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The music industry is changing whether we like it or not, and we as musicians and producers need to change to maintain our quality of life. The world of selling CDs is over and we are in an era of streaming and selling digital downloads. This means we need ways to monetize the different platforms and distrokid is my all time favorite option. Let’s see how to upload music using the distrokids platform.

1.) Login to Distrokid

Go to distrokid through the website listed in the resource box. Log in and you will be redirected to the dashboard after registration. Coming to the dashboard, you will see your catalog consisting of singles and albums. If there is a green box then the track is live, if it is yellow then it is on hold, and if the box is red then there is a problem. If you don’t have anything in the list, this is your first time uploading and continue with step 2.

2.) Click Upload

Click upload in the top left navigation bar and this will take you to the upload page. Uploading is simple and the only things you need are a unique album cover and your song file. Don’t skimp on the album cover as it has to be unique, you can’t have multiple songs with the same cover as it confuses the streaming distributors and you run the risk of losing your placings.

3.) Profit

Now you have to market your music to get money for people who buy your track and also streams. If your songs have streams, you are owed royalties and make sure you get them. All the money is routed to your bank in distrokid and there are reports as to where every penny is coming from.

One of the biggest features of distrokid can be found in the top menu bar and is the teams feature. The team feature allows the artist to split tracks by percentage with any artist involved in the songwriting process. This is huge if you’re an artist and want to check out feature or collaborator divisions.

This platform is set up for independent artists to operate as a label by giving them the functionality of teams. There are different levels and if you think outside the box you could make a living with streaming or collaborations. Overall distrokid is my favorite platform to distribute music and it is sure to exist for many years.

By skadmin

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