Co-create songs with anyone
Use the DAW you already love
Collectors buy songs as NFTs
The artists earn all proceeds.
Check out a few of the most recently updated projects on Arbor.
How It Works
Songs are created publicly via stems and sold as NFTs. Proceeds are split equally among artists.
Someone Starts a Project
Artists Add Stems
Collectors Mint & Buy Songs
Artists Get Paid
Why Create Here?
Like having fun?
Join our collaborative experiment with new internet friends from all over the world.
Like open source?
All stems and songs are dedicated to the public domain under the CC0 license. All files are hosted directly on IPFS.
Like earning money?
All projects are for sale as NFTs, and if you contributed a stem, you get paid (including royalties from secondary sales).
Hard drive full of "WIP" tracks collecting dust?
Dig through 'em. One of your gently used stems could be worth something on Arbor.
Looking to expand your creative horizons?
Every project comes with unique constraints, so every project serves as a fascinating creative exercise.
Crunched for time?
All contributions are welcome, even if it's just one stem.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Arbor Protocol?
The Arbor Protocol is a series of on-chain smart contracts that allow any number of users to collaborate with each other and co-create music NFTs by a means of contributing individual stems of music onto Arbor Projects. The protocol allows for the final NFT to yield sale profits and royalty splits amongst the co-creators in which the contributions of stems and the rules of profit splitting are governed by the creators themselves. The governance is managed via zero-knowledge proofs and all music files are stored in IPFS as well as the metadata around each stem and Arbor NFT.
What problems does Arbor solve?
There is a huge gap in allowing music producers and artists in two major areas of being a creator. The first is reaching an audience that is fully invested and connected to the artist in a meaningful and intimate way. The second is allow artists to get paid a fair sum for their creations. With big name music streaming platforms, artists get paid pennies on the dollar for every track play that occurs, and those plays are a huge uphill battle against the algorithms that be.
Arbor solves this by connecting artists directly with the fans and collectors that enjoy their music while simultaneously getting paid in full for the value that their art holds via cryptocurrencies. This means of decentralization alleviates all barriers that come with trying to launch a new track on a big music streaming platform. Not only does Arbor provide this for a single artist releasing their own track, but it adds to that by allowing multiple artists to co-create a single track where all of them benefit from these features.
How did the idea for Arbor begin?
The Arbor Protocol was born out of the ETHDenver hackathon in 2022, by a small team of passionate developers and musicians. As seasoned musicians, the team understands how hard it is to connect with and find an audience for their music as well as knowing how little it pays while performing that music in clubs and music venues (usually just to sell more beer for the venue). The team also knows how much time and effort goes into producing tracks only to put them on streaming platforms and not get paid well for that hard work, while often not reaching many listeners due to the algorithms that are out of an artist's control.
The idea for Arbor is driven by these pain points that have been experienced first hand, and hope to bring a fun and unique user experience for both artists and collectors while being backed by the security of the Ethereum blockchain and a set of robust smart contracts that removes all boundaries for allowing creators to get paid and share their music with others.