Account and Profile

How do I delete my account entirely?

If you would like us to delete your account and profile entirely and remove all of your details from our database please email info@creative-commission.com with the subject line ‘Delete my account’ and we will delete your account from Creative Commission within five working days.

After deleting your account we will no longer store any account information about you, you will be removed from all mailing lists and we will send a final email confirming the actioning of your request.

How do I unsubscribe from your emails?

From time to time we may send to you automated email messages about briefs, applications and other on-site activity, as well as marketing emails, in order to keep you up-to-date with relevant activity on Creative Commission.

If you would like to fine-tune your email settings to control the types of emails you receive from us or to unsubscribe from all Creative Commission emails, you can manage your email subscription settings via your Account page.

Projects

What is a Project?

A Project is an example of work that you have completed which you would like to share with the creative community, highlight to a commissioner and include on your CC profile. It’s a chance to create a space to showcase a specific example of your work. What it’s not intended for is your showreel or for one Project item to encompass your full portfolio of work. You can find an overview of your projects via this link.

Why should I add Projects?

There are many reasons why it’s worth the time spending an hour or so every month to keep your Projects fresh.

To begin with, it's the most effective way to make your Profile sparkle. A large number of creatives' profile pages on Creative Commission feature very few examples of their work and so this is your ideal foot-in-the-door when a commissioner from a major label, independent record company or artist manager comes looking for someone just like you.

Feedback from our recent meetings with commissioners in the music industry (we meet with lots of labels and managers each week) is that they'd like to see more examples of what creatives on our platform are capable of - so why not show off more of what of the type of projects you've recently created?

Pro

If you're an upgraded member of CC, you can use your Projects each time you apply to a Brief by attaching examples of your work to the Application. This will save you a lot of time when repeating the need to add similar examples to your Application. If you'd prefer to hide secret projects from the rest of the world then you can do so when adding a new Project.

Network

At Creative Commission our goal is to offer as many opportunities to as many different creatives as possible. Every member of Creative Commission can share their work with up to 5 Network channels a month.

 

Where will my Projects be displayed?

If your Projects are set to 'public' display mode then they will show on your profile page and in the public Projects feed.

If you are an upgraded member of Creative Commission applying to Briefs, then your Projects will also display underneath the Brief application form for you to easily attach up to four projects to your applications.

How do I add new Projects?

Simply click below to add a new Project.
Add a new Project

How do I edit my Projects?

You can visit your list of Projects here to see all items, even if they are set to 'public' or 'private', in order to edit them; only you can see this page. Select Edit against the Project that you'd like to tune-up and then remember to hit save to commit your changes.

How do I delete my Projects?

You can visit your list of Projects here to see all items, even if they are set to 'public' or 'private', in order to delete them; only you can see this page. Select Delete against the Project that you'd like to remove to wave goodbye permanently to this item. This cannot be undone or retrieved.

What order is the feed shown in?

The Projects feed is displayed in an order of relevance, based on a combination of fresh, applicable, popular and suggested Projects that have been posted on CC recently. Each person sees a bespoke version of the feed, although the best projects will naturally rise higher and appear in more people's feed if they perform well in terms of views and Likes.

Why should I like other people's Projects?

By liking other people's Projects you can show your support for their creative handiwork and you'll also start to see more examples from these creatives over time.

Projects is a great way to see what your peers are doing in the music industry and beyond as well as finding out about Success projects which have come through the platform so please share the love!

Can I filter Projects to see certain types of content?

This is something we'll be introducing soon, hold tight!

What will happen to the existing images and videos on my profile?

Any images and videos currently displayed on profiles will remain for the foreseeable future but they will eventually be permanently replaced by Projects. We will give plenty of notice when this is due to happen. 

Can I upload my showreel as a Project?

Projects are designed to focus on a particular piece of work or campaign. This can be album and single artwork from a new release or a single music video. By doing this you are able to group particular work together and add context around the Project. There is a particular link within your Profile to upload your Showreel. 

Can I upload non-music Projects?

Yes, but please ensure the work is categorised properly, is relevant to Creative Commission and shows off your core skills. Overt, text-heavy, adverts of your services are strongly discouraged and may be removed by an Administrator.

Network

What is Network?

At Creative Commission our goal is to offer as many opportunities to as many different creatives as possible. We recognised that within the brief commissioning process some creatives would not be considered because they didn’t fit into a particular brief, timeline, budget, location or aesthetic. From our numerous meetings with music companies we also knew that these companies regularly commission set types of content (eg. UK video directors or LA Illustrators) and they’re always interested to discover new creatives with fresh ideas.

Our solution was to create Network: a series of bespoke content feeds private to individual commissioners and in-house teams to discover and commission new creatives.

What is a Channel?

Each commissioner’s Network channel will receive a content feed of Projects featuring work from creatives we know they’re interested in discovering and commissioning. Each member of Creative Commission, whether they’re a paid subscriber or not, will have the opportunity to post Projects to these Network channels and be seen, discovered and commissioned.

Can I apply to any Network?

You can only view and apply to a Network channel relevant to your skillset. When you create your profile on Creative Commission we ask you to list your skills. These skills relate to which Network channels you can apply to.   If you’re a video director and animator then you will be able to view and apply to Video, Animation and Lyric Video channels. If you’ve only set Photography as a skill then you can only apply to Photography channels.   Your location is also important. You will only be able to apply to channels which match your location. This does not necessarily limit your ability to connect with commissioners outside of your location. For example, a US label might create a Network for UK animators or photographers, or a global search for illustrators - which would include all members of CC.

What is a Project?

To apply to a Network you need to first create a Project. A Project can be uploaded on to Creative Commission from your Profile. Each Project should be a piece of music related content that you’ve helped create. For example, a music video you directed or album artwork you illustrated.   Each project must be official content and you must have permission to publish it. Work that is not yours will not be considered. Showreels and portfolio work is also unsuitable. Projects are designed to showcase one particular piece of content that showcases your ability and style. The commissioner is looking for specific examples of your work, so please divide your portfolio into specific projects to show them what you’re made of!   To keep your profile looking smart and neat you can decide if you’d like a project to be Private or Public (viewable on your profile). If you subscribe to Creative Commission you can also connect Projects to your Brief applications.

Can I apply one of my Projects to any Network channel?

Each Project must relate to the Network you would like to apply to. For example you will not be able to use an animation project to apply to an artwork Network. If you do not have a relevant Project then you would need to create a new Project.

Who uses Network?

Commissioners from record labels and music management companies. Each Network will name the individual music company, give a brief description of that company and some of the artists they work with.

How is Network different to a Brief?

Commissioners post briefs on Creative Commission to connect with an individual or team to create content for an active project. There is usually an artist, budget and timeline attached to the brief.   Network is a much more holistic, long-term approach, designed to broaden the net of creatives that a commissioner might consider commissioning without being limited to a specific timeline, budget or project. Creatives have the opportunity to showcase their work without having to subscribe or fit their work to a specific active brief.

Why do I need a complete Creative Commission profile in order to access my Network opportunities?

We want to give you the best chance to showcase your work and connect with commissioners. To do this we need to know your skills to ensure you’re eligible for a commissioner’s Network and you need Projects uploaded to apply to Network. To give you the best opportunity we have made it a requirement to have a complete Creative Commission profile to put forward your work for Network.

Can I be commissioned via Network?

Absolutely - Network is a discovery tool for commissioners and an additional way for them to connect, discuss a project and commission creatives.

How many Networks do I get with free membership and when do they renew?

Every member of Creative Commission can share their work with up to 5 Network channels a month.

Upgraded Network members of Creative Commission will receive 30 share credits per month.

All credits are automatically reset at the start of each month and any unused credits do not carry over.

How many Network opportunities do I get with paid membership?

If you are subscribed to our Quarterly or Annual Network subscriptions you can share your work with up to 30 Network channels a month as well as view and apply to any number of Briefs on Creative Commission as usual.

Will there be new Networks added?

There are currently in excess of 5,000 Network channels to explore and new channels are added all the time.

Applications

Why do I need to make an application?

Creative Commission's application process makes it as quick and convenient as possible for creatives to apply to commissioners' written briefs. In an application a creative can easily provide key details about themselves and how and why they want to work on a given project.

Most music industry commissioners require a large amount of creative content for each of their artist's campaigns, which means that they often need to find new people to work with on a regular basis who have the right blend of experience and a visual style which matches the artist and their campaign. That's how Creative Commission steps in to make this complicated process more streamlined and efficient.

The Brief and the Application are the two key components of Creative Commission, with each part dovetailing neatly together to form a call-and-response method between what the commissioner needs and what each creative can uniquely provide.

Here's an overview below about the application process.

Overview

  • Only creative members of CC who have an active and upgraded Pro membership can apply to a brief
  • Each open brief posted is available to apply to once per creative before it expires on its deadline date
  • Once you have applied to a brief you cannot edit, amend or delete it (similar to sending or retrieving an email)
  • Some briefs are restricted to creatives situated in a given location, for instance a music video shoot in London
  • As a reminder to apply, you can pin a brief by clicking the icon on the top right of a brief 

Who can see my application?

Your application is private between you, the commissioner and, if they opt to send a sharable secret URL link, with the commissioner's colleagues or other representatives of the artist (such as label, management or the artist). Applications are viewable for up to 90 days, upon which time they will be auto-archived by our system.

Please note that Administrators of Creative Commission can also view each application for quality control and moderation purposes and to ensure that the application process system is not being misused.

What happens after I have applied for a brief?

Here's what happens to an Application after it has been submitted.

We email the commissioner

After an application is submitted, a unique URL link to read the application, along with the application headline, applicant's username and their profile picture, is added to a compiled daily round-up email. This digest email is sent directly to the commissioner's email inbox every afternoon. We also email the commissioner when a brief closes with a link to the full list of applications that they have received.

Of course, most commissioners head to CC several times per day during the brief's lifespan too to check their applications, which are listed in the right sidebar for logged-in commissioners.

When an application is sent it is added to the Applications page, where you will see this icon to let you know that your application has been sent.

Favouriting, shortlisting and rejecting

As applications roll in for a brief, the next stage is for the commissioner to separate them to distinguish between which creatives they would like to explore working with and those they would like to reject. This icon on the Applications page denotes that the application has been seen and is awaiting a response from the commissioner.

Declined

Declined applicants will see this icon and, if provided, the commissioner's reason and feedback will be viewable against the application itself (above the headline).

Favourites

Commissioners can now favourite applications as they go through the commissioning process without needing to add potential suitors to a shortlist at that stage. Simply click the icon against an application to bookmark this creative for future reference.

Commissioners: Sharing your applications

As detailed here, once the commissioner has removed any applications that they do not want to pursue by rejecting them, they can then share the remaining applications with team members or fellow representatives of the artist, such as with label or management, for a second opinion. One really helpful new addition to the Share page is that anyone who has been sent the secret share link can also use the icon to provide feedback to the commissioner about their favourite respondents.

Shortlist

If your application is shortlisted, you'll see this icon which means that you are being considered for the project.

The commissioner emails you

If an applicant has been shortlisted, and the commissioner opts to contact them, then the commissioner will be provided with the registered email address of their chosen applicant. At this stage, communication between creative and commissioner begins directly via email where it is likely that the applicant will be asked additional questions or invited for a meeting, call or coffee to discuss things further.

Can I amend an application once I've submitted?

A little like sending an email, once an application is submitted it cannot be edited, amended, deleted or retrieved. For this reason, please make sure you treble-check applications before sending them.

Do you have any tips or advice for making a great application?

An application is a vital way for the applicant to engage with, and introduce themselves to, the commissioner.

It can be viewed either as a foot-in-the-door or a way of sealing the deal (depending on the requirements of the brief and the style of the application), and so, even though we have made the process as efficient as possible, we advise that each applicant spends a few extra moments to read the brief fully as it's the best way to present a strong case for being commissioned.

The two most common errors which we regularly see on CC (and which have the lowest success rate for a commission) are: when applicants copy-and-paste a generic, broad written application and send the same application to all briefs without any tailored response; and secondly, when applications feature only a written paragraph, omitting embedded videos and images or attaching files or projects, which can result in the application having less of an impact on the commissioner versus those which do include these items.

Therefore our advice for submitting better applications is as follows.

Top tips

  • Be professional, concise, warm and friendly with your written approach
  • Tell the commissioner about you, your work and your experience
  • Demonstrate you have read the brief and know about the artist in question
  • Convey a balanced sense of excitement and competency to execute the job well
  • Underpin your application with strong, relevant examples of your work
  • Go for impact and make full use of adding videos, images, files and projects
  • Don't go for everything: keep your creative energy up for the briefs you really want to go for

Read our guide to submitting better applications

Privacy and Security

What information do I share with you?

One of our favourite things about Creative Commission is that we can provide you with specialised updates by learning more about you as you complete your profile information and use the site over time.

This article provides an overview of the information you’ve allowed us to collect, and guidance for how to change the permissions on some of this information.

This article is just a guide, so be sure to read our Privacy Policy for the most comprehensive information about your relationship with us. 

Your profile, data and content

While you have a Creative Commission account, certain information will always be publicly viewable:

  • Your username and month of registration, plus, if you have added them,
  • Your profile photo
  • Cover photo
  • Portfolio images
  • Showreel and videos
  • Public projects
  • Links to your other websites and social media profiles
  • Listed skills, and
  • Your profile description

Remember: Information that is publicly available, may be used, linked to, or re-shared by others on the service or across the web.

To remove your data totally from our platform and servers, and to delete your account entirely, please email info@creative-commission.com.

Subscriptions and Payment

What is your refund policy?

We will only fully refund a subscription if you have been charged for your plan but notified us via email prior to your subscription renewal date.

We will require email proof, such as forwarding a copy of your subscription cancellation email, sent and dated within the previous period.

Of course, if a duplicate subscription was made in error when you initially upgraded, which is very uncommon but can happen with an accidental double-click, we will happily rectify this for you. Likewise, if you accidentally upgraded to the wrong payment plan, for instance Quarterly instead of Monthly, then new customers can downgrade within two working days of your initial subscription and receive a refund of the difference in your overpayment.

Why have I been charged after cancelling my subscription?

We endeavour to cancel subscriptions as quickly as possible and try to ensure that you are never charged after notifying us of your request to cancel your Pro subscription. If you feel you have been charged erroneously please email info@creative-commission.com with the subject line ‘Subscription charge’ and we will look into this for you as soon as possible to attempt to reach a resolution.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Cancelling your subscription is easy. Simply email info@creative-commission.com with the subject line 'Cancel my subscription' ahead of your subscription renewal date and we will cancel your subscription within one working day. 

I have a new card, how do I update my payment details?

If you upgraded to Pro and would like to update your payment details, head to your Subscription page to add your new card details in. Your changes will take effect on your next payment.

If you subscribed to Creative Commission through PayPal, you’ll need to contact them to change your details.

How do I upgrade my subscription to Pro?

You can upgrade to our affordable, recurring Pro subscription via two payment methods: credit cards and PayPal.

If you would like to upgrade to Pro please click here.

Which payment tiers do you offer?

We offer three great payment tiers to upgrade to Pro: monthly, quarterly and annual. Depending on your chosen currency:

  • the Monthly subscription costs £10, €12 or $15 per month
  • the Quarterly subscription costs £25, €30 or $40 every three months
  • the Annual subscription costs £90, €100 or $120 per year.

All subscriptions are automatically recurring until you notify us otherwise of your request to cancel. Please see ‘How do I cancel my subscription?’ for further information.

How do I obtain copies of my payment receipts?

Head over to the Billing page to access and download all of your receipts.

Please note: if you have just upgraded your account it can take a little while for your Billing page to update (less than 24 hours normally). Please email us at info@creative-commission.com with the subject line ‘My receipts’ and we’ll happily provide you with copies of your receipts for your chosen date period as soon as possible.

If you are a PayPal customer, copies of your payment receipts will be listed in your PayPal account.

Does my subscription automatically renew?

Yes, all subscriptions are automatically recurring until you notify us otherwise of your request to cancel. Please see ‘How do I cancel my subscription?’ for further information.