How to find the right music distributor or music distribution service? If you are a (bedroom) music producer and want to sell your music without a music label, than you will probably need a music distribution service like
CDBaby, ReverbNation, TuneCore, DistroKid, Symphonic Distribution, Ditto Music, MondoTunes, etc.
I was looking for a music distributor for a long time. There are many to different conditions. Some demand more percentages, some only pay via paypal, some are better for certain regions or countries. You have to research and find the best for yourself in the first place. A good starting point can be Ari´s comparison. He says:
This is the most comprehensive and accurate digital distribution review comparison piece on the web.
Click here to read Ari´s Music Distributors comparison.
He compares 16 music distributions services with a Best and Worst conclusion for each of them. At the End of the article he gives you a distribution comparison chart. At the time when I write this article, Soundcloud Music Distribution is not included. Because SoundCloud just anounced their new project and it´s just in a beta phase for now as you can read here. Users with a Pro or Pro Unlimited account can take advantage of
SoundCloud Premier distribution at no extra costs. They promise users to
get payouts from all major music services including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Instagram, Spotify, Tencent and YouTube Music, without ever leaving SoundCloud. However, SoundCloud also has certain conditions like,
A) you are 18 years of age or older
B) you are a independent creator of original music and own 100% of your rights (publishing, master, distribution). Mixes or podcast content will not be accepted.
C) you have to have zero copyright strikes,
D) you have at least 1,000 monetizable track plays.
E) monetizable streams come from at least one of these eligible countries: US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand and any other territories designated by SoundCloud as eligible
Read the guide on SoundCloud Music Distributon here.
Check the SoundCloud Pro and Pro Unlimited Plans here.
What do you think of SoundCloud’s new Music Distribution Service?