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Music Distribution has been around since the beginning of the music industry, and it remains just as vital today as it did over a century ago. Distributing your music is a crucial part of music promotion, allowing you to seamlessly reach potential listeners and loyal fans both physically and digitally. Not only does distribution put your music out into the world for discovery, but it also ensures you monetize off your music. It's truly a win-win.
How It Works: Physical Distribution
Up until the age of the internet, music distribution was primarily used for physical consumption of music, that is through CDs, cassette tapes, and vinyl records. This form of distribution is known as physical distribution, and it's still used today to get albums into record shops or big box stores. Once an album is pressed into a physical vinyl or CD, music distributors sign deals with artists or record labels which then gives them the right to sell their music to retailers. Put simply, the distributing company essentially acts as a middleman between the artist and/or record label and the store.
How It Works: Digital Distribution
Digital distribution has been gaining momentum over the last decade thanks to the rise of streaming services and digital platforms for accessing and playing music. A 2018 study showed that digital revenues made up 88% of the total U.S. music industry. Digital distribution is how songs and albums end up on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, TikTok, Shazam, Tidal, and more. Digital distribution and streaming platforms work hand in hand together - without one the other wouldn't exist. Much like physical distribution, digital distribution works similarly, just through a different platform. Instead of transporting physical albums to retailers, distributors such as BeatStars Distribution work to send .mp3 or wav files to streaming platforms like the ones mentioned previously. It is then the job of the distributor to collect accumulated royalties to give back to the artists and rights holders.
Do I HAVE To Distribute My Music?
If you'd like to get paid for your work and increase your music's exposure then YES! We're now living in a digital age where streaming platforms are seeing consistent year-over-year growth and booming revenue generation. It's important for creators, especially independent creators, to distribute their music whenever possible. On top of being the backbone to the booming music streaming market, digital distribution is the easiest way to get your work in front of worldwide audiences with almost zero barriers. Look at TikTok for example - many artists have distributed their music to TikTok's platform, and have seen rapid fan growth and an influx of streams on songs that have gone viral overnight. If you're an independent artist who is trying to make a name for yourself, then distributing is a must.
How Do I Get Started?
Easy - sign up for BeatStars Distribution and get your music on over 30 streaming platforms! In addition, BeatStars Distribution lets you keep 100% of your earned royalties, upload an unlimited number of singles and albums, and add collaborators for free. Once your music has been successfully distributed, you'll gain access to daily sales trends and statistics from top platforms. If you're already signed up and ready to dive into the distribution process, we've got you. Check out our FREE 'Get Started With BeatStars Distribution' guide below and start gifting the world your music.