Best Music Distribution Companies

Best Music Distribution Companies


There are so many music distribution services out there. Keeping 100% of your royalties is key. Educate yourself on all their fees and what you’re getting into before you decide. Some say they don’t take a cut, but there are hidden fees in some cases. Do your research!
Here’s the best music distribution services and companies out there today:

  1. LANDR
  2. CD Baby
  3. TuneCore
  4. Ditto Music
  5. Loudr
  6. Record Union
  7. MondoTunes
  8. Reverbnation
  9. Symphonic
  10. iMusician
  11. The Orchard (they work with labels only)
  12. AWAL (selected applications only)

    More about choosing your digital distributor below, read on! The Many Benefits of Digital Distribution
    Why choose digital distribution?

    Digital music sells the best, and will continue to rise. The revenues of the music industry make it clear – digital is the way to go. Here are the global revenues of the industry in 2016:

    50% from digital revenues
    34% from physical format sales (CDs, vinyl, cassettes)
    14% from performance rights (radio, shows, etc)
    2% from Synchronization revenues (movies and ad syncs)
     

    So be strategic. Make your music available where your fans actually hang out: online. You’ll have more chance of reaching them.

    Save yourself the costs and hassle of physical distribution – especially on a first album. Start by building an audience and a name with digital releases.

    Plus, many digital distributors don’t have exclusivity deals. It means that you’re not giving up the rights to your music. That’s huge. Because if your next record is better represented by another distributor, you’re free to end the non-exclusive agreement anytime.

    There’s also added perks like recommendation algorithms. These might suggest your tracks to people based on what they listen to. That’s how people discover new music in the digital world!

    Ready to jump into distribution? Here are the steps to follow:

    1. Find The Right Digital Distribution Platform
    Ok, so your record is ready. You’ve mixed it and mastered it. Your album art is ready to go. You’re excited to get it out but you need to find out about the best music distribution company first before distributing your music.
    Choose the best one for you
    Each of these platforms has their own pricing. It’s either:

    a set fee per album/single
    a yearly fee
    a percentage of your record sales (10-25%).
    Plan your budget: carefully read each distributor’s pricing plans and terms.

    Remember that a distributor is a new professional partnership. Choose the most beneficial one for you. Make sure the distributor fits your needs, your resources, and your goals.

    2. Make Your Music Searchable
    In traditional distribution artists had to submit a ‘>one-sheet’. That’s literally one page that contains all the info about your record (artist name, album title, release date, a short bio, genre, etc.)

    The equivalent in the digital world is metadata. These are the short descriptions and keywords that make it easy to classify and find something on the web.

    Metadata is crucial in digital distribution. All digital distributors ask for this information. That’s how people browse for music online – especially with genre. You want your potential fans to find your music easily.

    So when you submit your album for digital distribution, include a list of metadata:

    artist name
    title (of album or single)
    the release date
    record label
    track titles
    genre
    composer information
    artist bio
    Make it short. Use the most common words. Make it simple and timeless: avoid using trendy words or hashtags. You want people to find your music 30 years from now!

    3. Promote Promote Promote
    “Your distributor will only be as good as your marketing plans to sell the record. Don’t expect them to do your [promotional] work for you.” – Indie Bible

    Make sure you have a realistic budget for your promotion. Distribution companies tend to focus their promotional efforts on top-selling artists.

    So do your own thing – create a powerful social media presence and put yourself out there.

    Create buzz about your album even before it drops. Post sneak previews of your jam sessions to Instagram. Play a show in your studio and live stream it. Post 30 second previews of your tracks to SoundCloud.

    Get your music to as many ears as possible. Use radio play, blogs, shows, word-of-mouth, and any other way you can think of to get your name out there. Send those emails and make those phone calls. There’s no hack around it!

    Note About Distribution Revolution
    Physical distributors are closing their doors. What if that means better alternatives for you?

    Digital distribution now gives all artists a chance: “Whether an artist sells 500 albums or 500,000, they should be housed in the same place and treated with the same level of respect” says the A&R for EMPIRE.

    Having a solid digital distribution track record is like having a stellar CV. It’ll get you better shows, better visibility and more negotiating power.

    Digital distribution is the most direct route to the ears of fans. Do it right! Do it digital!

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