Needabeat is a crowdsourced music competition website that I came across the other day and felt that I should share it with you. I know this isn’t my usual kind of post, but bear with me. The site is primary focused on the Hip-Hop/Jazz/Pop genre’s but that doesn’t it’s not useful for find resources when producing rock/metal music. The site is in it’s early days, but I think it has a lot of potential.
It’s no secret that crowdsourcing has become a very popular format in recent years, designed as a way to get what you need at an affordable price with the benefit of not risking putting all of your eggs in one basket. If you’re not familiar with the idea of crowdsourcing. It is the concept that instead of paying and relying on one individual to be able to give you what you want. You can offer prize money or simply something of value to a public forum, or group of people (usually with the help of a site like Needabeat or Kickstarter) and let them either all contribute small parts for a large combined effort or allow them to compete and provide their best work in an effort to win a fixed amount of prize money, which is usually agreed upon beforehand.
How Wikipedia defines crowdsourcing:
“Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.”
Needabeat’s primary function is to crowdsource musical needs through competitions for small to large prizes, I have seen another site in this sort of vain before but was tailored for much bigger artists with a lot more money, so unless you have thousands of dollars to play with which you’re willing to put up for a project, then more than likely Needabeat is a much more accessible site for artists who haven’t made it rich and famous yet.
So how does it work exactly?
- Step one: Start a contest – Start a free music contest and choose from a large source of high quality entries provided by experienced beat producers and singers.
- Step Two: Pick a winner – After the music competition has ended, users get to choose one of the submitted entries which suits their needs best.
- Step Three: Exchange – During the final stage of the process, music competition creators provide the prize money in exchange for the beat or vocal samples they wish to purchase.
In the spirit of safety and fairness
Upon the completion of a contest, Needabeat creates a new transaction on the dashboard of the contest holder and the contest winner. The contest holder is then instructed to pay the prize. After the completion of the payment, Needabeat notify the winner that the money has been received and ask them to upload the complete beat or vocal. After the upload, Needabeat transfer the prize to the winner and both parties are able to provide feedback about each other afterwards.
The music competition prizes range anywhere from a few dollars, up to a few hundred. The service is open for anyone to join, compete or crowdsource any piece of music they may require.
The site is split into 3 main section which are as follows:
The Marketplace is where users can start a new competition, which is completely free to do. The place where people can start a new beat or voice contest and talented producers and singers can submit their entries.
The Beats & Vocals section is a database filled with beats from the sites producers. Fortunately if someone doesn’t have the time to run a Music contest, Beats & Vocals has the option to pick out and purchase whatever unique beats they may require when time is of the essence.
Producers & Singers is an area dedicated to the artists on the site. For people looking to hire a beat producer or singer to help create their musical projects. The section contains profiles and portfolios from a selection of artists ready for hire.
Overall Needabeat is well designed and user-friendly which presents a professional level tool for their users. Although I’m not majorly into the Hip-Hop genre, the primary focus of this websites user base. The samples they provide can be very useful for rock music production purposes if they are in the right hands. I’ve always enjoyed cross pollinating genres from all different walks of life. Needabeat simply gives me access to a different kind of resource.
If you are interested in the idea of crowdsourcing some stuff and think this might be what you need go visit NeedaBeat’s website, and check out their music competitions.
Stay Awesome 🙂