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How to get your music onto streaming platforms

Are you ready to monetize your music but have no idea how to get it onto streaming platforms? Ashwin Middleway, producer, DJ and Founder of Garden Groove Music, shares the basics of distributing your music as an independent artist.

Choosing a distribution service

Choosing the right distribution service or platform is a key factor, because each offers different types of support for your career and you want to make sure that you’re signing with the service that’s most going to help your growth.

Do your research on each platform's fee structure. Pay attention to their royalty offering, if there’s a monthly subscription fee or any limits on the number of tracks you can release.

Distribution services might offer extra features such as playlist pitching or syncing and licensing for tv, movies, ads and games, these added benefits are important to know before signing up.

Make sure to pay attention to the terms and conditions of their services. The important information is often hidden in the fine print.

A list of streaming platforms available to you:

Releasing your first track

Once you’ve decided which platform to go with, it's as easy as logging onto your platform

dashboard and filling out a form that details your track information. Here are a few things you’ll need to include:

  • Track bio

  • Feature artist

  • Release date

  • Record label

  • Genre

  • Composer

To find out more about getting your music onto streaming platforms and how you can use the power of social media to grow your royalties, check out Ashwin’s edition of The Creators Guide. Ashwin is a music producer, DJ and record label owner from Cape Town, and he gives you the lowdown on getting your music streamed worldwide. Click below to watch.

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