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Please help...Music aggregators for UK - pay up front or percentage of sales?

Postby Snowdon » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:25 pm

Hi
We're very new to this and looking for a little advice please.

As a singer songwriter, with small local live gigs singing covers and own songs. Putting together a 5 song EP to sell at gigs with own songs, but also very keen to make it and subsequent songs available to download.

We've researched music aggregators for the UK, and have become a bit bogged down. We initially thought that AWAL would be suitable, they take 15% of sales and would get the songs on ITunes etc. However, looking at older posts it explained that in the long run a one off fee could work out better. As I understand it, although AWAL would only be a one month rolling contract if we chose to switch from them to another aggregator, say in a couple of years, we would lose any history built up on the websites i.e ITunes Genius, so would be like starting over again?


Would anyone please have any recommendations or help? Would definitely like Spotify and ITunes to be on their distribution list!

Many many thanks for any help!
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Re: Please help...Music aggregators for UK - pay up front or percentage of sales?

Postby Gone To Lunch » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:04 pm

There have been a couple of good discussions here about this recently, but I can't remember the titles, so I haven't put a link...

Basically, the answer is 'how long is a piece of string' as in 'how many are you going to sell ?' if lots, then one-off is better than a percentage, if not, then the converse is true.

Another case of the being able to make the 'right' commercial decision depends on being able to predict the future (sales) !

FWIW, I will shortly be choosing the % option, eg AWAL...
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Re: Please help...Music aggregators for UK - pay up front or percentage of sales?

Postby petev3.1 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:44 pm

If you think you'll sell more than £200-worth of the EP p.a. then afaik an annual fee would make more sense. Tunecore is easy, and is now priced more sensibly than it was.
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Re: Please help...Music aggregators for UK - pay up front or percentage of sales?

Postby GlynB » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:58 pm

"As a singer songwriter, with small local live gigs singing covers and own songs. "

You need to pay a small one-off charge and a future percentage of any sales, in my opinion.

Making a commitment to pay annual fees is best avoided, unless you are confident of selling loads to cover it and into the future. If you're doing relatively low key gigs in pubs that's unlikely once friends and family have made the initial purchase and the initial 'new release' buzz has dies down.

The annual fee and keep all profits from each sale option makes most sense if you're selling plenty on a regular basis.

Try searching for "CD Baby" in the forum search facility. That will bring up lots of previous discussions of this topic to read.

Here's one:

http://www.soundonsound.com/forum/showf ... ost1008531
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Re: Please help...Music aggregators for UK - pay up front or percentage of sales?

Postby molecular » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:00 pm

I've been a big fan of Emubands since we started using them.

Pretty reasonable one-off fee and that's all you pay them. They distribute to pretty much everyone, and were very helpful with regard to attaching a pdf lyric booklet for iTunes.
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