Which membership is right for me?

Page last revised: 24 August 2018


Anyone may search this site in order to see what music files I have to offer. You will see all titles and arrangements, but you won’t get access to the soundfiles themselves until you register.

After searching you will see as the last line under each title: “This entry was posted in…” If it says “free” then you only need a Free subscription; if it says “premium” you will need a paid-for subscription.

There are quite a few different subscription options. The first is a Free one for Individuals; the next are paid-for for Individuals and for Couples for three different time periods; and finally there is a wide range of Group Accounts aimee primarily at choirs.

Once you have selected your subscription, you will need to scroll down towards the bottom and tick the two boxes to the left of “Read my Terms and Conditions…” and “Read my Privacy Policy….”. After choosing your payment method, you click on the Register button.


Quick links:


Individual Accounts

Individual Membership – Free

You need to register in order to gain access to the sound files. If you only require files for out-of-copyright material, then choose the “Individual – Free” option. The Free account never expires. If you want access to in-copyright material as well, then you will need a paid-for subscription.

Free membership still allows you to visit and search the whole site, both for in- and out-of-copyright material, but you will only be able to play and download out-of-copyright material. You will be able to play these out-of-copyright files through your browser and/or to download them to your hard drive. You can then load them onto any mobile device that will play them. The Free membership plan never expires, but you have the option to upgrade for a paid-for individual plan at any time (ensure you’re logged in, then choose YOUR ACCOUNT>YOUR MEMBERSHIP). On this Free plan you may play and download as many out-of-copyright files as you wish.

Please add me to your email contacts so that your system recognises my address.

Choose REGISTRATION>REGISTER to subscribe to the Individual – Free plan.

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Individual Membership – Paid-for

Choose REGISTRATION>REGISTER for prices, and to subscribe to an Individual – Paid-for plan.

Paid-for subscriptions for individuals allow you to use the whole site, gaining access to both in- and out-of-copyright material. There are plans for 1 Year, 6 months and 4 months time periods

This option is for individuals. It entitles you to play all the files through your browser and/or to download them to your hard drive. You can then load them onto any mobile device which will play them. During your membership you may play and download as many files as you wish. You must not upload any of my in-copyright MP3 soundfiles to a website; choose HELP>COPYRIGHT for reasons why not.

Please add me to your email contacts so that your system recognises my address.

  1. Fill in the boxes under Register New Account
  2. Choose an Individual subscription level, guided by how long you want it to last
  3. Scroll down to bottom of page
  4. Enter a Discount Code if I’ve given you one
  5. Choose Payment Method and enter payment details
  6. Tick the Terms and Conditions, and the Privacy Policy boxes
  7. Click on Register

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Couples Membership

A couples account doesn’t exist on its own: it is “owned” by an individual who becomes a Group Owner, and is attached to that individual’s registration. If that individual already has an account, they can change that account to one that has a couples subscription attached. If they don’t have an account, they begin to register as an individual, and then attach the group/couples subscription later in the process.

This subscription is for two people who are partners. It works the same as the Choir/Group Accounts below, that is, a Group Account consisting of just two seats. If you are already Free members of the site, and you now wish to access in-copyright files, then this is for you. If you have paid-for subscriptions, it will be better to wait until they expire. If you are a member of a Choir/Group, then you will need either, not to bother with this couples membership, or to have yourself removed from the Choir/Group.

The price is set so that the cost for two people is one and a half times the equivalent Individual membership.

If you know that you will only be requiring out-of-copyright files, then there is no need for a couples account; the two of you just need to get your own individual Free account.

Couples paid-for memberships entitle both of you to visit the whole site, and to play all the files through your browser and/or to download them to your hard drive. You can then load them onto any mobile device that will play them. During your membership you may play and download as many files as you wish. You must not upload any of my in-copyright MP3 soundfiles to a website; choose HELP>COPYRIGHT for reasons why not.

Couples Group Owners

Decide which of the two of you will become the Owner, and which the Member.

If you already have an account, login then choose YOUR ACCOUNT>YOUR MEMBERSHIP and click on the “Upgrade or change your subscription” link. Then skip to no.6 below; otherwise start at no.1 If your existing account is a paid-for one, the system will work out the value of any unused portion remaining and deduct that amount from the cost of the new subscription.

To be completed by the couple Group Owner:

  1. Choose REGISTRATION>REGISTER
  2. Username: choose a Username. This is for you personally. You can use your email if you wish
  3. Email: use a personal email (this is the one where the Owner’s “Lost your Password?” link responds to, and where my system sends all admin emails. It mustn’t already be being used on the site)
  4. Your First and Last Names
  5. Password: This is just for you as the Owner, not for your partner
  6. Choose a couples subscription level, guided by how long a period you want to be members for
  7. Scroll down to bottom of page
  8. Enter a Discount Code if I’ve given you one
  9. Group Name: Enter your names
  10. Group Description: leave blank
  11. Choose Payment Method
  12. Tick the Terms and Conditions, and the Privacy Policy boxes
  13. Click on Register. If you are not taken to the Group Owners’ Dashboard, click on the Group Owners’ Dashboard link below the Search box. Group Owner should already be filled in with your details
  14. The other seat: Click on the Add Member button: Partner’s First name; Partner’s Last name; Partner’s Email (this will be used by the system as their individual Username. Be sure the partner has given their consent to you adding their details to the couples account)
  15. The system sends the “Invitation to join” email to your partner
  16. The partner accepts their invitation, and is taken to their “Edit your profile” page to enter their chosen password. Their details are already filled in; all that is required is for them to choose their password.
  17. Please add me to your email contacts so that your systems recognises my address.

The other member of the Group has their own Username and Password, and cannot see yours.

The other Member

If you already have an individual paid-for subscription with my site, then the system will not allow you to become a Couples Member. If you would rather be a member of the Couple subscription you will need to contact me to delete your existing account.

If you have Free account with the site, then there is no problem with you being added to a Couples Account, where you will gain extra access.

You will have given your name and email address to the Owner, in effect giving them consent to add your details to the account.

You will receive an “Invite” email. Click on the link and you will be taken to a screen to choose a Password. If you are new to my site, the system already knows that your Email will be used as your Username. You just need to enter a password.

If you are already a Free member, you will retain the Username you are already using, although my system will accept your email as your Username. You may carry on using the same password, but if you’ve forgotten it you can enter a new one.

There is another link in the invite email which takes you to the Opt-In form for GDPR compliance.

To login in future, choose LOGIN / LOGOUT. Your Username will be your Email Address, unless you were already a member before being invited, in which case you will already know your Username. Put your Password into the Password box. If you wish you can select the “Remember Me” box. If you forget your Password, just click on the “Lost your Password?” link instead of filling in the Username/Password boxes.

Please add me to your email contacts so that your system recognises my address.

Choose REGISTRATION>REGISTER for prices, and to subscribe to a Couples plan.

If you need to have a more detailed explanation about how Group accounts work, see the explanation in the Choir/Group Accounts section below

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Choir/Group Accounts

Choir Membership

What follows may seem a daunting read, but the majority of the work involved has to be done just the one time, when you first set up the group account.

A Group/Choir account is aimed primarily at choirs, but not exclusively so. If there are five or more people willing to club together, then it is cheaper to go for a Group Account rather than have five individual memberships. A Group Account doesn’t exist on its own: it is “owned” by an individual who becomes a Group Owner, and is attached to that individual’s registration. If that individual already has an account, they can upgrade that account to one that has a group subscription attached. If they don’t have an account, they begin to register with their personal individual details, and then fill in the group’s details later in the process.

Each group account includes a set number of seats for “members”. Once registered, the Group Owner can then add or import members in order to give access to members of the group.

Payment and account control is limited to the Group Owner; this means the other members don’t concern themselves with payment details, or worry about the status of the account. Members get their own Username (usually their email address) and can set their own passwords.

Prices are scaled to take into account the size of your group. In all cases the cost per member is between £2.00 and £2.99 per person for a year’s membership, a great saving on the £10.00 per year Individual subscription.

If you know that you will only be requiring out-of-copyright files, then there is no need for a group account; everyone just needs to get their own individual Free account.

Group memberships entitle the Group Owner and all members of the group to visit the whole site, both for in- and out-of-copyright material, and to play all the files through browsers, and/or to download them to hard drives. You can then load them onto any mobile device which will play them. You may put links from your website to pages on my website, but you must not upload any of my in-copyright MP3 soundfiles to your website. Choose HELP>COPYRIGHT for reasons why not.

Group Owners may also make an application to create a Dedicated Group Page on my website.

Group Owners

Instructions for completing the registration screen for group accounts.

If you already have an account, login then choose YOUR ACCOUNT>YOUR MEMBERSHIP and click on the “Upgrade or change your subscription” link. Then skip to no.6 below; otherwise start at no.1 If your existing account is a paid-for one, the system will work out the value of any unused portion remaining and deduct that amount from the cost of the new subscription.

To be completed by the Group Owner (if you already have an account, skip to No.6):

  1. Choose REGISTRATION>REGISTER
  2. Username: this is for you personally
  3. Email: you should use a personal email (this is the one where the Group Owner’s “Lost your Password?” link responds to, and where my system sends all admin emails. It mustn’t already be being used on the site)
  4. Your First and Last Names
  5. Password: This is just for you as the Group owner, not for anyone else
  6. Choose a group subscription level, guided by how many members you need seats for. When deciding on how many seats you are going to need, don’t include anyone who already has an individual paid-for membership, or who is a member of another group membership, or doesn’t need to use the files
  7. Scroll down the page
  8. Enter a Discount Code if I’ve given you one
  9. Group Name: this should be the full name of the group, including town or city, so that I can identify the correct record in the event of a query. This is only seen by you, me, and any member you invite.
  10. Group Description: the briefest of descriptions of your group. This is only seen by you and me
  11. Choose Payment Method
  12. Tick the Terms and Conditions, and the Privacy Policy boxes
  13. Click on Register. If you are not taken to the Group Owners’ Dashboard, click on the Group Owners’ Dashboard link which is below the Search box on the right-hand side of every page. Group Owner should be already filled in with your details
  14. All the other seats: Collect for all your members: first_name; last_name; email (this latter will be used by the system as their individual Username. May I make a plea for your members to use a private email address as opposed to a work one; when an auto-reply is set, as often happens on a work email, the reply comes to me. I’m getting quite a number…).
  15. Note that for GDPR compliance, you need to get each member’s permission to enter their name and address to the group. I know it seems obvious. Choirs that I have been a member of have done this by handing us a form to complete. This form should ask for the member’s agreement to have their details entered into the group account, which sends that information to me. You will see later that each member is instructed to fill in the Opt-In form themselves.
  16. You can enter your members one at a time, but it is much quicker to import a .csv file* and do them all at once. If you wish, you can send your list of members to me (preferably in .csv format, or Excel sheet format) but you should obtain permission from your members before sharing their details with me. You, the Group Owner, already have the first seat, so should not be added to the list
  17. The system sends the “Invitation to join” email to your members
  18. All your members should now appear on your dashboard with the Role “Invited”. If not, get in touch with me
  19. Do not be tempted at this stage to click on the links to the right of each member’s name. Sit back and have a drink and give your members time to receive and respond to their invite email
  20. Each member accepts their invitation, and is taken to their “Edit your profile” page to enter their chosen password. Their details are already filled in; all that is required is for them to choose their password and to follow the link to complete their Opt-In form

One problem that gets reported back to me is that the Group Owner and the Members are not receiving emails from me. This is due to the email client’s spam preferences being quite strict. Please add my name (John Fletcher) and email address (john_fletcher (at) mac (dot) com ) to your email contacts list. Please also ask your members to do this too, otherwise they will not get their invite email in their In-Box.

* Here’s what an Excel sheet should look like, which you should then save in .csv format:

__|______A_____|_____B_____|_______C________
1 | first_name | last_name | email
2 | Joe              | Bloggs        |joe@bloggs.com
3 | Molly          |Smith           |molly@smith.com
4 | etc

Note that Row 1 is vital: my system needs to know what information you are sending it. Note also that it is an underscore character not a hyphen in this first row, and that only lower-case is used. You start listing your member data in Row 2. It doesn’t matter what order the columns are in, as long as each column’s header matches the data it contains.

Every member of the Group will have their own Username and Password, and cannot see anyone else’s.

In the Group Owners’ Dashboard

You will find listed yourself and all your members. For each member you will see the email address you imported. Note their Role initially is “Invited”, and will remain so until they click on the link contained in their invite emails. If a member says they didn’t receive the invite, you have the option to “Resend” it. If they still don’t receive it, ask that they check in their spam/junk folders.

It’s not a good idea to use the “Set as Member” link at this stage, as this then invalidates the link your members have received in the invite email. It would just cause confusion.

Once they do accept their invite, their Role changes to “Member”. You can also “Set as Admin” anyone you may want to help you manage the members. Finally, there is an option to ”Remove” the member from the group.

If at a later stage you need to step down from being the Group Owner, just contact me. I can quickly change the ownership over to any other member of the group. When that happens, your own Role becomes “Admin”.

Group Members

Please add my name (John Fletcher) and address (john_fletcher (at) mac (dot) com ) to your email client’s contacts, otherwise emails from me may go into your spam/junk box rather than your In-Box.

If you already have an individual paid-for subscription with my site, then the system will not allow you to become a Group Member. If you would rather be a member of the group you will need to wait until your present subscription expires.

If you have a Free account with the site, or you have an expired paid-for subscription, then there is no problem with you being added to a Group Account, where you will gain extra access.

You will have given your name and email address (a private one rather than a work one) to the Group Owner. You will have given your permission for your details to be added to the group account, and to have that information sent to me.

You will receive an “Invite” email. Click on the link and you will be taken to a screen to choose a Password. If you get taken to a different page, just choose YOUR ACCOUNT>EDIT YOUR PROFILE and you can enter a password there.

You should also follow the link in the invitation email to read my Privacy Policy and to complete the Opt-In form for GDPR compliance.

If you are new to my site, the system already knows that your Email will be used as your Username. You just need to enter a password.

If you were already a member, you will retain the Username you were using, although your email address will also work in the Username box. You may carry on using the same password, but if you’ve forgotten it you can enter a new one.

To login in future, choose LOGIN / LOGOUT. Your browser may insert a previously used username and password into the login boxes. Carefully erase any characters from the Username box before typing in your new one. Your Username will be your Email Address, unless you were already a member before being invited, in which case you will already know your Username. Put your Password into the Password box. Again, your browser may have entered an old password disguised as a row of xxxxxx. Carefully delete these before typing in your password.  Before clicking on the Login button, select the “Remember Me” box. If you forget your Password, just click on the “Lost your Password?” link.

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All this takes much longer to explain than to do. If you have any problems choose HELP>CONTACT ME on the top menu, quoting your Username and giving me as much information as possible.