Facebook recently released a new tool for indie artists to share their music in a much easier way. The social media giant announced their partnering with TuneCore and Distrokid early this summer. Cyber PR discusses what this means for indie artists and what the new partnership entails.
Facebook Indie Artist Program
This new partnership called the Indie Artist Program began June 16, 2021. Facebook is using TuneCore and Distrokid to help artists get their music uploaded at no additional cost to them. Although Facebook already has contracts drafted with major labels, this new deal is created to help unaffiliated artists. This program covers Instagram Reels, Stories, and everywhere that Facebook uses music. Artists need to have an account with TuneCore or Distrokid in order to use this program. Whenever their music is played on Facebook or Instagram, artists will get royalties through these 3rd parties.
Founded in 2013, Distrokid is an online service that distributes 30-40% of all new music globally. There are over 2 million artists who use Distrokid’s services. Their services include: distribution, promotion, monetization, metadata customization, and storage. Distrokid charges a yearly fee of $19.99 with unlimited music upload.
Founded in 2005 and acquired by Believe in 2015, TuneCore is an online service for the DIY indie artist. They include services such as: distribution, publishing administration, and promotion. They distribute to over 150 digital partners, including Spotify, Apple Music, and TikTok. 100% of the earnings go to the artist. TuneCore charges an annual flat fee that typically ranges about $10 per single.
How To Get Your Music On Facebook
If you want to know how to get paid for your music, follow these steps. Keep in mind that Facebook owns Instagram so these steps are the same for Instagram.
- Choose a preferred distribution partner: Facebook gives you the option to choose between TuneCore and Distrokid.
- Sign Up: In order to sign up with the Indie Program, you must click the link on Facebook’s page.We’ll make it easier for you! If you want to sign up with TuneCore, click here. If you want to sign up with Distrokid, click here.
- Share your music: Whatever music you want on Facebook and/or Instagram, make sure to upload it to your distributor.
- Make your music discoverable on Facebook and Instagram: Once you share with your distributor, your music will be available on these platforms.
- Get paid!
Seems easy right? Now all you indie artists take advantage of this sweet distribution deal AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD! For more information, click here.
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