Independent music distribution and the self-distribution model offers you a way to make your own music available to listeners without handing over the rights to your music to a record label.
Yes, you can still chase a traditional record and music distribution deal. It's not easy to get a good deal when you just start out in the music business however, because you have very little leverage to negotiate good terms.
Luckily, there are simplified and streamlined ways to self-distribute your music to all the different platforms used by your current and potential future listeners, whether it's music streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube and Tidal or social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.
So, start at first to get your music out there to build momentum. You can always sign to a label if it makes sense to do so in future and you still want to and you have the numbers to get a decent deal.
Independent music distribution opens up a range of new music distribution channels to get your music out into the world and onto the platforms where your listeners and potential listeners can consume it.
You will find various online music distribution companies which can get your music into major online music retailers and some which will even handle your CD or vinyl distribution for you.
These same companies will also handle your publishing and royalty collections in many cases and most offer additional services to help you promote your music too.
The top music distribution companies offer distribution to over 150 different platforms and sites, so most will be able to get your music to where you want it to be.
One thing that is however very different is the way they each price their services. This is why it's important to review the pricing structures carefully before you sign up.
The main thing is to be clear about is how often and how much you want to release and then see which music distribution company's pricing structure makes the most sense for your situation.
Price isn't however the only factor to take into account, so be sure to review this post for the 5 most important things to consider when you choose your distribution service.
You can also sell your own music if you're up for the challenge. You'll find a list of distribution/publishing related services for producers and musicians here.
Independent music distribution is easier than it's ever been and no longer requires signing away your rights.
A good music distribution company will get your music onto all the platforms where your listeners and potential listeners consume music.
It's important to however remember that distribution alone won't grow your following. So, it's vital to have a good music marketing and promotion strategy to roll out alongside your releases.
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