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What is a .music domain?

Composers, players, fans: All are invited to create their own .MUSIC domain name. This new top-level domain is just for you. It gives you the opportunity to tell all just what you like, and why. Make it happen.

FAQs for .music

.music is the proposed new top-level domain for the global music industry and community. In this digital world, branding is key, especially in the music industry. The internet has helped musicians, artists, bands, industry professionals and companies market themselves more effectively and connect to their fans. .music will take this a step further providing an exclusive, global identity to the music community.

The applicant dotMusic primary focus is to help the music community by launching a dedicated .music top-level domain platform that enables .music registrants to connect with other .music registrants, including musicians, bands, industry professionals, music companies, brands as well as fans.

The objective of dotMusic .music domain is to offer artists, industry professionals and music companies a safe haven and trusted Internet zone that Internet users can identify as authenticated, verified, credible, organized and consistent. This ensures that monies will flow directly to the artists and the music community, not to pirates or illegitimate website owners. This added level of authenticity will also increase customer trust, awareness and loyalty towards the brand name the .music domain is associated with.

Artists will be able to create unique song .music web addresses to help them market new single releases more efficiently. Giving each song a dedicated address makes searching for songs on the web much faster and easier by simply entering it direct-to-browser:

Why does the Music Community need .music domain name?
Today's best practice for selecting an optimized domain name is ensuring that the domain name is highly-relevant, short and memorable. The less characters to convey what you represent the more effective the branding and marketability.

Finding a desired domain name has become increasingly difficult for artists, industry professionals and music companies because nearly all single-word domain names and close misspellings are already registered.

Established artists and bands such as the Eagles, the Police, the Doors, Kiss, Queen, Muse, Prince, Tool, Pink, Muse, ABBA, The Carpenters, Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen, Genesis, Scorpions, Journey, Chicago, Glay, Nirvana, Oasis, REM, Roxette, even Justin Bieber do not have their exact names in .COM. Since most bands use generic keywords for their artist brand names, the availability of those domain names are limited and buying them from their current domain owners will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions depending on the popularity of the generic keyword and its type-in traffic.

To add to the confusion, artists whose exact brand name match is not available in .COM, do not choose universally-consistent keywords to help fans remember what their official websites are. For example, the Justin Bieber official website is, the official Queen site is, the official Eagles site is and the official Muse site is

The .music Top-Level Domain will remove second-guessing and enable direct navigation to the artist's official website by simply typing in the artist's brand name and then followed by .music into the web browser. For example:,, and The .music domain will replace the ineffective and risky domain name structure that exists today in music. Under the .music trusted umbrella, the new paradigm of navigating music websites is consistent, fast, simple and authenticated.

The internet has revolutionized the modern world, connecting more than 2.4 billion internet users for commercial, social, cultural, and educational purposes. Vying for domain name space in this virtual real estate market has become increasingly difficult at a cost-effective level for new businesses, entrepreneurs, and even individuals. To break out from the limited space provided by current gTLD extensions, ICANN has begun the process of releasing over 1,000 new extensions. By adding to the internet’s list of extensions, ICANN intends not only to allow more domain names, but create a safer, more efficient internet that has instant significance of a website’s content in regards to its extension. The .music clearly shows what the website will contain, and therefore saves time and helps streamline the internet user’s experiences online. Get your .music domain today!
ICANNs New gTLD program is well under way and as the program continues to progress New gTLDs will be released at a consistent pace. As 101domain gets more information on New gTLD releases, we will be updating release dates on a per-extension basis. Look for many more new and exciting domain names becoming available in the near future!
Pre-registering a .music domain will allow us to submit your domain for registration as soon as it becomes possible to do so. This is the best way to secure your chance of owning a new gTLD domain. By pre-registering you will not have to worry about missing any deadlines and because pre-registration is free, you have nothing to lose. Also submitting a free pre-registration allows to update you on pricing, policies and deadlines. Unfortunately, cannot guarantee that we can successfully register a .music pre-registered domain.
The .music pre-registration process is completely free. You will only be required to provide a valid email address and your other contact details. Only when the gTLD is open for registration and you wish to register the domain name will you be required to provide a credit card and payment.

We may send you an email regarding your .music free pre-registration to confirm you request. If this email is not deliverable, your account will be closed and your free pre-registration will be deleted.

No. .music Pre-registrations are non-binding and free. Once we receive information regarding the domain policy and we know the price, you will be asked to confirm your pre-registration, which would allow you to change your non-binding pre-registration into a binding General Availability Pre-Order. has set a limit of 500 .music free pre-registrations per user. This limit is intended to allow equal opportunity to our customers and prevent domain name warehousing. Any .music free pre-registrations that exceed this amount or create multiple accounts will be deleted.
Yes, is authorized to accept .music free pre-registrations.
Pricing information for the new gTLDs .music is not yet available. Any users with free pre-registrations will be notified by email once this information is available.

When the a gTLD .music is approved, ICANN will set forth rules and guidelines as well as a launch sequence which dictates who can register a new gTLD .music, when and under what conditions. The expected launch sequence will be:

  • Trademark Sunrise .music – is a special period that provides current brand and trademarks owners the opportunity to secure their trademarks under the new top level domain. The fee for registration during this period is usually higher as trademarks will need to be verified and cleared.
  • Landrush – a short registration period for entities and individuals who do not own a trademark in the name they wish to register. It is intended for highly sought-after generic .music domains and are usually priced significantly higher than registering during general availability. If more than one landrush application is received for the same .music domain, the .music domain will usually go to auction in which the applicants will have the chance to bid for the domain.
  • General Availability – This phase is open to the general public and is a first-come, first served launch. When a .music domain is registered, it is officially reserved and registered in real time.
  • Premium or Reserved Names – A registry can and will withhold .music domains names from open registrations that are considered premium domains, which are names that are highly desired or unique. These .music domains with this premium status will eventually be auctioned to the highest bidder.