BEATPORT, the world's largest dance music community and music store for DJs, today (December 4) announced that its Mixes platform has emerged from invite-only status, now allowing any DJ in the world to upload, share and sell their mixes.
Beatport Mixes (mixes.beatport.com) launched in June, offering only select DJs invited the ability to sell their mixtapes as downloadable files. Opening Mixes to the public now gives bedroom DJs and superstars alike the chance to take advantage of the platform. For those mixtapes available for sale, BEATPORT clears the usage rights to the songs included on behalf of the DJs who created them,compensating all parties involved-both the DJ and the rights-holders behind the songs used, including artists, songwriters, labels andpublishers. Until this launch, DJs who wanted to sell mixtapes would have to either clear these rights themselves (often taking months to accomplish), make their fans jump through hoops to purchase the rights for them, or limit their distribution to streaming and Internet radio services (which pay less and have more restrictions on fan usage).
To alleviate the complexities of licensing for the DJ, BEATPORT has deals in place with tens of thousands of independent labels it currently works with to cover the use of their songs on Beatport Mixes. BEATPORT is negotiating similar rights with its major label partners as well. As a result, with each mix sale, BEATPORT compensates all parties involved in the mix as if those tracks were downloaded individually, so long as the mix was created using tracks acquired through the Beatport Music store. BEATPORT also offers a non-downloadable, full-length preview option which does not require tracks to be acquired through BEATPORT. Any mix can also now be embedded for playback on websites and blogs, as well as shared to a user's Facebook timeline.