Contributor Agreement

Please read the terms and conditions of this Contributor Agreement (“Contributor Agreement”) carefully before contributing any Royalty Free Music. This Contributor Agreement, which may be amended from time to time, outlines the rights you are granting to HookSounds in any Royalty Free Music, and what uses HookSounds may make of the Royalty Free Music. You can always find the most recent version of our Contributor Agreement here:

This Agreement hereby incorporates the terms of the following additional documents, including all future amendments or modifications thereto:

  1. Terms of Use
  2. One Time Use License Agreement
  3. Multi-Use License Agreement
  4. Extended License
  5. Royalty Schedule
  6. Privacy Policy

Here are the terms you are agreeing to when you contribute Royalty Free Music to HookSounds.

There are a few other documents that may be applicable to your use of the Service. Here are the links to the other agreements that may be relevant.

1. Our Service

1.1 Our Service.

HookSounds operates an online royalty free music licensing service. Our Users either pay a fee to license content from the Service or download the content for free under the USE & MENTION license when music track offers the chance to do so. You acknowledge and agree that Users may make broad use of such downloaded content for the stated fee and are under no obligation to inform HookSounds or you of the uses made of any submitted content. Although in exchange of the USE & MENTION license we specify that credit to the author and the site must take place in the video or description where music was used and we do all we can to make it happen, we cannot guarantee Users will do that in 100% of cases.

You may choose to contribute to the Service, music tracks, audio logos, and other media, along with any associated text, for license to other Users in exchange for royalties (“Royalty Free Music”). Any User who contributes Royalty Free Music to the Service shall be referred to as a “Contributor.”

1.2 Contributor Guidelines.

You agree to follow HookSounds’s Contributor Guidelines. HookSounds may choose to impose submission limits on accounts with an acceptance rate that falls below the minimum thresholds listed on the Contributor Guidelines or reject Royalty Free Music in its sole discretion. The excessive submission of content that does not adhere to HookSounds’s guidelines may result in the termination of your HookSounds contributor account. You agree that you will not, and will not solicit any third party on your behalf, to download content you have contributed as Royalty Free Music.

1.3 Treatment of Royalty Free Music and Removal.

HookSounds has the right to refuse to accept any Royalty Free Music for any reason or no reason. HookSounds has the right to remove any Royalty Free Music from the Service at any time for any reason (including but not limited to our belief that your submission would or does subject us to legal action or if your Royalty Free Music violates the terms of this Agreement or our Contributor Guidelines) or no reason. You have the right to remove any of your Royalty Free Music from our Service at any time for any reason. HookSounds will use reasonable efforts to cause the Royalty Free Music, including any additional versions such as Cut Outs (as defined below), to be removed from the Service and affiliated or partner websites within sixty (60) days of your deactivation of such Royalty Free Music. However, you agree that any licenses issued by HookSounds in respect of any Royalty Free Music that is removed from the Service will remain in full force and effect under the terms of that license. In addition, you also agree that HookSounds will be able to keep at least a thumbnail of any Royalty Free Music that you removed indefinitely. In the event that Royalty Free Music is deleted between the time when a User uses it in a multimedia project and when that video is Published, you will earn royalties for the Royalty Free Music even after it has been deleted. This is an uncommon, special circumstance. Deactivated content is not available for licensing to any User who hasn’t already included it in a multimedia project prior to the time it is removed.

HookSounds is all about sharing your content with other people so they can make awesome videos. The content you submit to HookSounds will become a part of that awesomeness.

Every work of art is a beautiful snowflake, but *we* get to say what content is appropriate for HookSounds. If you’d like to remove some of your content from HookSounds you’re free to so inform us, and we’ll try to take it off the Service .

2. Ownership, Releases and Your License Grant

2.1 Ownership.

Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed to transfer any copyrights to HookSounds. The copyrights in and to all Royalty Free Music remains with the owner of such copyrights. Any and all Royalty Free Music submitted to the Service must be your own original work.

2.2 Model and Property Releases.

By submitting Royalty Free Music to HookSounds, you agree to provide valid and accurate releases for all non-editorial Royalty Free Music you upload to HookSounds that, in our judgment, contains an identifiable face, identifiable person, other identifiable attribute, or property. If you do not have a release for the Royalty Free Music that contains an image(s) of an identifiable person or property, HookSounds may choose to reject such content. You agree that you are solely responsible for retaining all original releases and maintaining complete and accurate release records for all Royalty Free Music. Any applicable releases are required to be electronically submitted to HookSounds with the Royalty Free Music. You acknowledge and agree that the submission of falsified, inaccurate or otherwise defective releases constitutes a material breach of this Agreement and can result in the immediate termination of your account without prior notice.

2.3 License Grant.

By submitting any Royalty Free Music to the Service, you hereby grant HookSounds, a worldwide, exclusive right and license to copy, reproduce, create derivative works, publicly display, market, sublicense and sell any Royalty Free Music uploaded by you and accepted by HookSounds, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. In addition, HookSounds shall have the right, but not the obligation, to license all Royalty Free Music to its Users in accordance with our USE & MENTION License, PRO License, BUSINESS License or BROADCAST licenses, or any other license offered by HookSounds. The specific terms that will govern specific Royalty Free Music will be determined by the license under which a particular User downloads such Royalty Free Music.

We claim no copyrights in the content submitted to us by others.

In order for us to accept your content it has to have appropriate releases, which you can read about in our Contributor Guidelines.

By submitting Royalty Free Music to HookSounds, you give us the right to sell licenses to others so they can use it.

3. HookSounds’s Proprietary Rights

A file may be rejected, at HookSounds’s sole discretion, for the content of the Royalty Free Music and/or the quality of the song, audio quality or any other reason. You remain the owner of all Intellectual Property Rights, including without limitation copyrights, in and to all track versions you submit to the Service.

Part of what makes HookSounds wonderful to find amazing Royalty Free Music is that all items of our catalog are carefully reviewed.

We may choose to remove some of your versions, correct some information we find incorrect like bpm, number of versions, categories, tags and length of the music.

3. Permitted Uses

Subject to the restrictions described under Prohibited Uses below, the following are “Permitted Uses” of HookSounds music that contain Royalty Free Music:

  1. invitations, advertising and promotional projects, presentations, film and video presentations, commercials.
  2. school or university projects;
  3. social media posts;
  4. background music for Shops, Bars, Restaurants, Gyms, Conferences,;
  5. entertainment applications, such as videos, broadcast and theatrical presentations;
  6. online or electronic publications, including web pages, blogs, ebooks and videos;
  7. other reproductions for personal or promotional purposes, but not for resale, license or other distribution;
  8. any other uses approved in writing by HookSounds.

In the event that you create a derivative work based on or incorporating the Royalty Free Music, all rights in and to such Royalty Free Music shall continue to be owned by HookSounds or its Contributor(s), subject to your rights to use such Royalty Free Music pursuant to the terms and limitations set forth herein.

All other rights in the Royalty Free Music are expressly reserved by HookSounds for itself and its Contributors.

These are the things this license permits you to do with HookSounds Royalty Free Music.

4. Payment Amounts and Payment Terms


HookSounds will pay you a royalty for each unique license purchase of your Royalty Free Music for which HookSounds receives payment. The current royalty rates are set forth on the Become a contributor page. HookSounds may modify the royalty rate and/or payment schedule at any time. If HookSounds does modify the royalty rate, royalties earned before the effective change in rates will be credited at the rate in effect at the time such royalties were earned. You may also choose to not receive payment for Royalty Free Music if used in a personal and/or commercial work by a member by marking the appropriate box during submission, in which case that particular Royalty Free Music will be available for free to a HookSounds member. Paid members may download a Royalty Free Music subject to the limitations of their individual licensing terms.


Payment of royalties is made automatically each month when the balance is above your chosen threshold (minimum $3). Payments above $100 are sent without cost to you. Payouts under $100 incur a $2 processing fee. Contributors voluntarily closing their accounts may request payment of all outstanding royalties. Where this amount is under $100, the usual processing fee will apply. If your account is cancelled for a breach of this Agreement, any royalties and/or other compensation otherwise payable to you hereunder will be forfeited by you.


If you are credited with a license sale or license sales and HookSounds thereafter issues a refund to an individual or member that licensed any of your Contributor Content, HookSounds will have the right to deduct royalties credited to your account and/or allocated to such refunded subscriptions. Credit card chargebacks will be treated in the same manner as refunded license purchases. If HookSounds makes an overpayment of royalties or other compensation to you for any reason, HookSounds shall have the right to deduct the amount of such overpayment from your accrued royalties or to demand the immediate repayment of such overpaid royalties or other compensation.


For now HookSounds doesn’t require any tax forms from contributors. As HookSounds is a non US company we don’t provide US tax forms like the 1099.