Posted: 13 December 2018

From profiles to playlists, we tackle the streaming maze for artists.

Read time: 3 mins

According to Business Insider in the first 6 months of 2018 Americans streamed 403 billion songs, which is a 50% increase on just two years ago. In fact, streaming accounted for three times as much music consumption as album sales and track sales combined. There’s no doubt that in the modern age streaming is big biz.

But how exactly do you get your music onto streaming services and then how do you get more listeners and eventually monetise your music?

How to get on streaming platforms

Spotify and Apple Music are currently testing ways for artists to directly upload their music for free, but until this service is opened up to everyone the only way to get your music onto streaming platforms is by using a music distributor. Some of the most popular are CD Baby, Tunecore and Ditto Music but there’s hundreds out there so selecting the right one for you is key. Make sure to take note of the variations in each distributors offering:

Once you’re set up with a distributor who will pass your music on to the streaming services then you can get online and be discovered right around the world. This isn’t the end of the line however, and updating your profiles with new gigs, merch and information is often an overlooked way of keeping your fans up to date.