It might seem easy for some artists to get their music uploaded to all digital platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, but it can be a very daunting process. Even with experience, artists can still find it difficult.
When I first started putting my music on digital platforms, I had my husband do it because I just really had no idea. It was all a bit overwhelming, and he had some experience with recording, so I thought it was best to leave it to him. That is until I decided I wanted to take over the process, so I knew how to do it myself.
I felt a little insecure and dependent on people when I first got into my second marriage because my confidence had taken such a knock when I divorced. I was pretty scared I would do something wrong and create a crap life for my kids!
As an independent artist, you want to take control of every aspect of your career. So it's important to know how to do these things; even if at a later stage you pass the task onto someone else, I think...
I know industry terminology can get pretty confusing; it took a long time for me to learn what a distribution deal was; although it may seem like an easy one, it is generally a term used but not understood.
Distribution is exactly what it sounds like.. you are distributing a product, in this case, your music, so it is the distribution of your music to either digital stores or physical stores (if you are selling physical copies).
Now... this is where it gets tricky.. distribution deals! You can send it to a distribution house like CDBaby, DistroKid, or TuneCore to release your music. There are tons of companies that will distribute your music to all of the digital platforms. Being able to distribute your own music cuts out the middle-man, and you get to keep all of your profits, aside from the fees charged by the distribution house. Some of these platforms, like TuneCore or Amazon, will also distribute your physical copies.
Now, distribution deals! Broken down...
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