Music is both a key yet frustrating part of every musician’s career. Music distribution is essentially how your music is delivered to different channels to be heard. Here is a more formal definition for any beginners out there.
“Music distribution is the way that the music industry makes recorded music available to consumers. It’s a core aspect of its business model, and it makes it possible to purchase most music in stores or download or stream it online.”
As you can see, having distribution is a necessity, as it is for any type of business. The problem and the overall sense of frustration for artists, has been that this process has become unnecessarily complicated and unfair. That’s right, a process that should help artists has become grossly slanted not in their favor.
When Elliot Tousley and James Landry founded Songflow, the goal was simple, to change all of that. Their goal was to create a truly artist-friendly music distributor that would tip the scales back to the artists. This is ambitious and great, but what does being an artist-friendly music distributor actually mean?
Artist-Friendly Music Distribution
To understand exactly what this is, you first need to understand what the unfair industry standard has looked like to this point. Here are the two major standard practices that have existed in the world of online music distribution.
- Artists Would Pay an Up-Front Fee
- Distributors Would Take a Cut of the Earnings
That’s a real giant double-dip and it’s at the extent of the artists. In our opinion, it was time for this to change and we wanted to launch a company that would be doing things differently.
While some distributor companies are taking upwards of 20%, we chose to not take a cut at all. First, of all, we couldn’t possibly participate in this process while claiming to be artist-friendly.
Secondly, we recognized that in today’s digital music world, that all distributors basically just transfer your files to the streaming platforms. We don’t think that is worth charging you twice. You need a distributor to get in these major platforms but you shouldn’t have to sell the house to do so.
Here’s a list of things that we do believe in as an artist-friendly distributor.
- Artist Ownership. We help you upload the song but you should retain full ownership of the song and the royalties.
- A Fair & Honest Payment Structure. Some distributors forgo the royalties model but instead charge annual fees. At Songflowr, we don’t agree with this and we don’t practice it. We believe in a one-time fee in exchange for our service, but we don’t believe in continuing to charge you when there is no future work being done.
- No Hidden Fees or Upgrades. Our belief is that our service and upfront fee should cover everything you need. Again, we don’t think this should be a complicated process with hidden agendas. When we say our service is all encompassing for a one time fee, we mean it.
This list may sound too good to be true but it isn’t. Honestly, it’s sad that something that is so logical isn’t the norm. However, we’re here to change that.
How to Get Started with Songflowr
Getting started with Songflow is super simple and completely painless. You can sign up right now and you do that for free. Once a member here is the totally transparent pricing that we offer.
- 1 Track – $10 a Single
- 2-6 Tracks – $20 an EP
- 7-20 Tracks – $30 an album
That’s it. Nothing hidden, no future upgrades, no subscription fees. Just straightforward pricing and a service that helps you build your music business.
This pricing gives you a whole list of features, and those are:
- Lifetime Distribution
- One Time Fee Per Release
- You Keep 100% of the Royalties
- Easy Collaboration (Split Payments with Other Artists, Producers, Etc.)
- Distribute to Over 90 Stores
- No Hidden Fees or Upgrades
Okay, I think we got the point across here. We have built Songflowr to make the music distribution process both simple, fair, and with artists interests in mind. Reach out to us today to get started.
Songflowr client Dario Del Priore gives his review of our music distribution platform.
Dario gives his take on why Songflowr is the most artist friendly distributor in music.
Music is both a key yet frustrating part of every musician’s career. Music distribution is essentially how your music is delivered to different channels to be heard. Here is a more formal definition for any beginners out there. “Music distribution is the way that the music industry makes recorded music available to consumers. It’s a core aspect of its business model, and it makes it possible
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