So you have your album mastered and ready to share. We put together a list of the four best services for DIY musicians to self-release an album and get it to fans while getting the most bang for your buck.
1) Distribution: CD Baby
Your music needs to be available for sales and streaming.
What you'll get: CD Baby is the world's biggest online distributor of indie music. They will help you get your music on iTunes, Amazon, Facebook, Google Play, Spotify, Rdio, and more. You can also sell CDs and vinyls!
Pricing: 14.95 per single; $59 per album. CD Baby keeps 9% of net income for digital distribution and $4 per CD or Vinyl unit sold.
2) Publishing: Songtrust
You need to make sure you are getting all of the royalties earned from sales and streams happening worldwide.
What you'll get: Songtrust allows independent songwriters to register songs and collect royalties worldwide through an easy-to-use digital interface. Songtrust will also help you join a PRO if you are not yet a member.
Pricing: $100 per songwriter (one-time start fee). Songtrust keeps 15% of any royalties included in your Songtrust payment.
3) Marketing: PledgeMusic
Now that you're covered for royalties, let's make sure your album reaches as many ears as possible
What you'll get: PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform that facilitates musicians reaching out to their fanbase to sell, market, and distribute music projects.
Pricing: Free to join, PledgeMusic keeps 15%
4) Touring: Songkick Tourbox
Time to hit the road. (Maybe you can use some of the money earned from your CD Baby sales, Songtrust royalties, or Pledge campaign to fund your tour!)
What you'll get: Songkick Tourbox lets bands manage and promote their live dates across the web, through integrations with services like YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and Bandcamp.
Conclusion: There are plenty of services out there to help you with all aspects of your release. Do your research before getting set up and make sure you are getting the service that is right for you.