SoundCloud announced today that it is adding distribution to its self-monetisation Premier program. Creators can now distribute original music directly from SoundCloud to all major music services including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Instagram and Spotify, at no additional cost.
The control and accessibility of SoundCloud Premier monetisation and distribution tools are built directly into existing SoundCloud Pro and Pro Unlimited subscription accounts for creators. Creators using the SoundCloud Premier distribution feature keep 100% of their rights, keep 100% of their distribution royalties from third-party services.
“Only SoundCloud empowers creators with a unified platform to instantly upload and share, connect with fans in real-time and get paid for their work everywhere both on SoundCloud and across other leading music services. Creators can now spend less time and money jumping between different tools, and more time making music, connecting with fans and growing their careers first on SoundCloud,” said Kerry Trainor, Chief Executive Officer, SoundCloud.
The service, which is currently in beta, will be made available for its SoundCloud Pro and SoundCloud Pro Unlimited users. A subscription for Pro and Pro Unlimited currently costs $6 and $12 a month respectively. Those with an account who are identified by the platform as “eligible creators” will receive an e-mail about the service in the next few weeks.
Over the course of the next few months, creators will see new functionality added to the monetisation toolset. Creators who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the open beta:
- SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited subscriber
- Has original music, and owns or controls all applicable rights.
- 18 years old or age of majority in their country.
- No copyright strikes at time of enrollment.
- At least 1,000 plays in the past month from countries where SoundCloud listener subscriptions and advertising are available (US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand)
Spotify debuted a similar feature in September, for only its own service, allowing select independent artists to bypass distributors and upload their music directly onto the streaming platform through their Spotify For Artists account.