How do I distribute my own music as an Independent artist?

As digital music consumption becomes increasingly popular, the demand and importance of digitally distributing your music has become an integral part of ensuring your music reaches an audience outside of live performance.

For independent artists, working out how to distribute your music can often be a daunting task with a lot of questions rising around topics such as royalties, downloading vs streaming, metadata and most frequently, how to begin distributing your music successfully.

Your music is finally ready to go, after months of writing, recording, and signing off on the masters so firstly, you need to start by choosing your distributor.

Choosing your distributor can often be a daunting task with so many companies offering similar services. As an independent artist it’s important to make sure you are working with a company who not only deliver your music from A to B, but are there to support you and take the time to make sure you understand the process and feel in the driver’s seat with distributing your music.

Here at Horus Music, we’re here to help make distributing your music simple. Our aim is to provide a transparent, trustworthy service for independent artists to help distribute your music on a global scale and put the control back in your hands. With direct support from our team, you can give us a call to talk through the process and make sure you feel confident and happy with the service you are receiving. We ensure our artists receive 100% of all royalties, providing monthly royalty payments and reports along with regularly updated analytics direct from stores.

Most major distributors will deliver your music to digital platforms such as Spotify, Apple, Deezer and Tidal but it’s important to check with your distributor exactly where they deliver your music to. Horus Music have direct partnerships with major platforms all over the world, including stores in Asia, China and Africa, putting our artists needs first and driving your music to a wider audience across the globe.

So, you’ve chosen your distributor and are ready to release your music, what happens next?

To start distributing your music, you will need to upload the metadata for your release through your distributor’s artist area. Our exclusive My Client Zone system is the central hub for our artists, providing a unique platform to upload your music and monitor your releases performance from analytics to royalties.

What exactly is metadata?

Metadata is basic information about data, so in relation to music this covers all areas from your release title to your artwork and audio file. You’ll need to make sure you fill in the required fields to the best of your ability for us to accurately deliver your information to stores. Our team are always on hand to help, so you can contact us at any point of the upload process if you have any questions.

Once submitted, our team listen to every release that comes through our system and thoroughly check through the metadata submitted, ensuring the highest quality releases and data are delivered to stores.

When we have received and reviewed your submission, our team will deliver your release to stores ready to go live on your chosen release date- it really is that simple.

If you’re looking for a reliable, transparent distributor who champions independent artists, get in touch with our team today to start your distribution journey!