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.MUSIC is launching more than just another TLD

The .MUSIC top-level-domain (TLD) is groundbreaking for the domain industry. The .MUSIC registry, in collaboration with its music partners, is designing and launching a purpose-built Music Services Platform available for use with .MUSIC domain names. Registered .MUSIC owners will gain privileged access and use of the platform at release and all planned future music innovations.

The upcoming music services at launch:

  • Music Identification (ID.MUSIC): Single Sign-On (SSO) for seamless access and connectivity to services and the global music community.
  • Music Discovery (SEARCH.MUSIC): A music exclusive search engine to make finding community members and music content simpler, faster and more enjoyable. Content on .MUSIC domain names receive higher rank and special features.
  • Music Distribution Channels: Discovery, exposure and relationships, through channels like Rap.MUSIC (genre), Guitar.MUSIC (instrument), NewYork.MUSIC (geography), Manager.MUSIC (professional), Spanish.MUSIC (language) and hundreds more.

The .MUSIC Registy is committed to delivering continuous value for owners of .MUSIC domain names through innovation and expansion of music services for the music community.

What is the .music generic Top Level Domain Extension?

.MUSIC is a domain name extension exclusive for the global music community and industry. The .MUSIC initiative by DotMusic is a truly global .MUSIC community-led effort and the only initiative with enhanced music tailored policies that ensure that music artists, bands, industry professionals and organizations register a trusted, secure and verified .MUSIC domain – a safe, authenticated domain identity similar to that of a domain ending in .EDU or .GOV – and their own exclusive web address.

The .MUSIC Initiative is supported by thousands of music-related entities and organizations with members representing over 95% of music globally, including the international bodies representing musicians and featured artists globally, the independent music community, the major labels, the major publishers, major collection societies (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), the Recording Academy/Grammys, major distributors and many other music communities.

How is .MUSIC different from .COM, .NET, .ORG etc.?

  1. .MUSIC is exclusive only to legitimate members of the global music community.
  2. .MUSIC is governed and controlled by the global music community. Each music constituent community type* has a governance seat on the multi-stakeholder .MUSIC advisory board.
    *Constituent types include artists/bands, major labels, independent labels, publishers, songwriters, performance rights organizations, music collection societies, music unions, music managers, music agents, music promoters, government ministries of culture, music/art councils, music export offices, music associations, music radio and many other constituent types.
  3. .MUSIC's community application is supported by a majority of the global music community in terms of headcount, and growing.
  4. .MUSIC has enhanced safeguards to protect intellectual property, prevent cybersquatting and eliminating copyright infringement.
  5. .MUSIC has incorporated all IFPI/RIAA intellectual property provisions that include policies to stop domain hopping, takedown policies in case of piracy, authorization provisions, permanent blocks, privacy and proxy provisions, true name/address mandates and trusted sender complaint policies - amongst others.
  6. .MUSIC requires registration validation through a mandatory two-step phone and email process.
  7. .MUSIC protects names of famous music artists and brands by giving registration priority to those entities during a priority-based launch phase. .MUSIC also gives registration priority to community members belonging to legitimate music community member organizations to spur adoption, trust and safety.
  8. .MUSIC has domain naming conditions that eliminate cybersquatting and famous music brand trademark infringement. Registrant are only allowed to register their own name, acronym, or "Doing Business As".
  9. .MUSIC only allows legal music content and legal music usage.
  10. .MUSIC will take down any domain infringing on any of its enhanced safeguard policies.

What is the DotMusic Mission for .MUSIC gTLD?

While focusing on furthering the common interest shared by its global community it serves, the legal promotion and distribution of music, its purpose is:

  1. Creating a trusted, safe online haven for music consumption and licensing.
  2. Establishing a safe home on the Internet for Music Community members.
  3. Protecting intellectual property and fighting piracy.
  4. Supporting musicians' welfare, rights and fair compensation.
  5. Promoting music and the arts, cultural diversity, and music education.
  6. Following a multi-stakeholder approach of fair representation of all types of global music constituents, without discrimination, including both commercial and non-commercial entities.

.MUSIC Timeline & Launch Schedule

Sunrise Phase

Dates: September 11, 2023 through November 15, 2023
Eligibility: Brands registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse with a valid SMD file.
Pricing: $1,000 Registration Fee

General Availability

Dates: April 10, 2024
Eligibility: Any user with a music nexus.
Pricing: $100 Registration Fee

Who can register a .MUSIC domain name?

To register a .MUSIC domain name, you must have a nexus with the global music community.

Individuals can register under their legal name as a musician, band, or professional in the music industry. If the name of a group or performance is not registered, it's necessary to create an initial music record or establish music connections that can be substantiated or confirmed prior to registering the corresponding domain name.

Organizations or Entities can be eligible under their recognized music brand or company name, provided they have registered trademarks and other official documents. The registry may set aside certain words related to geography, genre, and general terms.

Frequently Asked Questions

A domain name – also known as a URL – is your web address online. Without it, customers and visitors won’t be able to find your website.

Finding a domain name for your website is as easy as typing it in on the search bar above. If a domain name is available, simply register it. If it isn’t available, our Domain Search tool provides you with alternative options to meet your needs.

The new domain extensions like .ATTORNEY, .CONSULTING, .LAWYER, .NINJA and .TECH are called new gTLDs. These stand for new generic Top Level Domains and they add new options online.

They work in the same way as a .CA or a .COM, but with the added benefit of being able to create shorter and more specific domain names for your website.

For example, instead of using JohnSmithAccountant.Com or PizzaShop.Ca, you’ll be able to register JohnSmith.Accountant or Pizza.Shop for your website.

Yes – the new domain extensions work exactly the same way as a .CA or a .COM. Once you find a domain extension that you’d like to use, you’ll be able to add a web hosting plan or a custom business email address to it.

To register a domain name under the new extensions, just type in the name that you want on the search bar at the top. Our Domain Search tool will check to see if the domain name that you want is available and if it isn’t, it will provide alternatives that might be a good fit for your business.

If you want to narrow down the results even further, our Domain Search filters lets you filter the results by category, price and availability.

The majority of new domain extensions such as .LAW and .GLOBAL are now available while others will become available in the next few years. While we do our best to make sure you have all the information you need, some extensions haven’t launched or been assigned to a registry operator yet. As a result, we don’t have pricing information available.

To find out when the domain extension that you want becomes available, simply search for a domain name and add it to your pre-registration list for free. Once it becomes available, we’ll send you an email with information on the domain extension’s price and launch date once we have more information for you.

New domain extensions like .club, .xyz and .ninja can cost as low as USD $23.00 while others including .attorney, .law and .consulting can be priced a little bit higher. The varying prices are affected by the domain registry or domain operator of the extension.

For new domain extensions that don’t have any pricing information included, this simply means that the domain has not been assigned to an operator or the domain operator has not released information about it yet. When the domain becomes available and as we receive more information about it, we will update the domain’s pricing and inform you about it.

The new domain extensions have begun introducing hundreds of new extensions that include .attorney, .consulting, .ninja and .xyz. As the internet’s real estate continues to grow, we’ve created two new options to secure the domain name that you want; Pre-Order and Pre-Registration.

Pre-Order allows you to express your interest for a domain name just before it becomes available. When each domain launches, it undergoes a series of phases before it becomes available to the general public. By placing a Pre-Order, places your domain name to our submission list. Once the domain becomes available, your domain name is submitted to the registry for registration. Pre-Ordering is free and you will only be charged if your domain name is successfully registered for you.

Pre-Registration on the other hand, allows you to add a domain extension to your watchlist. Pre-Registration will be available for domains that haven’t been delegated to a registry or if a domain’s launch phases hasn’t been announced yet.

The new domain extensions (gTLDs) create new opportunities to name a website online. With extensions such as .LAWYER, .CLUB, .BAND, .MARKETING and more, the new gTLDs make it clear what your website is all about. The new gTLDs also provide a new opportunity to create shorter and more memorable domain names. Instead of creating a domain like MyNewWebsite.Com, use the new gTLDs to create a domain name like MyNew.Website.

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