So you’ve finished crafting the perfect hip-hop beat, but not sure what to do next? Here’s how to spread the word and sell licenses.

When selling beats online, you want your music to be in as many hands as possible. This means getting your music on as many platforms as possible. Here’s why you should and how to distribute your beats to stores.

The best place to sell beat licenses is your own website. A website allows you to have full control over your music, customisation over the look, 100% of the revenue generated with no monthly costs and zero distractions for your audience from other producers beats. For tips on building your website, click here.

Selling beats via your own website is the ideal solution for established producers, however there are some benefits for going through a third-party that make it the better choice for starting out.

  • Easy upload and organisation – With a couple of clicks you’ll be able to create a clean/organised profile, upload directly to the site and set multiple lease types.
  • Promotion – If you have no existing audience, having your music on a large database users can search through, may be the kick your music needs to send it into the mainstream. Make sure you set the genre, BPM, mood and track type to make your music easily searchable. Should your songs gain plays and your profile build followers, you’ll rank higher in search results.
  • Payment – For buyers, sending payment to a stranger online can be risky, without being sure they’ll send over track in return. Using a beat selling site makes this process secure and autonomous. Tracks become downloadable the moment payment is made.

There is no one site best for all producers. You’ll want to find one that works best for you and your music. BeatStars offer affordable plans and have a good sized catalogue and user base.

For more on getting started selling beats online, find our article ‘How do I sell my first beat license’.