Tutorial from theaudience on Vimeo.

Once you have done this you can upload as many tracks as you like – either to be streamed, available for download by anyone, or available for download by your fans. All tracks must be uploaded in .wav format.

Add your artwork, any biographies or other information you feel like adding, connect to your social media feeds, and you are ready to go.  Because we want to provide the best quality experience we can - and if you are uploading more than one track we highly recommend you use different artwork for each track. Then your tracks will stand out from each other, and it keeps the website visually interesting.

Is my track released or unreleased? If your track has already been released you can still upload it to theaudience.co.nz for your fans to enjoy, it just won’t be eligible for the NZ on Air 'Wild Card' Making Tracks funding or the Wildcard Chart. And if you're unsure whether your track is released or unreleased, this is the definition as provided on the 'Add A Track' page of the website: "If your track is available for sale through mainstream retail stores, either digitally (eg. iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Amplifier or Bandcamp) or physically (eg. JB Hi-Fi, The Warehouse), it is ‘Released’. If your track has also had radio play or been serviced to radio stations it as 'Released'. The only exception is theaudience.co.nz Radio Show. 

If your track has already received NZ On Air ‘Making Tracks’ funding, it is not eligible for funding a second time and must be marked ‘Released’."  Also, if you've already won a Wildcard Making Tracks grant with theaudience.co.nz or if anyone featured on your track has won a Wildcard grant, then you're ineligible to win another Wildcard grant. 

Each artist will only be able to have one track on the Wildcard Chart. You can still load as many unreleased or released tracks as you like, but only one of them can be considered for competition. 

For artists who currently have more than one track listed, the system will automatically default to your most popular track - but you can manually change which track you want to be included in the Wildcard Chart by visiting the Track page on your Dashboard. 

What is the Fair Play clause? The Fair Play clause is part of the website’s terms of use (http://www.theaudience.co.nz/terms-of-use/) and exists so that everyone has equal opportunities.

"The site is pretty resilient but no doubt one or two of you will try to beat the system.  Activities like using multiple accounts to vote or repeatedly playing the same track are, in our view, cheating. We have systems in place to alert us to this type of activity and if we find anyone cheating we will take whatever action we deem appropriate - if you don't like it then you are welcome to leave.  Our decision will be final, no rights of appeal exist."  

How is it decided who gets the NZ On Air 'Wild Card' Making Tracks grant?  It doesn’t matter what genre the track sits in, whether it is commercial or alternative, who it’s by or who is behind it; in fact the only thing that does matter is that it is a fantastic track and enough people like it so it finishes in the #1 spot at the end of a chart month. This means that 10 times a year the number one track from the Wildcard Chart goes forward for a $10,000 NZ On Air 'Wild Card' Making Tracks grant, which contributes towards recording the winning track and producing a video.  If you've already been discovered by theaudience.co.nz and have received a Wild Card Making Tracks grant then you're ineligible to receive any further Wild Card grants.

PLEASE NOTE - If you receive theaudience.co.nz Wild Card grant, it is still a NZ on Air Making Tracks grant and you must still adhere to the their guidelines, including contributing $2000 towards the costs. The full set of guidelines can be found here

Tutorial video: Still unsure? Try watching our helpful Artist Tutorial video, and if that doesn’t answer your questions email us on .

 

The legal bit: At all times Artists retain complete ownership and control over their material. We only have non-exclusive rights to do what we promise to do and what you allow us to do, and then only for as long as you want it to happen. You can upload and remove tracks and other details whenever you want, there are no catches. It really is as simple as that, we are only here to help. Why are we doing this?  Because we love you.

Terms of Use: Here’s the deal.

In a sense we are asking to broadcast your material. You, the Artist retain complete control and ownership of your music, and your artwork, your biographical details and anything else you post (together called “Your Material”), on theaudience.co.nz (“the Service”).  So…

By clicking “I agree” you are entering into a contract with us where you agree:-

To grant to us a non-exclusive world-wide free use licence in Your Materials, for the duration of the copyright that allows us:

  1. to store and reproduce Your Materials either in full or in part on the Service wherever it may be situated and in all media now existing or that may arise in the future;
  2. to broadcast, transmit, electronically communicate, disseminate or otherwise provide to users access to Your Material;
  3. permit or refrain from allowing users to listen to and or view all or a portion of Your Materials;
  4. to permit users, if you have agreed to this separately, to download, store or copy Your Materials directly from our site;
  5. to use Your Materials in publicity and promotion,
  6. to supply your Materials to our partner broadcasters and the independent radio stations for the Chart Show.
  7. develop and maintain the service at our expense;
  8. actively promote the service and New Zealand music; and
  9. keep you informed as to User activity.

 

Your promises to us:

You warrant undertake and agree that:-

YOU ARE FREE TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT AND ARE EITHER THE SOLE LEGAL AND BENEFICIAL OWNER OR CONTROLLER OF ALL RIGHTS GRANTED OR HAVE OBTAINED ALL NECESSARY CONSENTS OF ANY NATURE WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED FROM THIRD PERSONS TO ALLOW US TO EXERCISE OUR RIGHTS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.

NO MATERIALS PROVIDED BY YOU TO US UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MUSICAL WORKS, SOUND RECORDINGS, ARTWORK AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS, NOR ANY USE OF SUCH MATERIALS BY US SHALL VIOLATE ANY LAW OR INFRINGE UPON OR VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY.

YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY US AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, LOSS, DAMAGE, COST OR EXPENSE INCLUDING REASONABLE LAWYER’S FEES PAID OR INCURRED BY REASON OF ANY BREACH OR ALLEGED BREACH OF THESE WARRANTIES.

Fair Play - the site is pretty resilient but no doubt one or two of you will try to beat the system.  Activities like using multiple accounts to vote or repeatedly playing the same track are in our view cheating and we have systems in place to alert us to this type of carry on.  Just understand this, if we find anyone cheating we will take whatever action we deem appropriate, and if you don't like it then you are welcome to leave.  Our decision will be final, no rights of appeal exist, this is not the playground, this is the real world.

The risk: YOU UNDERSTAND THAT UPON YOUR MATERIALS BEING POSTED ON OUR SITE VISITORS TO OUR SITE WILL BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO, REPRODUCE, DOWNLOAD (if you have agreed to allow this), ADAPT OR OTHERWISE DEAL IN THE COPYRIGHTS ATTACHED TO AND EMBODIED IN YOUR MATERIALS AND WE HAVE NO RIGHTS, INTERESTS OR CONTROL OVER HOW REPRODUCTIONS OF YOUR MATERIALS ARE USED, ADAPTED OR DISSEMINATED. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE WE ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH A SECURITY MECHANISM TO HINDER FURTHER COPYING OF YOUR MATERIAL. What this means is that we run open source people, we have no DRM.

Groups: In the event that the Artist comprises more than one member each member acknowledges that each member is individually contracted to us and that references to the Artist in this Agreement shall be deemed to refer to each member and that all obligations on the part of the Artist in the Agreement are joint and several obligations on the part of each member.

Labels, managers and groups: If you are a manager or a label or the Artist you represent is a group then you agree and warrant that you are authorised to act on behalf of the Artist and that the warranties as set out in this agreement apply to you as if you are the Artist.

The law: The Governing Law of this Agreement is New Zealand.

Who are we? theaudience.co.nz is wholly New Zealand owned and operated by Amplifier Holdings Limited. We can be found at:

The Cavern
519 New North Road
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Auckland
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