Distribute Music: How and Where to Distribute Your Music (Part 1)

How to distribute Music

When you’re a songwriter and an artist or in a band you need to strategize the best way to distribute music. Below you’ll find a step by step guide to releasing your music.

is your music ready to be released?

Before you release any music, you want to make sure it’s ready to be released.

You want to know that people are going to love it before you spend a ton of money releasing and marketing it.

copyright your music

Before you put any music out into the world, you have to get it copyrighted. Not sure how? Read this: How to Copyright Music: Protect Your Music.

Register to a Performing Rights Organization (pro)

Before you put any music out, you want to make sure you’re also registered to a Performance Rights Organization (PRO).

If you live in the United States, you can register to BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, or GMR.

Not sure how to register or which PRO to choose? Read this: Performing Rights Organization (PRO) BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, GMR.

choose your album type

How many songs are you going to release at once?

  • Single – One song at a time.
  • EP – 3-5 songs at a time.
  • LP/CD/Album – 10-12 songs at a time.
get your cover artwork/photography

Whether you’re releasing physical or digital music, you’ll need something on the cover. You can either use photography or create a graphic using a tool like Canva or by hiring a designer.

Whatever you choose, make sure your cover is ready before you start trying to distribute your music.

choose Where to Distribute Your Music

Next, where do you want to distribute your music? Where you want to distribute it will depend on if you want to give it away for free or if you want to charge for it, or both.

  • Free Download – (Jamendo, Frostwire, and Free Music Archive) These are distribution services for music with a Creative Commons License. Click here for more detailed information on Creative Commons Licenses.
  • Streaming
  • Digital Download
  • Physical CD
  • Vinyl
Choose a Digital Distributor
  • TuneGO (Free and you keep 100% of your royalties and rights.)
  • CD Baby
  • DistroKid
  • Ditto Music
  • Loudr
  • MondoTunes
  • Symphonic
  • TuneCore
market your new music

Now that your music is ready to be released and you’ve chosen an album type, where to distribute your music, and who to distribute it through, you’re ready to start marketing!

Check out Part 2 here to learn everything you need to know about marketing your new music.

The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice provided by an attorney of your choosing. TuneGO, Inc. does not warrant or represent that the information in this post is accurate for all people or in all circumstances and encourages you to seek qualified legal counsel in all instances. TuneGO, Inc. will not be responsible for your reliance on any information contained in this article.

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