If your music won’t play on the Facebook Music App, help is at hand. Personally, I mainly use Facebook for business, so when my super singer client asked me to help her figure out why her music stopped playing on her Facebook Fan page, I was initially stumped.

After lots of head scratching, I figured it out. Facebook changed their music policy. You now have to sign a statement to say that you have permission to publish the content on your page. Facebook’s own instructions, “In order to upload music to your Page using this application, you will need to provide an electronic signature to an agreement that confirms that you either own the copyright to the content you will be uploading or that you are authorized by the copyright owner to upload that copyrighted content to your Page.”

Please see the statement below that you must agree to for each individual song.

“I confirm that under Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, I have granted Facebook a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to use, reproduce, distribute, transmit, and publicly perform all sound recordings that I upload to Facebook. I understand that I am solely responsible for all licensing, reporting, and payment obligations, if any, to third parties.”

I confirm that I am authorised to grant this licence to Facebook and that I own, or have secured from the appropriate third parties, all rights necessary for Facebook to use the sound recordings I upload, including the right to the musical compositions and any other copyrighted works contained in the sound recordings. I further confirm that Facebook’s use of the sound recordings will not infringe the rights of any third party, and agree to indemnify and defend Facebook and its agents and employees from and against any and all claims, liability, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable legal fees) arising out of or related in any way to the sound recordings. I will not hold Facebook liable for any third-party infringement of the sound recordings I upload.

If you want to agree to these terms for each song, follow these steps:

Open your Facebook Page
– Click Edit Page (top right)
– Choose Apps from the list on the left
– Find Music Player and click Got to Application
– Click Edit Track
– Click Replace Music Player File
– Type your full name in the box as your electronic signature and click I agree

That’s the end of the Facebook “Day the Music Died. . .bye bye Ms American Pie.” Enjoy, good song to have stuck in your head, if you ask me.