Our Demo: The Process & Test Files

Our Demo: The Process & Test Files

Now you’ve configured your setup & entered your company details, we’re going to take you through the entire software, in the order that would make most sense for you to set up your account.
Rather than diving in head first using complex data of your business, we have put together a demo that lets you set up a simple demo account. This will give you an introduction to all aspects of the system, and allows you to get an overview how everything works before starting your own on-boarding process. You will find a download link to demo files using fictional data at the bottom of this page.

The Process

To get the best from Curve, you should understand what needs to be done, and in what order so you don’t waste your time putting the cart before the horse!
  1. Payees – first set up your Payees, these are who you’re going to be paying your royalties to
  2. Contracts – next up, you’ll want to enter your contracts & define their terms. Each contract is associated with a Payee
  3. Catalogue – on the Master side, this is where you build your Releases and Tracks. On the Publishing side, you have Releases & Tracks, but also Works, which can be linked to Composers and Publishers. Each catalogue item is associated with one or many contracts, so you’ll need your Contracts in place to be able to attach the catalogue to
  4. Sales: Templates – next you’ll then create your Sales Templates, telling Curve how to read your Sales Files. You can either make each template from scratch, or download the templates you need from the  Template Library
  5. Sales: Import Sales – once you have your templates in place, you can then quickly & easily import your Sales file, by uploading each of the files. Through this process, you will also match down any unmatched sales & prepare sales for reporting onto your Payees
  6. Import Costs – add your costs, using the user interface or via Excel upload
  7. Run Period – after all of your sales and costs are ready, you can now pull it all together as part of a Period, & create your Statements

 

Importing Via Excel

Your entire account can be set up using Curve’s user interface. However you can also add and edit your data via Excel using the Import function. Something which is useful when working with lots of data (think needing to set up lots of contracts or releases). For the best user experience we advise using Microsoft Excel rather than alternatives.

 

At the top right on many pages in Curve you will see the following buttons.
When you click the Import button the same popup will appear, whatever page you are on:

 

The ‘Download Templates’ button will provide you with a zip of the latest versions of all of the excel templates. There is a different template dependent on which page of Curve you are looking to set up. To import metadata in bulk, the concept is simple and the same for each import template. Simply fill in the columns as specified in the column headers, save your file, and upload it to Curve using the Import button at the top right of your screen. The system will import the file in the background & report to you via email once complete.
If an Excel template looks daunting at first, try building a complex example using the web interface. Then export these examples to Excel, so that you can replicate the structure for other similar examples for your business.

Follow Our Demo

In the next few chapters of our Gettting Started guide, we will guide you through our system using a couple of simple examples. Practice is the best of all instructors. Therefore, we’ve populated some import templates, test files you could say, that you can trial with through this tutorial. To follow along with us, download the Curve Demo Files below. There are two folders, both contain the necessary data to work through examples in this tutorial on either the Master or Publishing side.

Download the Curve_Demo_Files here