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Frequently Asked Questions

In the days before digital music, “owning a song” meant something. People defined themselves by their music collections, and the physical elements—album art, liner notes, vinyl—were an essential part of the experience.

Today, most music collections are nothing more than a bunch of files on a hard drive. On behalf of music fans who want more, the New York Rock Exchange is fighting to reclaim what it means to own your music!

What is the New York Rock Exchange?

We thought it would be cool if you could own a share of a song. It turns out you can't. So we invented one.

We partner with artists to sell shares of their songs (we call them Songshares). Owning a songshare makes you a shareholder—and gets you inside access and exclusive rewards. There's no better way to own your music.

What do you get when you buy a songshare?

Every release is different. Some include a percentage of copyright ownership. Others include a one-time royalty check from the artist. All of them include exclusives that are only available for shareholders. Check the website for details on each share.

Each songshare also includes a foil embossed “rock certificate” to hang on your wall like a gold record. The unique shareholder number on the certificate is the the key that certifies your ownership and unlocks shareholder exclusives.

Note that Songshares are not securities, and do not provide a financial stake in the music. However, songshares can be resold and, like a share of stock, their value can go up or down based on supply on demand. This is because unlike MP3s, CDs, and other ways that people buy music, songshares are limited edition. Only a limited number are authorized, and once they are sold we can never make any more.

What songs are available?

There are new releases each month. The marketplace page shows what's available now. You can also get on our mailing list to get first dibs on new releases.

Can I resell my share?

Yes. Once you've registered your share, you are free to do with it what you please. You can sell it on eBay, bequeath it to your grandchildren, or cut it up and use the letters in a ransom note. However, you will need to login to www.newyorkrockexchange.com to transfer any ownership rights and make sure the new owner gets any remaining shareholder exclusives.

Does a songshare give me any financial interest in the song?

No. Songshares are for entertainment purposes only. They are not securities, and do not provide a financial interest in the song.

However Songhsares can be resold and, like a share of stock, their value can go up or down. We've had a number of releases that have gone up in value over time. That's because unlike vinyl, CDs, and other ways that people buy music, songshares are truly limited edition. We can't just do another pressing — only a limited number are authorized, and once they are gone we can never make any more.

Does the artist or band endorse this?

Absolutely! We work closely with the artist to create art and exclusives for their shareholders. And because we deal direct to artist, buying a songshare is one of the single best ways you can support the people who make the music you love.

How do I give a songshare as a gift?

You can purchase and gift a songshare just like any other item. Once the recipient opens it, they'll be able to register it in their name, and claim all the shareholder rewards.

I'm an artist. How can I learn more about issuing songshares?

Please send an email to artists@newyorkrockexchange.com, and we'll tell you how it all works.

Any other questions? Just send email to support@newyorkrockexchange.com. We read every mail, and love hearing your feedback!