What We Look For in a Stem User

Here at Stem, we take our job of getting your music out into the world & making sure you get paid seriously; we want to help artists build and further their careers by creating a new standard in back-office tools for managing your business independently.

In order to create the best experience possible for our users, we don’t accept everyone to Stem. We are looking for artists, managers and labels who are building exciting businesses independently that are driven by creativity, collaboration and strategic planning. Stem is used best when you look at our platform as part of your team.

If you’re ready to try out Stem, go ahead and apply here. If you’ve already applied and have received notification that you have not been accepted, read on to learn more about what we look for in a Stem user.

A Clear Vision

Stem is a great way to get your music onto global streaming platforms. In addition to this, we’re dedicated to providing you education and resources to better understand the music ecosystem and how to build your profile within it. In order for Stem to work best for you, it’s important you have a clear vision for your brand & music that you are conveying across all of your channels like Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, YouTube & more.

While we also love seeing things like playlisting, blog coverage, & engagement on socials, we don’t make our decisions of who to let onto Stem based on just that.

Original Content

Whether you’re writing your own songs, producing, contributing to friends’ songs, or creating covers of your favorite tracks, we want to see that you are actively creating unique content that is original to you. 

A Track Record

It’s our goal to support our users in building their own businesses independently. As a result, it’s important to give our team an idea of where you’re at in your journey when submitting your application. We are interested in seeing that you (or your team) have experience with releasing music in the past; we want to know about the types of roles you have filled on your team, what they are focused on, what’s worked for you in the past and how you plan to build in the future.

What We Look For in a Stem User

What to Do Once You’re Accepted to Stem

Complete your profile & start planning your first release!

Visit the Stem Blog for handy tips on how to build the best strategy possible. Our team touches upon everything from How to Distribute Your Music and What to Do After Releasing Music Online, to Starting Your Own Business and Making Data-Informed Creative Decisions.

What Should I Do If I’m Not Accepted?

We want to provide the best support possible to our users as we help them build their businesses independently. As a result, we can’t accept everyone onto Stem.

We understand all of the hard work you are putting into your craft. In the event we cannot accept you on Stem at this time, note that we revisit our waitlist every six months. We want to stay updated on your advancements so that we can hopefully work with you in the future. If you have news to share with us, including new additions to your team, upcoming releases or exciting news, please re-apply here and make sure to include it.

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