How it works

TheUsic.com is a co-op web marketplace by and for artist-entrepreneurs - whether you're an amateur just starting out, or a top-level pro with an established business, there is value to the services you provide here within our community. We enable you to sell creative services to other artists, band together to get better prices on the services that you need, then cross-promote socially. It's that simple. We think cross-promotion is the key to artistic partnerships, and we've made an entire platform around connecting you with people who want what you have, provide what you need, and are willing to promote you to their entire social spheres.

What can we help you with?

If you have any questions that this page doesn't answer, please drop us a line at help@theusic.com - or call us at The Usic hotline: (717) 862-USIC - and we'll get back to you promptly.


What's the difference between "Group Buy" and "Buy Now"?

"Buy Now" is pretty straightforward. You set the price, the terms, someone buys it, you get paid and cross-promoted. The inventory for a "Buy Now" listing can be as high as you want, and the price remains fixed as people purchase your service. You still get all the benefits of social sharing, cross-promotion, and working with artists within our community.

"Group Buy" maximizes the power of our cross-promotion. When you create a "Group Buy", set price, terms, and inventory (max of 5) as normal. When someone purchases your "Group Buy", they have a full week to get more people in on it, too. We do all we can on our end to get more people buying, as well. Remember, every time that someone else goes in, the price for each buyer drops an additional 5% - for a maximum group discount of 20% overall. More motivated buyers means more cross-promotion, means more fans and potential clients! Still have questions?   Watch Video

Unsure how to get started? It’s simple. Watch Video

  1. Click on Create an Account
  2. Either login through Facebook or Twitter or specify a username, e-mail, and password.
  3. That’s it.

How do I find an offer? Watch Video

  1. Go to theUsic.com
  2. Type in the service you want into the blue search box.
  3. Look at the results.
  4. That’s it.

How do I create an offer? Watch Video

  1. From the homepage, type in the type of service into the ‘create and offer’ box.
  2. Sign in if you haven’t already.
  3. Give your offer a title and a description.
  4. Specify terms that make the offer specific and fair to you.
  5. Set a price.
  6. Tell us how many musicians you’re willing to sell this offer to before it expires.
  7. Where is the offer good for? Anywhere, or somewhere specific?
  8. Does the offer expire? Is this for just one day? When is the offer good for?
  9. How are you going to be paid? Do you have a PayPal account?
  10. Tag the offer with some keywords so it’s easy for people to find your offer.
  11. Save as a draft, or publish immediately.

How do I purchase an offer I want? Watch Video

  1. Once you have a listing you’re interested in purchasing, click ‘Buy Now’ or 'Group Buy'.
  2. Sign in if you haven’t yet.
  3. Specify a payment method.
  4. Accept the terms of service.
  5. Click complete purchase!
  6. Save the confirmation page for your records, and you’ll be getting an e-mail with that information as well.

Recruiting to a Group Buy. Watch Video

We make it easy to use your new partnerships to get services at a discount. All you need to do is:

  1. Click Group Buy.
  2. Reserve the Offer.
  3. Click the Social Links in the email we send you.
  4. Or Copy-Paste the text into a status update.
  5. We do all we can on the back end.
  6. Watch your price go down!

Once I’ve sold an offer, how do I get paid? Watch Video

  1. Once you’re logged in, scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Redeem a Coupon’.
  2. Enter the coupon code.
  3. Accept the terms of service.
  4. Click redeem.
  5. That’s it!

What is Cross Promotion? Watch Video

Cross promotion is what makes the Usic world go 'round. It's a new marketing engine, and a new way for you to reach fans and potential customers that you never would have had access to otherwise. After you partner with someone on the Usic:

  1. Click a social button within an e-mail that you receive from us.
  2. OR copy-paste the bit.ly link that follows them.
  3. Then write something nice about the person
  4. And post!

You just did right by our community - and the artist that you partnered with will do the same!

What do we mean by 'Terms' and 'Inventory'? Watch Video

  1. Terms Spell out the fine print and the details for the offer, so that the buyer is informed of how you'll be delivering the service, and you have the chance to be upfront about how you want to work. If this offer is for a specific day, then say so. Outline turnaround times, where you want to work, anything that should be spelled out before the person purchases it.
  2. Inventory refers to how many 'seats' the offer has. How many 'slots' do you have for this offer? If I have 5 seats for a recording offer, this doesn't mean that I have to record 5 people all in one sitting, just that I could be working with a maximum of 5 different buyers over the course of the services being provided. See the video for a more detailed explanation.