When I was 19-20 or so (few years ago) I signed a deal with Believe Digital (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Believe_Digital)
At the time they were very small…now they are pretty big!
Anyway, they are a distributor and my music ended up on itunes, spotify etc. They were able to do stuff like get us on the front page of the Itunes ‘indie’ section (or whatever it was) for a wekk. Initially, the deal was for 3 years. I got paid (such as it was) during that period but I basically didnt really do anything to keep up with it.
In retrospect what I needed was not a distribution deal but a promotion deal, gigs, and other stuff to make me actually dedicate time to turning it into a job.
Anyway, after I sent some initially material to them and it all appeared online, life took over…I went to uni etc. Carried on making music and doing some gigs but forgot all about Believe.
Out of curiosity, I just tried to log in to the client website - I still can! They have all my wrong details so if they have tried to get in touch with me or send me a few pennies over the years it will have floated into the ether.
Maybe I should get back in touch with them…especially now I am in France (Believe is a french company)
My whole experience with it is:
- Its fun to see your music on itunes etc and to have this stuff done without paying for it
- It is absolutely pointless unless you have an audience already and have the time (or the courage) to throw yourself at it like a ‘real’ job.
- Spotify is a little more useful in terms of generating fans (it seems most of streams of my music in the intervening years have come through spotify)
- Youtube vids/live streams, gigs and submitting your music to blog is the best way (only way?) of generating fans and you need them first.
BTW I think Believe bought Tunecore in 2015.
anyway, you might consider submitting something to them or however it works now. I was lucky in that they approached me (through myspace - thats how long ago it was!) when they were a fairly small company. No idea how they operate now.
I should really write to them…