Fast Forward is a next-generation royalty advance service from Amuse. It analyzes your streaming data to calculate and pay out upcoming earnings when you release music with our digital music distribution service. No need for filling out complicated forms or schedule meetings with suits from finance institutes!
Since its launch last year, hundreds of artists have used Fast Forward to advance themselves - from $50 to $300,000! Need cash for your new music video? Want to plaster posters all over town? Fast Forward helps you advance your music career on your own terms.
We recently got asked really late notice to do this great gig in London. Danny and I are based in Belfast, and as musicians, it’s usually very hard to jump on opportunities like this when you don’t have a chance to plan for it. But the Fast Forward option popped up the very same day and helped us pay for flights and gear rental, it totally saved us.
Kris Platt from Blue Americans
Royalties from streaming can be small and slow, but over time they add up. Fast Forward is our data-driven royalty advance service, letting eligible Amuse users collect future royalties. Each offer, ranging from 50USD up to 300,000USD, includes a small fee and is based on the streaming patterns of the individual artist.
Eligibility is based on how much streaming data Fast Forward has to work with. Your music needs to be distributed by Amuse and have some consistent fan activity. With that said, Fast Forward is available to a much wider range of artists than a traditional advance would be!
If you're an artist collaborator receiving royalty splits through Amuse you can also be eligible for a Fast Forward - even if you're not distributing the music yourself.
Thanks to the streaming data we pick up from the distribution service, Fast Forward can analyze more than 65 billion data points to calculate future royalties. Each offer is custom calculated for your individual music catalogue.
The service is seamlessly integrated into the Amuse apps, meaning you'll never have to fill out an application form or be interviewed by a financial institute. Fast Forward automatically calculates advances on beforehand. Eligible artists can see and easily withdraw their offered advance with just a tap, and the funds will be transferred in only a few days.
Frequently Asked Questions
First of all, you need to distribute your music through Amuse (and why shouldn't you - it's free). Sign up here!
Our algorithm analyzes each user's streaming data to find patterns and calculate upcoming earnings.
The more data the system has to work with, the more likely you'll be offered a Fast Forward. That means that if you're an artist with a somewhat established fanbase and a steady amount of streams coming in each month, you're on the right track.
And since more songs equals more data, you should move your entire catalogue if you're looking into becoming an Amuse user.
A Fast Forward is an advance - but without the traditional downsides to it, such as signing away your master rights and long-term record deals. That means artists are free to fund and pursue their artistic dreams.
It’s fully automatic and calculated on beforehand, meaning you’ll never have to fill out an application form or be interviewed by a financial institution.
Few emerging artists have the opportunity of getting approached with an advance. Since Fast Forward is data-driven, it is able to create offers for a wide range of artists - from as low as 50 bucks to really big $.
Each offer is individually calculated by our algorithm, based on more than 65 billion data points. In other words, it all depends on your music and how much traction it has.
To give you an idea of the possibilities though: so far offers have ranged from 50USD to 300,000USD.
When you accept a Fast Forward offer, your distribution rights are locked with Amuse until your advance and fee is recovered. Once you are fully recouped, you'll collect your royalties just as usual again!
Check out the Amuse apps to easily track your recoupment progress!
No, it's more like you owe yourself money. You only pay back your advance with your own upcoming royalties.
We won’t charge artists for any money they don’t make back, and the artist is not liable on a personal level.
Each Fast Forward offer includes a fee that is charged upon your advance. It's as personalised as the offer itself and dependent on the individual data of each artist and the actual time period, meaning the number varies. It considers factors such as stability,risk and richness of data.
The fee is always stated clearly in the offer.
If you choose to accept a Fast Forward offer, the Amuse app will take you through the terms & conditions of the advance. After you've approved them, the money will be on your registered account within 5 business days.
If you have brought your catalogue over to Amuse, make sure to reach out to your previous distributor to take down the releases from their service.
It'll show up in your registered account no later than 5 business days!
The royalties you earn after taking the offer are used to recoup the advance. The advances are usually calculated to be recouped within 3 to 6 months, and you can easily track your recoupment in the apps.
You can basically just sit back and relax. Or focus on putting those $ to use!
Pro tip: if you release more music or move over your catalogue, you'll probably be recouped way faster.
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