How It Works

MixPixie and Sing Up have teamed up to provide this fantastic tool to enable schools to sell professionally produced CDs of their recordings. For some time we've been inundated with queries from music teachers across the UK on how to make CDs of their school concerts in order for them to raise funds for their school. This brand new website allows teachers to create professional CDs in just a few minutes. MixPixie & Sing Up sort out all the hard work like paying publishing royalties, getting the appropriate licences and there's no minimum number of CDs that need to be bought either.

How does it work?

Whether you are a teacher creating your school CD or a parent buying a CD that has already been made for your school, you can do it all in under five minutes! If you're looking to create an album from your school recordings you simply chose a design for your school, upload your school songs and decide how much to sell them for. You then pass on the web link to your fellow teachers and parents for them purchase the album.

Is this something I can do to fundraise for my music department or school?

Absolutely! Either by directing the school's teachers and parents to this website or by directly selling on CDs purchased here at a school Open Day or Fete, your school will earn a set amount for each and every school CD you sell. You'll be amazed how much you can raise for your school.

How do I spread the word about my school's album?

When you have finished editing your school's album design using this site, we will send you a unique web address where you can direct parents, friends and family straight to the school page where they can buy the album.

My school has already made an album which I would like to buy!

If you're a parent looking to find an existing album that has been made for you, click on the "Find Your School's CD" or by clicking here and just enter the name of the school in the search box. You can see what albums the school has available to purchase and add these to your basket. We'll carefully make the CDs and package them up and send them on to an address of your choosing within 48 hours.

Can this be delivered worldwide?

Yes, we can send CDs anywhere in the world for you - just be sure to fill out as much detail as possible in the address fields and don't forget the postcode or zip code. Addresses given without the postcode are likely to result in a delay at Royal Mail. (For worldwide delivery charges see our Terms and Conditions.)

A step-by-step guide on how it works:

  • It's quick and easy to get your school's CD ready for production. To start with you will need to choose a design to personalise. There are currently five designs to pick from. On some designs you are able to edit the text and on others you can edit the text and upload a photo or picture. These photos can be of your school concert or even the school emblem for example.
  • Once you have found a design you like the look of, click on the image of the design in the centre of the screen. You will be taken to the next page where you can begin to personalise your album. Screenshot of main screen
  • As you enter onto the next page of MixPixie, you will be guided through the editing stage where you can change various aspects of the album. Using the sections just above the album cover image ("Album Cover", "Message", "Inner Cover" and "Songs") you are able to edit as you go along. Screenshot of product builder
  • At each of these stages there will be an area for you to edit which will appear on the right hand side of the image. These may take the form of one or more text boxes to fill in or a photo/picture to upload.
  • If you choose an artwork template which has the option to upload photos or pictures, when personalising your album, you will see a box marked ‘Your image here' where your photo or picture will be positioned on the CD packaging. On the right hand side you will see a blue "Select" box where you can locate the photo that you want to use that's stored on your computer. Click on the photo file you want and the upload will happen automatically and the photo or picture will load into the album artwork. Use the corner boxes surrounding the uploaded photo to zoom in or out, and the slider bar at the side of the design template to rotate your image until you have it looking the way you want it to.
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  • The number of photos you can upload will vary from design to design. You can check how many photos/pictures can be uploaded by checking each design. The areas where you might be able to upload a photo are usually positioned on the front cover or inside left/ right sleeves. The number of photos you can upload will vary from design to design and can be learnt by looking at the bottom right of 3D image of the design. If there is an icon with "Upload 1 Photo" or "Upload 2 Photos", you can upload the respective amounts. If there is no icon on the image there is no photo upload option on this design.
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  • Once you've edited the design of your album, you need to upload your recordings.

    Using our step by step upload tool you can easily import the files you want to put on your school CD. You will be asked to find the song file on your computer, confirm the track details and importantly match the song name to that from the Song Database on the website so that the publishers of those songs are correctly credited.
  • You must first choose the file you want from your computer by pressing the "Select" button on the upload page. Once you have chosen your file you must then state whether this is a song from the Sing Up Song Bank or not. This will not only enter the song details onto your CD but it will also help MixPixie allocate the correct payments to the publishers (at no extra cost to you).
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  • If the recording you have chosen is based on a Sing Up song then select the "Yes" option and press "Next" to upload your file. You will be taken through to the song information page where you will be asked to best match the name of the recording to that from the Song Database to help with the track classification and our royalty system:
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  • Once you have found the name of the song which best matches that of your school recording, click on the title. The name of the song will be taken through to the "Recording Title" entry box beneath which will be the song name which appears on the actual album. This name can be edited if needs be.
  • Next to it, you will be asked to enter the names of the choir, group or singer in "Performer Names", which will also appear on the album after the song title. Once you are happy with the information you have entered in these fields press "Upload" to import your file.
  • If the school recording you have chosen is not based on a song from the Sing Up Song Bank, but another source, press "No" before clicking "Next" to head to the next page. Here will you be taken through to a catalogue of over 10 million songs! Simply enter the name of the song you have recorded and press "Search". Looking at the search results find a version that matches your arrangement the closest, by looking at the name of the artist (if you're unable to find one don't worry too much just select one that matches the song name).
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  • Once you have found the name of the song which best matches that of your school recording, click on the title. The name of the song will be taken through to the "Recording Title" entry box beneath which will be the song name which appears on the actual album. This name can be edited if needs be to suit you.
  • Next to it, you will be asked to enter the names of the choir, group or singer in "Performer Names", which will also appear on the album after the song title. Once you are happy with the information you have entered in these fields press "Upload" to import your file.
  • Once your song file has uploaded you can upload more songs to your CD or if you have finished you can select "Complete Your CD".
  • If you have written a brand new song that you would like to upload onto your album, find the song file you would like to upload from your computer and select the "This is an original recording".
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  • Once you're happy with the file you've chosen. Click on "Next" where you can enter the name of the song in the "Recording Title" text area as well as the performer in the area marked "Your Performer Names". You should enter these details as you wish them to appear on the album itself. Having entered the track details press "Upload".
  • On these new compositions we do not pay royalties.
  • You can alter the order in which the songs appear on your album by clicking the up and down arrows at the side of the selected songs. When you're happy with your final order of songs, you can review the whole CD again and see your song listing printed on the back of the CD packaging.
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  • Once you have clicked on "Complete Your CD", you will be asked to give the album you are making a name. This album title will be how parents and fellow teachers can distinguish between this and any other school album you have made (we suggest naming after the performance or concert).
  • On this same page you will be asked to set the retail price of your album. This is the price that parents, for example, will pay when they purchase copies of the album that you have designed. When you set your album sale price you will also determine how much your school will earn for every CD sold: the royalty. There are three options for you to choose from, listed below:
    Retail price and royalty information
    Retail Price Royalty to School
    £9.99 £3.00
    £11.99 £5.00
    £12.99 £6.00

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  • For each and every school CD that is sold, MixPixie will keep track of the royalties earned. Each month, MixPixie will tally these royalties and send an email to the contact for the school. The school will need to arrange to send an invoice back to MixPixie who will arrange for payment to be made and received within 30 days.
  • As soon as your CD is ready to start being manufactured, MixPixie will send you an email with the direct website link where your CDs can be bought from. You can forward part of that email on to all the school's parents and staff for them to start buying the CD.
  • To buy your CD, your customers can simply go to "Find Your School's CD" at the top of the page or in the centre of the homepage or by clicking here. This will take you through to a menu where you can search for your school and follow the instructions to place your order and await your delivery:
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Every month from when your album goes on sale, MixPixie will email the contact for the school a detailed account of the sales in that period. The school are then required to send an invoice for the amount they have earned for that month to receive their funds.

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Are you a teacher looking to make a school CD?!

Sing Up have teamed up with MixPixie to bring you this fabulous site where you can make your own truly personalised school CD full of recordings from your school concerts. Here, we'll professionally print your bespoke CD using our fantastic album designs with a superb finish for you and your school.

You will then be able to sell these albums through this site or at school making it a great way to raise funds for your department or school. You can find out more about fundraising and making your CD in the 'How it works' tab.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!

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