The music distribution industry explained

For artists looking for an easy and cheap way to share their music online, RouteNote offers all the tools, while you keep 100% of the rights.

Music distribution companies help artists and labels get their finished music onto the world’s music stores and streaming services. Some distribution companies require subscription payments or hidden fees for access to some or all of their features, while others require signing over control to your own music or the rights to future releases on their services. Built with the artist in mind, RouteNote saw unfair practices and designed a fair alternative, perfect for all musicians and managers.

With a free RouteNote account, users can easily upload their music to all of the top online music stores and streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, TIDAL and many more, including social media platforms for monetization across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and SoundCloud. Managing stores is as simple as ticking a box and we’ll do the rest.

So how do you get started? RouteNote is open to all artists and styles of music, simply sign up here. Create a new release, input your metadata and artwork, upload the tracks, choose the stores to distribute to, and then click Distribute Free or Distribute Premium. Free costs nothing, while you keep 85% of the revenue generated on stores. Premium costs a small fee, while you keep 100% of the revenue generated on stores. Changing tiers at any time for any release is as simple as clicking a switch.

It’s as easy as that! Now that your music has been sent to our moderation team, once everything’s been checked over, it’ll be promptly sent to our partner stores. With your music starting to show up in stores and gathering plays and purchases, revenue will be collected in your RouteNote account, before being deposited into a PayPal or bank account. Statistics and earning reports show exactly which songs are generating revenue in which stores.

RouteNote leave the control fully in the hands of the artist. You choose where and how your music is presented online. If you feel it’s not working, let us know and we’ll give you a hand or can take down your music entirely.

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At RouteNote we provide all of the tools independent artists and labels need to distribute, earn money from and analyse their music online.

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