Frequently Asked Questions
What’s so special about ZMX Music?
ZMX Music makes it possible for any artist to sell their music in print, on any web site, Facebook, or MySpace page, and earn royalties of 50 percent of the sale price!
Who creates the sheet music, and how?
ZMX Music has a network of arrangers - professional musicians - who work their way carefully through your songs, transcribing the original performance and then creating arrangements for different combinations of instruments. It’s highly skilled work, performed under the close supervision of our Master Arranger. They use top-of-the-line software and specially-designed templates that ensure that our arrangements are the best in the industry.
Do customers have to be online to access the music?
Customers have to be on-line to complete their purchase, but are able to download their music in PDF format and store it on their computer, tablet, or other device. Each purchase is watermarked with the buyer’s name and order information to discourage illegal copying.
What if I have a music publisher?
Simple - have your publisher contact us, or put us in touch with your publisher. We can make all the necessary arrangements with them, and get you up and running quickly.
How does ZMX price sheet music?
We set aggressive prices that make it easy for fans to purchase the songs they want. We charge $1.29 for a standard lead sheet (vocal line + chords) and $1.79 for piano-vocal-guitar arrangements or high-quality guitar tab. Full transcriptions (instrument by instrument) are $2.49.
How do I know what I’ve earned?
When you sign on with ZMX, you get a user name and password that lets you log in any time and see up-to-the-minute reports of each sale and every penny in revenue and royalties. You’ll know exactly which songs and arrangements were the big sellers, too.
Do your lower prices mean that artists will earn less money?
No. The mainstream print publishers might pay a 15% royalty on a $4.95 piano-vocal arrangement, netting the artist around 74 cents per sale. ZMX pays a 50% royalty on a $1.79 sale, netting the artist around 90 cents per sale.
How do I know where the money goes?
ZMX provides a clear audit trail that shows where every penny of revenue comes from, and where every penny goes. No write-offs or remainders, no folio discounts, no promotional expenses.
How do I sign up?
How do customers find and buy my sheet music?
Our system let you sell directly to your fans from your web site, Facebook or MySpace page. You keep control of the customer experience, without having to send your fans to someone else's web site.
I have a great cover band. Can you help me create sheet music?
Unfortunately, no. ZMX works only with composers or the music publishers who represent them, because they are the folks who own or control the copyright to the music. We can’t help you create sheet music for someone else’s song.
Why do I need revenue of over $100K per year to qualify?
ZMX invests a lot of time and effort to create high-quality sheet music arrangements that your fans will love. So we want to work with artists who can sell enough sheet music to make it all worthwhile.
Can I make money selling Sheet Music?
Absolutely! We’ve made it incredibly easy for you to sell music in print (sheet music) to your fans. Many of them love to play as much or more as they love to listen, and they want to learn to play your music themselves.
It sounds much too simple. What's the catch?
It is simple, and there isn't any catch. If you have fans, chances are that some of them are piano players or guitar players who want to learn how to play your songs. ZMX Music makes it easy for you to give them what they want, and make money at the same time.
How do you prevent customers from making illegal copies of my artists' music?
No one can prevent photocopying, of course. But all ZMX sheet music has the customer's name and purchase term printed on the front page, so they are less likely to hand out illegal copies. Mostly, though, we discourage illegal copying by offering customers a reasonable and fair price to begin with.
Does a lower price mean lower quality?
Absolutely not. ZMX Music produces the highest quality sheet music available on the market today. We’re able to charge lower prices because our artists sell directly to their fans, without any middle men.
What if I’m unhappy with ZMX?
To be honest, that hasn’t happened yet. But our standard Digital Print Publishing Agreement is non-exclusive and you can terminate at any time.
Do you require browser plug-ins (like Sibelius Scorch, or the MusicNotes Suite?)
No, we don’t. Our goal is to make it easy and effortless for fans to buy the music they want, without having to download and install all kinds of quirky software.
How do I know the arrangements are accurate?
We invite our artists to review, comment, and make corrections on the arrangements we create. And if we make an error, we’ll fix it and encourage every purchaser to download the updated arrangement, free of charge.
What if I already have sheet music arrangements? Can I still use your on-line store?
ZMX is pilot-testing a new program that will let you sell your own sheet music arrangements using our on-line store. Under this program you can sell your arrangements anywhere you want, and at any price you want. You pay an annual fee, plus a small percentage of each sale. If you want to learn more about our pilot program, contact us!
What makes ZMX Music different?
Historically, only Top 40 artists have been able to make money selling sheet music. By streamlining production and distribution, ZMX Music allows thousands more musicians to tap into this revenue stream, earning royalties three to five times the industry average.
What if I don’t have a web page, Facebook account, or MySpace page?
In this case, you're probably not ready to work with ZMX Music. Get back in touch when you've got your online presence in gear!
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