The Rock Band Network beta program is now open to the public, giving emerging and established artists the tools needed to start authoring and submitting their music into Rock Band. From now on you can sell your music as playable Rock Band tracks through a special online music store.
"The Rock Band Network opens the Rock Band universe to musicians at any stage of their career, empowering them to release the songs they choose, on their timetable, via our proven music distribution platform," said Paul DeGooyer, Senior Vice President of Electronic Games and Music for MTV Networks Music Group.
"It is a high-value business proposition that features powerful promotional impact for artists and songwriters, while at the same time adding real sales to their bottom lines."
There's a whole process to all of this which involves two areas: Playtest, where the community delivers feedback on a work in progress track, or Peer Review, where a revised song goes when it is considered a final draft and ready to be posted for sale. Once tracks are approved, they will be transferred to the Rock Band Network Store.
Artists who submit songs will be able to choose from multiple pricing tiers for individual tracks and receive a royalty of 30% of the retail selling price (excl. tax) for every track purchased through the RBN Store.
To check out the Rock Band Network in action, featuring American singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton, please visit the link below or go to Creators.RockBand.com.
Rock Band Network Panel