Getting started

Storyblocks is a subscription-based platform. Our members pay a monthly or annual fee to download content from the Member Library. Storyblocks serves a different customer compared to our competitors. Over 85% of our members are hobbyists, freelancers, and small business owners. Think high school teachers, freelance editors, and YouTube creators. They love the affordability and creative flexibility that an unlimited subscription model offers.

By uploading your content through the Member Library Partner Program, you can reach a new untapped part of the creative market, and make more money from your work.

We share a percentage of our subscription revenue, and you earn money based on how much of your content is downloaded compared to other contributors. For a more in-depth explanation of how contributors earn, including a simple example, head over to our Partner Program introduction page..

It’s easy to apply to become a Storyblocks contributor. You can create an account and submit an application here.

After you apply, your portfolio will be reviewed based on two main criteria: 1) is the content high quality? And 2) does the content meet the demand trends of our members? If your content meets these criteria, then we will reach out with an official offer to join the Partner Program.

Applications are usually reviewed within a few days, but they can take up to a few weeks or more - it depends on how many applications we receive and the current earnings available to contributors. Even if you are a great fit for the program we may not have space for your content at the moment, but we may reach out in the future with an official invitation to join. We appreciate your patience.

Submission Requirements


We accept commercial quality HD and 4K footage, animations (including motion graphics, backgrounds, alpha channel effects, transitions, and lower thirds), After Effects, Premiere Pro (PRPROJ and MOGRT), and Apple Motion templates.

Please see our submission requirements for detailed specs and guidelines.


We’re looking for commercial quality, professionally prepared tracks. Music in any genre is acceptable-- we want songs that are unique, creative, inspiring, thought provoking, and emotional.

Please see our submission requirements for more details.

We are not accepting new image content at this time.

See our submission requirements for a comprehensive guide to creating and submitting content.

Your uploaded source file is made available for members to download. For 4K footage, we also encode a high quality HD MOV format. For all content, we offer a watermarked, HD comp file for members to download.

For music, in addition to your uncompressed source file, we encode a high quality MP3 format for customers.

You are free to leave the Partner Program with a 30-day written notice. Please reach out to We can also assist you with deleting select files.

Yes! We accept Premiere Pro templates. You can upload them as you would any other template. You can upload them as you would any other template.

Uploading Process

You can upload your content using our web uploader (100 file limit).

(Video only) You can upload via an FTP server that we provide. To request FTP credentials, select the Upload Media button on your content page. On the pop-up, scroll down to "View FTP Settings."

To keep your account secure, we randomly assign temporary FTP login information that is different than your normal login. These FTP credentials will be permanently retired 48 hours after they are last used. This allows uploads to process quickly and more securely. You can request new FTP credentials through the same popup to upload additional content later. Please note that release forms must be uploaded directly through the Contributor Portal website. They cannot be uploaded to the FTP.

Metadata (an all-encompassing term for titles, keywords, and other data stored with a file) can be applied to files in three ways:

  1. You can edit metadata using our online platform (the Content tab).
  2. (Video only) You can upload a CSV file to apply metadata. A CSV (Comma-Separated Values) is a common spreadsheet format (Click here to download a CSV template). We also accept CSVs formatted for Shutterstock or Pond5 - no editing needed!
  3. (Video only) We can read metadata stored in your file's IPTC Core. We read the following fields: Headline (populates our Title field), Description, Title and Keywords. In order to populate the Title field which appears on the website, our system will read Headline first, followed by Description, and then Title in order to add the metadata.

All titles and keywords must be in English.

Yes. Any video clip or image with a recognizable face(s) or location should have an appropriate release form. Content without releases may not be accepted. Below are several industry standard release forms you can download:

We do accept content for editorial use as long as the action or event depicted is a newsworthy item or provides commentary on subjects of human interest. For more information about release forms and why they're important, see our submission requirements.

Each file submitted to our Member Library is reviewed to maintain quality and value for customers. To ensure the best chance of your content being accepted, please read our submission requirements.

All submitted content, including the files themselves, metadata, and release forms, are reviewed. If any component of a submission does not meet our standards, the file will not be accepted.

We have a full time team dedicated to reviewing content. We do our best to make sure that content is reviewed fairly, accurately, and in a timely manner. Please note that actual review time may vary based on factors such as the volume of submissions.

Since music is published monthly, pending tracks will not be approved until the publish date, typically in the first week of each month.

Periodically we will also evaluate our library and remove underperforming content published to the platform.

Payment & Tax Information

All tax forms must be approved by our team in order for you to be paid. You can submit your tax form at any time but we encourage you to do it early. Due to volume, our team reviews tax forms between the 1st and 10th of each month. Once your form is reviewed for accuracy, you'll be approved for payouts on your next sales cycle. Please note that updates made to your account after our deadline of 5th of the month may make you ineligible for payouts on the 15th, as our tax team is required to review any updates in order to approve you for payment.

See our Tax Center for a detailed explanation of how taxes work.

Payments are issued on the 15th of each month, for revenue that you earn during the previous month. For example, on the 15th of May you'll be paid for your earnings from April. A minimum balance of at least $25.00 is required to receive payment each month. Earnings under the threshold will accumulate and carry over to the next month's payment. We offer the following payout options:

  • Payoneer (Prepaid MasterCard card and Global Bank Transfer)
  • PayPal
  • Direct Deposit
  • Wire Transfer
  • Check
  • eCheck

Any changes made to your payment information after the 5th of the month may make you ineligible for that month’s payment. We are required to hold your payment until your updated information is reviewed and approved.

Third parties we work with to help process your payments do charge small fees.

Our payout manager, Tipalti, charges transaction fees. The fees for each payout option are as follows:

  • Payoneer - 1% of the payout
  • PayPal - $1.00 per payout
  • Direct Deposit - $1.00 per payout
  • Wire Transfer (United States) - $15.00 per payout
  • Wire Transfer (International in USD) - $25.00 per payout
  • Wire Transfer (International in local currency) - $20.00 per payout
  • Check - $6.00 per payout
  • eCheck - $5.00 per payout

You can hold your payments indefinitely to help reduce third-party fees if you'd like.We may also legally be required to withhold earnings for tax purposes. See our Tax Center for a detailed explanation of how taxes work.

Terms of Agreement

You may read the current Contributor License Agreement here. By using our platform, you are agreeing to the terms of the current agreement.

The highlights for video and template contributors are:

  1. You maintain the copyright to your content. You are giving Storyblocks licensing rights.
  2. All video content licensed through Storyblocks is non-exclusive. Music content is licensed exclusively.
  3. You can remove content any time. All we require is 30 days’ notice.

For music artists:

  1. You maintain the copyright to your content. You are giving Storyblocks licensing rights.
  2. Music licensed through Storyblocks is exclusive. We acquire exclusive licensing, synchronization, and administration rights, but you may still distribute your music through consumer channels such as streaming. You may not utilize sync licensing sources (like Music Gateway) while your tracks are licensed with Storyblocks.
  3. Music tracks are licensed under a 1 year commitment (auto-renewing). You can remove files at the end of the current term, but we require 30 days’ notice.
  4. You cannot submit files that have been previously registered to Content ID. We register exclusive music with Content ID and artists earn 60% commission.

We want to provide our members with the best experience possible when using our service. The Content ID system on YouTube is well intentioned, but it causes a lot of issues for customers who use royalty-free music frequently.

We found that exclusivity is the best way for us to provide our members with great music from high quality artists and eliminate the issue of false copyright claims on properly licensed customer projects. We register exclusive music with Content ID and automatically whitelist our members’ YouTube channels so that they can use Storyblocks music without worrying about disputing claims. If there is unlicensed use of your tracks, we are able to monetize this and share 60% of the revenue as additional earnings for you on our platform.

As an artist with Storyblocks, you can submit your YouTube channel, or channels that promote your music, to be whitelisted from claims as well (up to 25 channels per year).

Yes, you can register your music with a PRO and publisher. You can fill out the information in your account.

  1. For CID earnings during the period January 1 to March 31, payment to you for your share of revenue shall be included in your payout on August 15th.
  2. For CID earnings during the period April 1 to June 30, payment to you for your share of revenue shall be included in your payout on November 15th.
  3. For CID earnings during the period July 1 to September 30 payment to you for your share of revenue shall be included in your payout on February 15th.
  4. For CID earnings during the period October 1 to December 31, payment to you for your share of revenue shall be included in your payout on May 15th.

Click here to read the Storyblocks Customer License Agreement.

Members are granted a perpetual, worldwide license to use your content. Members cannot use the content on a stand-alone basis or for purposes that are defamatory, harmful to minors, or otherwise illegal.