Song Evolution Terms of Service (“Agreement”)
Please read these Terms of Service (“Agreement”, “Terms of Service”) carefully before using www.songevolution.com (“the Site”) operated by Song Evolution (“us”, “we”, or “our”). This Agreement sets forth the legally binding Terms of Service for your use of the Site at www.songevolution.com
By accessing or using the Site in any manner, including, but not limited to, visiting or browsing the Site or contributing content or other materials to the Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service. Capitalized terms are defined in this Agreement.
These Terms and any rights and licenses granted hereunder may not be transferred or assigned by you but may be assigned by Song Evolution without restriction. Any attempted transfer or assignment in violation hereof shall be null and void.
Acceptance of Terms of Service and Amendments
Our website and services are provided to you on and through our website on an “AS IS” basis. You agree that the owners of this website exclusively reserve the right and may, at any time and without notice and any liability to you, modify or discontinue this website and its services or delete the data you provide, whether temporarily or permanently. We shall have no responsibility or liability for the timeliness, deletion, failure to store, inaccuracy, or improper delivery of any data or information. Moreover, due to the nature of our services we do not offer refunds.
Your Responsibilities and Registration Obligations
In order to use this website, you must register on our site, agree to provide truthful information when requested and be at least the age of thirteen (13) or older. When registering, you explicitly agree to our Terms of Service and that our Terms of Service may be modified by us from time to time and available here.
Registration and Password
You are responsible to maintain the confidentiality of your password and shall be responsible for all uses via your registration and/or login, whether authorized or unauthorized by you. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your registration, user account or password.
You agree that all information or data of any kind, whether text, software, code, music or sound, photographs or graphics, video or other materials (“Content”), publicly or privately provided, shall be the sole responsibility of the person providing the Content or the person whose user account is used. You agree that our website may expose you to Content that may be objectionable or offensive. We shall not be responsible to you in any way for the Content that appears on this website nor for any error or omission.
You explicitly agree, in using this website or any service provided, that you shall not:
(a) provide any Content or perform any conduct that may be unlawful, illegal, threatening, harmful, abusive, harassing, stalking, tortuous, defamatory, libelous, vulgar, obscene, offensive, objectionable, pornographic, designed to or does interfere or interrupt this website or any service provided, infected with a virus or other destructive or deleterious programming routine, give rise to civil or criminal liability, or which may violate any applicable local, national or international law;
(b) impersonate or misrepresent your association with any person or entity, or forge or otherwise seek to conceal or misrepresent the origin of any Content provided by you;
(c) collect or harvest any data about other users;
(d) provide or use this website and any Content or service in any commercial manner or in any manner that would involve junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of unauthorized advertising without our prior written consent;
(e) provide any Content that may give rise to our civil or criminal liability or which may constitute or be considered a violation of any local, national or international law, including but not limited to laws relating to copyright, trademark, patent, or trade secrets.
Submission of Content on this Site
By providing any Content to our website you agree to all of the following statements listed below:
(a) you agree to grant to us a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive right and license (including any moral rights or other necessary rights) to use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, distribute, perform, promote, archive, translate, and to create derivative works and compilations, in whole or in part. Such license will apply with respect to any form, media, technology known or later developed;
(b) you warrant and represent that you have all legal, moral, and other rights that may be necessary to grant us with the license set forth in this Section 7;
(c) you acknowledge and agree that we shall have the right (but not obligation), in our sole discretion, to refuse to publish or to remove or block access to any Content you provide at any time and for any reason, with or without notice.
Goods and services of third parties may be advertised and/or made available on or through this website. Representations made regarding products and services provided by third parties are governed by the policies and representations made by these third parties. We shall not be liable for or responsible in any manner for any of your dealings or interaction with third parties.
You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless, our subsidiaries, affiliates, related parties, officers, directors, employees, agents, independent contractors, advertisers, partners, and co-branders from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney’s fees, that may be made by any third party, that is due to or arising out of your conduct or connection with this web site or service, your provision of Content, your violation of this Terms of Service or any other violation of the rights of another person or party.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND ANY SERVICES OR CONTENT PROVIDED (THE “SERVICE”) IS MADE AVAILABLE AND PROVIDED TO YOU AT YOUR OWN RISK. IT IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS” AND WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES
OF ANY KIND, IMPLIED OR EXPRESS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
WE MAKE NO WARRANTY, IMPLIED OR EXPRESS, THAT ANY PART OF THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE, VIRUS-FREE, TIMELY, SECURE, ACCURATE, RELIABLE, OF ANY QUALITY, NOR THAT ANY CONTENT IS SAFE IN ANY MANNER FOR DOWNLOAD. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT NEITHER US NOR ANY PARTICIPANT IN THE SERVICE PROVIDES PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OF ANY KIND AND THAT USE OF SUCH ADVICE OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK AND WITHOUT OUR LIABILITY OF ANY KIND.
Some jurisdictions may not allow disclaimers of implied warranties and the above disclaimer may not apply to you only as it relates to implied warranties.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSS (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF (I) THE USE OF OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE, (II) THE COST TO OBTAIN SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND/OR SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY TRANSACTION ENTERED INTO ON THROUGH THE SERVICE, (III) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR DATA TRANSMISSIONS, (IV) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE, OR (V) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE.
In some jurisdictions, it is not permitted to limit liability and therefore such limitations may not apply to you.
With Regards to Communication
We do not make any representations or warranties as to the truth or accuracy of any statement made or materials posted on or through our site, forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site. You agree and acknowledge that you assume the risk of any actions you take in reliance upon the information that may be contained in our site, forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site.
We do not endorse or lend any credence for any statements that are made by any participant in our forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site. Any opinions or views expressed by our site, forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site participants are their own. We do not endorse or support or otherwise give any credence or reason for reliance on any such statements or opinions.
You are fully responsible for your own statements and materials that you post in our site, forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site and any consequences, whether or not foreseen, to any party who may rely upon these statements. You agree that you will not take any action directed towards attempting to hold us responsible for any such materials or statements.
As a participant in our site, forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site, you agree that we may remove any materials from our site, forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site for any reason, in our sole discretion, or for no reason at all. This includes material that is disruptive, abusive, offensive, illegal, vulgar, pornographic, or any other material. You hold us harmless from and against any damage you or others may suffer as a result of our removal of any content from our forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site or from the discontinuance of our forum, bulletin board, chat room, or any other user interactive area of our site at any time.
Important Communication Note: When opting to do shares through our site’s social accounts we own based on the service you have subscribed to when you placed an order for your campaign may be shared through third-party accounts. Moreover, please note since when shares are conducted through a 3rd party service we will not have the ability to access the amount of friends/followers one may have.
For any disputes or discrepancies you may have with Song Evolution, you agree to first contact us and attempt to resolve the dispute with us informally. Any controversies or disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration in accordance with the then-current Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. The parties shall select a mutually acceptable arbitrator knowledgeable about issues relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. In the event the parties are unable to agree to such a selection, each party will select an arbitrator and the two arbitrators, in turn, shall select a third arbitrator, all three of whom shall preside jointly over the matter. The arbitrator shall take place at a location that is reasonably centrally located between the parties or otherwise mutually agreed upon by the parties.
All documents, materials, and information in the possession of each party that are in any way relevant to the dispute shall be made available to the other party for review and copy no later than 30 days after the notice of arbitration is served.
The arbitrator(s) shall not have the authority to modify any provision of this Agreement or to award punitive damages. The arbitrator(s) shall have the power to issue mandatory orders and restraint orders in connection with the arbitration. The decision rendered by the arbitrator(s) shall be final and binding on the parties, and judgment may be entered in conformity with the decision in any court having jurisdiction. The agreement to arbitration shall be specifically enforceable under the prevailing arbitration law. During the continuance of any arbitration proceeding, the parties shall continue to perform their respective obligations under this Agreement.
Reservation of Rights
We reserve all of our rights, including but not limited to any and all copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and any other proprietary right that we may have in our website, its content, and the goods and services that may be provided. The use of our rights and property requires our prior written consent. We are not providing you with any implied or express licenses or rights by making services available to you and you will have no rights to make any commercial uses of our website or service without our prior written consent.
Notification of Copyright Infringement
If you believe that your property has been used in any way that would be considered copyright infringement or a violation of your intellectual property rights, our copyright agent may be contacted at the following address:
SONG EVOLUTION SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE.
Song Evolution takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content that you or any other user or third party posts or transmits using our images, products or services. You understand and agree that you may be exposed to User Content that is inaccurate, objectionable, inappropriate for children, or otherwise unsuited to your purpose.
You agree that this Terms of Service and any dispute arising out of your use of this website or our products or services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with local laws where the headquarters of the owner of this website is located, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. By registering or using this website and service you consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the county or city where the headquarters of the owner of this website is located.
(i) In the event that this Terms of Service conflicts with any law under which any provision may be held invalid by a court with jurisdiction over the parties, such provision will be interpreted to reflect the original intentions of the parties in accordance with applicable law, and the remainder of this Terms of Service will remain valid and intact;
(ii) The failure of either party to assert any right under this Terms of Service shall not be considered a waiver of any that party’s right and that right will remain in full force and effect;
(iii) You agree that without regard to any statue or contrary law that any claim or cause arising out of this website or its services must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause arose or the claim shall be forever barred; (iv) We may assign our rights and obligations under this Terms of Service and we shall be relieved of any further obligation.
Compilation Albums Terms and Conditions
There are 3 options to participate in a compilation album:
A. Preorder of albums by family and friends, through a Crowdfunding Campaign.
B. Paying for a song over a 4 or 5-month period.
C. Paying the full amount with one installment. This is the cheapest option.
Please see the album’s registration page for the cost of each option.
We will create your Crowdfunding page for you if you decide to choose Option A. You can then share this page with friends and family.
Option B is payable over the period of months as indicated on the album’s registration page. The music production, vocal recordings, mixing and mastering will take place during this time period.
Your vocal recording will be done at a qualifying recording studio (of our choosing) closest to your area. The budget is limited to one hour of recording time per song.
One hour of studio time for a lead vocal recording is more than sufficient if you are well prepared. If this process takes longer, you will have to cover any additional studio time/costs. This includes any additional costs because of late arrivals or late cancellations, according to each specific recording studio’s terms of service.
There are a limited number of places on an album. We will process registrations on a first come first serve basis. For this reason, filling out a registration form will not guarantee you a spot on the album.
Furthermore, we need to get at least 9 registrations to make it a 10 song album (although we are always aiming for 15 songs) including the main artist’s 10th song. Therefore, the production of an album will only be confirmed after at least 9 registrations. You will only receive an email with payment instructions (or your Crowdfunding Campaign discussion) from us after we have at least 9 registrations.
In the event that some of the registrants cancel after an album was confirmed or do not meet their crowdfunding target, making the total number of songs less than 10, we will fill up the album with songs we recorded in the past or songs from other compilation albums we are working on.
You will be able to order CDs for reselling. Shipping fees will be extra if CDs need to be posted to you. A minimum of 50 CDs can be ordered at a time, at R40 per CD.
Music Production Terms and Conditions
Changes to music and mixes (if needed) are allowed to be accommodating. Any large changes, like for example, key changes after live guitars have been recorded or voices that need to be re-recorded, edited and mixed will carry an additional cost. If a certain style/genre was decided upon before the production of a song/s and the client requests a different style after receiving die music/pre-production there will be additional costs (up to full price) depending on how large the changes will be.
The key and BPM (speed) of a song should be finalized before the date of music production. Any key changes or BPM changes after music production will have an additional fee.
Medleys (one song made up of different songs) will have a higher tariff than the normal tariff per song. A quotation will have to be done per medley depending on the number of songs and the total length of a medley.
Songs longer than 5:30 will carry an additional cost. In other words, a 6-minute song will be calculated by (base cost) x 1.25
7-minute songs will be calculated by (base cost x 1.5)
9+ Minute song/medley (base cost x 1.75)
11+ Minute song/medley (base cost x 2)
Musicians may cost more if songs are longer than average.
Background voices are included in the price and are on average 2-4 tracks (doubling a main vocal count as a backing vocal) per song and are included in the base tariff. If the client wants many double voices to create a choir effect, ex. 6+ backing vocals per song, there will be an additional fee.
Songs in the Jazz, Big Band, Ragtime genre will have an additional fee.
Any examples, suggestions, and changes can only be made by email. Audio/Mp3 attachments or Youtube/SoundCloud example links should be in an email. WhatsApp can’t be used for this purpose since it’s much easier and more reliable to search through an email history to avoid any misunderstanding. Sometimes files and instructions messages/voice notes get lost (deleted) on WhatsApp.
We work with a thorough schedule in the studio to ensure on-time delivery of projects. A schedule will be provided for music production and vocal recordings. If example songs and/or song instructions are not handed in before the start date of the project it may affect the deadline of the project because of other clients’ bookings. It’s sometimes possible to swap days with other clients but not always. In some cases, late submissions will force a project’s deadline later to honor other clients’ deadlines.
You need to submit a sample arrangement and instructions for each song. Rather we hit the mark and do changes (if needed) to a song than having to redo a complete arrangement which will have an additional cost since it takes 8 hours on average to produce the music of a song (before live musicians).
This Agreement was last modified on November 17, 2021.