Any new releases you want to sign up can be created by clicking “Create New” in the assets section of your account. The only upfront fees you’ll pay are for cover song licensing. Everything else is free to sign up! For new content, we will take a 15% commission from your sales (You keep 85%!), which motivates us to continue to support our artists and add services with you in mind.
There are several steps any new releases will go through to be released on our partner sites. Here’s how it works.
- Processing: Our content approval team reviews each release signed up through Soundrop to make sure the release will be accepted by partners and stay live. If our content approval team needs you to make changes, you’ll receive an email from the with a request. If you’re not sure what to do, you can always reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Licensing: Skip this step if you don’t have cover songs! Cover song licensing is integrated with our delivery system to make release covers super simple. If your release has one or more covers, the release will move to licensing. If your release can’t be licensed, our content approval team will let you know. If it can be licensed, you’ll get a green “licensed” light on your tracks page and your release will move forward.
- Delivery: When your release is in delivery, our system is sending your art audio and metadata to the partners you choose. There are 2 steps in delivery that you can see from your distribution tab.
- Your release is on its way: This means our system is still in the process of delivering your content. It hasn’t quite made it to a store yet.
- Delivered: Your content has been delivered to partners, but they haven’t approved it to go live. This usually means one of 2 things. 1.) The partner is still ingesting your content and it will be live in 1-5 days. 2.) You selected a future release date. If you select a future release date, your release will stay in this status until that date.
- Live: Congrats! Your release is live on partners. In this tab if our system could find the link to your release on partners, you’ll have a “View on Partner” link to click and view your release.
Ok, but what about “Error"?
Error means that something prevented the delivery of your release to a store. This could be anything from art and audio in the wrong format to a metadata error. These usually require no action by you. Our operations team reviews delivery errors every day to fix any issues. If we do need you to fix something, we’ll send you an email asking for a correction.