If you’ve landed here, chances are you’re in search of a music distribution service – and are wondering if BandLab Distribution is the right fit for your needs. We’re here to help you solve this dilemma. Whether you’re interested in pricing, exploring our free three-day Membership trial, or simply curious about where your original music will be available, we’ve compiled a list of common queries in this convenient FAQ.

What is BandLab Distribution?

Before we begin, here’s a quick overview of BandLab Distribution. This feature is a brand-new offering that enables talented artists such as yourself to effortlessly release your original music. Your tracks are sent to top-tier digital service providers (DSPs) worldwide, all in a few easy steps. What’s more, with an active BandLab Membership, you get to pocket 100% of your earned royalties. Read more about BandLab Distribution here.

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BandLab Distribution FAQ

1. How much does BandLab Distribution cost?

This feature comes free for three days with a BandLab Membership trial. Following the trial, it will be priced at $12.46 per month for the annual plan or $14.95 for the monthly plan. 

2. What is included in a BandLab Membership?

A BandLab Membership goes beyond just Distribution. It also grants you access to unlimited Opportunities to score gigs, record deals, magazine placements, and more. Additionally, you’ll get unlimited Fan Reach campaigns to connect with your supporters, and Profile Boost to spotlight your profile to the BandLab community.

3. Can I try BandLab Distribution for free?

Yes. You can try it at no cost through our BandLab Membership trial, which gives you access to exclusive tools to empower creation, artist services to fuel your growth, and platform perks to stand out on BandLab. Within this timeframe, you can distribute your music (including singles, EPs, or albums) to prominent global platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, and more. Plus, access unlimited Opportunities, Fan Reach, and Profile Boost – all aimed at helping you reach your music goals. 

4. Can I earn royalties with BandLab Distribution?

Absolutely! With BandLab Distribution, you can effortlessly distribute your music to leading streaming platforms, and retain 100% of the royalties from each stream as long as your Membership remains active. Even if you choose not to renew Membership after your tracks are already live, you’ll still receive 80% of the earnings.

5. Can I distribute albums and EPs on BandLab Distribution?

Yes, you can! BandLab Distribution’s latest update includes multi-track support, making it possible to release your albums and EPs globally. If you’ve been distributing singles, now’s the perfect time to go bigger! Release full compilations on major streaming platforms, rack up global streams, and aim for the top of the charts.

6. How long does it take for me to get paid?

The timing of your royalty payouts is determined by the streaming platform hosting your music, to which we have no control over. In many cases, earnings are disbursed during the latter half of the subsequent month. This means that earnings generated in January are paid out in the latter part of February. It’s worth noting that starting in 2024, Spotify will only pay royalties to artists once their tracks accumulate 1,000 plays per year.

7. How long will it take for my release to go live?

BandLab’s internal review process is typically completed within an industry-leading timeframe of two business days. Once your tracks are approved by our team, the time it takes to be released on various stores can differ. For instance, Spotify usually takes about 24 to 48 hours to upload if there are no quality control (QC) issues. Most other stores take approximately 3 to 5 days, while social platforms like Facebook may require 1 to 2 weeks.

8. What percentage of royalties does BandLab take?

With Distribution, you retain 100% of your royalties as long as your Membership is active. Even if your Membership lapses, your track will stay live, and you’ll still receive 80% of the earnings.

9. Can I opt for either monthly and yearly payments for Membership?

Yes, you have the flexibility to choose between monthly and yearly payments depending on your budget and preference. The monthly plan is priced at just $14.95. However, the annual plan affords you overall savings of 16%. 

10. How many artists can access Distribution under one Membership?

Under one Membership, only one artist profile can access Distribution. We are working on adding the ability to link multiple profiles in the future.

11. What happens to my releases if I cancel my Membership?

Your releases will remain active, so you can keep racking up streams. However, there will be a change in the royalty structure: your account will transition to an 80/20 royalty-split plan, where you receive 80% of total royalties.

12. On which platforms will my music be available?

When you distribute your music through BandLab Distribution, your tracks will be delivered to leading global digital service providers (DSPs). Here’s the list for your reference:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Amazon
  • SoundCloud
  • YouTube Music
  • TikTok
  • Facebook Audio Library
  • Facebook Fingerprinting
  • Deezer
  • Gracenote 
  • iHeartRadio
  • KkBox 
  • LINE Music
  • Mixcloud 
  • Napster 
  • Pandora
  • Peloton
  • Resso 
  • Tencent 

Now you’re well equipped to start releasing your music worldwide and earning money from your talents!