Having your music distributed is one of the best ways you can make money off of your music. Although there are various other outlets for getting your music out there, distribution is key if you’re looking to make a profit. Even if you’re already being distributed, there are things your distributor can do for you that can help increase your revenue even more.
Here’s how you can get the most out of your distributor:
Talk to your distributor
It may sound like a no-brainer, but reach out and talk to your distributor and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask to speak to a label manager or marketing rep and discuss the best opportunities out there for your label and/or artist brand; doing this will familiarize you with the process of what it takes to get featured.
Get to know their services
These days, distributors don’t just focus on distribution. They likely have many different in-house services you can benefit from. Look into these services rather than going to several different companies—they could save you a lot of time and money. In addition, some companies offer YouTube monetization, sync licensing and publishing administration. These kinds of services can help you do even more with your music and introduce you to new avenues that can help generate revenue.
Pick a store
Pick specific stores and get familiarized with the different tools each one offers as well as the kinds of promotions they do. Distributors have a ton of information about these kinds of things and they can help you focus on the best outlets for your music. Talk to your distributor and make the most out of the opportunities they offer. At Symphonic, we feature all these tools in a special Music Merchandising section in our blog. Welcome to review these here.
Get to know their team
Get to know their team and use them to your advantage. Distributors know a lot about what works and what doesn’t and they could be offering the kind of support and direction you are looking for. They are only an email away, so chat with them about their expertise. You may just find a person on board that can help grow your brand.
Ask for contacts
Distributors are in touch with many contacts in the industry. They are in contact with managers, agents, photographers, booking agents etc., so don’t be afraid to reach out to them. They could potentially connect you to the right people that could help you get to the next level.
At the end of the day, distributors can do a lot more for you than just distribute your music. Get familiar with every single service they offer, as each one can help you maximize your potential. At Symphonic Distribution we pride ourselves in helping all of our clients with a personalized approach to distribution. If you have any questions about working with us, free to reach out! We’ll be glad to help!