Choosing a distributor
is the first step to getting your music on Spotify. We know this process
can feel messy, so we’re here to help you make sense of it.
follows is an unbiased overview of the top music distribution companies
for independent artists. We’ve gathered the most pertinent information
including royalty splits, pricing, and services offered to help you
evaluate them against your specific needs.
distributor profile (shown in alphabetical order) includes links to the
specific pages where you can see further details for that topic.
First, let’s answer the Spotify question.
How do you get your music on Spotify?
get your music on Spotify, you’ll need to work with a distributor. They
serve as the pipes that deliver your music to Spotify (and all of the
other music services/stores).
Each distributor we mention in this
post can get your music on Spotify. However, they all differ in the
specifics of what they can offer – costs, pricing, location, and
additional services. To figure out who you should use, we recommend that
you start by asking yourself several key questions below.
Questions to ask before choosing a distributor:
What are your goals as an artist? Is this just a hobby or are you a career musician.
How much music do I plan to release? This is crucial for picking the best pricing structure for your needs.
Do you need additional services? Do you just need someone to get your music into the various stores or do you want promotional services, publishing, etc.
How much revenue do you expect your music to generate? This will help determine what you can afford.
What is your budget for music distribution? What are your funds currently to start paying for distribution.
Best for: You
have no budget for distribution. Music is a side project or hobby. You
are willing to make the tradeoffs in customer service, mobile app only,
and additional bells & whistles in order to get your music
distributed for free.
Best for: You
like the Distrokid pricing model ($19.99/yr for unlimited releases),
however you want more features (promotion, record label services) and
want to work with a larger more established company.
don’t care about skimping on budget. You are ok with annual fees, and
you want to be with one of the biggest distributors with the most
So…who is the best music distribution service? The answer will depend based on your needs and preferences.
you review each company, think about factors are most important to you.
Some questions to ask yourself are: What is my budget? How much music
do I expect to release? Do I want/need additional tools or am I OK with
just the basics?
One suggestion we highly recommend is talking to your fellow artists, either in person, online via sites like reddit – the WeAreTheMusicMakers subreddit
is a phenomenal resource. Connect with artists that have similar goals
so you can ask them for their personal experience with their
Lastly, keep in mind it’s 2019, there a many more
distributors out there that are not listed above including – all have