Can you use your own music on TikTok?

How does TikTok use copyrighted music? Once you’ve finished a new song, find out how to license your music on TikTok.

TikTok is home to a huge library of music – TikTok Sounds – that users can browse through to choose the perfect song to accompany their video. If a song is available to be used on TikTok that means it’s licensed to be used in videos on the app.


How do songs get on TikTok?

TikTok has licensing deals with all three major record labels, meaning that their catalogues are available to be used by TikTokers in everything from dances to beekeeping videos. Digital music distributors like RouteNote can upload tracks to the library, and streaming services like Audius have partnerships with TikTok.

A song going viral on TikTok has led to mainstream success for artists. If someone likes the sound of a song on someone’s video, TikTok makes it easy for them to use it in their own posts. There’s also a tendency for listeners to then set out from the platform to find the artist on YouTube or a streaming service like Spotify, discovering other tracks.


How to use your music on TikTok

Want to make a TikTok with one of your songs as the backing track? Think your tracks would be perfect for other people to make TikToks with? Check out RouteNote. We’re a music distributor and can upload music to the TikTok Sounds library to get your music on TikTok.

Free distribution from RouteNote gives you unlimited uploads. You keep 85% of royalties earned, without any extra fees or complicated contracts, whilst retaining all the rights to your music. It’s as simple as selecting TikTok in the stores section when you upload your tracks. There’s also a Premium tier which gives you 100% of royalties for a small fee.

Royalties are earned each time your music is used as a soundtrack to someone’s post. Each new video using a licensed song generates revenue for the artist.


As well as TikTok, RouteNote offers monetisation of Facebook and Instagram. We also give you the pick of all the major streaming services to release your track to. From Spotify and Amazon Music to JioSaavn and AWA, your music can be streamed around the world. Head here to find out more.

I write about music for RouteNote, sharing fun stuff, news, and tips and tricks for musicians and producers. Also a saxophonist and hater of marmalade.

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