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MTV Games and Harmonix announced on Friday that they will soon be opening a Rock Band Network where independent musicians and labels can submit their songs through the XNA Creator's Club to be included as optional downloads to players on the 360. Based on criteria not yet by MTV Games, the music may also be included in updates for the Wii and Playstation 3 thirty days after Xbox 360 publication.
Membership in the XNA Creator's Club is $49.99 every four months or $99.99 for a year. Microsoft is allowing bands to sell their music through Xbox Live for the game at $0.50 to $3.00 per song, which should allow many bands to recoup these costs and make a profit within the subscription period. Bands keep 30% of all sales.
This is a great opportunity for gamers to work with their indie band friends, family, or even their own bandmates to combine their passions. It will allow greater exposure for the bands and even more song options for players. If there's a local band you think would be interested in participating, pass along the link to the website below where they can submit their songs for consideration. Keep in mind the content must be appropriate for a T for Teen rated game.
See you on tour!