How do I release my music?

The most famous Iranian musician and arranger whose music has been published on most of the music platforms in the world, Jamous Parsa
Most people are familiar with this name, a rapper and musician who is very interested in people and fans, and eagerly pays attention to the words of each of his fans.
Now Jamus wants to inform those musicians who are not fully acquainted with the release of music.

There are very few musicians whose music has been released on all music platforms, Jamous is by far the only musician.

Pay attention to the important points of Pious Jamus.

The first thing you need to do to publish your music is to know and find up-to-date ways to publish it so that you can get the best results in the shortest time.

Where can I upload my music?
There are a variety of programs and platforms, each with unique features and access, and you can get help depending on your taste. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are some of the most popular music websites and whether you are a musician, band or producer, you can easily upload your music to these websites and bring it to your audience.

Free Soundcloud subscription has restrictions such as upload limit of up to 120 minutes. To solve this problem, you can buy a one-month premium account for $ 12, and also use features such as checking the number of downloads and analyzing users’ reactions.

But there is no time limit for uploading (of course, only certain types of files can be uploaded), which will make things easier for you. On this website, by purchasing a premium subscription, you can access advanced analysis features and other capabilities.
There is another type of account called pre-order and it works in such a way that you can sell your album before it is released and actually pre-order it and then on the specific date you set for release, the album Available to the audience who purchased it.

Usually musicians and bands prefer Bandcamp if they want to release several music or have a merch store. On the other hand, Soundcloud is generally the choice of those who want to release singles and singles. Soundcloud is very popular in genres such as hip-hop, rap and even electronics.

To choose, you need to see what you need and which one best suits your needs.

Is uploading music to Spotify free?
Unlike SoundCloud and BandCamp, uploading music to Spotify costs a bit. Of course, in most cases this amount is small and this cost is not a reason to remove Spotify from your list. In particular, you should keep in mind that now when it comes to online music and streaming, Spotify is at the top of the table!

There are sites like routenote that offer a free music upload service on Spotify or other streaming sites, but be sure to note that these services are available for a fee or as an annual subscription. They get it and as it is said, it is not free! We will talk more about these websites in the following.

Neither Soundcloud nor Bandcamp can distribute music to sites like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music and other streaming sites. In this respect, however, SoundCloud is a little ahead of BandCamp, offering a service called Repost by Soundcloud for $ 2.5 a month, sending music to streaming sites.

On the other hand, Bandkamp has its own unique capabilities. For example, compared to any other streaming site, it is very artist-centric and more complete in terms of information about artists and albums.

If you are looking for a website that streams your music to streaming sites, you have several options, each of which naturally has its strengths and weaknesses. Sites like Distrokid, CD Baby, TuneCore, RouteNote each have unique features, costs and features that can not be said which one is better and you should choose one of them depending on your needs.

For example, many musicians prefer the same service Repost by Soundcloud because it costs less and eventually your music will be released under the name and reputation of Soundcloud; While few may know RouteNote and other sites.

Let’s review the general features of each of these 4 sites:

CD Baby: $ 9.95 per song and $ 29 per album, plus a 9% off sale.
Distrokid: Receives $ 19.99 per year (and no upload restrictions) and all sales revenue goes to you.

TuneCore: $ 29.99 per album for the first year, $ 49.99 for each subsequent year, and $ 9.99 per song. Instead, all sales revenue is paid to you.

RouteNote: This website has two payment options. One is that you can skip the 15% sales revenue and give it to the website. Another is that you can keep all the sales revenue by paying $ 10 for a song, $ 20 for an EP, $ 30 for each album and $ 45 for a long album.

The point to consider is that it is better to use only one of these platforms. For example, if you send your first album via TuneCore and your next album from RouteNote to Spotify, you have created a dichotomy between your Spotify works. If you choose one of these websites from the beginning, depending on your reasons and needs, use it to the end. If for any reason you change your mind, delete all the music from the previous platform before using the new platform.

How do you get paid to publish your music?
One of the most important questions that every musician asks: When, where and how do I get paid for my music? After going through the process of making music and releasing it, the only thing that remains is to receive money and income, for which there are several ways:

Publisher: When your music is streamed or purchased, the publisher will pay you the sale price. This payment is usually made on a monthly basis but also depends on your agreement. In some cases, the publisher receives a percentage of the royalties, which depending on the amount of sales can be a two-pronged deal. Apart from this option, you can pay a certain amount to the publisher annually and keep all the sales revenue for yourself.

PRO (Performance Rights Organization): Whenever your music is streamed, PRO will pay you as agreed. Since this item can not be used in Iran, so we do not pay much attention to it ..

Official release of music
This is different from publishing a song on a soundcloud, band camp, or similar website, and in practice has more formal steps. The first step is to apply through the PRO (Performance Rights Organization).

PROs collect publisher and songwriter royalties, and with their help you can enjoy all the publishing rights and get the necessary licenses wherever and whenever needed. In addition, you get 100% of the sales and you can control all the issues related to the publication. The main PROs are BMI, ASCAP and SESAC.

Do I need a publisher to release music?
The musician gives his music to the publisher for release. One of the opportunities that may arise in the meantime is that, for example, a famous singer is trying to record new works and hears your song, likes it, and in the meantime, a collaboration takes place. Another possible possibility is that an advertising agency is looking for a song for an ad. Here, too, there is cooperation between you and the agency through the publisher.

In general, the publisher introduces your music to different markets to eventually either form a partnership in these markets or be published and sold by a label company or marketing companies.

You may not “need” a publisher, and there are other ways to release music. But especially if you want to enter the world of music as a novice, getting help from a publisher can get you there faster. Working with them can open doors for you in this industry that you may not even be aware of!

Another thing that music publishers do is do the paperwork and royalties and make sure the music is released in your own name. This is an issue that people often encounter when self-publishing music. Of course, not everyone’s priority is to make money selling music, and musicians often prefer to make music that is heard by others. But if you are not one of these people, we suggest that by choosing a publisher, you take the heavy burden off your shoulders and leave the work to Kardan.

Do I need copyright?
The age we are in – the age of the Internet – has made the work of musicians very difficult. From this perspective, anyone with access to Google and a variety of other websites can easily download your non-downloadable song on Souncloud, upload it to a music video, upload it to Youtube, and make money from it. There are many ways to circumvent the rules and easily access your music. Getting help from sites that, in addition to publishing, also assign copyright to your music can prevent such problems. There are even sites that can identify all the videos in which your music has been used and notify you via email.

last word
Based on all that we have said and the points that have been made, no one can better answer the question “How do I publish my music?” Answer. The choice of each option depends entirely on your preferences. Whether making music and listening to it is more important to you, or selling and retaining related rights.






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