How to distribute classical music

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You can upload classical music to all of the world’s biggest digital music stores and streaming services for free with RouteNote to get your music heard around the world and earn with every download and play.

Classical music has given us some of the most historically significant and memorable pieces of music in the world. Whilst it has a long and storied history, classical music is alive and well – and even seeing a resurgence in popularity with many of this year’s rising stars emerging from the classical scene.

At RouteNote we pride ourselves in working with every kind of musician and artist to empower their music with worldwide distribution to the biggest digital services around. We can place your music in front of millions of listeners around the world and we do it entirely on your terms.


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If you’re distributing classical music then there are a few formatting considerations to be aware of when filling in the metadata of your music.

Composers

Composers must be listed with their full name without any abbreviation or alterations.

Performers

Performing artists must be marked as Primary artists on classical releases. This includes soloists, ensembles, and accompanists. However, individual members of an ensemble should not be marked as Primary unless they are featuring as a soloist on a piece.

Classical Titles

Classical titles need to be formatted correctly as follow:

[Major Work Title] in [Key], [Opus Number]: [Movement Title]

For example:

– “Symphony no. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: Feierlich”.
– “French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: Allemande”.

Please note that there are spaces inserted before numbers.

Indian Classical Music

For Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani & Sri Lankan Classical music, your release must contain either a primary genre or sub-genre as ‘Indian’. Please use the drop down menu on the release details page to add these genres.


If you’re looking for ways to compose and record your classical music before you can release it, check out our article on the best DAWs for classical musicians.

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