Let’s say you are making music to be heard by music fans. You do so because you believe it’s your destiny, profession or perhaps you do it as a sidekick hobby, for your soul. While in the past, you had to go and present your music in front of an audience and get a label to spread out your music, these days it’s possible for any person to share songs/tracks on social music platforms. Yes, these networks are not the most profitable – Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud, and other social music platforms have been accused of paying low distribution for music artists. However, as I read on another blog that sometimes it’s better to share your music to the world than to keep it on your hard drive and as a matter of fact, social music platforms offer a pricing model that has been an issue for artists and users but can also get you a monthly a steady income.
Upload a track/song on Spotify
Music on Spotify can be uploaded by a record label or a distributor. If you’re signed with a label, they should take care of uploading your music to Spotify. Otherwise, you’ll have to arrange a distribution by yourself.
If you don’t have a distributor and you release an international/English songs, you can check some of the best Spotify distributors in the list below. Otherwise, search for distributors in your country/region. Here is a list of some of the most well-known Spotify distributors:
- Ditto music
- The Orchard
Once your music has been published by your label or distributor, you can claim your profile and manage your artist page. Log in to Spotify for artists and claim your account.
Upload a track/song on YouTube
Youtube remains the main music channel for musicians and artists. Yet, uploading music to YouTube and start earning is not that easy. YouTube pays around $1 per 1000 streaming views. In order to be eligible for monetization, you need 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in the past 12 months.
So here’s what you need to do in order to upload a song/track to YouTube:
- First, create a channel. You can create a personal channel or a new business channel. Check this page.
- Take note that you cannot upload audio files to YouTube so you must convert the file to a video file. There are some sites that offer an easy solution such as Audioship and tunestotube. Otherwise, you can convert the file and upload it as a video on your channel.
Upload a track/song on Apple Music (iTunes)
Apple Music’s model is similar to Spotify. You can’t upload your music directly to Apple music, you must use a distributor or your label. Some of Apple music preferred distributors as of 2019 include:
- Ditto Music
- The Orchard
Upload a track/song on SoundCloud
SoundCloud offers the easiest way to share your music for a huge range of audience without the hassle of labels or distributors. However, take note that when you use SoundCloud, you basically give them your music for free. There are many artists who banned SoundCloud for the unfair business model for musicians.
SoundCloud is a good platform for those who just want to publish their music without any return. You can use SoundCloud as a social music platform without any pricing and rewards for musicians.
Nevertheless, if you want to upload your music to SoundCloud, you need to create an account and simply press the upload button in order to share your music.
Well, although many people believe it’s a simple process to upload music to music social platforms, it requires an effort and you must conduct in-depth research to avoid the high cost of distributors and any legal procedures that might prevent your earnings from a song that you created. Find distributors comparison similar to this guide and make sure you get the royalties for your music.