Dolby and Avid get into the music distribution game
Digital music distribution is still a standalone business: either as an independent company or within the umbrella of a major label. But distribution is also a feature for a growing number of technology companies: whether...
July 30, 2020
Beats marketplace BeatStars expands into distribution
BeatStars is the online music marketplace that famously sold Lil Nas X the $30 trap beat that he'd use for 'Old Town Road'. By June 2019, the company had paid out more than $50m to its community of producers supplying...
July 27, 2020
UnitedMasters Select gives artists 100% of their royalties
Music distributor UnitedMasters has launched a new tier for the artists who use its service. it's called UnitedMasters Select, and it'll cost them $5 a month – but will enable artists to keep 100% of the royalties for...
July 10, 2020
Distributor TuneCore launches in India
TuneCore is the latest global music company to open an office in India, with the aim of helping independent Indian artists to distribute their music not just locally, but to the big digital services around the world. At...
July 7, 2020
BandLab debuts a new ‘Albums’ tool for self-releasing artists
BandLab is one of the most popular and longest-established online tools for creating music and collaborating with other musicians, although its parent company has diversified into physical instruments and music media –...
July 1, 2020
Universal Music launches Spinnup distribution arm in Japan
Spinnup is one of Universal Music Group’s distribution services for independent artists, which originally launched in Sweden in 2013 before expanding to other countries. Artists can use it to upload their music to digital...
June 24, 2020
12m SoundCloud creators get heard every month (but 13m don’t)
This year’s Midem music industry conference is online-only, with new video sessions being published daily this week. One of today’s crop sees SoundCloud’s Kerry Trainor, Downtown Music’s Justin Kalifowitz...
June 3, 2020
Warner Music Group invests in African distributor Africori
Warner Music Group is increasing its footprint in Africa with an investment in Africori, a distribution, rights management and artist development company. The deal will give Warner’s ADA distribution division access to...
April 21, 2020
Sony Music invests in distributor and artist-tools startup Tully
We haven’t written about Tully before, but it’s an example of two music/tech startup trends: it combines distribution with other tools and services for artists; and it was founded by a musician – in this...
April 14, 2020
SoundCloud makes its pitch to artists as a music distributor
SoundCloud made several announcements yesterday, and alongside its financial support for creators, there was also the launch of a new ‘marketing and distribution engine’ called Repost by SoundCloud. It’s a very...
April 3, 2020
Raine Group predicts recorded-income spike for indie artists
Investment firm Raine Group has a keen interest in the independent music and DIY artists sectors, having put funding into SoundCloud and Amuse, while advising Downtown on its acquisitions of CD Baby and Fuga. Now the company...
March 17, 2020
Stem launches ’Scale’ feature for artist and label advances
Distributor Stem is the latest non-label company to start offering advances to its clients – although in this case, those clients include independent labels as well as individual artists. Its new feature is called ‘Scale’,...
February 28, 2020