SoundCloud Unveils New Tool Allowing Artists to Distribute Directly to Spotify, Apple Music & More


"It’s a couple of two-sided ecosystem: Creators deliver nice content material and that content material has the chance to be found," says CEO Kerry Trainor.

In SoundCloud's newest transfer towards placing artists first, CEO Kerry Trainor on Tuesday (Feb. 19) unveiled a brand new characteristic permitting creators to distribute their music straight to all main streaming companies, together with Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Instagram.

The instrument -- which comes baked into SoundCloud Pro and Pro Unlimited subscription accounts for artists -- will cross by means of 100 p.c of earnings from these platforms again to the creator, that means SoundCloud takes no further lower, nor will they be charging further distribution charges. 

"It’s a couple of two-sided ecosystem: Creators deliver nice content material and that content material has the chance to be found," Trainor tells Billboard. "We use the phrase 'first' quite a bit, as a result of I believe it defines why the platform is so particular. We need to be the primary place that creators come to share their work with the world."

The open beta is now open to SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited subscribers at the least 18 years outdated who personal or management all rights to their authentic music, don't have any copyright strikes and have garnered at the least 1,000 performs previously month. For eligible customers, a distribution button will now seem inside the observe supervisor part, prompting them to choose from a listing of distribution channels and schedule their launch. 

Spotify debuted an identical characteristic in September, albiet for less than its personal service, permitting choose indie artists to bypass distributors and add their music straight onto the streaming platform by means of their Spotify For Artists account. Trainor says SoundCloud's new providing positions it as a breeding floor for main streaming companies, fairly than a rival. Over the previous yr, the corporate has embraced its status as an area the place underground artists break by means of to the mainstream, increasing its monetization choices in October and debuting its "First On SoundCloud" rising artist marketing campaign final spring.

"SoundCloud isn’t, nor ever was, meant to be a one-way, mass streaming expertise," Trainor explains. "Streaming has risen, individuals are paying for music once more and it’s improbable what all the foremost streaming companies are doing there. But what SoundCloud has been about, all the time, is empowering creators and giving that connection between creator and listener. Our general place is about persevering with to put money into that -- it’s not about attempting to chase these different mass companies." 

And don't deliver up the "L" phrase, both. Though business folks more and more speculate whether or not streaming companies are edging in on label territory, Trainor insists that SoundCloud has no aspirations of appearing as a file label. Instead, he views the corporate as a "associate" to the standard business aspect. "We’re not investing in content material the way in which label or a writer would do -- that’s not the place we’re heading," he says. "Frankly, we’re very excited when creators are found by labels and invested in by labels after gaining traction on SoundCloud."

SoundCloud handed 200 million uploaded tracks final week and now counts 20 million creators on the platform, over half of whom are heard in any given month. "While we're one of many largest listening companies, we’re in-built a really totally different manner, which is from the creators outward," Trainor provides. "We’re all the time going to be searching for alternatives to put money into extra instruments for these creators."