About The Money: Music Distribution As An Investment

Imagine you’re a new, independent artist looking to test the waters of the business they call music. You have a soul-sucking day job, but hey, gotta pay the rent, right? Soon you’d love to quit and make music full time, but first you need to get some momentum going. You bedroom-produced a handful of songs and you’re ready to get streamed. Got $50 to drop on digital distribution for those five songs? “Ayyyyyy, I haven’t even bought a nice microphone yet!”

Do you really want to begin your career hundreds of dollars in the hole?

You can’t catch your dreams if you go broke trying. That’s why we’re dethroning The Old Way with Select Distribution, the smart, budget-friendly way to get your music on the biggest streaming platforms in the world. The Old Way requires you to spend at least $10 per song and $50 per album to get on “hundreds” of streaming sites, apps, and stores. That’s a fine offer for the more established artist with thousands of fans. That guy is confident he’ll make his money back in a few months. But the up-and-comer, well, she needs to be a bit more choosy with her money. Want to do some quick math?

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Digital Distribution Checklist: Getting Your Release Ready for iTunes, Spotify, and More

Getting your music onto services like iTunes and Spotify is crucial to an Artist’s success, but the guidelines and requirements can be tricky to navigate. Spotify album art size, iTunes cover artwork, and performer’s rights have especially rigid guidelines, and failure to comply can prevent your music from making it onto these platforms.

We are proud to offer our Artists a quick and affordable method of digital distribution, and we want to help make sure that your release won’t get rejected by the retailers’ strict guidelines.

With that in mind, we put together a final checklist to make sure that your release meets those requirements and doesn’t end up delayed. Watch the following video, or check out the highlights below for ownership guidelines, Spotify album art regulations, and much more.

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Top 3 things musicians need in 2013

Hey musicians, what are your resolutions for 2013? Want to release a new album? Find new fans? Help others? Make it big or just pay the bills? If you’re like a lot of Reverb artists, it’s probably all of the above.

Well, listening to you (and a couple of million other musicians around the world) we’ve boiled it down to three things:

  1. Get more fans
  2. Sell more music
  3. Save money

Am I right? In that case, ReverbNation’s got you covered. Follow our advice below to start the new year off right:


Think about it. You already spend money on instruments, on food and gas when you’re touring, on beer when you’re gigging. You should be thinking of promotion as just as important as putting gas in the van, just as rewarding as a cold one after a show.

I have a friend who spent almost $10,000 on his new album, but then he didn’t do anything to promote it. Does it sound familiar?

Maybe it’s not the investment that’s holding you back. A lot of bands just don’t know where to begin. That’s precisely why we developed Promote It. We’ve made it drop dead simple to create custom ads to promote your music on all the sites music fans flock to:  Pandora, YouTube, Facebook, Billboard, MTV and hundreds of others. Trust me when I say, you WANT to be where they are. Plus, it’s completely affordable — campaigns start at just $5/day. And if you’ve never tried Promote It, we’ll even let you run your first campaign absolutely FREE.

“With Promote It, I can get the same type of promotion as a major label and still be on an indie budget. Promote It is such an easy and effective way to get new fans for my music.” 

Whatever you’ve got going on — a new album release, a new song or a new video (coming soon) — we know that Promote It is the best and easiest way to get the word out there, get heard and gather in new fans. If you can think of any better way, let us know in the comments!

Try Promote It now. Free trial available for first time Promote It customers >>


Have you heard? We’ve just launched a new program called Music for Good and we couldn’t be more excited! For the first time ever, you can now choose to sell your songs directly from your Reverb profile.

Artists choosing to participate select a charity they’d like to support and for every $1.29 song they sell, half the proceeds go to their new non-profit partner.

Music For Good is the new way to sell music.

We’ve never done anything like this before, but it’s really a natural. We know that musicians like to support good causes — whether it’s an indie band playing a local fundraiser or a major celebrity effort for disaster relief. Musicians have influence, they have power. Can you imagine what 2.5 million ReverbNation musicians can do?? Together we know you can have a huge impact fighting disease, hunger, poverty and more — all while spreading beautiful music.

PLUS — and this is very important — we believe this partnership will help every artist sell more music. It gives people a reason to pull out the credit card on music again. It kicks piracy in the butt!

The way we see it (and we think you’ll see it too), the Music For Good program accomplishes two things: it supports charities AND it gets fans to spend money on music again. It’s good for charities and it’s good for your wallet. As a bonus, it’s good for your soul.

Are you an artist, but not on Reverb?

Already on Reverb?

Music fans: Want to buy some music and help a charity?


This one’s a no brainer. If you already use one of ReverbNation’s premium services (press kits, digital distributions, newsletters, etc), or even paid services from another site, the smart thing is to switch to the Pro Bundle.

For less than $20 a month, you get ALL of the core marketing services you need to manage your career and more. Yes — digital press kit, email templates, a mobile app, widgets, plus digital distribution that expands every year — while the price stays the same. Holy smokes. That’s less than topping off your gas tank, buying Starbucks lattes for your friends, or getting a large 3-topping pizza in New York!

The Pro Bundle costs less per month than a large 3-topping pizza from Domino’s in NYC.

You’ll save mega bucks AND because it’s all in one spot, you’ll save time. I mean, if you prefer, you could go to Sonicbids for your press kit, Tunecore for your digital distribution, and FanBridge for your newsletter, Mobile Roadie for your mobile app, etc etc… but why go through the trouble of logging in at eight sites different sites when you can use just one? Plus you’ll get the added bonus of having just one super great support team to answer any questions. Like I said, it’s a no brainer.

Start marketing your music now >>

That’s it, folks. We truly believe the tools mentioned above will help you achieve your marketing goals in 2013. Our mission is — and always has been — ARTISTS FIRST. Now go out and make some awesome music!

And let us know what your 2013 resolutions are in the comments below.

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ReverbNation + Google Music = More $$$ for You

By now you’ve heard about the launch of Google Music — a new way for fans to discover, buy, share, and listen to music. But how do you get your music in there?

ReverbNation makes it easy.  Both of our Digital Distribution packages have been updated to include distribution to Google Music.  Like all of our other retail distribution points, we pass 100% of the payouts from Google to you — we don’t take any percentage.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your music into Google Music today!

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New Features: Enhanced Email Click Tracking, Free Ping (Apple) Profiles, and Update Your Concert Schedule From Your Phone

This week there are some great new features available for ReverbNation artists.  Check them out below:

1. See which links are most effective on your FanReach emails

When you send an email to your fans, you don’t always know which links are the most effective, or which message resonated. Starting as of June 9th, all FanReach emails sent will track which links in your emails got clicked, and show you how often they were clicked. To access this new feature sign in to FanReach, send your fans an email, and then visit the email history tab to see the clicks. The feature is available to both FanReach Free and FanReach Pro users.

2. Update your show schedule from your iPhone

You can now update your show schedule from your iPhone with the ReverbNation control room app.  The feature lets you add and mange shows, and keep your attendance numbers up to date. The Control room app, and the new show update feature, are still 100% free (the new feature is not yet available for Android, but will be soon). You can download the app by visiting the Apple App Store.

3. FREE Ping profiles available for all Distribution customers

Now all customers of ReverbNation’s Digital Distribution service can have a page on Apple’s social network, Ping. The service does not cost anything extra, is available to all ReverbNation Distribution customers who have a release that is live on iTunes. Simply click on the distribution tab in your control room and look for the yellow banner at the top of your screen. If you don’t have Distribution yet, check visit our Distribution page to find out more.

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ReverbNation Artist Charity Turner Secures iTunes Feature

Charity Turner, who uses ReverbNation for Digital Distribution, was recently given the coveted “Single of the Week” spot on iTunes Australia for “Our Secrets.” The song will be featured for the entire week, giving excellent exposure and download numbers for the ReverbNation artist.

Be sure to check out the feature and download “Our Secrets” here!

ReverbNation would like to extend a big “CONGRATULATIONS” to Charity for being selected!

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Get Weekly iTunes Sales Reports for Free

If you use ReverbNation for digital distribution of your music, then you may have recently been notified about the trending reports that we are providing from iTunes and eMusic.

A trending report is an unofficial weekly sales update about your release. ReverbNation is proud to offer these reports to all of our digital distribution customers free of charge.  Other digital distributors charge for this feature, sometimes as much at $3 per report.  This adds up to over $150 per year.

Learn more about ReverbNation trending reports below:

This is what the trending reports look like. It tells you whether you sold a whole album or a track, from which album the sale came, and which store it came from. This is a sample report from Durham, NC, band Red Collar:

The trending reports are available in your ReverbNation control room under “Distribution” >> “Trending Report.” They’re there to give you an idea of how much music you sell each week, but they’re not official sales data. Discrepancies can sometimes occur between the weekly trending reports and the official sales reports (which are released 60 days after the end of each month), such as if someone gets a return on a sale.

You can also export your reports to a CSV file that you can open in Microsoft Excel, or any other spreadsheet application that you might have. All you have to do is click the “Export” button at the bottom of the trending report, and the data is automatically exported for you.

Find out more about ReverbNation trending reports by viewing the trending report FAQs.

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ReverbNation Adds Spotify, Last.fm, Zune, MySpace Music, Wal-Mart, and Dozens More Retailers to Its Flat-Fee Digital Distribution Product for Bands

ReverbNation, the leading marketing platform used by more than 650,000 artists/bands, labels, managers and venues, has announced the launch of the world’s most comprehensive digital distribution product for Artists and Record Labels who seek to place their music into online retailers without giving up any ownership rights or any percentage of the sales royalties from their music.

Artists and record labels can now choose from two pre-packaged offerings from ReverbNation:

The “Essentials” Package – $34.95 per release, 29 sites
Submits a release to iTunes (worldwide), Amazon Mp3, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster, MySpace Music, Last.fm, Spotify, Zune, iLike, MOG, Tesco, La Curacao, Synacor, GetPlaylists, Secure Media, Intertech Media, InMotion Entertainment, WaTunes, Get Green Music, Immergent, and Moozone. See all retailers >>

The “Pro” Package – $59.95 per release, 39 sites
Includes submission to all of the stores in the Essentials package, plus submission to Nokia, Lala, Wal-Mart (Liquid), Amie Street, We7, Myxer, Puretracks, ThinkIndie, and Shockhound, and digital delivery to Pandora (for their convenience only, no guarantee that they will consider or review the music).

Learn more about ReverbNation’s Digital Distribution Products.

Artists who have released music under ReverbNation’s previous Basic package can upgrade to the Essentials package at no additional charge.  Annual renewal fees apply to either package.

“Artists and independent record labels need an on-ramp into the most important retailers and music streaming services of our day, without having to give up their rights or a percentage of royalties,” said Lou Plaia, co-founder and vice president of music industry relations at ReverbNation.com. “Our new service gives them the access and reach that has been historically limited to the major record labels.”

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