I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

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dasen
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104 posts since 15 May, 2012

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:59 am

Hey,

I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs and share them on platforms like Bandcamp Spotify and Discogs.

How do I do that and what are the costs?

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risome
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:03 am

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vurt
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DJ Warmonger
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:10 am

risome wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:03 am
DYOR theres plenty of info on the internet regarding this topic, the choice is yours..let me help you with that
www.google.com
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Bodhisan
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:55 am

A friend told me about Distrokid. It might be a way for you to go - less complicated and, if you do sell stuff, apparently you keep it all. While they distribute, you still have to market to let people know you’re there, but you’d have to do that anyway, no matter where your “record label” is located. Tip: if you fill out their “form” and get your password but don’t commit, they’ll send you an email a day or two later for 30% off the first year (it’s $19.99 per year, unlimited songs/albums). And if you wait even further, they’ll offer you 50% off that first year.

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thecontrolcentre
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:17 am

I use Emubands for distribution to Spotify, Apple, etc ... they charge £50 per album. Emubands collects any royalties from sales. You keep your copyright and 100% of any royalties. For Bandcamp, you have to set it up yourself. They collect sales and pay you 80% iirc.
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jethrobull
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:21 am

risome wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:03 am
DYOR theres plenty of info on the internet regarding this topic, the choice is yours..let me help you with that
www.google.com
Maybe the OP might be thinking there are people on here that have experience in this area? Just a thought... :roll:
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telecode
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1243 posts since 24 Mar, 2015 from Toronto, Canada

Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:31 am

dasen wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:59 am
Hey,

I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs and share them on platforms like Bandcamp Spotify and Discogs.

How do I do that and what are the costs?
you dont need a label to self publish yourself unless you want it for vanity reasons. but if you want a label so can hand out business cards and have a site and social entity that is associated with something other than your person. its very easy.

go to the local government business registration office and open a self proprietorship business. they are much cheaper than a corp. give it a name. pay the fee. make sure you enter "music", "record label", you probably want to select to be listed under "culture and arts" sector, and you have your own record label business.

after that, you go to your local music association and register with them and give them the number they gave you at the government office. you are registered with them as alabel, pay you fee and bam. you are a label and can sign other artists including yourself.

you got to remember, this sort of thing has been going on since caveman days. unsigned authors and musicans have been selling their creative output from trunk of their cars forever. who buys it and how much they sell is another story.

If it were me, I wouldn't waste money on registration fees. spend the money and time and effort figuring out how modern musicians, artists, songwriters build their followings using the new channels such as social media, events, twitch and youtube and what not. your problems in life is not that you dont have a label. your problem is that the type of listener who likes to listen to what you make doesn't know where you are or that you even exist.
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Distorted Horizon
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:01 am

+1

You don't need a record label of your own. Most probably you won't have enough streams or sold records that it'd bring any real income. Just use some platform like distrokid or landr that will spread your tracks around the world and collect the money for you.
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Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:06 am

Distorted Horizon wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:01 am
Drugs and prostitution are where the real money is. Rest is just promotion.
Sure thing!
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steve.lindqvist
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:28 am

Free e-book with good foundation:
The DIY Musician's Starter Guide to Being Your Own Label and Publisher
https://d31sjue3f6m1dv.cloudfront.net/w ... -Guide.pdf

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DJ Warmonger
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:02 am

steve.lindqvist wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:28 am
Free e-book with good foundation:
The DIY Musician's Starter Guide to Being Your Own Label and Publisher
https://d31sjue3f6m1dv.cloudfront.net/w ... -Guide.pdf
Incredible such a thing is just laying around in the Internet! :o
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:13 am

DJ Warmonger wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:02 am
steve.lindqvist wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:28 am
Free e-book with good foundation:
The DIY Musician's Starter Guide to Being Your Own Label and Publisher
https://d31sjue3f6m1dv.cloudfront.net/w ... -Guide.pdf
Incredible such a thing is just laying around in the Internet! :o
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Distorted Horizon
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Re: I want to start my own record label to self publish my songs. How do I do that?

Post Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:59 am

recursive one wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:06 am
Distorted Horizon wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:01 am
Drugs and prostitution are where the real money is. Rest is just promotion.
Sure thing!
That explains how you got that nasty virus of yours 😘

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