What Is A Shareholder?

A shareholder is a collaborator who owns part of a creative work. In other words, someone entitled to a portion of a song's revenue. For example, shareholders include producers, songwriters and performers. Videographers, editors and engineers can also count as shareholders.

What Is Stem's Minimum Lead Time to Guarantee My Content Goes Live When I Want It to?

Stem requires a minimum lead time of five business days to ensure your content goes live on your selected platforms.

If you would like to pitch for playlisting consideration, you must submit the release to our system 30 days prior to your intended release date.

If you upload your content after the listed deadlines, our system will still deliver it to all of your selected platforms. However, we cannot guarantee your release will go live on each platform by your intended release date.


If I Give Stem All of My Assets & Metadata, Can You Upload My Content for Me?

No, Stem does not manually upload user content. Users must enter all required metadata information (e.g. correct song title). Additionally, users must provide all required assets (e.g. properly formatted single artwork). Finally, users must click "Submit" for Stem to then distribute to streaming platforms.  

I Have A Very Important Release & Need It to Go Live Sooner Than the Required Five Business Days. Can Stem Rush My Release for Me?

Stem cannot rush releases to the platforms. It is the responsibility of the uploader to make sure they are allowing enough time for their content to go live on the platforms.

Can I Edit My Splits & Metadata After Uploading to Stem?

Yes, users can edit their metadata. However, we suggest that all shareholders have agreed to their splits before uploading. Our system reverts a contract to 'Pending' when the content uploader edits splits. As a result, all shareholders must accept their splits again. This can postpone payment for at least one month. If you would like to edit your content, please email [email protected].

Do All Shareholders Need to Accept Their Splits for Stem to Distribute My Content?

Stem will distribute content after users finish uploading it. However, our consensus-based payment model requires split acceptance from all shareholders before anyone receives earnings. 

If it takes some time for all shareholders to accept their splits, don't worry! Stem indefinitely keeps earnings safe until content owners approve their percentages. To learn more about what to do after your music hits the internet, click here