How To Properly Distribute Music
The easiest way to distribute your music is to go through a service like DISTROKID. Distrokid is the best one for new artists. Its a one time fee for the year and you can release unlimited songs. Click this link to check them out :
But we will also go into details about what you need to have to release a song the right way.
Here’s what you’ll need to properly distribute your music worldwide:
1. An artist name: This is the name you use to release music under. It might be your real name, a band name, or a handle. Check Google for your artist name to ensure it isn’t already being used by another group or individual if you’re releasing your first song.
2. Any other primary or featured artists: This information will be included in the metadata supplied to digital music platforms, allowing your songs to reach out and connect with their audiences.
• The primary artists on a record are the main performers. There is generally only one main artist (for example, Ed Sheeran), but on rare occasions, music may include multiple primary artists. When two or more artists that don’t usually collaborate to make an album or single collaborate (for example, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss).
•Collaborators who DO work together on a regular basis can have one primary artist (for example, “Brooks & Dunn” or “Simon & Garfunkel”), similar to how independent artists are handled.
• Featured artists are people who work together on particular songs, but do not deserve primary artist credit for the project.
3. The song titles: Just like newborns require names, songs need titles as well.
4. The album title: This is the name you give to this collection of songs.
5. The songwriter & publisher info for each song: You’ll need to submit the following information in order to guarantee that digital music services pay publishing royalties correctly and that all songs are properly licensed:
• the names of the songwriters for each track (including cover songs) are shown ->
• The names of songwriters’ publishers (if any)
• The songwriters’ “splits” (the proportion of a song that each composer owns)
6. Additional metadata: The most common music copyright issues arise from the lack of understanding regarding how recordings are classified. If you use Spotify or Apple Music, they’ll need to know if your song is a live performance, a cover song, in the public domain, or contains explicit language.
7. High-quality audio: The original CD files were recorded at a 16-bit resolution, which means they’re in WAV or FLAC format (in stereo, at 44.1kHz sample rate).
No crappy MP3s!
8. Cover artwork: Must meet these requirements:
• 1400 x 1400 pixels minimum; 3000 x 3000 pixels maximum
• PNG, GIF, JPG, or JPEG file type
• 72 – 300dpi (300dpi is the best)
• Less than 25mb
• RGB color scheme (not CMYK)
9. UPC code: The Product Identifier is a string of letters and numbers that distinguishes your music in the market and aids in accurate accounting. DISTORKID may supply a UPC.
10. ISRC codes: DISTROKID only knows the song name and artist, not rates or other information. These are song identifier codes that are crucial for accurate tracking of activity and payments in the digital music industry. DISTROKID can utilize them.
11. The release date: When do you want your music to drop? You get to set the date that your new release becomes available.
12. Pre-sale date: Do you want your fans to be able to purchase your music on iTunes or Amazon ahead of its official release? Set that up at least 30 days in advance.
13. Descriptions of your music: To describe your music, what it sounds like, and who it’s for, compile the following things:
• Written blurb about your music
• Genre designations
• Suggested moods
• Sounds-like artists (also sometimes referred to as RIYL or
“Recommended If You Like”)
This information will be useful for both distribution AND promotion.
14. A payment method: How will get paid for your sales, streams, etc.? Make sure to set up either a PayPal account or a checking account that allows automatic deposit.
15. Your label and copyright information: YOU are the label and copyright owner if you financed your recording or produced it on your own. If someone else is claiming ownership of the sound recording, they should be identified as the label and copyright owner.
The easiest way to distribute your music is to sign up with Distrokid. Click the link below to sign up for free!
If you want to get your music heard and get a free review. Tune in to my livestream dedicated to helping independent artists. It stream Monday through Friday 7pm EST on youtube.com/bobbyeverything